But there’s something unique about Mad Mike’s meat preparation that makes it better than the big chains: its 100%, Black Angus burgers have a nice, crusty char and a more satisfying, meatier flavor than 5 Guys. The patties rest on fluffy, dusted brioche buns with a split in the middle that begs for a photo op. A frequent haunt for our work crew, Mad Mike’s easily wins the prize as one of the best affordable burger options in town.

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Newport Kentucky342 Monmouth St, Newport, KY 41071

(Menu and hours may differ. Please call the store at (859) 360-6453 for details)

Hamilton Ohio – 194 N Brookwood Ave, Hamilton, OH 45013

(Menu and hours may differ. Please call the store at (513) 844-6453 for details)

Florence Kentucky 6420 Dixie Hwy, Florence, KY 41042

(Menu and hours may differ. Please call the store at (859) 444-4112 for details) 

This gourmet burger from Mad Mike’s Burgers & Fries can definitely be described as rich. The first thing you notice is the thickly sweet mango chutney, balanced by the earthy flavor of the blue cheese. Onion straws add a little salty crunch, while the cilantro mayo offers a fresh tang. It’s a double, with two stacked quarter-pound patties on a sturdy grilled bun, but it doesn’t feel like too much of a handful. Not your preferred flavor profile? You’re free to build your own dream burger from the extensive list of toppings. Locations in Newport, Florence, and Hamilton.

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