If you are craving a burger, look no further. Indianapolis is jam-packed with places serving up mouthwatering burgers and smash burgers loaded with toppings. Here you will find 16 of the top places to grab that perfect burger and fries. Try them all! Each location is so different from the next. You are sure to find something that you and your family will love.
915 E. Westfield Blvd, Indianapolis
Located in Broad Ripple, 317 Burger is known for cooking burgers to perfection according to your specifications. They have a wide selection of burgers along with some outstanding dipping sauces – try a few! Freshly-cut fries make the perfect base for their popular poutine. Kids can enjoy a great meal as well with a variety of $6 choices that include an entree, side, and drink.
115 E. 49th St, Indianapolis
Apocalypse Burger has perfected the smash burger: crispy edges, delicious juicy patty, and all the fixings. You can’t go wrong. The chef, Martha Hoover is a six-time James Beard Award Semifinalist, so you know you are about to eat good. The Smashpocalypse Burger is out of this world. Kids can get in the action with the “Unhappy Meal” that even comes with a toy. Be sure to leave room for dessert and get a homemade Ding Dong Chocolate Cake.
2147 N. Talbott St, Indianapolis
We love going to Baby’s because it is so kid-friendly. Come on a warm day and enjoy your meal outside while the kids play on the playground. The bright fun decor inside screams good time and the food is outstanding. You can find some incredible smash burgers here. Customize your burger however you would like with a variety of toppings and sauces. Kids’ meals are available as well.
Beast Burger at the AMP
1220 Waterway Blvd, Indianapolis
Have you been to the AMP? If you have, then you have smelled the amazing aroma coming from Beast Burger. Here you will find unique combinations that you might not even be able to think up yourself. For example, you might find cookie butter on a burger. Just trust them, it is going to be amazing. Beast loves collaborating with other local businesses. Be sure to check out their specials for burgers unlike any other. Oh, and don’t skip the fries. They are absolutely delicious!
Multiple locations around Central Indiana
Bru Burger is a solid choice when you are in the mood for a great burger. Bru uses locally-sourced meats and vegetables to create award-winning combinations. We love the Bru fries that are served with 3 housemade dipping sauces. They have 18 different burgers on the menu including turkey, bison, black bean, and impossible burgers making it something for everyone.
1220 Waterway Blvd, Indianapolis
If you eat a vegan or vegetarian diet, you don’t have to miss out on amazing burgers. Burgeezy has the BEST burgers. You can choose from Beyond burgers or Impossible burgers depending on your preference. You will be dreaming about that Burgeezy sauce! Bring your carnivore friends and I promise, they won’t be able to tell the difference. Kids can even join the party, with a choice between a burger or plant-based nuggets.
210 W Main Street, Carmel
620 S Main Street, Zionsville
960 E Tournament Trail, Westfield
Bub’s has been a Central Indiana staple since 2003. You may know them for their popular burger challenge, “The Big Ugly,” but they have some of the best burgers in the city. No frills, just high-quality ingredients to make the perfect burger. If you are feeling adventurous, try the Elk burger. Low in calories but high in protein, this is a great substitute for the traditional beef patty. Bub’s is great for kids! They have a great kids’ menu and even serve incredible ice cream.
8487 Union Chapel Rd, Suite 560, Indianapolis
Flamme Burger has wood-fired grilled Angus burgers. They use high-quality meat that they grind fresh each day to provide you with the freshest burgers possible. You can’t go wrong with the “Flamme Burger.” This is a four-time Indy Burger Battle Champion! They also have housemade gelato. Pick out your favorite burger and have a gelato milkshake on the side. Yum!
650 W. Carmel Dr, Suite 100, Carmel
Everything is better in mini form, right? Grab a flight of burgers with a side of fries or onion rings. They have tons of great choices to suit every palate. This is a great spot to pick up a meal to bring home to the family. You can get a box of 8 sliders and a side for $30! They also have breakfast available with kid-pleasing options like cinnamon bites.
Indy’s Burger Joint
5015 E. Stop 11 Rd, Indianapolis
Indy’s Burger Joint gives off diner vibes and serves up delicious burgers and sides. You can’t go wrong with any of the burgers. They will even let you swap out proteins if beef isn’t your thing. If you are living that Keto lifestyle, they will wrap your burger in iceberg lettuce as well. The sides here are awesome: thick-cut fries, waffle fries, sweet potato fries, and tater tots. You have to try the Garlic Parmesan French Fries – they take everything up a notch!
5116 N. State Road 135, Suite A, Bargersville
Knuckle Sandwich is open in Bargersville. This restaurant is a 50s and 60s-themed diner with a centerpiece that kids will love – a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air car booth. This booth is used for their burger challenge: contestants see if they can take down two one-pound burgers and two pounds of fries in 45 minutes! They even have a scoreboard to count down the time. As you come in, you will see that the hostess stand is a 1965 Ford Mustang. You can also choose some tunes from the jukebox to add to the ambiance.
1127 Prospect St, Indianapolis
Kuma’s has a cult following and for good reason. These burgers are massive and overflowing with toppings. You can find rotating specials each month along with classic standbys that are always on the menu. Kuma’s is known for its heavy metal decor and music along with art displayed on the walls. Don’t pass up on the mac ‘n’ cheese, which is outstanding.
One Trick Pony
9713 District North Dr, Fishers
Neal Brown is one of the most well-known chefs in the Midwest. One Trick Pony is his burger concept and is located in the Fishers Test Kitchen, which includes kitchen spaces for restaurants to test new ideas. SunKing Brewery is attached, so you can grab a pint to go with your burger. One Trick Pony’s hashtag is #DefinitelyNotFancy, but the food is top-notch and the perfect comfort food. You will probably want to order a side of Whizbang Fries (cheese whiz, jalapenos, and caramelized onions) to go with your burger of choice!
Prodigy Burger Bar
8 Central Indiana locations
Prodigy Burger Bar has loads of regular and smash burger options to choose from. You can upgrade from beef to bison, wagyu, or veggie burger as well. These burgers come loaded with toppings to create the perfect bite. Kids meals are also available and include an entree, side, drink, and even dessert! Adults can order boozy milkshakes including options like the Cinnamon Toast Crunch and the Creamy Coffee Midnight.
Roots Burger Bar
5711 E. 71st St, Indianapolis
12552 Gray Rd, Carmel
1700 W. University Ave, Muncie
Scotty Wise’s newest endeavor is Roots Burger Bar. He will argue that smash burgers have their roots in Indiana and is here to show us how delicious they can be. Get your burger as a single, double, or triple! Kids eat free on Tuesdays with the purchase of an adult entree. Kids’ meals even come with a cup or cone of ice cream for dessert.
234 N. Belmont Ave, Indianapolis
Repeatedly named the best burger in Indy, Workingman’s Friend has been around for 105 years. This burger is truly perfect with no frills. Just a classic that has been absolutely perfected. Pair that with the onion rings for the perfect meal. This establishment is for ages 21+ and holds mostly lunchtime hours. This is a great stop to make while the kids are in school or you can grab an order to go. Be sure to bring cash as they are cash only.
Do you have a favorite that wasn’t included in this list? Let us know in the comments so that we can check it out and love it as much as you! If you are on the hunt for great places to take the kids, read through our Kids Eat Free Guide to help you find the best daily deals in all of Central Indiana. Be sure to tag us in your adventures with the hashtag #PLAYindy!
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