Burgers might just be the perfect food, and Portland's got no shortage of great options, which means you'd better do everything you can to make sure you're never too far from one. And yes, by "everything" we mean checking out our list of the best burger in 15 PDX 'hoods...
Tasty 'N Sons (address and info)
What you’re getting: The Tasty Burger
Get in line for this "tasty burger" with bacon and your choice of Beecher’s cheddar or smoked bleu, all piled on a house-made bun. It’s a menu favorite at John Gorham’s neighborhood restaurant for brunch, happy hour, or dinner.
Imperial (address and info)
What you’re getting: The Flat-Top Burger
Chef Vitaly Paley might be busy making blini and other Russian delicacies at his recent pop-up dinners, but his burger at Imperial -- a toasted sesame bun that holds a patty covered in sharp cheddar, wood-fired grilled onions, heirloom tomato, and dill mayo -- is still his finest creation.
Ringside Steakhouse (address and info)
What you’re getting: The House Ground Happy Hour Cheeseburger
The Ringside might have a reputation for its $50 filet mignon, but hit the stalwart steakhouse for a burger steal during happy hour. The quarter pounder here is only $2.95, and you can add bacon for just a buck. Maybe you can have two.
Tilt (address and info)
What you’re getting: The Mad Andy
This burger is almost a foot tall and comes with an all-natural beef patty, honey-smoked bacon, beer-battered onion rings, jalapeños, and blue cheese crumbles on a house-made bun.
Killer Burger (address and info)
What you’re getting: The Peanut-Butter-Bacon-Pickle Burger
This local chainlet brings it on with an all-beef patty, bacon, pickle, and...peanut butter? Yes, it works -- salty, sweet, savory -- you’ll crave it like a pregnant lady. And at happy hour, or as they call it “crazy hour”, it’s only $5.95 with fries.
Lardo (address and info)
What you’re getting: The Double Burger
This innovative sandwich shop also does a mighty fine take on the burger, thanks to two thick beefy patties coated in cheddar and topped with a house-made “porkstrami” and tangy Lardo sauce. Order it with dirty fries and you won’t need to eat anything else for a week.
Sunshine Tavern (address and info)
What you’re getting: Sunshine’s Griddle Burger
The griddle burger is all-beef chuck topped old-school-style with iceberg and Thousand Island dressing. Add a slab of crispy pork belly or chicken liver mousse and you’ve got yourself one meaty pile of food to mow down before immediately starting to work it off with a rousing game of shuffleboard.
Ate-Oh-Ate (address and info)
What you’re getting: The Aina Burger
Crispy pork belly, kimchi relish, shredded iceberg, and shaved onion top the burger at this island-inspired spot, proving (finally!) that not all Hawaiian-style sandwiches come with teriyaki and pineapple.
Dick’s Kitchen (address and info)
What you’re getting: The Classic Burger
Cavemen like Dick’s Kitchen because orders can be made paleo with one grunt, but the classic burger comes on a sourdough bun with a Carman Ranch beef patty, butter lettuce, roasted onion aioli, and house-made pickles.
The Fireside (address and info)
What you’re getting: The Fireside Burger
This sucker comes with aged cheddar, aioli, pickled onion, tomato, and lettuce. Add bacon and/or an egg for a couple extra bucks and enjoy, presumably, by an open fire.
Radio Room (address and info)
What you’re getting: The Johnny Royale
A simple, delicious Kobe cheeseburger topped with the usual veggies and a sly Beastie Boys reference. This sucker’s only $6 during happy hour and somehow tastes better when it's served up on the joint’s rooftop patio, which somehow isn’t Alberta’s most crowded spot.
Foster Burger (address and info)
What you’re getting: The Double Foster
Two all-beef patties, Foster sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, and a sesame seed bun. Except the bun is a Philippe’s Bread brioche bun. And all that other stuff’s done in-house. And it’s fantastic.
Doug Fir Lounge (address and info)
What you’re getting: The Fir Burger
Thanks to the recently rejiggered menu, the Fir Burger has gone from ho-hum to fantastic, with a Wagyu patty topped with bacon, cheddar, arugula, and house-made pickles that's crammed between a brioche bun so every precious drop of Wagyu gets absorbed.
Bar Bar (address and info)
What you’re getting: The Classic Burger
Bar Bar -- sandwiched between Mississippi Studios and the 'hood’s best patio -- does burgers and fries. That’s it. And they do them wonderfully. Go classic and you’re getting the closest thing Portland has to In-N-Out. Except In-N-Out doesn’t serve Animal Style stuff at a window that also serves whiskey.
Stanich’s (address and info)
What you’re getting: The Special
For decades, no burger list has been complete without Portland’s original gut-bomb burger. Get it with ham, bacon, egg, and hand-cut fries. Then go to ZoomCare.
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1. Tasty 'N Sons3808 N Williams Ave, Portland
2. Imperial410 SW Broadway, Portland
3. RingSide Steakhouse2165 W Burnside St, Portland
4. TILT1355 NW Everett St, Portland
5. Killer Burger8728 SE 17th Ave, Portland
6. Lardo1212 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland
7. Sunshine Tavern3111 SE Division St., Portland
8. Ate-Oh-Ate2452 E. Burnside Ave, Portland
9. Dick's Kitchen Northwest704 NW 21st, Portland
10. The Fireside801 NW 23rd Ave, Portland
11. Radio Room1101 NE Alberta St, Portland
12. Foster Burger5339 SE Foster, Portland
13. Doug Fir Lounge830 E Burnside St, Portland
14. Bar Bar3943 N Mississippi Ave, Portland
15. Stanich's4915 NE Fremont St, Portland
With "Tasty" in the name, you know it must be good. This local tapas spot is popular with the breakfast and brunch crowd, but they also have stellar dinner options and a great happy hour.
Imperial restaurant, located in the historic Hotel Lucia, is owned and operated by Chef extraordinaire Vitaly Paley. This spot has a modern bright interior, and all the food is dishes made with local ingredients. The menu's combination of new and traditional American cuisine can be paired with any of Imperial's fine wines, specialty cocktails or draft and bottled beers.
RingSide is one of Portland’s most classic steakhouses, serving some of the best cuts of steak, chops, and chicken entrees in town. While the fries are predictably good, it’s the spicy cheese Jojo’s with Parmesan and herbs during happy hour that steal the show. This spot also boasts a serious stash of wine, featuring more than 700 labels.
Tilt's self-proclaimed blue-collar cuisine is surprisingly more upmarket than you'd think -- the best handcrafted burgers in Portland are fresh beef patties on three-layer buns with global inspiration like the Carne Jefe with avocado and jalapenos and the pastrami-based Koolakofsky. Hand-carved sandwiches and homemade pies are made in-house and offer up an experience somewhere between a diner, a dive bar, and a five-star bistro.
This chain has multiple locations in Portland and some of the best burgers too. Get the Peanut-Butter-Bacon-Pickle Burger at the Sellwood location -- it's sweet, salty, and savory.
With a motto like "Bringing Fat Back," Lardo promises some of Portland's most indulgently carnivorous sandwiches. The term "lardo" actually refers to a specific cut of fatback pork salami that's typically cured with rosemary and other herbs. In the spirit of artisanal salami-curing, this narrow red sandwich joint is all about repurposing traditional meat cuts and charcuterie in more contemporary iterations, as evidenced by the double burger topped with pork pastrami or the spicy meatball banh mi. Even the fries here are loaded with crispy fat and Parmesan. And because no plate of fatback is complete without a beer, Lardo has a rotating selection of craft beers on tap.
From the two-time Beard-nominated chef behind Northeast Portland's Lincoln, Sunshine's repping a roster of comfort eats (which's "a little less formal" than its fancy-pants cousin) in a food-nut playground featuring a portraiture collage by former D
Be sure to try the Aina Burger with crispy pork belly, kimchi relish, shredded iceberg, and shaved onion --proving that not all Hawaiian-style burgers come with teriyaki and pineapple.
The crazy diner dudes behind Dick's have brought their exotic-meat burger menu to the Alphabet District to pair it with brand-new, healthy(ish), tastefully named cocktails like the jalapeno-pineapple-infused tequila/ triple sec/ "low glycemic index" Dick's-A-Rita, and cancer-battling turmeric/ digestif papaya/ tequila number known as Dick's Elixir, apparently proving that it's ok to make Dick jokes if you're fighting cancer.
Fireside burns bright in the space once occupied by Music Millenium, a favored music store in the neighborhood. These days it's all about a different sound -- that of guests eating outdoor-inspired American eats by Chef Henry Kibit in a dining room with a U-shaped bar framed by two fireplaces. Sharable snacks and small plates make up most of the menu, ranging from "pig candy" with bitters syrup and local bee pollen to grilled lamb kebabs with beet & harissa yogurt. Still, larger entrees like saucy cheeseburgers and herb-buttered steak beat campfire-warmed cans of beans. The cocktails -- notably the Feelin' Funky, loaded with cachaca, Cynar, lemon and pineapple -- will get your inner fire going.
Part diner, part bar, part rooftop lounge, the triple-threat Radio Room pours stiff drinks from sunup to sundown, plus it serves up an endless breakfast to go along with the endless cast of characters who call it home.
Foster Burger's menu is a la carte, starting with poutines that begin with the basic (gravy and Beecher's cheesecurds), then moving onto specials like the Arleta with roasted chicken and peas, the mushrooms/onions/garlic Woodstock, and the belly/bacon/pastrami Clinton, plus awesome happy house drink specials.
This triple-threat bar, lounge, and restaurant near Buckman stuns with an entirely wood interior (right down to its chandeliers) with a rustic and interior vibe ideal for date nights. The American fare offers modern takes on staples like mac & cheese and bar food like buffalo wings, along with some of the best burgers in the city. The Fir Burger's decked with local cheddar, house-made pickles, and bacon on a soft brioche bun.
The little sister bar and patio to the musically inclined restaurant/concert venue Mississippi Studios (located in the same building), Bar Bar's specialties are the life's simple pleasures: a high quality burger, a cheap can of beer, and good music. The burger at this Boise joint's, with its grass-fed beef, house-made ketchup, and a secret-recipe sauce between a thick and soft potato bun, is one of the best in Portland, and while the beer list is short and craft-free, the inventive list of specialty cocktails will more than make up for it.
The unembellished exterior of this Roseway houses on of the city's most beloved sports bars, open since the 1940s. Despite the small space and the eerie graveyard in their backyard, veteran customers have been returning here on a regular basis to admire their wall-to-wall team pennants and sink their teeth into The Special, a portion-defying beef and ham cheeseburger with bacon, egg, and all the fixings your (very hungry) heart desires.