Classic American: Burgers Vol. 1

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 your taste buds.

Whether you like a standard burger with cheese and all the fixins or one with a fried egg on top, we have your fix.


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.


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 potato chips, house-cut fries, onion, rings, fruit or potato salad. Pair your burger and fries with a milkshake or malt!

Cool Al’s

Cool Al’s – permanently closed
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.

Fine & Dandy

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.


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. They also offer more than just a regular burger bun. Options range from fresh-baked-daily white to wheat and jalapeno cheddar buns. All beef is fresh (they don’t even have a freezer) and their fries and rings (fresh cut) are hand-breaded and pair well with your sandwich.

Related: Classic American: Burgers Vol. 2

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Paige McKay

eat. drink. MISSISSIPPI is a food magazine dedicated to sharing Mississippi's passion for food with the world. From local chefs making their culinary mark to the many great restaurants this state has to offer, Mississippi's hospitality shines through in the pages of this magazine. It is our desire to preserve our culinary heritage and inspire today's cooks with a new passion for cooking and eating. All opinions expressed in this post are the opinions of the writer and not necessarily those of Sipp Jackson.

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