Bubba’s: Our Favorite Burger Joint in Traverse City

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Bubba’s: Our Favorite Burger Joint in Traverse City

Written by: Briana DeBolt
Photos by: Chamere Orr

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Craving a juicy burger for lunch? Stop by Bubba’s – our favorite burger joint in Traverse City. Their menu is heaven for those who love burgers, fresh salads, sandwiches, fries and cold drinks! Grab a beer, and kick back with some friends at this friendly, neighborhood favorite.

Bubba's: Our Favorite Burger Joint in Traverse City
That’s me with a serious bite..

As you guys probably know by now if you’ve read our last post or this post, I’m from Traverse City, Michigan – a place that happens to be a foodie’s paradise! If you guys know Chamere, you know he is a burger fanatic. Seriously – this dude could eat burgers 3 times a day. At this point, if he’s craving a burger, he’s VERY particular about what he wants. Bubba’s is our favorite burger joint in Traverse City. Period. It is one of our favorite burger joints of all time. Seriously. Chamere and I have been dating for about 2 years now, and he’s been to Traverse City 4 times. Guess how many times we’ve been to Bubba’s? 5 times. We can’t get enough.

Bubba's: Our Favorite Burger Joint in Traverse City

We were fortunate enough to team up with Bubba’s the last time we were in Traverse City. It was pretty much a dream come true for us. We got to actually work for our favorite burger joint in Traverse City! We are going to walk you guys thru the menu to showcase some of our favorite items so you can get an idea of what to order when you visit. Although we mentioned we come here for the burgers, there are plenty of other awesome menu items that we will show ya. Meat lovers and vegetarians alike will be happy here.

First, we got to check out the kitchen.

Bubba's: Our Favorite Burger Joint in Traverse City
Don’t you guys just want to swim in that gigantic bowl of fresh made guac? We do. YUM!

Bubba's: Our Favorite Burger Joint in Traverse City

Check out our friend in the back having fun making the guacamole! Our friend in the front is crafting the chicken tenders.

As you guys can see, tons of fresh ingredients being used at Bubba’s. Everything is made fresh. Time consuming? Yes, absolutely, and that’s exactly what makes the food so damn good. We’re into it.

After spending just a few minutes in the kitchen, we were salivating and couldn’t wait to eat. So we went back to the table to decide what to order.

If you’re a burger lover, you have to try our favorite menu item – the Haystack Burger!  

Bubba's: Our Favorite Burger Joint in Traverse City

This menu pick was nothing new for us. We admit that we are creatures of habit, but in this case in particular, I don’t think you can blame us. When we go to Bubba’s we always order at least one Haystack Burger. I mean, look at it!

The Haystack Burger is a ½ pound of locally ground beef, bacon, melty swiss cheese, mushrooms, haystack onions & roasted garlic aioli. We added on some of Bubba’s crispy tater tots because we feel this really completes the experience. {Pro tip}: Ask for a side of Bubba’s sauce to dip your tots in. Thank us later.

Grab some Bubba’s style poutine

Bubba's: Our Favorite Burger Joint in Traverse City Bubba's: Our Favorite Burger Joint in Traverse City
Bubba’s has their own unique spin on the classic poutine dish. You can’t go wrong with crispy tater tots, sausage gravy, cheddar cheese and two over easy eggs. We’re big fans of the yolk porn, as you can see.

If you’re a true meat lover – you won’t be able to resist the Carnivore Burger

Bubba's: Our Favorite Burger Joint in Traverse City

Talk about Instagram worthy #FoodPorn! This burger is like the Haystack burger on steroids. A ½ pound beef patty with bacon, steak, swiss & cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and roasted garlic aioli. YUM!

Order the Southwest salad to eat alongside your burgers or on it’s own.

Bubba's: Our Favorite Burger Joint in Traverse City

If you’re trying to go a healthier route – Bubba’s has options for you, like the Southwest salad. The Southwest salad is a bed of fresh, mixed greens with bacon, black beans, avocado, tomato, cheddar, and homemade BBQ ranch. This salad is sooo good, and might make you feel a little less guilt if you order this tasty salad alongside your burgers and fries.

Don’t forget some loaded fries!

Bubba's: Our Favorite Burger Joint in Traverse City

If you’re a fan of loaded fries, you have to try these! Crispy steak fries, 3 cheese sauce, bacon, green onions and sour cream. All smiles!

Extra bits:

  • Bubba time – Monday thru Friday every week, 3 – 5:30 pm is Bubba time, which means 25% off all food items! Such a great deal. You can take your burger habit to the next level. They offer a few more specials, check them out here.
  • I’m a Traverse City native, but somehow I just found out about Bubba’s breakfast served from 8 – 11 am. We will be checking out the breakfast menu next time we are in town and giving you guys the scoop.
  • All of the soda here is from a local soda company, Northwoods Soda. Chamere ordered the Cola and loved it.
    Bubba's: Our Favorite Burger Joint in Traverse City
  • Vegetarians rejoice!! You can substitute a chicken or veggie patty on any burger if you wish.
  • Make sure you check the chalkboards around the restaurant for some awesome specials in case you want something different that’s not on the menu! There truly is something for everyone here.
  • Bubba’s boasts an extensive drink menu. Between local beer, wine and awesome cocktails, you’ll be pleased with their drink selection.

If you guys have been to Bubba’s before, let us know what your favorite thing on the menu is! Make sure you add this place to your list of stops if you’re planning on visiting TC. If you thought this writeup was helpful, leave us a comment below and share this article with your friends.

Until next time,
Briana & Chamere

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