Indulge in Over-the-Top Burgers at These 9 Restaurants

Whether they’re topped with mozzarella sticks, mac ’n cheese, or ghost peppers, these burgers are sure to surprise you
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The Shop Towel burger at Vinsetta Garage is topped with pulled pork, chilis, pepper jack, and spicy fried onions. // Photograph by Union Joints 

The burger may be an American classic, but these restaurants are putting their own spin on the tradition. From crazy toppings to supersized patties, these over-the-top burger options are sure to awaken your taste buds.

Vinsetta Garage

Topped with Swiss cheese, maple bacon, fried egg, crispy onions, and sriracha mayo, the 3 AM burger from Vinsetta Garage is everything but the kitchen sink. Looking for something hearty with more of a kick? The Shop Towel burger features a chargrilled patty, pulled pork, mayo, house-pickled chilis, pepper jack cheese, and spicy fried onions. Vinsetta Garage, 27799 Woodward Ave., Berkley; 248-548-7711;

Mallie’s Sports Grill & Bar 

Home to the Guinness World Records-certified largest commercially available burger, this Southgate restaurant is your go-to spot if you’ve got a big appetite. Mallie’s 1,800-pound burger is $10,000. The restaurant also offers a Mac and Cheese Burger, Cajun Burger, and a Pizza Burger, which features an artisan bun covered in pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni. Mallie’s Sports Grill & Bar, 19400 Northline Road, Southgate; 734-287-0800;


Known for its array of show-stopping menu items, Taystee’s — the winner of the 2016 Detroit Burger Brawl — takes burgers to new heights. The Hawaiian Burger, topped with grilled pineapple, teriyaki sauce, onions, and pepper jack, will satisfy your sweet and savory craving. Meanwhile, the Mac Attack is a great option for the mac ’n cheese lover. The burger is topped with mac ’n cheese bites, coleslaw, and spicy mayo. Taystee’s Burgers, 10419 Ford Road, Dearborn; 313-724-6535;

Charlie’s Still on Main

Despite specializing in Southern cuisine, Charlie’s Still on Main doesn’t lack in the burger department. One standout over-the-top option is the Still Burger, which features a fried egg, pork belly, house-made bacon jam, smoked cheddar, and gouda. For vegetarians, there’s the Brookseys Bourbon BBQ Black Bean Burger, which features a chipotle black bean patty with caramelized onions, fire-roasted tomatoes, feta cheese, and bourbon barbecue ranch. Charlie’s Still on Main, 525 N. Main St., Milford; 248-676-9978;

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The Junk Burger at Basement Burger Bar features tasty toppings like bacon, mozzarella sticks, and fried pickles. // Photograph courtesy of Basement Burger Bar

Basement Burger Bar

Basement Burger Bar’s Junk Burger features a beef patty loaded with red pepper mayo, garlic mayo, and smoked barbecue ketchup that’s topped with bacon, caramelized onions, mozzarella sticks, fried pickles, crispy onion straws, and cheddar cheese sauce. The Pesto Mushroom Burger, Avocado Burger, Bandwagon Burger, and Tropical Burger are also tasty, or you can build-your-own burger choosing from ingredients like Wagyu Kobe style beef, American bison, sharp cheddar, Detroit chili sauce, guacamole, and grilled pineapple. Basement Burger Bar; for locations

Royale with Cheese 

Whether you love having breakfast for dinner, spicy eats, or a good old-fashioned barbecue, Royale with Cheese has its bases covered when it comes to over-the-top burgers. The Detroit restaurant’s Havana burger contains turkey bacon, a fried egg, French fries, chipotle ketchup, and the eatery’s signature Royale Sauce. The Kruncher is a mild-medium heat burger topped with jalapeño kruncher chips, roasted pepper chili queso, roasted corn, and Cajun aioli. Finally, the Mia Wallace burger features mesquite barbecue chips, fire-roasted corn and poblanos, candied turkey bacon, honey ancho barbecue aioli, and American cheese. Royale with Cheese, 4163 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-315-3014;

Rolling Stoves

Thinking outside the box, The Rolling Stoves combined two classic foods: Cheeseburgers and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. The restaurant’s PB&B Burger features butter-seared beef, peanut butter, bacon, tomato, onions, and pickles. Want to experience a few different flavors? The “burger flight” comes with a PB&B Burger, Smashed Burger (a double patty with melted American cheese, pickles, onions, house-made smash sauce, and shredded lettuce), and Rodeo Burger (butter-seared beef, American cheese, beer-battered onion rings, crispy bacon, and sweet BBQ sauce). The Rolling Stoves, 20780 Farmington Road, Farmington; 248-516-3503;

Brome Modern Eatery 

If you want some heat, try this Dearborn restaurant’s Dante’s Heaven burger. It’s topped with turkey bacon, ghost pepper jack cheese, braised onion, cherry pepper relish, and sweet habanero. Or, if you want to indulge in luxe ingredients, try the Wagyu Burger, which features a half-pound Wagyu beef patty that’s topped with imported black truffle pecorino cheese, hydroponic artisan greens, and mushroom soy aioli. The Mex, Wild Mushroom, and Deluxe are also standout options. And any burger can be upgraded to an organic patty for $2 or an Impossible patty for $5. Brome Modern Eatery, 22062 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; 313-996-5050; 

Mercury Burger & Bar

Head to Corktown to check out this restaurant’s impressive lineup of burgers. The Topor Burger is topped with Hungarian hot peppers, grilled onions, cheddar, a fried egg, hot sauce, burger sauce, and crispy onion straws. The Rodeo Burger features cowboy candy (aka, candied jalapeños), bacon, cheddar, barbecue sauce, and onion rings. And the French Onion burger comes with bacon, caramelized onions, gruyere, and crispy onion straws. The restaurant also offers a number of sauces and burger add-ons, like sauteed mushrooms and beanless chili. Mercury Burger & Bar, 2163 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-964-5000;