Fort Wayne’s Top Burgers

I am a food snob. I can’t help it. Life is too short to waste time eating something that doesn’t taste delicious. And, when it comes to burgers, I am particularly snobby. I won’t tolerate a wimpy burger. Fortunately, Fort Wayne knows how to do burgers. Here are my top 3 choices for best burgers in town, followed by the top 3 crowd sourced from Twitter.

1-    Henry’s Burger

Made to order with a plethora of topping choices, including avocado, bacon, blue cheese, jalapenos, sprouts, and several varieties of cheese, this burger is classic in every sense of the word. A thick, juicy burger served on an onion bun, it’s absolute perfection. If you’re looking for a great burger served in a comfortable neighborhood setting, this is the one for you.

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Dash-In to this downtown favorite.

2-    Dash In’s Ciderhouse Burger

Black Angus beef, charbroiled to order and served with Crispin cider glazed onions, bacon and Gouda cheese on a toasted onion roll. My mouth waters just typing that description. The tangy sweet flavor from the Crispin Cider onions pairs well with the mild Gouda and the savory Black Angus beef. And of course, it has bacon. Need I say more?

3-    Kaysan’s 5th Down’s Bulgohgi Burger

I am a big fan of mixing traditional American fare with international flavors. Bulgogi sauce is a traditional Korean marinade made with soy sauce, sesame seeds, oil, garlic and a little sugar, lending a unique and powerful flavor to any meat. This burger is Certified Black Angus marinated in Korean spices and served on your choice of onion or Kaiser roll. I am partial to the onion roll, but you simply can’t go wrong either way.

Crowd sourced:

1-    Five Guys’ Bacon Cheeseburger

Known across the nation for their stacked and loaded burgers, Five Guys soared to the top of the list when I reached out to Twitter for feedback. The Bacon Cheeseburger comes loaded with lots of gooey cheese and a generous serving of bacon. The fries are pretty famous too; a natural fry with the peel still on, they are typically stuffed into the bag.

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The Big Buster: A Fort Wayne Tradition

2-    Hall’s Big Buster Burger

Perhaps the most well-known burger in town, the Big Buster Burger is a must-try for anyone visiting Fort Wayne. It’s a sizable double decker hamburger with cheese, shredded lettuce, and Don Hall’s famous sauce. Though not the fanciest on this list, it’s definitely a classic.

3-    Red Robin’s Royal

This monster burger combines two of my favorite things: burgers and breakfast! Crowned with a fresh fried egg and topped with hardwood smoked bacon, American Cheese, crisp lettuce, fresh tomatoes and mayo. I am not kidding when I say it’s monster. You won’t be leaving hungry if you give this one a try.

Honorable mentions, solely because they aren’t offered all the time: Bravas Burger Nights and Tuesday Burgers at The Oyster Bar. If you get a chance to try burgers from either place, I highly recommend it.

About

Amber Recker moved here from Illinois in 2002 and is proud to call Fort Wayne home. She's a marketing professional, freelance writer, community volunteer, and food blogger, with over ten years of writing and editing experience. By day, she serves as the director of marketing for PUNCH Films. In her spare time, she volunteers for several non-profit organizations and creates content for a service-centered blog, contagiouscommunity.org. She and her husband also own Ginger Kitchen Gourmet Ice Cream, preparing small-batch, locally sourced ice cream. The two also enjoy spending time in the kitchen and share their culinary creations at reckermended.com.

4 Responses to “Fort Wayne’s Top Burgers”

    Debbie Beck
    March 9th, 2013
    How can I find out where the food carts are located in Fort Wayne? Are they at the same location all the time or do they move? Do they ever have a "block party" with the food carts on the same block downtown? Thanks. Debbie Beck
      Kristen
      Kristen
      March 11th, 2013
      At this point, you have to follow each food truck separately on social media to receive updates, but you can also get info here: https://www.facebook.com/FortWayneFoodTruckAssociation and will want to join them at their next Foodstock event, when all of the trucks get together. Follow that Facebook page to get Foodstock updated and learn more!
      Michelle DuCharme
      May 30th, 2013
      Debbie, I am a current member of the FWFTA and wanted to let you know that starting on June 6th there is an event downtown Fort Wayne at One Summit Square called Lunch on the Square. Many trucks and/or carts will be there along with live music. This occurs every Thursday throughout the summer at lunch time. Also, on July 27th we are bringing our annual Foodstock event to downtown Fort Wayne and this year it's going to be even bigger! We are working in conjunction with the Downtown Improvement District and there will be approximately 9 or 10 trucks at this second annual festival. It is a one day event starting at 11:00 a.m and will continue until 8:00 p.m. that evening. It is a family friendly event with live music, the Fort Wayne Farmer's Market, local vendors and beer/wine tent. For more information refer to the FWFTA Facebook page as referenced in an earlier reply.
    Julie
    March 15th, 2013
    Debbie, not sure if you're referring to carts or trucks. The you can find information about the local food trucks here: http://www.facebook.com/FortWayneFoodTruckAssociation?fref=ts

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