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Best Burger in Phoenix?

Ok, it's Friday night and I've no plans. I should get out more.

I saw this on another board and I got me thinking. Sometimes I'm on culinary overload, and I just want a simple, predictable, but excellent, hamburger.

What are your faves?

Mine:
Delux -- I prefer the standard with cheddar over the fancy one with blue cheese. And the sweet potato fries, un-freaking-believable.
$9 plus $6 for the fries to share.

Chelsea's Kitchen -- Generally, I think this place is overpriced, but the burger is HUGE and they'll cook it rare-plus for me. Of course, so will Delux. I think that I will always get this at Chelsea's Kitchen. $25 for steak tacos is just ridiculous. It comes with fries for $11.

Richardson's -- I don't know why, but I had a hamburger there once and it's a really good green chili cheeseburger. Now, I have a hard time choosing between the carne adovado and the burger. I know, I know, I'm waiting for someone to complain about the smoke. $9 I think with fries.

CJ's Tally's Pub -- I probably shouldn't tell y'all about this place. It's in the same strip mall as Dick's Hideaway. $5.75 for a wineburger with cheese and fries. The veggies on the burger are always fresh and the burger is always super hot. Standard white bun with sesame seeds. But, it's $5.75, y'all. No this place IS smokey!

Houston's -- They have a great homemade veggie burger for when you want to go "granola".

Roaring Fork -- Big Ass Burger. Regretfully, I've not had this burger, but I've been told of it's virtues. I'm sure it's great!

Any others? I'll keep thinking about it.

Dang, now I want a hamburger.

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  1. The White Chocolate Grill in North Scottsdale has a great burger. The meat is ground fresh daily and they will also cook it to your order of doneness. It's similiar to the one at Houstons - sorry, I don't remember the price.

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    1. re: claree

      It looks like they have three burgers, all $9.50, which includes a side.

      http://www.whitechocolategrill.com

    2. Sadly, the best burger in town no longer exists. My Vote is cooking your own burger at the original Monestary 28th Street and Indian School. I think it's becoming lofts now....

      For places that are still in business I would go with Delux or Richardson's.

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      1. re: Leanne

        You're totally right! How is it that the burger that you cooked yourself at the Mon was so much better than the ones you cook yourself at home. And the Monestary on the west side pales in comparison.

      2. Unfortunately, my favorite is at the Men's Grill @ Phoenix CC. I had given up on burgers, when we moved to Phoenix, but then found the one there.

        I have not tried most of the ones that you mention, but must, as they are all getting good press and comments from foodies. I guess that I just hit town during a dearth of good burgers, or just didn't know where to look. I need to get out and try some of these. To get the kind of responses that they have from the folk on this board - they have to be good!

        Recent thread about "gormet" burgers hitting Scottsdale sound interesting. Hope that some folk get it right.

        Hunt

        1. Another suggestion is Cafe Citron or Blu Burger Grill both in Scottsdale for their Kobe Beef burger...it is scrumptious.

          http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepub...

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          1. re: ciaogal

            I believe Seth Chadwick tore into the Blu Burger Grill not too long ago. After reading his review, I believe I'll be avoiding Blu Burger.

            1. re: jhenner

              Just as an FYI, Cafe Citron and Blu Burger are owned/managed by the same people.

          2. I'm not much of a burger person. In fact, I didn't eat beef for several years, and I still pretty much won't eat ground beef, unless it is specially ground and safe to eat raw. I don't know the difference between Kobe and Angus.

            I go to Delux about once a month, or more. I get the original Delux burger, a half order of combo fries, and a soda, and spend a total of about $18 with tax and tip. It's worth every penny. It sounds like I'll have to try their other burger.

            I just tried the White Chocolate Grill, today. I had the standard cheeseburger. It came on a large, soft, sesame seed bun, with fairly sharp cheddar, tomato, a small amount of chopped onion, and a bunch of shredded lettuce. The meat was good, and really cooked rare, as I specified. Although I prefer the Delux burger, I have to say that WCG seems to have some high standards of quality. The fries were okay, but, they have a wide variety of sides, more than the menu suggests.

            I go to In-n-Out for a quick fast food fix every once in a while. Often enough to consider getting a T-shirt that says: "YES, I want onions!". I really think I'd be compromising my values by eating any other fast food burger.

            1. I posted on an earlier thread about the new burger joints planned for Old Town. Seems we'll be getting more choices soon, many beyond bovine.

              1. Is the chuckbox still around? I loved that place.

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                1. re: chowcito

                  I believe the one in Tempe is, but the one in Scottsdale closed quite a while ago and became Oregano's.

                  1. re: chowcito

                    http://www.thechuckbox.com/

                    1. re: johnseberg

                      The Chuckbox is definitely one of the best burgers in the greater Phx Metro area (in Tempe of course).....there was another great burger place in Phx, and the name is just escaping me currently....If I remember I'll post it. Love the Chuckbox though, I prefer the onion rings, i'm not big on their fries.
                      Andrew in O.C.
                      Update, I think the other place was called Lenny's.....tasty burgers!!

                  2. The Tempe Chuckbox is still open, and still "Over 278 Sold" on the sign out front. Fun atmosphere, darn good burgers.

                    My favorites in town are at Delux (I like both the regular and Delux burger, so I take a friend and we split one of each) and the Roaring Fork. I'm slightly partial to Delux just because they're open when I get off work around 10 or 11 in the evening. Heart Attack Grill *used* to have really, really great stuff, but after they 1) took the fried egg off the burger, 2) switched from a griddle to an automatic charbroiler that has a tendency to dry out the meat, and 3) let their fries sit under a heat lamp instead of making them fresh to order, they dropped from Number One Burger to clean off my favorite burgers list. I still love 'em for their no-holds-barred marketing, but the food ain't as great as it used to be.

                    1. I second my vote for In-N-Out for fast food, and Deluxe for something a little more gourmet (I don't care for the Deluxe burger, but have been very happy with the regular burger).

                      Not exactly a burger, but definitely a great ground beef sandwich is the meatloaf sandwich at the Coronado Cafe (one of their specialties). It is a huge sandwich, and the green-chile cheese dipping sauce is wonderful (I wanted to eat it with a spoon). We had a wonderful meal there, with exceptional service, a very pleasant atmosphere, and an absolutely delicious pumpkin soup as a starter.

                      1. Lenny's! The Ranch Burger. Yum.

                        1. I recently had a Mediterranian Burger at Simply Burgers in Gilbert, Elliot and McQueen. At first bite, it was a delight. Mouth watering and spiced just right. Infused with sweet basil, this was a mouth watering buger experience. It is made is Angus beef or Kobe for a few bucks more. I had the Angus version and I highly recommend it. I also had sweet potato fries for the first time and I was pleasantly surprised by the great taste and texture.

                          1. For a great basic burger...Welcome Diner on Roosevelt...open from 11am - 2 pm...great fries also

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                            1. re: Molto E

                              Welcome Diner (short lived) was terrific for many reason, not the least of which was the owner/chef and his adventurous flair. I miss him and hope he is well.

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                              Welcome Diner
                              924 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85006

                              1. re: FrecklesAZ

                                I don't even live in Phoenix anymore and I agree with this (assuming you are talking about the original owner/chef). Everything was so so good...sigh.

                            2. Delux and Roaring fork!!!

                              1. other than welcome diner and delux - my burger winner is la grande orange - the pizza sit down spot, not the grocery spot..

                                they grind the beef just before making the patty, and its like eating steak on a bun..the bread is from mj so you know its good....

                                the downer? the effing parking situation...mini-rant - i adore postino/lgo/etc but the parking sitch is enough to make me avoid all 3 like the plague...

                                but man what a burger ;)

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                                1. re: winedubar

                                  Yep, it's the same burger as Chelsea's Kitchen, better parking there too. Not sure if it's the same price, maybe $1 more or so at CK. It's the same owners and they have a few menu repeats in both places.

                                2. The Sweet Jalapeno Burger at Zipps on Greenway and 64th st is awesome. The burger patties are made fresh there, and they're kind of loosly pressed so the cheese melts down into the nooks. Order the jalapenos on the side if you want to control the heat.

                                  1. Could be the atmosphere, but the burgers @ Greasewood Flats are darn tasty. I get mine with chili verde.

                                    1. I'm not always in a big meal mode. I'm more of a splitter these days. Know what I mean?

                                      The formerly mentioned Big Ass burger is huge. Upper Deck has a great happy hour as well.

                                      The Bungalow in Scottsdale has some nice sliders. Same with that Chicago place on Indian Svhool. Huh?

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                                      1. re: tastyjon

                                        The Burger at Camus in the Clarendon is fantastic, as are their asiago fries that come with it. Its my favorite burger in PHX ... however, i prefer to dine at Delux because of the ambiance and their beer selection (Alaskan Amber and the Delux burger ... mmmmm)

                                        1. re: Bottlecap

                                          Camus is gone and has been replaced with Gallo Blanco, excellent soft tacos.

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                                          Gallo Blanco Cafe
                                          401 W Clarendon Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85013

                                          1. re: FrecklesAZ

                                            As it turns out, Gallo Blanco fits into this thread quite well, as their Pica Rico burger is currently my favorite burger in town.

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                                            Gallo Blanco Cafe
                                            401 W Clarendon Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85013

                                        2. re: tastyjon

                                          I tried the one on Indian School. I was very pleased. Not at all like White Castle/Krystal (which have their own charm). Good flavor and more meat than bun. I'll have to check out this bungalow place. Are they good for a grab and go sort of meal?

                                        3. Agree with the other votes here for Delux...

                                          I recently had an excellent burger at Olive & Ivy (Scottsdale Waterfront). I'd highly recommend saving some of the complimentary pesto they give you with bread at the beginning of the meal to eat with the fries. I think that pesto is the most basil-y pesto I have ever had - delish!

                                          1. Richardson's burned down a couple of years ago. Check out The Garage that opened up in the same strip. Their chili and stuffed hard boiled eggs are an experience.

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                                            1. re: FrecklesAZ

                                              I know this thread is 5 years old, but it's a crime we're talking best burgers and no one has mentioned The Grind. Grass fed beef ground on site, cooked in a 1,000 degree coal burning oven, great atmosphere, good beer and wine list, and unique burgers- try the sweet and spicy burger!

                                            2. I can't believe nobody has brought up Zinburger yet...

                                              The Zinburger is amazing IMO. Manchego Cheese, Zinfandel Braised Onions & Mayo.

                                              The onions are perfection.

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                                              Zinburger - Biltmore Fashion Park
                                              2502 E Camelback Rd Ste 127, Phoenix, AZ 85016

                                              1. Here's Howard Seftel's recent take on this very subject:

                                                I disagree with his assessment of Zinburger... :)

                                                Howard Seftel reviews burgers at 33 Phoenix restaurants
                                                http://www.azcentral.com/thingstodo/d...

                                                http://www.azcentral.com/thingstodo/d...

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                                                1. re: Lunchbox76

                                                  Seeing as its 110+ out I think a Flagstaff reccomendation is called for--Diablo Burger is fantastic. Great burger, great fries.