23700 Michigan Ave.
Dearborn, MI 48124
It’s an old school bar, with a fantastic hamburger. Nothing fancy here, your burger comes on a piece of waxed paper, and fries or onion rings in a paper basket. You don’t need frills if you have a quality product, GQ named Miller’s one of the Best Burgers in America. You won’t be presented with a menu. The waitress will ask if you prefer a hamburger or cheeseburger, along with your choice of fries or onion rings. Condiments served on the side are ketchup, mustard, raw onion slices and pickles. No lettuce or tomato available. – Amy Bergin
Red Coat Tavern
31542 Woodward Ave
Royal Oak, MI 48073
Redcoat Tavern has a huge following — pushing 10,000 Facebook fans and 4 out of 5 stars based on an unheard of 535 reviews, at the writing of this list, according to Google. The menu isn’t full of pre-determined burgers. Instead, you order your burger and add toppings. Watch out because the topping prices aren’t listed. Before you know it, you’ll have an $8-$10 burger. Some of the more unique options include burnt onions and smoked Gouda. If you’re wondering — the zip sauce is a reduced au jus and butter. Valet parking is available on occasion, but don’t forget to tip the attendant. They’re open ‘til 2 a.m. nightly, but closed on Sundays.
508 Monroe St.
Detroit, MI 48226
Go with the Little Cheeseburger if you’ve got a normal appetite. It’s not locally founded, but they are worth mentioning. The burger is uncomplicated and the ingredients are fresh as can be. There are huge sacks of Idaho potatoes in the dining area to remind you. They only use fresh ground beef and nothing is ever frozen. The burgers only come well done. If you like it rare you’ll have to look elsewhere. They offer bulk peanuts to munch on in the dining room or while you wait for your order. Oh yeah, and the Cajun fries are fiery and delicious. – George Fox
26054 Novi Rd.
Novi, MI 48375-1137
(Located at Novi Road just North of Grand River)
Plus locations in Ann Arbor, Berkley and Brighton
The burgers are terrific and the staff is very friendly. When you order your burger, they give you a check list of toppings, and you check off exactly what you want and hand the paper to your server. That’s a nice touch. They apparently have more than 30 toppings available. We recommend their sweet potato chips … very good. – Kris Kelly
2626 Coolidge Hwy.
Berkley, MI 48072
A family owned restaurant in Berkley, MI. Just about everything on the menu us great and that goes for the burgers as well. Very casual, made-to-order, friendly staff, excellent prices and really good food … definitely worth the trip! – Kris Kelly