Picture it...A thick, juicy patty, fresh off the grill and sizzling as it slides onto a toasted bun. Cheese, in an array of colors, waiting to add a hint of spicy pepper or the sweetness of mozzarella as it melts. Traditional toppings, like crunchy onions, springy lettuce, and thinly sliced tomatoes contrasting with flavorful options like cream cheese, caramelized veggies, or pineapple.
With a variety of high-class eateries in Hattiesburg, it can be tempting to overlook the simple hamburger. Yet Hattiesburg chefs, ever the innovators, have created new and delicious ways to enjoy this backyard staple. Take a culinary tour of the Hub City, and you’ll find plenty of burgers to impress any palate.
Here's just a few scrumptious options (there's plenty more):
Mugshots: A Hattiesburg original, Mugshots has now opened restaurants across the Southeast. From humble beginnings, Mugshots burgers are famous for their sweet buns and variety of toppings. For a Southern classic, try the Comeback Burger, an 8 oz. patty topped with bacon, pepperjack cheese, and comeback sauce. The more adventurous will enjoy Anthony’s Peanut Butter Burger, the Huevos Rancheros, or the Breakfast Burger. Coming in with a large appetite? Take the Mugshots Challenge, and try to tackle a 3 patty burger and side of fries in 12 minutes or under. Many have tried, and many have failed. View the full Hattiesburg Mugshots menu here.
Dis and Dem: In West Hattiesburg, you’ll find a relatively new burger joint: Dis and Dem. The New Orleans’ original has expanded to Hattiesburg and now offers a variety of burgers like the Hawaii 5-0 and the Chili Cheeseburger to Hub City diners. Dis and Dem also grills up sliders of their tasty burgers and a number of hotdogs and sausages from around the world including Polish Kielbasa, alligator sausage, and bratwurst. Check out Dis and Dem’s offerings here.
Ed’s Burger Joint: Take a drive down Hardy Street and you’re sure to spot Ed’s Burger Joint. The bright green building is home not only to diner-style burgers but also a family-friendly environment that is fun for all ages. On the porch and front yard of the restaurant, Ed’s offers activities like ping-pong, cornhole, hula hoops, and Bocce Ball free for guests. Relax in the giant porch swing as you sip a custom-spun milkshake, munch on crispy onion rings, or wait for your order of The El Magooey (burger with pimento cheese) or ‘Shroom Burger (burger with Swiss and mushrooms). Don’t forget to ask for a gluten-free bun! Plan your meal at Ed’s here.
Plaid Rhino: Kids (and adults) will love going head-to-head in Plaid Rhino’s free game room as they wait for their burgers to arrive. At Plaid Rhino, a pub-style eatery that lets you build your own burger or order off a menu, you’ll find options that can’t be found anywhere else in the ‘Burg, including their bison, ostrich, and elk burgers. College students can also bring in their IDs for a $5 hamburger, 8 oz. patty on a sesame seed bun. Curious about the Plaid Rhino? Click here.
Topher’s Rock ‘N Roll Grill: This all-American eatery has three locations in Hattiesburg and one in Laurel, making it easy to grab a burger to-go or to enjoy a sit-down meal with friends and family. The upbeat atmosphere is complete with classic rock music playing as you savor burgers like the Sweet Tea BBQ burger, crafted with Topher’s sweet tea BBQ sauce, cheddar, grilled onion, and traditional veggie toppings. Finish your meal with something sweet, like one of Topher’s milkshakes in chocolate banana or brownie flavors. See what’s cooking at Topher’s here.
Bonus! Hattiesburg is home to several delicious veggie burgers! If you’re a vegetarian, vegan, or just not feeling the beef patty today, our restaurants have something just for you. The Thirsty Hippo makes a whole foods veggie patty in-house, which can be subbed for a beef patty on any of their burgers, like the Banh Mi or Whiskey Pimento Cheeseburger. Keg & Barrel also offers a homemade veggie burger, the Woodstock, and will also sub the veggie option for beef.
No matter if you’re putting away a gargantuan Mugshots burger, branching out with an ostrich patty, or ordering a veggie burger to-go, Hattieburg’s burger scene is sure to impress. It’s food so fine, you’ll love Hburg's burgers in no time.
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