Who has the Best Burgers in Michiana? You can bet that question is asked hundreds, if not thousands of times throughout Michiana each year. Well ZZZippy has recruited the areas leading culinary experts and invested many months in judging so that we could bring you the answer... so now you'll know who delivers the area's Best Damn Burgers, period!

#1 YESTERDAY’S - Great Scott

GRANGER, IN

Yesterday’s is known for great food, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that their Great Scott Burger was a serious contender for ZZZippy’s Best Burger in 100 Miles. This burger has just about everything you could ask of a champion burger: the bun is soft and pillowy, the tomato and lettuce are very fresh and the sweet Vidalia onion compliments the other produce perfectly. The meat, a whopping 16 ounces of delicious beef (two 8 ounce patties), ground daily from fresh filet mignon (yes filet mignon).

Finally, the award-winner is finished with aged cheddar cheese melted on both patties.

Taste, Value and Presentation combined have earned Yesterday’s Great Scott ZZZippy’s #1 spot for not only Michiana's Best Burger but also the Best Burger in 100 miles!

#2 LAKEHOUSE GRILLE - Hawaiian Burger

CULVER, IN

The Hawaiian Burger from Lakehouse Grille was a very serious contender in this contest. Amazingly, Lakehouse had three burgers nominated for ZZZippy’s 100 Best Burgers. After judging, the Hawaiian burger found its way into 2nd Place to beat out over a thousand other burgers! The ingredients meld together to bring this burger to near perfection. Lakehouse starts your burger by choosing the right bun, keeping it simple so as not to overpower the other significant flavors. Next they carefully prepare the high quality ground beef and grill a fresh pineapple slice and gently ladle it with a homemade teriyaki sauce that you won’t believe. Fresh tomato and Bibb lettuce is added, and finally they brand the bun with their logo... so you never forget where this baby came from!

#3 REDAMAK’S - Velveeta Cheeseburger

NEW BUFFALO, MI

How about a big bite of famous? That’s right, the next burger on our list of the 100 best is the popular Redamak’s Burger from New Buffalo. Not only did this burger make the number three spot in ZZZippy’s 100 Best Burgers in 100 Miles, it was also voted one of ZZZippy’s Best Burgers in Michigan. The burger is a bit on the smaller size compared to many of this year’s other contenders. However, they serve it up with a nice thick, juicy patty on a bun that can hardly contain the other elements. Get the double with bacon and melted chedder cheese that drowns the rest of the sandwich. When you eat a Redamak’s Velveeta Cheesburger you will soon understand why it’s famous. Oh by the way, bring cash. They don’t accept credit. But who cares?!

#4 RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE - Ruth’s Burger

GRANGER, IN

When you think of high quality steaks and prime cuts of meat, most people immediately think ”Ruth’s Chris”. Well, next time you consider this fabulous restaurant contemplate a Ruth’s Burger.

This delectable burger is made up from 10 ounces of USDA Prime Beef, masterfully prepared to succulent excellence. Havarti Cheese is then melted over the patty and smoked onion Aioli is spread on the brioche bun. Beefsteak Tomato, shredded Romaine and crispy onion straws complete this top-rated burger. May we suggest a dirty martini with blue cheese olives as the perfect complementto this delightful dish.

#5 523 TAP & GRILLE - The Main Street

ELKHART, IN

This mountain high sandwich is not for the faint at heart.

The chef begins creating your masterpiece by using a soft browned bun as a foundation. Made with half a pound of fresh ground, Certified Angus Beef chuck, flame broiled over a char grill... and smothered with cheddar cheese.

Fresh tomato, lettuce and grilled mushrooms are carefully added. This beauty is topped off with applewood smoked bacon, and fried onion strings. Finally it’s drizzled with a special house barbecue ranch sauce. Oh yeah, just like Lakehouse, 523 brands your buns... at no extra charge!

#6 COPPERTOP TAVERN - Banana Peanut Butter Burger WOLCOTTVILLE, IN

Yes you read it right... Banana Peanut Butter Burger.

This unusual combination of burger and fruit (and peanut butter) is like no other on ZZZippy’s List.

But don’t knock it until you consume it because this little monster will blow your tastebuds away. Made with an 8 oz Angus patty, topped with caramelized bananas, sautéed bacon & onion, house-made peanut butter, cheddar cheese and spring mix. All on a toasted brioche bun.

It’s down-right Delicious!!!

Wash it all down with a good bottle of adult (alcohol) root beer and off you go!

#7 UPTOWN KITCHEN- Kobe Burger Johnny Style

GRANGER, IN

Kobe Burger Johnny Style is a half pound Kobe beef patty cooked on an open fire grill with thick cut bacon, melted bleu cheese, lettuce, tomato and grilled onions, making this burger unbelievable... even without the fixings. The seasoning is kept simple… salt, pepper & steak seasoning.

Uptown spreads it all on a Challah Roll… and bam!

This burger really is uptown, baby!

#8 CJ’S PUB - Super Pub Burger

SOUTH BEND, IN

This burger is anything and everything you want it to be. You pick your size (5, 10 or 20 ounces). Pick your cheese, pick your produce and pick your toppings... Finally you pick exactly how you want the cook to prepare it.

It’s all about you. We can only make suggestions, which we will be happy to do, so here goes: Start with the 10 ounce (perfect size for a big appetite). Have it cooked medium to medium rare. In this case, do the Swiss cheese. Add both mushrooms and green olives, red onion slices and a small tear of lettuce... and don’t forget the bacon. Finish your burger with either CJ’s Pub Sauce or bleu cheese dressing.

This is the exact combination that landed CJ’s Pub in ZZZippy’s Best 100 Burgers in 100 miles!

#9 FIVE STAR DIVE BAR - Smoke House Burger

ELKHART, IN

The Five Star Dive Bar makes its way into the top 25 with its Smoke House Burger. They begin with delicious hand pattied Certified Angus, 100% Ground Chuck beef, cooked to order. They then slap it on a Brioche Bun (baked fresh from Gonella Bakery in Chicago) and add bacon. Finally your cook melts a symphony of cheeses (provolone, cheddar, mozzarella and smoked gouda) onto the patty and tops it with house-spun smokehouse sauce. This ain’t no ordinary dive bar...and it certainly ain’t no ordinary burger.

#10 ROC'S CAFE - Montana Burger

MISHAWAKA, IN

So, just how important is the bun? Roc’s Cafe is a small sports bar downtown Mishawaka. The burgers there are fantastic and there are plenty on the menu to chose from. However, your burger will be prepared one way and one way only (medium). Roc, the owner insists, that’s the only way they’ll do it. Roc’s uses quality meat and cheese to make their burgers, the produce is fresh... but it may very well be the bun that sets this burger apart from others.This may be the #1 bun in our contest. Try this burger once and you’ll be back... again and again.

#11 BUCK BURGERS & BREW - Stuffed Bleu Cheese Bacon Perfection SAINT JOSEPH, MI

This burger is relatively simple and at the same time simply delicious! Made up of an Angus beef patty stuffed with bleu cheese (there’s the key) and grilled on a seasoned flat top griddle. Lettuce, tomato and Buck bacon is added and then seasoned with kosher salt and a 14 mesh black pepper (as well as a special Buck seasoning). Then the kicker... it’s served on a brioche bun with a side of house-made Archie sauce (sour cream, bleu cheese, cream cheese, horse radish and dijon).

Damn!

#12 WINGS ETC. - Loaded Cowboy Burger

SOUTH BEND, IN

There’s a reason for the Etc. When a company that is known for their wings makes a burger that is voted in the top 100 Burgers in 100 miles (especially way up to #17), they must know what they’re doing. Wings’ Loaded Cowboy Burger stole that accolade this year by using seven ounces of fresh beef (an 80/20 blend) to make this burger. Then they chargrilled it to achieve that flame broiled flavor. It’s seasoned with Wing’s house spice blend, topped with cheddar cheese, bacon strips and their popular house BBQ sauce. Lastly, the savory burger is laid in a buttered roll and grilled on a flat-top grill.Now that is the definition of a Loaded Cowboy!

#13 EVIL CZECH - PB & J Burger

CULVER, IN

Evil Czech also brings a peanut butter topped burger to our contest. However, their’s has a little twist… moms-made jalapeño/cherry jelly! This evil little burger is made with a half pound patty of Certified Angus Beef, or locally raised Bison (your choice), prepared on the grill and never pressed. The base of the ciabatta bun is covered with creamy peanut butter and the patty is added and topped with Pepper Jack cheese, locally sourced red onion, tomato and Bibb lettuce. To conclude this great burger it’s covered with cherry peppers and the special jelly.

So “bad” it’s Evil!

#14 FLIPPIN’ COW - Stella Moo Burger

ELKHART , IN

Already an award winning burger, the Stella Moo from Flippin‘ Cow has really earned its stripes in ZZZippy’s Best 100 Burgers Contest. Placing #19 from well over a thousand burgers is no small feat. So what makes the Stella special? How about the fact that it’s made with double steak burger patties, topped with Applewood Smoked Bacon, a quality Pepper Jack cheese, smoked bisque and house-made Ale BBQ sauce. That is a really good start, however it’s when they throw on the onion straws that this thing really MOOS… now that makes for anaward-winning burger!

#15 BOB’S 19TH HOLE - Big Bob Burger

SOUTH BEND, IN

This gigantic burger stands tall in the ZZZippy Best Burger Contest. It includes “two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a”… wait there’s more; the Big Bob also has tomato and bacon. And their special sauce is a delicious 1000 island dressing. The beef is brought in daily from a local meat market and hand pattied.

This burger is so good it’s bad! {n fact, we think they should name it the Big, Bad, Bob Burger!

#16 SCOTTY’S BREWHOUSE - Shewman Special

MISHAWAKA , IN

Hand pattied blend of Scotty’s Brewhouse signature ground chuck spiced with garlic, black pepper and kosher salt and charbroiled to a mouthwatering conclusion. Topped with sautéed fresh jalapeños, melted cheddar cheese, applewood smoked bacon, peanut butter, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions and pickles. Peanut butter is the signature sauce that ties everything together. Served on a lightly toasted and goldenbrown buttery bun.

#17 SKIP’S - Skip’s Signature Steak Burger

NEW BUFFALO, MI

It’s all about the meat and the seasoning when your’e talking about Skip’s Signature Steak Burger. Skip’s always uses a combination of freshly ground filet mignon, ribeye and New York strip for their patties. They season the meat with their special custom blended seasoning salt which make these tasty burgers burst with fabulous flavor. They grill this fine combination on an open flame broiler. We recommend that you top it off with one of their aged cheeses, bacon and mushrooms.Ahhh, burger heaven.

#18 J'S PUB - Memphis Burger

ARGOS, IN

This is one of the most interesting tasting burgers in our contest. J’s has figured out a way to perfectly combine key ingredients so that they meld together in a fashion that they burst with flavor, without any one of the fixin’s being too dominant. A half pound hand pattied burger (with just the right seasonings), Hickory Smoked Pork and Grandma’s Cole Slaw. Add the homemade house BBQ sauce and you have a burger that Grandma wished she could make!

#19 HEINNIE'S BACK BARN - The Claybaugh

ELKHART, IN

Rounding out our Top 25 Best Burgers is Heinnie’s Claybaugh Burger. This twin 1/3 pound burger with bacon, grilled onions, mushrooms, four different cheeses and all its condiments may not be great for you… but it sure is delicious.

Heinnie's named the burger after ex-Elkhart Police Officer Scott Claybaugh because…

Well, you’ll have to ask them why.

#20 THE MARK DINE & TAP - Big Jake’s Longhorn

SOUTH BEND, IN

A half pound blend of sirloin tip and rib meat topped with a slice of Vermont cheddar, Applewood smoked bacon, tomato, fried onion rings and house made barbeque sauce. Served on either a pretzel bun or challah roll.

#21 EDDIE’S STEAK SHED - Fat Boy Burger

GRANGER, IN

One and a half pound steakburger with onions, mushrooms, chipotle mayonnaise and American cheese on a bed of lettuce, tomato and pickles.

#22 TJ’S SPORTSBAR - The Big Mother

WATERVLIET, MI

20-ounce fresh beef patty ground daily and served deluxe with lettuce, tomato, mayo, green olives and American Cheese on a giant bun. The one pictured is double. Crazy!

#23 MCCARTHY’S ON THE RIVERWALK - Big Irish Burger ELKHART, IN

A 6.5 oz. beef patty with bleu cheese ,fries, bacon, fried egg, coleslaw, guacamole, lettuce, tomato and red onion served on a pretzel bun.

#24 THIRD SHIFT GRILL - Blackthorn Burger

SOUTH BEND, IN

You’re finishing your first round of golf at Blackthorn. It’s 11:30 and everyone’s hungry. Head on over to the Third Shift Grill and order the Blackthorn Burger.

The 1/3 pound pattie of USDA choice Ground Chuck is served with fresh lettuce, tomato, onion slices and pickle chips with cheddar cheese on a Kaiser bun.

Just the right fuel for the second round.

#25 THE VIEW - The Becky Burger

SOUTH BEND, IN

Two beef patties, American and Swiss cheeses, BBQ sauce, grilled onion and bacon on a sesame bun. For a twist, try the Becky Burger with raw onion, and no bacon. The flavor of the beef and cheese explodes with this combination.

#26 SOUTH SIDE SODA SHOP - New England Cheeseburger GOSHEN, IN

Take a quarter pound burger, combine it with melted cheddar cheese on grilled English muffin bread… so much better than a standard burger bun. Add lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, onions, pickles, bacon, ketchup, mustard and egg or mushrooms.So much better indeed!

#27 CARRIAGE HOUSE - Carriage House Burger

SOUTH BEND, IN

A 100% custom blend prime beef patty, topped with a blend of Cipollini onions and pecan wood smoked bacon on a slice of two year aged Gouda cheese.This is one really great burger. Maybe it's time to get back to the Carriage House?!

#28 FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES - Double Cheeseburger MISHAWAKA, IN

Did you know that there are over 250,000 possible ways to order a burger at Five Guys?This is the place to go if you’re looking for a fresh, juicy burger with all the toppings you can stuff between fresh-baked buns. Oh yea, and don’t forget to order some of their handcrafted fries.

#29 TONY’S FAMOUS GRILL - The Godfather

GOSHEN, IN

A half-pound lean ground beef pattie grilled to perfection and served just the way you like it, plus cheese and bacon options!

#30 TABOR HILL WINERY - Mushroom Burger

BUCHANAN, MI

Two house-blended ground beef patties topped with sautéed Chanterelle mushrooms, green onion mayo and Emmentaler cheese on a pretzel bun.

#31 HENSELL'S OAKEN BUCKET - Hensell Burger

SOUTH BEND, IN

An old standby, this burger has been the highlight of the Oaken Bucket menu for years. The ingredients (beef, bun, grilled onion and cheese) blend well and make for a tasty burger treat.

#32 THE FRIENDLY TAVERN - The Smokehouse Burger COLOMA, MI

A delicious Angus Burger, topped with smoked ham, melted cheddar jack cheese and smothered with their famous BBQ sauce. Served with shredded lettuce, tomato and Friendly Pub Fries.

#33 OLYMPIA CANDY KITCHEN - The Burger

GOSHEN, IN

Take a trip back to a time when a soda fountain hamburger was created from locally raised beef, freshly ground and grilled on a seasoned grill – to perfection. Then served on a toasted bun with lettuce, tomato, onions (raw or grilled), pickles, olives, bacon and homemade mayonnaise, with your choice of American or Swiss cheese. This burgers is your time machine.

#34 CORNDANCE TAVERN - Monster Bison Burger

MISHAWAKA, IN

The Monster Bison burger is served on a toasted pretzel bun, trader’s point aged cheddar cheese, onion rings, chipotle aioli, corndance fries, smoked ketchup, giardiniera.

#35 BAR LOUIE - Chicago Stockyard

MISHAWAKA, IN

This large, peppercorn encrusted and grilled burger comes topped with sauteed mushrooms and a melted parmesan-bleu cheese sauce.The tangy Worcestershire sauce and earthy mushroom combination is well-balanced and complemented nicely by the cheese mix, tomato, romaine and onion.

#36 FARMERS COUNTRY CLUB - Garbage Burger

BENTON HARBOR, MI

It’s a half pound ground chuck burger with cheese, mayo, ketchup, mustard, onion, pickle, olives, lettuce and tomato on a toasted bun.

#37 SCOOBIES - The Hangover

MISHAWAKA, IN

A 1/3 lb. Angus steak burger with ham, bacon, an over-easy egg, melted Swiss & American cheeses, topped off with lettuce, onion and tomato… all piled high a pretzel bun.

#38 COACH’S BAR & GRILL - The Olive Izzo Burger

STEVENSVILLE, MI

Sliced green olives stacked on a juicy beef patty with lettuce, tomato and a generous portion of homemade Olive Mayo.

#39 BETWEEN THE BUNS - Angry Knight Burger

ELKHART, IN

This hot-headed burger gets heated up with Cajun seasoning, zingy Boom-Boom sauce, crisp bacon and pepperjack cheese. And if that’s not volatile enough, it’s topped off with frizzled onions and jalapeno peppers!

#40 CONSTANT SPRING - Pesto Burger

GOSHEN, IN

A wonderful medley of fresh basil pesto, smoked mozzarella, and tomato on a grilled beef patty makes for a burger you will want to return for again and again.

#41 ROUND BARN BREWERY - Butternut Squash Veggie Burger BARODA, MI

#42 221 MAIN - Build A Burger
SAINT JOESEPH, MI

#43 NEW PARADIGM BREWING CO. - Rockin’ West
ELKHART, IN

#44 RIVER’S EDGE - Bubba Burger
BENTON HARBOR, MI


#45 DOC PIERCE’S - Doc’s Cheeseburger

MISHAWAKA, IN

#46 ROXY’S HAMBURGERS - Double Cheeseburger
ST. JOSEPH, MI

#47 HARD ROCK IN FOUR WINDS - Original Legendary® Burger NEW BUFFALO, MI

#48 BACON HILL KITCHEN & PUB - Bacon Hill Burger ELKHART, IN

#49 SMOKESTACK BREW - The Stack Burger

MISHAWAKA, IN

#50 MAIN STREET GRILL - Char Burger
MISHAWAKA, IN

#51 MILES LAB - Black Jack Burger
ELKHART, IN

#52 NEON GRILLE - Old Fashioned Cheeseburger
SAINT JOSEPH, MI

#53 FIRE ROCK CAFÉ - Fire Rock Burger
SOUTH BEND, IN

#54 CHEERS - Jalepeno Burger

SOUTH BEND, IN

#55 BLUE GATE CAFÉ - Blue Gate Classic
SHIPSHEWANA, IN

#56 BONEFISH GRILL - American Kobe Beef Burger
MISHAWAKA, IN

#57 THE BRASS RAIL - Blue Cheese Pretzel Burger
PLYMOUTH, IN

#58 FIRESIDE TAP & GRILL - Eddy Burger
EDWARDSBURG, MI

#59 TGI FRIDAY’S - Jack Daniel’s® Burger

MISHAWAKA, IN

#60 GRANITE CITY FOOD & BREWERY - Bedda Chedda MISHAWAKA, IN

#61 DICKIE’S AT SWAN LAKE - SLR Burger
CULVER, IN

#62 WELCOME INN - Bar Burger
STEVENSVILLE, MI

#63 BARNABY’S - Black Angus Pub Burger

SOUTH BEND, IN

#64 FIDDLER’S HEARTH - Scottish Burger
SOUTH BEND, IN

#65 STEAK & SHAKE - Double Cheeseburger
MISHAWAKA, IN

#66 GRAND CROSSING - Deluxe with Olives
BENTON HARBOR, MI

#67 CHRISTO’S - Famous Half Pound Christo Burger

PLYMOUTH, IN

#68 SPORTS TIME FAMILY PUB - The Western Burger
ELKHART, IN

#69 LOGAN’S ROADHOUSE - Fried Cheese & Bacon Burger MISHAWAKA, IN

#70 THE SKILLET - The Skillet Burger

SOUTH BEND, IN

#71 PUMPKIN VINE CAFÉ - One Pound Hoosier Daddy
SHIPSHEWANA, IN

#72 CASEY’S BAR & GRILL - Casey’s Burger with Cheddar NEW BUFFALO, MI

#73 SIMONTON LAKE DRIVE-IN - Olive Burger
ELKHART, IN

#74 NORTH SHORE INN - North Shore Hamburger
BENTON HARBOR, MI

#75 CHEDDAR’S - Jalopena Cheeseburger
ELKHART, IN

#76 CASTAWAYS - Castaways Burger
PLYMOUTH, IN

#77 HUNTER’S HIDEAWAY - Buffalo Burger
NAPPANEE, IN

#78 MORGAN’S & LITTLE BLACK DOG TAVERN - 1/4 lb. Triple Beef Steak Burger MISHAWAKA, IN

#79 TEXAS ROAD HOUSE - Smokehouse Burger
MISHAWAKA, IN

#80 FAT CAM’S AT GARVER LAKE - The Fatty
EDWARDSBURG, MI

#81 THE NUGGET - Guacamole Burger
NILES, MI

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