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Phoenix’s 10 Best Burger Spots

Published On 12/10/2014 Published On 12/10/2014
The Grind
The Grind

The burger has come a long way since some crazy genius looked at a sandwich and said "You know what? This could be better". Here in Phoenix, we kind of agreed, and now enjoy everything from a classic cheese topping to glorious ramen buns. But where can you find the best? Well, look no further...

Bitter & Twisted

Bitter & Twisted

Downtown Phoenix
What you're getting: The Ramen "Momo" Burger. Maybe two.
We heard wild stories about this burger. We even saw photos of this rare unicorn. But the moment we took the first magically crunchy bites of the ramen “bun” encasing, juicy burger complete with Sriracha soba sauce, caramelized onions, and pepper jack jalapeño mayo, it became clear this mysterious creature is even more magical than previously imagined. The flavors ring of an asian BBQ burger with a chili kick and a bun that defies logic as it maintains a crunch despite all that sauciness.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

Scottsdale
What you're getting: The Primetime with a side of truffle fries
Between the quality meat, buns baked fresh twice daily, and creative toppings, 'doddy stakes its claim on this list. Order one of its vetted burgers on the menu or engineer your own by throwing any of its eight types of cheese, and half dozen extras on there.

The Grind

The Grind

Arcadia
What you're getting: The Buffalo Burger (or get an order of a variety of sliders to sample ‘em out)
It’s wall-to-wall burgers in here; crazy-huge ones, teeny-tiny ones, sushi-inspired burgers, pizza inspired ones... and what's more, the average burger elsewhere makes its way to your plate from an oven heated to 550-650 degrees Fahrenheit. Your chefs at The Grind prepare your burger in the first 1,000-degree oven in the US, because the faster the burger is cooked, the better the juices and flavor are sealed for your pleasure.

St. Francis

St. Francis

Uptown Phoenix/Camelback Corridor
What you're getting: The one, the only, Chile Burger
Welcome to the home of Phoenix’s best Chile Burger. We’re talking a burger served Southwest-style from the Southwest. Everything from the juicy burger, roasted green chile, jack cheese, shaved romaine lettuce, sweet and sour onions to the chipotle aioli are grown and sourced locally and prepared in a wood-fired oven. A restaurant that’s mindful of the community, lets kids 10 and under eat for free, and serves food so good you could cry, is A-okay in our book.

The Parlor

The Parlor Pizzeria

Biltmore/Camelback Corridor
What you're getting: Whatever appetizer is featured on “the clipboard” followed by the Parlor Burger with aged white cheddar
Why are you so shocked we’re including The Parlor on the top 10 burgers list? Just because their pizzas and pastas are superb doesn’t mean the sole burger on the menu isn’t right on par, too. To be fair, it took us a while to get around to testing out the burger because sometimes the burger secures a spot on most menus thanks to the universal affection for them. Now that we seriously know better, it’s kind of hard to turn down the Pesto pizza or the Spicy Seafood Linguini, but this beef puck is worth it.

Hillstone

Houston’s

Scottsdale
What you're getting: The cheeseburger with their shoestring fries
We’ll probably get a lot of flack for including this agent of the Hillstone behemoth but we don’t care, because ultimately it's more about the burgers than the place itself. Perfectly cooked to order chuck beef on a bun baked that morning complete with the cult classics, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion... you can't go wrong. Bonus points: Houston’s finally caved to that whole, “taking reservations” trend so you don’t even have to risk waiting for one of those comfy booths and your sandwich.

Paradise Valley Burger Company

Paradise Valley Burger Company

Paradise Valley
What you're getting: The Burger Brulee and the Sweet Potato Tater Tots
There isn’t a combination of toppings, patties, and sauce too strange for the imaginative chefs over at Paradise Valley Burger. After all, why wouldn’t you stack a fried egg, a pile of bacon, and onions (get ‘em caramelized) on one-fourth pound of beef that’s been given the burnt sugar treatment, and then smother it in Havarti cheese and squeezed on a toasted brioche bun?

Rehab Burger Therapy

Rehab Burger Therapy

Old Town Scottsdale
What you're getting: The Porkster Burger with some onion rings you can sneak under the bun
Get the PBJ & Bacon Burger on a toasted bun if you’ve always wondered what peanut butter, grape jelly, bacon, and Sriracha on a burger tastes like, and you’re a grown adult so you can. Your taste buds will be more than pleasantly surprised. Get the Hangover Burger complete with bacon, cheese, hatch green chili, and a fried egg if, well, you know. And get the Porkster if you just want a great burger.

Windsor

Windsor

Downtown Phoenix
What you're getting: Backyard Burger, Windsor Style and the pepper-packed Verde Bloody Mary 
You know the Windsor. It's a solid bar. It does a great brunch. And apparently, its talents also extend to putting beef between buns, because its Backyard Burger is one of the best you'll find in the city.

The Stand

The Stand

Arcadia Lite
What you're getting: A Standard with cheese, no tomato & caramelized onions paired with a Dulce de Leche shake
It's easy to become obsessed with The Stand, but, that’s only because its standard for The Standard burger is impressively high. Why? Perhaps because you’ll never meet a patty here that’s been frozen or a tomato born farther than the Southwest; your burger is fresh

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1. Bitter & Twisted 1 W Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ 85003 (Downtown Phoenix)

Located inside the historic Luhrs building -- the same building that housed Arizona’s Prohibition headquarters years ago -- is one of Phoenix’s most unpretentious cocktail bars, Bitter & Twisted. And in addition to slinging a number of incredible libations (such as Born Tequila, crafted with fresh sage, pineapple, lime, and mango), an out-of-this-world ramen burger, B&T is also one of the city's most beautiful bars.

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2. Hopdoddy Burger Bar 11055 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254 (North Scottsdale)

Hopdoddy brings together the greatest two things on Earth: burgers and beer. Grab a cold one and pick from a vast selection or beef pucks ranging from classic to a little more exotic, like the Buffalo Bill made with a bison patty and Frank's Red Hot.

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3. The Grind 3961 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018 (Arcadia)

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.

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4. St. Francis 111 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85012 (Uptown Phoenix)

This modern, family-owned establishment doles out tasty New American eats such as the highly touted Chile Burger w/pickled Fresno chile, sweet and sour onions, shaved romaine, jack cheese, and chipotle aioli.

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5. The Parlor Pizzeria 1916 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016 (Biltmore)

This Biltmore spot may specialize in tasty 'za (obviously), but if you want to go the non-Italian route for lunch or dinner here, grab a delicious Parlor Burger made with arugula, tomato, roasted garlic aioli, on a brioche bun with your choice of aged white cheddar or caramelized onions & provolone. And don't be misguided by the "Pizzeria" moniker; designed with a modern aesthetic and intimate booths, this restaurant will work for your first date as well as your family dinner.

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6. Houston's 6113 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250 (North Scottsdale)

Part of the well-respected Hillstone Restaurant Group, this Scottsdale eatery and bar doles out quality American eats in the form of burgers, sammies, and steaks. Pro tip: you can't go wrong with the classic cheeseburger.

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7. Paradise Valley Burger Company 4001 E Bell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85032 (Paradise Valley)

The name pretty much says it all, but in addition to a number of juicy burgs ranging from your regular cheeseburger to specialties like a country fried version, this spot also slings a variety of sammies and tacos.

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8. Rehab Burger Therapy 7210 E. 2nd St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (Old Town Scottsdale)

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.

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9. Windsor 5223 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012

Sundays are king at this casual spot. Why, ask you? Three words: Bloody. Mary. Cart. For $5, you can choose a red or green Bloody Mary base and then walk over to the cart to jazz it up with mix-ins like pickles, olives, cocktail onions, sports peppers, pickled peppers, lemons, horseradish, and more. Oh, and you should probably get some donut holes or a crab cake eggs Benedict to sop up some of that boozy goodness.

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10. The Stand 3538 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018 (Arcadia)

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.

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