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17 Must-Try Burgers in Philly

From juicy single-patty burgers to double-stacked cheeseburgers layered with toppings, Philly restaurants offer something for every mood

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In the city of cheesesteaks, restaurants all over town also offer another carnivore classic: the hamburger. Juicy, salty, and satisfying — sometimes nothing but a burger will do. And maybe fries. And a beer. Here are 17 burgers to try in Philly right now.

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1. Lucky's Last Chance (multiple locations)

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4421 Main St
Philadelphia, PA 19127
(215) 509-6005
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The over-the-top burgers at Lucky’s come with a wide variety of add-ons, including fried pickles, peanut butter and jelly, pierogies, and so much more. Toasted and buttered Liscio’s rolls make for a great delivery system for these messy, oversize burgers.

2. Spot Gourmet Burgers

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2821 W Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(267) 930-7370
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In Brewerytown, Josh Kim is serving his sirloin burgers with a wide variety of topping combos, like the Billy burger with goat cheese, spinach, fire-roasted red peppers, and truffle balsamic. Chicken burgers, veggie burgers, cheesesteaks, and sloppy Joes are also options.

3. Middle Child Clubhouse

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1232 N Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19122
(267) 858-4325
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Like almost everything at Middle Child Clubhouse, customizations on the MCC cheeseburger are not permitted. (“This is not Burger King please try it our way.”) But who needs to customize a classic cheeseburger made with American cheese, pickles, onions, and Russian dressing anyway?

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4. Johnny Brenda's

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1201 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 739-9684
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The JB Burger at Johnny Brenda’s in Fishtown comes with a prime sirloin patty on a brioche bun topped with cheddar, sauteed onions, dill pickles, and spicy harissa mayo. A veg option is available with the same set up.

5. Standard Tap

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901 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 238-0630
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Open since 1999, this Northern Liberties bar was a pioneer of the gastropub trend in Philly. The signature cheeseburger tops a flavorful patty of locally raised beef with red onions and Cabot cheddar on top of a Merzbacher’s bun.

6. Butcher Bar

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2034 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 563-6328
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This carnivore’s paradise pays homage to the Tarantino classic: the Royale with Cheese. Butcher Bar’s take involves two beef patties with American cheese, lettuce, pickles, onions, and special sauce on a buttered, toasted potato roll.

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7. Village Whiskey

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118 S 20th St
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 665-1088
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Burgers at this Jose Garces restaurant are tall, proud, and almost a little daunting. In a city where truly pricy splurge burgers are a rare sight, the notorious Whiskey King stands out: Topped with blue cheese, bacon, maple-bourbon glazed onions, and foie gras, it carries a $27 price tag and has accumulated no small number of ardent fans.

8. Oyster House

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1516 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 567-7683
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Those who have avoided this Sansom Street seafood house when looking for a meatier option, listen up. Oyster House does a bang up job with their burger that’s finished off with Cooper cheddar and a tart red onion jam.

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9. Royal Boucherie

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52 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(267) 606-6313
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Royal Boucherie’s burger doesn’t mess around. The grass-fed patty is finished off with a tangle of watercress, nutty gruyere and — wait for it — a dollop of bone marrow for good measure.

10. Monk's Cafe

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264 S 16th St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 545-7005
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Monk’s is not only an award-winner for its beer selection: The Belgian bar has also won a number of contests thanks to its burger, made with Primal Supply beef. It comes with a generous side of frites and toppings with international flair include caramelized leeks, sauteed mushrooms and Gruyere, and broccoli rabe.

11. Pub & Kitchen

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1946 Lombard St
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 545-0350
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When the night calls for a messy, cheesy burger, Pub & Kitchen is just the ticket. The P&K burger’s rich double patties are cut nicely with pickled onion and Noble cheddar, while the smash burger goes the route of a backyard standby with American cheese, pickles, and secret sauce.

12. SouthGate

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1801 Lombard St
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 560-8443
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Sauteed kimchi gives SouthGate’s burger signature flair. Here a bulgogi spiced patty is finished off with aromatic perilla leaves, bacon, cheese, and Kewpie mayo. A paired down bulgogi burger is served with a gochugaru-spiked aioli.

13. The Good King Tavern

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614 S 7th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 625-3700
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You can’t go wrong with a French tavern burger — and the Good King Tavern does it right, with juicy and melty Raclette cheese, bibb lettuce, house-made aioli, and frites.

14. Emmy Squared

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632 S 5th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(267) 551-3669
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Brooklyn import Emmy Squared, now in Queen Village, is known for its burger, which layers two patties, American cheese, pickles, and sambal mayo on a pretzel bun, served with a side of waffle fries.

15. Fountain Porter

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1601 S 10th St
Philadelphia, PA
(267) 324-3910
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The delicious $6 burger at Fountain Porter is a burger for purists, with a juicy and well-charred patty and a no-frills presentation — just American cheese and a potato roll. The perfectly easy side-snack while you grab a few pints.

16. Charlies Hamburgers

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237 E Macdade Blvd
Folsom, PA 19033
(610) 461-4228
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Venture out to Delco to get a taste of one of the region’s most historic burger institutions. While the 2.0 location on MacDade Boulevard might not have the same retro appeal as its previous address, Charlie’s is still turning out the same skinny patty, greasy-in-a-great-way burgers that they’ve been griddling since 1935.

17. Burgertime NJ

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123 W Merchant St
Audubon, NJ 08106
(856) 323-8389
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With “burger” right in the name, Burgertime in Audobon, NJ is a pretty great option for anyone seeking a beef patty between a bun. The options at Burgertime are seemingly endless, from the Pepperjawni Pizza Burger (with pepperoni, of course) to the Backyard BBQ burger made with baked beans and a hot dog on top. For real.

1. Lucky's Last Chance (multiple locations)

4421 Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19127

The over-the-top burgers at Lucky’s come with a wide variety of add-ons, including fried pickles, peanut butter and jelly, pierogies, and so much more. Toasted and buttered Liscio’s rolls make for a great delivery system for these messy, oversize burgers.

4421 Main St
Philadelphia, PA 19127

2. Spot Gourmet Burgers

2821 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130

In Brewerytown, Josh Kim is serving his sirloin burgers with a wide variety of topping combos, like the Billy burger with goat cheese, spinach, fire-roasted red peppers, and truffle balsamic. Chicken burgers, veggie burgers, cheesesteaks, and sloppy Joes are also options.

2821 W Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130

3. Middle Child Clubhouse

1232 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19122
A traditional burger with sauce on the side on a silver platter is sitting on top of a green leather diner stool. Gab Bonghi

Like almost everything at Middle Child Clubhouse, customizations on the MCC cheeseburger are not permitted. (“This is not Burger King please try it our way.”) But who needs to customize a classic cheeseburger made with American cheese, pickles, onions, and Russian dressing anyway?

1232 N Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19122

4. Johnny Brenda's

1201 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

The JB Burger at Johnny Brenda’s in Fishtown comes with a prime sirloin patty on a brioche bun topped with cheddar, sauteed onions, dill pickles, and spicy harissa mayo. A veg option is available with the same set up.

1201 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

5. Standard Tap

901 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA

Open since 1999, this Northern Liberties bar was a pioneer of the gastropub trend in Philly. The signature cheeseburger tops a flavorful patty of locally raised beef with red onions and Cabot cheddar on top of a Merzbacher’s bun.

901 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA

6. Butcher Bar

2034 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA
tall cheeseburger and fries on metal tray Butcher Bar

This carnivore’s paradise pays homage to the Tarantino classic: the Royale with Cheese. Butcher Bar’s take involves two beef patties with American cheese, lettuce, pickles, onions, and special sauce on a buttered, toasted potato roll.

2034 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA

7. Village Whiskey

118 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA

Burgers at this Jose Garces restaurant are tall, proud, and almost a little daunting. In a city where truly pricy splurge burgers are a rare sight, the notorious Whiskey King stands out: Topped with blue cheese, bacon, maple-bourbon glazed onions, and foie gras, it carries a $27 price tag and has accumulated no small number of ardent fans.

118 S 20th St
Philadelphia, PA

8. Oyster House

1516 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Those who have avoided this Sansom Street seafood house when looking for a meatier option, listen up. Oyster House does a bang up job with their burger that’s finished off with Cooper cheddar and a tart red onion jam.

1516 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

9. Royal Boucherie

52 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Royal Boucherie’s burger doesn’t mess around. The grass-fed patty is finished off with a tangle of watercress, nutty gruyere and — wait for it — a dollop of bone marrow for good measure.

52 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

10. Monk's Cafe

264 S 16th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Monk’s is not only an award-winner for its beer selection: The Belgian bar has also won a number of contests thanks to its burger, made with Primal Supply beef. It comes with a generous side of frites and toppings with international flair include caramelized leeks, sauteed mushrooms and Gruyere, and broccoli rabe.

264 S 16th St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

11. Pub & Kitchen

1946 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

When the night calls for a messy, cheesy burger, Pub & Kitchen is just the ticket. The P&K burger’s rich double patties are cut nicely with pickled onion and Noble cheddar, while the smash burger goes the route of a backyard standby with American cheese, pickles, and secret sauce.

1946 Lombard St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

12. SouthGate

1801 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

Sauteed kimchi gives SouthGate’s burger signature flair. Here a bulgogi spiced patty is finished off with aromatic perilla leaves, bacon, cheese, and Kewpie mayo. A paired down bulgogi burger is served with a gochugaru-spiked aioli.

1801 Lombard St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

13. The Good King Tavern

614 S 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

You can’t go wrong with a French tavern burger — and the Good King Tavern does it right, with juicy and melty Raclette cheese, bibb lettuce, house-made aioli, and frites.

614 S 7th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

14. Emmy Squared

632 S 5th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Brooklyn import Emmy Squared, now in Queen Village, is known for its burger, which layers two patties, American cheese, pickles, and sambal mayo on a pretzel bun, served with a side of waffle fries.

632 S 5th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

15. Fountain Porter

1601 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA

The delicious $6 burger at Fountain Porter is a burger for purists, with a juicy and well-charred patty and a no-frills presentation — just American cheese and a potato roll. The perfectly easy side-snack while you grab a few pints.

1601 S 10th St
Philadelphia, PA

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16. Charlies Hamburgers

237 E Macdade Blvd, Folsom, PA 19033

Venture out to Delco to get a taste of one of the region’s most historic burger institutions. While the 2.0 location on MacDade Boulevard might not have the same retro appeal as its previous address, Charlie’s is still turning out the same skinny patty, greasy-in-a-great-way burgers that they’ve been griddling since 1935.

237 E Macdade Blvd
Folsom, PA 19033

17. Burgertime NJ

123 W Merchant St, Audubon, NJ 08106

With “burger” right in the name, Burgertime in Audobon, NJ is a pretty great option for anyone seeking a beef patty between a bun. The options at Burgertime are seemingly endless, from the Pepperjawni Pizza Burger (with pepperoni, of course) to the Backyard BBQ burger made with baked beans and a hot dog on top. For real.

123 W Merchant St
Audubon, NJ 08106

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