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Big, juicy, and sometimes Impossible: Polk County’s best burgers

Sink your teeth into this list to find your next triple meat, plant-based, or classic diner burger.

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Woah — Adler’s in Winter Haven is known for super juicy burgers.

If you’re anything like us, then you think no summer is complete without a cookout. One staple we can’t get enough of? Burgers.

Now that Florida has officially finished pre-heating for the summer, we’ve been wondering where we might find the biggest, best, and juiciest burgers in Polk County. We took to Instagram to ask our followers — here’s what some said:

Adler’s, 543 Ave. B SW, Winter Haven
This spot recommended by @cornjerker80 and other users is well known in Polk. Try the Twitty burger for caramelized pineapple, bacon, American cheese, and mayo.

Broadway Diner, 1380 N. Broadway Ave., Bartow
Don’t skip the mushroom and Swiss burger here. This diner can count both Reader Jill W. and rapper Vanilla Ice among its fans.

Champs Sports Bar and Grill, 6645 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland
Stop by Reader Doug L.'s favorite recommendation for the “Best Burgers in Town” — at least, according to the menu.

The Chop Shop, 118 S. Kentucky Ave., Lakeland
Head to downtown Lakeland for @brettgarbs92’s go-to eatery. The Blue Suede Burger features blue cheese and beer-battered onion rings.

Cravin’ Haven, 3223 Dundee Rd., Winter Haven
This semi-permanent food truck with a large screened-in dining room is Reader Lynn G.'s favorite spot for a smash burger.

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Enjoy your Super Duper Spot on one of The Joinery’s outdoor patios or in the main food hall.

The Crooked Bass Grill & Tavern, 1010 N. Scenic Hwy., Babson Park
Reader Donna G. gave a shoutout to this burger spot located roughly an hour from Lakeland. If you make the trip, try the Black & Bleu Burger.

Decisions Grill & Bar, 1621 E. Edgewood Dr., Lakeland
You can’t go wrong with the classic cheeseburger — stop by this Edgewood spot for lunch after 11 a.m. Tuesday-Friday or after 12 p.m. on the weekend.

Fat Jack’s Deli & Pub, 2940 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland
This Lakeland staple suggested by @buzzandchele is the spot for your no-muss, no-fuss, classic American diner burger.

Food + Beer, 3615 S. Florida Ave., Ste. 1350
Stop by this sports bar every Monday 11 a.m.-1 a.m. for City Editor Connor’s favorite deal: $5.99 cheeseburgers + fries.

Ford’s Garage Lakeland, 879 Lakeland Park Center Dr., Lakeland
Burger lovers, rev your engines. Reader Marilyn D. recommends Ford’s Garage for the perfect burger — this menu boasts a bison burger, veggie burger, and patty melts in addition to classic handhelds.

Gaskins Barbecue and Lobster, 1614 Town Center Dr., Lakeland
Reader Steve B. boasted about this Lakeside Village eatery. According to Steve, you “can’t go wrong with their burger and fries.”

Mulligan’s Sports Bar & Grill, 190 Herbert Dixon Blvd., Bartow
The Bartow Golf Course is host to @mrsneely77’s favorite hidden gem. Stop by for hand-made burgers and turkey burgers after your next round on the green.

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Head to Walk On’s for Cajun cuisine in a sports bar setting.

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Red Top Pit Stop, 12160 US Hwy. 98 N., Lakeland
Barbecue, breakfast, and burgers are always on the menu at this north Lakeland establishment. Reader Forest F. has us craving a brisket burger.

S & L Restaurant, 2915 S. Combee Rd., Lakeland
Try @austinbanttari’s go-to spot for “habit forming” burgers. For something on the lighter side, order the burger salad (read: a burger with no bun).

Subs ‘n Such, 1008 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland
You may know this classic Lakeland spot for its sub sandwiches, but reader Terri I. can’t get enough of its classic hamburgers.

Super Duper Spot, 640 E. Main St., Lakeland
Head to The Joinery on the shores of Lake Mirror for your next burger-licious bite — this spot serves both certified Angus and plant-based patties. Pro tip: Complete your order with a shake or frozen lemonade.

Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux, 3772 US Hwy. 98 N., Lakeland
There’s truly something for everyone at Reader Brenda L.'s recommended spot. This Cajun cuisine-serving eatery boasts big burgers and big screens for sports fans.

Is your go-to burger joint missing from our list? Let us know so we can try it for ourselves.

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