Traditions die hard, and for some people, burgers will only ever be ground beef, lettuce, tomato, onion and bun. But that hasn't limited the creativity or ambition of Central Ohio's chefs and restaurateurs, who are always pushing the boundaries of burger size, meat, condiments, flavors and the architectural integrity of a toothpick.

Hungry for More (and More): The city’s most famous burger is also among the largest—Thurman Café’s Thurmanator, loaded with 24 ounces of beef plus ham, bacon, three cheeses and veggies. Not far behind, Gahanna Grill’s Triple Beanie Burger boasts three half-pound patties and the usual toppings.