By Amanda Harper


Village Idiot

Of course Lexington’s first gastropub has exciting burgers. Their rotating Burger of the Week has included all sorts of wild combos, like the Ol’ Buddy’s Backyard bologna blended burger with “mayonustard”, onion rings and frickles. Yeah, they went there! But their regular offerings are just as thrilling. The Idiot burger is topped with Tillamook cheddar and an oversized onion ring filled with pulled pork, all on a pretzel bun.

307 W. Short St. | 859.252.0099 |

Bad Wolf Burgers

The Bad Wolf menu has a section called “Serious Signature Burgers”, and they’re not lyin’. They eponymous Bad Wolf burger is a blackened patty serviced with their house-made beer cheese and fried onion straws, all on an onion and poppy seed brioche bun. Looking for something a little bad? The Spalding is a bacon and egg cheeseburger served on a Spalding donut. You can sub any regular beef burger for a veggie burger, turkey patty or chicken breast.

350 Foreman Ave. | 859.286.9889

Lexington Diner

The Kentucky Bourbon Burger is a local favorite, featuring bourbon barbeque sauce, Applewood bacon, ghost pepper jack and fried onion straws. For something a little different, Lexington Diner’s Jive burger features basil pesto, fresh mozzarella, tomato and pickled onions, topped with an aged balsamic drizzle. Any burger can be substituted for chicken or a black bean patty, and they offer gluten free buns.

124 N. Upper St. | 859.303.7308 |

Pasture by Marksbury Farm

Get farm-fresh taste in the heart of Lexington’s newest shopping destination. With pasture-raised local beef, free of hormones, steroids and antibiotics, Pasture by Marksbury Farm offers a truly special bite. Their signature Pasture Burger is served with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles, making the patty’s phenomenal flavor the star.

The Barn at The Summit at Fritz Farm | 859.523.0001 |

Napa Prime

When a place has a burger called The Hangover, you know they get it: with barrel aged cheddar, Applewood bacon, a fried egg and maple aioli, it’s a hearty, flavorful meal that cures what ails ya. On the flip side, The Napa (with cabernet onion jam, creamy gorgonzola and roasted garlic aioli) hits a sophisticated, gourmet note that few other burgers can touch. They serve locally grown products when available, and offer gluten-free buns.

508 Lexington Rd. | Versailles | 859.873.0600 |