Local blogger Alex Goodstein provides you with his favorite burgers, each of which has its unique virtues… though all are united in their embrace of the classic all-beef patty, sometimes more than one per bun!
3517 Butler Street
The Bistro Burger is a classic cheeseburger taken to the next level. It’s a juicy beef patty cooked perfectly on an everything-seasoned brioche bun with house-made pickles, American cheese, and dijonnaise. They’re temporarily closed, but it’s definitely what I’m ordering the first time I dine there after they reopen.
Jamison’s Bar & Grill
3113 W. Liberty Avenue
Their award-winning Stout & Straw Burger is a flavor overload, featuring lots of house-made quality ingredients. It has all the best savory items taken to another level like bacon straws instead of bacon strips, crispy onions, sautéed mushrooms, and beer cheese. This burger is so large and indulgent that it almost got the best of me.
1426 Potomac Avenue
This was the first smashburger I’ve had in Pittsburgh that sported really thin smashed patties with crispy edges and griddled onions. It creates a caramelized flavor that is enhanced with melted American cheese, pickles, and their moon sauce.
Pittsburgh Sandwich Society
501 E. Ohio Street
The In-N-Aht Burger is a little bit of the West Coast in Pittsburgh, but better. Having had the original, this is a top-notch recreation. It’s two smashed patties with American cheese, mixed greens, tomato, onion jam, and Society Sauce.
1025 Main Street
This is Pittsburgh’s original Ramen Burger and after years of only being available occasionally, it is now available all the time. The Bacon Pickle Ramen Burger is topped with bacon jam, pickles, and mozzarella, but the most unique part is the ramen bun. The ramen is cooked and then fried so it holds together, creating a spongy texture and a flavor different from any other buns.
Story by Alex Goodstein / Photography by Matt Dayak
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