Sure, we’ve told you about the best burger spots in Phoenix, and we've told you about the best burger spots in Arizona, but neither of those lists takes into account the most critical factor in getting a decent burger: your location. Well, that’s why we put together this list of the best burger spots in whatever Valley ‘hood you happen to be in.
Old Town Scottsdale
Relish BurgerAddress and Info
Relish Burger, located in The Phoenician, is the gold standard of burger restaurants in Scottsdale, and its Cobb is one of the best things on the menu. The grilled Kobe burger is loaded up with bacon, heirloom tomato, blue cheese, avocado, lettuce, jalapeño ranch, and a fried egg, all bound together by a brioche bun.
The Stand Burgers & TacosAddress and Info
You’ve probably heard the best place to get a burger in Arcadia is The Stand Burgers & Tacos, but for your own good we’ll tell you one more time because it is THE BEST. The small restaurant may not look like much, but The Standard is the kind of perfect-yet-simple burger other chefs dream about -- just a ground beef patty with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and house sauce -- and it’s incredible.
Delux BurgerAddress and Info
The Delux is one of a kind; it’s a juicy beef patty topped with top-shelf ingredients like Gruyere and Maytag blue cheeses, applewood-smoked bacon, arugula, and caramelized onion. If all of that sounds a little diet-defeating, you can skip the carbs and have this burger in a lettuce wrap.
FEZAddress and Info
Hummus is an underused ingredient on burgers, and FEZ is happy to prove it, by loading its Tangle Burger with the stuff (along with herb pesto, oven-dried tomatoes, red onions, and manchego cheese). The doubters will get to each both a delicious burger and their words.
ZinburgerAddress and Info
While Arizona-based Zinburger is a Valley-wide favorite with multiple locations, it’s a star within the Downtown Gilbert culinary scene. The classic Zinburger with manchego cheese, zinfandel-braised onions, lettuce, and mayo is a must-try, regardless of which location you visit.
HopdoddyAddress and Info
Hopdoddy reminds you that Phoenix has a lot of great burger joints, and there are A LOT of fantastic burgers on the Hopdoddy menu... but the Primetime is something special. It’s made with Texas Akaushi beef (a type of Japanese Wagyu cattle raised in Texas thanks to a loophole in the US-Japan trade act), Brie cheese, truffle aioli, arugula, caramelized onion, and steak sauce.
The ChuckboxAddress and Info
Chuckbox is a Downtown Tempe classic, and the Tijuana Torpedo is what got it there. This inventive number features spicy Jack cheese, green chili, and a ground beef patty on a torpedo-shaped bun.
Lenny’sAddress and Info
Lenny’s is a favorite across the state, but especially so in Mesa, and this BBQ beefwich with cheddar cheese, bacon, an onion ring, lettuce, and tomato is the standout on the menu here.
SanTan BrewingAddress and Info
One might be tempted to think that simply mixing two comfort foods together wouldn’t necessarily produce a dish that was twice as comforting and delicious... and they’d be wrong. The proof? This mac & cheese burger, loaded with beer cheese (from the onsite brewery, no less) and slapped on a pretzel bun.
1. Relish Burger Bistro at The Phoenician Resort6000 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale
2. The Stand3538 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix
3. Delux Burger3146 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix
4. FEZ105 W Portland St, Phoenix
5. Zinburger98 W Vaughn Ave, Gilbert
6. Hopdoddy Burger Bar11055 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale
7. The Chuckbox202 E University Dr, Tempe
8. Lennys Burgers1245 E Southern Ave, Mesa
9. SanTan Brewing Company8 S San Marcos Pl, Chandler
When you hear "hotel restaurant," you don't necessarily think "casual dining." But with Relish Burger Bistro, you get a relaxed, à la carte eatery. It still has an upscale feel to it, but serves up some of the best comfort food in town, including gourmet Kobe burgers, crispy, golden tater tots, and luscious milkshakes. This spot also offers one of the state's largest tequila collections, so be sure to pair your burger with a margarita.
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.
Sizable patties can be topped with an assortment of fixings (think homemade pesto mayo, Maytag bleu cheese, and garlic aioli) at this stylish burger joint, which also offers sushi, speciality sandwiches, and draft beer.
This trendy spot serves tasty burgers with a Mediterranean flair, such as the popular FEZ burger (burger with spicy honey molasses bbq, cinnamon pears, feta, lemon garlic aioli, crispy onions, and cilantro).
Milkshakes, burgers, and wine. A threesome for the ages.
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.
This very relaxed, cash-only Tempe mainstay has been serving classic burgers since the '80s. Order a "Big Juan with Cheese," care of The Chuckbox's longtime chef, Juan.
This family-owned burger spot, with locations all over the valley, serves classic and speciality patties such as the Cowboy Burger (BBQ, cheddar, onion ring) and the Mexican Burger (Monterey jack cheese, green chilies).