Who Makes the Best Burgers in Utah?

Who Makes the Best Burgers in Utah?

One thing has divided foodies since the dawn of the Drive Through.  No, it isn’t how to make the perfect Pizza Crust or Who makes the best BBQ.  It’s who makes the best Burgers, specifically available in Utah.

I have had my share of Burgers in my life and I am ready to impart my wisdom on the world.  I chose from burgers that are available to me and that I have tried before.  Some will be obvious choices and some will be places you have never heard of, so let me know down in the comments below if you agree or disagree with my list.

In-N-Out: The Double Double (Animal Style)

Double Double- Animal Style - Hungry Doug


Growing up in So. Cal, I was blessed to live in the promised land for the best burger ever made, the Double Double.  Starting out with the Sponge Dough Buns and a special sauce that they call “Spread,”  This burger has 2 all beef patties, cheese, Lettuce, Tomatoes, and Pickles.  What makes it Animal Style is the fact they squirt some Yellow Mustard on the patty while cooking it.  Top that off with sauteed onions and this is heaven on a bun.

If you are feeling extra hungry, you can order from their secret menu, which consists of Neopolitan Shakes (Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry mixed), 3×3 (3 Patties, 3 Cheese Slices), 4×4 (4 Patties, 4 Cheese Slices, the Flying Dutchman (2 Patties and cheese with no bun) and many more.

Find an In-N-Out near you.  (Sorry East Coasters, you can have your precious Shake Shack.)


5 Guys: Bacon Cheeseburger (Any way you want)5 Guys - Hungry Doug

5 Guys is a special one because this burger you can have with any topping you want.  Customizable with thousands of different combinations, one thing remains constant.  The quality of their meat, cheese, and buns that make 5 Guys a hit.  If you arent in the mood for a burger, they also have Hot Dogs, Grilled Cheese, and BLT’s.

Two hand-formed patties, grilled to order – with two strips of crispy bacon and two slices of Kraft American Cheese – all on a soft, sesame seed bun.

Find a 5 Guys near you.


Burger Bar: Big Ben

Burger Bar - Big Ben - Hungry Doug

Now I did a whole write up on Burger Bar a while back, but it is worth mentioning again.  This classic burger joint does burgers the right way.  Cranking out classic burgers as big as your head.  The burgers are classic with an all beef patty, special sauce (Thousand Island), Onions, tomatoes, lettuce, on a super soft bun.  I’m not kidding about the size of the burger.  It is almost 3 times bigger than a normal burger.  You can also order the Big Ben Burger as a double or triple.

Burger Stop was featured in Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives with Guy Fieri a while back, which may explain the lines all the time.  Burger Bar is only found in Roy Utah.


Crown Burger: Crown BurgerCrown Burger - Hungry Doug

What can I say about Crown Burger other than PASTRAMI BABY!  I cannot think of a more classic combination to put on a burger than Beef, melted cheese and a huge pile of thick cut pastrami.  Served with their amazing fries and Fry Sauce, it doesn’t get much more Utah than that.  Crown burger has been serving Utah since 1978 and has recently expanded to its 7th store along the Wasatch front.

They do serve more than just Burgers including Pastrami Sandwiches, Corn Dogs, BBQ Beef, and Burritos.

Burger Stop: The Deuce

Burger Stop - Layton UT - Hungry Doug

Opened in 1993, this 1950’s diner has been cranking out the classics and becoming a fixture in the Davis County community of Layton.  They aren’t just a Burger joint as they serve Breakfast items in the morning as well.  They embrace their 1950’s vibe by also hosting classic car shows every few months featuring the best of what made America great.  What Burger Stop is really famous for is their 2 lb challenge burger called The Deuce.

For $18.99, you can participate in the Deuce Challenge with the signature 2lb burger with Ground Beef, 5 slices of cheese, 4 strips of thick cut bacon and topped with special sauce and onion rings.  Finish it in less than 30 minutes and you get a t-shirt to lay claim to your conquest.

My Favorite?

To be completely honest, I get a hankering for each of these burgers at different times.  Each one satisfying my craving, but if I had to choose, life or death, I would have to choose the Crown Burger.  It’s unique and delicious Pastrami is often imitated, never duplicated.  Now I know a lot of you guys will disagree, but for me, that is the one burger that I crave the most.

Which is your favorite?



R&R BBQ: Best BBQ in Utah

R&R BBQ: Best BBQ in Utah

Here in Utah, we aren’t known for much more than green Jell-O, funeral potatoes and polygamy.  But there is a new kid in town.  R&R BBQ has come in like a wrecking ball and re-ignited the food revolution on the Wasatch Front.  Come check out the Best BBQ Joint in Utah, R&R BBQ.

Best BBQ in Utah

Founded by Rod and Roger Livingston as a hobby, they entered into competition BBQ and haven’t looked back.  After winning several BBQ championships, they decided to open up their own restaurants.  In a few short years, they have opened 7 restaurants and continue their rise to the top.  Their whole philosophy has been “No Shortcuts.”  From the quality of their meats to the preparation and execution of each plate, that philosophy is apparent.

Before you even see the restaurant coming up, you can definitely smell it.  The mouthwatering smell of smoked meats surrounds each store and makes you crave it even more.  Entering each location is an adventure in and of itself.

Their Food

Staples in the arsenal for any BBQ joint is the Brisket, Pulled Pork, and Smoked Sausages.  But their most famous dish would have to be their Caveman Burger.

Caveman Burger- Hungry Doug

The Caveman Burger

Filled with smoked sausage, pulled pork, jack cheese, fried jalapeños, and topped with your choice of BBQ sauce, you will have to unhinge your jaw like a python to fit it in your mouth.  Bursting with smokey goodness, it is BBQ perfection.

If you aren’t in the mood for a delicious burger, you can order the meats by the pound.  Each item on their menu is heaven on a plate.  Pulled pork, beef brisket, smoked sausage, boneless chicken thighs, smoked chicken, and St. Louis Spare Ribs.  My personal preference is the 3 meat plate with Brisket, Sausage, and pulled chicken.  You also cannot go wrong with their Brisket Tacos and Nachos.

So if you are in the mood for some great food, good smells, and a friendly atmosphere, go check out R&R BBQ.  Find the nearest one on their website and check out their menu.


Utah’s 5 Best Fast Food Joints

Utah’s 5 Best Fast Food Joints

Utah has a lot of things to offer.  The Best Snow on Earth, Scenic Mountain Peaks, and Fry Sauce.  If you do not know what Fry Sauce is, you are definitely missing out.  (Here is how you make it) Many people ask me what are some great places to eat that are unique to Utah that will not break the bank.  Well…I am finally going to answer that question.  Here are Utah’s 5 Best Fast Food Joints, in no particular order.

Crown Burger

377 East 200 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
(801) 532-1155

Crown Burger: A Utah Staple

Crown Burger: A Utah Staple

We start our list off with in my opinion, the best burger in the state.  No list of Utah restaurants would be complete without Crown Burger.  Their signature item, The Crown Burger is a delicious Thick Cut Pastrami Cheeseburger with lettuce, onion, and fry sauce.  Accompany that with fries and a Chocolate Shake and you have a gut buster fit for a king.  If burgers aren’t your thing, they have delicious sandwiches, corn dogs, gyros, and salads.  With 7 locations across the Wasatch Front, you are sure to find something you love.

Moochies Meatballs

232 East 800 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84111


If you are in the mood for a great Philly sandwich, look no further than Moochies.  Having been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, their Philly is not complete without a healthy dose of jalapeno sauce.  While I do not waste my time on anything BUT the Philly when I come in, I also hear that the Meatball Sub is out of this world.  Lines for these famous sandwiches are usually out the door.  Portions are huge, so be prepared to take some home with you.  After several years in their downtown location, Moochies recently ventured and opened a second location in Midvale and a third in Lehi.  If you are in the mood for a uniquely Utah sandwich, this must be your first stop.

Olympus Burger

9326 S 700 E

Sandy, UT 84070


Olympus Burger

Olympus Burger has been around for quite a while offering a unique combination of American staples and Greek items.  Family owned and operated, they take great pride in serving some of the best food in the state. The one reason why I included them on this list however was for their Gyro sandwich.  One of the things I remember growing up was when I was in High School, coming to get their Gyro Combo with amazing fries and 4 containers of Fry Sauce (seriously if you don’t know what Fry Sauce is, here is a recipe, go and try it for yourself.  It will change your world)  Homemade tzatziki sauce, piles of gyro meat and warm pita bread are a welcome change to the classic burgers and worth stopping by for.  With two locations in the Salt Lake Valley, you should have no problem getting in and trying for yourself.


307 W 600 S 

Salt Lake City, UT 



R&R BBQ the best barbecue joint in the state, if not the country.  (You are welcome to try and change my mind) R&R offers true BBQ to Utah with their smoked meats and unique menu.  Everything on their menu is smoked, tender, and generous with their portion sizes.  If you were going to have one thing however, have the Brisket Tacos.  If you want the full experience, get the 3 meat plate with Brisket, Sausage, and Shredded Chicken.  Their sauces round add a kick of flavor that rivals any I have had in my travels through the country.  For Dessert, have the delicious homemade Bread Pudding.

R&R has taken the state by storm with 7 locations across Salt Lake, Davis, and Utah counties including in Vivint Smart Home Arena, home of the Utah Jazz.  Anytime you are in a 3 mile radius of the place, you can smell the delicious smoked meats calling you in.  If you are in the mood for a BBQ experience like no other, check out R&R BBQ.

Burger Bar

Located just outside of Hill Air Force Base in Roy Utah, Burger Bar is another Utah staple offering up a unique spin on American classics.  Check out my review for a more in depth look at this amazing Utah treat.  These huge burgers offer a welcome change from anything else you have tasted before.


There you have it folks.  These unique to Utah fast food joints are sure to keep you busy on your lunch breaks.  Do you agree with the list?  Let me know in the comments below.