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5 Mouthwatering Burgers You Must Try In Cleveland, OH

If there’s one thing the city of Cleveland, OH does beautifully, it’s burgers. Nothing beats a juicy hunk of Ohio beef smothered with cheese and topped with lettuce, tomato, and maybe even a special sauce. Or maybe you prefer your burgers plain and simple. Whatever your burger callings are, here are 5 mouthwatering burgers you must try in Cleveland.

Stevenson’s Bar & Grill: “The Big Guy Burger” 

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The aptly named Big Guy is a double cheeseburger with lettuce, pickle, and “special sauce.” This bad boy is so delicious that it was named one of Thrillists’ Top 10 Burgers in the U.S, and has also been named the top burger in Cleveland. Stay gold, big guy. 

Flip Side: “The One Red Door Burger”

The one that started it all: The One Red Door burger comes topped with crispy shallots, melted brie cheese, date, and applewood bacon aioli. Slobbering yet?

Swensons Drive-In: “The Galley Boy”

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If you’re looking for fast, cheap, and absolutely ah-may-zing burgers, Swensons has you covered. This heavyweight has been around since 1934, and the Galley Boy burger (a double cheeseburger topped with two special sauces) has been a crowd favorite for decades. At $3.65, it’s a steal.

Johnny’s Little Bar: “Little Bar Burger”

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Located in the alleyway behind Johnny’s Downtown, this dive bar serves one of the meanest takes on the American classic in all of Cleveland. A half-pounder that packs serious punch, Johnny’s Little Bar burger has already earned several accolades amongst locals as the best burger in all of Cleveland. 

The Rowley Inn: “The Clevelander Burger”

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The Clevelander Burger sounds intimidating; pierogi, kielbasa, kraut, beer cheese, and stadium mustard. On a burger?! Let’s just reiterate, shall we: pierogi????! On a burger?! But trust me, it works.

Images sourced in order of appearance: Shane Rounce, @foodsofjane, @flipside easton, @markkun, @SaturdayNightEats, @foodsofjane.

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