Top 10 Places for Burgers On Maui
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Want to try some of the best burgers on Maui? Get ready to experience a mouth watering adventure while reading our Top 10 Places to eat a Burger on Maui.
Without question, the Valley Isle offers an array of incredible activities to explore; Hawaii ocean activities, historical and cultural events, live music, shopping, and an ocean of amazing Maui restaurants. Besides fine dining, local food, and a happening foodie scene, our island also offers up a meaty selection of fantastic Maui burger spots. Although, we haven’t listed them all, we think this is a pretty good start! Enjoy this article, and share it with your friends…A hui hou!
BEST BURGERS ON MAUI
Cool Cat Cafe
Rated “Best Burger on Maui” by numerous publications for 10 years in a row, Cool Cat Cafe in Lahaina is the “it” spot for a succulent burger. All of their burgers are made fresh daily, and are 100% Certified Angus Beef. Seasoned with their signature seasonings, you can’t go wrong with a Cool Cat burger and a side of onion rings!
A BIG handful of the most popular burgers at Cool Cat are the “Leader of the Pack,” “Big Bopper,” “Bonanza,” “Ali’i,” “Bogy Burger,” “Marilyn Burger” (some like it hot!), “The Duke,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “La Bamba Burger,” “The Frisco” (served on grilled sourdough), and my personal favorite “The Luna Burger” (served with bacon, melted Jack cheese, avocado, lettuce, tomato, mayo, mustard, onions, pickles and a homemade Thousand Island dressing).
Another cool thing about Cool Cat’s Burgers is that they always have a ‘Burger of the Month,’ so it’s impossible to get bored here. The June 2015 Burger of the Month was the “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” (Angus beef topped with a hot dog, Swiss cheese, sour kraut, sweet pickle relish, diced onions, ketchup, mustard on a soft pretzel bun). Go Giants!
By the way, Cool Cat Cafe offers FREE validated parking in downtown Lahaina. The entrance to the parking lot is behind Cool Cat Cafe, at the cross section of Hale Street/Luakini Street*
For more information, please visit Cool Cat Cafe.
Ulupalakua Ranch Store
Located Upcountry in Ulupalakua, residents and visitors should definitely take the worthwhile trip up for some juicy Maui meat! This is a great place to grab lunch if you’re exploring Upcountry activities, farms or the Maui winery.
The historical Ulupalakua Ranch Store has an amazing grill, and it just keeps getting better! At this Maui burger spot guests can choose from Maui Cattle Beef Burgers, Maui Venison Burgers, Maui Bison Burgers, or Executive Chef Will Munder’s personal favorite, the Lamb Burger (a juicy local Lamb meat patty with melted Swiss cheese, Waipoli lettuce, sweet Kula onions, and ripe Maui tomato slices). Umm…yum!
For more information, please visit Ulupalakua Ranch Store.
Mala Ocean Tavern
Located on Front Street in Lahaina, everyone should visit Mala Ocean Tavern for a full menu of delicious food. For all intents and purposes of this article, don’t forget to order the Cheeseburger!
Served on a house made flax and chia seed bun, Mala’s amazing “Durham Ranch American Kobe Beef Cheeseburger” is like heaven in your mouth. First of all, Mala knows how to cook a burger, so it’s not going to be served under or over cooked. This delightful Maui burger is served with apple wood smoked bacon, caramelized Maui onions, romaine lettuce and tomato, and a choice of either cheddar or Maytag blue cheese. To take it over the top, this Mala masterpiece is also served with pomme frites (traditional French fries). C’est magnifique!
Besides the awesome Mala Cheeseburger, they also have a flavorful Maui Taro Burger and house made Ahi Burger. The Maui Taro Burger is made with 100% Maui grown Taro, spiced to perfection and served with veggies only (this is a fabulous Vegetarian burger). The house made Ahi Burger at Mala is made with fresh ground local Ahi tuna, spices, romaine lettuce, tomato, and house made tartar sauce. It’s all good here!
For more information, please visit Mala Ocean Tavern.
Monkeypod restaurant in Wailea is a part of the legendary Merriman’s restaurant group. This family definitely knows what’s up in the kitchen! Further, company founder and award winning Chef Peter Merriman has been long time celebrated as the originator of ‘Hawaii Regional Cuisine.’ Well, now to get to the meat of this piece! Check out Monkeypod in Wailea if you want to try an array of incredible Maui burgers that definitely hold down their spot on a menu full of locally grown ingredients. Plus, the buns are homemade*
The “Maui Cattle Company Cheese Burger” is made with 100% Maui grown beef, Dijon aioli, Fontina cheese, vine-ripened tomatoes, butter leaf lettuce, and a house made quick pickle. “Pete’s Classic Burger” definitely won’t disappoint, made with 100% Maui grown beef, Umami mushrooms, Gruyere cheese, arugula greens, and horseradish crema. If red meat doesn’t tickle your tongue, guests can also enjoy Monkeypod’s fantastic “Turkey Burger.” This guy is made with 100% free range natural turkey meat, Asian pear slices, sautéed onions, Gruyere cheese, arugula greens and house cut bacon. Mmm…mmm…mm!
Naturally, all the above Monkeypod burgers will go very nicely with a cold Maui Brewing Company draft beer. Monkeypod is a great place for foodie enthusiasts, fans of local and organic, and craft beer lovers! Just sayin.’
For more information, please visit Monkeypod.
Located in Paia, Maui’s sweet little small town on the North Shore, all restaurant lovers should take the time to seek out the burger flavors at Cafe Mambo. At this family owned Paia eatery, guests can enjoy international flavors fused into everything on the menu.
At Mambo, burger lovers have eight mouthwatering opportunities! They are all served on a brioche bun with a salsa mayonnaise, and accompanied by your choice of French fries or a Kula baby greens salad. The “Maui Cattle Company Organic Beef Burger” is a classic North Shore favorite. This one is a straight up traditional Maui burger served with your choice of fresh toppings. The “Aloha Cheeseburger” is made with Maui beef and served with a pineapple slice, and the “Mambo Bacon Cheeseburger” is like the all time post surf session burger of champions with Maui beef, crispy bacon and a Spanish omelette. Also on the menu are two rare burger options, “The Crispy Duck Burger” which is very juicy and memorable, and the ono-licious “Kalua Pork Burger.” The “Organic Tofu Burger” is a favorite for Vegetarians, and fish lovers will definitely enjoy the “Island Fish of the Day Burger” served with tartar sauce, or the “Fresh Ahi Burger.”
All of Mambo’s melt-in-your-mouth burgers are priced between $12-$14. This is a great place to eat in Paia with your family and friends, and definitely a place for a tasty meal without breaking the bank!
For more information, please visit Cafe Mambo.
Cow Pig Bun
Who doesn’t like the idea of burgers and bourbon? Located in Kihei, Cow Pig Bun is one of Maui’s newest foodie hot spots. Open for lunch and dinner, Cow Pig Bun’s burgers are surely pushing the limits for Maui’s burger competition.
At this South Maui meat haven, guests can delight in the “House” burger served on focaccia bread with Gruyere cheese, arugula, garlic aioli, caramelized onions and a rich balsamic reduction. The “Bacon Jam” is definitely for the bacon lovers on a brioche bun with blue cheese, onions, bacon, and bourbon bacon jam. The “Pedro” is a fresh addition to the burger world with pepper jack cheese, bourbon pickled vegetables, and a chipotle sour cream stacked on a brioche bun. Last, but not least, the “Mushroom” burger is an ultramodern culinary creation with fried shallots, mushroom, goat cheese, arugula pesto, tomatoes and a Sriracha aioli.
For more information, please visit Cow Pig Bun.
Teddy’s Bigger Burgers
Teddy’s Bigger Burgers in Lahaina is where you’ll find one of the juiciest and tastiest burgers in all of Hawaii! They only have one brick-in-mortar location on the Island of Maui, so if you’re cruising the West Side, make sure to check them out. The decor is reminiscent of a 1950s diner; they even have ice cream floats and delicious milkshakes to get you cozy to that idea.
At Teddy’s, the menu is simple, yet streamlined and full of yummy goodness. The first thing you have to decide is what size burger you want: Big (5 oz.), Bigger (7 oz.) or Biggest (9 oz.). For the beef burgers you have a choice of Original, Teriyaki or a Monster Double. Each burger is made to order, so you know it’s going to be perfectly cooked to your liking with many options for extras. You can add cheese (of course!), grilled onions, onion rings (yum!), grilled pineapple, jalapeños, bacon, mushrooms, avocado (yes!), fried egg, green chile and more.
If you’d prefer a grilled or crispy chicken sandwich, that’s a possibility too. They also offer a yummy turkey and veggie burger for those that aren’t inclined to beef. The kids menu is perfect with a burger, corn dog or chicken nuggets option- and the kids combo comes with fries and a drink.
Ok, the extra crispy french fries at Teddy’s in Lahaina are off-the-hook! They also have tater tots and onion rings, and you can even order the fries spicy, with garlic or with cheese.
Teddy’s Burgers also has a food truck that travels around the Island of Maui, and a burger trailer behind Kihei’s Azeka Marketplace. To learn more, check their Facebook page here.
For more information, please visit Teddy’s in Lahaina
Colleen’s at the Cannery
If you happen to find yourself venturing through Haiku and wondering where to go for a burger, no worries brah! All you have to do is get yourself to Colleen’s at the Haiku Marketplace. When you find this Haiku gem, you will not only be happy that you did, but you will soon realize that you are about to eat one of the best burgers on Maui.
Colleen’s doesn’t have just one, but eight amazing burgers! The “Upcountry Beef Burger” is made with Maui Cattle Company hormone free beef, locally grown Maui tomatoes, thinly sliced onions, crisp lettuce, and melted Muenster cheese. Another great Maui beef option is the “Bacon & Blue Cheese Burger.” Both the “Portobello Mushroom Burger” and the “Organic Life Burger” are Vegetarian selections, and all the fish burgers are a good choice with the “Grilled Ono Fish Burger,” “Grilled Ahi Burger,” “Grilled Mahi Mahi Burger,” and the “Fresh Catch Burger.” When ordering burgers at Colleen’s in Haiku, you can add fries for $1 and a pint of beer for only $3.95. That’s a great deal!
For more information, please visit Colleen’s at the Cannery.
Stewz Maui Burgers
At Stewz Maui Burgers in Kihei, each burger is made to order, and they are all served on a homemade Hawaiian sweet bread bun! Another fabulous thing about Stewz Burgers is that they only use 100% Natural Grass Fed Maui Cattle Beef*
When visiting this Maui burger spot, guests can choose from a menu full of specialty burgers named after different Maui towns. To fully understand the creativity of these burgers, you’ll first need to taste each one of their burgers, and then visit each town!
The “Wailuku” is a loco moco style classic burger topped with an egg (your style), grilled onions, and smothered in brown gravy. The “Napili” burger is topped with caramelized onions, slow roasted tri-colored peppers, mozzarella cheese and a homemade chipotle infused ketchup. The “Paia” is a veggie burger (of course!), and the “Lahaina” is a fresh grilled Mahi Mahi filet, topped with lettuce, tomato and a homemade lemon dill caper aioli. For turkey burger lovers, go for the “Makawao” with Swiss cheese…
For more information, please visit Stewz Maui Burgers.
Milagros Food Company
Enjoy all the best that Maui’s North Shore beaches offer, and take a break from the sun to hit up Milagros Food Company in Paia Town. Milagros is an awesome locally owned Maui restaurant located on the corner of Hana Highway and Baldwin Avenue, a perfect spot for people watching from a patio table! By the way, if you haven’t guessed by now, Milagros also happens to have some fantastic burgers.
When at Milagros, know that local organically (GMO Free) grown ingredients are used wherever possible. Here, you’ll find a handful of super duper Fire-grilled Maui burgers with all the fixings. Here, guests can choose from either a 1/2lb hand pressed beef burger, or an 8oz. chicken breast. All the Milagros burgers are served with a side of lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and crispy (yummy) French fries. Guests can also easily substitute fries for a salad or rice and beans* The “Classic American” burger is topped with melted American cheese, and the “Bacon Cheddar” burger is just as tasty, but with perfectly cooked bacon and melted white Cheddar cheese. The three specialty burgers at Milagros are the “Frizzled BBQ” (melted white Cheddar cheese, BBQ sauce and frizzled onions), “El Diablo” (spicy, with melted jalapeño jack cheese, roasted Anaheim chile, and a drizzle of spicy chipotle puree), and “Da Kine” (melted American and Cheddar cheese, fresh jalapeños, and a big dollop of Milagros famous guacamole).
Frequented by locals and visitors, this spot is always a great restaurant choice one that you may find yourself going back to for years to come. Milagros is also one of our top picks for the Best Places for Drinks on Maui, and the Best Places for Lunch on Maui!
For more information, please visit Milagros Food Company.
Although we’d like to talk about Maui’s best burger spots all day long, we can’t possibly highlight all of them! More incredibly delicious places on Maui for burgers include: Relish Burger Bistro (Ka’anapali), Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon (Paia), Teddy’s Bigger Burgers (Lahaina), Fatt Chicks Burgers (Waiehu), Fleetwood’s (Lahaina), Peggy Sue’s Diner (Kihei), Hula Grill (Ka’anapali), Gazebo (Napili), Pailolo Bar & Grill (Ka’anapali), Ruby’s Diner (Kahului), Kihei Caffe (Kihei), and Rita’s Beach Bar & Grill (Kihei).
Mahalo for reading our Top 10 Places For Burgers on Maui blog post! What are your favorite places to go for a juicy burger on Maui? What is your favorite way to order them? I always ask for extra avocado… Let us know your thoughts and burger orders in the comment section below…