Our guide to 11 of the best local burgers in Huntsville

Smokestack Burger Ale's Kitchen
This photo is making me hungry. (Straight to Ale Brewing on Facebook)

Sometimes you just need a burger.

Whether you prefer a classic diner experience or something a bit more experimental, Huntsville has something to suit your tastes. Read on for 11 Huntsville burger spots and a menu recommendation from each if you just can’t decide what to order—I know I’ll be adding some of these to my “must try” list.

1. Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar is one of the newer additions to Memorial Parkway. You can try one of the restaurant’s inventive burgers or choose from the long list of ingredients to build your own.

Try this: The Jalapeño Popper Burger comes complete with jalapeño cream cheese, jalapeño bacon, fried jalapeños, lettuce, tomato and BBQ sauce. Pass me the Tums.

Address: 2317 Memorial Pkwy SW, Huntsville, AL 35801
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11AM-9PM; Friday-Saturday 11AM-10PM
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2. Ale’s Kitchen

Ale’s Kitchen might be my favorite part of the Straight to Ale/Campus No. 805 experience. With delicious bites and a fun, laid-back atmosphere, it’s a great place to spend some free time.

Try this: I love barbecue sauce on a burger, and Ale’s Kitchen provides just that with the Smokestack Burger. It also comes with pulled pork, bacon, slaw, crispy onions and bistro sauce—yum.

Address: 2610 Clinton Ave W, Huntsville, AL 35805
Hours: Sunday 11AM-8PM; Monday-Thursday 11AM-10PM; Friday-Saturday 11AM-11PM
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3. Old Black Bear Taproom

Old Black Bear
Burgers for brunch, lunch and dinner. (Emily Phillips / Hville Blast)

Old Black Bear’s mantra is “Hard work has its reward.” I’m going to interpret that to mean that my reward for a hard week of work should be one of their delicious burgers.

Try this: I only had to read one word to know which burger I’d try from Old Black Bear: “Pimento.” The Pimento burger has a scoop of house-made pimento cheese and crispy onion straws. They recommend trying it with a fried chicken thigh rather than the traditional burger patty—I’d like to try one of each, please.

Address: 208 Main St, Madison, AL 35758
Hours: Sunday 10AM-4PM; Monday-Thursday 4PM-11PM; Friday-Saturday 11AM-11PM
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4. Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint

Jack Brown's burger
Why not make it a double? (Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint – Huntsville on Facebook)

In addition to a menu packed with unique burgers, Jack Brown’s has different burger specials every day. Sunday’s special shares a name with Huntsville’s favorite minor league baseball team—and has a glazed donut for a bun.

Try this: The Greg Brady sounds like a perfectly balanced blend of creamy, crunchy and delicious. The burger is topped with mac n’ cheese and Martin’s BBQ potato chips.

Address: 123 North Side Square Ste 100, Huntsville, AL 35801
Hours: Every day 11AM-2AM
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5. Big Spring Cafe

Find the self-proclaimed “Home of the Greasy Burger” on Governor’s Drive if you’re looking for a traditional, diner-style experience.

Try this: Nothing hits the spot quite like a classic, no-frills cheeseburger. I’ve heard that Big Spring Cafe has one of the best.

Address: 3507 Governors Dr SW, Huntsville, AL 35805
Hours: Monday-Friday 7AM-5PM
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6. Peppered Pig

Peppered Pig
Try one of Peppered Pig’s inventive burgers. (Peppered Pig on Facebook)

Peppered Pig is a South Huntsville food truck serving up some of Huntsville’s most unique burgers. If you don’t want to make the drive to South Huntsville, don’t worry—we hear they’re planning to open a restaurant in Jones Valley soon.

Try this: Banh Mi on a burger? Try it at Peppered Pig—angus beef is topped with char-siu pork, pickled daikon + carrot, cucumbers, cilantro, jalapeños and pate aioli for an unforgettable fusion dish.

Address: 11110 Memorial Pkwy SW, Huntsville, AL 35803
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10AM-2PM
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7. Supper Heroes

Superhero lovers will feel right at home at Supper Heroes, where the menu reads just like a comic book.

Try this: Eat like a local with the “criminally awesome” Huntsvillain, which comes complete with pepper jack cheese, fried jalapeños and sweet heat pepper jelly.

Address: 1812 Winchester Rd NE, Huntsville, AL 35811
Hours: Sunday 10:30AM-2:30PM; Monday-Saturday 10:30AM-8:30PM
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8. Cricket’s

While most in Madison know Cricket’s for their wings, it’s also a great, casual spot to get ribs, chicken sandwiches or a classic sports bar burger.

Try this: Nothing says sports bar like a chili cheese burger. Add cheese fries on the side and you’ll have a meal fit to accompany your favorite team’s next game.

Address: 3810 Sullivan St suite l, Madison, AL 35758
Hours: Monday-Friday 11AM-2PM; 5PM-9PM; Saturday 5PM-9PM
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9. Shaggy’s Burgers and Tacos

Shaggy's
Burgers or tacos? Why not both? (Shaggy’s Burgers and Tacos on Facebook)

One of my go-to Huntsville spots, Shaggy’s is a great, fast-casual place when you can’t decide between burgers or tacos. I’ve never met a menu item there that I didn’t like.

Try this: If you’re feeling adventurous, go for the Taco Burger—it’s the perfect crossover between Shaggys’ two specialties.

Address: 1267 Enterprise Way, Huntsville, AL 35806
Hours: Monday-Thursday 6:30AM-9PM; Friday-Saturday 6:30AM-10PM
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10. Cheeseburger Bobby’s

Cheeseburger Bobby’s serves up classic diner fare like burgers and chicken tenders. Order your meal with a side of onion rings for a variation on the classic burger + fries combo.

Try this: Tired of beef? Switch it up and grab a Veggie Burger or a Turkey Burger.

Address: 2785 Carl T Jones Dr SE E, Huntsville, AL 35802
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11AM-8PM; Friday-Saturday 11AM-9PM
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11. West End Grill

If you’re looking for an atmosphere like “Cheers,” look no further—West End Grill claims to have a similar fun, casual vibe, though we can’t promise you’ll find the Sam to your Diane.

Try this: Why not build your own burger? Choose from the following toppings:

  • bacon
  • cheese
  • chili
  • fried egg
  • jalapeños
  • onions
  • sauteed mushrooms

Address: 6610 Old Madison Pike #109, Huntsville, AL 35806
Hours: Sunday 10:30AM-12AM; Tuesday-Thursday 10:30AM-12AM; Friday-Saturday 10:30AM-1AM
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Emily Phillips
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