WARNING: This article contains mouth-watering images of huge, greasy burgers. We are not responsible for intense cravings or ruining your beach-body diet.
We are well into summer and that means one thing, it’s officially backyard BBQ season. Inspired by the delicious chargrilled smell floating around the country, we have compiled some of the most famous burger joints in American college towns. What’s more All-American than a big, tasty burger in a college town?
With all the delicious choices out there, narrowing this list down to 25 was hard - and we had to take a break to wipe the drool off our chins - but we did it! Have you eaten at any of these legendary burger joints?
The Smokehouse – Berkeley, CA
Local Favorite: Double Cheeseburger
The perfect picnic spot, The Smokehouse boasts outdoor tables that are always full in the summer and burgers that are known throughout northern California.
ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
The Chuck Box – Tempe, AZ
Local Favorite: The Big One
One of the oldest institutions in Tempe, this is no ordinary burger joint. “Tell Juan what you think” (the chef and owner) is what you will hear and you’d better be ready to order in the correct way when your turn comes up.
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, AUSTIN
Crown & Anchor – Austin, TX
Local Favorite: Double Bacon Cheeseburger
25 years of excellent food and service and multiple awards to back up the fame, Crown & Anchor is a way of life in Austin and holds up the famous reputation for delicious Texas-style BBQ.
THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burger – Ann Arbor, MI
Local Favorite: Build your own burger
You might need to study up before visiting this long-standing favorite. There is a “right way” and a “wrong way” to order and if you aren’t prepared you will surely get reprimanded.
THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
Clocked! Diner – Athens, GA
Local Favorite: Bacon Jam
This throwback diner will take you back to a simpler time. With organic and locally sourced ingredients, this burger joint is watching their carbon footprint while filling your belly with tasty treats.
THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO
The Sink – Boulder, CO
Local Favorite: Brewers Burger
A Boulder institution since 1923, The Sink may have changed hands multiple times, but the funky vibe and good food was unchanged. Known for legendary burgers and local craft beers, you will not be disappointed upon paying the bill, but you may need to unbutton your pants.
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
Short’s Burger & Shine – Iowa City, IA
Local Favorite: Dundee Burger
Worth the wait, Short’s Burger & Shine is a crowd pleaser with a massive menu and unique burgers. Mixed with black beans and meat, this is no ordinary burger and people come from all around Iowa to wait for this meal.
The XXX – West Lafayette, IN
Local Favorite: Duane Purvis
Most famed for the root beer with original recipe from 1895, Triple XXX Thirst Stations have been around since 1932. With the same menu and mentality from a time when milkshakes were shared and poodle skirts were popular, this burger joint has the experience and history to make you come back for more.
UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
Hugo’s – Fayetteville, AR
Local Favorite: Smoky Cheddar
Located in a basement, this funky spot has tons of beers on tap and a menu that will make your mouth water just reading it.
THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
Dotty Dumpling’s Dowry – Madison, WI
Local Favorite: Swiss Dream
The cheese curds are not optional in cheese country. Dotty Dumpling’s Dowry is most known for their 2 year swiss cheese burger and handmade cheese curds. It’s all about the cheese in Wisconsin.
TULANE UNIVERSITY/LOYOLA UNIVERSITY
The Company Burger – New Orleans, LA
Local Favorite: The Company Burger
Condiment bar, pickled jalapeños, world famous burgers, southern charm…what else could you ask for? The Company Burger in New Orleans has been feeding college students and locals alike for many years and will keep doing so for many to come.
THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA
Burger Monger – Tampa, FL
Local Favorite: Double Monger
Kobe beef. Need we say more? This neighborhood burger place is sure to please with delicious food and great atmosphere. Also, did we mention the Kobe beef?
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
The Coug – Pullman, WA
Local Favorite: Super Coug
A super cool graffiti policy set this place apart from anywhere you’ve ever had a burger. With a huge beer list and burgers that are hard to fit in your mouth The Coug will send you home full and happy.
Bull City Burger & Brewery – Durham, NC
Local Favorite: Shadoe Burger
This microbrewery is known for its duck fat fries, locally raised beef burgers and a family-friendly atmosphere.
Harry’s Bar & Burger – Providence, RI
Local Favorite: Pig Pile Burger
Different than most of the places on this list, Harry’s Bar & Burger serves epic sliders and 50+ craft brews. Definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.
Mel’s Burger Bar – New York, NY
Local Favorite: Dirty Hipster
A favorite place to sit at the bar and watch a game with a craft brew, boozy milkshake, and massive burger, Mel’s Burger Bar is not one to miss.
Mr. Bartley’s – Cambridge, MA
Local Favorite: The Gay Marriage
This decades old favorite has burgers names after current affairs and uses sliced bread rather than buns. It is said that everyone must eat here at least once.
OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
The Thurman Café – Columbus, OH
Local Favorite: The Macedonian Burger
Dating back to 1942, Thurman Café is infamous in Columbus. The fried pickle chips and oversized burgers have been inducing food comas for decades.
Booches Billiard House – Columbia, MO
Local Favorite: Sliders
A kickin’ and quirky atmosphere is what makes Booches a local favorite to shoot some pool and eat some great food. Also the sliders are definitely something to write home about.
UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
The Mont – Norman, OK
Local Favorite: The Theta Burger
Known for the wild game-day atmosphere, The Mont is a must while in Normal, but it is anything but normal.
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
White Spot – Charlottesville, VA
Local Favorite: The Gus Burger
An oldschool diner where the cooks know you by name and you know the menu by heart, White Spot has been serving up the tastiest burgers in town and is just a stones throw from campus.
Ajax Diner - Oxford, MS
Local Favorite: The Deuce
Southern cooking and a family-owned atmpshere give Ajax Diner a unique and funky vibe. Well-known for the friendly staff and vibrant neighborhood, this burger joint has quickly become a cornerstone of college life in Oxford.
UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
Rama Jama’s – Tuscaloosa, AL
Local Favorite: The National Champ Burger
Alabama’s history is memorialized in this game day favorite. “Roll Tide” is in the heart of this place and the local favorite burger with a frosty brew is the perfect way to watch a game.
OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
Clodfelter’s Public House – Corvallis, OR
Local Favorite: BBC Burger
With a famous happy hour and proximity to campus this is the unofficial home to watch Oregon State Beaver Athletics and mingle with the locals.
Edzo’s – Evanston, IL
Local Favorite: Double Cheeseburger
Lobster fries, Nutella milkshake, famous burgers and lightning fast service are only some of the things that make Edzo’s such a popular destination in Evanston. Counter-service and inventive toppings keep customers coming back for more.
Have a favorite place that didn’t make the list? Comment below and tell us about it!