7 spots in Birmingham to get a totally bodacious burger

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Photo via Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint on Facebook

Wondering where to get the best burgers in Birmingham? Here are seven spots that serve the most mouth-watering, sauce-dripping, scrumptious burgers in town. Meatless options included!

Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint

Photo via Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint on Facebook

The moment Jack Brown’s opened its doors in Birmingham in 2014, locals have gone gah-gah over its burgers. One look at the menu and you’ll understand why. 

At this burger and beer joint, you’ll find some of the typical favorites alongside some truly unique twists to the classic burger. 

For the most mouth-watering, unique and downright messy, consider these:

Photo via Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint on Facebook


Description: 100% all natural wagyu beef topped with peanut butter, mayo, applewood smoked bacon and American-cheddar cheese
Price: $7.99

Greg Brady

Description: 100% all natural wagyu beef topped with house-made mac n’ cheese, American-cheddar cheese and Martin’s BBQ potato chips
Price: $7.99

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Gimme some sweet potato fries. Photo via Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint on Facebook

Pair your pick with a side of fries—I suggest the sweet potato fries. Delish!—and a craft or seasonal beer or bomber.

Address: 2811 7th Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35233
Hours: Daily, 11AM-2AM

Carlile’s Barbecue

Simply irrisistable. Photo via Carlile’s BBQ

Carlile’s may be known for its amazing barbecue, but burgers are also one of their specialties. In fact, Carlile’s participated in the annual Birmingham Burger Fest in 2018 and 2019.

Their burger was so incredible, they totally wooed the judges and were awarded the trophy for best burger in 2018.

Burger choices:

  • Hamburger – $4.60
  • Cheeseburger – $4.85
  • Carlile’s Burger – $5.75
Burger and fries, the ultimate combo. Photo via Carlile’s BBQ

All go great with Carlile’s lengthy list of sides, too. Some include:

  • Fresh cut fries
  • Baked beans
  • Coleslaw
  • Mac and cheese

Address: 3511 6th Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35222
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10:30AM-3PM

The Standard

Go meaty. Photo via The Standard Birmingham on Facebook

Going to The Pizitz is always exciting with the hustle and bustle of locals grabbing food and shopping. I suggest making your visit even more worthwhile with a stop at The Standard.

The cheeseburger is always a good choice, but if you want to kick up the party in your mouth a notch, then consider the Doublestack.

Description: white cheese, special sauce, French fries, coleslaw and pickles on a potato roll.
Price: $9

Go meatless with the veggie burger. Photo via The Standard Birmingham on Facebook

You also have the choice to go meatless with The Standard’s Veggie Burger.

Description: avocado, white cheddar cheese, cabbage slaw and romesco on a potato roll
Price: $8

Want to enhance your burger? Add ons include:

  • Pickled jalapenos
  • Fried egg
  • Bacon jam
  • Pimento cheese
  • Mashed avocado

Fries and tots can also be loaded onto any sandwich for an extra $2. Mmm!

The Standard also serves root beer, which is a nice change from the usual Coke or Pepsi. Hmm, I wonder if they make root beer floats?

Address: 1821 2nd Ave N., Birmingham, AL 35203
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11AM-8PM; Sun. 11AM-4PM

Mudtown Eat & Drink

Mudtown Eat & Drink is the perfect spot to grab a burger in a casual, laid back atmosphere. There burgers are totally scrumptious, too. Here are two that will get your appetite rolling.

Photo via Mudtown Eat & Drink on Facebook

The American Animal

Description: fried egg, bacon, American cheese, fries and special animal sauce
Price: $13

Three things that make a hamburger great: size, mess and taste. Photo via Mudtown Eat & Drink on Facebook

Feeling spicy? The Cahaba Cajun will light a fire in your mouth.

Description: blackened patty with fried pickles, pepper jack cheese, sweet and spicy mustard and spicy cajun po-boy sauce.
Price: $12.50

Seasoned fries are my personal fave, so be sure to order them on the side of that bodacious burger.

Fancy up your burger with a cocktail or martini. Oh yeah! Mudtown, you’re calling my name!

Address: 3144 Green Valley Rd., Birmingham, AL 35243
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11AM-9:30PM; Fri.-Sat. 11AM-10:30PM; Sun. 11AM-8:30PM

Chris Z’s

Is your mouth watering? Photo via Chris Z’s on Facebook

When it comes to burgers, some of the best can be found in small dives that you may overlook. One place like this in Birmingham that you should check out is Chris Z’s.

Sporting UAB’s mascot Blaze across one wall, UAB students should definitely swing by.

Burgers range from a more than reasonable $4.30-$6.95 and you can choose a side item of fries, chips or slaw.

Address: 2808 University Blvd., Birmingham, AL 35233
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 6:30AM-3PM; Sat. 7AM-2PM

Chez Fonfon

Hamburger Fonfon? I say Hamburger Chic. Photo via Chez Fonfon on Facebook

Think Chez Fonfon is too fancy to serve a hamburger? No way! You better believe there is one on the menu.

It’s the Hamburger Fonfon with comte and pomme frites, and it’s upscale, fabulous and gets rave reviews. Price: $17.50

Address: 2007 11th Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35205
Hours: Tues.-Fri. 11AM-10PM; Fri. 11AM-10:30PM; Sat. 4:30-10:30PM

Fancy’s On Fifth

I feel that burger excitement, too! Photo via Fancy’s on Fifth on Instagram

It’s hard not to be charmed by Fancy’s On Fifth with its fun atmosphere and killer menu. The photos of their food on their Instagram page no doubt make you want to crawl through your phone screen for a bite, too.

This was Fancy’s On Fifth’s most recent “Feature Burger”—the chef’s weekly outrageous concoction.

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This is one burger you’ll need to eat with a knife and fork! Photo via Fancy’s On Fifth on Instagram

Description: 6 oz. beef patty, sautéed mushrooms, onion jam, Dijon mustard on a brioche bun with three cheese fondue. Topped with fries.

Fondue? Can-do!

Here are a couple more to check out:

Strange Brew

Description: 6 oz. beef patty, beer cheese sauce, crispy onions, Canadian bacon and whole grain mustard aioli
Price: $13

Flaming Lips

Description: 6 oz. beef patty, white cheddar cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, roasted jalapeño cream cheese and jalapeño ranch
Price: $15

Go eggy or go home. Photo via Fancy’s on Fifth on Instagram

What’s nice about Fancy’s On Fifth is they offer more than just the typical beef-on-a-bun burger. There are also:

  • Turkey patties
  • Veggie patties
  • Lettuce “buns”
  • Vegan buns
  • Gluten-free buns
  • Vegan cheese
  • And more!

Address: 430 41st St. S., Birmingham, AL 35222
Hours: Tues.-Thurs. 5-9PM; Fri. 5-10PM; Sat. 3-10PM

Who serves your favorite burger in Birmingham? Let us know who we missed!

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