I'm just some dude, why listen to me?! Well, I'm not just 'some dude' when it comes to going out to eat. I dine outside of my home more than 10 times per week, sometimes thrice per day even! And, that's not even including snacks - I'm no stranger to the frozen yogurt shop.
When it comes to burgers, I've always been partial to the west side of Michigan. It's not that the rest of the state doesn't have good food too, but my list is west-Michigan heavy - just tossing that out there.
Let's get on with the list.
5. GP Sports
I know what you're thinking - "this place is in the Amway, and it's just a sports' bar, why is this place on the list, Bill?" Well, you're right about all that - but hear me out. The burger is all charred up, and so good. Ignore the big screen TVs, try not to people watch, even though there is this strange juxtaposition of 'fancy' hotel people eating at a place decorated with old hockey jerseys and dirty shoes... just eat this burger. You won't be disappointed.
4. Bagger Dave's
Now, we're only 2 burgers in, and you've already had to ask 'wassup?' twice - this isn't good! Yes, Bagger Dave's IS a chain restaurant, BUT they are based in MI! There is also another catch to this one - the regular burgers are okay, but I'm talking about an item that isn't on their menu anymore - grab that PBJ burger - Peanut Butter, Bacon and Jalapeno.
3. Cottage Bar
People have been talking about this place since before I was born, I'm sure. It probably classifies as a "dive bar", and I'm sure they wear that title proudly! It's a little hidden from the main drag in Grand Rapids - but worth looking for. Their burgers taste like your uncle made them on a pool-side grill... that's a good thing.
2. Vinsetta Garage