If letting you know about the best burger in your neighborhood isn't enough, then what exactly are we gonna have to do to make you happy? Tell you about the best burgers in the country? The world? The universe?! Well, too bad: you're just gonna have to settle for this list of the nine best burgers in Philadelphia...
The 9 best burgers in Philadelphia, ranked
9. Rex 1516 Burger
Rex 1516 (address and info)
Eating one of these juicy meat-wiches pretty much... waitforit!... rex any chance you have of losing that extra 10lbs, especially if you get a fried egg and bacon on top of the 8oz burger, which already comes equipped with crispy red onions and pimento cheese.
8. Rouge Burger
Rouge (address and info)
At some point about halfway through the Rouge Burger, you may think you can’t finish, but then you remember what your Mother always said: "There are starving children in Africa who don't get any Gruyère, bibb lettuce, caramelized onions, tomato, and dill pickle-packed challah rolls for dinner, so you finish it. AND the pomme-frites.".
7. Prohibition Taproom Burger
Prohibition Taproom (address and info)
The burger at Prohibition Taproom is all local, with 100% grass-fed beef, which is butchered and ground at Kensington Quarters, then topped with Hope Springs' cheddar from Lancaster (plus lettuce & haystack onions), and finally shoved onto a snow-flake bun, making it one of the city’s finest burgers.
6. Good Dog Burger
Good Dog Bar & Restaurant (address and info)
When some one asks how this half-pound sirloin burger stuffed with Roquefort and topped with caramelized onions on brioche tastes, there's only one thing you can say: "Good, dawg". Obviously.
5. Sassafras Bar Burger
Sassafras (address and info)
This burger is basically a build-your-own, which means you start by picking your meat (ostrich, bison, lamb, sirloin, etc.), then for an additional $3 you can make it "Gangster Style": ordering The Dillinger means adding caramelized onions & Gruyère, while The Al Capone gets you blue cheese & bacon, which are totally worth the extra De Niro.
4. Nick's Apple Bacon Burger
Nick’s Roast Beef Bar & Grille (address and info)
These 8oz burgers are made with ground bacon (!), and come in a handful of styles -- from the Bloody Mary w/ bleu cheese, Bloody Mary ketchup & olives, to the jalapeño sauce, salsa & fried pickle-topped Southwest -- but our pick is the Apple Bacon w/ cheddar, applewood bacon & apple onion jam.
3. Whiskey King
Village Whiskey (address and info)
Best ordered medium rare and with a side of duck fat fries, the Whiskey King burger spares no expense: it's topped with foie gras, applewood bacon, bleu cheese, and maple-bourbon glazed cipollini.
2. Truffle Burger
Sketch Burger (address and info)
Try the Truffle Burger, complete with truffle butter and seasoning, mushrooms, a fried egg, bacon, and avocado, or opt for build-your-own with options like Kobe beef and seven kinds of house sauces that include wasabi, chipotle, and hot mustard.
1. SpOt Burger
SpOt Gourmet Burgers, Steaks & Pork (address and info)
University City/Powelton Village
Sure, they've got a slew of specialty burgers (like the Charlie Brown w/ whiz, fried onions & bacon) but for our money the best thing at this U-City food truck, and soon to be actual restaurant, is their $6 namesake meat-wich.
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1. Rex 15161516 South St, Philadelphia
2. Rouge205 S 18th St, Philadelphia
3. Prohibition Tap Room501 N 13th St, Philadelphia
4. Good Dog Bar & Restaurant224 S 15th St, Philadelphia
5. Sassafras48 S 2nd St, Philadelphia
6. Nick's Roast Beef Bar & Grille16 S 2nd St, Philadelphia
7. Village Whiskey118 S 20th St, Philadelphia
8. Sketch Burger413 E Girard Ave, Philadelphia
From the crew behind Jet Wine Bar, Rex 1516 is a breezy 35-seater that pairs an interior reminiscent of a derelict mansion (wrought iron chandeliers, antique mirrors, distressed woodwork) with a Mobile-bred, chef-prepped menu that covers all the Deep South culinary bases. With ongoing whiskey specials and a killer burger (and a home run mac n’ cheese), you get both killer food and drink under one roof.
The burgers at Rouge are a display of over indulgence. If you try one of 'em it's probably a good idea to have an empty stomach so you can actually finish the thing.
The kitchen stays open 'til 1am on weekends at Prohibition, which makes it the perfect place to go before or after a show at nearby Union Transfer. Or, if you're simply craving a pub burger set to jukebox throwback tunes, this is the spot: the burgers here are 100% grass-fed local beef and topped with Hope Springs cheddar, lettuce, haystack onions, all on a snowflake bun. Oh, and Sundays are BYOV: Bring your own vinyl record and you’ll get 20% off of your bill.
How many places do you know where you can get a duck quesadilla? Probably not many, but the Good Dog has all of your late night desires and even some you didn't know you had.
With a comfortable, warm atmosphere, Sassafras is an Old City bar and resto that serves up a slice of the world: from Mongolian dumplings to their signature Philly cheesesteak made with brie, you're sure to find a bite to please everyone in your group.
Nick's in Old City serves up old-school-style roast beef sandwiches and other pub fare, but's also got an arcade and bar so you can unwind while you unwind.
Village Whiskey is an American gastropub vision of James Beard Award-winning Chef Jose Garces. Standing proudly on a bustling corner of Rittenhouse, this old-school pub with a masculine air does two things best: Burgers and Whiskey. Together. There are a few bar snacks and entrees on the menu alongside a full raw bar, but what the people really want from this place is the simple yet entirely indulgent All-American Burger with (of course) whiskey-cured bacon to match their 200+ bottle selection of whiskeys and prohibition-era cocktails.