By Alison Bailin Batz
There is nothing quite like sinking your teeth into a big, juicy burger. From Angus beef to wagyu to ahi – not to mention those topped with everything from gooey cheese to fried eggs and onion rings – the varieties of between-bun eats are many. Here are 12 of our local favorites so you can sit back, relax and keep your cool, instead of manning the grill.
Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers
Pastrami Burger, $15
A hand-formed half-pound burger is loaded with sliced pastrami, melted Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing and coleslaw.
Info: Multiple Scottsdale locations; www.coldbeers.com.
Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row
Breakfast Burger, $10
Available on the brunch menu, this handcrafted beef patty is topped with a fried egg, white cheddar and avocado aioli.
Info: 4420 N. Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale; 480.945.4200; www.dierkswhiskeyrow.com.
Hefe Haburguesa, $12
The Burger Battle’s award-winning Mexican-inspired burger features Angus beef, grilled peppers and onions, jalapeno marmalade, Oaxaca cheese and chipotle mayo.
Info: 4425 N. Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale; 480.945.6200; www.elhefe.com.
Hand Cut Burgers & Chophouse
California Burger, $11
This fan-favorite is made with Arizona-raised and 100 percent grass-fed ground beef, topped with avocado, Swiss cheese, sprouts, pickled red onions, herb aioli and crispy sweet potato strings.
Info: 7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.494.2008; www.handcutchophouse.com.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
Ahi Tuna Burger, $12.50
A contemporary take, this burger features a sushi-grade tuna patty crowned with sprouts, nori chips, teriyaki, honey wasabi and pickled ginger.
Info: 11055 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.348.2337; www.hopdoddy.com.
Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill
Louie’s Hophead Burger, $7
At a steal on the happy hour menu only, a half-pound wagyu patty is topped with candied bacon, lettuce, tomato and a flavorful blue cheese-IPA beer sauce.
Info: 9397 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.767.5464; www.lingandlouies.com.
The Roadhouse, $15
A half-pound of premium Angus beef is amped up with toasted garlic mayo, caramelized yellow onions, housemade onion strings, and Wisconsin gruyere cheese.
Info: 18251 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale; 480.686.8908; www.lushburgeraz.com.
Relish Burger Bistro at The Phoenician
The Roundup, $28
Can you handle it? A housemade brioche bun is piled very high with grilled wagyu, glazed short ribs, onion rings, a fried yard egg and blue cheese coleslaw.
Info: 6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.423.2530; www.thephoenician.com.
Bacon Brussels Burger, $16
This past winner of Burger Battle is made with an eight-ounce beef patty, melted Jarlsberg cheese, a spread of onion jam, thick cuts of Applewood smoked bacon, and fried Brussels sprouts – then drizzled with a raspberry demi-glace and finished with a salted pretzel bun.
Info: 3737 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.945.3353; www.rnrscottsdale.com.
The classic cheeseburger gets a twist using Angus beef and arugula with traditional toppers of red onion, tomato, pickles, ketchup, mustard and tantalizingly melted aged cheddar, all on a French bun.
Info: 7333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale; 480.664.0356; www.districtbaraz.com.
Tavern Burger, $13.95
As a Thirsty Lion signature item, this bad boy is made with crispy pepper bacon, melted cheddar, beer-battered onion rings, and topped with pickles and a savory sauce.
Info: 7014 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.284.7292;
Bruce Lee, $11.50
Like its namesake, the flavors of this burger pack a punch! This Burger Battle champ is comprised of an Angus beef patty layered with Asian barbecue sauce, rice wine vinaigrette, Sriracha mayo, avocado, jalapeno and Napa cabbage slaw.
Info: 15257 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.285.0690; www.zinburgeraz.com.