The burger: an American food staple. A simple concept — ground meat, buns, toppings and condiments — yet everyone has a personal preference, and nowadays it seems as if there are a million variations. However, one thing will always remain the same: a good burger stays with you forever.

Being a college town, Fayetteville has a plethora of great burger joints, and we dare not describe any of them as “better” than another. Sadly, some historical favorites are no longer with us: Brenda’s Bigger Burgers, Mr. Burger, ROTC (Restaurant on the Corner). But their spirit lives on in the full bellies of those who came to Fayetteville, eagerly in search of the best places to eat, and then waddled out the front door declaring, “That’s the best burger I’ve ever eaten!”

From date nights to game days, we’ve noticed several restaurants that seem to stand out in popularity. From holes in the wall to food truck courts, from white linen to checkered tablecloth, you can find a delicious burger in most any restaurant in Fayetteville. Here are some of the most popular spots in town:


Without a doubt the most popular burger in Fayetteville. Located at 25 N. Block Ave., between Dickson Street and the Historic Downtown Square, Hugo’s is a dimly lit burger paradise. Established in 1977, its menu remains true to its roots. Along with burgers, Hugo’s has an eclectic array of appetizers, entrees and desserts, including its well-known homemade french fries, beer cheese soup and grasshopper crepes.

Though now a vegan, President Bill Clinton is known to stop by when in town. He and U.S. Secretary Hillary Clinton married in Fayetteville (at their first home together, now the Clinton House Museum), and the smell of Hugo’s still draws him in while visiting. We recommend the Bleu Moon Burger.

Art’s Place

No frills, just a straightforward, old school greasy burger in a dive bar. Art’s has been a burger hot spot in Fayetteville for years, and once you try one, you’ll understand why. Smoking is still allowed, so it’s not for the faint of heart, but the beer is cold and the place is always rocking on game days.

Located at 2520 N. College, Art’s is a perfect hideout for shooting pool and eating like the locals. We recommend the Hog Burger.

Deluxe Burger

These guys do not mess around. Deluxe Burger lives up to its name, taking our favorite food to another level. Located at 3391 N. College, each burger has not one, but two patties. They also have a $5 milkshake that weighs a pound. Seriously, you might want to wear sweatpants! We recommend the Southerner (pimento cheese, bacon, tomato, picked and barbecue sauce).

Wes’ Bar-B-Q

Locally owned and operated since opening more than 30 years ago, Wes’ is a favorite of college students, because it’s close to campus and not overpriced — and they deliver! Coincidentally, Wes’ cooks up a mean burger that goes great with tater tots, and shares the same amazing aroma as their barbecue.

Much to the delight of returning visitors to Fayetteville, the restaurant has stayed the same, because if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! We recommend the Double Cheeseburger.

Greenhouse Grille

With burgers, we usually think the greasier the better. But, burgers are also best with fresh ingredients, and Greenhouse Grille serves some of the freshest farm-to-table dishes in town, including its Grass Fed Beef Burger (cheddar, bacon marmalade, pickles, lettuce, house aioli, local brioche). And as sacrilegious as it might sound to some, their bean burger is pretty tasty, too.

If you want a truly amazing burger, but still want to eat clean, head to 481 S. School Ave. We recommend going for their Sunday brunch and getting the Grass Fed Brunch Burger (see above but with a fried egg!)

Farrell’s Lounge

This gastropub and upscale sports bar features a tap selection that rivals any on Dickson Street, and its menu features the best-named burger in town, the Hangover Burger. It comes with applewood smoked slab bacon, a fried egg, crispy hashbrowns and American cheese. Yes, you want that!

Located at 311 W. Dickson (formerly home of Cheeburger Cheeburger), Farrell’s has continued the burger tradition in the heart of Fayetteville’s district for nightlife and game day excitement, Dickson Street. We recommend … wait, did you not read about the Hangover Burger?!

Honorable mentions:

Feltner Brothers
Sassy’s Red House
JJ’s Grill
Penguin Ed’s

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