Best Burgers in Downtown Knoxville
Downtown Knoxville is at the peak of its burger game. Whether it’s sizzling patties at the local diner, or premium gourmet to-go, you'll find a smorgasbord of consistently delightful, never-disappointing, savory burgers. (Queue the dance number!)
Balter Beerworks - Brewhouse Burger
This burger at Balter is a thing of beauty -- smoked gouda, fried onions, sriracha steak sauce (yum!), black pepper mayo, house pickle, lettuce, tomato, served with the side of your choice. May we recommend those scrumptious sweet potato fries?
Bistro at the Bijou - Open-Faced Brunch Burger
The Bistro is one of THE best places for brunch in Downtown... and all that hype can’t overshadow the real star of their show – the tasty and simple open-faced brunch burger. Get it with a side of red flannel hash!
Blackhorse Brewery - Volcano Burger
This burger is another glorious addition to Blackhorse’s stacked menu, featuring lush pineapple-jalapeno jam, peppercorn bacon, pepper jack cheese, a fried onion ring, with a creamy sriracha sauce on top of a sizzling burger patty on a perfect bun. We’re squealing in delight!
Boyd’s Jig & Reel - William Wallace
All blue-blooded beef lovers hurry and sink your teeth into this oh-SO-good burger at Jig & Reel! Angus beef patty with applewood smoked bacon, bleu cheese, fried onions, Guinness Gravy, field greens, tomato all on a tasty brioche bun. That it’s so good isn’t a surprise: You can toast to that once you pick from their list of over 950 whiskies.
Café 4 - Eggs Benedict Burger
The Brunch Benedict Burger at Cafe 4 is why we wake up on Sunday -- a couple of stacked patties, cheese, bacon, fried egg, and topped with arugula, hollandaise, paprika, and chives, served on a brioche bun. It's delicious!
Calhoun’s - Hickory Burger
A Tennessee classic with a smokey kick! Smoked cheddar cheese, bacon, and Calhoun’s famous bar-b-que sauce on a toasted bun. Subtle and perfect with a side of the Tennessee River views!
Downtown Deli - Mushroom Swiss
Working Downtown? Need a burger pick-me-up? The Downtown Deli is the perfect lunch spot filled with convenient carry-out and dine-in options, and this scrumptious burger option is so cheesy, the perfect amount of spice, and everything nice!
Downtown Grill & Brewery - Build Your Own Burger
Feeling creative? Downtown Grill & Brewery is here to support your creative itch with their “build your own” sandwich option. With the selection of 100% Angus beef, they offer a myriad of tasty toppings so you can create your own masterpiece! Bleu Cheese Crumbles? Bourbon Glaze? Jalapeños?Onions Rings? Pineapple Chicks? Smoked Gouda? The option is yours, be bold.
JC Holdway- Holdway Double Cheeseburger
Served every day on the supremely sophisticated to-go menu at JC Holdway -- a juicy half lb double cheeseburger served with lettuce, mayonnaise, and Dijon mustard on a butter-toasted bun. Incredible.
Knox Mason - Smash Burger
This one at Knox Mason is a cheeseburger connoisseur’s dream -- Mitchell Farm Double Patty Beef Burger on a buttery Paysan Brioche Bun with Sweetwater Cheddar, Lettuce, House Wicked Pickles, Vidalia Onions, and Tennessee Sunshine Aioli -- Served with Herbed Fries… are your drooling yet?
Lonesome Dove - Cheeseburger Special
It’s a fact: steakhouses know how to make burgers, and yes the Elk-Foie Gras Sliders with Blueberry Jam at Lonesome Dove are a good option to scratch that burger itch, but during their lunch hours you’re in for a treat! For a limited time they are featuring fresh ground tenderloin / NY Strip double cheeseburger served on a fresh bun with perfectly seasoned house fries.
Marble City Kitchen - Marble City Classic Burger
Made with Evan's fresh ground beef patties on Masada bakery brioche buns, this burger option at Marble City Kitchen is absolutely mouth-watering. Choose one of their marvelously messy signature burgers or build your own!
Not Watsons - Chili Mac N’ Cheese Burger
You’ve got some VERY tasty options at Not Waton's, and this misshapen, super-juicy burger is the reason napkins were invented. Grass-fed Angus Beef Patties smothered in grilled mac n cheese chili, comes on a hand-made artisan bun from ACE Baking Company. Served with a side of fresh-cut fries.
Olibea - HenHoc Butcher Terrine Burger
Keep your eyes peeled for this once-in-a-blue-moon special at OliBea’s featuring HenHoc pork terrine, with Mexican pickles, lettuce, heirloom tomato, red onion, happy sauce, with a sunny egg on a Big Al's bun! *Chef’s Kiss*
Oliver Royale - Royale Brunch Burger
The Royale Brunch Burger is of epic proportions! A juicy patty topped with bibb lettuce, heirloom tomato, sweet onion jam, beemster mustard cheddar, applewood smoked bacon, and black pepper truffle aioli. Top with an egg for a truly delectable brunch at Oliver Royale.
Pete’s - Southern Burger
What’s a quaint neighborhood diner without a stellar burger selection?! Well don’t worry Pete’s got ten options to choose from -- but we can never say no to homemade pimento cheese! These savory 100% fresh, lean ground chuck, hand-pattied miracles are served with mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, and French fries. Go enjoy!
Ruth's Chris - Happy Hour
Ruth's Chris' Prime Cheeseburger is so good it only comes with one topping – your choice of cheese. A toasted bun, juicy patty, and melting cheese come together for one delectable bite. Only available during Happy Hour!
Southern Grit - S|G Burger
There's something magical about a juicy beef patty paired with crispy bacon and creamy pimento cheese! But what takes Southern Grit's burger to the next level is the S|G Sauce and their famous fried green tomatoes. We don't know what's in that sauce, but we are here for it, all day, everyday!
Stock & Barrel - The Bernie
“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways”... Seriously, sonnets should be written about the burgers crafted at Stock & Barrel. Burger & Bourbon is literally their niche, and The Bernie can not be missed. Mitchell Family Beef patty with blue cheese crumbles, Benton’s bacon, blueberry preserve, topped with Beer Battered Jalapeños served on a specialty flour-dusted bun from Flour Head Bakery. It’s unbelievable.
Tommy Trent’s Sports Saloon - The Witten
This tasty bite at Tommy Trent's on Market Square comes with a southwestern kick -- a third of a pound patty smothered in chili, then finished off with cheddar cheese, sautéed onions, jalapeño peppers, and yellow mustard! Yes, siree!
Quest for the Tastiest
During this quest for the tastiest burgers downtown, we were pleased to find almost all burgers mentioned are able to substitute veggie or chicken patties, and even wheat buns (something that would be out of the question in 2015.) We take this as confirmation that Knoxville restauranteurs are truly trying to make burgers for everyone.