Some are piled high with rich and juicy (and sometimes fried) toppings with sweet and savory sauces, others are health-conscious, vegetarian and grass-fed, but all are enticingly delicious. For those seeking Tucson’s best burger bites, bun-ended platters at these seven stops should be thoroughly taste tested.
At Diablo Burger, a “db” grill-stamped, English-muffin-enclosed burger made with mouthwatering local ingredients arrives at the table, along with a side of freshly cut, herb-seasoned fries. Try the Cheech, topped with guacamole, pepper Jack cheese and jalapeños; or the Señor Smoke with ancho-grilled onions, grilled avocado, bacon, cilantro and Sriracha mayo.
Across town, burgers are elegantly plated and accompanying wine is tastefully poured at Zinburger. Build your own burger or order up one of the certified Angus specialties. Vegetarian friends will like Clint’s “Almost Famous” veggie burger, topped with smoked mozzarella, avocado, pea shoots, tomato and mayo.
Lindy’s on 4th is a small joint serving up burgers, tots and fries with inappropriate sass. Suggestive burger names alert diners that political correctness was thrown out the window upon entering. Follow Lindy’s dining rules (on the backside of the menu), and everyone will have fun. Toppings such as raspberry preserves, green chiles, blue cheese crumbles and bacon satisfy burger cravings.
Local to the Max
Grass-fed ground beef from Arizona’s Double Check Ranch is topped with locally sourced tomatoes and greens and plopped on a bun (baked locally, of course) at Harvest. White cheddar, carmelized onions and brandy sauce top the Brandy Burger, while the Chimichurri Burger is finished with avocado schmear and house-made chimichurri-chipotle aioli.
Monkey Burger serves a mean mountain of meat with the eponymous Monkey Burger, topped with poblano peppers, mushroom, bacon, caramelized onion and Swiss. Dine in and admire the flying-monkey-burger-themed art, while biting into one of 12 signature burgers and sipping a margarita on tap.
The Parish Burger at The Parish Gastropub is an often-talked-about bite. Don’t mess with this combination of blue cheese, bacon, red onion marmalade and Dijon mustard—the kitchen doesn’t accept substitutions on this award-winning burger. The Backyard Burger leaves more room for choosing, and the The Big Hippie is made with roasted eggplant.
Graze on antibiotic- and hormone-free beef at quick-serve Graze Premium Burgers. Choose your toppings and don’t forget to add a sauce from the condiment bar, such as the Sriracha mayo or curry ketchup.