The toppings on at least one of this fancy banh mi joint's burgers are enough to make a purist reconsider a predilection for the simplicity of beef and bun, but no toppings, innovative or otherwise, can save a lackluster patty.
Portland Penny Diner, a cheap eats lunch spot from one of Portland's most respected chefs, sells a simple burger at a price equal to its value. That price is $6.95.
In a world so inundated with meat innovation and extreme toppings, sometimes you need an everyday burger like the one at Grain & Gristle.
Baker extraordinaire Ken Forkish delivers yet another winner with his new Trifecta Tavern + Bakery's Pimento Double Cheeseburger, a pricey, half-pound beauty that's easily one of Portland's very best burgers.
How many Hawaiian restaurants can you say serve a first-rate burger? Portland's Ate-Oh-Ate is one of them, and its kimchi-and-pork-belly-topped Aina Burger is the reason you should sit up and take notice.
In downtown Portland, Sideshow Eatery slings some seriously tasty (if not totally authentic) poutine alongside classic (or gourmet) cheeseburgers.
In Portland, Brunchbox serves burgers topped with everything from fried eggs to sauerkraut and spam. AHT contributor Adam Lindsley and I teamed up to take down two burgers: a fairly classic cheeseburger with grilled cheese sandwiches standing in for buns, and a Big Mac clone.
My two visits to Frack Burger so far have resulted in vastly disparate experiences, but the first of those meals convinced me it was perfectly fine to drive 30 miles from home for a cheeseburger twice in one week.
Killer Burger opened in Portland two years ago, and they've since opened three additional restaurants and garnered a fiercely loyal following. Having never tried them before, it was high time to see what all the fuss was about.
It doesn't always happen this way, but often enough a restaurant will prove unsuccessful in meeting perhaps-unattainable expectations. That's exactly what happened when I tried the Griddle Burger at The Woodsman Tavern, after it clinched the #7 spot on GQ's "Ten Best New Restaurants in America" list.
Steeped in '50s nostalgia, Dickie Jo's Burgers is dedicated to serving up better-than-average fast food-style burgers to residents of western Oregon. But they have some tweaking to do across the board before they can be mentioned in the same breath as Shake Shack or In-N-Out.
Slow Bar's massive Slowburger, topped with two fat beer-battered onion rings, is a major value, and very few places in Portland serve a burger and fries of this quality at this price point. It's a shame Slow Bar's chefs can't be more consistent, but it's a risk worth taking. Intrigued? Then you'd better start your mouth-stretching exercises right now.
There are few ways to get me to review a burger joint in my fair city faster than when someone makes a "best-of" list and includes a place I haven't tried, as was the case when The Oregonian released its list of the top 10 classic burgers in the Portland area. And while Dea's In & Out can't hold a candle to that other In-N-Out, it's that rare 50-year-old institution that still holds up somewhat.
One of Portland's best food carts, Lardo puts out some of the tastiest (and, it should be noted, saltiest) sandwiches in the city. Having sampled a number of these over the past few months, I had to know if owner Rick Gencarelli's Double Burger, at a mere eight bucks, could qualify as one of Portland's best burger deals. The answer depends on how high your standards have been set.
Veritable Quandary is best known for two things: mega-popular weekend brunches, and crowded weekday power lunches for downtown Portland's movers and shakers. The menu leans heavily toward the upscale: pumpkin mascarpone agnolotti, rabbit pate with roasted brioche, duck confit spring rolls. Probably not the first place you'd think to find a really good burger, but with the kitchen helmed by current chef Annie Cuggino, that's exactly what you'll find here.
Stanich's is one of those Portland institutions that must have had one helluva heyday to garner the kind of praise that's been showered on it over the years. With all those accolades, this has to be a pretty awesome burger, right?
Salt. Without it, your precious all-natural grass-fed ground beef is nothing. Nowhere is this more painfully obvious than Dick's Kitchen, a bizarre pastiche of old-school '50s diners, greasy spoons, and upscale sit-down restaurants that works on none of these levels.