Portland: 50 Best Burgers in Portland

Contributors:
Sue O'Bryan

I am very excited to share with you my passion project and this year’s list of 50 Best Burgers in Portland.  It’s been a long but worthwhile project, spanning 10 months and over 100 burgers.

To usher in the proper reverence, let’s consider my favorite burger quote from my friend the esteemed, late food writer Josh Ozersky:

“The burger is omnipotent and irresistible . . . it can never be weakened, it can never be slowed down, it can never stop. The burger is the most single powerful force in the food universe.” Indeed.

In the short year since I moved to Portland from Los Angeles, I have discovered endless delicious burgers of varying styles and price points and I’ve come up with a list of 50 of Portland’s best burgers for your consideration.  Here is how my list of Portland’s Best Burgers will work.  First I’ll name my Top 22 Portland Burgers.  I am aware that 22 is a strange number, but that’s the way the burger rolled.  I could not in good conscience whittle the list to a neat 20.  These burgers were, in my mind, a level above the rest of the best.

Following the Top 22 I’ll list (but only list, including naming the notable ingredients, with no narrative) the rest of Portland’s best burgers according to burger type, including categories for: (1) Restaurant/Bistro Burgers; (2) Tavern, Brewpub and Bar Burgers; and, (3) Fast-Casual and Food Truck Burgers.I would have included a category for Dive Joint and Classic/Old School Burgers, but all of the burgers that would have fit into that category coincidentally made my Top 22 List.  For a deeper dive into my burger prejudices, read my review of Los Angeles’ beloved Apple Pan here.

The process of burger categorization and ranking is not hard science.  Naming Portland’s best burgers is necessarily subjective and trying to define and label burgers can get somewhat unruly, but I have tried my best to taste all of the great Portland burgers I’ve either read about or that have been recommended to me.  I did not include places outside Portland proper, nor any chains.  One disclaimer you should be aware of is that I have a bias against places that are very loud, very popular, and very busy.  If I missed your burger in my list of Portland’s best burgers, it’s probably because I didn’t want to battle crowds and noise.  If I felt the burger was suited to a nickname or an award, I conferred it.  Please drop me a line if there’s a mind blowing, best burger of Portland that I missed! Here is my list of the 50 Best Burgers in Portland:

Top 22 Portland Burgers

1. Trifecta Tavern:  No Veggie in Sight

Soon after visiting Trifecta Tavern I noticed a trend of this style of burger everywhere — the double patty, saucey, nearly no vedge burger. I am notoriously late to parties so I have no idea when this burger type was born or started to propogate in Portland.  Trifecta’s burger is at the top of my list because the meat had a nice, semi-loose grind, it arrived screaming hot, it gave off puddles of juice, it had no vegetal elements to compete with the flavor of the beef, the brioche bun was freshly baked and therefore not dry or too light like most brioche buns, and the cheesy pimento sauce was outstandingly flavorful and generously applied.  I would return again and again to Trifecta Tavern for this burger.

Trifecta Tavern (726 SE 6th Ave., Portland, OR 97214//503-841-6675)

2.  Burger Stevens:  Best Will Travel for Burger

I’m still thinking about my Burger Stevens burger. I am a big fan of the self-employed chef who’s broken from corporate restaurant tethers and out there pounding the pavement to follow a passion and a calling, so when I read about chef Don Salamone, who’s done his time with Michelin-starred restaurants, and his wife Kate opening up Burger Stevens in a little blue food truck in a pod on the corner of Wilson High School in Hillsdale, I knew I had to make a visit.

This burger took a while, but was well worth it.  A classic old-school burger, cooked on a flat top griddle with a nice firm crust and wrapped in a paper package, Burger Stevens’ burger was a study in perfect construction:  thin burger, crisp lettuce, tomato, raw onion, special sauce and from there you can add bacon, avocado, fried egg, jalapeno and and extra patty.

Burger Stevens (6238 SW Capitol Highway, Portland, OR 97239//971-279-7252)

3.  Stanich’s: Best Piece of Portland History

It was my good luck that in 2017 a very noteworthy burger scholar came forth with his article, The 100 Best Burgers in America, after eating 330 burgers in 365 days, and his No. 1 Burger was none other than Portland’s own Stanich’s. The day the article was published I left work, hightailed to Stanich’s, and not surprisingly was greeted with a line out the door and down the block at 5:15 p.m. The wait would be one hour for food after I was seated, I was told.  I could have a seat at the end of the bar, by the (open) front door, in front of the cooktop.  No matter, I grabbed it.  There was one cook that night. He turned to me and said, “I’m never getting out of here tonight.”

Stanich’s is a piece of Portland history. It’s old, it’s family owned and it is the opposite of pretentious. There are sports pennants and old photos and memorabilia lining the walls, it’s dark inside, and you can sit comfortably in old leather booths.  In another warmly appreciated stroke of luck for me, the cook turned to me and said, “what’d you order?” and then quietly slipped me my Nick’s with fries 5 minutes later. The burger was delicious and on the wet, messy side, which is how I like it. I liked the loose grind of the meat, the special sauce, the shredded lettuce and the sesame (non brioche) bun.  I’d definitely put Stanich’s in my regular burger rotation.

Stanich’s (4915 Northeast Fremont Street, Portland, OR 97213//503-281-2322)

4.  Woodsman Tavern:  Best Burger and Fries Together Burger

I almost didn’t make it here but my boss’s son, who’s technically also my boss you see, mentioned Woodsman twice as a place I should check out.  Now that ultimate bond of trust exists that nothing can disturb, the burger lover’s bond.  This was a great, great burger.  It’s double cheeseburger made with grass fed AND dry aged beef, shredded iceberg, thinly sliced raw red onion, pickles, sauce, American cheese and fries.  It had that primal, stinky aged-meat smell and it arrived nice and hot and dripping wet. Also please note that the fries were spectacular.

Woodsman Tavern (4537 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97206//(971) 373-8264)

5.  Expatriate:  Best Beguiling in Appearance Burger

Of all the burgers that hit me to the core, Expatriate’s is the only one that wasn’t in the double-patty-saucey-no vedge genre.  The moment my plate landed at Expatriate I just sighed . . . . “oh yes.”  Just look at them. Each diminutive 1/4 lb. burger is a piece of artwork: perfect in scale, minimalist in garnishes with two phantom white slices of onion, and finished off with those bold contrasting primary colors of red ketchup and yellow mustard.  Expatriate is small, dimly lit boozy space that sports an exotic, slightly baroque and mysterious vibe, and they are the only restaurant that I know of that serves the irreplaceable James Beard Onion sandwich.  Definitely worth several visits.

Expatriate (5424 NE 30th Ave, Portland, OR 97211)

6.  Bunk at Wonder Ballroom: Best Burger Crust

Bunk sandwiches is known for their wildly good sandwiches, and when I was nearly at the end of my burger research a special food friend alerted me that Bunk’s Wonder Ballroom location was serving a limited number burgers (that sacred number 12), Thursdays through Sundays only.  I am truly grateful for this tip, as this was one of my all time favorite burgers.  Double patty, cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, special sauce with some kind of secret technique or ingredient that produces the most umami, almost crisp, mantle of burger crust.  Bunk makes an unforgettable burger, go get one.

Bunk Sandwiches (128 NE Russell St, Portland, OR 97212//503 EAT-BUNK)

7.  Headwaters:  Best Soak

Headwaters is the restaurant inside one of Portland’s most recognizable historic landmarks, the Heathman Hotel. While you should know that Heathman has a notable library and wonderful contemporary art collection, not to mention the one and only Beefeater Doorman, it’s just as important to know that Headwaters makes a burger for the ages.

Headwaters is helmed by Husband-and-wife team Vitaly and Kimberly Paley who have been pillars of the Portland restaurant world since 1995, when they opened Paley’s Place on NW 21st Avenue (another top burger in my list). Vitaly is a James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef Pacific Northwest award recipient (2005), as well as Semifinalist for Outstanding Chef (2012), and Headwaters is the Paleys’ fourth restaurant in Portland. Let’s talk about one of his burgers.

The Headwaters burger is the only burger with a tomato I’ve not removed onto my plate.  Why?  It’s an heirloom tomato full of flavor and, commingled with that luscious meat juice, disintegrates the bun into just the right state of nothingness where it barely protects your hands from a real mess.  This Top Portland Burger also comes with aged cheddar, roasted onions, remoulade, lettuce, and b&b pickles.

Headwaters (1001 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205//(503) 790-7752)

8.  Superbite (CLOSED):  Outrageous Homemade Bun Burger

Superbite is also home to a James Beard Best Chefs (plural) Northwest award winner (2017): Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton.  They serve a very unique burger in that shiitake mushrooms are mixed into the ground beef, the cheese is a mixture of fontina and cheddar, and the in-house baked bun has a nearly sweetish, fragile crispy laquer to it on top.  Add shredded lettuce, fancy sauce and pickles and this is the Superbite burger.

Superbite (527 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205 //(503) 222-0979)

9.  American Local (CLOSED): Best Ultimate Saucy Burger

The American Local is a quirky bar & eatery in trendy Southeast Portland slinging out Asian-inspired & modern American comfort food including another one of my favorite Portland burgers.  As you can see, American Local’s burger is in that double patty, nearly vedge-less genre I spoke of earlier, but here we have two smaller, thickish patties and a ton of mustard-tinged special sauce.

The American Local (3003 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202//(503) 954-2687)

10.  Pollo Bravo: Best Non-Classic Sauce Burger

Pollo Bravo is the younger cousin of Toro Bravo, the wildly popular and distinguished Spanish-esque restaurant, who set up shop in Pine Street Market in 2016.  This burger has an addictive romesco sauce, is served with thinly sliced avocado and sprouts and comes on a wonderful black-sesame seeded bun.

Pollo Bravo (126 SW 2nd Ave. #10, Portland, OR 97204//503-477-8999)

11.  Country Cat Dinnerhouse:  Best Butcher’s Burger

Adam and Jackie Sappington run this very popular dinnerhouse and bar that focuses on whole animal cookery.  It’s nearly impossible to get into Country Cat at brunchtime, but if you slip into the bar and sit at the counter early in the evening, you can get a deeply primal, funky smelling burger in the double-patty vedgeless genre, with housemade bacon, for a great value.

The Country Cat (7937 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215//(503) 408-1414)

12.  Lay Low Tavern:  Best No Frills Burger

Lay Low Tavern is an old, dark dive-bar/lounge in the Foster/Powell neighborhood that was recently revamped and re-conceptualized by two modern restaurant renovators.  It’s so dark inside Lay Low that you can’t read the menu.  You can still smoke on the patio.  More importantly, you can get one of Portland’s best, simple burgers here.  Meat, lettuce, tomato, raw onion, pickle and cheese, wrapped in paper.  Get fries or tater tots for a complete, no-frills, escape-the-crowds dining experience.

Lay Low Tavern (6015 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97206// (503) 774-4645)

13.  Grain and Gristle

I love this place so much.  It’s a small, neighborhood place for “fine food and libations” on a corner and away from the larger restaurant neighborhoods that are thronging with people at all hours.  They have great deviled eggs and boquerones, delicious mussels and a lamb-neck French Dip sandwich, and one of Portland’s best burgers.  In fact, this burger is probably in my Top 5. What sets this burger apart for me, besides the quality and flavor of the meat, is the thickish, sturdy, almost burnt crust, which balances well with the bleu cheese and pickles.  I go here often and you should too.

Grain and Gristle (1473 NE Prescott St., Portland, OR 97211//(503) 288-4740)

14.  Pastrami Zombie: Personal Favorite

When a nice, handsome and young man with a kind smile who is the age of your only son, cooks and serves you a delicious burger from a food truck that is on your direct path home on your work commute, you’ve found a personal favorite.  Pastrami Zombie is my soft spot burger place, and I’d hedge a bet it will be yours soon, too.

Pastrami Zombie (4233 N. Mississippi Ave., Portland, OR 97217//(541-301-2197)

15.  Bless Your Heart Burgers:  Best Fast Burger

Read all about this fast and fantastic burger here.

Bless Your Heart Burgers (126 Southwest 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR, 97204//503-719-4221)

16.  Paymaster: Best Hipster Burger

Paymaster is a low-key bar in the Northwest neighborhood, with a throwback ambiance and serving pub food including a wonderfully simple burger with cheese, raw chopped onion, lettuce, tomato, and pickle and served with tater tots.

Paymaster Lounge (1020 NW 17th Ave, Portland, OR 97209//(503) 943-2780

 17.  Tabor Tavern

Tabor Tavern is another neighborhood (Mt. Tabor) pub with great gastropub fare in a rustic, wood-decked setting, featuring outdoor tables, multiple TVs and a delicious classic style burger with a 1/2 lb patty, shredded lettuce, and Russian dressing on a brioche bun.

Tabor Tavern (5325 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97215//503-208-3544)

18.  Helvetia Tavern:  Best Burger with a View

This is the burger that pushed my “Portland proper” rule to the rolling country hills of Hillsboro, where I found a delicious, classic style burger nearly the size of a small hubcap.  Featuring a giant thin patty, American cheese, dressing, shredded lettuce and pickle, Helvetia Tavern serves on of Portland’s most commonly named best burgers in a lovely farmland-esque setting.

Helvetia Tavern (10275 NW Helvetia Rd, Hillsboro, OR 97124//(503) 647-5286)

19.  Le Pigeon:  The French Connection Burger

Le Pigeon home to another James Beard award-winning, pedigreed Portland chef:  Gabriel Rucker, who also runs Little Bird Bistro.  It’s the only place I know of in Portland where you can get foie gras, beef cheeck bourguignon, dry sherry and a burger that riffs off of Wendy’s.  There are a very limited number of these square patty burgers per night, and they come with grilled and pickled onions, extra sharp white cheddar, iceberg lettuce and spicy dijon aioli.  This was by far the messiest burger I ate, and very worth it.

Le Pigeon (738 E Burnside St., Portland, OR 97214//(503) 546 – 8796)

20.  Mike’s Drive-In:  Best Classic Sauce Burger

With a face like this, who can resist a Mike’s Drive-In Burger.  This classic-style burger with all the accompaniments and a ton of sauce, is the burger you want after a long run or bike ride, and will send you diving for bed in the hopes of a long nap.

Mike’s Drive-In (3045 SE Harrison, St. Milwaukie, OR 97222//503 654-0131)

21.  Smokehouse Provisions:  Best Enhanced Burger

Smokehouse Provisions is where I break my rule regarding “Portland city proper” and hop over the bridge, still within “Portland greater metropolitan area,” to Vancouver, WA, where owner and Executive Chef B.J. Smith dishes out a burger enhanced with smoked bone marrow butter and bacon onion jam.  It’s too good of a burger to not include in my list of Portland’s best burgers.  You’ll agree.

Smokehouse Provisions (1401 SE Morrison #117, Portland OR. 97214//971.279.4850)

22.  Guero No. 1 Tortas:  Best Maximalist Burger

Guero started as a humble food-pod cart and this year moved into a brick and mortar restaurant.  Their version of a “Mexican street hamburguesa” comes loaded with a chicharron queso, American cheese, tamarind tomato, habanero coleslaw, guacamole, pickled jalapeno, shredded iceberg and mayo.  This is the one maximalist burger even a purist will love.

Guero (200 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97232//(503) 887-9258)Restaurant Burgers

Restaurant Burgers

23.  Tilt

Meat: Square thin patty, nice crust

Cheese: American

Vegetables: Wedge of Iceberg lettuce, raw onion, pickle

Sauce: Classic, on the side

Bun: White, no frills

Tilt (1355 NW Everett St.. #120, Portland, OR 97209//(503) 894-9528)

24.  La Moule

Meat: Medium thick patty, juicy PLUS a handlebar moustache of thick bacon

Cheese: Brie

Vegetables: Raw Red Onion

Sauce: Dijon Mustard

Bun: Ken’s Artisan Brioche

La Moule (2500 SE Clinton Street, Portland, OR 97202//(971) 339-2822)

25.  Cafe Castagna (CLOSED)

Meat: Medium thin patty

Cheese: Cheddar, Pepperjack, Swiss or Blue

Vegetables: Lettuce and pickle, on the side

Sauce: Mayo based

Bun: Brioche

Cafe Castagna (1758 SE Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland OR 97214//(503)-231-9959)

26.  Aviary

Meat: Thick, juicy angus patty seasoned with lemongrass, ginger, garlic, kaffir lime and fish sauce

Cheese: White Cheddar

Vegetables: Pickled carrots, jalapenos, cilantro

Sauce: Kewpie Mayo and Hoisin

Bun: Pearl Bakery Ciabatta roll

Bonus:  Six minute, deep fried egg

Aviary (1733 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211//(503) 287-2400)

27.  Yakuza Lounge

Meat: Thick patty

Cheese: Chevre

Vegetables: Shoestring potatoes, arugula, shredded carrot

Sauce: Spicy Mayo

Bun: Brioche

Yakuza Lounge (5411 NE 30th Avenue Portland, Oregon 97211//(503) 450 0893)

28.  Laurelhurst Market

Meat: In-house ground beef patty

Cheese: White Cheddar

Vegetables: Jardiniere, Greens

Sauce: Aioli

Bun: Ciabatta roll

Laurelhurst Market (3155 E. Burnside, Portland OR 97214 //(503)-206-3097

29.  Little Bird Bistro

Meat: Tighter grind, double patty

Cheese: Brie

Vegetables: Pickled peppers, onion, shredded iceberg

Sauce: Mayo based, semi-classic

Bun: Brioche

Little Bird Bistro (215 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97204//(503) 688-5952

30.  Imperial

Meat: Tighter grind, nice crust

Cheese: Sharp cheddar

Vegetables: Pickle, grilled onion, tomato, lettuce

Sauce: Dill mayo

Bun: Soft sesame bun

Imperial (410 SW Broadway, Portland OR 97205//(503) 228-7222)

31.  Lardo

Meat: Double patty, medium thin

Cheese: American

Vegetables: Dill Pickle, shredded lettuce, onion

Sauce: Big Nick’s sauce

Bun: Sesame

Lardo (1205 SW Washington St., Portland, OR//(503) 241-2490)

32.  Paley’s

Meat: Single patty, rare-ish, juicy

Cheese: Cheddar

Vegetables: Grilled onion

Sauce: Mystery

Bun: Poppy seed

Paley’s Place (1204 NW 21st Ave., Portland, OR 97209//(503) 243-2403

33.  Besaws

Meat: Single medium thick patty

Cheese: American

Vegetables: Shaved romaine, raw red onion

Sauce: Red relish, avocado mayo

Bun: White

Besaws (1545 NW 21st. Ave, Portland, OR 97209//(503)228-2619)

34.  Cibo: Best French Fry Accompaniment

Meat: Piedmontese grass-fed single patty AND parma prosciutto

Cheese: Cave-aged fontina

Vegetables: Arugula

Sauce: None

Bun: House made white

Bonus:  TUSCAN FRIES, with whole garlic cloves, for the win

Cibo (3539 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202// (503) 719-5377)

35.  Dick’s Kitchen

Meat: All grass-fed, always, single patty

Cheese: Choices; I had the French Onion Soup Burger, so Swiss

Vegetables: Carmelized Onion

Sauce: Broth/Meat Juice

Bun: White

Dick’s Kitchen  (704 NW 21st Ave., Portland, OR 97210//(503) 206-5916)

36.  Higgins

Meat: Big fat thick patty, juicy (Carman ranch grass fed beef)

Cheese: White Cheddar

Vegetables: Negative

Sauce: Classic

Bun: Toasted hearth baked roll

Higgins (1239 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97205//(503) 222-9070)

37.  Biwa

Meat: Single patty AND crisped pork belly, togarashi seasoning

Cheese: No

Vegetables: Spicy pickles, butter lettuce

Sauce: Special sauce

Bun: Toasted standard white

Biwa (215 SE 9th Ave Ste 101, Portland, OR 97214 //(503) 239-8830)

38.  Q

Meat: Thick, juicy, smaller patty

Cheese: White Cheddar

Vegetables: House pickled vegetables

Sauce: Remoulade

Bun: Delicious ciabatta

Q Restaurant & Bar (828 SW 2nd Ave. Portland, OR 97204//(503) 850.8915)

39.  Tasty & Sons

Meat: Loose grind, single patty, juicy AND bacon

Cheese: Choice of Cheddar of Bleu Cheese

Vegetables: Pickle, shredded lettuce

Sauce: Special sauce

Bun: Fantastic potato bun

Tasty & Sons (3808 N. Williams, Suite C, Portland, OR 97227//(503)621-1400)

Tavern, Brewpub and Bar Burgers

40.  Swift & Union

Meat: Single patty, juicy

Cheese: Bleu (I ordered the Swift Burger)

Vegetables: Butter lettuce

Sauce: Bacon-Onion jam

Bun: Brioche

Swift & Union (8103 N. Denver Ave., Portland, OR 97217//(503) 206-4281)

41.  Slowbar

Meat: Medium thick patty, 1/2 lb.

Cheese: Differs

Vegetables: Fried onion rings, red cabbage slaw

Sauce: Aioli

Bun: Sesame

Slowbar (533 SE Grand Avenue, Portland, OR 97214//(503) 230-7767)

42.  Interurban

Meat: Boar

Cheese: Queso botanero

Vegetables: Chiles, fried unions, pickled jalapenos

Sauce: Aioli

Bun: Toasted white

Interurban (4057 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227 //(503) 284-6669)

43.  Ecliptic Brewing

Meat: Tighter grind, 1/2 lb. with pancetta

Cheese: Gruyere

Vegetables: Arugula, red onion

Sauce: Russian dressing

Bun: Potato

Ecliptic Brewing (825 North Cook St. Portland, OR 97227//503.265.8002)

44.  Bar Bar

Meat: Thin soft single patty

Cheese: Varies (I had the Burger of the Month, the Yeezy, no cheese)

Vegetables: Pickled pepper, pickle and tomato

Sauce: Yellow mustard

Bun: Good old soft white

Bar Bar (3943 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227 //(503) 889-0090)

Food Truck and Fast-Casual Burgers

45.  Le Pantry (CLOSED): Best Beauty Burger

Meat: Thick patty, juicy

Cheese: Gruyere

Vegetables: Heirloom Tomato, Mesclun mix

Sauce: Chive and Chive-flower aioli

Bun: Sesame

Le Pantry (113 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97214//(503) 862-3583)

46.  Stoopid Burger

(Many choices on the menu)

Meat: Thin patty, nice crust, add fried egg, bacon and ham

Cheese: American

Vegetables:Shredded lettuce

Sauce: Special sauce (classic)

Bun: Sesame

Stoopid Burger (3441 N Vancouver Ave, Portland, OR 97227//(971) 801-4180)

47.  Stumptown Sliders

(Many choices on the menu)

Meat: Small slider patty, nice crust

Cheese: Cheddar, swiss, jack

Vegetables: You pick

Sauce: Classic to spicy variants

Bun: White

Stumptown Sliders (410 SW Oak St, Portland, OR 97204//(503) 884-0658)

48.  Angry Unicorn: The Donut Bun Burger

Meat: Single patty, well seasoned, nice crust

Cheese: Differs with Burger choice

Vegetables: Choices

Sauce: Depends

Bun: GLAZED, GRIDDLED DONUT

Angry Unicorn (7420 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213//(503) 498-8040)

49.  PDX Sliders

(Many choices on the menu)

Meat: Single slider patty

Cheese: Choices

Vegetables: Varies

Sauce: Depends

Bun: White

PDX Sliders (8064 SE 17th Ave, Portland, OR 97202 //(971) 717-5271)

50.  Ate-Oh-Ate

Meat: Thick, juicy and crusty single patty

Cheese: None

Vegetables: Shredded lettuce, shaved sweet onion, Kimchee relish

Sauce: Spicy Mayo

Bun: Sesame

Ate-Oh-Ate (2454 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214//(503) 445-6101)

Okay readers, if you’ve stayed with me this long, you may not want to read a conclusion so let’s keep it simple:  Portland has a lot of great burgers.  Please drop me a direct message at any of the social media links below, or comment on this post, if you’ve got further recommendations or any helpful input.  Finally, here’s a handy list of honorable mention burgers:

Honorable Mention:

Boise Fry Company For modern, mix and match, and make-your-own burgers and every color and cut of potato fries(1902 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209//(503) 946-1849).

Holstein’s Shakes and Buns For inventive burgers in a bright, fun space (1139 NW Couch St, Portland, OR 97209//503) 616-4321).

Little Big Burger:  For the smaller appetites, includes veggie option  (Various locations).

Stacked Sandwich Shop: For a buffalos burger and great Happy Hour & sports watching (1643 SE 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97214//(971) 279-2731)

Tasty & Alder:  Sister to Tasty & Sons; When you have time to wait (580 SW 12th Ave., Portland, OR 97205//(503) 621-9251)

Travnik: Bosnian Cuisine including a mozarella-stuffed lamb and beef burger (9226 SE Division St, Ste B, Portland, OR 97266//(503) 701-2556)

Slowburger: Sliders and Full-sized creative modern burgers and killer onion rings (Various locations)

Killer Burger:  King of the Peanut Butter Sauce Burger; Loud music, TVs and grass-fed burgers, always including bacon and fries (Various locations).

Burgerville:  Dependable and tasty fast burgers and seasonal sides and shakes (Various locations).

Clyde Common Portland’s trendsetting tavern with communal tables and known for handcrafted cocktails & local fare.(1014 SW Stark St. Portland, OR 97205//(503) 228-3333)

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  1. Good list! Definitely gave me some need ones to try. I am curious of what you thought about Yakuza. To me that is top ten, but I am curious why you didn’t see it farther up the list. Anyway thank you for this great read!