Philadelphia is a city packed with pubs and fancy restaurants, which also makes it a city packed with burgers. We saved you the trouble by narrowing down the best burger joints in the city.
413 E Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Who would have thought that a burger joint would be the place to find harmony amongst carnivores and herbivores, but Sketch Burger in Fishtown has done just that. The funky, art-based restaurant offers a wide range of burgers made from Kobe beef to tofu and everything in between.
118 S 20th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
When you tire of the usual pub fare around the city, head over the Village Whiskey for an Iron Chef-inspired burger. Philadelphia-based chef Jose Garces spices up the traditional hamburger with toppings like truffled mushrooms, horseradish crab salad, Rogue smokey bleu cheese, and applewood bacon. And if you’re a high-roller, don’t forget to try the $26 foie-gras topped delight that is the Whiskey King Burger!
937 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Known by dedicated burger fans as simply ‘The Royal,’ this tavern grills up one of the best burgers in Philadelphia. The Angus burger comes piled high with long hots, smoked Gouda, bacon and a spicy mayo–a winning combination sure to keep those burger fans coming back for more.
205 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
If you find yourself in Rittenhouse Square craving a fat juicy burger, head over to Rouge as soon as possible. The Rouge Burger, served on a fresh challah roll with caramelized onions, gruyere cheese and pommes frites, is sure to satisfy.
Five Guys Burger and Fries
1527 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19195
Pay no attention to the fact that they have 625 locations over 40 states; Five Guys is not considered fast food, and they offer an elite burger to the city of Philadelphia. Make sure to get your patty loaded to the gills with toppings and a side of Cajun fries.
The Piazza at Schmidt’s
1001 N 2nd St
Look past the obnoxious, larger-than-life photos of models stuffing their faces with PYT’s cuisine, and focus on the burgers, because that’s what this place does well. From the Lobster Burger to the Krispy Kreme Burger concoction, they’re all good–and even better when washed down with an adult milkshake!
224 S 15th St
Many swear that the Good Dog Burger is the best burger in the city, no contest. This 1/2-pound baby is sandwiched between a yummy brioche bun, stuffed with roquefort cheese and topped with flavorful caramelized onions. And don’t forget to save room for the droolworthy mix of sweet and regular potato fries that comes with your monster burger–they’re amazing!
2000 Sansom St
The much-anticipated arrival of Philly’s Shake Shack came and went, but the lines are–regrettably–still long. That’s because the burgers (and pretty much everything else on the menu) are delectable. Try the classic ShackBurger–a patty topped with tomato, lettuce and ShackSauce–and you’ll be braving the wait yourself!