Where to Find the Best Burgers on the Big Island

The Big Island produces the bulk of Hawaii’s beef, so you have make time to stop at a burger joint or two between the trips to the beach, the waterfalls, the volcanoes, etc. Big Island beef is top quality, as most local ranchers raise grass-fed cattle, which is leaner and healthier than mainland grain-fed beef. Here’s a list of our favorite spots to indulge in a delicious, juicy burger. Aloha!

We have cross-checked our picks with top sites like Frommer’s, Hawai’i Magazine and Tripadvisor to make sure we’re offering you the best burger to enjoy on the Big Island. Bon appetit!

Burgers in Kona

Island Ono Loa Grill
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Island Ono Loa Grill

The menu here includes burgers cooked over lava rocks, a “PB&B Burger” featuring peanut butter and bacon, and a ”MacNut Pesto Goat Cheeseburger” with a side of fresh pineapple coleslaw. This is no mainland burger joint! Open Monday, Thursday, and Friday 11:30am to 2pm and 4pm to 8pm and Saturday and Sunday 11:30am to 8pm. islandonoloagrill.com

Photo: Courtesy of Ultimate Burger

Ultimate Burger

The focus here is on locally sourced ingredients. Ultimate Burger uses only local grass-fed beef and organic local vegetables, and their French fries are freshly cut daily. Optional burger toppings include avocado, pineapple, pickled jalapeño, and applewood smoked bacon. If you’re traveling with an herbivore, there’s a black bean burger on the menu. Open Monday through Thursday 10:30am to 8pm and Friday through Sunday 10:30am to 8:30pm. ultimateburger.net

Burgers in Kohala / Waikoloa / Waimea

The Fish and The Hog
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The Fish and The Hog

The Fish and The Hog has both a smoker and a grill, so we’re talking about smokehouse brisket burgers here, in addition to the more classic options. The bar serves fresh cocktails, and the desserts are made in-house. Open daily 12pm to 8pm. fishandthehog.com

Kohala Burger and Taco
Photo: Courtesy of Kohala Burger and Taco

Kohala Burger and Taco

The motto of Kohala Burger and Taco is “small place, big taste,” and it’s a great place to stop if you’re on the northwest coast of the island — Hawaiian grass-fed beef on freshly baked bread alongside cold milkshakes makes for a delightful lunch. Part of the menu is dedicated to bacon burgers. Open Monday, Friday, and Saturday 11:30am to 3:30pm and Sunday 11am to 4pm. Closed Tuesday through Thursday. kohalaburgerandtaco.com

Burgers in Hilo

Cronies Bar & Grill
Photo: Courtesy of Cronies Bar & Grill

Cronies Bar & Grill

Cronies is the perfect place to catch a game while enjoying a tasty burger and a couple of beers. Located in downtown Hilo, this sports bar has several burgers on the menu — including a loco moco burger — and a wide selection of beers on tap. Try to save a little room for one of their homemade desserts. Open Wednesday through Monday 11am to 8pm. Closed Tuesday. cronieshawaii.com

Photo: Courtesy of Hilo Burger Joint

Hilo Burger Joint

This popular burger joint was originally an Irish bar. Nowadays, Hilo Burger Joint is serves local beef burgers to accompany your beer of choice. If you’re a burger connoisseur, you will enjoy the many options available — try the au jus burger if you like it saucy, or the “Lava Burger” if you prefer it spicy. If you’re in Hilo on your birthday, be sure to stop here because you’ll get a free burger! Open Thursday through Tuesday 11am to 9pm. Closed Wednesday. hiloburgerjoint.com

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