The best burgers in golf

Chow down on these 5 great examples of an American classic.

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Bleu Diamond Burger at Tetherow

A good hamburger is a work of art.

It takes the right mix of toppings with a touch of love from the chef (or grillmaster) to make it come to life.

To compete with local restaurants, golf facilities have stepped up their games when it comes to food and beverage options. Clubhouse fare can't just be recycled hot dogs and pre-wrapped sandwiches anymore.

Many clubhouse chefs have focused on improving the staple of a golfer's diet - the hamburger. Toppings have moved beyond just the traditional cheese, lettuce and tomatoes into more modern and healthy trends. Think avacados and aioli instead of bacon.

While we haven't sampled them all, the Golf Advisor staff has stuffed down our share of burgers ... and burger offshoots. Here's a taster's choice of some of the best (not ranked in any order).

What's your vote for the best burger in golf? Let us know in the comments below.

  1. Tetherow - Bend, Oregon

    Bend has developed a sophisticated burger and brews scene. The Bleu Diamond burger at The Row, the pub at Tetherow, will inspire your taste buds. It is a half-pound patty of Cascade Natural beef topped with fried sweet potato crisps, maple bacon demiglace, IPAioli and Rogue Creamery bleu cheese. Happy eating! - JSD

  2. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort - Farmington, Pennsylvania
    The delicious cheeseburger soup at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort comes with all the fixins.

    Deconstruction and reinvention are all the rage in the culinary world, and sometimes it results in some odd and unpalatable dishes. And you could be forgiven for thinking that cheeseburger soup, served out of an on-site food truck at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, would be one of those grim examples. But you'd be wrong. Nemacolin's cheeseburger soup is delicious, especially on a chilly spring or fall day. Pick some up before teeing off on Pete Dye's original Mystic Rock layout, or between nines at the newer Shepherd's Rock. - Tim Gavrich

  3. Silverado Resort - Napa, California

    The iconic "burger dog" became a staple at The Olympic Club thanks to Bill Parrish and eventually migrated north to Silverado. The creation - a burger cut like a hot dog and served on a hot dog bun - is tasty and easy to eat on the go. When major champion Johnny Miller bought Silverado in 2010, he made sure that the legacy of Parrish, his high school friend who has since passed away, will live on. - JSD

  4. Beck's Prime Memorial Park - Houston, Texas
    Many golf courses don't pay enough attention to food and beverage. At Memorial Park in Houston, it was outsourced to a popular Houston restaurant.

    Houston's Memorial Park Golf Club just underwent a massive renovation to the golf course, but the clubhouse restaurant needed no upgrade. Beck's Prime is a staple for both golfers and the business lunch set. It's a simple walk-up counter with seating inside and out on the patio. As good as the selection of burgers is, one of their thick milkshakes after a hot day on the course is highly satisfying. - Brandon Tucker

  5. PGA Golf Club - Port St. Lucie, Florida
    The Pub Burger at the PGA Golf Club is stamped with the PGA of America logo.

    The Taplow Pub, formerly the Champions Grille at PGA Golf Club, was renamed in honor of the Taplow Club in New York City, where a group of New York-area golf professionals and amateurs met in Jan. 17, 1916, a gathering that traces back to the origins of the PGA of America.

    To continue the PGA branding theme, the pub burger is served on a toasted kaiser bun that is stamped with the PGA of America logo. - Jason Scott Deegan

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Flame grilled? NO! Cooked on a flat top griddle? YES!
Burned top of the top bun? NO. Usually done for state buns. Soft pillowy bun? Definitely!

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Lahinch in Ireland has this amazing sandwich with sausage and eggs done perfectly that was a highlight of my lunch and dinner out on the deck watching golf and the sunset. Oh, and the Guiness was good too! Ireland had superb food, I had no idea before visiting there.

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Dried packet soup, boiling water and a dash of cold milk. That’s the real World in the UK, then Straight on to the next tee. Our courses don’t all return to the Clubhouse. Cannot become a victim of Slow play :-(
There’s US golf; and then there’s reality!

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Glad you are happy with nursing home food. Love my burgers at the turn. USA all the way! 🏌️

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How about the hamburger in a hot dog bun (burgerdog) at the turn at Olympic Club in SF!

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