Best of: Burgers

Everyone loves a good, juicy hamburger with a side of fries. Burgers are an American classic, and they can be topped with almost anything to please anyone’s taste buds. Whether you like a standard burger with cheese and all the fixins or one with a fried egg on top, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for at any of these Jackson restaurants.


Known for their tacos, tapas, and table-side guacamole, Babalu also has a delicious burger on their menu. Made with natural angus beef and topped with roasted roma tomato, caramelized onions, white cheddar cheese, hass avocado, smoked bacon, and chipotle aioli, the Baba Burger is full of flavor and goes perfectly with a side of french fries or sweet potato fries. The Baba Burger was even a finalist in the Best of Jackson 2017 Best Burgers, so be sure to check it out for yourself!



Brent’s Drugs

A Fondren staple, Brent’s Drugs has been serving up burgers and other classic diner food since 1946. The burgers at Brent’s are one of their most popular items, and if you’ve ever had one, you know why. Burgers range from the Brent’s Burger (single or double), Junior Burger, and even a Veggie Burger. Tried and true, the Brent’s Burger comes topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, and pickles, and you can add bacon or a fried egg for just $2 extra. For those looking for a smaller burger with less toppings, the Junior Burger comes with just cheese – a classic, simple burger. Each burger comes with either Lay’s chips, house-cut fries, onion, rings, fruit, or potato salad. Pair your burger and fries with a milkshake or malt from Brent’s, and you’ve got yourself a classic Brent’s meal.



Cool Al’s

Cool Al’s does burgers like no one else in Jackson. All burgers can, of course, be made with ground beef, but you can also get yours made with ground turkey, vegetarian, or vegan. The Cool Al’s Classic Burger can be made any of the four ways and comes topped with ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, pickles, lemon pepper seasoning, lettuce, tomato, and onion. Customers even have the option of dairy or vegan cheese. Other burger options include The Comeback Burger, topped with spicy comeback sauce, lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickles, and can be made with beef, turkey, or vegetarian, and the Deluxe Burger, made any of the four ways, topped with mushrooms, grilled onions, jalapenos, chili, and your choice of cheese. Whether you’re a meat eater or vegetarian, everyone can enjoy a burger at Cool Al’s!



Fine & Dandy

Newer to the restaurant scene in Jackson, Fine & Dandy is serving up delicious burgers on your grandmother’s old China plates. Choose from options like The Standard, The Nobleman, or The Fine & Dainty. The Standard, as the name suggests, is a standard cheeseburger that comes topped with American cheese, shredded lettuce, seasoned tomato, onion, pickles, and Duke’s mayo. If you want something a little different, The Fine & Dainty comes with burrata cheese, dried tomato pesto, green goddess dressing, and basil leaves, and it is delicious. Another favorite is The Byron and comes with house bacon, Swiss cheese, malt vinegar mushrooms, crispy shallots, and roasted garlic mayo. Add a side of french fries or tots to your burger, and your meal is sure to be fine and dandy.



Rooster’s has been serving up burgers, blue plates, salads, and other Southern favorites since 1984, and their burgers are definitely a Jackson favorite. Whether you’re in the mood for a simple hamburger or bacon cheeseburger or a Nacho Burger or Mushroom Swiss Burger, Rooster’s has a burger for any craving. They also offer more than just a regular burger bun. Options range from white, wheat, or jalapeno cheddar buns. Check out Rooster’s next time you’re in Fondren and craving a big, juicy burger!

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Paige McKay

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