Arguably America’s favorite food—the burger—each state will certainly have their fair share of mouthwateringly good options. However, Connecticut should win the ultimate taste bud award, as the state boasts the creation of the humble hamburger in 1900. From dives to everyday options, food trucks, and high-end options, dive mouth first into Connecticut’s hamburger scene.
Haywire Burger Bar is a delicious option for freshly made hand-formed burgers made from meat free of antibiotics and hormones. Though more than just burgers, their burgers are what stands out on the menu, providing an abundance of options. Top burger choices are the Haywire, with bacon, cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, and chipotle sauce, Cranberry Turkey Burger, and Burger Blues, which is topped with blue cheese, caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, and bbq sauce.
If you’ve not yet had the chance to visit the Engine Room, let us suggest it as a top food bucket list item. This beautiful restaurant has a great atmosphere created by the wood and brick walls, industrial feel, and open kitchen/bar. Aside from their weekend brunch, their burgers are stand-out. Menu options include the Hot Fire, which is topped with habanero cheddar sauce, salted onions, and bread n’ butter pickles and the mushroom burger, with local mushrooms, locally made cheese, and a special aioli sauce.
This mobile machine of deliciousness has carefully considered every detail of the burger, including the specialty made brioche buns made with a Filipino purple yam. The menu at Hapa is relatively small, yet dishes are packed with flavor. The two burger options are the Hapa Burger and the Ahi Burger. Both are equally delicious.
South End Uncorked has a menu with fabulous dishes that pack a punch of unique flavor combinations. The massive Uncorked Double Double Cheeseburger is topped with homemade sauce and ketchup, zucchini pickles, and is accompanied by hand-cut fries. This is perfect for sinking your teeth into!
Located in historic Georgetown, Black Cat serves up half pound burgers with numerous delicious meals as well as a create-your-own option. The Georgetown Burger is a spicy peppercorn crusted burger with bacon, caramelized onion, Gruyere cheese, and sauce and the veggie burger is topped with lettuce, tomato, and salsa.
With their large indoor and outdoor space, Plan B Burger is a great option for a leisurely meal with friends or family. The burger meat here is freshly ground daily and includes no hormones or antibiotics. The pretzel burger is a really flavorful option that comes on a pretzel bun and is topped with spicy mustard, lettuce, pickles, and cheddar cheese. The Baja burger packs a punch with fresh avocado, jalapenos, tomato, jack cheese, lettuce, and chipotle spread.
Because this article would have been impossible without Louis’ Lunch, we owe the top burger award to Louis’ Lunch for their original burger. Though the menu might be limited for today’s liking, Louis’ Lunch is the place to go for an affordable, fast, and original burger made using the same techniques from 1900. Order the original burger served on white bread and topped with tomato, cheese, and onion. No ketchup or mustard are anywhere in sight here at Louis’ Lunch.
This classic British pub is a top Connecticut restaurant option due to its great ambiance and delicious menu items. Those looking for a juicy burger can find 10 delicious options on the menu. For something truly mouthwatering, opt for the Akaushi Burger, which uses eight ounces of Wagyu Kobe beef combined with apple wood smoked bacon, caramelized onions, wild mushrooms, poblano chilies, and spicy sriracha ketchup—yum!
If you are looking for something out of the ordinary when it comes to burgers, how about trying a steamed cheeseburger? Ted’s is a family owned and operated restaurant that has been steaming its cheeseburgers since its inception in 1959. Steamed cheeseburgers are created using a special machine that steams the burgers with cheese on top to create an ooey-gooey masterpiece.
Though Match only has one burger option on their menu, it is a truly tasty creation. The Match Burger can be found on both the lunch and dinner menus and consists of seven ounces of beef, caramelized onion-sesame brioche, bacon cheddar dip, bacon, sweet and sour onions, and comes with a side of fries and specialty pickles. If you don’t fancy a burger, Match also has an extensive menu featuring internationally inspired dishes.