Portland, Oregon, has a reputation for being one of the most talked-about craft brewery hubs on the West Coast, so it only makes sense that they'd be the burger capital of the Northwest too. After all, what goes better with a tall glass of craft beer than a juicy burger? This trendy city has come up with more variations on the classic hamburger than most people can imagine. From Dick's Kitchen with its paleo philosophy to Killer Burger's Peanut-Butter-Pickle-Bacon, there is a burger in Portland for every taste. We scoured the city to bring you 25 of the best places in Portland for burgers.
© Stoopid Burger
For made-to-order classic American food, look no further than Stoopid Burger. Guests will know they've found the right spot when they see the bright yellow trailer surrounded by green and blue picnic tables. First-timers should try their signature burger, aptly named the Stoopid Burger; it's loaded with ham, bacon, hot links, an egg, and cheese, smothered with "stoopid" sauce.
Vegetarians needn't worry; they'll find their own juicy heaven with the Smart Burger, a black bean patty piled high with toppings. Additional items such as po' boys and Stoopid Dogs, can also be found on the menu.
3441 N Vancouver Avenue Portland, OR, Phone: 971-801-4180
© Dick's Kitchen
Dick's Kitchen was created for the health-conscious diner who also loves a good burger. Owner Richard Satnick based his restaurant concept on years of dietary and nutritional research. He believes the amount of processed food, industrial oils, and sugars consumed by the average person should be limited, and his menu is influenced by this paleo philosophy.
Ingredients that are locally sourced and meats that are humanely raised form the foundation of Dick's Kitchen. There are four gourmet burgers made from 100% grass-fed beef that are mouthwateringly delicious and six tantalizing burgers ranging from a vegan barbecue tempeh burger to the Dork Burger, a combination of local pork and duck. More Things to Do in Portland
3312 SE, Belmont Street, Portland, OR, Phone: 503-235-0146
© Bar Bar
Bar Bar is home to some of the tastiest burgers in Portland. It has been delivering the goods since 2010 from its prime location in Mississippi Studios, a music venue in the heart of the Historic District.
The music hall features over 500 shows every year, covering various genres from local to international acts, including DJs, bands, and comedians. At Bar Bar, diners can chow down on creative burgers like the Sweet Home Avocado or The Angry Rhino before or after a show. They feature an indoor dining space, two huge outdoor patios, and even a secret garden for enjoying burgers from lunch to late night.
3939 N Mississippi, Portland, OR, Phone: 503-889-0090
© Brunch Box
The Brunch Box is an industrial-chic burger joint that boasts some of Portland's craziest burgers served up by a hipster or two who may or may not be donning handlebar mustaches. The hungriest diners go for the YouCanHasCheeseburger, which features a cheeseburger with traditional fixings between two Texas toast grilled cheese sandwiches.
Brunch Box isn't a place for counting calories, but for those looking for a juicy and flavorful good time where bacon, ham, and even spam can be found on one delectable burger, it's here. Patrons can also try the restaurant's specialty sandwiches, loaded fries, and all-day breakfast sandwiches.
620 SW 9th Avenue, Portland, OR, Phone: 503-287-4377
© Canyon Grill
Portland's Canyon Grill is a family-owned and operated restaurant established in 2008. They attribute much of their success to their dedication to both their customers and the neighborhood. They are equally committed to using only the freshest ingredients, including Tillamook cheese and Painted Hills beef.
The Canyon Grill menu offers an old-school diner vibe with gourmet and old-fashioned burgers, sandwiches, salads, and traditional house specials like their chicken tender platter. Guests will enjoy mouthwatering burgers like their popular namesake, The Canyon Burger, which features Swiss cheese, avocado, bacon, mushrooms, grilled onions, roasted red peppers, and secret sauce, perfectly complemented with fries and a milkshake.
8825 SW Canyon Road, Portland, OR, Phone: 503-292-5131
6.Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House
© Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House
Deschutes Brewery is a mainstay of the Northwest-style craft brew scene, and they bring their distinct brews and pub food to Portland's urban ambiance. The brewery boasts more than 25 permanent Deschutes brews as well as a variety of seasonal and experimental beers brewed and served only at the Portland location.
Guests can pair craft beers with pub food created by Executive Chef Jill Ramseier and her team, made with only locally sourced ingredients. The pub menu includes gourmet burgers like the Elk Burger with shallot-thyme aioli and the Yellow Belly Burger with root beer-braised pork belly on a beef patty with jalapeno pesto, goat cheese, and candied yellow tomatoes.
210 NW 11th Avenue, Portland, OR, Phone: 503-296-4906
© Foster Burger
Foster Burger is a quaint local burger spot in Portland with a hipster vibe. It's not unusual to see a beanie-wearing saxophone player blowing a sweet tune while waiting for his food. Black walls featuring colorful playbills and posters and an eclectic mix of tables and chairs contribute to the restaurant's laid-back ambiance.
The menu is dominated by an array of classic burgers made from locally raised, grass-fed beef and also includes specialty burgers like the Forager Burger, a lamb burger with Swiss cheese, lettuce, onion, herbed mushrooms, and house-made pickles. Diners can also expect three different types of poutine as well as house-cut fries, starters, drinks, and adult beverages.
5339 SE Foster Road, Portland, OR, Phone: 503-775-2077
© Killer Burger
Locally owned and operated, Killer Burger in downtown Portland is one of three locations in the city. Their mission has been to "create the burgers they've always wanted to exist." The menu is as simple and stylish as the restaurant's industrial-themed ambiance; it features burgers, fries, sodas, and brews with a revival of the traditional burger.
Each burger is 1/3 pound 100% beef and includes bacon and french fries, but that's all they have in common. Here, guests can stretch their taste buds with unique creations like the Peanut-Butter-Pickle-Bacon, a burger topped with peanut butter sauce, smoky house sauce, bacon, mayo, grilled onion, and pickle.
510 SW 3rd Avenue (&Washington), Portland, OR, Phone: 503-946-8946
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Starting from humble beginnings, Lardo first tantalized taste buds as a food cart in southeast Portland, but has since grown into a two-restaurant empire that serves customers on both sides of the river. This aptly named hot spot pays homage to all things swine and bovine, creating masterpieces with Old World techniques and contemporary flair.
Guests will enjoy an eclectic menu featuring delectable pork-saturated double burgers, giant meatballs, hand-cut french fries drowned in pork juices, and other flavorful choices. The unforgettable menu items can be paired with premium cocktails and their extensive craft brew menu, which rotates throughout the year.
Portland West - 1205 SW Washington Street, Phone: 503-241-2490; Portland East - 1212 SE Hawthorne Boulevard, Phone: 503-234-7786
10.Little Big Burger
© Little Big Burger
There are seven Little Big Burger restaurants in Portland and one in Eugene. They have a small menu that literally sticks with the meat and potatoes of a burger joint. Guests will find a select menu of burgers, fries, sodas, floats, and craft beers.
Every burger is made with ¼ pound of Cascade Natural Beef served medium, sandwiched between golden, flaky brioche buns, and topped with local cheeses and fresh veggies. Everything is fresh and made to order, including their delicious truffle fries made with white truffle oil and a dash of salt and served up with Camden's catsup.
122 NW 10th Avenue, Portland, OR, Phone: 503-274-9008
11.Little Bird Bistro
© Little Bird Bistro
Little Bird Bistro is an upscale and moderately priced restaurant in the heart of Portland. Stunning vaulted ceilings, large windows offering loads of natural light, and romantic deep red booths with white linens offer guests an elegant ambiance.
The menu features American dishes, with touches of French culture here and there, that consistently change throughout the season; the exception is their delicious Double Brie Burger, a menu mainstay. Guests will enjoy the exceptional combination of savory brie that simply oozes out of the burger with the spiced tang of the ketchup, in addition to the mouthwateringly light and crispy french fries.
215 SW 6th Avenue, Portland, OR, Phone: 503-688-5952
© Slow Bar
Visitors looking for a Rockabilly good time will find it at Slow Bar in Portland. This quaint bar is a great spot for those looking for delicious eats and strong drinks. Decorated in black and gray with dim red lighting, it's one part industrial urban and one part wild with animal-esque touches.
Visitors will enjoy listening to the jukebox playlists, which include Fear and Dead Kennedy's, while enjoying one of their deliciously large and juicy burgers with a huge helping of crispy fries. First-timers should try the raved-about Slow Bar Burger, which features some unique toppings like a crunchy coleslaw and wasabi mayo.
533 SE Grand Avenue, Portland, OR, Phone: 503-230-7767
Stanich's restaurant in northeast Portland has been a family-owned and operated business since 1949, when it originally opened its doors with George and Gladys at the helm. It continues to remain a popular local hangout thanks to their son Steve Stanich and his family, who continue the family legacy of supporting their community and "paying it forward" just like George and Gladys.
Over the years, it's been the neighborhood place to watch sports and indulge in one of their award-winning burgers. Guests can choose from one of the family-named burgers like "George," and add in some fresh fries and a beverage from their simple yet delicious menu.
4915 Northeast Fremont Street, Portland, OR, Phone: 503-281-2322
© Tabor Tavern
Tabor Tavern is a neighborhood restaurant created by Ken "Zig" Naffziger and his wife Kristen. It was inspired by his 25 years in the hospitality industry and their combined travels. The restaurant concept is to give patrons a place to enjoy a warm, welcoming atmosphere with delicious food and drinks.
The menu consists of simple yet creative pub-style snacks, burgers, sandwiches, salads, mains, and desserts easily paired with house cocktails and craft brews. Guests can enjoy everything from moules frites to beef stroganoff. The juicy Tabor Burger, with ½ pound beef, blue cheese, bacon jam, and arugula on a brioche bun, is a neighborhood favorite.
5325 E Burnside Street, Portland, OR, Phone: 503-208-3544
15.TILT - Pearl District
© TILT - Pearl District
TILT is a reflection of this Portland neighborhood's blue collar roots. The repurposed factory warehouse has been expertly transformed into the industrial-chic restaurant it is today, featuring some of the old factory equipment throughout the space. The décor isn't the only thing TILT wanted to keep authentic; their menu features only the best from-scratch recipes along with quality classic cocktails and top local craft beers.
Guests order from 1950s-inspired menus featuring four classic burgers and ten signature burgers, including the Fat Farmer for vegetarians. Home-made blue collar biscuits, big salads, hand-carved sandwiches, meat n' two dinners, and the best old-fashioned pies round out the menu.
Swan Island- 3449 N Anchor Street, Suite 200, Portland, OR, Phone: 503-285-8458
16.White Owl Social Club
© White Owl Social Club
The White Owl Social Club is essentially a giant enclosed outdoor patio with a covered bar; in other words, it's a party waiting to happen. The restaurant is happy to oblige with films, live music, beer fests and tastings, bike shows, private parties, and other social gatherings. The space is lined with giant picnic tables, umbrellas, hanging flags, and the biggest fire pit in Portland, for a trendy vibe.
The popular bacon cheddar burger and Burger du Jour are served with crispy shoestring fries, sriracha ketchup, and Perfect Sauce. Eater calls their vegan burger – a savory beet, wakame, and hazelnut patty with pea shoots, carrot ribbons, and misonaise – the new gold standard for vegan burgers.
1305 SE 8th Avenue & Main, Portland, OR, Phone: 503-236-9672
© Boomers Bar-B-Q
Boomers Bar-B-Q offers the classic diner-meets-sports-bar feel with casual wood furnishings, a wraparound food bar, an enclosed outdoor patio, and a home cookin'-style menu. Sports lovers can catch a game on one of nine televisions while dining on delicious slow-smoked barbeque.
The menu consists of various meats that cook for up to 15 hours over mesquite, apple, or pecan woods, offering truly delectable flavors and a nice "smoke ring." Burgers topped with all the fixings are 1/3 pound and come with one side. The Ultimate BBQ Burger is topped with pulled pork, pepper jack cheese, fried onions, coleslaw, and sweet BBQ sauce.
1335 N Hayden Island Drive, Portland, OR, Phone: 503-517-2041
18.Dick's Primal Burger
© Dick's Primal Burger
Dick's Primal Burger is a straight-up burger joint that boasts an eclectic, hipster vibe with huge open windows inviting plenty of natural light into this eatery. They are all about providing quality, from their service to their food, which is why the burgers are made from 100% grass-fed beef, humanely raised by local rancher Cory Carmen.
In addition to their healthy and sustainable beef, they also offer vegetarian, vegan, and even gluten-free menu items. Guests can order anything from the Primal Burger with sweet potato fries to the Woodstock, a house-made veggie patty with a side of kimchi.
4905 SE Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, OR, Phone: 971-229-0786
19.Grain & Gristle
© Grain & Gristle
The Grain & Gristle has a famer's home vibe with dark wood tables and chairs, strung-up plaid curtains, old-timey bookshelf decorations, and exposed beams. It offers beautiful bright and natural light by day and romantic, lantern-style dim lighting by night.
Guests can enjoy the rustic ambiance while dining on a hearty and varied menu that caters to both carnivorous and herbivorous appetites. First-time patrons should try one of their three "Boards", which consist of meat, fish, or cheese, served up with house-made accompaniments. For the main dish, guests are encouraged to try the house burger on a brioche bun with a special aioli.
1473 NE Prescott Street, Portland, OR, Phone: 503-298-5007
© Hobnob Grille
The Hobnob Grille is a trendy restaurant that serves up traditional American-style food with a twist. Owner Jason has been working in the hospitality industry since the mid-80s and borrowed a little something from each place he worked to create his baby, Hobnob. The restaurant serves house-ground burgers using select Black Angus top sirloin and chuck.
Each burger is hand-crafted at the restaurant, resulting in 10 premium burger choices topped with apple-wood smoked bacon. A top choice is the Volcano Burger with a blue cheese and pickled habanero patty, topped with their apple-wood smoked bacon, Ben's habanero sauce, fried spinach, and blue cheese dressing.
3350 SE Morrison Street, Portland, OR, Phone: 503-445-3665
© Joe's Burgers
Joe's Burgers is a locally owned Pacific Northwest company that first opened at Bridgeport Village in 2010, and since then it has expanded to three college campus locations including Oregon State, University of Oregon, and Portland State University.
These fun and fast-paced burger joints use only Cascade Natural Beef – grass-fed, grain-finished, naturally raised cattle – and offer turkey and veggie patty substitutes as well as gluten-free options. Guests can choose from a simple menu of fries & rings, burgers, specialty burgers, dogs, soups & salads, and four delicious hand-spun milkshake flavors. For the twenty-one and up crowd, there are microbrews and wine options too.
540 SW College Street, Portland, OR, Phone: 503-432-8022
© Skyline Restaurant
Skyline Restaurant has been a family-owned and operated diner since 1935, passing down the generations through four separate families to the current owner, Michelle Nelson, whose grandmother worked for one of the previous owners. They offer a classic American-style menu featuring burgers that are among Portland's best, and only use locally sourced ingredients from Alpenrose Dairy, Fulton Provisions, Franz Bakery, and Tillamook cheese.
Guests can choose from 11 half-pound signature burgers and seven quarter-pound signature burgers like the Philly Cheese Steak Burger, made with 100% USDA ground beef, in-house slow roasted beef, Swiss cheese, peppers, and grilled onions on a toasted sesame bun.
1313 NW Skyline Boulevard, Portland, OR, Phone: 503-292-6762
Meet Slowburger, a contemporary eatery in a nondescript location that's easy to overlook at 24th and Glisan. The garage door-style entry and two side entrances open onto a small street-side patio with a fire pit. The light and airy ambiance gives the restaurant a casual feel. At Slowburger, the menu is all about the burgers, and they're fantastic.
Patrons can choose any one of Slowburger's quality, fresh craft burgers made with Columbia River Reserve Beef in 4 to 7-ounce patties. Guests can enjoy the mini burgers to get a taste of the many available flavors. Menu favorites include Jack & Dill, Big Mike, and Bahn Mi.
2329 NE Glisan Street, Portland, OR, Phone: 503-477-5779
24.The Burger Guild
© The Burger Guild
Owners of The Burger Guild, Mike Scheller and Katianne Lierman, have made it their mission to create high-quality burgers. Every burger at The Burger Guild is made with hormone-free, grass-fed Cascade Natural ground chuck, and piled high with only the freshest ingredients.
Burgers are cooked on an open-flame grill to create their charbroiled flavor and served between two freshly baked Fleur De Lis buns with a side of crinkle fries. Guests then get to choose from a cartful of home-made sauces to pair with their burger. If burgers aren't on the agenda, choose one of their savory sandwiches, such as the pork tenderloin.
6200 SE Milwaukie Avenue, Portland, OR, Phone: 971-373-3848
© Trifecta Tavern
Trifecta Tavern is a contemporary dinner restaurant with an industrial vibe, boasting a beautiful open ceiling with stunning wooden beams and funky light fixtures. A mixture of wood tones and subtle nodes of red provide a sleek and cozy ambiance for patrons dining on a menu of creative and hearty items.
The wood grill aides in creating most of the menu items, from the house-made sausage to the Big-Ass Steak. For a real treat, diners should try the mouthwatering pimento double cheeseburger on a brioche bun with two juicy patties, savory aioli, and crispy fries. Trifecta Tavern also serves tasty wood-grilled flat breads and pan-seared selections.
726 SE 6th Avenue, Portland, OR, Phone: 503-841-6675
25 Best Burgers in Portland
- Stoopid Burger, Photo: Stoopid Burger
- Dick's Kitchen, Photo: Dick's Kitchen
- Bar Bar, Photo: Bar Bar
- Brunch Box, Photo: Brunch Box
- Canyon Grill, Photo: Canyon Grill
- Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House, Photo: Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House
- Foster Burger, Photo: Foster Burger
- Killer Burger, Photo: Killer Burger
- Lardo, Photo: Lardo
- Little Big Burger, Photo: Little Big Burger
- Little Bird Bistro, Photo: Little Bird Bistro
- Slow Bar, Photo: Slow Bar
- Stanich's, Photo: Stanich's
- Tabor Tavern, Photo: Tabor Tavern
- TILT - Pearl District, Photo: TILT - Pearl District
- White Owl Social Club, Photo: White Owl Social Club
- Boomers Bar-B-Q, Photo: Boomers Bar-B-Q
- Dick's Primal Burger, Photo: Dick's Primal Burger
- Grain & Gristle, Photo: Grain & Gristle
- Hobnob Grille, Photo: Hobnob Grille
- Joe's Burgers, Photo: Joe's Burgers
- Skyline Restaurant, Photo: Skyline Restaurant
- Slowburger, Photo: Slowburger
- The Burger Guild, Photo: The Burger Guild
- Trifecta Tavern, Photo: Trifecta Tavern
- Cover Photo: Courtesy of olehcanon - Fotolia.com