Portland: 50 Best Burgers in Portland

As the esteemed, late food writer Josh Ozersky said so perfectly: “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.” We’re very excited to share our guide to the 50 Best Burgers in Portland, a long, worthwhile endeavor spanning several months and over 100 burgers. In this guide, you’ll find a little bit of everything from simple, no-frills burgers to sophisticated burgers that resemble a work of art. Not included in this guide: places outside Portland proper, nor any chains.

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1. Trifecta Tavern:  No Veggie in Sight (Closing Jan 1st, 2020)

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

$$$$ American (New), Cocktail Bars

726 SE 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97214 503-841-6675

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2.  Burger Stevens:  Best Pioneer Square Courthouse 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

$$$$ Burgers, Food Trucks, Sandwiches

701 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97205 503-387-9577

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 bun.  I’d definitely put Stanich’s in my regular burger rotation.


$$$$ American (Traditional), Venues & Event Spaces, Wine Bars

4915 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97213 503-281-2322

4.  Woodsman Tavern:  (CLOSED) 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.

The Woodsman Tavern

$$$$ American (New), Diners, Bars

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.


$$$$ Cocktail Bars, Asian Fusion

5424 NE 30th Ave, Portland, OR 97211 503-867-5309

6.  Bunk at Wonder Ballroom (CLOSED)

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 Alberta

$$$$ Breakfast & Brunch, Sandwiches, Bars

2017 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211 503-328-2865

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.


$$$$ Seafood, Desserts, Wine Bars

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.

Bistro Agnes (Superbite)

$$$$ French

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

$$$$ American (New), Gastropubs

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

$$$$ Tapas/Small Plates, Spanish, Cocktail Bars

126 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97204 503-477-8999


11.  Country Cat Dinnerhouse: (CLOSED) 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 Dinner House and Bar

$$$$ Breakfast & Brunch, Cocktail Bars, American (New)

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

$$$$ Sports Bars, American (Traditional)

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 & Gristle

$$$$ Gastropubs, Pubs, American (New)

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

$$$$ Food Trucks, Sandwiches, Burgers

Flying Tortoise Food Carts, 4400 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97213 541-301-2197

15.  Bless Your Heart Burgers:  Best Fast Burger

Read all about this fast and fantastic burger here.

Bless Your Heart Burgers

$$$$ Burgers

126 SW 2nd Ave, 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

$$$$ Lounges

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

$$$$ Pubs, American (New)

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 one of Portland’s most commonly named best burgers in a lovely farmland-esque setting.

Helvetia Tavern

$$$$ Burgers, Dive Bars, Comfort Food

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 cheek 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

$$$$ French, American (New)

738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214-1219 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

$$$$ Burgers, American (Traditional), Hot Dogs

3045 SE Harrison St, Milwaukie, OR 97222 503-654-0131


21.  Smokehouse Tavern (CLOSED): 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 Tavern

$$$$ Smokehouse, Bars, Sandwiches

1401 SE Morrison St #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.


$$$$ Mexican, Sandwiches, Cocktail Bars

200 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97232 503-887-9258

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


$$$$ Burgers, Bars, Sandwiches

1355 NW Everett St, 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

$$$$ Cocktail Bars, Belgian, French

2500 SE Clinton St, 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 (Ok Omens)

$$$$ Wine Bars, American (Traditional)

1758 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 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


$$$$ Asian Fusion, American (New), Japanese

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 Restaurant and Lounge Portland

$$$$ Bars, Japanese, Sushi Bars

5411 NE 30th Ave, Portland, OR 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

$$$$ Steakhouses, Butcher, Wine Bars

3155 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214 503-206-3097

29.  Little Bird Bistro (CLOSED)

Meat: Tighter grind, double patty

Cheese: Brie

Vegetables: Pickled peppers, onion, shredded iceberg

Sauce: Mayo based, semi-classic

Bun: Brioche

Little Bird Bistro

$$$$ French

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


$$$$ American (New)

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


$$$$ Sandwiches

1205 SW Washington St, Portland, OR 97205 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 Bistro & Bar

$$$$ French, Wine Bars

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


$$$$ Breakfast & Brunch, American (Traditional), Cocktail Bars

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


$$$$ Italian, Bars, Pizza

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

$$$$ Burgers, Hot Dogs, Diners

3312 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214 503-235-0146

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


$$$$ French, American (New)

1239 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205 503-222-9070

37.  Biwa (Closed)

Meat: Single patty AND crisped pork belly, togarashi seasoning

Cheese: No

Vegetables: Spicy pickles, butter lettuce

Sauce: Special sauce

Bun: Toasted standard white


$$$$ Ramen, Izakaya

215 SE 9th Ave, 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

$$$$ American (New), Cocktail Bars

828 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97204 503-850-8915

39.  Tasty & Sons (CLOSED)

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 n Sons

$$$$ Breakfast & Brunch, American (New), Bars

3808 N Williams Ave C, Portland, OR 97227 503-621-1400

40.  Swift & Union

Meat: Single patty, juicy

Cheese: Bleu (I ordered the Swift Burger)

Vegetables: Butter lettuce

Sauce: Bacon-Onion jam

Bun: Brioche

Swift and Union

$$$$ Pubs, American (New), Burgers

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

Slow Bar

$$$$ Lounges, Burgers

533 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214 503-230-7767

42.  Interurban

Meat: Boar

Cheese: Queso botanero

Vegetables: Chiles, fried unions, pickled jalapenos

Sauce: Aioli

Bun: Toasted white


$$$$ Bars, American (New)

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

$$$$ Brewpubs

825 N 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

$$$$ Bars, American (Traditional), Burgers

3943 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227 503-889-0090

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

$$$$ Food Trucks, French

113 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97214 503-862-3583

46.  Stoopid Burger (CLOSED)

(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

$$$$ Burgers, Sandwiches

2329 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97232 503-477-5779

47.  Stumptown Sliders (CLOSED)

(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

$$$$ Burgers, Food Trucks, Breakfast & Brunch

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

48.  Angry Unicorn (CLOSED): The Donut Bun Burger

Meat: Single patty, well seasoned, nice crust

Cheese: Differs with Burger choice

Vegetables: Choices

Sauce: Depends


The Angry Unicorn

$$$$ Food Trucks, Burgers

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

$$$$ Burgers, Food Trucks, Sandwiches

5714, 1605 SE Bybee Blvd, 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


$$$$ Hawaiian, Korean

2454 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214 503-445-6101


Finally, here’s a handy list of honorable mention burgers:

Little Big Burger

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

Tasty & Alder

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

Killer Burger

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

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!

  2. Probably the best overview available of the Portland burger scene! My friend Heather and I have a fancy burger together almost every Wednesday. We’ve had many of the ones on your list. Our favorite is Little Bird… but we get it with their house made American cheese. I’d encourage you to try that version. And the burger at OK Omens has hit our regular rotation. Also, the burger at Bamboo Sushi has been in our top five for a few years now. Finally, the first great burger in town was the Slowburger, at Slow Bar, and though they have a rotating seasonal (which you reviewed), I think it’s their original (with the onion rings) that shines brightest. Keep up the great work!

  3. How on earth could you have not included the burger at Wilder? Have you not been there? It friggin rules! What is going on here?!?!?!

  4. Sadly, even more of these places have closed including Country Cat, Little Bird and Smokehouse Provisions. There could be more.

  5. Using your website to help plan my first trip to Portland. Good list just want to note that the number one burger is closing. Today, Dec 31st is the last day however I will check out your number 2

    1. Thanks so much! Hope your upcoming trip is awesome. We are aware of the Trifecta Tavern closing- so tragic! It really was such an amazing burger. Good luck with Burger Stevens! The location we listed has closed (removed the address) but it looks like their 6th ave location is still going strong. If you need another option the burger at Pastrami Zombie is insanely delicious. Or there are 50 (mostly) others here to choose from. Enjoy!