Find the best burgers in downtown Indianapolis at these restaurants

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Between local joints and chains, mouth-watering burgers abound in Indianapolis. And some of the best have a presence downtown.

Even better, they often are paired with the city's best fries.

Here are the top places to grab a burger while in the downtown area.

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Baby’s

2147 N. Talbott St., Indianapolis, 317-600-3559, babysindy.com

A triple stack version of the Baby's Strut house burger at Baby's Diner in Indianapolis is loaded down with smoked gouda, mango chutney, pickles, bacon and spicy, creamy, secret Dazzle Sauce. The restaurant opened Sept. 20, 2019, at 2147 N. Talbott St., at Herron Morton.
A triple stack version of the Baby's Strut house burger at Baby's Diner in Indianapolis is loaded down with smoked gouda, mango chutney, pickles, bacon and spicy, creamy, secret Dazzle Sauce. The restaurant opened Sept. 20, 2019, at 2147 N. Talbott St., at Herron Morton.

The retro-style diner offers smash burgers, boozy milkshakes and cocktails. The heated enclosed patio is dog-friendly.

Bru Burger Bar

410 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis, 317-635-4278, bruburgerbar.com

Bru Burger Bar's Garlic-Three Cheese burger.
Bru Burger Bar's Garlic-Three Cheese burger.

A favorite of the burgers on the menu is the juicy Garlic-Three Cheese option with Swiss, American and mozzarella and soft cloves of garlic and truffle aioli.

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Fat Dan’s Chicago-style Deli

410 E. Michigan St., Indianapolis, 317-600-3008, fatdansdeli.com

Fat Dan's Fat Burger.
Fat Dan's Fat Burger.

You have to open wide to take in the Fat Burger with American cheese. It comes on a grilled bun and with potato chips.

Flatiron at The Point on Penn

605 N. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis, 317-746-6961, thepointonpenn.com

The Flatiron Burger at The Point on Penn
The Flatiron Burger at The Point on Penn

The 8-ounce Flatiron Burger is made of 21-day aged chuck-brisket topped with cheese, bacon and more. Comes with house-made potato chips.

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Fogo de Chao

117 E. Washington St., Indianapolis, 317-638-4000, fogodechao.com

The Picanha Burger features beef ground in-house and is topped with smoked provolone, Bibb lettuce, tomato, onion and chimichurri aioli on brioche. It's served with a stack of thick crispy Parmesan polenta fries. (Even better, it's only $8 during happy hour Monday through Friday.)

Kuma’s Corner

1127 Prospect St., Indianapolis, 317-929-1287, kumascorner.com

Kuma's Corner burger.
Kuma's Corner burger.

This metal-themed spot has huge, 10-ounce patties served on sturdy pretzel buns. (Gluten-free buns are available.) Topping combos include smoked bacon and barbecue pulled pork; herbed goat cheese, poblano sweet corn relish, Cholula lemon vinaigrette and buttermilk breaded deep-fried red onions. Each comes with hand-cut fries or house-made potato chips.

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Prodigy Burger Bar

910 W. 10th St., Indianapolis, 317-493-1079, prodigyburgerbar.com

Prodigy Burger Bar.
Prodigy Burger Bar.

Build your own burger by selecting from 10 kinds of cheese; beef, bison, wagyu and vegan meat substitute patties; sauces; and bun options of sesame, pretzel, gluten-free, lettuce or none. Served with fries.

Shake Shack

231 N. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis, shakeshack.com

The Smokeshack and Shackburger from Shake Shack
The Smokeshack and Shackburger from Shake Shack

A new arrival here, this New York brand has a cult following for its smash burgers, chicken sandwiches and hand-spun shakes.

Steak ’n Shake

101 W. Maryland St., Indianapolis, 317-634-8703, steaknshake.com

Steak 'n Shake's parent company is gearing up for a takeover battle.
Steak 'n Shake's parent company is gearing up for a takeover battle.

Still serving up the smash burgers we’ve loved for years, along with shakes and super thin crispy fries.

The Oakmont

323 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis, 463-206-2108, theoakmontindy.com

The O.G. Burger at The Oakmont
The O.G. Burger at The Oakmont

The juicy O.G. Burger has an 8-ounce chuck/brisket/short rib beef blend with sharp cheddar and thick slices of bacon, garlic aioli, shredded lettuce, sliced tomato and red onion on a brioche bun.

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Tinker Street

402 E. 16th St., Indianapolis, 317-925-5000, tinkerstreetrestaurant.com

The restaurant’s wagyu beef burger is only available on Thursdays. So schedule a trip to indulge in the classic build with cheddar, arugula, tomato and bacon fat aioli on house-made brioche. House-cut shoestring fries with a kimchi aioli dip accompany the burger.

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Turchetti's Delicatessen & Meat Market

1110 Prospect St., Indianapolis, 317-426-3048, turchettis.com

The smash burger stars a 4-ounce bacon-blended beef patty with meat sourced from Indiana farms and served on a Leviathan seeded bun. Accompanying fries are cooked in tallow.

The Workingman's Friend Tavern

234 N. Belmont Ave., Indianapolis, 317-636-2067, facebook.com/The-Workingmans-Friend

You need cash if you want the signature Giant Double Cheeseburger — and if you love cheeseburgers, you definitely want this stack of two smash burgers, a middle piece bun, shredded lettuce and tomato. No plastic accepted.

Contact IndyStar reporter Cheryl V. Jackson at cheryl.jackson@indystar.com or 317-444-6264. Follow her on Twitter: @cherylvjackson.

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