Each year, Americans consume over a billion hamburgers, but only a privileged few get to experience a truly amazing burger. Many people will drive a long way to satisfy their favorite burger or sandwich craving, but luckily, Scottsdale contains so many great local burger joints, you won’t have to venture far. With a diversity of options and different specialty burgers and sides to splurge on at each location, you’re bound to find your favorite local place that makes you even happier knowing that cows roam the Earth, while denying yourself from counting too many calories. Enjoy this list of the top 10 burger places in Scottsdale and partake in a visit to one of these undeniably delicious burger joints in the area and wipe the extra sauce off your chin!
7353 Scottsdale Mall
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
“A perfect hamburger is a culinary masterpiece,” is a quote from owner Karl Kopp, who was determined to create a unique bar and quality restaurant with it’s own style that would become a Scottsdale landmark. AZ/88 opened in early 1988, inspired by the quality food, beverages, conversation and comfort of family gatherings Karl experienced growing up, and many believe that AZ/88 has been successful from the beginning, setting a high standard and establishing a quality reputation by which others are measured. Menu highlights include the ‘Burger Alfredo’ complete with fresh tomato slices, spinach and a sauce consisting of Parmesan cheese, butter and spices. All their burgers are over a half-pound of select ground sirloin grilled to order and can be split into two baskets and served with extra portions of sides if desired. Their chicken sandwiches are created with over a half-pound of boneless, skinless, grilled fresh chicken breast, served on a toasted Italian-style roll, complete with fries, seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoiding ‘the norm,’ AZ/88 has DJs spinning weekly Wednesday thru Saturday, adding a unique groove to this funky fun spot.
2. STAX Burger Bistro
4400 N. Scottsdale Rd. #12
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Located right in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, Stax Burger Bistro is a modern urban spot in which they utilize fresh ingredients throughout their entire menu. Their menu is arranged so guests can partake in unique and exciting flavor combinations such as a wild boar burger topped with Asian slaw and coconut curry sauce. They bake hand made buns each day to house grind or sandwich choices, which are each perfectly portioned at 3oz to help inspire guests to create and sample many different combinations. Stax also offers handcrafted cocktails to compliment their burgers, sandwiches, salads and sides. They invite you to join them at this contemporary hotpsot for their daily happy hour from 3 to 6 PM for their 3 Hour $3 Specials.
3. Indulge Burgers & More
10392 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
Indulge Burgers & More boasts a menu which gives guests two options; one side has a traditional burger restaurant variety of options and the other side inspires creativity with choices, choosing from seemingly limitless build-a-burger combinations consisting of a chosen protein, completed with various cheeses, buns, sauces and toppings. Local favorites include their ‘Adult Peanut Butter Sandwich’ complete with bacon, banana, onion strings and more and the ‘Vesuvius Volcanic,’ a burger cooked specially with molten cheese found exclusively at Indulge. Among receiving numerous awards, Indulge Burgers & More continues to strive for perfection, believing the secret to their success is listening to their customers and heavily encouraging their feedback with each visit.
4. Relish Burger Bistro at The Phoenician
6000 E. Camelback Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Relish Burger Bistro at The Phoenician has breathtaking views of the golf course and this casual dining spot at the upper level of their clubhouse is considered one of the best lunch and dinner restaurants in the Scottsdale area. This culinary masterpiece is ideal for taking in a game or socializing with friends. Their modern menu represents a unique twist on the American classic, containing a selection of select Kobe burgers, premium garnishes, salads, and sides, complimented by spiked shakes and cocktails from their bar. With over 70 selections of premium beer and one of the largest tequila ensembles in Arizona, Relish Burger Bistro also has daily happy hour selections include: Cuervo Tradicional Margarita, Cuervo Silver Paloma, Walkin’ the Fairway, Tequila Flights, Walker Flight, Gentleman’s Tea, wines by the glass and a variety of Mexican brews.
5. Coal Burger
15147 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite 133
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Located in the trendy Scottsdale Quarter shopping center, Coal Burger invites you to “The place to be seen eating green,” where they have a commitment to naturally raised food without the use of chemical pesticides and harmful fertilizers. Ingredients for their coal-fired food include burger beef that is pasture raised and hormone free along with their seasonally farmed produce being freshly selected, reinforcing the idea that food matters and where your ingredients come from matters even more. Coal Burger is not only committed to providing great flavor through superb ingredients and coal-fired creations, they also have creative shake combos, including organic blueberry gelato and white chocolate with peppermint to compliment your deliciously juicy burger choice.
18251 N. Pima Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Lush is a British slang term meaning ‘pleasing, desirable, attractive’ and is definitely an adjective that can be used to describe this chic, modern concept housing amazing chef creations that were the formation of a local DC Ranch area family who had the shared goal to ‘create the ultimate neighborhood hangout’ in North Scottsdale. Their burgers are naturally delicious single-sourced, certified harris ranch beef without hormones or additives. Their tempting menu also offers freshly diced and seared ahi tuna burgers, turkey burgers made from fresh coarse ground juicy dark meat and their ‘Veg Out,’ a unique veggie burger served without a bun, completed with quino and grilled squash patties. A trendy, fun, family-friendly atmosphere by day, Lushburger seamlessly transforms into a hip hangout at night, inviting a more adult crowd to hang ‘til the cows come home.’
7. Zinburger – Wine & Burger Bar
2502 E. Camelback Rd. #127
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Located in Tucson since 2007, Zinburger made its Valley debut in 2010, providing a modern, energized, fun atmosphere and an ample selection of mouthwatering gourmet burgers, sides, salads, delicious shakes, floats, desserts, complete with an abundance of wine offerings for nearby Scottsdale residents and visitors alike. Their sleek location is upbeat and exciting, complimented with rich wood, earth tones and stylish, comfy seating. Conveniently located on Camelback Road at the Biltmore Fashion Park, Zinburger provides easy access to downtown Scottsdale and offers a full bar that includes 22 wines by glass, cocktails and 12 beer selections. Menu highlights include ‘The Zinburger’ with manchego cheese and zinfandel braised onions, ‘The Samburger’ with nueske’s applewood bacon, American cheese and Thousand Island dressing; and the ‘Kobe Burger’ with Vermont cheddar and wild mushrooms. Guests can pair their protein with side selections such as sweet potato fries with yogurt dressing, zucchini fries with parmesan and ranch and several fresh, unique salads.
8. Blu Burger Grille
32409 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite 109
Scottsdale, AZ 85266
Located at The Summit shopping center in North Scottsdale and with a sister location at Pinnacle Peak and Pima Rd, family owned and operated Blu Burger Grille provides people in Scottsdale a few convenient locations to choose from. Offering a one of a kind, high quality hamburger experience, Blu Burger Grille’s burgers are prepared to their guests’ specifications, made with very fresh ingredients and each come with a side of choice, including mixed greens salad, french fries, sweet potato fries, cole slaw, onion rings or zucchini fries. Other than beef, their menu boasts tempting burger alternatives such as salmon, bison, American Kobe beef, and Portobello mushrooms. They believe that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy a quality hamburger, and price their menu accordingly, providing an excellent value that keeps their patrons coming back.
9. In-N-Out Burger
7467 E. Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Don’t let their limited, not-so-secret menu fool you. In-N-Out Burger keeps it simple for a reason; it works. Since they only serve burgers, fries and drinks, making a high-quality hamburger patty is everything to In-N-Out and their attention to quality hamburgers begin with their fresh patties made at their own patty-making facilities from 100% pure beef and are free of additives, fillers and preservatives. Their commitment to quality doesn’t end at the patty, as they cut their fries in-store from farm fresh potatoes, cooking them in pure, cholesterol-free vegetable oil. In-N-Out Burger also makes their own buns, real ice cream shakes, hand-leaf their lettuce, use real American cheese, quality onions and the juiciest tomatoes available. In-N-Out Burger also doesn’t freeze, pre-package or over-process their food items, creating their menu the old-fashioned way. All ingredients are delivered fresh with their restaurant not containing a microwave, heat lamp, or freezer and they make every burger one at a time, cooked to order.
10. Five Guys Burgers and Fries
15435 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Five Guys began as a Washington, DC area favorite in 1986 by the four young Murrell brothers, who opened a carryout burger joint, and has since expanded to over 1,000 restaurants in 47 states and 6 Canadian provinces, including a location in Scottsdale.
Since their inception, the family has worked to perfect their system, becoming the local burger joint destination to enjoy a fresh, juicy burger complete with all the toppings that could be stuffed between their fresh-baked buns. They have staked their reputation on serving hand-formed burgers grilled to perfection complimented with fresh-cut fries cooked only peanut oil ensuring their menu is trans-fat free. Five Guys uses only fresh ground beef, contains no freezers and offers a diversity of burger ingredients so large, that there are over 250,000 possible ways to order a burger at Five Guys.
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