By Alison Bailin Batz
There is nothing quite like sinking your teeth into a big, juicy burger. From Angus beef to Kobe to bison (not to mention those topped with everything from pastrami to pimento), the varieties of between-bun eats are endless. Indulge in these 13 favorites, no spatula necessary.
Aioli Gourmet Burgers Restaurant & Food Truck
Dish: The Aioli Burger, $8
About: An American Kobe beef patty is loaded with aged sharp cheddar, Smoked Applewood Bacon-onion jam, vine-ripened tomato and roasted garlic aioli.
Info: 10652 N. 32nd St., Phoenix; 602.971.5555; www.aioliburger.com.
Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour
Dish: Ramen “Momo” Burger, $13
About: Prepare for a unique fusion of Asian and American favorites: ramen and burgers. A juicy beef patty is loaded with a layer of pepper jack cheese and a smear of jalapeno mayo all between a crisp ramen “bun” made from sesame soy and sriracha soba noodles.
Info: 1 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix; 602.340.1924; www.bitterandtwisted.com.
Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers
Dish: Pastrami Burger, $15
About: This half-pound burger is topped with sliced pastrami, melted Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing and coleslaw.
Info: 5625 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.354.8093; www.coldbeers.com.
Dish: Tangier Burger, $13.95
About: For a Mediterranean twist, this half-pound Angus burger is topped with hummus spread, herb pesto, oven-dried tomatoes, red onions and manchego cheese on a ciabatta bun.
Info: 105 W. Portland St., Phoenix; 602.287.8700; www.fezoncentral.com.
Frank & Albert’s
Dish: Creekstone Farms Cheeseburger, $20
About: Smoky and delectably juicy, the savory Black Angus beef patty is topped with Wisconsin cheddar cheese, pecan-wood-smoked bacon, housemade pickles, bib lettuce and heirloom tomato with the restaurant’s special sauce slathered on toasted buns bookending the mouth-watering meal.
Info: Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix; 602.954.2518; www.arizonabiltmore.com.
Joe’s Midnight Run
Dish: Notorious B.I.G Burger, $14
About: An architectural feat constructed with a thick beef patty cooked to order with cheese and piled high with shredded, braised pork and crisp housemade slaw. Then, bring on the crunch with fried chicharrones stacked high and capped with a toasted bun.
Info: 6101 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 480.459.4467; www.joesmidnightrun.com.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
Dish: Ahi Tuna Burger, $12.50
About: This contemporary take on a burger features a sushi-grade tuna patty topped with sprouts, nori chips, teriyaki, honey wasabi and pickled ginger.
Info: 2033 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.242.2337; www.hopdoddy.com.
Okra Cookhouse & Cocktails
Dish: Pimento Cheese Burger, $16
About: Nothing says a true Southern classic better than pimento cheese. As if that doesn’t already sell you, the dish also features the restaurant’s homemade comeback sauce, lettuce and tomato.
Info: 5813 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.296.4147; www.okraaz.com.
Phoenix Ale Brewery Central Kitchen
Dish: BBQ Bison Burger, $15
About: Seven ounces of organic Rocky Mountain bison is crowned with King George Amber BBQ sauce, goat cheese, arugula, chipotle, and Biltmore Blonde-braised mushrooms.
Info: 5813 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.313.8713; www.centralkitchenaz.com.
Dish: ShackBurger, $5.29 single, $8.09 double
About: Choose one or two 100 percent all-natural Angus beef patties that are blanketed in melted cheddar cheese, topped with lettuce, tomato, and, of course, a healthy slathering of creamy ShackSauce on a Martin’s Potato Roll.
Info: 100 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.903.3240; www.shakeshack.com.
Dish: The Original Muffaletta Burger, $14
About: This classic American burger takes a Southern twist complete with two cured meats, including shaved mortadella and salami, provolone cheese, and is then topped with tomato, olive salad and creole aioli. Served on a sesame brioche bun.
Info: 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.200.0085; www.southernrailaz.com.
Stock & Stable
Dish: Grilled Cheeseburger
About: Sometimes you just need a classic grilled cheeseburger. Stock & Stable’s take features homemade secret sauce, plus provolone cheese, pickles, onions, and lettuce all mounted atop a sesame seed bun.
Info: 5538 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.313.1001; www.stockandstable.com.
Dish: Bruce Lee, $11.50
About: Like its namesake, the flavors of this burger pack a punch! The Angus beef patty is layered with Asian barbeque sauce, rice wine vinaigrette, Sriracha mayo, avocado, jalapeno and Napa cabbage slaw.
Info: 2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.424.9500; www.zinburgeraz.com.