Live Like a Local: Best Burger Joints in the ‘Boro

Tailgate Grill

If a mouth-watering burger is what you’re hankering for, look no further than Waynesboro!

Jake’s Bar & Grill, 137 N. Wayne Avenue

Tumbleweed Burger at Jake's
Tumbleweed Burger at Jake’s

Jake’s is a welcoming watering hole with a cozy, western flair, serving 100% all natural, locally raised, USDA ground beef burgers. Try their award-willing Tumbleweed Burger, featuring a beef patty topped with breaded jalapeño nuggets, cream cheese, apple jelly, and crunchy fried onion strips served on a glossy brioche roll. Once you’ve tasted it, you’ll know why it swept all three categories at the Staunton-Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce Burger Cookoff.  Jake’s also won the attention of Scoutology as being among the best burger joints in the state!

Also try the Sagebrush, a beef patty smothered in grilled onions, peppers, and mushrooms with melted Swiss and homemade Coyote sauce.

Heritage on Main, 309 W. Main Street

Heritage Burger
Heritage Burger

In the five years since it opened, Heritage on Main has made a name for itself as a lively local hangout with delicious food and brews. Try their signature Heritage Burger (The 20-Minute Burger), which boasts three strips of pepper bacon wrapped around a ½-pound beef patty, stuffed with Wisconsin Cheddar cheese, and topped with grilled onions, tomatoes and lettuce on a Kaiser roll. This hefty burger comes medium or medium-rare. When picking your side dish, try the hand-cut fries, tossed with a special blend of paprika, seasonings, and salt. Quite possibly the best fries in Waynesboro!

Also try the popular Western Burger, a beef patty topped with BBQ sauce, Cheddar, bacon, grilled onions, and tomato on a pretzel bun.

Tailgate Grill, 1106 W. Broad Street

Tailgate Grill
Tailgate Grill

Tapped by locals as the “Best Burger Restaurant in the Valley,” Tailgate offers burgers, hot dogs, and BBQ at low prices. The wooden booths are surrounded with pennants and photos of sporting events, hence the restaurant’s name. Try the Bacon Cheeseburger (just $3.79), prepared right before your eyes at the grill behind the bar. Their bounteous portions of fries are renowned; a small order can easily be shared by two or three people.

Also try the Chicken Cheesesteak, loaded with mushrooms, peppers, and onions.

E&J’s Deli Pub, 2800 W. Main Street

A stone’s throw from Zeus Digital Theaters, E&J’s offers yummy pub fare

The Swiss at E&Js
The Swiss Burger at E&Js

in a relaxed family-friendly atmosphere.  If you dine in on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night, chances are you’ll hear some great live music. In addition to sandwiches and salads, the deli serves up hot and juicy burgers such as The Swiss, blending the flavors of Swiss cheese, sautéed mushrooms, blue cheese dressing, lettuce, and tomato on a toasted brioche bun.

Also try The Cheesesteak, a toasted sub roll heaped with tender, chopped roasted beef and oozing with a generous amount of cheese, topped with sweet caramelized onions and roasted red peppers. Every Saturday, take advantage of the BOGO cheesesteaks all day!

Nobos, 2508 Jefferson Highway


Nobos opened as a quick-service restaurant within Seven Arrows Brewery. It prides itself on made-from-scratch dishes with many locally sourced items. You’ll find old favorites on the menu, as well as unique offerings, such as the Shrimp Po’ Boy and Cuban sandwich. Try the Chili Cheese Burger, a finger-licking burger with house-made chili, queso cheese, red onion, lettuce and tomato. Wash it down with a cold Seven Arrows brew from the tap and you’ve got a perfect meal!

Also try the Cordon Bleu, a burger with ham, Swiss cheese, red onion, lettuce and tomato. Don’t forget the Fried Pickles!


Further AfieldFor a delicious burger just outside Waynesboro . . .

Dap’s, 3278 Stuarts Draft Highway

The Glory Burger at DAP's
The Glory Burger at DAP’s

The Wurlitzer jukebox and chrome accents bring a 1950s feel to this diner in Stuarts Draft. Order your burger the way you like it then take it to the toppings bar to doctor it up to perfection. All burgers come from fresh, local beef and are flame-broiled. Try the Glory Burger, a ¼-pound burger with fried onion rings and BBQ sauce. Save room for a milkshake or cone scooped from your choice of 40 flavors of Hershey’s ice cream!


Also try the Veggie Burger for a lighter option that still carries a great grilled flavor.

Stable Craft Brewing, 375 Madrid Road

Southern Pleasure Burger at Stablecraft
Southern Pleasure Burger at Stablecraft

Housed at Hermitage Hill Farm and Stables, Stable Craft concocts a variety of beers from its own farm-raised hops. The draft room also serves up unique twists on traditional pub food. Try the Southern Pleasure, a mouth-watering burger topped with pepper-jam BBQ sauce, pimento cheese, and bacon. Pair it with one of Stable Craft’s own brews, such as Appalachian Divide blonde ale. After your meal, stroll the grounds, enjoy the mountain views, and visit with the resident horses.

Also try the Pulled Pork Burger, piled with pulled pork BBQ and honey-sriracha coleslaw.

Author: Liza Peltola

Liza Peltola grew up in Waynesboro, VA, and after living overseas and on the west coast, returned to the Shenandoah Valley, where rolling farmland and Blue Ridge Mountains foster a thriving arts and agriculture scene.