When we asked trustworthy locals about where to eat in Louisville, one spot came up time and time again: Butchertown Grocery. "What do we order?" we'd ask, inquisitively. The answers would vary—brunch dishes got a lot of love—but one thing remained constant: get the burger.
Good burgers aren't that hard to find. Whether they're smashed, diner-style, thick, smoked, grilled, or stuffed, you can find a solid burger just about anywhere you turn in the central corridor of the US—but still, if everyone (chefs included) are telling us to try chef/owner Bobby Benjamin's burger, we're going to do it.
There are two on the menu (available at lunch and dinner, because you should be able to burger any time you feel like it), the Classic and the Southern. The Classic is topped with bibb lettuce, spicy pickles, grilled onions, and topped with their special grocery sauce. The Southern comes with pimento cheese, Brussels sprout slaw, and a thick, smoky bacon jam (side note: do you know how you make bacon jam? Bacon, onions, and a ton of butter. It's worth it). We were having trouble picking, so we asked chef himself to pick for us—Southern burger it is!
Just look at that thing. It's glorious.
Within one bite, we knew: this is a special burger. This a burger that actually deserves the praise it gets. Everything about it is perfection—the juiciness of the meat, the char on the outside. The housemade pimento cheese has just the right amount of heat to it (plus it melts beautifully, as you can see). The slaw slices through the richness of the cheese and bacon jam. We fell in love.
Can any other burger in Louisville top this? Give us a shout on social and guide us, fellow burger gurus.