The Island Delight burger from Blind Bob’s a half-pound patty, stuffed with sweet pineapple and zippy pepper-jack cheese, with a teriyaki glaze, more cheese and served with a tangy wasabi-mayonnaise. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY ALEXIS LARSEN
430 E. Fifth St., Dayton
Blind Bob’s build-your-own burger program is on point. The list of cheese choices, add-ons, extra goodies and sauces are some of the most comprehensive out there or you can go with a style already conceived for you. The Italian burger with provolone cheese, basil, sautéed green pepper, sautéed onions, marinara and lettuce ($11.50) is a favorite.
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Coco's recently launched a new version of its popular Bistro Burger! This version has Creamy Boursin, pickled red onion, house mustard, butter lettuce on a Brioche bun. Source: Facebook
250 Warren St., Dayton
Coco’s Bistro Burger ($18) is a savory, creamy dream. The 7-ounce angus beef patty is topped with Boursin cheese, caramelized onion, applewood bacon, roasted garlic aioli delivered in a challah bun with house-cut fries.
The Hearse Burger at Lucky's taproom in Dayton's Oregon District includes ground steak from Keener Farms near Dayton, cheddar and pepper jack cheese, applewood smoked bacon, red cabbage slaw and pulled chicken that has been braised in Warped Wing's Flyin' Ale. (Photo by Amelia Robinson)
Credit: Amelia Robinson
Credit: Amelia Robinson
🍔LUCKY’S TAPROOM & EATERY
520 E. Fifth St., Dayton
Lucky’s has 10 signature burgers to choose from, as well as a build-your-own model. The burgers made with Keener grass-fed beef use some of the best ingredients around. My personal favorite is The Cobra ($14.5) slathered in a Thai-style marinade, with peanut butter, fresh cilantro, cucumbers, pickled carrots, jalapeños and sriracha sauce.
The second annual Dayton Burger Week begins on Aug. 5. Pictured: a burger from Nick’s Restaurant.
1443 N. Detroit St., Xenia
Located off the bike path along U.S. 68 in Xenia, the restaurant’s Big Nick half-pound burgers ($8.99) are a staple — add bacon and cheese and Nick’s special sauce for the full effect. There are other burger options featured on the menu, but this is definitely the one to start with.
Slyder's Tavern was named the winner for Best Burger in Dayton.com's Best of 2018. The win marked the third consecutive year Slyder's has held the title.
836 Watervliet Ave., Dayton
If you want to talk about the best burger in Dayton, this is definitely one of them. Don’t take our word for it. This won first place for Best Burger in the Dayton.com Best of Dayton competition in 2018, 2017 and 2016, was best burger runner-up in 2015 and took second place for 2019. Not only is it one of the tastiest burgers in town. It’s also one of the most affordable. A 7-ounce hamburger is just $6.05. This is a modest little neighborhood bar that puts out really great food and has been one of my go-to spots for years.
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The second annual Dayton Burger Week begins on Aug. 5. Pictured: a burger from Watermark.
20 S. 1st St., Miamisburg
Watermark’s signature (Great) Miami Burger ($14.95) is an all-prime grilled burger, topped with house-made bacon and Bourbon jam, dill pickles, pickled red onion and your choice of blue cheese or cheddar, on a brioche bun. Served with your choice of house-cut fries or dressed greens. It’s as good as it sounds.
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Mudlick Tap House White Bean Tabbouleh Burger with the restaurant’s boomflower spicy cauliflower makes for a great carryout meal. ALEXIS LARSEN/CONTRIBUTED
🥕🍔MUDLICK TAP HOUSE (vegetarian burger)
135 E. Second St., Dayton
The white bean tabbouleh burger from Mudlick hits all the right notes for vegetarians or those looking to cut down on their meat consumption. The white bean and quinoa tabbouleh patty is slathered with hummus and topped with a sliced tomato, field greens, and red onions on brioche. Bonus: It’s a vegan-friendly dish.
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