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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2147 N. Talbott St., Indianapolis, 317-600-3559, babysindy.com
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
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
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 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.)
1127 Prospect St., Indianapolis, 317-929-1287, kumascorner.com
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
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.
231 N. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis, shakeshack.com
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
Still serving up the smash burgers we’ve loved for years, along with shakes and super thin crispy fries.
323 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis, 463-206-2108, theoakmontindy.com
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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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.
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