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The Best Burgers in Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama’s acclaimed food scene brings together many of the most inspiring culinary treasures of the south, from Gulf seafood to pork-based barbecue and boiled peanuts to banana pudding. Local foodies and visitors alike embrace such southern comfort food in restaurants from fine-dining establishments to corner cafes. But sometimes we all want to dine on an all-American classic that transcends any north-south-east-west distinctions – a truly great burger. So many of Birmingham’s best chefs feature at least one burger on their menus, some elevating them with fancy toppings and others presenting meticulously perfected classics. But where do the smartest, savviest diners go when they want the best burger in Birmingham? We gathered data covering thousands of restaurants to find the top burger spots according to OpenTable’s most experienced diners. We think every burger aficionado in Birmingham should book a table at one or more of these wonderful restaurants a.s.a.p.

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3 Restaurants
Updated February 26, 2020
Restaurants:Bistro V, BrickTop's - Birmingham, Firebirds Wood Fired Grill - Birmingham
Price Range:$$ - $$
Neighborhoods:Birmingham, Alabama
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Bistro V

1574 reviews
Bistro V presents lunch and dinner Mondays through Saturdays at its lofty, light-filled venue beside Vestavia Place. It has an upscale-casual vibe, with an open kitchen where diners can watch chef Jeremy Downey and his team at work. Downey’s signature cuisine incorporates southern and Mediterranean inspirations while showcasing seasonal ingredients sourced from choice local farmers and purveyors. The dinner menu focuses on sophisticated seafood preparations, while lunch leans a little more casual. Lunchtime diners can order the Bistro cheeseburger in classic or bacon-and-blue cheese versions, as well as patty-melt style. Other tempting options for lunch include four po’ boys and an open-faced roast beef sandwich.

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BrickTop's - Birmingham

2148 reviews
BrickTop’s, a Nashville-based chain of eight upscale-casual restaurants, opened its first location in Alabama in the summer of 2019. It proved an immediate hit with local dinners and soon gained a reputation for offering one of the best burgers in Birmingham. Lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch menus all offer BrickTop’s two signature burgers: a classic cheeseburger with sharp cheddar, and the Tavern burger with American cheese, caramelized onions and secret sauce. The generously sized burgers are cooked diner-style on a griddle and served inside glossy buns next to a tall pile of thin-cut fries or coleslaw. Oysters, prime beef, baby back ribs and entrée-size salads are also highlights of the dinner menu, while the similar lunch menu offers an expanded selection of sandwiches.

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Firebirds Wood Fired Grill - Birmingham

2651 reviews
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, a large nationwide chain, claims as its specialties 21-day-aged steaks, sustainable seafood and top-notch burgers. Options for diners seeking one of the best burgers in Birmingham comprise a classic cheeseburger and Durango burger on the dinner menu, and at lunchtime the additional smokehouse burger. The classic cheeseburger stars Tillamook sharp cheddar, lettuce, tomato and red onion, while the Durango is a chile-spiced burger topped with pepper jack, pickles, fried onions and roasted garlic ranch dressing. The smokehouse burger comes with a Java BBQ sauce, bacon, cheddar and red onion. All of them come on a brioche bun with a choice of seasoned steak fries, tater tots, fresh fruit or cider slaw.

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