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Best Burgers

Best Burgers

The beauty of the burger is that it can take many forms within a certain template. And what’s great and worth celebrating about this burger-besotted area of ours is the 70 variations we found.

Michele Chiappetta and Rob Harmon
April 28, 2018 3:18 AM
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Whether you enjoy a fast-serve drive-thru or a sit-down restaurant, casual or haute cuisine, historic spots or the latest new food joint on the block, one thing is not up for debate. There’s a boatload of awesome places to get a tasty burger in Green Country.

What’s more American than the hamburger? This culinary icon is deeply embedded in our culture. It’s been immortalized in countless movies and television shows. And since we’re a nation of individuals, it seems fitting that the variety of hamburgers available is as colorful and wide ranging as our imaginations will allow. Whether you’re hungry for a traditional burger or something out of the ordinary, there are many appetizing choices.

For such a common American meal, the burger exists in numerous makes and models in our area, depending on your personal burger-noshing preferences. You can get slim patties or thick ones, singles or doubles, even triples. The patties may be ground beef, Angus, turkey, bean, vegetarian or other creative options. They can be pan-fried, barbecued or flame-broiled, served straight or topped with just about anything you can imagine.

What’s cool about Green Country is that you can enjoy an old-fashioned, diner-style burger from businesses that launched in the 1950s or are housed on old Route 66 for a nostalgic meal. Or, you can drop in to a hip, modern restaurant and get a burger served with culinary school ingenuity. Or, you can find anything and everything in between.

Like everything about PRHYME, the burgers at this downtown steakhouse are exceptional thanks in part to USDA prime beef ground fresh daily in-house. (Photo: Valerie Grant)
Like everything about PRHYME, the burgers at this downtown steakhouse are exceptional thanks in part to USDA prime beef ground fresh daily in-house. (Photo: Valerie Grant)


Baxter's Interurban Grill
717 S. Houston Ave., Suite 100 | Tulsa
Since 1978, customers have raved about the food, service and atmosphere of Baxter’s Interurban Grill. All along the way, their burger selection has been a big part of that. Enjoy a gourmet burger with avocado and pepper jack, smothered in an onion straw delight. Or try the Ranch burger — a choice beef patty covered in bacon bits, creamy dressing and delicious cheddar. Whichever of their several burger choices you choose, you’ll be pleasantly  satisfied. 


Blue Rose Cafe
1924 Riverside Drive | Tulsa
Tulsans know a classic burger when they taste it. Blue Rose has it. The Blue Rose Classic is appropriately named because it’s hot and juicy with its own unique flavor. Slap on some of those famous cheese fries, and you’ve got a dynamic duo. Add a domestic or import beer and you’ll find yourself in the middle of a beautiful trio. Catch Blue Rose on the right night, and you’ll enjoy some hot live music too. Sounds like a good combo to us.


6577 E. 71st St. | Tulsa
2130 S. Harvard Ave. | Tulsa
Whether you visit the original 1956 location on Harvard Avenue or the south location on 71st Street, two things are guaranteed — tasty eats at a good price and friendly wait staff. Both locations also have that old-fashioned diner feel that hearkens back to Archie comics and Happy Days. Most of the menu is comprised of burger-stand style burgers and fries, with a daily special thrown in for good measure. Ask for the homemade root beer — it’s free with the mention of Preview 918 magazine.


Cafe Ole
3509 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
A remarkable place to get a burger is in the heart of Brookside. Cafe Olé specializes in Southwest cuisine, and they do it right when it comes to burgers as well. Undoubtedly, one of the best guacamole burgers is found here. Quality meat, yummy guacamole, a thick slice of cheddar jack and a chic brioche bun make it so tasty. Match that with an outdoor dining experience on Tulsa’s shortlist of best patios, and you’ll have made the smart burger choice.


Caz's Chowhouse
18 E. M.B. Brady St. | Tulsa
When you’re craving genuine comfort food during a visit to downtown Tulsa, Caz’s Chowhouse is a great option. The casually comfy, relaxed atmosphere is perfect for lunch or dinner, and you’ll get generous portions for the price. Here, you can get your burger basic, spiced up in a Southwest jalapeno style, double-patty style, or in a black bean version for vegetarians. But the star is the Akaushi burger, made with Japanese beef, which is richly marbled and yields a great flavor.


Chimi's Mexican Restaurant
1304 E. 15th St. | Tulsa
5320 S. Harvard Ave. | Tulsa
6709 E. 81st St. | Tulsa
Chimi’s never lacks in surprises when it comes to their top-notch customer service, ambience and, of course, cuisine. Who knew that one of Tulsa’s longest running and most raved about Mexican restaurants had such an amazing burger? Fresh and delicious, like the rest of Chimi’s menu, their cheeseburger is so juicy and flavorful you can’t help enjoying every bite. Also, their choice of sauces and additional ingredients available allow you to make it your way, every time.


Dave & Buster's
6812 S. 105th E. Ave. | Tulsa
Everyone knows that you go to Dave & Buster’s when you want to play some arcade and video games and watch sports. But they also make sure to keep you there with a menu that makes your mouth water. Naturally, they have several meaty, big-appetite burgers to choose from. Try a fan favorite, the Triple Bacon Burger, which is seared, seasoned, and topped with Applewood smoked bacon, peppered bacon pork belly, a bacon-Gouda sauce, Manchego and cheddar cheeses, and crisp lettuce on a toasted brioche bun with garlic aioli.


Fat Daddy's Pub and Grille
8056 S. Memorial Dr. | Tulsa
Folks in south Tulsa have long known about Fat Daddy’s as a great place to see the game and have a drink or two, but the burgers garner equal praise. Their juicy burgers come with the freshest ingredients, including caramelized onions, sautéed jalapenos and chili, to name a few, which makes it easy to find just the right combination of tastiness. With so many choices, it’s no wonder they have such a regular crowd on any night.


Fireside Grill | River Spirit Casino Resort
8330 Riverside Parkway | Tulsa
A visit to River Spirit Casino Resort is a delight for many reasons. While you’re there, check out the delightful Fireside Grill, featuring creative cuisine any time of the day. Fireside delivers up Black Angus beef burgers cooked to your liking. In addition to a classic cheeseburger, you can opt for a spicy red chile burger topped with New Mexico Hatch green chiles; a burger topped with a fried green tomato, bacon and goat cheese; or a burger topped with fried cheese curds and fried pickles.


Flip Side | Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa
777 W. Cherokee St. | Catoosa
To say that Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa’s burger joint is one of the area’s best kept secrets is an understatement. Flip Side serves some unique and delicious burgers. Try the Hawaiian. Your mouth will enjoy a lush experience of sweet chili sauce combined with grilled pineapple and black forest ham. Or, rock your taste buds with the Diablo. Inside its kaiser roll are jalapenos, sriracha ketchup and, well — need we say more? It’ll have you fired up for the casino. Let’s just say that.


Flo's Burger Diner
19322 E. Admiral Place | Catoosa
2604 E. 11th St. | Tulsa
We couldn’t do a list on burgers without including the fabulous options over at Flo’s in Catoosa and now Tulsa. A relative newcomer on the burger scene, Flo’s melds old-school attention to detail and fresh ingredients with culinary know-how to create some delicious options. The burgers are thick and pleasing. Even the guac on the Guacamole Burger is made fresh when you order it. Whether you like teriyaki and pineapple, blue cheese, jalapeno or fresh fried mushrooms, there’s a burger on the menu for you.


600 Riverwalk Terrace | Jenks
From its beginning, the FlyingTee has always been a certified two-for-one experience — excellent entertainment and equally enjoyable food. Always using 100 percent USDA Choice Angus beef, they simply crush it with every one of their burger options. The Bacon Bleu, for example, melts in your mouth with grilled onions, blue cheese, and the most amazing maple bacon you can imagine. Practice your swing, all while enjoying good food and drinks. Not bad. 


George's Pub
108 N. 1st St. | Jenks
Here in Tulsa, we’re aware the Tower of London isn’t the only place you’ll find Beefeaters. There are plenty of those here in Oklahoma. Jenks’s coolest British pub knows how to make an awesome burger. Stroll into this public house and order the mushroom and provolone. With perfectly grilled mushrooms in melted cheese on top of a thick slab of Black Angus — it’s hard 
to beat that.


Harden's Hamburgers
432 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa
6611 S. 101st E. Ave. | Tulsa
This historic Tulsa burger spot has existed since 1939, and its current locations honor that retro vibe with vintage signage, reliable service and old-fashioned grilled burgers. They get their beef fresh from Tulsa Beef daily and use an age-tested recipe to deliver delicious cheeseburgers, chili burgers and more to your table. Plus, you can enjoy comfort sides like salty Tater Tots, onion rings and curly fries.


Hatfield's Burgers & BBQ
11223 E. Admiral Blvd. | Tulsa
A favorite among locals on the north side of Tulsa, Hatfield’s has been satisfying people’s taste buds since the 1960s. It’s unassuming on the outside, and they know what they’re doing in the kitchen. The result: awesome, juicy burgers that remind you of the good old days. The burgers come in various sizes to fit the size of your appetite, and you can also enjoy a patty melt or Swiss and mushrooms burger. Try the barbecue too — it’s tasty.


8108 E. 61st St. | Tulsa
We know Hooters is known for its wings. We understand if you’ve never had their burgers. But the Western BBQ burger is perfect for any appetite on any occasion. Watch sports and just about anything else while enjoying 100 percent American beef on a toasted bun. Sure, you can order some wings too. It’s been an American tradition since the 1980s.


Hwy 66 Diner | Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa
777 W. Cherokee St. | Catoosa
A trip to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa is always fun, and we know you’re going to play some games while you’re there. But don’t leave without a visit to the Hwy 66 Diner. Yes, it’s designed like a 1950s joint, and the service is great. But even better are the tasty meals. When your appetite is large, try their Brutus Burger Challenge and attack a two-pound burger, shredded iceberg, 12 tomato slices, 12 slices American cheese, 12 strips bacon, grilled bun, whole dill pickle, 2 pounds of french fries, and milkshake. Details on the challenge are available at the diner when you  visit.


Johnny Rockets | River Spirit Casino Resort
8330 Riverside Parkway | Tulsa
For over 30 years, Johnny Rockets has spread all over the globe, and what do you know, they’ve got a burger called the Route 66. Seems appropriate, right? Not that you need another reason to visit the River Spirit Casino Resort, but a quality burger, shake and fries before a bit of gambling sounds like a great time. Certified Angus beef, Wisconsin cheddar cheese, and all the other fresh ingredients make a visit to Johnny Rockets totally satisfying.


Maryn's Taphouse and Raw Bar
400 Riverwalk Terrace, Suite 180 | Jenks
Maryn’s produces a perfect ground beef-short rib burger, so many excellent choices. The signature Maryn’s burger comes with gorgeous thick-cut bacon, housemade mayo and a hefty slice of Swiss. Try the more unique Sunny Side, and you’ll get a half-pound patty topped with an over easy egg, fresh tomato, hand-cut fries and thick-cut bacon, of course. Or the jalapeno and cream cheese burger — well, you can imagine how flavorful that one is. Try them yourself. We’re certain you will enjoy.


Napa Flats Wood‑Fired Kitchen
9912 Riverside Parkway | Tulsa
In addition to offering impeccable service and an elegantly relaxed atmosphere that is hard to beat, Napa Flats also does great meals — including some terrific California-inspired comfort foods. Their Bakersfield Cheddar Burger is made entirely with all-natural, grass-fed Angus brisket, topped with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion and aioli.


PRHYME: Downtown Steakhouse
111 N. Main St. | Tulsa
Like everything about PRHYME, the burgers at this downtown steakhouse are exceptional thanks in part to USDA prime beef ground fresh daily in-house. Brie cheese, Applewood smoked bacon, arugula and steak sauce make the signature burger a can’t lose, every-bite sensation. Another sure winner is The Southwest Burger. Smoked bacon, spicy cheddar cream, green chilies, red peppers, all covered with a light bed of onion hay, make it a memorable dish.


302 E. 1st St. | Tulsa
1601 S. Harvard Ave. | Tulsa
3232 W. Skelly Drive | Tulsa
5025 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa
450 W. Wekiwa Road | Sand Springs
3022 S. Garnett Road | Tulsa
8040 S. Yale Ave. | Tulsa
8551 N. 129th E. Ave. | Owasso
705 S. Mission St. | Sapulpa
121 W. Kenosha St. | Broken Arrow
12850 S. Memorial Drive | Bixby
1736 S. Lynn Riggs Blvd. | Claremore
2077 SE Washington Blvd. | Bartlesville
150 W. Shawnee St. | Muskogee
421 S. George Nigh Expressway | McAlester
1909 S. Muskogee Ave., Suite 800 | Tahlequah
6670 S. Lewis Ave. | Tulsa
One of our favorite Oklahoma-based barbecue spots is known for, well, its barbecue meats, like brisket, ribs and bologna. But yes, you can enjoy a burger there too. And since RibCrib specializes in meat, you can’t go wrong with the classic cheeseburger, of course. But you can also really do it up with the Cribfire Burger, which is topped with a hot link, onion ring, pepper jack, cheddar and barbecue sauce, to truly enjoy that barbecue style.


Smitty's Garage
7104 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa
13303 E. 96th St. N. | Owasso
9718 S. Riverside Parkway | Tulsa
Choose a bison burger or any of their other unique combination burgers, and you simply can’t go wrong. This Norman, Oklahoma-based chain of burger joints has taken much of the area by storm, and it’s because their customers know what they’ll get every time — a fresh, quality burger, fast and hot. With over a dozen choices, including the mushroom Swiss, the bacon avocado ranch and the chili cheese, there are so many to make your favorite.


SMOKE. Woodfire Grill
1542 E. 15th St. | Tulsa
The Black Angus burger at SMOKE. is ground daily, with a blend of tenderloin, rib-eye, sirloin and brisket. This flavorful meal satisfies. Add house-smoked bacon to the burger, and you’ll wonder where it’s been all your life. Enjoy fantastically fresh cut fries, potato salad or slaw along with it, and you’ll be reminded of why you chose SMOKE. to grab your burger. 


6100 S. Yale Ave., Suite PL300 | Tulsa
6120 S. Yale Ave., Suite PL300 | Tulsa
When you’re hankering for some down-home, New Orleans jazz style, Southern cooking that satisfies like you wouldn’t believe, it’s time to stop by Sponzs. Meat-eaters should try the Bill’s Le Gourmet — Applewood smoked bacon, caramelized onions, over-easy egg and smoked Gouda —while vegetarians should get the Portobello Vegan Burger — balsamic rosemary and garlic marinated Portobello with caramelized onions, roasted red pepper and side of pesto aioli.


The Bistro at Seville
10021 S. Yale Ave., #103 | Tulsa
Attention to every detail is what you can expect at the Bistro at Seville. Either the Dewberry or the Bistro burgers will completely satisfy your need for prime beef, as well as any urge to indulge your taste buds in a plethora of flavor. Quality greens, savory tomato, cheesy slices of Swiss and other sautéed specialties — it all adds up to magnificent flavor and style. These are quality burgers.


The New Atlas Grill
415 S. Boston Ave. | Tulsa
What’s cool about this restaurant is its location — the Atlas Life Building in downtown Tulsa, built in 1922. A statue of Atlas holding up the world still stands atop the building’s facade. Inside, you’ll see a well-kept, art deco style lobby where the New Atlas Grill awaits you. Among their hot lunch sandwiches is The Atlas — fresh ground beef, grilled and served with Dijon mustard and fried onions.


Waterfront Grill
120 Aquarium Drive | Jenks
Overlooking the Arkansas River in Jenks, the Waterfront Grill has a great patio for spring and summer weather. Their menu is deep and impressive, but when you want to keep it simple, a burger is a great choice here. Their cheeseburger isn’t made with just any cheddar — it’s made with Tillamook, a favorite among cheese lovers. Their Hickory burger is made with homemade barbecue sauce. You can rely on tasty housemade toppings and dressings that add zest to their burgers.


Western Country Diner
1905 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa
Decidedly underrated because it’s a bit off many people’s beaten paths, Western Country Diner is worth a visit for any of their classic diner-style meals. The portions are generous, the homemade pies among the best anywhere in Green Country, served up by friendly staff who make you smile every time you’re there. Their Texas Burger is served open face with chili, cheese, jalapeño and onions.


Wild Heart Cafe
501 S. Cherokee St. | Catoosa
Word has been spreading about this place, and their burgers are a big reason why. Wild Heart pulls out all the stops with the Blue Cheese Angus Steak Burger. It’s not one but two patties with a bit of Worcestershire, savory blue cheese and melt-in-your-mouth provolone. Boy, they really know how to make a repeat customer. By the way, their breakfasts are good too. Really good.  



Arnold’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers
1722 W. 51st St. | Tulsa

Billy’s on the Square
424 S. Main St. | Tulsa

Blue Moon Café
3512 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa

Bricktown Brewery
3301 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
9409 E. 71st St. | Tulsa
11909 E. 96th St. N. | Owasso

Burger Barn
State Highway 100 | Webbers Falls

Claud’s Hamburgers
3834 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa

Coleman’s Bakery
118 N. Seminole Ave. | Okmulgee

Crow Creek Tavern
3534 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa

Dilly Diner
402 E. 2nd St. | Tulsa

Fat Guy’s Burger Bar
140 N. Greenwood Ave. | Tulsa
7945 S. Memorial Drive | Tulsa

Frank & Lola’s
200 E. 2nd St. | Bartlesville

Freeway Café
1547 E. 3rd St. | Tulsa
465 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa
5849 S. 49th W. Ave. | Tulsa

Hammett House
1616 W. Will Rogers Blvd. | Claremore

Hank’s Hamburgers
8933 E. Admiral Place | Tulsa

Harmony House
208 S. 7th St. | Muskogee

Ike’s Chili
1503 E. 11th St. | Tulsa

James E. McNellie’s
409 E. 1st St. | Tulsa
7031 S. Zurich Ave. | Tulsa

JJ’s Gourmet Burgers
647 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa

Linda-Mar Drive-In
1614 W. 51st St. | Tulsa

1536 E. 15th St. | Tulsa

Margaritaville | River Spirit Casino Resort
8330 Riverside Parkway | Tulsa

Mid-American Grille
101 Cobblestone Drive | Pryor

Ollie’s Station
4070 Southwest Blvd. | Tulsa

R Bar & Grill
3421 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa

Sterling’s Grille
2905 E. Frank Phillips Blvd. | Bartlesville

Tally’s Good Food Café
1102 S. Yale Ave. | Tulsa
6100 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa

Ted’s Hamburgers
2906 W. Edison St. | Tulsa

The Brook
3401 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
7727 E. 91st St. | Tulsa

The Chalkboard
1324 S. Main St. | Tulsa

The Parrot Steakhouse and Grill
2530 S. Main St. | Grove

The Tavern
201 N. Main St. | Tulsa

Trey’s Bar & Grill
7891 E. 108th St. | Tulsa

Twin Peaks
7007 S. Memorial Dr. | Tulsa

Ty’s Hamburgers
1534 S. Harvard Ave. | Tulsa

Waylan’s Ku-Ku Burger
915 S. Main St. | Miami

Weber’s Superior Root Beer Drive-in
3817 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa

Weeze’s Café
328 S. Dewey Ave. | Bartlesville

Wild Fork
1820 Utica Square | Tulsa

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