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The Most Popular Burgers at Denny’s

Denny’s, affectionately known by many as “America’s Diner,” is a chain restaurant that specializes in breakfast food, but it also offers some delicious burgers.

Its atmosphere evokes the feeling of a simple, old-fashioned diner. And while it’s primarily viewed as a breakfast spot, it also serves a little bit of everything (as all good diners should).

After all, a spot can’t come to be known as ‘America’s Diner’ unless it serves the most American dish of all time: the Cheeseburger!

Denny’s burgers come in all shapes and sizes, and each burger comes on a fluffy brioche bun that can be customized to your liking.

You can customize your burger at Denny’s by taking off lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, or onions, which automatically come on almost all burgers.

You can also double up your beef patty or substitute for a Beyond patty.

All Denny’s burgers are served with wavy cut fries on the side, but you can choose another side with an upcharge.

With all that out of the way, let’s get into the best Denny’s burgers!

Read on to find out the options on Denny’s burger menu ranked from worst to best.

6. Bourbon Bacon Burger

I hope you’re hungry because the Bourbon Bacon Burger is not for the faint of heart (or full of stomach).

This monstrosity features white cheddar cheese, bacon, sautéed mushrooms, fire-roasted bell peppers, bourbon sauce, lettuce, tomato, red onions, and pickles on a brioche bun.

There’s no denying that this burger has a lot going on.

While each element is delicious, just too many flavors compete for the spotlight on this sandwich.

The bell peppers, though tasty, seem out of place. And adding both sauteed and raw onions makes for a burger that feels a bit indecisive.

All in all, plenty of people will enjoy this burger – it just lacks cohesion and is a bit overwhelming.

The Bourbon Bacon Burger contains 880 calories, 50g of fat, and 48g of protein.

5. Flamin’ 5-Pepper Burger

The Flamin’ 5-Pepper Burger lives up to its name but isn’t so spicy that it’ll ruin your tongue for the remainder of the day.

Made with aged white cheddar cheese, bacon, jalapenos, 5-Pepper sauce, mayo, lettuce, tomato, red onions, and pickles, this Denny’s burger is a spicy twist on the classic cheeseburger.

Though the 5-Pepper sauce and jalapenos give the burger a nice kick, it’s toned down by the mayo and white cheddar, making for the perfect balance of heat.

If you’re not a fan of spice, consider skipping this one and going for a milder option. 

On the other hand, if you love spicy food, request extra jalapenos and 5-Pepper sauce to really heat things up.

The Flamin’ 5-Pepper Burger contains 1,000 calories, 66g of fat, and 47g of protein.

4. Double Cheeseburger

If you’re looking for a good old-fashioned American cheeseburger, the Denny’s Double Cheeseburger is an excellent option.

This burger comes with two juicy beef patties and is topped with the usual suspects – lettuce, tomato, red onion, and pickles.

For the cheese option, you can choose American, Swiss, or aged white cheddar cheese.

All that goodness is held in a soft brioche bun.

When you’re hungry enough that a single patty just won’t cut it, a double cheeseburger is the way to go.

Lettuce, tomato, and onion bring much-needed freshness and keep the burger from being too heavy.

But don’t let that fool you – you will be full when you finish this burger!

The Double Cheeseburger contains 920 calories, 52g of fat, and 61g of protein.

3. Bacon Avocado Cheeseburger

The Bacon Avocado Cheeseburger is further proof that avocado and bacon can make a great thing taste even better.

This Denny’s burger features crispy bacon, fresh avocado, aged white cheddar, creamy mayo, lettuce, tomato, red onions, and pickles on a brioche bun.

If you love a Cali club sandwich, this cheeseburger will be right up your alley.

Smokey and crunchy bacon is complemented by creamy, fresh avocado.

In addition, the sharp white cheddar, pickles, and red onion give the burger a nice zing.

The Bacon Avocado Cheeseburger contains 1,020 calories, 69g of fat, and 48g of protein.

2. Build Your Own Burger

Everyone’s “Build Your Own Burger” will look and taste different.

Regardless of which toppings you choose, this is the second best burger choice at Denny’s because of the sheer number of options you’re given.

No matter your mood, preference, or hunger level, the Build Your Own Burger option guarantees your dream burger and the ultimate customizable experience!

First, choose your patty. Your options are 100% beef, grilled seasoned chicken breast, Beyond Burger, or fried chicken breast.

Then, you can add an extra patty for an upcharge. Yes, this means you can get chicken and beef on your burger all at once!

Next, choose your cheese: Swiss, American, or aged white cheddar. You can also get a double portion for an upcharge.

Now, decide which classic toppings you want – lettuce, tomato, onions, or pickles.

Then, add any of the following toppings for no extra cost: caramelized onions, sliced jalapenos, mayo, sweet and tangy BBQ, bourbon sauce, or Diner Q sauce.

Finally, add any premium toppings for an upcharge: avocado, bacon, and sauteed mushrooms.

Since you are building your own burger, calories for this burger typically vary from 570 to 1,250.

1. Slamburger

Denny’s is best known for its breakfast specials, so it only makes sense that they have a breakfast-themed burger.

The Slamburger features all the elements of a classic American breakfast: hash browns, eggs, crispy bacon, and American cheese.

Your egg comes whichever way you like it, from sunny side up to scrambled with cheese to egg whites only.

I recommend ordering it overeasy for that perfectly runny yolk, but that’s just me!

This is the best burger you’ll find on Denny’s menu for a few reasons.

Firstly, it has so many different textures going on, and they all work seamlessly together to make a unique, fun burger.

With soft brioche, crispy bacon, hashbrowns, a runny egg, and a juicy patty, the Slamburger is interesting enough to keep you coming back for another bite.

Also, Denny’s has been in the breakfast game since 1953, so they’ve pretty much mastered the art of eggs, bacon, and hashbrowns.

Most ingredients in the Slamburger happen to be some of Denny’s most iconic dishes, so it just makes sense that adding cheese, beef, and bread to that mixture would create a mind-blowing burger.

This burger is breakfast, lunch, and dinner wrapped into one unforgettable sandwich!

The Slamburger contains 840 calories, 47g of fat, and 45g of protein.


From spicy to breakfast-themed to vegan patties, Denny’s offers a variety of burgers for every appetite.

Use this list to help you decide what to order on Denny’s burger menu on your next visit.

If all else fails, you can always build your own burger to ensure it’s customized to your liking.

So, next time you’re at Denny’s, and aren’t in the mood for breakfast, give one of their burgers a try!

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About the Author

Samantha Jenkins is a food writer and digital marketing manager with a passion for storytelling, perusing grocery store aisles, reading menus, and eating really good food.

In her free time, she enjoys baking, performing in musicals, and cohosting the East Coast Haunts podcast.

January 30, 2023