There is almost nothing more satisfying than a good burger, especially in a city that always feels like summer. You can find a burger on practically every block in Phoenix, but the difference between an okay burger and an unforgettable burger is monumental.
Because we believe not all burgers are created equal, we’ve sifted through all the local hot spots, from drive-throughs to gourmet restaurants, and rounded up the 10 very best burgers in Phoenix.
10. Stoop Kid
We were a little skeptical of a burger joint that doesn’t offer fries, but the burgers at Stoop Kid quickly won us over. Stoop Kid is a part of The Churchill, an open-air food court in Downtown Phoenix with five other bars and eateries.
The vibe here is great and so is the food. Try the Pobrecito, a classic burger with American cheese, pickles, onions, ketchup, and mustard. It sounds simple, but the quality of the beef and the soft brioche bun take this burger beyond any of the local drive-throughs. Pair it with a side of their housemade potato chips for a cheap and delish meal.
$ Burgers, Coffee & Tea, Bagels
9. Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.
The AZ Wilderness Brewing Co. is a local favorite, and it’s easy to see why. They have a huge, dog-friendly patio, an extensive menu (with vegan-friendly options!) and, of course, some of the best burgers in Phoenix. Try the Downtowner burger, because can you ever go wrong with guac and fried onions on a burger? The duck fat fries are also a must; topped with rosemary and thyme, they are mouthwateringly good. If you want something even more decadent, upgrade to the confetti fries to add cheese sauce, bacon bits, and braised onions. Whatever you order, you won’t be leaving hungry.
Arizona Wilderness DTPHX
$$ Beer Gardens, Burgers
8. Matty G’s Steakburgers
If you are looking for a casual spot to watch the game and grab a burger, sports-themed Matty G’s is the place for you. The meat, made only from steak cuts of beef, is the real MVP here and is what makes this one of the best burgers in Phoenix. Try the Classic All Star—two patties topped with bacon, grilled onions, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and Matty G’s fry sauce. All of their signature burgers come with two patties, and with beef this good, you’ll be glad you have two.
Matty G’s Steakburgers & Spirits
$$ Burgers, Beer, Wine & Spirits
7. Ingo’s Tasty Food
Ingo’s is a sister company and next-door neighbor to La Grande Orange, another one of our Phoenix favorites featured on our guide to the 10 Best Phoenix Restaurants. Set in a small, circular building with a surrounding patio, Ingo’s makes magic happen in their small kitchen. Try the Paris, Texas burger with juicy beef, crispy bacon, cheddar cheese, and just the right amount of apple barbecue sauce on a fresh-baked bun from LGO. Looking for a vegan burger option? Ingo’s also offers a great black bean burger. Though Ingo’s does not serve fries, their potato chips will satisfy any fry craving.
They are thick, fresh, and served with a pair of housemade sauces. Dip each chip in both sauces—the combo is amazing!
Ingo’s Tasty Food
$$ Burgers, American (New), Salad
6. Tru Burger Co.
If you are looking for a burger that’s a little more gourmet, check out Tru Burger Co. With 13 unique burgers on the menu, Tru has something for everyone. If you are not sure where to start, try the green chili burger. You can find green chili burgers all over Phoenix, but their version not only has roasted green chilis, it is also topped with pico de gallo, chipotle mayo, and is served with a side of white queso to dip your burger in. You might want to dip your fries in as well, because let’s be honest, queso is good on pretty much everything.
Tru Burger Co.
$$ Bars, Salad, American (Traditional)
5. Aioli Gourmet Burgers
With seven made-in-house aiolis and a specialty burger to feature each of them, the secret really is in the sauce at Aioli. You might be tempted to order every burger on the menu, but start with the Italiano, an award-winning burger with basil aioli, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, bacon, and a balsamic reduction. Or try the California burger with chipotle aioli, pickled onions, avocado, pepper jack cheese, and a fried egg. Since you may not be able to order every burger on the menu, try the fry flight so that you can sample five aiolis and pick your fave!
Aioli Gourmet Burgers
$$ Burgers, Caterers, Food Trucks
4. Joe’s Farm Grill
The food at Joe’s Farm Grill is about as fresh as you can get. They source most of their ingredients locally, and we mean really locally—just look behind the restaurant to see the farm where most of the produce is grown. Any burger here is going to be great, including their basic farm burger, the best possible version of the standard backyard barbecue burger. The beef is juicy and charred, the bun is buttered and grilled, and, of course, all the produce is fresh. Joe’s also has a great vegan patty that they make in-house with black beans and fresh veggies. All their burgers come with your choice of a complimentary side, but we recommend upgrading to the garlic fries or onion rings, which are both ridiculously good.
Joe’s Farm Grill
$$ American (Traditional), Pizza, Breakfast & Brunch
3. The Attic Ale House
Attic Ale House is an unassuming restaurant tucked up on the second level of a small building in Arcadia. Grab a seat on the patio, take in the views of Camelback mountain, and enjoy one of the best burgers in Phoenix. Try the Ivan, their signature, award-winning burger.
It has a half-pound patty, spring greens, cheese, tomato, red onion, and their housemade chipotle mayo on a pretzel bun (arguably one of the best types of buns). Order it with a side of truffle fries and you’ve got yourself a dream meal.
The Attic Ale House
$$ Gastropubs, Bars, Beer Gardens
2. Paradise Valley Burger Company
Paradise Valley is a bit of a drive from downtown, but their burgers and fries are more than worth it. The brûleè burger is a fan favorite, and for good reason. This gooey creation has a fried egg, bacon, pickled onion, and a burnt sugar bun. (Zoom in on that bun and try to keep your mouth from watering!) The beach house burger, their take on a green chili burger, is also incredible. Pair either of these with their crispy, seasoned fries or sweet potato tots and you’ll be planning your next visit before you leave.
Paradise Valley Burger Company
$ American (Traditional), Burgers
1. Worth Takeaway
Sure, Worth Takeaway makes the best sandwiches in the valley, but they also serve the very best burger in Phoenix. The Worth burger is simple, with housemade pickles, lettuce, tomato, onion, cheddar cheese, and a sriracha aioli, but this burger is incredibly good. The ingredients are all high quality, the half-pound patty is juicy and flavorful, and the bun, baked locally at City Bakery, is phenomenal. Served with crispy, well-seasoned fries, it makes for a practically perfect meal, especially if you order the banana pudding for dessert.
$$ Breakfast & Brunch, Sandwiches, American (New)