Top Ten Burgers in Greater Phoenix

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David LaChapelle, Death by Hamburger (2002)
​You can thank the St. Louis World Fair of 1904 for being the launching pad for the hamburger as we know it (at one point, it was called the hamburger sandwich). Today, the round patty in a bun is the primary way in which the Western world consumes beef. When it comes to burgers in the greater Phoenix area, we're offering up 10 of our favorites.






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10.) Tijuana Torpedo from The Chuckbox

According to Paul Marquardt, supervisor of this legendary burger joint in Tempe, no one at the restaurant, which has been in business nearly 40 years, knows where the Tijuana Torpedo came from. The ingredients don't seem like much -- two patties, jalapeño jack cheese, and green chiles -- but this smoky, fragrant burger has two secrets to its success: a mesquite charcoal grill and "Magic Dust," a secret blend of spices whose origin, like the burger itself, is a mystery.





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9.) Pica Rico Burger from Gallo Blanco Café
This messy yet marvelous creation comes courtesy of chef Doug Robson's Southwestern-inspired fare at his casual eatery inside the Clarendon Hotel in Central Phoenix. Featuring seven juicy ounces of in-house ground chuck, fire-roasted chiles, gooey sharp cheddar cheese, Aji aioli, and thick slices of avocado that pair nicely with the smoky flavor of the chiles, this burger may be a bit too bulky, but it's definitely worth the effort.






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8.) Pittsburger from Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers
As one of several half-pound creations at this North Scottsdale restaurant from the same folks who own Arcadia Tavern, the Pittsburger holds its own as a gourmet burger. A staff favorite, the patty is tasty and piled high with french fries, crunchy slaw, a flavor-packed grilled tomato, and American cheese between an artisan bun that's crispy around the edges. And with over 70 beers to choose from, there shouldn't be any problem finding something to wash it down with.






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7.) The Arrogant Bastard Cheese Burger at Orange Table
A perfect match of brew-meets-burger, this creation from the eatery in the Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza uses a splash of Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale to simmer a half-pound of ground Angus into a juicy patty. A slathering of mayo and signature BBQ sauce -- along with melted provolone, bacon, red onion, tomato, and lettuce on a grilled bun -- complete the burger, but the real bonus is being able to buy the rest of the 22-ounce bottle of Arrogant Bastard for just four bucks more.






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6.) Fontina Burger at Joe's Farm Grill
When you get your ingredients right outside your front door (at the Farm at Agritopia), freshness is just part of the package for this gourmet burger, featured on the Food Network and available at the retro-futuristic food stand and ex-home of owner Joe Johnston in Gilbert. Grilled and smoky, the six-ounce burger of locally raised beef is topped with roasted red pepper, mushrooms, fresh field greens, oozy fontina cheese, and tasty pecan pesto -- house-made of course.


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Jesteel06
Jesteel06

What?! No Smokehouse burger from Bobby Q? Best burger I've ever had.

tomcruisin
tomcruisin

The Grind Sweet n' Spicy will always be number 1! will never try a place that serves potato chips asa side to a burger.

wherewasi
wherewasi

I won't profess to be a Phoenix-area burger expert, as I certainly haven't tried every option... but I will throw in my 2 cents worth here.  I agree that the burgers at the Grind are tasty, but they are too tall and impossible to eat without deconstructing.  I've had great burgers that I would rank among the top that aren't listed - including Hillstone (Houston's), Bistro 24 and Kitchen 56.  Lastly, I was totally amazed by the #1 choice.  I eat at Christopher's frequently.  He does a lot of things very well.  But I wouldn't put his burger as number one, or even in the top 10, especially for the price.  At $14 for the burger, plus $2 for each addition (cheese, mushrooms, bacon, etc..) you can get up to $20 pretty fast.  The last time I had a burger there, I ordered it medium rare and it came out of the kitchen looking and tasting very much like a hockey puck, though on other occasions it is been ok.  (Not GREAT, but ok...)

davelog
davelog

I'll just stick with the 1/3lb cheddar burger at Chicago Hamburger Company, you can keep the hifalutin boutique burgers for the tourists and snobs.

Bigburgereater
Bigburgereater

Don't leave out Indulge Burger at Scottsdale and Shea and Five guys, which for a corporate chain puts out a really, really good basic burger. 

Agree with the commenter below - a $26 burger....really.  Completely unnecessary.  Get over your bad self - $26 for a burger.

conspicuous consumption
conspicuous consumption

So, a $26 burger from a joint barely open two months makes another best list on this blog site? Somebody seriously needs to get over the everything's-great-that's-new-itis they seem so susceptible to.

KJ
KJ

Strange but true, one of the best burgers in town is at Sushi Brokers. We never eat sushi there and go just for the burger.

Expert Shot
Expert Shot

The Blu Burger on the West Side is good - bluburger dot com

Joel LaTondress
Joel LaTondress

The Grind has been really inconsistent in its short life, but two visits since Matt left leaves me to believe that their best days are behind them.  Sad, because the sweet & spicy WAS a great burger.

Marie3835
Marie3835

The Sweet and Spicy at The Grind is definitely a top burger in the Valley! I'll have to try some of these other ones. I think other great burgers in the Phoenix area are the cheeseburger at Windsor and Arrogant Butcher; and, the Arcadia burger at The Vig. Oh and I can't forget ZinBurger - the Samburger.

Schadenfriend
Schadenfriend

Thank you for snapping out of the weird trance local food writers have been in since 2004...and leaving Delux off the list.  Chewy, overpriced, overcooked, and overrated burgers. Not a bad scene, sure, but of the ten or so times I've been dragged there and have given the "Valley's best(!)" burger just one more chance, it's failed every time. 

Michael Harrelson
Michael Harrelson

well  so far none of those compare to the Burgers at ZINBurger Or The Angus Burger at Sun Up Brewery,,or The Burgers at Zen, my favorite in phoenix was at Pat Murphys on thomas and 32nd street before they closed

Vicelord
Vicelord

so people with taste buds or those who prefer to put high quality products in their body are tourists and snobs?

davelog
davelog

No, but people who get pissy when they feel their pate' and brie 'sliders' have been slighted are.

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