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Best Burger in Nashville?

I am new to the Nashville area and am DESPERATELY craving a great burger. I'm tried Bobbie's Dairy Dip and Rotiers and was underwhelmed and disappointed. I'm looking for a fresh, thick, well-seasoned patty that hasn't been charred to death and comes on a fresh bun. I can even live with so-so fries if only I could find a great burger in this town. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. I think you'll be happier with Fat Mo's (for takeout). Even Merchant's is better than Rotiers despite the upscale pretentions. (order from the sandwich menu downstairs and it isn't overpriced). They are the best I know of in town.

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    1. re: nm1

      definitely Fat Mo's !! some locations have picnic benches set up.
      i will say, they use an awful lot of salt though.
      i am "bloated" for a week. but oh, so worth it !!!!!

    2. I'm not sure anything in Nashville will make you happy if Bobbie's didn't. Did you get the sweet potato fries and a peach shake? The greasy loveliness of Rotier's best appreciated with one too many beers in you.

      1. Brown's Diner is a favorite among many people for hamburgers.

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        1. re: Jennie

          I would also agree that Brown's might suit your needs. It is on 21st/Hillsboro road by the Harris Teeter. If you go, you may find that the fries are indeed a bit lackluster, but the burger is consistently tasty. Also, if you are willing to go for a "gourmet" burger, I have found Radius 10 and Sunset Grill both do very good renditions, with radius 10's being a bit cheaper.

          1. re: notgreg

            This person wants a CHARRED burger. That requires flame broiling, which some sadly misguided souls believe to be the proper way to cook a burger. Anyone who didn't like Bobbie's won't like Brown's - both are flat-grilled, as the Lord intended (in my emphatically non-humble opinion).

            1. re: Will Owen

              He said "hasn't been charred to death". Learn to read slower.

        2. It's psychologically tough for me to pay $10 for a burger, but I can't beat Ted's Montana Grill on West End in park Place near Centennial Park. I usually get the buffalo burger, but I've had the beef burger, and it is incredibly juicy and tasty. Another extraordinary $10 burger as is the one at J Alexander's near Vandy on West End. Both are sitdown places, though, so if you're looking for a greasy spoon, you might have to stick with Rotier's (which is pretty good, even without too many beers) or Brown's (I'm a native, and still the charm of Brown's eludes me -- I can't stand the greasy smoke and the burgers are plain jane and often overcooked) or Bobbie's (which I think is terrific -- they use Angus chuck, my favorite).

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          1. re: fluffernutter

            j. alex is a fern bar. rotiers is old, gloomy, boring and run by people half asleep. burger is ho hum---all reputation; where's the beef???? teds is good. nashville needs way more diners, dives, and drive-ins. you could stay home and grill your own fantastic burger. not much exciting in music city as in other cities.....yet

            1. Two suggestions:
              The patty melt at the Gold Rush is nothing short of perfect. I can't imagine their burgers could be that far off. Greasy, gooey goodness.
              I'm sure I'm going to get crucified for saying this, but the Hardee's thickburger has never failed me. For real. For a big, juicy, messy, drippy burger, I'm telling you, it's great. We drive from East Nashville to Elm Hill Pike for our monthly Hardee's fix. I do NOT eat fast food anywhere else.