Pretty much all of New England’s cuisine is personified by seafood and clam chowder. And, if you’re travelling to Rhode Island, you’re definitely going to want to treat yourself to some local fare. However, nothing beats some tasty Rhode Island burgers.
That’s right. This tiny state is home to what is easily some of the best burgers in the United States. Whether you’re into thick and juicy or thing and hand-pressed out to a caramelised crisp, Rhode Island burgers cover all the bases.
Drooling yet? If you’re not yet, you’re about to be for sure. Check out our picks of the seven best Rhode Island burgers. Go ahead and plan a fun foodie tour across the state to taste them all.
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Locals and visitors alike love this laid back burger joint, and we can see why. The burgers here (which are technically sliders, BTW) are 100% pure Hereford beef. They come in pairs, with each burger pressed with onions, and served on a toasted Martin’s potato roll. Tasty toppings include hickory smoked bacon and fried onion strings.
This cosy nook in Warren has all the classic American comfort food but with a gourmet twist, such as a ribeye cheesesteak with Asiago cheese. While there’ll be a few dishes to catch your eye, you need to try the burgers. Innovative toppings include gruyere mac and cheese, tomato jam or fried jalapeño chips.
Known as America’s oldest tavern, The White Horse Tavern opened in Newport in 1673 and is now a swish farm-to-table restaurant.
Can’t choose which burger to order? Try the Sweet with a Little Heat”. It’s a half pound Angus burger with a Pepperoncini schmear, bread & butter slaw, topped with Pulled Pork and Swiss cheese on a brioche bun, with lettuce, tomato, onion, house-made pickles and hand-cut fries.
It’s all in the name at Luxe Burger Bar – these burgers really are luxurious. Here, you build your own burgers, with over 400,000 (!) options from a list that includes a choice of Wagyu beef, Gold Label Hereford beef, lean bison, chicken breast, Ahi tuna steak, vegan veggie, and lean turkey with an endless array of buns, cheese and toppings.
This mega-popular burger, hot dog and falafel joint keeps things simple, yet to seriously high quality. They grind all the meat for the burgers inhouse for a fresh and juicy patty that’s topped with their signature sauce. The yummy Mission burger sauce is blend of aioli, ketchup, cornichons, capers, herbs and brandy and adds the finishing touch to any of their burger creations.
This no-frills diner might look unassuming from the outside, but it’s where you’ll find one of the best burgers in Rhode Island. It’s a dining car–style restaurant that’s been an iconic eatery in East Greenwich since the 1950s and is still a firm favourite among locals here. Order the double cheeseburger for a hearty feed.
This stylish American bistro in Newport focuses on local Rhode Island producers and whenever possible, use natural meats with no hormones or antibiotics. This passion for quality results in a wonderful burger that’s always satisfying. Topped with Swiss cheese and served with crispy fries and housemade pickles, it’s a must-order.