National Cheeseburger Day 2013 is Sept. 18: Top 5 best burger restaurants we need in Columbus

ssorich@ledger-enquirer.comSeptember 18, 2013 

Today (Sept. 18) is National Cheeseburger Day, according to Cattlemen's Beef Board.

The day inspires an important question: Who sells the best cheeseburger in Columbus?

Of course I have an opinion. But as a journalist, I'm supposed to remain impartial. More importantly, I worry about the possible repercussions of publishing my local cheeseburger preferences. It's not wise to bite the hand that feeds you.

So instead, I'll use National Cheeseburger Day to list the five burger restaurants I'd add to the Columbus dining scene. Our burger options are extensive, but there's certainly room for expansion.

Consider these mouth-watering options. Then, share your picks in the comments section.

In-N-Out Burger

Despite my growing interest in SEC football, I'm still a California girl at heart. So it's probably no surprise that In-N-Out Burger tops my list of dream burger locations. It's a "regional chain of fast food restaurants with locations in five western states in United States," according to Wikipedia.

What makes this place so amazing? It looks like your standard fast-food joint, but the burgers taste incredibly fresh. Also, the customer service is on the level you'd expect from Chick-fil-A. From Wikipedia: "In-N-Out is one of the few fast food chains in the United States to pay its employees significantly more than state and federally mandated minimum wage guidelines – starting at US $10.50 per hour in California, as of April 2013."


Smashburger already has some Georgia locations, and I'd love to see Columbus added to the roster. It's a chain of fast casual burger restaurants that originated in Denver, according to Wikipedia.

Menus offer signature burger selections, in addition to a "create your own burger" option. Chicken sandwiches and salads are also offered. A major draw? "Every Smashburger menu is specially crafted to reflect the tastes and flavors of your city or state," according to the chain's website.


You haven't truly lived until you've eaten a ButterBurger. That's a signature item at Culver's, "a privately owned and operated fast casual restaurant chain that operates primarily in the Midwestern United States," according to Wikipedia.

Easy access to a Culver's restaurant was one of the best things about attending college in Wisconsin. In addition its delicious food, this place has a noteworthy quality of customer service. Added bonus: Frozen custard is on the menu. Yum, yum, yum.


The name speaks volumes. This "fast casual" chain has more than 120 locations worldwide, according to Wikipedia. The chain is headquartered in Beverly Hills, Calif., it notes. Fatburger's website says, "We'd love to tell you about the late night talk show hosts and rap stars who've made us the happenin' place — but our attorneys won't let us."

The menu boasts Fatburgers in sizes ranging from small to XXXL, along with other items.

I became a die-hard Fatburger fan once I started vacationing in Las Vegas. The location on the Las Vegas Strip offers unrivaled writing inspiration.

The Habit Burger Grill

Established in 1969, this chain has locations in California, Arizona and Utah. The menu boasts the chain's famous Charburger, in addition to sandwiches and salads.

The chain's slogan is "there's no substitute for quality," and you can expect fresh-tasting burgers and a friendly atmosphere. Some people on the West Coast say this place rivals In-N-Out Burger. Visit once and you'll likely have an urge to make it a habit.

Sorry, I couldn't resist.

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