When man craves a man-size, full-of-flavor burger with all the toppings and a decent variety to keep a patron coming back, Cleveland has several award-winning burger joints to fit the bill. – Kurt D. Moore

Hecks Cafe

2927 Bridge Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 861-5464

Hecks Cafe has been serving a heck of a burger for more than four decades. The restaurant has a large variety of beers and wines. Its main attraction is its award-winning specialty hamburgers. Thirteen burgers are available, including a Rogue Burger with Roquefort cheese dressing and bacon and a Basque Burger with onions, peppers, mushrooms and Havarti cheese. The Burger Au Poivre is grilled with Worcestershire sauce and is made with peppercorns and sour cream. Hecks Cafe serves lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday brunch is from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Brown Bag Burgers

Great Northern Plaza
North Olmsted, OH 44070
(440) 801-1122

The award-winning Brown Bag Burgers is praised for selling good burgers at low prices. Its burgers are priced at $5.19 for a regular burger and $4.19 for a junior burger, placing it close to the price of fast-food offerings. Choices include the Bandito, which comes with a variety of Mexican toppings including guacamole, chipotle mayo and pepper jack cheese, and the Godfather, an offering one can’t refuse made of roasted garlic mayo, bruschetta, onion straws, provolone cheese and leaf lettuce. The build-your-own option comes with a wide selection of choices. Buns are baked on-site daily. Brown Bag Burgers is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Michael Symon’s B Spot

28699 Chagrin Boulevard
Woodmere, OH 44122
(216) 292-5567

Celebrity chef Michael Symon’s east-side burger bar B Spot has received numerous awards. Meat is cooked to the specifications of Symon, an Iron Chef on the Food Network. Guests get a 6-ounce patty cooked to their liking. Patrons can choose from a wide variety ranging from the Plain Jane to the Breuben, a burger topped with corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Russian dressing. Prices range from $6 to $9. B Spot is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Johnny’s Little Bar

614 Frankfort Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 861-2166

Johnny’s Little Bar has been referred to a “hidden gem.” The bar offers a slim but tasteful menu. The burger is what a burger is supposed to be — a rich, beefy taste packed in a toasted Kaiser bun. Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. and stretches until dinner, which is 5 to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday.