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While I’m an adventurous eater, a delicious cheeseburger is often my go-to at a restaurant because it’s usually guaranteed to be a meal I’ll enjoy. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve come across tons of restaurants that have gotten it wrong. Pass on the dry, overly cooked burger patty and hit up these burger spots in Baltimore.
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The Abbey Burger Bistro
- Address: 1041 Marshall St, Baltimore, MD 21230 | Website
With locations in Federal Hill, Mount Washington, Fells Point, and Havre de Grace, The Abbey Burger Bistro is a favorite with Baltimoreans. The menu may seem simple with burgers and beer, but you’ll find a unique selection of burgers that will satisfy any palate at The Abbey. Try one of their specialty burgers like the Spicy Korean Duck Burger (with gochujang spiced duck, sesame mayo, and kimchi) or the Baltimore Burger (Angus beef, crab dip, and applewood bacon).
- Address: 5906 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212 | Website
Clark Burger, which can be found in Belvedere Square and Harbor East, claims to serve “Baltimore’s best burgers and poutine”. The Canadian-inspired menu has items made with all-natural, certified Angus beef that is never frozen – guaranteeing full flavor in every bite. You can’t go wrong with their Clark Burger, which is topped with sharp white cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, red onions, and their special CB sauce.
Between 2 Buns
- Address: Mount Vernon Marketplace, 520 Park Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201 | Website
Between 2 Buns is all about the burgers! They usually come served in a potato kaiser bun, but you can request a gluten-free bun if you prefer. The Plain Jane B is perfect for those who just want a cheeseburger with nothing but a delicious beef patty and cheese.
If that’s not your style, try the signature Baltimore Blues Burger with pear jam, the Crispy Pork Belly Burger with a 10-year whiskey glaze, or the classic Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Burger.
- Address: 1702 Thames St, Baltimore, MD 21231 | Website
With burgers that were listed in Zagat’s list of “Must-Try Burgers Across the Country”, Kooper’s Tavern is a classic American establishment serving all the favorites you know and love. You can’t go wrong with a Baja Burger with jalapeno ranch or the Ricky Bobby made with a bison patty.
Southside Burger Bar
- Address: Cross Street Market, 1065 S Charles St Stall #122, Baltimore, MD 21230 | Website
The Southside Burger Bar serves some of the finest burgers in Baltimore, hands down. The menu is really simple; you can choose from either a single patty, two-patty, or three-patty Southside Burger or choose one of their Not So Much Burgers (chicken, turkey, or black bean). Add on unique toppings like cheesy sauce, avocado spread, or their famous Southside Sauce.
BOZ’S Burger Bistro
- Address: 3101 St Paul St, Baltimore, MD 21218 | Website
The Chicago Burger topped with American cheese, relish, onion, pickles, and tomatoes is the ultimate cheeseburger that will never steer you wrong. Take your tastebuds on an adventure and opt for a Spicy Kimchi Burger, Hoisin Chicken Burger, or the Saint Paul Burger which has Old Bay fries inside the burger.
- Address: R. House, 301 W 29th St, Baltimore, MD 21211 | Website
Located inside one of Baltimore’s famous food halls, R. House, Noisy Burger has four different burgers to choose from, keeping your options simple. The Classic Burger has everything you imagine a classic burger would have with the perfect ratio of American cheese, pickles, and ketchup. The Noisy Burger is topped with cheddar cheese and bacon, the Blue & Gold Burger has bleu cheese crumbles, and The Knight (my favorite) is a juicy patty topped with provolone cheese and chipotle aioli.
- Address: 14 Allegheny Ave, Towson, MD 21204 | Website
Voted the best burger in Baltimore by Baltimore Magazine, Burger Bros. is your typical burger spot with a choice of hamburger, cheeseburger, and bacon cheeseburger – all made with Angus beef. There are also chicken and turkey burgers on their menu, as well as chicken wings and salads.
- Address: 2522 Fait Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224 | Website
Best known for their burgers, sushi, and craft beer, Smaltimore has a menu of appetizers for sharing, salads, sandwiches, and even a low-calorie menu. Since we know you’re here for the burgers, try one of their signature concoctions like the Maryland Burger topped with a homemade crab dip or the Smaltimore Burger with applewood smoked bacon.
The Urban Burger Bar
- Address: 3300 Clipper Mill Rd, Baltimore, MD 21211 | Website
The Urban Burger Bar makes all your burger dreams come true – no one else dreams about burgers? Only me? Okay. But really, their Skyscraper Burger is what dreams are made of. The towering concoction comprises two thick Angus patties, onion rings, cheddar cheese, and is smothered with their special urban sauce. If you just want a no-fuss cheeseburger, they got you covered with their Simpleton which is Angus beef topped with cheddar cheese, lettuce, and tomato.
B&O American Brasserie
- Address: Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore Inner Harbor, 2 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201 | Website
The B&O American Brasserie is a downtown Baltimore restaurant that is housed in what was once the headquarters of the B&O Railroad. While the historic decor is stunning, the burgers are the star of the show. The Brasserie Burger is a great choice and comes topped with red onion marmalade, arugula, and cambozola cheese between a brioche bun. They also serve a Crab Cake Sandwich which deserves a special shout-out on this list of burger joints because their Old Bay remoulade is *chef’s kiss.
29th Street Tavern
- Address: 398 W 29th St, Baltimore, MD 21211 | Website
Don’t let the dive bar vibes of the 29th Street Tavern deter you from dining there. In addition to the friendly service and fair prices, you’ll find a menu filled with pub favorites like hand-cut french fries, cheese balls, and chicken wings. Their hamburger is, of course, the highlight and is made with fresh local ground beef. You can top it with your choice of condiments, lettuce, tomato, mushrooms, bacon, onions, jalapenos, and cheese.