Top Ten Burgers in Greater Phoenix
David LaChapelle, Death by Hamburger (2002)
You can thank the St. Louis World Fair of 1904 for being the launching pad for the hamburger as we know it (at one point, it was called the hamburger sandwich). Today, the round patty in a bun is the primary way in which the Western world consumes beef. When it comes to burgers in the greater Phoenix area, we're offering up 10 of our favorites.
10.) Tijuana Torpedo from The Chuckbox
According to Paul Marquardt, supervisor of this legendary burger joint in Tempe, no one at the restaurant, which has been in business nearly 40 years, knows where the Tijuana Torpedo came from. The ingredients don't seem like much -- two patties, jalapeño jack cheese, and green chiles -- but this smoky, fragrant burger has two secrets to its success: a mesquite charcoal grill and "Magic Dust," a secret blend of spices whose origin, like the burger itself, is a mystery.
9.) Pica Rico Burger from Gallo Blanco Café
This messy yet marvelous creation comes courtesy of chef Doug Robson's Southwestern-inspired fare at his casual eatery inside the Clarendon Hotel in Central Phoenix. Featuring seven juicy ounces of in-house ground chuck, fire-roasted chiles, gooey sharp cheddar cheese, Aji aioli, and thick slices of avocado that pair nicely with the smoky flavor of the chiles, this burger may be a bit too bulky, but it's definitely worth the effort.
8.) Pittsburger from Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers
As one of several half-pound creations at this North Scottsdale restaurant from the same folks who own Arcadia Tavern, the Pittsburger holds its own as a gourmet burger. A staff favorite, the patty is tasty and piled high with french fries, crunchy slaw, a flavor-packed grilled tomato, and American cheese between an artisan bun that's crispy around the edges. And with over 70 beers to choose from, there shouldn't be any problem finding something to wash it down with.
7.) The Arrogant Bastard Cheese Burger at Orange Table
A perfect match of brew-meets-burger, this creation from the eatery in the Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza uses a splash of Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale to simmer a half-pound of ground Angus into a juicy patty. A slathering of mayo and signature BBQ sauce -- along with melted provolone, bacon, red onion, tomato, and lettuce on a grilled bun -- complete the burger, but the real bonus is being able to buy the rest of the 22-ounce bottle of Arrogant Bastard for just four bucks more.
6.) Fontina Burger at Joe's Farm Grill
When you get your ingredients right outside your front door (at the Farm at Agritopia), freshness is just part of the package for this gourmet burger, featured on the Food Network and available at the retro-futuristic food stand and ex-home of owner Joe Johnston in Gilbert. Grilled and smoky, the six-ounce burger of locally raised beef is topped with roasted red pepper, mushrooms, fresh field greens, oozy fontina cheese, and tasty pecan pesto -- house-made of course.
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