Brooklyn is a culinary destination where one can dine on artfully crafted seasonal eats at Michelin star restaurants. However sometimes you don’t want a fancy meal and simply crave an All-American burger. If you’re in the mood for the classic hamburger and fries that won’t disappoint, we’ve got you covered.
Don’t eat red meat? Or dining with a vegetarian? You’re in luck because we've highlighted the veggie friendly options at these fifteen restaurants that serve the best burgers in Brooklyn.
Order from the counter at this fast food burger and shake restaurant on Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg, which offers great quality food at old school prices.
The Burger: In Brooklyn, you can spend almost (or over) twenty bucks for a decent burger, but at Blue Collar, you can get a succulent burger with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and onions for less than $5. This budget friendly burger leaves you with extra money for a Nutella shake.
Veggie Option: The veggie burger is made with beans and can be ordered as a double veggie burger. Complete your order with a side of cheese fries or veggie chili fries.
Housed in an airstream trailer in Vale Park, an elevated park at The William Vale hotel in Williamsburg, this retro chic food truck serves up burgers, fries, ice cream, and floats. Soak in the views of Manhattan from the scenic hotel park as you chow down on your burger.
The Burger: Good things come in small packages, and this delectable burger might look like your typical fast food offering, but it’s not. You have three options—the Single Dip burger adorned with cheese, the Double Dip, which also comes with cheese, or the Special Dip with hatch chilies, jack cheese and sriracha verde. Whichever one you choose, wash it down with a Cherry Smash Float made with Black Cherry Soda or a Frozen Lemonade.
Veggie Option: Vegetarians don’t have to be left out of this authentic hipster experience. They can order the Green Label, a multigrain black bean mushroom burger topped with Swiss cheese.
This old school grill in Park Slope is a local favorite. Located on Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue, this cozy diner has been charming the customers for years with large portions of high quality food. The menu is teeming with hearty salads, classic sandwiches, and of course, one of the best burgers in Brooklyn. On weekends, it tends to get crowded, so be prepared for a wait.
The Burger: Take a seat at the counter and order the juicy Black Angus beef burger. Adorn the patty with toppings including veggie chili, pulled pork and other treats. Turkey burger aficionados will be happy to note this option on the menu.
Veggie Option: Bonnie’s Grill has a flavorful and mildly spicy veggie burger, which can be ordered with all the standard toppings. Don’t forget to order the appetizer of vegetarian chili or a side of vegetarian chili fries.
This burger joint with vintage 1950’s Americana décor and checkered tiled floor is named for Dutch Boy Paints. It's also attached to Franklin Park, the popular Crown Heights bar. You can eat Dutch Boy burgers at the atmospheric Franklin Park with it's spacious outdoor area or dine at one of the tables at the restaurant itself.
The Burger: Order the Dutch Boy Burger with cheddar cheese, sautéed mushrooms & caramelized onion. If you’re nursing a hangover, stick with the Hangover Burger topped with a fried egg and cheese. If you want a hangover, drink one of their Spiked Shakes including the Kahlua & Bailey’s Wake Up Shake.
Veggie Option: Vegetarian options are plentiful at Dutch Boy Burger with a mushroom sandwich and a bunch of salads. The house made veggie burger is delectable and dressed with chipotle aioli, and the veggie chili with vegan cheese is another favorite.
f you’re traveling with kids, you’ll enjoy a meal at this family friendly Cobble Hill restaurant. Sit at a picnic table or grab a booth at this roomy well-designed restaurant with a menu that will appeal to all burger lovers.
The Burger: The inventive burger menu offers classics like the All- American, a beef patty with lettuce, tomato, red onion, moo sauce, but if you want to be decadent, get the "Mac & Cheese Burger" topped with mac-and-cheese and bacon. No matter what burger you choose, you should pair it with a banana Foster shake (made with Blue Marble ice cream).
Veggie Option: There are two veggie burger options on the menu. The Veggie is a mushroom patty and the Moo Less consists of Portobello mushrooms, zucchini, squash, and other vegetables. Vegetarians will also love their large selection of salads, which can be topped with the mushroom veggie patty.
The Brooklyn outpost of this growing NYC chain of Chinese restaurants is in the heart of Greenpoint on Manhattan Avenue. The casual counter service restaurant is small, but they food is packed with flavor. If you’re looking for a brew, they also serve beer.
The Burger: You might not associate Chinese food with Burgers, but Xi’an has two burgers that satiate any foodie. The Spicy Cumin Lamb Burger and the Stewed Pork Burger are flavorful and juicy alternatives to the traditional hamburger. Instead of pairing your burger with fries, order a side of cold noodles or a spicy Asian Cucumber Salad.
Veggie Option: There’s no veggie burger on the menu, but don’t worry, there are tons of veggie options at Xi’an Famous Foods including Chang-An Spicy Tofu, Hand Pulled Noodles in Soup, Salads and other foods.
This once seasonal spot nestled next to the Gowanus Canal has been reborn as Pig Beach, a year-round indoor/outdoor bar and restaurant. In the warmer months folks drink cocktails and dine at large picnic tables in the large outdoor area.
The Burger: Get a Pig Beach burger topped with house pickles, white American cheese and Pig Beach’s secret sauce. If you have a big appetite, order the triple burger or make it a “Briggie” by adding pulled pork. No matter how you order the burger, you’ll enjoy this savory burger fresh from the grill at atmospheric Pig Beach. Don’t forget order some seasoned waffle fries.
Veggie Option: The smartly named "Where’s the Meat Burger?" is a chickpea, smoked pecan and quinoa patty. If that doesn’t fill you up add a side of mac-and-cheese with toasted goldfish crackers.
Located in the heart of Williamsburg, right off bustling Bedford Avenue, the Brooklyn location of this California chain has bicycles hanging from the ceiling and other quirky décor.
The Burger: Known for chopping their own meat at the restaurant, you’ll be sure to get a fresh burger at Umami. Order the Manly burger, served with beer-cheddar cheese bacon and onion string. Looking for a side? It’s hard to choose between the cheesy tots filled with sharp cheddar and parmesan and the truffle fries dripping with house truffle sauce and chives, so you might consider ordering both.
Veggie Option: The vintage meat grinders on display might not charm vegetarians, but they will enjoy the falafel burger with beet-infused couscous.
A historic name is the perfect fit for this romantic bar and restaurant in the arty yet still industrial Red Hook neighborhood. Head to Fort Defiance on Mondays where they host a weekly celebration of the burger at Burger Night. For less than $20 you can dine on a burger, roasted potatoes and a cocktail. It takes place from 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m.
The Burger: Locals rave about Fort Defiance’s burger made with eight ounces of Pino Prime Meats and served on a brioche bun and their special sauce.
Veggie Options: You might not be able to order a veggie burger, but you won’t go hungry. They have a selection of salads and soups. More options are available for breakfast, brunch and lunch.
Two8two Bar and Burger is centrally located on Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill, just blocks from Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill. The cozy restaurant serves up a quality and budget-friendly burger in an elegant atmosphere. The restaurant has a lovely outdoor area with large picnic tables.
The Burger: Using fresh ground beef from a local butcher, two8two is a haven for burger lovers. For a perfect, no frills burger order the Billy, which comes with grilled onions, cheddar cheese and two8two sauce. If you like a well-topped burger, choose from a laundry list of toppings. They also have various options for those who aren’t dining on beef, including lamb and turkey burgers.
Veggie Options: Yes, meat eaters might have a better selection of eats at two8two, but they have a tasty veggie burger on the menu, topped with two8two sauce. You can also add feta cheese, fried eggs and other toppings.
This cozy Deli serves Montreal-inspired cuisine, as well as Jewish classics. Located on Hoyt Street off on Atlantic Avenue, the Boerum Hill deli is a neighborhood favorite, so be prepared to wait for a table. They also have another location in Manhattan.
The Burger: The Big Macher, which is a Yiddish term used to describe a powerful person, is also the name of this burger that stands out on the menu. Dine on two beef patties, a latke (it’s a potato pancake), cheese, and secret sauce.
Veggie Option: Veggie options are plentiful at Mile End. Dine on deli classics with an artisanal bent including a garlic knish, or stick with pierogies, falafel and other meat free dishes.
This historic Cobble Hill bar that once catered to longshoremen, reopened in 2013 with new owners. The renovated spot pays tribute to the bar’s half century long history with retro décor. Known for some of the best cocktails in Brooklyn, their hamburger is another reason to visit this renovated classic haunt.
The Burger: You don’t have to be a lady to order the "Ladies’ Burger," which is a smaller, one-patty version of the "L. I. Burger". The burger named for the bar has two patties, pickles, cheese and “fancy sauce.” Both burgers come with fries.
Veggie Options: No veggie burgers here, but you must order the ricotta toasts with mushroom ragout. The fries are addictive, so you might want to order those too.
The iconic steakhouse in Williamsburg is a must-visit for meat lovers. Long before Williamsburg became the epicenter of the hipster Brooklyn, people made the trek to this historic steakhouse. Make sure you have cash on hand, because this place is cash only (you can use debit card or a check).
The Burger: The burger is only served at lunch, but now you have a reason to have a decadent lunch at this classic and classy Williamsburg restaurant. They stop serving serving the Luger-Burger at 3:45pm, so be sure to get there before then and savor the half-pound burger served with fries or cheese and bacon.
Veggie Options: This isn’t the favorite place for a vegetarian, but if you care about your meat-loving companion, you’ll understand why you’re dining at a steakhouse. They do have salads, tasty creamed spinach, baked potatoes and many other veggie friendly foods.
With multiple locations in Brooklyn, this NYC-based burger chain offers scrumptious burgers (slathered with their signature Shack Sauce) and an array of shakes. Lines abound at all locations, but it’s definitely worth the wait.
The Burger: The Shack Burger can be ordered as a single or a double burger, both served with cheese and their famous Shack Sauce. The antibiotic and hormone free Angus beef patties can also be ordered with smoked bacon. Order one and see why there is a perpetual line at all Shake Shack locations.
Veggie Options: Order the ‘Shroom Burger, a fried Portobello mushroom filled with muenster and cheddar cheese topped with Shack Sauce. Pair it with cheese fries and a shake and you might be having the ultimate decadent meatless meal.
The former owner of a Bed Stuy bar opened this organic burger shop in Astoria, Queens, which is now a growing chain. The Brooklyn location, on Court Street near the border of Brooklyn Heights, is lively and spacious and also kid-friendly.
The Burger: If you’re gluten free, you’ll be happy to note the many gluten free options on the menu including a gluten free bun. The American Burger is a classic, but the menu is filled with many options including an assortment of mini burgers.
Veggie Options: This might be one of the most vegetarian friendly burger restaurants. You have a choice of three different veggie burgers from a farmer’s quinoa patty to a black bean burger, they also have numerous salads and veggie sides. No matter what you order, you should consider a side of sweet fries.