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21 Best College Burgers

Did your favorite college burger joint make the cut?

Elizabeth Hoyt

October 15, 2015

21 Best College Burgers
If you qualify for this $10k Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship, it’s time to shut your eyes. This one is for meat lovers, only. In response to the popularity of the Top 10 College Towns with the Best Pizza, we’re bringing you more delicious tidbits about foods at campuses across the nation. Thrillist compiled a list of 2015’s 21 Best College Burgers in America.

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Read on to see if your favorite burger made the cut and to find out if you agree with the list! Without further ado, here are the 21 best college burgers in America, according to Thrillist, in no particular order:

21. University of Texas at Austin

Burger Joint: Crown & Anchor

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Location: Austin, Texas
What to Order: Double Bacon Cheeseburger
A legendary spot where the cheese is always melty, the bacon is always crispy and the burgers are always grilled to perfection, Crown & Anchor is one burger joint students at UT hold dear.

20. Syracuse University

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Burger Joint: Chuck’s Cafe
Location: Syracuse, New York
What to Order: Bacon Cheeseburger with Blue Cheese
Perfect for the college student on a budget, this dive serves up a delicious classic and endless specials. Do yourself a favor and add blue cheese to take your taste buds on a wild ride.

19. Marquette University

Burger Joint: Sobleman’s
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
What to Order: The Sobelman
Capture the essence of Milwaukee by ordering The Sobelman, a ginormous burger layered with all the essential cheeses (of course) - American, Swiss, and cheddar – plus bacon, fried onions, and jalapeños. Now that’s what you call a meal in the Midwest!

18. University of Memphis

Burger Joint: Ubee’s
Location: Memphis, Tennessee
What to Order: The Two Timer
Ubee’s cooks it’s burgers in aged grease, giving them super flavor. Make it a double by ordering The Two Timer, made with double everything: two patties, double cheese and double the satisfaction.

17. University of North Carolina

Burger Joint: Al’s Burger Shack
Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
What to Order: The Buddy Bite-Size Classic
This restaurant creates culinary classics and offers bite-sized versions so you can order different variations when you can’t choose just one. Variety is the spice of life and, at Al’s Burger Shack, they get it.

16. University of Virginia

Burger Joint: The White Spot
Location: Charlottesville, Virginia
What to Order: The Gus Burger
Who doesn’t love a greasy spoon diner? That’s The White Spot in a nutshell, which takes The Gus Burger and puts a new name on an old classic: a cheeseburger with a fried egg.

15. Harvard University

Burger Joint: Mr. Bartley’s
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
What to Order: The Rob Ford
Visited by famous folks galore, this burger joint is the spot when you need some grub to hit the spot. The Rob Ford is just the thing to order: complete with Swiss cheese, grilled sauerkraut and Russian dressing. YUM!

14. University of Mississippi

Burger Joint: Handy Andy
Location: Oxford, Mississippi
What to Order: Double Cheeseburger
When you go down south you expect delicious good ol’ Southern cooking, especially from a barbeque joint. Handy Andy is just that – and more. According to Thrillist, the double cheeseburger is so good; it beats out their pulled pork sandwich. That’s quite a statement - we’ll let you be the judge!

13. Vanderbilt University

Burger Joint: Rotier’s Resturant
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
What to Order: Classic Cheeseburger on Bread
This classic spot has been located behind Vanderbilt’s campus for over 70 years (and counting) so you know something’s being done right. They put a unique spin on the classic cheeseburger and it only took a bread switch-a-roo: a charred patty, add cheese, lettuce, tomato, mustard and a pickle all on a chunk of French bread.

12. University of Wisconsin

Burger Joint: Dotty Dumpling’s Dowry
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
What to Order: The Melting Pot
What could be more delicious to order (especially in Wisconsin, no less) than a cheesy – Swiss, cheddar and provolone - pile of meat complete with bacon and the house’s special English garlic sauce? With cheese curds to boot, there’s nothing about this dowry that won’t make you feel better, at least for a moment.

11. University of Colorado Boulder

Burger Joint: The Sink
Location: Boulder, Colorado
What to Order: The Texas Onion Straw
Jalapeños. Cheddar. Provolone. Crunchy onion straws. What’s not to love?

10. University of New Mexico

Burger Joint: Frontier Restaurant
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
What to Order: Fiesta Burger
A perfect introduction to New Mexican cuisine, order the Fiesta burger for a taste-tester in green chile dining. It’s a burger complete with green chiles, cheddar, and lettuce – note: if you’re not from New Mexico, these people are obsessed with their green chiles so you love it no matter WHAT.

9. Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)

Burger Joint: Green Truck Pub
Location: Savannah, Georgia
What to Order: The Green Truck Classic with Pimento
The Green Truck Pub is notable in that it’s conscious of everything it uses, recycles and makes their burgers with grass-fed local beef from Hunter Cattle Company – a rarity these days. Order the classic burger, which comes with house-made pickles. Plus, add on pimento cheese for a delightful treat!

8. Stanford University

Burger Joint: The Oasis
Location: Menlo Park, California
What to Order: The Patty Melt
The Oasis is better known for its pizza but true foodies know what to order: the patty melt. Try it, their take is divine and you’ll be happy you did.

7. University of Massachusetts Amherst

Burger Joint: White Hut
Location: Amherst, Massachusetts
What to Order: Two Cheeseburgers with Grilled Onions
Not the original but good enough to be, do yourself a favor and order two cheeseburgers with grilled onions, because one isn’t going to be enough.

6. Michigan State University

Burger Joint: Crunchy’s
Location: East Lansing, Michigan
What to Order: The Famous Crunchy Burger with Bacon and Cheddar
Crunchy’s is a dive bar where students can gather, carve their names into the walls like heathens and sing karaoke because that’s what college is about. Oh, and eat – of course! When you eat, you should order the Famous Crunchy Burger with Bacon and Cheddar.

5. James Madison University

Burger Joint: Jack Brown’s
Location: Harrisburg, Virginia
What to Order: Jalapeño Popper Burger
The original spot where the three-state chain originated, this burger joint offers the delicious Jalapeño Popper Burger. It’s basically where cream cheese meets spicy jalapeños to tango in perfectly balanced harmony.

4. University of Iowa

Burger Joint: Short’s Burger and Shine
Location: Iowa City, Iowa
What to Order: The Colo
Short’s burger classics are made with beef from local farmer, Ed Smith, which is amazing. The Colo comes highly recommended: a patty with grilled onions, American, and Swiss on rye.

3. University of Michigan

Burger Joint: Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burger
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
What to Order: Triple, Plain Roll with Grilled Onions, Peppers and American
With so many variations on the topping, bun and cheese creations, it’s best to stick with a suggestion and go from there because, apparently, you’ll get somewhat of a hazing if you don’t know exactly how to order at this Wolverine hot spot. Coming from this MSU alum, EYEROLL, it’s a burger order.

2. University of California, Davis

Burger Joint: Burgers and Brew
Location: Davis, California
What to Order: Buffalo Burger with Breakfast Fries
This burger bar offers giant burgers with toppings by the heap so it’s no wonder there’s a line all the time. Order the signature buffalo burger with the breakfast fries, which have been described by some as “heroic.”

1. University of Oregon

Burger Joint: Cornucopia
Location: Eugene, Oregon
What to Order: Cheezy American Burger
What’s better than eating a cheesy, greasy burger in Eugene, Oregon? Eating that same cheesy, greasy burger at your home in Eugene, Oregon because Cornucopia delivers. Cornucopia understands that you don’t want everyone to watching you stuff that delicious burger into their face when you can eat it in the privacy of your own home.

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