OT: Best hambuger in Michigan

Submitted by blockm97 on July 10th, 2015 at 8:41 AM

My top 10...many of which I've had multiple times.  

1.  Stellas:  Grand Rapids

2.  Frita Batidas:  A2  (technically not a buger, but a frita)

3.  Hunter House:  A2/B'Ham

4.  Broadway Bar:  Grand Rapids

5.  Franks:  Zeeland

6.   Bubbas:  Traverse City

7.  Lauras Little Burger Joint:  Decatur

8.  Millers:  Dearborn

9.  B Spot:  Royal Oak

10.  Rays:  Grand Haven


Hon Mention:  Northside Bar in Manistee, Redamaks in New Buffalo, Choo Choo Grill in GR

Side Note:   Best buger I've ever had was at Holstein's in Vegas...but its not in Michigan.

What am I missing? 



July 10th, 2015 at 8:43 AM ^

take Hunter House off the list completely. Tried their location on E William and its not much better than McDonalds. Fritas all the way


July 10th, 2015 at 10:08 AM ^

You know for a small community we do have lots of good burgers: I prefer North Shore to Roxys, Henry's, Neon Grill, etc. the best we had was the DQ in Benton Harbor. The owner made his own burgers and fries (only had ice cream contract with DQ). Too bad he never reopened this summer. :(

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Space Bat

July 10th, 2015 at 8:46 AM ^

I concur on hunter house- I've had it plenty and always been underwhelmed. Bates blows it away. Millers is my favorite, although in previous discussions on this topic it seems a lot of folks think they're overrated as well.

Ricky from Sunnyvale

July 10th, 2015 at 9:35 AM ^

I live in NYC where you can get anything, and the only thing I want when I go back to visit Ann Arbor is Crazy Jim's. Triple on onion with onion, cheese, egg bacon. onion rings. I'd pay $50 for that right now.

Who cares about the grease, but what do I know I live in a trailer park.

Mr. Yost

July 10th, 2015 at 8:47 AM ^

My own...and if you truly know how to BBQ, then you should be saying the same thing. Hamburgers are like the easiest thing in the world to grill next to a hot dog or a brat.

May I suggest BISON to everyone, phenominal.

(Note, I'm not saying I don't like anyone else's burger, I'm not being a grill-snob, just saying if you made me pick just one, hence my favorite, or the best...it would be my own).


July 10th, 2015 at 8:47 AM ^

I was not that impressed with Franks.  I like the brickhouse burger at Salt and Pepper if in the Zeeland area.  Food Dance in Kalamazoo is an awsome burger.  It's free range meat so a little more expensive but very tasty.


July 10th, 2015 at 8:53 AM ^

I always thought the 8th Street location was far better than the South Airport location.  I heard the married couple who owned JS divorced and each got one of the restauarants.  Wife owns South Airport location and its gone downhill.  

Slabtown Burgers in TC is legit.  

Wolverine in 312

July 10th, 2015 at 11:20 AM ^

Is delicious, but the only one I've ever been to is on front street just west of downtown. Not really known for their burgers, but chef's inn has a delicious one, as well. Also, take Bubba's off that list. Very mediocre.

If it matters at all, I make my living off of hamburgers.


July 10th, 2015 at 8:51 AM ^

Gosh....I liked Hunter House so much I bought a t-shirt at the B'Ham location last month.

Bates is good.  Forgot about Blimpie to be honest.  Prolly deserves a spot on the list.


July 10th, 2015 at 8:57 AM ^

My favorite is actually the JP Burger at Jolly Pumpkin in A2. Great ingredients and unique cheese makes it stand out compared to others. Plus you can pair it with a great JP beer. 


July 10th, 2015 at 8:59 AM ^

Whoa, haven't heard of Frank's in a looooong time. my highschool girlfriend worked there, but I never made it there for a meal. Guess I should have grabbed a burger at some point!