Find the Best Burgers in Kalamazoo at these Locally Owned Restaurants

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Where’s the Beef in Kalamazoo?

While a staple of many restaurants in the United States, hamburgers come in many varieties.

Beyond its basic building blocks of a beef patty and bun, burger components can include traditional toppings like tomatoes and lettuce, to more creative elements like coleslaw, eggs, or peanut butter (yes, really).

No matter how you like your patty sandwich, local residents cast over 6600 votes for their favorite restaurants in Kalamazoo, including the best burger; we have their top picks below.

Was the Hamburger Invented in the United States?

The short answer is maybe (?).

While there are references to meat sandwiches in both German and American history dating back to the 1700s and 1800s, there is no definitive answer on its origin. Even its connection to the city of Hamburg, Germany is unproven.

Irrespective of how it started, it’s clear the burger isn’t going anywhere. The popular sandwich is a favorite in the USA and a staple of many dine-in and fast-food restaurants.

Who Has the Best Burger in Kalamazoo?

Here are the top burger restaurants in Kalamazoo, as voted by our readers:

  • 1 – Nonla Burger
  • 2 – Studio Grill
  • 3 – Latitude 42 Brewing Company
  • 4 – Niskers Char-Grill & Slapshot Hockey Bar
  • 5 – Lake Burger
  • 5 – Main Street Pub

Directory: Best Burger Restaurants

☆ Voted # 5 Best Burger

4404 West Main St Kalamazoo, MI 49006

Lake Burger prides itself on its local pasture-raised beef & farm fresh produce, crisp-cut fries, and hand-spun milkshakes. All burgers served on brioche buns, with gluten free options available.

Where to Find Lake Burger
Lake Burgers sits just east of Drake Road on W. Main, close to Frays Park.


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☆ Voted # 3 Best Burger

6101 W Main St Kalamazoo, MI 49009
7842 Portage Rd Portage, MI 49002

Locally owned and operated distillery, brewery and full kitchen, serving up favorites including juicy burgers, fresh salads & sandwiches, pizza and so much more. Polish off your burger then play an outdoor game in their beer garden.

Where to Find Latitude 42 Brewing Company
Latitude 42 has two locations:

• Kalamazoo: intersection of W. Main and US-131
• Portage: intersection of Portage Road and Centre Ave (across from McDonalds)


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☆ Voted # 5 Best Burger

Multiple SWMI Locations , MI

Main Street Pub has something for everyone on their traditional pub grub menu, from burgers & salads, to salmon & sandwiches.

Where to Find Main Street Pub
Main Street Pub offers 5 locations in SWMI:

• Portage: 7509 S Westnedge Ave (near Jimmy John's and Biggby)
• Kalamazoo: 4514 W Main St (just east of Drake Road)
• Gull Road: 5462 Gull Rd (next to Menards at Sprinkle)
• Downtown Vicksburg: 208 E Prairie St
• Mattawan: 52887 N Main St (next to Chinn Chinn)

☆ Voted # 4 Best Burger

5051 W Main St Kalamazoo, MI 49009

At Niskers, you choose how you'd like your beef, chicken, fish, turkey, beefalo and veggie burgers char-grilled - all to your liking. Delicious meats are never frozen, and buns are baked fresh daily.

Where to Find Niskers Char-Grill & Slap Shot Hockey Bar
At the corner of Drake and W. Main in Kalamazoo, in the same plaza with Lowe's.


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☆ Voted # 1 Best Burger

2103 S Burdick St Kalamazoo, MI 49001
1700 South Drake Rd Ste A Kalamazoo, MI 49006

The NB Double is the most popular burger here- featuring double meat and double cheese. Nonla Burger fans know to order it "The Nonla Way" which includes grilled onions, jalapeno, cilantro, and cucumbers.

Not a beef eater? Beyond veggie burgers are also available and can be made vegan as well.

Add a side of Nonla spread for dipping your hand cut fries and try the shake of the day (flavors rotate daily).

Where to Find Nonla Burger
Nonla Burger has 2 restaurants in Kalamazoo and a Mattawan location:

• Burdick: 2103 S Burdick Street (just south of Alcott)
• Drake: 1700 South Drake Road (near Costco)
• Mattawan: 24050 Front Avenue (across the street from Mattawan Park)


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☆ Voted # 2 Best Burger

312 W Michigan Ave Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Studio Grill has it all: restaurant, coffee shop and personal & business catering. Dig your teeth into one of the 28 burgers listed on the menu, all while enjoying local art on the wall, switched out monthly.

Where to Find Studio Grill
Studio Grill is located on W.Main & Church Street, one block west of the Radisson Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo.


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355 E. Kalamazoo Ave Kalamazoo, MI 49007

57649 Murray Street Mattawan Mattawan, MI 49071

1156 S. Burdick Street Kalamazoo, MI 49001

3251 W. Centre Ave Portage, MI 49024

12443 East D Avenue Richland, MI 49083

116 Portage Street Kalamazoo, MI 49007

629 Walbridge Street Kalamazoo, MI 49007

717 E. Bridge Street Plainwell, MI 49080

8253 N. 32nd Street Richland, MI 49083

5225 Portage Road Portage, MI 49002

5234 Portage Road Portage, MI 49002

111 E. Prairie Street Vicksburg, MI 49707

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