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Lancaster, PA’s Best Burger Spots

Fewer things are better than a burger fresh off the grill. From the classic cheeseburger to one piled high with tasty toppings, this nostalgic sandwich conjures up memories of backyard barbeques and days at the diner. Here in Lancaster County, you can find restaurants inspired by the past, along with spots focused on today’s trending flavors– who are all flipping delicious burgers for you to try.

We reached out to local eaters on Facebook to get the scoop on where their go-to burger is served up. Next time you’re in town, swing by one of the places below to satisfy your burger craving.

Local Favorites:

A Blast from the Past: DJ’s Taste of the 50s

A trip to DJ’s Taste of the 50s will have you feeling like you stepped back in time – from the décor and vintage lunch counter to the all-American menu featuring burgers, fries, milkshakes and floats. Locals raved about their burgers that range from the classic (lettuce, tomato, onion & mayo) to the spunky Caribbean Burger (crushed pineapple, spicy jerk sauce & pepper jack cheese combined with crispy bacon). For the complete experience, be sure to pair your burger of choice with a creamy, dreamy shake or soda float.

Best Paired with a Craft Brew: Iron Hill Brewery

Another stellar recommendation is Iron Hill Brewery and their beer-inspired burgers. Pop in to this sleek-yet-casual brewery and restaurant for one of their signature beers and scratch-made eats. Two of their burger offerings will have your mouth watering as you read the menu, both inspired by the beer they brew – the Pimento Cheeseburger (Vienna Red Lager and Ore House IPA-pickled pimento cheese, bacon, bread and butter pickles, pickled jalapenos, crispy fried onion rings, served on potato roll) and the Drunk Monk Burger (Wee Heavy Ale-caramelized onions, mushrooms, arugula, rosemary truffle aioli, brie cheese, served on potato roll).

The One and Only: Horse Inn

At the Horse Inn, there’s only one burger on the menu – but trust us, it’s the only one you need. Locals love this burger and rightfully so. It’s custom blend of short rib, brisket, chuck & 10% dry aged beef makes for a tender, juicy and most importantly, flavorful burger that they top simply with lettuce, red onion, tomato, white American cheese and special sauce. The bun is made locally by Alfred & Sam’s and toasted to perfection. While you’re enjoying the burger paired with an artfully crafted cocktail, take in the speak-easy vibes of this restaurant that dates back to the 1920s.

From the Neighborhood Sports Bar: Station House Tavern

Cozy up with the locals at Station House Tavern for a tasty burger Lancastrians love. A true sports bar, they’ve dubbed their burgers to be “Hall of Fame Burgers” and that they are. Station House pays homage to the local minor league baseball team, the Lancaster Barnstormers, with the Cylo Burger (8 oz. burger topped with bacon, onion rings, American cheese & an over-light egg). If you’re feeling creative, their create-your-own option features a plethora of toppings to mix and match.

All-American Vibes: Route 66 Restaurant

Locals can’t get enough of Route 66 and their out-of-this-world burgers. Their burgers are more of the flat, crispy on the edges type that are ideal for stacking and layering with melted American cheese. They make a mean special sauce, then top the burger with the classics (lettuce, tomato and onion). You’ll dig this uncomplicated, classic burger while visiting Downtown Lancaster.

A New Must Try: Smokestack BBQ

New to the dining scene in Strasburg, Smokestack BBQ is a cozy spot to grab a bite with house-smoked meats and delectable mac & cheese. Also on their menu is a fantastic selection of cheeseburgers – from the simple cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, and onion to something they’ve dubbed “the MOAB (mother of all burgers)” – featuring four cheeses, bacon, pulled pork AND brisket. For those seeking a happy medium, ask for “The Pig’s Caboose” – a cheddar topped burger with pulled pork, cole slaw and their original house made BBQ.

Lunch at DJ’s Taste of the 50’s

I’ve always been obsessed with the 50’s.  I’m not sure why, but judging from all the nostalgia for that time period dating back to the airing of Happy Days in the 70’s I know I’m not alone in that department.  For me, I think it has more to do with the design aesthetic of that decade.  I love shiny chrome and neon lights. I can’t get enough of either, so when I heard that DJ’s Taste of the 50’s was opening close to where I work, it didn’t take me long to check it out during my lunch hour.

Entering the cozy neon-trimmed restaurant, you immediately realize that DJ’s went all out in giving you that fifties feel.  From how the servers are dressed (some were even decked out in poodle skirts straight out of the sock-hop in Grease) to the glass straw containers lining the counter, to the checkerboard floor pattern, every visual detail was taken care of.

My server talked me into the Fired-Up Knuckle Burger, a bacon cheeseburger with the works, as well as some onion rings and a soda.  She told me that DJ’s customers have been saying  the burgers were the, “best in the county.”  After finishing mine, I don’t think I could disagree.  My burger was juicy, full of flavor and packed with toppings.

A lot of places with a theme don’t always deliver quality in all the areas they need to.  They either get the theme down pat and fall down in the food department or vice versa.  DJ’s delivered the goods on both counts.

The retro feel in full tilt at DJ's Taste of the 50's

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