The Best Burgers in Canton, Ohio
It’s been a chilly few months since we last basked in the sun while at a cook-out. Long gone (for the next five months or so) are those picnics and barbeques, but you can still enjoy a savory burger in our town.
Canton has some good ‘basics,’ whether it’s candy, hot dogs, ice cream, whatever… but we have some REALLY good burger places, especially as of late.
While you can get a hamburger most anywhere, there are a few places that really outshine the rest. Here are some of our favorites, and of course a few “burger night” deals.
Smoke The Burger Joint: Totally unique to the area, these guys smoke the burgers – and you can tell. I was unsure, but after a few buds said good things, I tried it and was sold. Not only are the burgers delicious on their own, but they also come fancied up with great things like feta, blue cheese, fried peppers, balsamic glaze, red pepper mayo, jalapeno bacon, arugula, and around 20 other items. You can’t go wrong with the Dirty Vegas or Texas Triple Jay burgers, the latter a winner at the 2013 National Burger Festival. Get the fries too… or get outta town – the fair-fry-wanna-be-seasoned-to-perfection fries are worth the guilt and come with a variety of seasonings. Try out this ‘fast casual’ burger spot brought to you by the Old Carolina BBQ guys, and you’ll be happy you did. Also, bring about $7-$8 for a burger, $2-$4 for fries, $4 for a shake and $2 for a soda. The portions are average with ⅓ lb burgers and a few handfuls of fries. Special prices: $5 burgers after 4pm on Wednesday and $5 kids menu. Menu here.
The Rail: Coming soon to Belden Village Mall; currently in Akron and Cleveland. This new burger joint, focused on LOCAL ingredients and brews, is where you will find some of the biggest, best, juicy burgers that will pack a good pound on your butt and go perfect with one of their craft beers. These burgers are massive (and result in soggy buns – it’s my only complaint) but have toppings that none of the others do: truffle butter, sriracha, bourbon bbq sauce, sunflower-basil pesto and more. Don’t shy away from this place if you’re more of an American cheese and lettuce type of person; they cater to you as well. If you’re looking to up your meat intake for the day, try the Crouching Burger (Hidden Bacon) with bacon, pork shoulder, won-tons and rail sauce. The CGHB is definitely an all time favorite. As for their fries, they have 3 types: truffle, skinny (in size, not calories) and sweet potato; all equally tasty depending on your mood. Bring about $8-$12 for a burger + $2-$6 for fries. Menu here.
Pucker’s – My bf is a certified hamburger-lover and he mentioned Pucker’s (formally Legend’s) before anything else came to my mind. There is a full bar, tons of TVs and projector screens with sports on at all times of the day. This is definitely a win for the guys – the huge, ½ lb Angus reserve burger comes juicy and sloppy. With your choice of toppings ranging from sauteed onions and mushroom, to salami and provolone, all the way to fried eggs and bacon, they have 13 options to choose from. $8-$12 with fries included. Special prices: $5 burger + fry night on Thursdays. Menu here.
George’s – We’ve talked about this one before. George’s unexpected kitchen expansion has given us a wonderful option for comfort food. The burger fixings range from beer cheese and onions, to mozzarella and marinara, and they even threw in mango with sweet chili sauce on their large-sized patty! Not only did they roll out locally raised, grass fed burgers, they have some of the tastiest fries as well, available with several unique toppings include PBR cheese sauce. The selling point here is that you’ll find George’s in downtown Canton and have an atmosphere unlike the other spots listed in this post. Instead of sports on big screens, you’ll have a live band or an acoustic set on stage and the stranger next to is sure to strike up a convo. $8-$10ish for the burger with fries, and an additional $2.49 for the fry toppings. Good deal here? $2 PBRs. Menu here.
3 Brothers Corner Tavern – One in the family of 91 restaurants, 3 bros has good food all around, but they’re well known for their burgers. Apparently, they were even voted as Stark County’s Best Burger. You’ll be plated an 8oz burger topped with one of many combos that including something like mac and cheese with onion straws, red hot and pepper jack, , fried egg with bacon or any other combination you choose. Your 12+ burger choices will come with fries and run about $7-$10. Special prices: Thursdays you’ll get a burger for $1 off. Menu here.
Best Burger - Located in the Washington Square area of North Canton, Best Burger excels at well-prepared classic-grilled burgers. While you won’t find truffle butter or jalapeno bacon here, sometimes traditional toppings like sauteed onions, mushrooms, pastrami, etc., are all you need to hit the spot. With an order-at-the-counter setup and no liquor license, this is the perfect spot for a weeknight burger fix or burgers-to-go. It’s also kid-friendly. Burgers are around $4-$5.
Notable Burger Nights in Canton:
The Basement – Tuesday night from 7pm – 2am. Burger and fries or chips for $2 (with purchase of soda or beer).
Winking Lizard – Both locations have Monday night $5 burgers and fries for select burgers at dinner.
Hog Heaven – Monday night from 3pm-10pm. $5 burgers and fries with the purchase of beverage.
Harmon’s Pub – Tuesday after 2pm. $2.99 burger and fries ($3.49 with pretzel bun).
TD’s Tailgate : Mondays the burger special is $6.99. More TD’s info here.
Do you have your own burger night that you look forward too? Or are you chomping at the bit to add your two cents for the best spot to get one? Let us know! We’ll be sure to check it out and dish our opinion.