The weather is warming up around here and we all know that one of the very first things we do to welcome it in is to break out the grill! There’s no denying the delicious smell of a fat, juicy burger cooking on the grill. Plus the sound of the sizzle from the juices hitting the charcoal are so enticing. Then you add your favorite cheese as it slowly melts across the burger & and finally it’s loaded with your favorite toppings. Which are your favorites? Bacon? Onions? Jalapenos? Pickles? For me, I prefer a butter-grilled bun, a well-seasoned turkey patty, blue cheese crumbles, and the toppings have to be mushrooms, lettuce, red onion, mayo, and mustard. Welp, now my imagination has me seriously hungry! How about you?

While there’s never a bad time to enjoy a yummy burger, May is officially National Hamburger Month. Maybe you’re asking yourself “How do I honor such a glorious day?” Well, you can definitely celebrate by trying a different type of hamburger than you typically order or make. Food & Wine Magazine put out a list of their top 22 burger recipes for you to choose from. My favorite from their list that I would like to try is their “Next-Level Turkey Burgers with Lemon Aioli” recipe.

Of course if you just want to kick back and enjoy your meal, Eater Detroit has put out a list of 23 essential burger spots to visit in Metro Detroit. I have highlighted six great ones below. You can check out the full list of 23 here. Some have even been featured on the Food Network’s ‘Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives’

Whether you decide to fire up the grill or visit a local Metro Detroit burger joint, I hope those juicy burgers leave all of your senses fully satisfied!

  • Basement Burger Bar

    Basement Burger Bar is committed to providing excellent service food at amazing prices. Their build-your-own-burger menu offers over a trillion burger combinations, including 10+ proteins, plus options if you are vegan. Not only do they offer burgers, but they rotate their beer selection often & have fun games like trivia on select nights at their Farmington & Canton locations.

    They have three Metro Detroit locations for you to visit & their Farmington location even has a newly added arcade!

    Farmington: 33316 Grand River Ave. | Farmington MI 48336 | 248-957-8179
    Canton: 42452 Ford Rd. | Canton MI 48187 | 734-927-0100
    Detroit: 1326 Brush St. | Detroit MI 48226 | 313-818-3708

  • Green Dot Stables

    I have definitely been to Green Dot Stables in Corktown in Detroit & they truly have a unique menu. They were closed briefly as new owners took over, but it’s back open for business! You can enjoy unique, gourmet sliders like their PBJ slider or vegan options like their plant-based teriyaki chicken ranging between $2-$4. They also serve fries, salads and soups. Plus they have a beer & liquor menu for you to enjoy. Check out their menu here.

    Grab a slider at 2200 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48216

  • Royale with Cheese

    Royale with Cheese prides themselves on not sacrificing quality to give you a quality burger! They also use locally sourced products including locally made buns with a recipe specifically made for the burger joint which is awesome. Plus you cannot forget to order one of their famous $5 hand-spun shakes in flavors like Fruity Pebbles, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and more. Take a peek at their menus here.

    Grab on of their tasty burgers at 4163 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201.

  • One-Eyed Betty's

    I love One-Eyed Betty’s in Ferndale! They have a really great menu that not only includes delicious burgers, but other awesome gastropub fare, homemade soups, salads and hearty entrées. Plus, if beer is your thing, they have 44 rotating craft beer taps! Decide what you want before you go by checking out their menu here.

    Then stop in & order from their unique menu at 175 W Troy St, Ferndale, MI 48220.

  • Redcoat Tavern

    Red Coat Tavern was originally opened in 1972 so they’ve been in the community for a long time! It’s also the home of the ‘Original Redcoat Special Burger’ that is a half pound of freshly ground proprietary blend beef, tomato, shredded lettuce, & special Sauce, all on a toasted sesame bun. Plus ‘The Brasserie Burger’ named Metro-Detroit’s #1 Gourmet burger by the Detroit Free Press. It’s a huge half pound ground beef patty, bacon, caramelized onions, Swiss cheese, tomato, watercress, and Dijon mustard-mayonnaise on a toasted brioche bun. View these and their other items on the menu here.

    Grab one of these delicious burgers at one of their two locations:
    31542 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48073 • (248) 549-0300
    6745 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield Township, MI 48322 • (248) 865-0500

  • Hunter House Hamburgers

    Hunter House Hamburgers is always packed every time I drive by this pill-box diner in Birmingham and for good reason! They’ve been in the community since 1952 serving up sliders, shakes, and coney dogs. Their food is always fresh and they source ingredients from local, family-run businesses which is awesome!

    Visit this Metro Detroit classic at 35075 Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009

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