The 10 best burger joints in and around Lansing

The 10 Best Burger Joints In And Around Lansing

Photo courtesy of Crunchy's via Instagram.

By Chaunie Brusie

April 25, 2024

Warning: Do not read this list if you missed lunch or you will find yourself hopping in the car to drive to these best burger joints in Lansing.

Craving a delicious and juicy burger in Lansing? You’re in luck because we’ve rounded up the best burgers in Lansing and just outside of town.

We gathered insight from Lansing locals and scoured foodie groups for insider secrets to round out this list and all we have to say is: We can’t wait to get our hands on one of these burgers.

So whether you’re looking for a traditional beef patty burger, want a non-meat option, or are ready to branch out and try something new — maple aioli, anyone? — there’s something for everyone at these beloved burger joints in Lansing.


1224 Turner Rd, Lansing, MI 48906

The 10 Best Burger Joints In And Around Lansing

Photo courtesy of Meat via Instagram.

Are you even surprised that one of the best burgers in Lansing can be found at a restaurant aptly named “Meat”?

Specializing in meat and southern barbeque fares, Meat calls itself the “innovator of carnivore cuisine.” They offer a monthly burger specialty with varying toppings, but they always feature two Smashburger patties that will make your mouth water. And don’t forget to pick your favorite fries from the fry bar.

And just a warning: Don’t even try to call ahead to make a reservation at Meat’s — they don’t accept them. So grab your friends and head on in to grab a drink in case you need to wait.

Crunchy’s Burgers & Beer

254 West Grand River, East Lansing, MI 48823

Indulge in your favorite brew at East Lansing’s original craft beer bar and browse their very extensive burger menu. Crunchy’s offers 10 different specialty burgers and custom toppings that include everything from “atomic” heat with jalapenos and spicy cheese or Hawaiin with pineapple and jerk sauce.

Both meat and non-meat eaters will find a burger they will love from this menu, thanks to Beyond burgers and black bean veggie options. Or, sink your teeth into a unique twist on a traditional beef patty with the breakfast burger that features maple syrup aloi and an egg or the Famous Crunchy burger, widely known as one of the best in Lansing.

Frank’s Press Box

7216 W Saginaw Hwy, Lansing, MI 48917

The 10 Best Burger Joints In And Around Lansing

Photo courtesy of Frank’s Press Box West via Facebook.

A former MSU student and current Lansing, MI resident gave a glowing recommendation for Frank’s Press Box. This low-key sports bar in Lansing is a favorite spot for locals to gather and watch their favorite game and partake in their build-your-own burger to their liking. Stop in on Tuesdays when they offer a 8.99 burger and fries special.

Lansing Shuffle Food Hall & Social Club

325 Riverfront Dr, Lansing, MI 48912

The 10 Best Burger Joints In And Around Lansing

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The Lansing Shuffle is a unique establishment located on the picturesque riverfront of downtown Lansing that brings residents and visitors food, fun, and friends.

The Shuffle offers the eclectic tastes and talents of five different chefs who put their own spin on street food favorites from burgers to buttered chicken. Browndog specializes in burgers and sandwiches and lets you sink your teeth into the “Bdog Burger,” which piles two smash burgers atop a garlic aioli slaw, gruyere cheese, a deep-fried poached egg, and wood-smoked bacon.

And when you’re done indulging, partake in one of their weekly events like live music and trivia nights, or try your hand at the shuffleboard courts.

Midtown Brewing Company

402 S Washington Square, Lansing, MI 48933

The 10 Best Burger Joints In And Around Lansing

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Enjoy your burger on the outdoor patio of Lansing’s Midtown Brewing Company and partake in Taphouse smash burger specialties like the Cajun Pretzel burger with a ranch cheese spread and cajun spiced beef on a pretzel bun or the BBQ Brewhouse with smoked gouda cheese, fried onions, and a brioche bun. The restaurant also hosts weekly events, like live music and trivia nights.

Bridge Street Social

107 S Bridge St, DeWitt, MI 48820

The 10 Best Burger Joints In And Around Lansing

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Reservations are encouraged (but not required) as this downtown DeWitt casual-fine dining establishment. They offer one burger speciality, the Wagyu double cheeseburger, served “smash” style with American cheese, sweet onion, iceberg, special sauce, and fries, all for 18 bucks. Pair with a wine farm membership to enjoy monthly wine tastings and special events.

Charlotte Brewing Co.

214 Cochran Ave, Charlotte, MI 48813

The 10 Best Burger Joints In And Around Lansing

Photo courtesy of Anna Bucholtz via Facebook.

Formerly known as Eaton Pub and Grille, The Charlotte Brewing Co. is located just about 20 miles southwest of Lansing, but burger enthusiasts swear it’s worth the drive.

For instance, one Facebook post raved about the Bacon Jarm Burger that features both bacon jam and garlic aioli: “I LOVE to try new things and push myself out of my comfort zone. HOLY MAN, my life was CHANGED by this burger,’ gushed Anna Bucholtz. “It’s a combination of sweet with smoky spice, and all the right flavors meshed together. I don’t think I can EVER look at another burger the same.”

South Riley Tavern

10777 Francis Rd, DeWitt, MI 48820

You know you’re in for the best burger of your life when the restaurant doesn’t even have a website.

Described as a “dive bar” by reviews, diners report that you’ll get huge portions and delicious burgers. “South Riley Tavern for the olive burger are my two top gotta tries after tax season,” reports Joel Sweat in the Lansing Foodies Facebook group. The Bacon Bleu Burger also comes highly rated.

Main Bar & Grill

13 N Main St, Ovid, MI 48866

The 10 Best Burger Joints In And Around Lansing

Photo courtesy of Main Bar And Grill via Facebook.

You’ll need to drive a bit out of Lansing, but if you head out on a Monday, you can hit Burger Monday and try their PB& J and Bacon Burger or choose your own ¼ burger and fries for less than 7 bucks. They also offer many burger specialties, like the olive burger, the Bosco burger, and the Western burger.

Locals also enjoy the fun atmosphere, like themed nights and, of course, dancing.

Tipsy Nickel

117 S Cedar St, Mason, MI 48854

The 10 Best Burger Joints In And Around Lansing

Photo courtesy of Tipsy Nickel via Facebook.

Another option about 30 minutes out from Lansing in neighboring Mason is the family-owned Tipsy Nickel, which serves up tasty burgers like the “Fear of the Dog,” made of house brisket and apple-kale slaw and topped with an “angry” tzatziki sauce. Or bring in a taste of Cali with the “Tipsy Cali” that features avocado, lime and cilantro mayo, and jalapeno cream cheese.

This article first appeared on Good Info News Wire and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.The 10 best burger joints in and around LansingThe 10 best burger joints in and around Lansing


  • Chaunie Brusie

    Chaunie Brusie is a mom of five, a native Michigander, and a Registered Nurse turned writer and editor. She specializes in health and medical writing. Her work has appeared everywhere from The New York Times to Glamour to Parents magazine.



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