Sometimes life calls for a burger and a cold beverage. If you’re looking for this type of meal, The Bend has a lot to offer.
We took a dive into Yelp! data and asked our social media followers in an effort to sort out The Bend’s best burger places. Here’s what we found:
Bonnie Doon Drive-In
Just ice cream? Not so fast. Get a dash of nostalgia to go along with some of the best burgers in the area at this old school Mishawaka drive-in. Keep in mind that it’s open seasonally, so we recommend a summer visit.
“Their ice cream is top-notch. Their food is very good. I like the thin patty double-cheeseburger, but they have plenty of strong choices. And who doesn’t like perfectly crispy crinkle-cut fries? Add in a chocolate malt and you’ve got yourself one great experience.” – Yelper Ryan T.
BRU Burger Bar
Known for its many locations in and around Indianapolis, BRU Burger in Eddy Street Commons with the crowd near Notre Dame. The Bourbon Burger with bacon is a favorite. Don’t miss the onion rings.
“The menu is so good and pocket friendly. You have great choices with the burgers, which all sound tempting.” – Yelper Siddhant K.
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The signature 10-ounce pub burgers at CJ’s in downtown South Bend are the go-to menu item. If you’re feeling adventurous (or extremely hungry), try all 20 ounces of The Famous Golden Domer. It’s worth a shot, right?
“Nice bar, good prices, but the most important thing is that they have the best burger in (The Bend), hands down. Enough said.” – Yelper Caleb H.
The Oaken Bucket
NOTE: The Oaken Bucket is currently closed for renovations.
Come for the burgers, stay for the view. The Bucket has one of The Bend’s best patios overlooking the St. Joseph River. You can also try the King Burger Challenge. Put down a four-pound burger in 45 minutes and you get a spot on the wall of fame.
“This joint has fantastic Angus burgers with all kinds of options for toppings. Try the 1 lb. King Burger. It’s enough food for 2-3 people.” – Yelper Benjamin G.
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Legends of Notre Dame
Great burgers in the shadow of Notre Dame Stadium. Legends is a favorite of Fighting Irish fans since it’s right on campus and is decked out in memorabilia. The Legend’s Pub Burger is a classic.
“Great food, the short rib burger was amazing as was the El Cubano.” – Yelper Erin S.
You can dress your burgers up or keep them super simple at Linden Grill, either way they’re bound to impress. This downtown South Bend restaurant is also known for having some of the best wings in the area.
“The best burger in town hands down. It was big and juicy and perfectly seasoned. Unbelievable.” – Yelper Sean J.
Scoobie’s in Mishawaka seems to fly under the radar. Let us be clear: It should not. Locals rave about the burgers, which range from the basic to the creative like a peanut butter and jalapeno edition.
“The Boss Hogg burger is incredible. Easily one of the best burgers in the area.” – Yelper Caleb H.
Table 97 in downtown Mishawaka is somewhat new but already making a name for itself on burgers. The TBL/97 Burger includes smoked gouda cheese, mesquite bacon onion jam and a roasted garlic aioli.
“Great atmosphere, burgers are really good. Good options if you want a burger.” – Yelper Jeremy B.
Taphouse on the Edge
This sports bar near Notre Dame’s campus is a favorite place to watch games. The Chef Burgers include Bite Your Face, a spicy burger with ghost pepper cheese and frizzled jalapenos.
“My family loves Taphouse! Their burgers are the best!! So big, fresh and flavorful.” – Yelper Kimberlee E.
Known to many as home to Northern Indiana’s best burger, The View Tavern is a local institution. The Becky Burger took home that title in 2014. And it stands the test of time at this favorite local spot in South Bend’s East Bank Village neighborhood.
“The Becky is worthy of an award. The blend of ingredients makes it one of those rare burgers that needs no ketchup … This place is legit.” – Yelper Betty P.
Inside Cheers Bar, Woodiel’s is establishing itself as one of the most creative menus around. The Woodiel Burger includes cheddar, bacon, a fried egg and onion ring. Keep an eye on the specials.
“All of the food was well thought out and cooked to perfection. I will definitely be back.” – Yelper John W.
Looking for more burger options? Here are other places to consider:
Bar Louie: A great place for an Impossible burger, plus we love the All-Nighter with garlic aioli and an egg.
Brothers Bar + Grill: Located near Notre Dame, Brothers has plenty of burgers to offer and a long tap list.
Evil Czech Brewery + Public House: Known as one of the best restaurants in The Bend, the Monday Burger Box special is a hit with locals.
Fatbird: The bacon cheeseburger includes pimento cheese and a “special sauce.” Intriguing, right?
Howard Park Public House: This new restaurant is going all in on burgers, including one that’s topped with pulled pork.
Jeannie’s House Diner: This breakfast and lunch spot is mostly known for the former, but don’t sleep on the burgers.
LaSalle Kitchen + Tavern: The Wagyu burger is always on the dine-in menu. If you’re looking for carryout, look for the Burgers & Brews special – two burgers from unique choices, fries, plus a six-pack of beer and cheese cake.
Rohr’s at Notre Dame: Among the many amazing menu items here, the R Burger is a standout with pepperjack cheese on a pretzel bun.
Ruth’s Chris: If you’re in for lunch or on the patio, the RBAR burger is the elevated experience you would expect from a renowned steakhouse.