(UPDATED September 6th, 2021)
For this list, we’ve made sure all of the burgers are under $15. At some point, we’ll do a second list for “high-end” burgers. But for now, we want to focus on affordable, good burgers. The other thing to note about this list is we focused solely on “standard” cheeseburgers, not the fancier varieties that most of these places also offer. So with those caveats in place, here are our favorite burger joints on Maui.
1.) Teddy’s Bigger Burger (Lahaina)
Teddy’s is a local chain with multiple locations on Oahu and one shop on Maui plus a Maui food truck. They are rapidly expanding into the mainland. The burgers here are simply good. We like to call Teddy’s the In-N-Out/Shake Shake of Maui. It looks like a fast-food joint, but the quality is much higher. The sweet potato fries are good, but the tater tots are great!
(Teddy’s Bigger Burger)
2.) Havens (Kihei, and coming soon to Pukalani & Kahului)
This has been a favorite spot for locals since opening last year, but the secret is getting out. Island-famous Chef Zach Sato has stepped away from running some of the most popular and high-end restaurants to focus on his own shop serving local grinds and comfort food. Grab some of the best smash burgers you’ve ever had, enjoy a myriad of delicious noodle dishes, and take home some sushi rolls. This place is hidden in north Kihei, so just look for a quickly moving line out the door of the Shell Station. Take out only, lunch and dinner.
3.) Cool Cat Cafe (Lahaina)
Consistently rated a favorite burger on Maui, Cool Cat Cafe has a ’50s diner motif, done Maui-style. It’s a (covered) open-air cafe with lots of seating, fun music and lots of TV’s showing the biggest games. The burgers are never frozen, 100% certified Angus Beef served on locally baked buns. Cool Cat is conveniently located on Front Street.
(Cool Cat Cafe)
4.) Nalu’s (Kihei)
A breezy, slightly open-air restaurant, Nalu’s is quietly, one of the most popular restaurants in Kihei. The burgers a big, juicy and use only locally sourced ingredients served on a brioche bun. Nalu’s features live music on most nights and a full bar. While great for lunch and dinner, Nalu’s also dishes out excellent breakfast dishes, some that available all day.
(Nalu’s South Shore Grill)
5.) Cafe Ole’i (Maui Lani and Kihei)
With two Maui locations, Cafe Ole’i offers up a mean burger, made with Maui-grown beef. The shoestring french fries served with the burgers are also outstanding. You can order the burger all day at the Maui Lani location, but the burger is not available on the dinner menu at the Kihei location. Though, if you ask for it, they’ll probably make one for you. (Cafe Ole’i)
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