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10 of the Best Burgers Spots in Cedar Rapids

Try out the best burgers in the Cedar Rapids Area!

If you’re hungry, you’ve come to the right place! Fill up on a classic meal when checking out some of the best burger joints in Cedar Rapids.

1. Tornado’s Grub & Pub, New Bohemia

  • Family owned and operated since 2000, Tornado’s Grub and Pub is a staple in the Cedar Rapids burger scene. This hole-in-the-wall eclectic spot has ranked many of their burgers on the “Fujita Scale” which is better known as the system that measures the strength of a tornado – see what they did there? Choose from an F2 Deluxe, F3 Blue, F4 Hot, or one of their many other options to satisfy your hunger.

2. The Map Room, Downtown Cedar Rapids

  • The Map Room serves internationally-inspired burgers & fries in a cozy and unique atmosphere. Their menu encompasses flavorful toppings found in traditional cuisines around the world and transforms them into mouth-watering smash burgers and sides. Not a meat eater? Enjoy their homemade veggie patty!

3. The Starlite Room, Northeast Cedar Rapids

  • This OG burger joint and local legend has been locally owned and operated for over 60 years. The Starlite Room is known around town for their famous half-pound Super Burger. Catch a game and a hearty meal for a great price at this local dive.

4. Sacred Cow Tavern, Oak Hill Jackson Neighborhood

  • Sacred Cow Tavern is serving up smash burgers you will surely devour. Start your meal with one of the grazers or loaded fries, then head straight to the “Sacred Cows” section on the menu to choose from burgers covered, in cheeses sauce, poutine, caramelized onions or a variety of other delicious toppings. Not a meat eater? They have a full section of vegan, vegetarian and even gluten-free options on their menu.

5. Raging Rynos, Northeast Cedar Rapids

  • Craving a burger, but on a smaller scale? Raging Rynos is your sweet spot with sliders being their house specialty! Mix and match sliders from the menu with proteins including beef, chicken, seafood, pork and breakfast biscuits. Trending with beef sliders, try the Sahara Heat, Mac Attack, Raspberry Brie or Reuben.

6. Shorts Burgers & Shine, Marion

  • Get ready to choose from 21 unique burger variations, many named after Iowa towns! Order one of their fresh, never-frozen beef patties sourced from a local farmer and a side of hand-cut daily, seasoned to perfection fries. From toppings like tzatziki, kraut, guacamole and blue cheese, each burger will provide a distinct flavor to tingle your taste buds! 

7. Burger Fiend, Southwest Cedar Rapids

  • At Burger Fiend, all of their burgers are made from never-frozen USDA Choice Angus Prime Beef that is ground fresh in-house. With more than 20 toppings and spreads to choose from, you can customize your burger to your liking, or choose from their pre-selected signature burgers.

8. Oak Hill Tavern, Oak Hill Jackson Neighborhood

  • New to the Cedar Rapids dining scene, Oak Hill Tavern is already earning marks for their tasty burgers. Really hungry? Try their “Whole Damn Farm” burger with cheese, onion rings, grilled chicken, ham, turkey, bacon and an over hard egg on top of the USDA select beef patty.

9. Black Sheep Social Club, Downtown Cedar Rapids

  • Black sheep do things just a little bit differently – an attitude that Black Sheep Social Club has adapted since opening. Although they offer a wide menu of tasty dishes, try their blueberry burger for a unique take on a burger and fries.

10. Parlor City Pub & Eatery, New Bohemia

  • Stroll through the New Bohemia neighborhood for shopping and stop for lunch or dinner at Parlor City Pub & Eatery. Pair a Jucy Lucy – burger cooked with American cheese in the middle – with one of their 56 beers on tap! 

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