I am constantly touting Walt Disney World as a great place to visit because the food breaks the mold of typical theme park cuisine—you can find so much more than just burgers & fries, nuggets & pizza. And while you could definitely take a week vacation to Walt Disney World and not eat a single burger . . . you would be seriously missing out. Disney’s restaurants have some of the best burgers around, and some very inventive flavor combinations. Here are my top 10 choices for burgers at Walt Disney World:
10. Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
This choice is as much for the atmosphere as anything else. There just are not many places where you can dine on a burger while sitting in a vintage 1950s convertible and watching vintage B reel horror movies. Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater offers a “seasonal” burger, so the chef comes up with various combinations of flavors to offer throughout the year.
9. Beaches & Cream, Yacht & Beach Club Resort
A perennial favorite for Ice Cream treats like the Kitchen Sink and the No Way Jose, Beaches & Cream also offers up some pretty fantastic burgers. Top choices include a patty melt served on rye bread with sautéed onions, swiss cheese, and garlic-peppercorn dressing. YUM! Honorable mention for those vegetarians out there is their house-made veggie patty dressed with an herb mayonnaise. And don’t forget to finish it off with a delicious ice cream treat. Everyone is happy here—carnivores, herbivores and ice-creamivores.
8. Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe, Magic Kingdom
Once a place known for its burgers and extensive “fixin’s” bar, Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe in the Magic Kingdom now has a Tex-Mex menu, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still satisfy your burger craving here. Keeping with their theme and overall menu, Pecos Bill serves up a Southwest Burger and a Taco Burger. The Taco Burger is served with seasoned ground beef, tomato sauce and cheese . . . .it is a Taco & a Burger!
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7. All Star Movies Resort
Did you know that some Walt Disney World restaurants have secret menus? Yep! Top secret, but all you have to do is ask. At All Star Movies World Premier Food Court you can find a pretty fantastic burger on that secret menu. Just head to the Roxy Counter and ask for the secret menu—I’ll leave it a surprise how that is presented, that’s pretty fun too! On this secret menu there is a Cinnamon Bun Burger. Yes. A Cinnamon Bun Burger. The iced cinnamon bun is cut in half like a hamburger bun and inside you will find the burger, cheddar cheese and candied bacon. It’s like breakfast, but not. A pretty creative burger combination.
6. Port Orleans Riverside
One of the things I love about resort food courts is that they try to stay true to their resorts theme, so with the Port Orleans resorts that means Louisiana, Southern and Cajun cooking. The Riverside Mill Food Court at Port Orleans Riverside serves up 3 very fun burgers that fit perfectly with their theme: The Swamp Burger, The Bayou Burger, and The Baton Rouge Burger. The Swamp burger is topped with Barbecue and slaw, The Bayou burger features chopped prime rib, beer fondue and pickles, and The Baton Rouge Burger (my favorite) is enhanced with pimento cheese, fried green tomato and bacon. Yum, yum & yum. If you are staying at Riverside or French Quarter you definitely need to try these out—and it might be worth a trip over even if you are not.
5. Geyser Point, Wilderness Lodge
One of the prettiest spots at Walt Disney World, Geyser Point is an open air lounge overlooking Bay Lake with tranquil views and comfortable seating. There are a couple of food ordering options here, and over at the quick service window you will find one of my favorite burgers: The Bison Burger. Here the meat is bison instead of cow (obviously), and it is topped with bacon, Tillamook Cheddar, Onion straws, Garlic Aioli and Marionberry Barbecue Sauce. So good. Often we will leave the Magic Kingdom to get a break from the crowds and chaos, take the boat over to Wilderness Lodge and eat this burger for lunch. Makes a great relaxing mid-day break.
4. Contempo Café, Contemporary Resort
Another great break from the Magic Kingdom and the usually crowded quick service there is the Contempo Café over at the Contemporary Resort. Just hop on the monorail and there you are (& who doesn’t love a ride on the monorail?). They serve up a Contempo Café Smokehouse Burger with smoked bacon marmalade, fried onion ring and cheddar cheese on a brioche bun. This one is a big hit with my family. And once you are finished you can take the quick walk back to Magic Kingdom to work off the calories!
3. Ale & Compass, Yacht Club
Unlike the last few resort burger options, Ale & Compass is a table service restaurant located at the Yacht Club. While reservations are not too difficult to get here, they are recommended. I’ve enjoyed many meals at this quiet eatery just outside Epcot. It is a great respite from the parks or a hidden gem if you are staying in the Epcot Resort area. The Ale & Compass burger combines all of my favorite burger ingredients: Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions and Gruyere cheese . . . .yummmm!
2. Satu’li Canteen, Animal Kingdom
We travel over to the Animal Kingdom Park for our most unusual choice for best burger—the Cheeseburger Steamed Pods-Bao Buns. This is a very different take on the cheeseburger with a steamed pod (Bao Bun) filled with all of your typical cheeseburger ingredients: ground beef, cheddar, mustard, pickles & ketchup. Although the presentation may be other worldly like its surrounding Pandora environment, the flavor of is All-American cheeseburger.
1. D-Luxe Burger, Disney Springs
All of it. Just all of D-Luxe Burger’s menu tops my chart for the best burgers in Walt Disney World. These humongous burger delicacies are like a flavor explosion in your mouth. You can always go with a Classic Burger (which is fantastic), but there are so many other tempting options. The Barbecue Burger has smoked gouda, bacon, barbecue sauce, grilled onion and an onion ring (because 1 type of onion is never enough). El Diablo Burger combines chorizo with the burger blend for the patty and tops with pepper jack cheese, grilled onion, fried banana peppers and chipotle Mayo (for those who like it hot). My personal go-to is the Southern Burger with pimento cheese and fried green tomato. If a beef burger is not your thing they have a great veggie option topped with tzatziki sauce (and everything is good with tzatziki) and a chicken burger. So much to love at D-Luxe Burger.
What is your favorite burger at Walt Disney World?