There are some incredible burgers in Nebraska so we set out to find the 25 best for you to add to your burger bucket list. In a state so famous for its beef, it’s no surprise there’s some stiff competition here. Do be warned though, that scrolling through these pictures is going to make you seriously hungry.
From classic cheeseburgers to massive buns loaded with toppings, there is something on this list for everybody.
So grab a friend, work up an appetite and forget about the diet for one day. It’s time to check out the 25 best burgers in Nebraska…
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Dinkers has been an Omaha landmark since 1965, with people flocking to this neighbourhood bar for its beers and burgers ever since. They still make their freshly ground hamburgers the old-fashioned way, with an ice cream scoop and hand press.
Seared on the outside and juicy on the inside, make sure you add on order of their homemade onion rings.
This locally-owned and operated burger joint is famous for having some of the best burgers in Lincoln. Their ever-changing menu is part of what makes this place so popular, as they’re constantly adding new ingredients and items.
Continuously voted one of the best burgers in Nebraska, this spot is a showstopper. Their legendary Stellanator challenge is extreme: 6 burger patties, 6 fried eggs, 6 pieces of cheese, 12 pieces of bacon, fried onions, peanut butter… the list goes on.
And don’t worry, the regular cheeseburgers are just as tasty but smaller!
Angus Burgers & Shakes is a fun and creative spot with treats including beer, bacon jam, and truffle fries. Beef that the family owners’ raises near Holdrege Nebraska makes up the core of the menu, with some outstanding burgers.
Highlights include the French Onion burger with caramelized onions, demi glaze, mayo, and gruyère cheese on a house roll, or the Santa Vace burger which has tempura battered avocado.
With a name like ‘Burger Lust’, you know this is going to be good. This classic American diner has been around since 1980, with its simple, honest food standing the test of time. Their award-winning 1/2lb burger is a must-order. The meat is thick and juicy and the toppings range from classic American cheese to gooey mozzarella.
Not only is this one of the top Irish pubs in the area, the burgers here are next-level amazing. All burgers are flame-broiled and cooked medium well, with a crunchy pickle spear and crispy fries on the side. They keep things nice and simple here, focusing on really good beef with classic toppings.
Venture off the beaten track to this stylish steakhouse and Speakeasy-style spot, with burgers such as the Ryan Burger (½ lb house ground beef, bleu cheese, house-cured bacon, caramelized onions and garlic aioli on a brioche bun) or the Bacon and Piemento Cheese burger (house-cured bacon, pimento cheese and bread & butter pickles). A real gem.
Fancy eating local? HF Crave serves up some of the only burgers in Lincoln that are made from Nebraska-raised cows at the nearby Hollenbeck Farms in Elmwood. Add that to the fact that you can get your burger with sourdough buns and you’ve got the most delicious combination of flavours imaginable.
In the mood for a high quality burger that’s bursting with flavour? Look no further. All the burgers at Open Range Grill are made with 100% all natural range raised Belmar Ranch beef. It’s lean, local, healthy and delicious. The Bronc is always a winner – it’s with grilled onions, horseradish cheese, bacon and dijon mustard.
Dario’s is a European-style restaurant that combines seriously talented cooking with the finest Belgian beers. The perfect combination. Their signature cheeseburger is a real winner – it’s nice and pink and juicy and comes with gruyère cheese, caramelised onions and crispy frites.
This family-favourite BBQ joint keeps things simple with their burger menu, letting the perfectly grilled beef speak for itself. Choose from a hamburger or cheeseburger (we told you it’s simple!) that are among the best burgers in Nebraska. Throw in some cracking sides and this is the sort of place where you’ll never have a bad night.
Blatt Beer & Table is a pub food restaurant and craft beer bar with three locations in Omaha, all serving up consistently fantastic burgers. Their Blatt Burger with Guinness-braised onions, garlic dill pickles and parmesan-peppercorn aioli is a must-order. Or, for something a little spicy, go for the Border burger with crispy poblano pepper rajas, fire-roasted chile con queso and chipotle aioli.
The secret to the incredible burgers here is their one of a kind, hickory grill where they prepare Lazlo’s signature burgers with a yummy smokey flavour. The cleverly-named Should Would Gouda is superb: a hickory-grilled burger topped with smoked gouda, pepperoncini aioli, arugula, tomato and red onion.
But honestly? You can’t go wrong with any of the burgers here.
What’s so great about the burgers at Single Barrel is whatever they use to season their perfectly-grilled patties. Sure, the toppings are great, but what really lingers on your tongue is the delicious blend of hand-crafted spices they seem to be using.
Hey, sometimes it’s good to be bad right? That’s the vibe at Sinful Burger, with a menu packed full of indulgent burgers. Their Gluttony burger is two signature Sinful burger patties stacked with bacon and more cheese, then topped with two grilled cheese sandwiches as buns. The total weight is well over a pound, so bring an appetite!
Block 16 cooks up inventive and pure droolworthy dishes with great local ingredients; their family farm is one of their main sources for produce. As for the burger? It’s messy but a must-eat. The Croque Garcon burger comes with cheese, ham, a sunny-side-up farm egg, mustard, and truffle mayo on a ciabatta roll.
This casual restaurant expertly combines high-quality ingredients with classic techniques for burgers that are some of the tastiest burgers in Nebraska. From old school cheddar burgers to BBQ, mushroom and Swiss or a slider trio, you’ll find something for all tastes on the menu.
We will warn you that you’ll want everything on the menu and will have a hard time choosing!
The burger here is so juicy, thick, packed full of flavour and well made that you’d be foolish to ignore it. Throw in great service and you have the perfect combination.
Oh, and the best thing about Union Bar? Wednesday night is Dollar Burger Night. That’s 1/3 pound burgers for just a buck!
These aren’t just burgers, they’re prime steak burgers. Toppings include smoked bacon and shoulder bacon, as well as bacon jam.
And please, don’t leave without trying their legendary onion rings. Nearly 1,000 pounds of colossal onions are used each week to make them, which are then hand sliced, breaded in a secret blend and cooked to crisp perfection.
LeadBelly’s contemporary American menu offers a little something for everyone from the signature burgers to wood fired pizzas, street tacos, entrees, sandwiches, pastas and more. It’s all good but it’s those burgers you should make a beeline for.
Choose from fun burger names such as Hangover Helper (with fried egg and potato) or Full Leaded Jacket, which comes on a cinnamon roll.
Craft beers and gourmet burgers? We’re sold! The burgers at Omaha Tap House are hand pattied with Certified Hereford Beef from local farms, and topped with local fresh ingredients. The Hangover burger is just what you need after a night out: fried egg, cheesy hash browns, American cheese, and Tap House sauce. Delicious.
Housed inside of a uniquely constructed energy-efficient building, Fireworks Restaurant offers a quality dining experience on top of some of the best burgers in Lincoln. Sit amongst the rain garden and enjoy over 3,000 native plants, shrubs, and trees as you chow down on their 100% pure chuck burgers.
As well as brewing small-batch, hand crafted beer from their own farm ingredients, Kinkaider Brewing Company is home to some of the finest burgers in Nebraska. Each burger here is unbelievably tasty and a real struggle to get into your mouth in one go. One for the burger purists.
This fine dining steakhouse certainly doesn’t do things by halves, making absolutely everything in house, including the great sauces. Their droolworthy Nebraskan burger is a dry aged and wet aged steak ends from their finest cuts of beef, ground in house and topped with house-made pickled cucumbers, house-made pickled onions, wasabi aioli, and melted Muenster cheese.
Bronco’s was Omaha’s first locally owned and operated fast-food restaurant at a time when “fast-food” was an entirely new concept, back in 1959. Now, it’s still going strong with its simple-but-tasty burgers. Always fresh and griddle smashed, they really hit the spot. Nothing fancy, just a juicy burger that’s full of flavour.
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