Looking for the best burgers at Walt Disney World? This list shares our favorite all-beef patties in the theme parks, resort hotels, and at Disney Springs. There are even a couple plant-based Impossible and Beyond Burger options for vegetarians! (Updated May 27, 2022.)
Burgers are my passion and my calling (or so I’d like to think). If allowed to do so, I would eat them 4 meals per day. My life’s goal is for the staff at In-N-Out Burger to greet me by name, as if I’m Norm entering Cheers. Suffice to say, I have a lot of experience with burgers at Walt Disney World. I’ve had some great burgers there and some bad ones (and then there’s the short-lived Cosmic Ray’s Pizza Burger, which I just barely survived consuming), and this has been an “in progress” post for ages now.
That remains the case to this day with our Summer 2022 update, as we refresh the list again in celebration of National Burger Day on May 28. Along with this high holiday, there are several new additions to the burger lineup at Walt Disney World, and even more that I still have to taste-test…or retest, for the sake of very important research. Just as Disneyland will never be completed, this list of the best burgers at Walt Disney World never be finished…
Be confident that I will not rest on my burger-consuming laurels. I will leave no menu unturned in my consumption of burgers–all in the name of science, research, and the future of mankind. If a new burger appears on a menu at Walt Disney World, I will be there to try it, reporting back to you on the quality of each specimen.
Note that this list contains both table service and counter service burgers from around Walt Disney World. The table service options are almost universally better on a strict quality scale, but accounting for value, some counter service choices are worthy inclusions on the list.
They say everyone was put on earth for a purpose, and if that’s true, I’d like to think mine was “eating burgers.” It’s tough work, but someone has to do it…
Steakhouse 71 Stack Burger – A new restaurant debuting at Contemporary Resort for Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary, the Stack Burger features a Signature Blend of Beef, American Cheese, Lemon Aïoli, Red Onion, House-made Pickles on a Brioche Bun, topped with Pork Belly.
Walt Disney World fans are known to have recency bias, and this newcomer is already being hailed as Walt Disney World’s best burger by many fans. It’s an unquestionably excellent burger, but I wouldn’t go that far. The Steakhouse 71 Stack Burger is a greasy diner burger, perfected. I’d liken it to a higher end version of Shack Shake’s ShackBurger, but with the amount of cheese you’d get at In-N-Out plus pork belly to top it all off. In case you haven’t had any of those options, that’s very high praise. It’s just not “very best burger at Walt Disney World” levels of praise.
Bison Bacon Cheeseburger – If you asked me to name my favorite burger at Walt Disney World right now off the top of my head, the Bison Bacon Cheeseburger at Geyser Point Bar & Grill would be my instant response. I’m not 100% sure it’s the absolute best (extensive research will be undertaken to conclusively determine whether that’s the case), but Wilderness Lodge is our favorite resort and we eat here a lot.
There’s a lot going on here, but none of the ingredients are out of place. To the contrary, this is a symphony of flavors. Everything adds something, be it in terms of texture (onion straws) or flavor (aioli). The Marionberry BBQ sauce is the highlight in this regard, and made the dish more like something you’d find in the Pacific Northwest. Some will claim that bison is too lean to produce a truly great burger, but I’m guessing those people have never tried this. It’s neither overly lean nor does it have a gamey flavor–it’s perfect in every way.
Lobster ‘Thermidor’ Burger – One of many menu highlights at the underrated Grand Floridian Cafe, this burger features an Artisanal 7-oz Burger Patty and Lobster-Parmesan Thermidor Sauce on a Seared Brioche Bun served with Cafe Signature Seasoned French Fries. This is one of those rare cases where the official Walt Disney World description of something dramatically undersells it. (Perhaps because Disney knows this burger sells itself?!)
In actuality, this is fantastic burger is topped with a hearty helping of tender lobster chunks and then is slathered in the signature Lobster-Parmesan Thermidor Sauce, which is rich and delicious–almost like thicker, creamier lobster bisque. All of that is topped with a parmesan crisp, which gives the burger a crunch and texture that offsets everything else.
While I appreciate dishes with a variety of textures, I typically eat the parmesan crisp separately. The burger itself is far from one note, and literally melts in your mouth with that crisp removed. It’s a decadent indulgence, and the ingredients come together shockingly well–I always worry that ‘gourmet’ toppings will be gimmicky–in this iconic dish at Grand Floridian Cafe. The biggest challenge is deciding between this and the equally-excellent Buttermilk-Fried Chicken!
You really can’t go wrong with any of these. They now use a Signature Blend of Beef with House-made Burger Sauce and have unique toppings. I’d say these are among the best burgers at Walt Disney World. My favorite is the “Pork-on-Pork” or “Double Pork Burger,” which features a pork burger patty topped with pork belly, rainbow cabbage slaw, cheese, and house-made mustard bbq sauce.
This burger is fantastic. The pork patty is leaner than the normal signature beef, but that’s more than offset by the pork belly. The acidic slaw and sauce has a light kick to it, and the cheese just melds everything together perfectly.
Connections Cafe Burgers – Depending upon which of us you ask, the French Bistro Burger is either the best burger on the menu at this new EPCOT eatery, or the worst. Sarah favors the Mediterranean Burger, whereas this is my go-to.
This likely reflects differences in our preferences more than anything else. The French Bistro Burger is by far the heaviest on the menu, whereas the Mediterranean Burger is the lightest. In between are the Southwestern Burger (great middle-of-the-road option) and Banh Mi Burger (most unique). All have superior patties to normal counter service burgers at Walt Disney World, and use toppings to enhance rather than mask. We highly recommend giving any/all of them a try.
Both the plant-based BBQ Jackfruit Burger and its regular counterpart (both are pictured on the left side of the above photo) are very good. They’re not revolutionary, but they’re currently among the best counter service burgers in any of the Walt Disney World theme parks.
STK Burgers – Located at Disney Springs, STK (sound out the name instead of spelling it…) is a steakhouse that also happens to serve some of the best burgers at Walt Disney World.
We’re particularly partial to the Linz Angus Burger for lunch, but the Wagyu Burger is also fantastic. A thick and juicy patty that’s a tad fatty (I normally order burgers medium-rare, but think this one is better medium because of the fat) and incredibly filling.
You might be weary of ordering a burger at a doughnut shop, but this is fantastic. We feared that this would be an unmitigated disaster of clashing flavors and over-the-top decadence, but it works. It really works! Against all odds, the sweetness of the doughnut melds beautifully with the patties and toppings and coalesces into one fantastic burger.
D-Luxe Burger – This is the Walt Disney World burger spot, with a solid lineup from start to finish. Usually, I’ll order their seasonal specialty for the sake of trying something new. If I had to pick a favorite beyond that, it would be Southern Classic Burger, which is topped with a fried green tomato, pimento cheese, bacon, and lettuce. The pimento cheese and fried green tomato add excellent texture and round out the flavor on an already great beef patty–it all just wows. I’m also a fan of the the El Diablo Burger.
There’s also something to be said with keeping it simple and letting the high-quality beef patty speak for itself with the Classic Cheeseburger. Whatever you do, be sure to order fries and try the various dipping sauces. They’re addictively delicious!
Braai Burger – This hidden gem is the “best Walt Disney World burger you’ve never heard of.” Available at Animal Kingdom Lodge, of all places, in the Victoria Falls Lounge.
The Braai Burger is cooked on a wood-fired grill, and has a lovely smokey flavor as a result. The patty is topped with Black Diamond Cheddar, Applewood Bacon, Fried Green Tomatoes, and Red Onion Marmalade. It pairs perfectly, but as you can imagine based upon its height in the photo above, the Braai Burger can be very messy. Totally worth it.
Yacht & Beach Club Burgers – Few experiences at Walt Disney World top grabbing a seat at the counter in Beaches & Cream, enjoying a burger and sundae, and then recovering from my food coma by floating around in the Storm-Along Bay lazy river for an hour or so.
The same could be said for the burgers at Ale & Compass Restaurant and Crew’s Cup Lounge. Personally, I prefer the latter (when open), and think the quality is just a tad higher at those two locations than Beaches & Cream.
Bronto or Megasaurus Burger – It’s a huge disappointment that this burger served at T-Rex Cafe isn’t made of actual dinosaur, but until science gets its act together and clones dinosaurs, I guess we’ll have to settle for beef.
I can’t penalize T-Rex Cafe for the shortcomings of science, though, and this burger deserves accolades for being surprisingly good. It’s not the leanest burger ever, but it tastes fresh and is plenty juicy, making it a great, safe option at T-Rex Cafe. (Note that these are the same thing, the Megasaurus Burger is simply “Mammoth-sized.”)
Spicy Jackfruit-Carnitas Burger – Served in the Centertown Market Food Court at Caribbean Beach Resort, this plant-based “burger” is topped with spicy jackfruit, bbq mushrooms, cabbage slaw, and chipotle mayonnaise. (Over the course of Summer 2022, this same burger will be added to many more menus throughout food courts at Walt Disney World.)
Juicy, lightly spiced, and full of meaty flavor, this Impossible burger was good enough to trick me. I could’ve done without the abundance of slaw, but everything else worked together flawlessly. It’s truly incredible the strides Walt Disney World’s vegetarian cuisine has made in only a few years—I remember when this stuff bordered on inedible, and now it’s among menu highlights.
Speaking of burgers coming to Walt Disney World in Summer 2022, there are a few options we’ve yet to try but want to bring your attention to just the same in honor of National Burger Day. While we can’t vouch for any of these (yet–that important research will be done ASAP), they’re worth checking out if you’re staying at any of these resorts soon.
Above on the left is the Mac & Cheese Burger from the Chuck Wagon at Fort Wilderness Resort. This is the ultimate indulgence–an angus cheeseburger and fried mac & cheese, bacon, smoked gouda, and Carolina mustard barbecue sauce. (That culinary concoction on the right is the Vero Beach Signature Burger, which alone offers an excuse to head to Florida’s coast!)
Next, Centertown Market at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort perfectly combines a toasted coconut curry aioli, lime jalapeño jam, fried tostones, and arugula into a savory, tropical treat with the Swashbuckler Burger.
The Poppin’ Pimento Burger at Everything POP Shopping & Dining at Disney’s Pop Century Resort combines classic flavors. This burger features a grilled signature-blend burger topped with bacon, pimento cheese, cheddar, lettuce, and tomato for a fad that never goes out of style.
Over at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter, you can find the Baton Rouge Burger at Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory. This burger is topped with fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese, spicy remoulade, and bacon.
Over at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, you’ll find Southern flavors at the Riverside Mill. That food court is serving up the Bayou Amber Ale Burger. This burger is topped with spicy shredded prime rib and an amber ale cheese sauce sandwiched between a toasted brioche bun.
Our final round of Value Resort food court burgers can be found at the All Stars. World Premiere Food Court at Disney’s All Star Movies Resort has the Showstopper Burger, and the name is quite fitting. It has a bacon-onion jam, cheddar, provolone, jalapeño, and crispy onions situated on a toasted brioche bun.
Intermission Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort plays the Blues Burger with blue cheese, caramelized onions, bacon, and garlic aïoli atop that toasted brioche bun.
Rounding third and heading home is the Bases Loaded Burger from the End Zone Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort. This features a grilled signature-blend burger with fresh mozzarella, basil aioli, arugula, and tomato.
Finally, Landscape of Flavors at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort serves up the Benedict Burger with Canadian bacon, fried egg, hollandaise sauce, lettuce, and tomato. (I’m skeptical that this–or any of the All Star burgers–will be served as they appear in these images. I still think they’re worth giving a shot; just be aware that these are stock photos whereas all of the other photos were taken by me.)
Ultimately, there are dozens of delicious burgers at Walt Disney World, and I’ll continue to sample them all–for very important research. However, that covers it–for now–when it comes to my favorite burgers at Walt Disney World. Hundreds have entered (my stomach), few have emerged to take their place on this honorable list.
In Memoriam: Le Cellier Burger and Pork Belly Burger at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe. This post is dedicated to your juicy deliciousness; you were both taken from us too soon.
Now, the question I have for you, carnivorous readers, what other burgers at Walt Disney World should I try? Have you consumed a delicious burger at Walt Disney World? What’s your favorite burger at WDW? Any burgers you recommend avoiding? Do you agree or disagree with my best burger picks? Any questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback–even when you disagree with us–is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!