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The Best Burgers Joints of Philadelphia

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The Good Dog Burger is often at the top of the list for best burgers in Philly. Photo: by Robyn Lee width=
The Good Dog Burger is often at the top of the list for best burgers in Philly. Photo: Robyn Lee on flickr.com

Philadelphia might not have a place as legendary as the In and Out Burger. But because of some of the succulent burgers that a lot of its restaurants and bars have to offer, it really doesn’t need one. and whether they’re known for beef, poultry, or veggie; CultureMob is ready to weigh in on the best Burger Joints of Philadelphia. And while there are definitely going to be some places that offer the traditional burgers that you know and love on the list, there are also going to be some places that give them a gourmet kick.

Good Dog

Because of it’s legendary Good Dog Burger, Good Dog is usually the first place that ends up on peoples lists. but since it touts a 1/2 pound of ground sirloin stuffed with roquefort cheese, and is topped with carmelized onions on a toasted brioche bun; it’s kind of hard to argue. But Good Dog also offers a traditional burger; and it just introduced a Salmon Burger that includes egg, panko bread crumbs, horseradish, dill scallions, mustard, malt vinegar, and then some! and any fan of veggie burgers wouldn’t want to miss the veggie cake that comes complete with roasted eggplant, lentils, mushrooms, cumin, cilantro, and scallions; and is topped off with curried mayo and beet chips.
Good Dog

Sketch

Sketch is an epic burger joint in Fishtown that supplies a sirloin or chicken burger for as low as $6.50. or you can try their delicious veggie burger, an incredible turkey burger, or a smashed onion beef burger. Of course, you also might want to consider going all out and savor their Kobe beef burger. their topping list includes Bacon, Avocado, Salsa Verde or Onion (Raw or Grilled) for a $1 each. and their extensive cheese listing includes American, Cheddar, Pepperjack, Horseradish Cheddar, Bleu or Soy.
Sketch

Rouge

The first restaurant to ever offer outdoor seating in Philadelphia has always been a bit of a visionary. And it’s Rouge Burger gives the everyday item a bit of a gourmet flair. It comes on a challah roll, and supplies a good helping of carmelized onions and gruyere cheese. it comes with their standard pommes frites; but if you’re extra adventurous then you might want to consider ditching them in favor of their Truffled Parmesan Pommes Frites.
Rouge

Butcher and Singer

Butcher and Singer is a steak and chop house of impeccable taste that is a homage to the old Hollywood low lights. so as you can imagine, the Stephen Starr restaurant does some pretty impressive things with its meat. and with a helping of aged English cheddar and fried onions, the Butcher Burger is no exception. be sure to go for the double namesake by adding on the Singer Fries.
Butcher and Singer

Standard Tap

one of Northern Liberties premiere watering holes is also a huge supporter of Pennsylvania’s Buy Fresh Buy Local movement. and as a result it picks up the bulk of it’s stock from places like Greensgrow Farm. and that means when you’re biting into into their Standard Burger, or HUGE Double Standard; it means that your enjoying the best ingredients possible. And your getting something extra special when you try the chickpea or portabella sandwiches. be sure to show up Wednesday’s at 6 so you can enjoy the tapping of one of their Firkin casks with your meal!
Standard Tap

Royal Tavern

Royal Tavern is an impressive place that takes the traditional tavern atmosphere up a notch with top of the line food and drink offerings that go above the norm. and when you combine bacon, caramelized onions, smoked gouda, pickled longhots and chile mayonnaise
on seeded brioche bun; their amazing Angus Burger is no exception. and their even better when you add on things like the Old Bay Fries.
Royal Tavern

Grace Tavern

it was voted the #1 bar in Philadelphia by Philadelphia Weekly, but it was considered it many moons before by plenty of people who have enjoyed food and drink there. and one of the main staples that they happen to be known for is their burgers. The Grace Burger offers lettuce, vine-ripe tomato, red onion and swiss cheese ; while the South Street Burger touts sautéed onions & bleu cheese. you might want to switch it up and try
the Kennett Square Burger which has sautéed mushrooms & sharp cheddar , or you can go with Kelly’s Burger which has bacon & sharp cheddar. but they also have a meaty tasting vegan burger for you grazers. on a striato roll with our vegan aoli, lettuce & tomato, served with a side of baby greens.
Grace Tavern

PYT

A newcomer to the list, but it’s also a spot that has been taking burgers in Philadelphia to a whole new level, and has been met with some rave reviews. since it hooks up cheddar, bacon, tomato, and lettuce in a special sauce, and comes with a Martin’s Potato Roll, the PYT Burger is anything but standard by itself. but you can double up to the Royale with Cheese and savor two patties for $10, or you can triple up to The Big Mic for $12. they also have the Fat Boy Monster which has two patties, cheddar, bacon, onion rings, tomato, lettuce, and special sauce on a Martins Potato Roll. but PYT also manages to offer up plenty of chicken and veggie burgers. and since PYT stands for Pick Your Toppings, you know that they have plenty!
PYT

With so many great burger joints, and places that offer one mighty fine specimen that stands out, it’s hard to narrow it down further. but places like Rembrandt’s, Tangier, Smokin’ Betty’s, and Farmicia also belong on the list as contenders.

Burger photo by Robyn Lee.