Best Burgers in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan

Who doesn’t love a good burger? If you’re hungry, you may want to stop reading until you’ve had lunch, because this list is going to make your mouth water and have all of your senses screaming, “feed me!” Local spots are at the front of our mind when we pursue a hearty meal, so dive in and find your next love affair with food right here in NW Ohio and SE Michigan. The list goes on and on but don’t hesitate to leave your top picks in the comments section. We love hearing from you!

Berger’s Old Tyme Bar & Grill – Toledo, Ohio

Berger's Olde Tyme Grill

Photos Courtesy of Berger’s Olde Tyme Grill.

Hours: Monday–Thursday 10 a.m.–10:30 p.m., Friday & Saturday 10 a.m.–11:30 p.m. and Sunday 12–10:30 p.m.

Location: 1742 West Laskey Road, Toledo, OH 43613

Many consider Berger’s Olde Tyme Grill the “Best Burgers in Town,” and for good reason! They have been serving up great food since they opened their doors in 1993. This family-owned burger joint was the winner of Toledo City Paper’s Best Burger award in both 2008 and 2010. Order the popular Bacon Mushroom Melt Burger from the “Specialty Burger” section of their menu or keep things simple with their fresh hand-pattied half-pound ground beef burger served with chips and loaded with all the fixings.

Beckett’s Burger Bar – Bowling Green, Ohio

Hours: Sunday – Saturday: 11:30am – 2:30am, Delivery Hours: 12:00pm-9:30pm, Happy Hour: Daily 3pm-7pm

Location: 146 N. Main Street, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402

Beckett’s Burger Bar’s classic pub fare and specialty burgers are some of the best in the area. Family owned and operated since 2007, you can always feel that right at home, dining with family atmosphere. You can enjoy sporting events, catch up with friends, smash on the delicious food and all in a fun and casual environment. One of their most popular options is the BYOB (build your own burger), The Beckett or The Falcon. The staff works hard to add variety by offering dinner and drink features for lunch, after-work gatherings, and dinner. Check out every item on their menu here. You can choose from beef, chicken, Portobello mushroom, or pork to start making that perfect burger at Beckett’s!

Dale’s Bar & Grill – Maumee, Ohio & Dale’s Diner – Waterville, Ohio

Dale’s Bar & Grill Hours: Mon. – Wed. 10:30AM – 10:00PM, Thurs. – Fri. 10:30AM – 11:00PM, Saturday 11:00AM – 11:00PM, Sunday 11:00AM – 9:00PM (Grill Hours) Mon. – Wed. 10:30AM –  12:00AM, Thurs. – Fri. 10:30AM –  2:30AM, Saturday 11:00AM –  2:30AM, Sunday 11:00AM – 10:00PM (Bar Hours)

Location: 322 Conant Street, Maumee, Ohio 43537

Dale’s Diner Hours: Everyday 7:00AM – 2:00PM

Location: 34 N. Third Street, Waterville, Ohio 43566

Head to Dale’s Diner in Waterville for breakfast and lunch 7 days a week and then for an evening brew and burger stop by Maumee at Dale’s Bar & Grill. Bringing you the same great quality and taste you have come to expect from Dale’s establishments, you can have it all at Dale’s! View Dale’s Diner full menu.

At Dale’s Bar & Grill enjoy an outdoor patio for lunch or dinner or inside seating on those cooler days.  Inside, they have 18 televisions so you will never miss any of the game day action! Enjoy 21 Draft handles and other craft drafts from sea to shining sea, they can change regularly, view the full menu to see what’s new.

Bar 145 – Toledo, Ohio

Bar 145 Apple Pie Burger

Photos Courtesy of Bar 145.

Hours: Monday–Thursday 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m. and Sunday 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m.
Location: 5305 Monroe Street, Toledo, OH 43623

Bar 145 specializes in burgers, bands and bourbon. If one-third of their business centers around our beloved burger, we’re in. In fact, their very name has to do with burgers, as 145 degrees is the temperature of a perfectly cooked medium rare burger.

Check out their menu packed with burgers, bourbon cocktails, and even an option for stacking your own burger! Don’t miss their apple pie burger — an extremely unique and delicious option.

Perrysburger’s – Perrysburg, Ohio

Hours: Monday- Wednesday 11am-8pm, Thursday – Saturday 1am-9pm, Sunday 12pm-8pm


Known for their unique menu of burger options and phenomenal fries, you can’t make a stop to Perrysburg, Ohio without checking out Perrysburger’s. Serving up lunch, dinner and coffee bring in a group and call ahead, walk in, take out or enjoy a romantic date night. Creative burgers run free and you won’t want to miss a chance at trying out their selection, stop in today!

Greg’s Grill – Toledo, Ohio

Hours: West Toledo Hours – Monday – Closed, Tuesday – Friday 7am-3pm , Saturday & Sunday 8am-2pm. Downtown Hours- Monday – Friday 8am-3pm, Closed Weekends.

Location: West Toledo –

With two convenient locations, West Toledo and Downtown Toledo, you always have a Greg’s Grill to stop at. At Greg’s something new is always on the menu to entice that early morning or lunch appetite. Enjoy everyday specials and bring a friend, or two!

Grumpy’s – Toledo, Ohio

Grumpy's Toledo

Photos Courtesy of Grumpy’s Restaurant.

Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–2 p.m., Closed Saturday & Sunday

Location: 34 South Huron Street, Toledo, OH 43604

We love Grumpy’s motto — Eat Here & Diet Home. This is a family-owned restaurant the town of Toledo has grown to love for over the past 30 years. Track down their “Grumpy’s On the Go” food truck, or visit their brick-and-mortar location downtown. While their menu covers many food genres, from the healthy vegan burger, veggie burger, turkey burger all the way to a traditional Angus patty; really any way you order, you can’t go wrong at Grumpy’s! Don’t let their short list of burgers fool you; Grumpy’s values quality over quantity.

Doc Watson’s – Toledo, Ohio

Hours: Monday 11am – 2am, Tuesday – Saturday 7am – 2am, Sunday 8am – 2am

Location: 1515 S. Byrne Road, Toledo, OH 43614

At Doc Watson’s there is always a daily special and you can book a table for any occasion. They accept reservations for up to 20 people! On Monday’s kids eat free with the purchase of an adult meal (dine in) or enjoy $5 appetizers after 9pm (dine in only). Check out the full list of menu items here.  Monday through Friday happy hours are 2-6 pm with $2.00 domestic bottles and cans.

Durty Bird – Toledo, Ohio

Hours: Monday 11am-10pm, Tuesday -Thursday 11am-11pm, Friday & Saturday 11am-12pm, Sunday 11am-10pm

Location: 2 S St Clair St, Toledo, OH 43604

Ye Olde Durty Bird is rated as one of Downtown Toledo’s Best Gastropub Restaurants. They boast 30+ years in business and with their true love of food and drink you will not walk away from The Durty Bird hungry or thirsty.

Housed in a downtown Toledo building that was originally built in 1867 as the Grand Hotel, it has survived decades including the Great Depression, prohibition and the current times as we know it. Live entertainment can be heard as you sink your teeth into the Durty Burger, smothered in Durty Sauce, aged cheddar and bacon. For their other mouth watering options click here.

Nick & Jimmy’s – Temperance, Michigan/Toledo, Ohio

Nick and Jimmy's Toledo

Photos Courtesy of Nick & Jimmy’s.

Hours: Monday 11am-1am, Tuesday & Wednesday 7am–1am, Thursday – Saturday 7am–2:30am, Sunday 8am-1am

Location: 4956 Monroe Street, Toledo, OH 43623 & 7309 Lewis Ave, Temperance, MI 48182

The ultimate companion for a delicious burger is a cold, refreshing glass of beer. Thankfully, Nick & Jimmy’s has both mastered. They have even been considered Toledo’s best burger for 32 years! Try the Zorba burger off their burger menu, and try not to break out in a dance (they even warn you in the fine print). All of their burgers are made fresh, with 8-ounce handmade ground sirloin patties.

Bring your friends and watch the game on the big screens. They have NW Ohio and SE Michigan covered with two locations, West Toledo and Temperance Michigan. Visit their website for upcoming events, specials and more!

Sidelines – Lambertville, Michigan/Toledo, Ohio/Maumee, Ohio

Hours: Varies by location, view all here.

Locations: 8116 Secor Rd., Lambertville, MI2111 Mellwood Ave., Toledo, OH5806 Telegraph Rd., Toledo, OH1430 Holland Rd., Maumee, OH  – 6060 Renaissance Pl. Toledo, OH230 Milan Ave, Norwalk, OH

With so many locations to choose from, you are always close to a Sidelines Sports Eatery & Pub. The menu is over flowing with temptations including their signature burger the Knockout Burger, Texas Tangler and Jalapeno Crunch, just to name a few. Wash it all down with a beer or delicious cocktail from their drink menu, I have my eye on the Creamsicle, a vodka infused cocktail. View the full menu here and don’t forget they cater too!

Manhattan’s Pub & Cheer – Toledo, Ohio

Hours: Monday – Wednesday 11am-11pm, Thursday – Saturday 11am-12pm, Sunday 10am-2pm

Location: 1516 Adams St, Toledo, OH 43604

At Manhattan’s you immediately feel the glow of a Toledo favorite through the ambiance of exposed brick and soft lighting. Their horseshoe shaped bar is perfect for mingling and catching up with old friends and possibly snagging a few new ones. They focus on freshness in all ingredients, making nearly all items from scratch, including breads, sausages, and smoked meats, as well as dressings and desserts. Entertainment is provided for certain days and occasions and you can even hold your own event at Manhattan’s! Visit their website for menu items, current happenings, to book a space or weekly specials.

Schmucker’s – Toledo, Ohio

Schmucker's Wimpy Burger

Photos Courtesy of Schmucker’s Restaurant.

Hours: Monday–Saturday 5 a.m.–11 p.m., Closed Sunday

Location: 2103 North Reynolds Road, Toledo, OH 43615

Step into the past with a visit to Schmucker’s Restaurant on Reynolds Road, where they’ve been located since 1948. This family-owned restaurant has a rich history and simply hasn’t changed much over the years, sticking to their wonderful traditions and quality food. Order a homemade burger off their lunch and dinner menu, paying special attention to their Wimpy Burger, which is anything but wimpy with its double dosage of patties and all the fixings.

Knucklehead’s Kafe – Grand Rapids, Ohio

Hours: Closed Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 11am-9pm, Thursday – Saturday 11am-10pm, Sunday 11am-9pm

Location: 24208 Front St, Grand Rapids, Ohio

For just a fun place to eat, drink, and gather with friends come to Knucklehead’s Kafe in Grand Rapids, Ohio. Their full menu is full of tasty treats including the Knucklehead Burger, 7 ounces of beef topped with spring mix, tomatoes, onions, pickles, bacon and American cheese. The menu is complete with a vegan friendly Black Bean Burger too, there is something for everyone at Knucklehead’s Kafe!

Maumee Bay Brewing Co. – Toledo, Ohio

Maumee Bay Brewing Co. Toledo

Photos Courtesy of Maumee Bay Brewing Co. and TripAdvisor.

Hours: Monday–Thursday 3–10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 3–11 p.m., Sunday 12–8 p.m.

Location: 27 Broadway Street, Toledo, OH 43604

Maumee Bay Brewing Co. is located in the historic Oliver House and stands strong as Toledo’s oldest brewery. While we all know Maumee Bay Brewing Co. is a prominent figure in the local craft beer scene, you may not realize they offer some amazing burgers, as well. During your next visit, order the ghost burger filled with guacamole, sweet spicy bacon, and ghost pepper jack cheese.

Written: Sep 18, 2018

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Erin Ethington

Erin Ethington

Erin is a content specialist for Danberry Realtors. The Home Sweet Toledo blog focuses on community guides + local events, as well as home inspiration + design trends. Enjoy!