The 25 Best Burgers In Arkansas

We are pretty sure that we can all agree, no matter where you are in the world, sometimes you just need a good burger. Luckily, Arkansas is loaded with ton of great spots to satiate your craving. Whether you are looking for a down-home American diner or a burger brassiere mashup, this list of the best burgers in Arkansas.

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1. Bulldog Restaurant – Bald Knob

This family-owned restaurant is a popular stopping point from Highway 67 and is known for its juicy, square beef pattys. It’s a classic Drive-In spot where you can expect amazing burgers griddled with oozing American cheese.

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2. Smitty’s Garage Burgers & Beer – Fayetteville

They’ve been perfecting their burgers for years and although there are lots of great toppings on the menu, the classic cheeseburger is where you’ll want to keep your focus.

Double patties, crispy bacon and absolutely loads of cheese make this a serious treat.

3. South on Main – Arkansas

This uniquely Southern restaurant mixes the best flavours from the South with an innovative flair. Think simple dishes but on a whole new level. Case in point? Their unbelievably soft ‘n’ juicy beef burger.

It comes with cheddar, onions, iceburg lettuce, pickle & comeback sauce, and is so good.

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4. CJ’s Butcher Boy Burgers – Russellville

CJ’s Butcher Boy Burgers in Russellville is famous for their simple, no-fuss menu and downhome service. At CJ’s, you can expect a classic juicy beef burger with fresh cut fries and a soda all served with a smile.

After chowing down on one of their delicious real beef burgers, be sure to enjoy one of their famous milkshakes.

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5. Skinny J’s Argenta – North Little Rock

Skinny J’s Argenta is technically a steakhouse, but it’s the burgers that make it sing. One thing that makes Skinny J’s special (aside from the delicious burgers!) is that its family-owned. For nearly 10 years, they’ve been serving North Little Rock and other cities throughout central AK with handcrafted burgers made with love.

6. Ozone Burger Barn – Ozone

Set in a tiny barn in the woods off Highway 21, Ozone Burger Barn is worth the drive. This burger joint is quaint, charming and oh-so-southern. Each and every one of their burgers are handcrafted with 100% real beef that’s seasoned to perfection. They don’t skimp on the sides, either.

Their hand-cut fries are expertly salted and fried to perfection. Whether you’re hiking one of the many nearby trails or just out on a drive, a pitstop at Ozone Burger Bar is a must!

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7. Leo’s Greek Castle – Little Rock

Award-winning burgers, the cheapest beer in the state and tasty gyros – what more could you need? This locally loved Greek restaurant has a cosy vibe and out-of-this-world burgers.

Their signature burger is a tender 10z beef patty that comes *dripping* with American cheese.

Leo's Greek Castle Burger in Little Rock

8. Hugo’s – Fayetteville

When it comes to burgers and charm, Hugo’s is a step above the rest. Nestled in Fayetteville deep in the Ozarks, you’ll find this charming burger joint that serves up the juiciest slabs of beef in the state. The epitome of casual American dining, you’ll find a wide beer selection, relaxed atmosphere and world-class diner style burgers.

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9. Brenda’s Dairy Bar – Little Rock

Brenda’s Dairy Bar is about as simple as it gets: a walk-up/drive-thru window  just south on Mabelvale. But the flavours here are anything but simple. Griddle smashed burgers have the perfect char and come with cheese and bacon.

A side order of deep fried tater tots and a milkshake finish things off nicely.

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10. Smokin’ Bull – Emerson

Smokin’ Bull is one of those places that you feel welcomed in as soon as you open the door. It’s family-run, has a diverse menu and prides itself on fresh food. Smiling staff are ready to serve you and that’s not the best part. The burgers will have you drooling and ordering seconds in no time.

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11. The Box – Little Rock

The Box has been around since 1948, serving some of the best burgers and fries in Arkansas, so you know it’s good. Located just off I-630, the Box is open for lunch only, so don’t miss your chance to get this burger.

Get the classic with Swiss cheese and a fried egg.

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12. Feltner Brothers – Fayetteville

Feltner Brothers is a classic burger diner that sings a tune of American nostalgia. Eating at Feltner Brothers feels like dining at their home dining table. Everyone is family and the food is deliciously served with hearty portions. Feltner Brothers is without a doubt one of the best burger joints in Arkansas.

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13. Big Orange Midtown – Little Rock

These are no ordinary burgers. Toppings are gourmet and downright delicious: Pecorino Cheese, Arugula, Fig Jam, White Truffle, and Mayo? Yes please.

Big Orange Midtown is ideal for when you want a big, dirty burger but in a beautiful setting.

Big Orange Midtown Burger in Little Rock

14. Hamburger Barn – Arkadelphia

At Hamburger Barn in Arkadelphia, they do low-key small-town food right. All of their burgers are served with generous slabs of grade A beef and fresh veggies for a delightfully greasy and filling meal. Don’t miss this Arkadelphia gem.

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15. Oark Burger Company – Clarksville

Oark Burger Company is the place to be if you’re after generous portion sizes and delicious plates for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This family-friendly eatery can’t be missed when in Arkansas and their Hangry Hornet is a must-try.

One delicious patty topped with pepper jack cheese, grilled bell peppers, grilled pickles, jalapenos and chipotle mayo.

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16. David’s Burgers – Little Rock

David’s Burgers might be a chain, but it’s still absolutely incredible.  They grind the chuck steaks into the hamburger meat, no trimmings, fillers or added fat. It’s simply a perfect, juicy burger.

Plus, they also walk around and give fry refills for diners working their way through the huge burgers.

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17. TJ’s Burgers – Jonesboro

TJ’s Burgers in Jonesboro is famous for serving delicious fresh ground steakburgers cooked and served in 15 minutes or less. The restaurant and menu itself is casual gourmet, with delectable burger choices served at a fast and efficient pace.

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18. The Purple Cow Restaurant – Hot Springs

The Purple Cow sings of 1950’s America with old school decor and homestyle service that just can’t be beat. At The Purple Cow, you’ll find everything from bbq bacon burgers to classic cheeseburgers. One thing’s for sure, you’ll be itching to come back and try the rest of their juicy burgers.

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19. The Root Cafe – Little Rock

100% of the meat and bread, and most of the cheese and vegetables that The Root Cafes use are locally grown or produced. Their 1/3 lb. burgers are ground fresh and hand-pattied daily from local, small-farmed and pasture-raised beef, with an addictive garlic mayo.

They also host a range of activities from food preservation workshops and guest speakers to music events and art openings.

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20. Miss Anna’s on Towson – Fort Smith

At Miss Anna’s, everyone is family. Bursting with southern charm and a knock-your-socks-off menu, you can’t go wrong with any of their delicious burgers. After you have your fill of one of Miss Anna’s delicious burgers, indulge in a slice of their world-famous pie!

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21. Tusk & Trotter – Bentonville

Set in what was one Sam Walton’s general office, Tusk & Trotter is interesting with an ideal layout to make for a comfortable dining experience. This brasserie meets burger-joint is one of the best in Arkansas because of it’s slow and local approach to cuisine. Try their famous Tusk burger made with Osage Creek beef with one of their many draft selections.

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22. American Burger Center – Melbourne

At American Burger Center you are sure to get your fill with one of their many tasty burger options. ABC is a prime example of how delicious local eateries can be, with attentive service and fresh perfectly grilled beef burgers.

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23. Dugan’s Pub – Little Rock

Dugan’s Pub is the passion project of Don Dugan and it shows. Don wanted to combine his love for Irish culture and meaningful, homemade food. At Dugan’s Pub, you’ll find a variety of pub food but the burgers are the real star of the show. Don’t leave without trying the Swiss mushroom and a pint or two.

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24. Ozark Cafe – Jasper

Head over to Ozark Cafe for some mouth-watering southern food and one of the most extreme burgers we’ve ever seen! Ozark Cafe’s ‘volcano burger’ is an explosion of cheese and a juicy 1/2 patty and is a must for any daring foodie. If the volcano burger isn’t for you, their other burgers are famous for being the best in town.

25. Sam’s Olde Tyme Hamburgers – Rogers

Burgers, bbq and classic malts and milkshakes make Sam’s Olde Tyme Hamburgers one of the best burger joints in the state. Freshly ground beef, perfectly charred bacon and homemade bbq sauce come together to make a crowd favourite, BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger.

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Sarah Clayton-Lea

Co-founder of Big 7 Travel, Sarah created the company through her passion for championing the world's best food and travel experiences. Before her career in digital media, where she previously held roles such as Editor of Food&Wine Ireland, Sarah worked in the hospitality industry in Dublin and New York.

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