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Best Burgers In The Smokies

By Ross Bodhi Ogle
Posted on September 14, 2021

Here's the scene: You've just spent a few hours on our Pigeon Forge zip line tours. The adrenaline is still flowing. Then you notice that rumble in your belly. You need food. And the more you think about it, the more you realize you're craving a burger. A slab or two of ground beef layered with cheese, some vegetables and your favorite condiments, between two fresh buns, sounds like it would really hit the spot.

Where do you go next? Fortunately, Smoky Mountain Ziplines is within a short drive of a whole slew of great burger restaurants. This week, we're going to give you a quick rundown of some of our favorites. Some may be familiar names, while others are purely local products. In either case, you're in for a satisfying American classic.

Graze Burgers

This is one of our favorites. Located in downtown Sevierville, Graze Burgers has as creative a burger menu as you'll find anywhere, and they do a great job in the execution. Their burgers are made with all-natural, grass-fed beef that's hormone-, antibiotic- and steroid-free. Beef-based burger recipes include the Southern Jam (pimento cheese, bacon jam and caramelized onions), the Hell Fire (ghost pepper cheese, habañero hot sauce, roasted jalapeños) and The Hippie (a veggie-based patty, black beans, corn, feta cheese, roasted peppers and more). But Graze puts other types of protein between their brioche buns. For example, the Jive Turkey is made with free-range ground turkey (natch), plus you'll find sandwiches featuring chicken, bison, lamb and smoked Alaskan salmon.

Blue Moose Burger And Wings

You'll find this burger restaurant and family sports grill in Pigeon Forge. They've got a wide array of burger recipes to satisfy those cravings, and thanks to their 20 flat-screen TVs, you won't miss any action on game day. Highlights of Blue Moose's starting lineup include the Big Mushroom Melt (Swiss cheese, caramelized onions and mushrooms), Cajun Blue Burger (embellished with a special blend of Cajun spices and creamy bleu cheese dressing), the Double Down Burger (two patties layered with double cheese and double Applewood bacon) and the Farmhouse Burger (a traditional cheeseburger topped with a fried egg, grilled ham and bacon). They even serve up a Veggie Patch Burger for those looking for a three-grain meatless option.

The Local Goat

Here's another Pigeon Forge burger stop you'll want to consider. The word local isn't used lightly here. It truly is a local favorite thanks, in part, to their burgers, which are made fresh daily using, fittingly, locally sourced beef. They have nearly 20 burgers to choose from, including The Elvis (peanut butter, smoked bacon and fried bananas), a pimento cheese cheeseburger, a crab cake BLT, a lamb burger, The Milton (grilled ahi tuna, smoked bacon and garlic-jalapeño aioli and, for all you fans of The Office, the Schrute Burger-a plant-based patty garnished with sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions, BBQ sauce and garlic aioli.

Monster Mash

We head back to Sevierville to visit this burger restaurant, which uses in-house ground meats for its monster-themed creations. In fact, the whole place is imbued with a theme that reflects the owner's love of classic movie monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, and King Kong. They're also known for their unique side dishes and Monster Milkshakes. You could start with a tater tot or crab cake bites appetizer before moving onto burger creations like the Vampire Chorizo (made with a chorizo sausage patty and Swiss cheese), the Minotaur Bison (made with a bison patty, bleu cheese crumbles, bacon and barbecue sauce), the Kong Steak Burger or, if you want to share a giant burger with your friends, the 14-lb Frankenstein Burger. It's an eight-pound patty with 12 slices of cheddar, a pound of bacon, a pound of hot dogs, all the trimmings and a bowl of fries. If you can finish all of it by yourself in one hour, it's on the house. Yeah, good luck with that…

Burgermaster Drive In

This burger joint, located in Townsend, TN, is a short drive from Pigeon Forge, but it's a local institution. It's been around forever, and long-time visitors to the Smokies love to stop in at Burgermaster on their way to or from the Townsend entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There's nothing fancy here. Just basic hamburgers, cheeseburgers and sides as well as a Hickory Burger and a patty melt. Get a delicious milkshake in any of a variety of flavors and consider your visit to the mountains complete.


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