For burger recs in Phoenix, we're turning to Paul McCabe, Executive Chef at The Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, and Sedona native. McCabe is a fine dining veteran, having previously served as Executive Chef of L'Auberge Del Mar Resort and Spa for eight years.
There's a burger on the menu at on-site restaurant T. Cook's, and it's a doozy of house-made this and that. The patty (ground in-house) is topped with house-made American cheese, house-made bread and butter pickles, slow-roasted pork belly, a sunny side up duck egg, and aioli, on a Plugrá brioche bun with a side of hash browns.
When he's not eating a burger from his own restaurant's kitchen, McCabe hits up a smattering old standbys and newcomers. Scroll down to see his top burger picks in Phoenix.
Paul McCabe's Top 5 Burgers in Phoenix
1. Stax Burger Bistro in Scottsdale: Although they are known for their sliders, I am always intrigued by their offerings of exotic burgers, like kangaroo, buffalo, etcetera.
4400 N Scottsdale Road #12, Scottsdale AZ 85251 (map); 480-946-4222; staxburgerbistro.com
2. The Grind: I like their Nogales burger with chorizo, tamale, roasted poblano, and white cheddar. The flavors are great and the burgers are cooked in their coal-fired ovens.
3961 E Camelback Road, Phoenix AZ 85018 (map); 602-954-7463; thegrindaz.com
3. Chicago Hamburger Company: This spot has been here on Indian School Road for a long time. "Bob's Big Burger" has made it onto my favorites list based on the size and consistency.
3749 E Indian School Road, Phoenix AZ (map); 602-955-4137; chicagohamburger.com
4. The Stand Burgers and Tacos: Although they are fairly new, they are putting out a great product. I have visited a few times since they have opened and they have never failed to come through with consistency and decent sized burgers. Don't forget about the horchata.
3538 E Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018 (map); 602-314-5259; thestandbnt.com
5: Lenny's Burger Shop: This classic burger is served with a large stack of lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickles. They have been around for a long time.
Multiple locations, see lennysburger.com
About the author: Erin Jackson is a food writer and photographer who is obsessed with discovering the best eats in San Diego. You can find all of her discoveries on her San Diego food blog EJeats.com. On Twitter, she's @ErinJax