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The 13 Best Burgers in Philadelphia Right Now

From dive bar burgers to options with extravagant toppings.

No matter where you are in Philadelphia, you’re never far from an amazing burger. In this city, burger options are endless, so whether you want to sit down at a pub for a juicy behemoth or want to sink your teeth into an extravagant culinary feat at a top-notch restaurant, you’ll find it here. We pulled together a list that covers all the bases when it comes to Philly’s burger selection, so dine in, order out, and enjoy all the best burgers in the city.

Fountain Porter

East Passyunk

The cheeseburger at Fountain Porter is a favorite throughout the city, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s on the cheaper side of things at just six bucks. The factor that makes it so great is its simplicity. Thin and perfectly seared with a nice flavorful crust and understated salt-and-pepper seasoning, all on a soft potato bun. And it pairs well with the spot’s lineup of eclectic beers.

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Hilltown Tavern

Multiple locations

Hilltown does classic pub fare very, very well, and there are two locations, in Roxborough and Fairmount, where you can try it out. For something a little different, try the Swiss burger drizzled in gravy on a Baker Street brioche bun, or go for a barbecue burger piled high with crispy fried onion straws.

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Khyber’s menu takes a lot of inspo from Southern BBQ, and the signature Khyber burger is no exception. Angus beef, bacon, BBQ onions, pimento cheese, and creole mustard make it the ideal comfort food. You can also try the Royal Tavern burger, featuring a chuck and brisket blend patty on a brioche bun from Baker Street Bread.

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Khyber’s menu takes a lot of inspo from Southern BBQ, and the signature Khyber burger is no exception. Angus beef, bacon, BBQ onions, pimento cheese, and creole mustard make it the ideal comfort food. You can also try the Royal Tavern burger, featuring a chuck and brisket blend patty on a brioche bun from Baker Street Bread.

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Monk's Cafe

Rittenhouse

Ah, Monk’s... what’s not to love? There’s a menu of seven burgers that are nearly impossible to choose from, so start deciding now if you’re more in the mood for the Brussels, bacon, and cheddar burger or the Antwerp Shiitake mushroom and truffle burger. Even better, you can snag any of the burger options with a veggie patty instead.
How to book: Walk-in for outdoor and indoor dining; call 215-545-7005 for takeout and delivery

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Pub & Kitchen
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Pub & Kitchen

Graduate Hospital

Pub & Kitchen’s farm-to-table menu features two delicious burgers to try (preferably after a round of fried cheese curds to start). The P&K Burger is the perfect combo of gruyere, red onion jam, and porcini aioli, while the Smash Burger uses pickle relish and so-called “secret sauce” to mix things up.

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P'unk Burger

East Passyunk

Doesn’t a burger covered in gouda and peppercorn bacon sound like the best thing ever right now? How about said burger with a creamy s’mores milkshake? P’unk Burger has 17 burger options you can work your way through, and even more housemade shakes up for grabs, too, featuring everything from salted avocado to strawberry to Nutella. For burgers, you can build your own (and choose a different patty if you don’t want beef) or try a house variety. The aptly named Big Man on Campus comes with cheese-stuffed meat covered in garlic and bacon. If you dine in, don’t forget it’s BYOB!

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Rouge

Rittenhouse

Fancy burgers with a side of people watching is the best menu item at Rouge, long the place to see and be seen on Rittenhouse Square Park. The burger comes on a challah bun with caramelized onions, bibb lettuce, tomato, and covered with gruyere. This is the spot for a good burger while on the hunt for some upscale ambiance.

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SouthGate Philly

Graduate Hospital

This Korean-influenced gastropub has two flawless burgers on the menu. Go for the signature kimchi cheese burger, complete with sauteed kimchi and perilla and kewpie mayo, or try a bulgogi burger with marinated beef on brioche with Korean chili pepper and pickles. Either way, you’ll want to add some extra kimchi fries.

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SpOt Gourmet Burgers
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Spot is perfect for fine-tuning the burger of your dreams. Does Cheez Whiz on a burger sound good to you? You got it. How about goat cheese with sundried tomatoes and a fried egg? Step right up. Start by choosing from sirloin, veggie patty, or organic ground chicken before diving into any of Spot’s 10 gourmet burger varieties, or start building your own masterpiece. You might also be curious to try the signature Spot Sauce, which is a smokey, tangy addition to any option, but you can pick anything from Mexican hot sauce to truffle balsamic to Korean ssamjang, among many others.

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Standard Tap

Northern Liberties

As you might expect, the Standard burger is the quintessential food to pair with the house’s massive rotating beer list and addictive fries. It features seven ounces of grilled Pennsylvania Beef (Brisket and Chuck blend), with red onion, cheddar, leaf lettuce, and aioli on a brioche Merzbacher’s bun.

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Restaurateur Stephen Starr’s new burger concept gives a fun twist to burgers, fries, and dips with a horror-movie theme of scary deliciousness. The All Work And No Play is a double patty covered in grilled red onions and cheddar, while the Jaws-sized Gonna Need A Bigger Boat has no less than three patties and a mound of pickles. Top it all off with waffle fries and dips like wasabi mayo and madras curry.

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Village Whiskey
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Village Whiskey

Rittenhouse

The $26 Whiskey King burger spares no expense, complete with foie gras, applewood bacon, blue cheese, and maple-bourbon glazed cipollini. If you want to spend a little less, the Village burger (and the veggie option) are more than adequate choices, but the Whiskey King is one to add to the bucket list.

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Marielle Mondon is a contributor for Thrillist. 
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