Great burgers aren't hard to find in The Valley, but as it turns out, the rest of the state is good for more than just canyons, grand or not, and you can also find a damn fine beef puck there, too. Here are the 10 you shouldn't miss...
The 10 Best Burger Spots in the State of Arizona
What you’re getting: Sweet and Spicy Burger
If you’re looking for a variety of burgers that will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters, look no further than The Grind. You’ll find classics, one-of-a-kind gourmet numbers, a veggie, and even a turkey burger. And the icing? Well, there is no literal icing (gross), but you can customize your bun & cheese selection, too.
What you’re getting: Cheeseburger
Giant Hamburgers does pretty much just that. It isn’t about fancy recipes or a ton of options, but it is about good-quality, sizable burgers and a simple, straightforward menu with super-reasonable prices. Not to mention you can get some pretty great pies there for dessert.
What you’re getting: Wally’s Tangy
Another example of the no-frills, perfectly delivered classic, Wally throws in some variety with its sauces (house-made ranch, Thousand Island, etc.), which are surprisingly good. The best part? It delivers.
What you’re getting: The Standard
The Stand offers super-fast hamburgers, somehow without skimping on quality. It uses never-frozen, hormone-free meat and locally grown ingredients to try and offer the best burger possible. While you’ll find its original brick & mortar in Phoenix, don’t be surprised if you’re lucky enough to come across its food truck, too.
Tucson and Flagstaff
What you’re getting: db house
Looking for a burger joint with a conscience, and your health, and taste buds in mind? Check out Diablo Burger. Patties are made from 100% local, grass-fed, open range-raised, antibiotic-free, and growth hormone-free beef, and most ingredients are local. All this effort results in some pretty tasty, gorgeous burgers.
What you’re getting: Deluxe Cheeseburger
Located in a repurposed gas station on historic highway 89A, you shouldn’t expect anything less than the best in old-fashioned burgers, fries, malts, and milkshakes from Bing’s. You customize your sandwich with a list of traditional toppings, the old-fashioned way, and if you really like it, you can "befriend" them on Facebook.
What you’re getting: MOAB (Mother of All Burgers)
Self-described as "rough around the edges and funky," Mama Burger is a low-key restaurant with high-quality beefwiches. Its go-to number, the MOAB, throws two patties onto grilled onions, bacon, green chiles, jalos, pickles, cheddar, and French fries -- yes, there are fries in the burger.
What you’re getting: Farm Burger
Joe’s Farm Grill is a Gilbert staple that’s been noticed nationally by the Food Network, and deservedly so. Known for its ability to make ordinary foods extraordinary, Joe’s takes your typical burger to the next level by using stuff grown right there on the farm, then making the freshest burger that's really possible.
What you’re getting: The Monkey
At Monkey, all 12 of its signature creations are made with one-third pound,. natural Angus beef patties. All of them. The Monkey itself then throws on both caramelized & raw onions, smoked cheddar & Swiss, and roasted poblanos). It’s hard to go wrong with that, but don’t forget to pair your burger with one of its gourmet fry selections, including diced bacon fries, green chile mayo, avo salsa, and more.
What you’re getting: PBJ & Bacon Burger
Eighteen different burger options and the most creative pairings you could think of make Rehab Burger Therapy a solid-gold hit where the burgers are concerned. Among the 21 (!) different burgers available, the PBJ stands out with its unusual, yet delicious combo of peanut butter, grape jelly, bacon, and Sriracha.
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Located in Arcadia, The Grind's menu features coal-fired, American cuisine at its finest. Pick from their vast selection of burgers, which include versions like the Mexi Burger with jalapeño and avo, or the Texas All American with an onion ring, bacon, and BBQ sauce on Texas toast.
Giant Hamburgers isn’t about fancy recipes or a lot of options, but it is about good quality hamburgers and a simple, straightforward menu and great prices. Not to mention the fact that you can get some pretty great pies there for dessert.
Wally Burger is the place to go for classics, with a little variety. Not only will you find world-class burgers with different sauce variations, you’ll find gyros, falafels, hot dogs, and fish sandwiches. And the best part? It delivers!
This Arcadia joint has a pretty limited menu, but once you've tried its burgers, tacos, fries, and corn, A) you've tried basically everything, and B) you won't need any other options to be satisfied.
Joe’s Farm Grill is a Gilbert staple that’s been noticed nationally by the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Known for its ability to make ordinary foods extraordinary, Joe’s Farm Grill takes your typical burger to the next level by using quality, healthy ingredients and produce grown right there on the farm.
If something just isn't right in you're life, you should try Rehab Burger Therapy. This Old Town Scottsdale resto knows the cure for what ails you is plenty of burgers in a fun beach environment. Get the PBJ & Bacon Burger -- which is exactly what it sounds like -- or go the non-burger route and choose from the extensive menu featuring everything from burgs to wings to pasta and sammies.