It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Greater Phoenix, one of the biggest metro areas in the nation, offers a wide variety of burger joints. Of course, there are fast food franchises everywhere, and burgers are typically available on the menus of almost every bar and grill and restaurant serving American cuisine (and even those that don’t).
Americans adore a good burger, and the Phoenix area has plenty of places where you can satisfy your burger-related cravings. Here are my picks for the best burgers in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and the surrounding areas. In case you happen to be dining with someone who doesn’t enjoy burgers as much as you and I do, all of these burger joints do, of course, have other foods on the menu.
These are impossible for me to rate because my judgement would fluctuate daily based on my mood. As a result, there is no set order in which they appear.
Gourmet Burgers with Aioli
The popularity of the food truck made opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant the obvious next step for this company, which specialises mostly on burgers, fries, and shakes. It would be wise for locals and employees to visit this incredibly casual restaurant at 32nd Street and Shea in Phoenix. For your fries, inquire about the available aioli dips. One of the best deep-fried mac ‘n’ cheese appetisers I’ve ever tasted is the 3 Mac & Cheese Bites, which is crunchy on the outside and cheesy-gooey within. I recommend the 6 oz. burgers and give them a thumbs up. It was a very affordable supper that, together with a root beer float, kept me full all day. There will be no dinner tonight. Search online for public food truck events if you can’t make it to the establishment.
Bistro Relish Burger
The golf course at The Phoenician, a resort in Scottsdale, is where you’ll find Relish Burger Bistro. Golf-themed fine dining; resort casual dress is recommended. Golf attire is certainly acceptable because many players stop in for lunch following their round. Though expensive, burgers are worthwhile.
Roaring Fork delivers American cuisine inspired by the Old West, so a superb burger comes as no surprise. The Big Ass Burger is so named because, well, it is an ass. Big, too. It is a 12 oz. burger that comes with French fries, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, poblano pepper, cheddar, and smoked pepper bacon.
Every resort has burgers, but the KW Smoked Brisket Burger at Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch is my personal favourite. A Whole Grain Vegetable Burger with farro, edamame, and dried blueberries is also an option. To me, that’s not really a burger, but for some of you…
Therapy Burger Rehab
providing never frozen, 10 oz. burgers (or 5 oz. Relapse Burgers) that are grilled to order. Burgers come with your choice of Skin-On Fries or Sweet PoTOToes, a pickle spear, and your choice of Traditional Brioche, Pretzel, Wheat Kaiser or Gluten Free bun. Turkey Burger, Grilled Chicken Breast, Beef Chorizo Patty, or Veggie Burger may be substituted for any Rehab Burger. You can see from the picture that I struggled to chose just one sauce out of the more than ten available. locations off Mill Avenue in Downtown Scottsdale and Tempe.
In the heart of Phoenix, at the Holiday Inn, at 44th Street and McDowell Road, is where you’ll find Burger Theory. The fresh 1/3 lb burgers are created from an Angus chuck, brisket, and short rib mixture. The burger can be doubled or tripled. Do not desire the bread. Instead, you’ll get lettuce wraps. You’d like a chicken breast to beef, do you? That’s okay, I agree. Absolutely no meat? They prepare it for you meatless. The brownie sundae and fries both receive thumbs up.
The Chuckbox is less about a fancy supper and more of a burger journey! This “rustic” restaurant, which has been in operation for more than 35 years, is a favourite among Arizona State University students and anybody else attending an ASU athletic event. The burgers are made to order and mesquite grilled, so you’d better decide what you want before it’s your turn to order because the lines can be lengthy and move quickly. Order a Great Big One for 1/2 lb instead of the normal 1/3 lb burger. or multiply by two. There aren’t many options for people who don’t eat hamburgers.
Burger joint called Paradise Valley
The fact that Guy Fieri frequently visits locations that are anything but dives is one of my problems with the Food Network programme Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. The Paradise Valley Burger Company disagrees! Located in a shady strip mall in northeast Phoenix, it is the definition of a dive. Get online, place your order, look for a table in the crowded, limited area, and wait for delivery of your food. The emphasis is on the fixins’ and the burgers are 1/4lb-ers. I disagree with the hoopla, and I certainly wouldn’t drive far to visit. The tater tots that other reviewers gush over don’t seem to me to be very noteworthy. Even so, I had to add it because so many people adore it.
A local restaurant in Downtown Scottsdale is called Kelly’s. Locals like the fairly conventional pub ambience and better-than-pub fare at this off-the-beaten-path gem. The four cuts of meat used to make the burgers are short rib, sirloin, chuck, and brisket. The onion strings are larger bits of onion in a delicious, gently fried batter, and the truffle fries are finely sliced, which is an extra plus. The Bourbon Egg Burger with a fried egg and bourbon BBQ sauce, as well as Kelly’s Original Four Cut-Burger (top) with mushrooms and peppers, are both shown in the photograph.
Burger and wine bar Zinburger
The Sam Fox restaurant chain has outlets in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Gilbert, and Tucson, so you may satiate your appetite for a burger there. A few other options are available, but why bother? The iconic Zinburger with Manchego Cheese and Zinfandel Braised Onions is shown in the foreground. The Samburger with Applewood Smoked Bacon and American Cheese is shown in the upper left, and the Breakfast Burger with Fried Egg, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Avocado, and American Cheese is shown in the upper right. Here, a variety of additional burger options are possible. We split the Spicy Chili Cheese Fries. Burgers are little under half a pound, made with Certified Angus Beef or Strauss Farms Grass-Fed Beef and processed daily. Burgers can be made with portabellas, ahi, turkey, buffalo chicken, or vegetables.
If you are fortunate enough to be visiting Phoenix during the winter and if you enjoy burgers (you wouldn’t have continued reading if you didn’t! ), check out these restaurants. You should get a ticket to the Burger Battle at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival so you can sample and select your favourites. Plan ahead and purchase your tickets as soon as they go on sale because this event sells out.