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The best burger in Kentucky is…

TripAdvisor released its list of the top burgers in each state based on customer reviews. Which burger in Kentucky reigns supreme? According to TripAdvisor users, the burgers from Mad Mike’s Burger and Fries in Newport, Kentucky.

TripAdvisor’s list accounts for ration and quality of the burger reviews compared to overall ratings, as well as quality and quantity of reviews received in the past year. Featured restaurants have a minimum of 4 out of 5 bubbles, 100 reviews, and 10 locations or less.

What makes Mad Mike’s burgers special? According to their website, they’re 100% black Angus Beef and made fresh to order. They look really good and all, but does it bother anyone else that they appear to be an Ohio chain?

Regardless, KSBar and Grille’s coming for that crown next year.

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Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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30 Comments for The best burger in Kentucky is…



  1. Fake JT
    11:16 am August 17, 2018 Permalink

    Fiesta Burger, Bob’s Drive-In, Paducah, KY



    • LunchBox
      12:00 pm August 17, 2018 Permalink

      I’m more partial to the Big Popper at Just Hamburgers (or any of the specials), but the Fiesta Burger is pretty delicious.



  2. Bluebloodtoo
    11:17 am August 17, 2018 Permalink

    100% black Angus burgers aren’t that rare. You can buy them frozen in the grocery store….



    • Ben27
      12:58 pm August 17, 2018 Permalink

      My brother in law is a retired Vet from Shelby County and he says that Black Angus is a bunch of crap. I think the best burgers are Shake Shake in Lexington. I have been eating Shake Shack for the past five years when i take my daughter to school in Boston. The shake sauce is fantastic and the burgers are superb.



  3. cats646
    11:19 am August 17, 2018 Permalink

    The Monticello pool hall is the best burger. Hands down.



  4. the ghost of Bill Hicks
    11:32 am August 17, 2018 Permalink

    Will KSBar have an special in house Billy Clyde drink?



  5. nybrasky
    11:45 am August 17, 2018 Permalink

    Lynagh’s near campus used to make a pretty good burger. Is that still around?



  6. Cincy Cayt
    12:05 pm August 17, 2018 Permalink

    There’s one on Mt Zion Rd (exit 178) in Florence too, I believe



    • Cincy Cayt
      12:33 pm August 17, 2018 Permalink

      Actually it may be on Dixie Hwy near Florence – can’t remember. Point being there’s one closer than Ohio or Newport.



  7. Jesus H. Chrysler
    12:20 pm August 17, 2018 Permalink

    Ferrell’s in Cadiz



    • bigbluebanana
      1:53 pm August 17, 2018 Permalink

      You got it! I grew up a town over in Eddyville, and Ferrell’s is the best burger I’ve ever had. Knoth’s BBQ in Lake City is known for the bbq, but their simple little burgers are underrated.



    • T-wah
      10:23 am August 18, 2018 Permalink

      I’m on that same wavelength, but let’s go a little farther east. I think Drew will probably agree with me that Ferrell’s in Madisonville is definitely #1. Old-school diner with FANTASTIC burgers.



  8. Duff86
    12:22 pm August 17, 2018 Permalink

    Grind Burger in Louisville and it’s not even close.



  9. sprtphan
    12:24 pm August 17, 2018 Permalink

    Ollies Trolly in Louisville . Ollie Burger



  10. dpower
    12:24 pm August 17, 2018 Permalink

    Calvert city drive in burgers ,greasy hand patted, lots of pepper and cheese..goooood



    • Fake JT
      12:37 pm August 17, 2018 Permalink

      Ohhhh a great unconventional location. And your right, years of flavoring on that grill in Calvert



  11. binarysolo
    12:45 pm August 17, 2018 Permalink

    Best burger in KY features slices of unmelted cheese? FOH



    • J-Dub421
      3:59 pm August 17, 2018 Permalink

      Amen to this.



  12. jaws2
    1:21 pm August 17, 2018 Permalink

    My house, no doubt whatsoever! A mixture of various beef, and my own seasoning prior to the grill. AND, the secret is in the bun!!!



    • pancakesfordinner
      1:55 pm August 17, 2018 Permalink

      No one wants your secret sauce dude!



    • jaws2
      12:59 am August 18, 2018 Permalink

      I never said jack shieit about special sauce! Your the one that went straight to the gutter dude.



  13. Memphis UK Cat
    2:07 pm August 17, 2018 Permalink

    Nice market intel KSR. Find the best and make it yours. Lol



  14. BigBlueBird
    2:20 pm August 17, 2018 Permalink

    Mad Mike’s makes a mean burger. And yes, there is a location in Florence on Dixie Highway.

    Years ago when I did sales leads in Central Kentucky in the 90s. I did my own survey of burgers. I think my favorite was the White Light Cafe in Frankfort, which was very old school diner. Like a converted train car old school. I dunno if it is still there, but 25 years ago, their burger was amazing.



  15. BigBlueBird
    2:25 pm August 17, 2018 Permalink

    OK. Correction. Not a train car. My memory failed on that front. But OLD. It is now called Rick’s White Light Diner, and I think it is the same place.



  16. Yev
    2:39 pm August 17, 2018 Permalink

    First, that is not even in the Top 3 Burgers in Northern Kentucky (try Erb & Thelmas, Bard’s or Zola’s).
    The Mad Mike burgers are fine, but not much difference between that and a Five Guys Burger. Saying this is the best burger in the state is like saying Papa Johns or Pizza Hut or name yoru favorite chain place has the best pizza in KY.



  17. KYcats11
    3:37 pm August 17, 2018 Permalink

    Yes, it bothers me that it is an Ohio chain. It also bothers me that our field is names after an Ohio chain. If anything we should name it Makers Mark Field. Wonder if the sec would allow that?



  18. meeksfor3
    3:42 pm August 17, 2018 Permalink

    Monticello Pool Hall has the best burger in KY and if you aren’t down with that they got 2 words for ya…..SUCK IT!!!



  19. BCO
    6:05 pm August 18, 2018 Permalink

    1) americano burger
    2) rootbeer stand

    Both in corbin