Summer means one thing in Pittsburgh: Buccos baseball and grilling. Burgers, whether traditional or veggie, seem to be that one food that just about everyone, including the pickiest of kids, likes. For those days when a burger could really hit the spot but grilling isn’t on the menu, you’ll quickly discover that Pittsburgh promises plenty of options for a good burger cooked to perfection. Check out the eight best burgers in Pittsburgh:
Get ready to tempt your tastebuds with a burger from Burgatory's eclectic menu of unique burgers. Like peanut butter, jelly, and bacon? Then you just might love the Piggy Butter & Jelly, a traditional burger topped with not-so-traditional peanut butter, jelly, pickles, cheese, and bacon. Burgatory's menu also features a kid's burger and the Phat Patti Veggie Burger. Burgatory has numerous locations throughout the Pittsburgh area.
You're pretty much guaranteed to love your Stack'd burger because, well, you design your own. Simply choose from the vast list of ingredients – breads, meats (or a veggie burger), cheeses, sauces, and toppings. The ingredients, however, go beyond the traditional and include such fun toppings as potato chips, peanut butter, fritos, fried pierogies, grilled mac and cheese, and grilled pineapple. Stack'd is located in Shadyside.
3. Meat and Potatoes
Meat and Potatoes certainly lives up to its name with a vast menu slathered with meat and potato dishes. The three burgers on the menu, all sandwiched on a homemade bun, include the Plain Jane, a burger for traditionalists and those with a more selective taste, topped with house pickles, red onion, lettuce, and tomatoes. Those with a bolder taste may want to opt for the Pimento Burger or the Pub Burger.
4. OTB Bicycle Cafe
With 10 different burgers on its menu, OTB Bicycle Cafe doesn't exactly make it easy to decide which one to order. From the Hard Tail, the traditional burger with or without the equally traditional toppings and cheese, to the Bicycle Advocate, a tantalizing burger topped with bacon, a fried egg, cheese, coleslaw, and fries, the burgers are an ode to local bicycle organizations. If you're not in the mood for a regular beef burger, consider trying the chicken, turkey, or veggie burger. Prefer something lighter? Order the burger, sans the bun, atop mixed greens. OTB Bicycle Cafe has locations on the South Side and in Allison Park.
Butterjoint promises its burgers, made from Western Pennsylvania raised and grass-fed beef, will always be ground daily and grilled fresh to order. In the mood for the burgers you grew up with? Butterjoint's got you covered with the burger topped with lettuce, onions, your choice of cheese, and bacon. In the mood for fancy? Try the Fancy Burger of the Day – the “Crisp 'N Gruyere” – or the Extra Fancy Burger of the day.
6. Fathead's Saloon
Walk into Fathead's Saloon on the South Side and, if you're in a really daring mood, order the famous Triple Bypass Burger, a smoked burger with such heart stopping toppings as Beasty barbecue sauce, a sunny egg, and Cheddar cheese. Maybe you're a little less daring and would prefer the King Jong Moo or the Fiery Voodoo Burger instead. Of course, Fathead's also features a classic cheeseburger on its menu.
Kick back and embrace the chill vibe of Tessaro's while teasing your tastebuds with one of its hardwood grilled burgers. Each burger, made from a half of a pound of fresh ground beef, is grilled to order. Tessaro's menu features the Classic Cheeseburger as well the Barbeque Burger, the Gourmet Cheeseburger, and the Breakfast Burger, the latter of which is topped with fresh bacon, eggs, and cheese.
8. Winghart's Burgers
I Don't Care Whatever. C'mon. Who could resist a burger with such a name? Add the included toppings – cheddar cheese, crumbled bleu cheese, caramelized onions, and jalapenos, to name just a few – and it's an irresistible offering at Winghart's Burgers in Market Square. The one-time food stand serves fresh ground beef daily and features such creatively named burgers as The Shipwreck, The Necessity, and Denny-Double Blue, named after the owner's father.
Pittsburghers know how to grill a good burger – whether meat or veggie. In just about every fast food joint and restaurant you frequent in Pittsburgh, you’ll find burgers on the menu. But, taste is certainly subjective. Do you agree that these are the eight best burgers in Pittsburgh? Do you have a burger joint that should be on the list of best burgers in Pittsburgh?