Off Campus Eateries: Best Burgers in Town

-Diana Roure

Some days, there’s nothing I want more than a huge, delicious cheeseburger. And of course French-fries, but let’s be real, that’s more of a daily yearning.

If you’re ever overcome with these feelings but don’t want to settle for McDonald’s, have no fear because Eugene is a hot spot for some of the most mouth-watering and unique burgers.

Here are some of my favorites, in no particular order:


With three locations, Cornucopia offers the most exceptional and diverse assortment of burgers, hands down.  With ten beef burgers and six vegetarian friendly “vurgurs,” there’s something for every type of foodie.  Menu items include but are not limited to Lil’ Jack’s Hellion Burger, the Big Boom Swiss & Shroom Burger, the Voluptuous Vema Vurger, and my personal favorite Wild Bill’s Bacon BBQ Burger.  All burgers and vurgers are joined by arguably the most delicious French-fries in all of Eugene.  Burger prices range from $10.50 to $14.95.


Who doesn’t love Caspian?  Other than my mother, very few people I come into contact with are opposed.  If you haven’t discovered Caspian yet, I strongly encourage you to try this little family run Mediterranean café, located next to the Duck Store on 13th.  Not only is the food cheap and abundant, but it’s also really good.  The best item on the menu is the double cheeseburger special, which includes fries and a drink for only $5.95.  Rarely do you see an exceptional burger for this low of a price.

6th Street Grill

Located almost across the street from the Hilton Hotel downtown, 6th Street Grill bestows the perfect blend of comfort food and sophistication.  They conveniently offer a “Burger-n-Brew” special every Tuesday for only $7.50.  While there are technically only three burgers on the menu, any of the selections are to die for.  Choices include the 6th Street Grill Burger (cheddar and Swiss cheese, bacon, avocado, grilled onions and mushrooms), the Gorgonzola Bacon Burger (BBQ sauce, bacon, gorgonzola cheese, fried onion rings, and avocado), and finally the original but never dull cheeseburger.  Burger prices range from $8.95 to $10.95.

Five Guys

Originally located solely on the East Coast, Five Guys made its way over to Eugene just months ago.  The newly opened fast food type eatery offers a hamburger, cheeseburger, bacon hamburger, and bacon cheeseburger. Though the foundation may be simple, a long list of fifteen free toppings are available.  If I had to compare Five Guys’ burgers to others it would be my all time favorite, In-N-Out.  So for all you Californians, this is the next best thing.  In terms of fries, their servings are almost too big so I would recommend sharing.  The price for one order including a burger, fries, and a drink is guaranteed to be under $10.

 Honorable Mentions: Dickie Joe’s, Little Big Burger, Hop Valley Brewery Company, Johnny Ocean’s Grill.

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