The Best Burger in Indianapolis | Try All 14 Favorites in Our Ultimate Guide

If you are craving the best burger in Indianapolis, look no further. This city is jam-packed with places serving up mouthwatering burgers and smash burgers loaded with toppings. Here you will find 14 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.

Where is the Best Burger in Indianapolis?

We searched Central Indiana for delicious burgers and narrowed down the extensive list of options to these 14 amazing hamburger hot spots. Which is the best? We invite you to try several and decide with your crew which is your family’s Best Burger in Indianapolis.

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317 Burger

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.

The Best Burger in Indianapolis: A child bites into a comically tall double-decker hamburger loaded with cheese, tomatoes, and lettuce.


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.

The Best Burger in Indianapolis: A chocolate milkshake with a spoon and a straw sits on a bar top in front of a glowing pink neon sign reading "Baby's."

Bru Burger

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.

The Best Burger in Indianapolis: A girl with pigtails smiles in front of the Bub's Burgers sign.

Bub’s Burgers

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.

Flamme Burger

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!

Flight Burger

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.

The Best Burger in Indianapolis: A woman holds in two hands a burger stacked with veggies and cheese.

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!

Knuckle Sandwich

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.

Kuma’s Corner

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.

The Best Burger in Indianapolis: A hamburger, loaded with greens, cheese, and veggies, sits on a wooden serving board alongside a pile of crispy French fries.

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.

The Best Burger in Indianapolis: A child takes an enormous bite of a hamburger.

Workingman’s Friend

234 N. Belmont Ave, Indianapolis

Repeatedly named the best burger in Indianapolis, 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 best burger in Indianapolis 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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