10 Best Burgers in Metro Phoenix

Burnt-sugar buns give the burger at Paradise Valley Burger Company a sweet side.EXPAND
Burnt-sugar buns give the burger at Paradise Valley Burger Company a sweet side.
Teresa Traverse

Combine two bread-y buns and a beef patty, and you've got one of the most quintessential American dishes, the burger. And while the burger is about as ubiquitous as dish as they come, metro Phoenix restaurants offer enough creative of versions of the entree to keep things fresh and interesting.

From simple burgers executed well to ones that feel like an all-out smorgasbord, here are 10 of our favorite burgers in metro Phoenix. 

10. Burger Brulee at Paradise Valley Burger Company

North Valley's Paradise Valley Burger Company is a casual place complete with a sombrero on the counter and a poster signed by Guy Fieri, who featured the spot on his show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, on the wall. Although the Brûlée Burger sounds like it might be gimmicky, it actually proves to be refreshing take on a classic dish. The buns come coated inside with burnt sugar, giving this burger a sweet and slightly crispy crunch. The fried egg, bacon, onion, and havarti are comfortingly familiar and help balance out the unexpected, sugary touch. 

Zinburger's signature burger is topped with Zinfandel-brasied onions that give this dish an extra flavor boost.EXPAND
Zinburger's signature burger is topped with Zinfandel-brasied onions that give this dish an extra flavor boost.
Teresa Traverse

9. Zinburger at Zinburger 

Sam Fox's burger chain, Zinburger, offers diners an undeniably appealing combination of wine and burgers. So it's fitting that the spot's signature creation, the Zinburger, features Zinfandel-brasied onions. And these onions aren't just for show — they give the burger an irresistible flavor boost. Like the red wine they're soaked in, the onions taste a little spicy and a touch sweet. The 100 percent Angus beef patty is also served with lettuce, mayonnaise, and Manchego cheese for a simple, but slightly elevated burger. 

The regular burger from Rocket Burger & Subs is topped with this spot's signature and tangy rocket sauce.EXPAND
The regular burger from Rocket Burger & Subs is topped with this spot's signature and tangy rocket sauce.
Teresa Traverse

8. Regular Burger at Rocket Burger & Subs 

Rocket Burger is a West Valley staple that's decked out with colorful vintage soda bottles and other retro decor. A front half of a vintage cruiser even sticks out on one side of the cash register. The restaurant's casual atmosphere is complemented by the simple and tasty burgers, and when it comes to the Regular Burger, you'll get a 100 percent Angus patty topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, and the restaurant's own tangy rocket sauce. We hate to be cliche, but the secret really is in the sauce. There's just enough of it to give this burger an extra kick without being overwhelming. Pair it with the fresh, yet simple ingredients, and you've got a winner. 

Rehab Burger Therapy's Hangover Burger is topped with fried egg, bacon, colby jack cheese and hatch green chili.EXPAND
Rehab Burger Therapy's Hangover Burger is topped with fried egg, bacon, colby jack cheese and hatch green chili.
Teresa Traverse

7. Hangover Burger at Rehab Burger Therapy 

From the surf boards on the walls to the salt and pepper shakers shaped like Corona bottles on the tables, Old Town's Rehab Burger Therapy has a decidedly beach-y vibe. In fact, if it weren't for the cars driving by on Scottsdale Road, you'd probably swear you were in a coastal California town. Rehab's creative burger menu is just as playful as its decor. The Hangover Burger comes topped with a fried egg, bacon, Colby Jack cheese, and hatch green chili making it a spicy and Southwestern take on the usual bacon burger. The menu advises this is the perfect dish for a "tummy tainted from the night before," but we think it'll do just about any time of day. 

The avocado, Pepper Jack cheese and Chipotle mayo give this burger from Joe's Farm Grill a hot, Southwestern touch.EXPAND
The avocado, Pepper Jack cheese and Chipotle mayo give this burger from Joe's Farm Grill a hot, Southwestern touch.
Teresa Traverse

6. The Southwest Burger at Joe's Farm Grill 

Joe's Farm Grill in Gilbert manages to feel both retro and modern at once. The sleek gray exterior and vintage-looking neon sign are complemented by an industrial looking, open-air interior and sweeping patio. After ordering, you'll wait for you pager to buzz before picking up your food at the counter. And what do we love best about the spot's Southwest Burger? That it tastes so fresh. Sliced avocado and pico de gallo sit on top of a thick patty that's served with a heaping side of lettuce, pickles, and tomatoes — in fact, this burger comes with so many vegetables, it almost feels healthy. To boost things with a little Southwestern flavor, the  burger patty comes covered in taco rub and smothered in a layer of chiptole mayo and pepperjack cheese. 

Zinc Bistro's burger comes open faced and served with your choice of bacon blue cheese or truffled gruyere.EXPAND
Zinc Bistro's burger comes open faced and served with your choice of bacon blue cheese or truffled gruyere.
Teresa Traverse

5. Zinc Burger at Zinc Bistro

If it weren't for the Kierland Commons shoppers strolling by, we'd swear Scottsdale's Zinc Bistro was smack dab in the middle of Paris. The wicker chairs, tiny tables, and Eiffel Tower model inside all contribute to this spot's romantic and charming feel. Then again, we're almost positive Paris doesn't have burgers this great. The restaurant's signature burger is perfectly balanced. The kitchen sends it out open faced with a moist, thick patty topped with your choice of bacon blue cheese or truffled gruyere. The near-perfect patty sits on top of fresh tomatoes and lemon and garlic arugula, and it's all sandwiched between thick broiche buns. Our only advice: Make sure you head out early to get this burger since it's only served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The Standard burger from The Stand features two patties, lettuce, onion and Stand sauce.EXPAND
The Standard burger from The Stand features two patties, lettuce, onion and Stand sauce.
Teresa Traverse

4. The Standard at The Stand

The Stand is one of the Arcadia neighborhood's dining staples thanks in part to its convenient drive-thru. The gray exterior of the wooden eatery off Indian School Road gives way to a light-filled interior that's sparsley decorated. And the menu here is about as small as the building it occupies. You can order tacos, burgers, shakes, and that's it. But sometimes that's all you need. The Standard burger features two beef patties topped with onions, lettuce, and The Stand Sauce—a Thousand Island-esqure sauce that adds a dab of tangy sweetness to the whole thing. From start to finish, each bite provides a satisfying crunch and classic flavors. 

A beef patty from Niman Ranch elevates Delux's signature burger.EXPAND
A beef patty from Niman Ranch elevates Delux's signature burger.
Teresa Traverse

3. Delux Burger at Delux

Delux is a sleek, longstanding bar and restaurant on Camelback Road that gives the strip mall it calls home a welcome dose of glamour. Guests can choose to dine alfresco on the patio, at the blue-lit bar, or at one of the high-top booths . The menu will let you know that the beef on the signature Delux Burger is sourced from Niman Ranch and a toothpick stuck into the bun will drive home the point even further — not that you'll need to be reminded; you'll taste the difference after the first bite. Expect a rich patty that's topped with caramelized onions, pieces of applewood smoked bacon, a blend of Gruyere and Maytag blue cheeses. And because we're dealing with a glam-ed up burger here, it also comes topped with baby arugula and sandwiched in between a demi-baguette. 

The Ultimate Dirty Burger at Wimpy's Paradise is topped with this spot's signature spicy bean chili.EXPAND
The Ultimate Dirty Burger at Wimpy's Paradise is topped with this spot's signature spicy bean chili.
Teresa Traverse

2. Ultimate Dirty Burger at Wimpy's Paradise

Located in a tiny store front in downtown Chandler, Wimpy’s Paradise occupies a quieter, more narrow space than some of the area's other glitzier dining options. Step inside and you'll spot families, teenagers, and regulars on a first-name basis with the chatty owner, Randy. And when this spot's Ulimate Dirty Burger comes out on a paper plate, your first question will probably be: Where’s the beef? The answer is it’s buried under the spot’s signature spicy bean chili and topped with French's fried onions. It comes with a fork and knife so you can eat all the chili, then start on the two thick burger patties underneath. The entire thing is an indulgent delight. The chili provides just enough kick. The patties are moist. And somehow, the buns don't manage to get to soggy despite the weight of it all.  

Bitter & Twisted's Ramen Burger is the perfect late-night indulgence.
Bitter & Twisted's Ramen Burger is the perfect late-night indulgence.
Lauren Saria

1. The Ramen Burger at Bitter & Twisted 

The inventive cocktails at downtown's swankiest cocktail spot, Bitter & Twisted, are perfectly complemented by chef Bob Tam's creative food menu. The bar's take on New York's infamous ramen burger makes for one indulgent treat. The buns, made out of ramen noodles, give a satisfying crunch that's balanced out by a thick burger topped with egg, sesame soy, Sriracha soba, caramelized onions, pepper jack, and jalapeño mayo. Warning: Eating this burger gets messy. Every bite drips from the yolk and soy sauce, but that's why the folks at Bitter & Twisted provide a handy moist toilette to help you clean up. 

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Wimpy's Paradise

48 S. San Marcos Pl.
Chandler, AZ 85225

480-821-3197

www.facebook.com/Wimpysparadise

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The Stand

3538 E. Indian School Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85018

602-314-5259

www.thestandbnt.com

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Zinc Bistro

15034 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

480-603-0922

www.zincbistroaz.com

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Rocket Burger and Subs

12038 N. 35th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85029

602-993-0834

www.therocketburger.com

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Zinburger at Scottsdale Quarter
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Rehab Burger Therapy

7210 E. 2nd St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

480-621-5358

www.rehabburgertherapy.com

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Delux

3146 E. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85016

602-522-2288

www.deluxburger.com

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Joe's Farm Grill

3000 E. Ray Rd.
Gilbert, AZ 85296

480-563-4745

www.joesfarmgrill.com

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Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour

1 W. Jefferson St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

602-340-1924

www.bitterandtwistedaz.com


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