Special Report

Best Burger Joint in Every State

Source: Courtesy of Nick's Hamburger Shop

South Dakota: Nick’s Hamburger Shop
> Location: Brookings

In 1929 Harold and Gladys Nikalson traveled from Iowa to open a burger restaurant that used a unique tank-fry method. In the 1930s, the restaurant boomed into a small empire of 77 burger emporiums. However, those days are long gone and the only remaining one is in Brookings, home of South Dakota State University. This is another burger joint that has kept it simple and traditional, only selling classic burgers, sodas, milkshakes, and homemade pie.

Source: Courtesy of Dyer's Burgers

Tennessee: Dyer’s Burgers
> Location: Memphis

Well over a century old, the original Dyer’s was opened in 1912 by Elmer “Doc” Dyer. The founder took his time to perfect his craft and the restaurant continues to use his methods. The secret is said to be in the cooking grease, which has been transported around as the establishment has relocated several times over the years. Dyer’s serves burgers, wings, chicken tenders, and shakes.

Source: Courtesy of Grumps Burgers

Texas: Grumps Burgers
> Location: Granbury

Founder Collier Albright left his corporate job in 2001 and set out to create a terrific burger restaurant. Grumps operates five restaurants throughout Texas and has won awards and multiple for having great burgers. The menu is simple, but clearly they’re doing something right as they’ve found success in a very competitive market. Grumps sells normal burgers as well some variety options like the queso burger, guacamole burger, and Swiss mushroom burger.

Source: Courtesy of Ann B. via Yelp

Utah: Milt’s Stop n’ Eat
> Location: Moab

Milt’s is Moab’s oldest restaurant, opened in 1954 in the middle of America’s diner craze. The restaurant has kept the old school diner vibe alive and continues to sell similar food to when it first opened. Classic burgers come with traditional toppings but they are available in both beef and bison versions. There is also a specialty burger menu that features burgers with ingredients like chili, blue cheese, eggs, and beef brisket.

Source: Courtesy of Archie's Grill

Vermont: Archie’s Grill
> Location: Shelburne

Archie’s was opened in 2010 as a restaurant with great food and also a place for friends, family, and community to gether. The restaurant sells all kinds of food including burgers, sandwiches and seafood. There is also a fairly expansive vegetarian and vegan menu so just about anyone can find something they’ll enjoy. The burgers are sourced from local beef and come with a good variety of toppings including options like horseradish and Frank’s Red Hot sauce.

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