Gatlinburg, TN

Where to go for the best burgers in Gatlinburg

Kaleah Mcilwain

Gatlinburg has a ton to offer, including great restaurants. Sometimes nothing hits the spot quite like a burger, especially after a long day of hiking or skiing on the slopes.

Whether you like your burgers dripping with cheese, topped with onion rings, or with an egg on top, there is somewhere in the Smokies to meet all your needs.

Who has the best burgers in Gatlinburg?

Well that would be hard to say but here is a list of restaurants that are known for having great burgers that keep people coming back for more.

Mountain Edge Grill

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Tram burger with bacon, American cheese, onions, and BBQ sauce.(Mountain Edge Grill)

$$ | 631 Parkway, Suite B4, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

This restaurant is a mainstay of downtown Gatlinburg. At Mountain Edge Grill guests can enjoy their freshly ground, all-natural Bison or 100% USDA ground beef steak served on a grilled bun with French fries.

Must-try menu items: Chili Cheeseburger that is smothered in chili or the Bison Elk Burger Plate with a burger that's a mix of bison and elk served with lettuce, tomatoes, and onions on top with fries and baked beans on the side.

Hours: M,T, W: 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; F, TH: 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Morning Mist Cafe

$$-$$$ | 601 Glades Rd., Gatlinburg, TN 37738

A family owned and operated business located in the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community, Morning Mist Cafe is a further drive from the center of Gatlinburg but many say it is worth the drive. They are serving half-pound burgers, made with fresh never frozen meat, on a toasted bun with a side of French fries.

Must-try menu items: Gonzo Burger that's topped with bacon, ham, and two kinds of cheese or the Patty Melt served with onions, cheese, and grilled rye bread.

Hours: M, T, W, TH, F, Sat: 11:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sun: noon to 3 p.m.

Three Jimmy's Good Time Eatery

$$ | 1359 E Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

If you have a powerful appetite, nothing satisfies quite like the burgers at Three Jimmy's. You can customize your burger with different cheeses or by making it a double, adding bacon, pulled pork, chili, coleslaw, signature mushrooms, or sautéed onions.

Must-try menu items: The Highlander, a black angus beef burger piled with pulled pork, cheddar cheese, smothered in their special "Rockin’ Rib" sauce, and finished off with onion crispers on a brioche bun.

Hours: W: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; TH, F, Sat, Sun: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Smoky Mountain Brewery

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Thunder Road Burger.(Smoky Mountain Brewery)

$$ | 1004 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Smoky Mountain Brewery is a beloved brewpub that is known for having some of the best burgers in Gatlinburg. Their burgers are ground fresh daily and served on your choice of a sesame or whole wheat bun.

Must-try menu items: Brewhouse Burger served with two fresh ground beef patties, 1000 Island Dressing, American and pimento cheese, sliced bacon, lettuce, tomato and pickle or the Thunder Road Burger, which comes with blue cheese, bacon, and the restaurant’s signature sweet and spicy Thunder Road sauce.

Hours: Open daily from 11 a.m. to midnight; visit website for special holiday hours.

Tom and Earl's Back Alley Grill

$$ | 651 Parkway, Suite 110, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

This spot is described as a down-to-earth watering hole perfect for sports fan. At Tom and Earl's Back Alley Grill the names of the burgers are just as creative as the burgers themselves.

Must-try menu items: Burning Bear Burger, a 8 oz. beef burger topped with ghost pepper cheese, jalapenos, lettuce, tomato, onion and spicy mayo served on a toasted bun or the Ole' Standby, a 8oz. beef burger on a toasted bun with your choice of toppings: lettuce, tomato, onion, jalapenos, pickles, mayo, stone ground mustard and your choice of cheese. You can even add an egg, chili or a fried green tomato.

Hours: Open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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