Bluegrass Burgers (Louisville, KY)
You may or may not know this, but we love a good burger. We’re constantly on the search for great burgers. Luckily, we were able to find some of the best burgers we’ve had in our own hometown of Louisville, KY at Bluegrass Burgers.
Bluegrass Burgers has a couple defining features. First, you don’t have to upgrade to the grass-fed beef like at so many restaurants (if the restaurant even offers properly-raised beef). If you’re getting beef, you’re getting local grass-fed beef. Second, their toppings bar is all locally grown, much of it in the owner’s back yard or the garden behind the restaurant.
Well, it’s a burger joint, so we might as well start with the reason you’re there. Bluegrass is a bit different than a lot of burger joints. Here, you basically order a burger with or without cheese, then decide if you want some of their premium toppings or just want to create your masterpiece from their toppings bar.
If you’re actually getting a burger, you have a choice of KY Grass-fed Beef or KY Grass-fed Bison. You can also get a grilled chicken or cheesesteak sandwich. Since we’ve only had burgers on our multiple visits, we can’t speak to the deliciousness of those other sandwiches.
The high-quality burgers made out of local, grass-fed beef or bison are served on delicious grilled buns that actually hold up to the burger and any toppings you add. Surely you’ve had the experience with a sub-par bun that falls apart midway through the burger. You won’t have that experience at Bluegrass.
Sweet Potato Fries
These are most certainly the best sweet potato fries in the history of mankind. If that’s too sweeping of a statement, then they’re most certainly the best sweet potato fries we’ve ever given our taste buds the joys of experiencing. And we’ve had quite a few sweet potato fries. They are sweet, slightly salty, and even have a bit of perhaps a vanilla-ish flavor. They’re basically amazingly amazing. For $2.59, you get a big basket of fries that’s plenty big for two people. These get a 5/5 and if we could rate them higher, we would.
Well, every restaurant has to have something they don’t do so well. At Bluegrass Burgers, it’s the onion rings. It’s not actually the onion rings per se. The rings themselves are delicious. But for $3.29, I fully expect more than 5 onion rings. That’s a mighty steep price for onion rings. Really disappointing…we’d give the onion rings a 5 for flavor, but the value is so atrocious that they only get a 2/5.
As mentioned previously, at Bluegrass Burgers, you order your burger, then choose your combination of premium toppings and free toppings. The premium toppings run 50 cents and include cheese, bacon, avocado, grilled onions, grilled peppers, sauteed mushrooms, and chili. You can also get a rotating selection of 4-5 cheeses from local cheese producer Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese for $1.
Free Topping Bar
The free topping bar features mostly (or all, perhaps) locally grown vegetables and house-made salsas and condiments. You have your basic toppings: lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, pickle spears, and even olives. Then there’s also pineapple salsa, cucumber salsa, and a good 8-10 sauces like wasabi mayo, honey mustard, and barbeque sauce.
Basically, you can dress your burger however you want.
It’s a cooked-to-order fast food place. The service is always friendly, but there’s no table service.
You really can’t complain about what you get at Bluegrass Burgers. You pay $8 for a plain burger, then add on whatever you want, and the burger comes with regular fries. We’ve never actually tried the regular fries though because we always go with the sweet potato fries (except for that one ill-fated onion rings trip). That’s cheaper than the non-grass-fed burger at most places, plus there’s no up-charge to get the grass-fed meat. Two can easily eat heartily for under $20 here.
As an aside, there are a few other things on the menu. There’s beer, as well as Comfy Cow milk shakes and ice cream, plus Kizito Cookies and Cellar Door chocolates. Aside from the beer, these are all Louisville-based companies.
The Doggy Bag, By Knox
Thankfully, the humans brought dinner home with them, so I didn’t have to sit in the car while they ate. I was able to sit by, remind them of how cute and well-behaved I am, and reap the rewards. Hot diggity dog, those are some good sweet potato fries! And amazing burgers too!
Bluegrass Burgers is the real deal, and you can take that to the bank, from a dog who knows his burgers.
* The rating for “Extras” was pulled down by those onion rings and we rated the Overall Value assuming you skip the rings until the day Bluegrass quits being so stingy with them.