What Is St. Louis' Most Underrated Burger?

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Ian Froeb
The (underrated) burger at Deaver's Restaurant & Bar in Florissant
For several years Bill Burge of STL Bites and StewedSTL kept telling me (and everyone else) that Deaver's Restaurant & Sports Bar (2109 Charbonier Road, Florissant; 314-838-0002) had an underrated burger. As much as it pains me to admit it, Burge usually knows what he's talking about -- especially when it comes to burgers.

And, yes, the Deaver's burger is excellent. It even made my list of finalists for Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2011 "Best Burger".

So as we observe National Hamburger Month, I decided that rather than just celebrate the usual critical and popular favorites, Gut Check should also seek out some other underrated burgers.

Which is where you come in.

Know of a great burger at an unlikely or unheralded spot, be it a restaurant or dive bar or, hell, a highway rest stop?

Tell us about it in the comments section by Monday, May 14. Be as persuasive as you can. (In other words, don't just name the place.) I'll narrow the field down to the five most intriguing possibilities and then ask you to vote for the 1st Annual Gut Check's Most Underrated Burger in St. Louis Award.

And, yes, once that's done, we're going to do a Most Overrated Burger contest, too.


Location Info

Deaver's Restaurant & Sports Bar

2109 Charbonier Road, Florissant, MO

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Shay
Shay

 The newest Irish Pub in the grove 'O'Shay's Pub" has a couple of REAL half pound Angus burger options that St.Patrick would of left the snakes for!! The Kilkenny...Smoked Horsey Sauce, grilled corn beef, carmelized onions, aged swiss and Double smoked hickory bacon..WOW...flavor explosionMy second Favorite is the McManus...simple but AMAZING!!  BBQ, Aged cheddar and two black and tan fried onion rings to top it off. O'Shay's Burgers are a must try!!

Tim
Tim

epic pizza in soulard does a great burger!!!!!

Elizabeth M
Elizabeth M

EPIC pizza and subs has the most underrated burger in St. Louis. Since it's a pizza place most people don't think to try the burger, but they are missing out. It has a great bun,soft and toasted at the same time, all natural beef and this secret sauce called EPIC sauce. It sort of tastes like 1000 island but with some other ingredients that give a kick to it. The cheese is melted perfectly. It's just an all around good burger.

Danpogue
Danpogue

Epic Pizza & Subs in Soulard has become my favorite burger in St. Louis. The burger is cooked medium, has a great juicy flavor and is topped off with carmelized onions and their special sauce. The potato bun is soft and super fresh every time. Inside Epic you get a clean, modern feel that's a fun place to gather with friends and family.

Dan P.

Jodie
Jodie

Molly's Veggie Burger at Local Harvest Cafe. It comes with Billy Goat chips and a side. Local, delicious and not too bad for you. $11.50

Coontrack
Coontrack

EPIC Pizza and Subs on 9th Street in Lafayette.  In spite of the name (pizza and subs), this place has a killer burger too.  The pizza and wings are the best anywhere but the burger is something you start craving after having had one.  Thick, juicy, full of flavor on a potato bun that is great.  And with EPIC sauce for a litle kick.  Some good burgers mentioned here but none of them beats EPIC.   

RyanAlan
RyanAlan

My three favorite places for burgers in no particular order:

Surf Dogs- Chesterfield-Great seasoning. Would have more on it, but it's a little far for me to go now.

Epic Pizza-Soulard-great patty, good bun. cheese melted well on it. I get it w/o the sauce but a lot of people love the kinda spicy thousand island-esque sauce

Market Grill- Soulard-Two thin patties instead of the one larger one so, it can always be cooked the same.  Housemade bun that is great.

Matt Mcguire5
Matt Mcguire5

Annie Gunns burger is tops on my list followed by The Tavern at big bend and Dougherty ferry.

Lilyjane
Lilyjane

Not sure where you are from, but Seamus is known for their burgers alongside O'Connell's and places like the Village Bar on Manchester Road. It's by no means, under the radar.

Pink Slime Sublime
Pink Slime Sublime

I'll second the vote for Billy Burke's over by Sumner. Bring napkins. No fries available, just grease, beef, and bun. On the southside, I would offer up the Hilltop Bar at Loughborogh and Morgan Ford. Great burgers, classic neighborhood dive, also bring cash. Served up on paper plates with cheese and grilled onions. Awesome.

Patrick Byrne
Patrick Byrne

Michael's Bar and Grill doesn't get nearly enough play for their burgers. 

Julie
Julie

The Block, just opened for lunch...incredible burger, great fries....great.

Andrew Veety
Andrew Veety

Also missing: 

Gordon's Stop Light Drive in in Festus.Michael's in MaplewoodBrasserie in CWEThe Sports Page in Creve Coeur

Andrew Veety
Andrew Veety

I'd like to go on the record as saying there are a lot of overrated and just plain bad burgers in these comments. To the point that it makes me weep for your burger eating children.

And given 28 chances to opine, not one of you mentioned the most overlooked burger in St. Louis - from Dressel's Public House in the CWE.

ike champion
ike champion

Although for burger aficionados Carl's Drive In is a must, I am always shocked by how many St. Louis and former St. Louis residents who claim their city haven't actually tried a Carl's burger.  It's not related to Jr. with the disgusting commercials, but rather it's like the Steak and Shake burger you always dreamed about (i.e. not gross).

Kcj1314
Kcj1314

Deavers has an awesome burger. Get the mushroom and swiss...gooey goodness.

Alex Carlson
Alex Carlson

The Arena Bar & Grill in Cheltenham -  directly South of the land where it's namesake stadium used to stand - has a damn fine burger. I used to work around the corner and had lunch there more times than I should mention. I'm very likely violating one of their codes by spreading the word; it's a *very* neighborhood joint. It's way under the radar but way above par in terms of bar food. (The fried chicken (every other Thursday) is not to be missed either, but that's another story.)

jw
jw

At a Ryan Adams show many moons ago, he claimed that the best burger he ever had was at Country Girl's Pie Shop.  As I did not eat the meat until a few weeks ago, I have never tried it for myself.  Now that I have remembered, I plan to do so forthwith.

Danny
Danny

Most underated JJ's restuarant in O'fallon. Most overated is Red Robin.

Speizio541
Speizio541

Most underated burger is JJ's in Ofallon Mo. Most overated burger is red robin.

Bob
Bob

The burger at Veritas in Chesterfield is maybe the best I've ever had. They only serve it at lunch (they do a smaller version at dinner as an appetizer which just isn't as good. Who wants a little burger?). The grass fed beef is thick and delicious, but it's the housemade pickles that really make it. They've done pickled onions and beets in the past. It's a knock out.

xmasbby66
xmasbby66

Seamus, McGurk's and O' Connell's? What is with the Irish and their burgers? While those are all good, if you've never taken a trip to Waterloo, Illinois and hit one of the best, and most gorgeously unique, Irish pubs in the Metro Area, Gallagher's, you have also not eaten the best burger in the Metro Area.  Their Mushroom and Brie Burger is to die for.  And if you have some time to kill on a Thursday night, all of their ridiculously good burgers (hello, Popeye Burger) are 1/2 off - The best burger around for $4.50.

Haversmt
Haversmt

Jefferson Bistro (on Jefferson) has a great burger and fries.

Funnygirl2829
Funnygirl2829

Okay, being a female, you wouldn't expect to see many women in this place (except the girls working there), but Johnny's in Soulard has an incredible burger with peppercorn sauce. It is out of this world. My only qualm is I can't get the beer I like to go with it, but oh well. I am picky about my burgers, but even pickier when choosing a beer. So yeah, Peppercorn Burger from Johnny's...

Laura musler
Laura musler

The Red Lion used to have the best burger around, haven't tried the crow's nest yet to see if it is the same.  spiro's also has a great burger

megarockradiostl
megarockradiostl

Penny's BBQ in Affton has a monster burger - very large, very tasty and very cheap. You will walk out with a foam box.

FM Smith
FM Smith

I think there is a difference between asking who has a good burger and who is "underrated". I don't consider Carl's, Seamus, and Fudruckers unerrated because their names always come up in burger discussions. My pick would be Billy Birk's Snack Shop in north St Louis just south of Sumner High. A nice thick, juicy (greasy?) burger that you have to work to get to: off the main drag in a residential area, only open til 2pm?, don't pay with a $20, etc. Good hangover food.

Jcthelilly
Jcthelilly

Actually, McGurk's (Soulard) has an awesome burger and has for many years.  Very underrated. 

JenA82
JenA82

Hands down the best burger I have had in St. Louis has been at Biggie's on Watson.  First time  I have ever had a scoop of cheddar on a burger before and it was an amazing experience.  Always cooked right, good size, and nothing frilly.  What I think a burger should be. 

Hbanks
Hbanks

I like J&A's burger.  $6 comes with fries and a drink.  It's a true dive bar.

Shabadoo
Shabadoo

The white knight, it's like carl's for city people

Sauerpower83
Sauerpower83

THE MACK!

It's the perfect archetype of what a burger should be-juicy, beefy, and big. They have a four cheese (provel, pepperjack, cheddar, and swiss-I think) and a Southside burger with fried tangled onions, BBQ sauce, and cheddar. The waffle fries are amazing.

And if you go on Mondays or Fridays, all burgers are 1/2 priced.

And the servers are usually smokin.

Arnett30
Arnett30

Burgers in the Park at Chestnut and 11th st has an outstanding burger!

JZ71
JZ71

Carl's (on Manchester in Rock Hill) has been doing the burger thing for years.  Theirs are flat and crispy and hot off the grill, in the classic roadside burger stand fashion.  Just down the road, the Trainwreck Saloon does a consistently good job in pub-style burgers - big and juicy.  The Royale's burgers are consistently good, as is the people watching and the patio.  Burger Brothers, inside River City Casino, does a great job.  Tuesday's create-your-own burger menu at Square One in Lafayette Square pairs good meat with a LOT of topping choices.  My go-to favorite, and has been for years, remains Fuddruckers.  Their combination of fresh buns, fresh meats and a condiment bar allows me to get my burger just right, not what some chef or burger flipper thinks may be right.  But if I had to pick a local dive, I'd have to go with JackSon's (on Manchester, south of Dogtown).  Their Ben's Burger takes the great bar burger and kicks it up a notch by putting it all on garlic bread.

Solomonmarx
Solomonmarx

Deaver's does have a good burger. The Delmar Restaurant & Lounge has a pretty underrated burger as well (and menu in general, really) They use halal beef with a light char grill and they keep it nice and simple with the toppings, although you should try it with some of their creole sauce if you want to spice it up.

Guest
Guest

The Pine Room in St. Charles.

John
John

I haven't had any of the five burgers on your list, but I agree with "Guest" that Seamus has some pretty darn good burgers.  Normally at home all our beef is grassfed from the Market, but the (usually) lower fat content isn't necessarily great for a burger.  Seamus uses "Certified Angus Beef" (which as a thing is probably more marketing than anything), but burgers come as ordered and are tasty and juicy.  The meat-to-bun ratio is good, high on the meat side, and the bun is soft and plain, which I prefer more than a fancy, chewy bun that gets in my way.  The burgers are 10oz, and with the included toppings (lettuce, tomato, and onion) you get a big, juicy mess of a sandwich that makes you very full.

AmyH
AmyH

The Patty Melt at Pat's in Dogtown is out of this world - and that was before I was drinking!

BWhitt
BWhitt

While the burger has never been cooked anything other than well done, despite the fact I've never ordered it any other way than medium rare, I think the half-pound burger at Nick's Pub goes under the radar.  On taste alone, it's above average, but during St. Louis sporting events, it's only 2$.  I would rave about it if they cooked it as ordered, but it's still pretty damn good and an excellent value, possibly underrated.

Peter Schankman
Peter Schankman

Just saying, Miso on Meramac's Kobe Sliders are out of this world. Bun holds up but isn't dry, burger is a perfect medium-rare with some sort of amazing sauce/aioli and I'm fairly certain it has carmelized or grilled onions of some sort. The whole thing just melts... and you get three of them! 

Guest
Guest

I feel like most popular or well-known burgers are in dingy / divy places... however one I believe is overlooked is Seamus McDaniels. When done just right (medium) it's perfect. Especially compared to O'Connell's, Carl's, etc. Seamus definitely goes under the radar.

Grlygrlinstl
Grlygrlinstl

So I've heard about "The Mack" been there 2x sat and waited to be served. After 5-10 minutes an inquiring the kitchen. The young flirt with the bar customer servers continued to walk on past our table.Now Chuck's Bar and Grill in Des Peres across from another great burger place Village bar. Two great dive burger joints.

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