Grilled or griddled? Cheddar or blue? Kobe beef or chuck? Well-done or Pittsburgh rare? Whatever your preference, these Pittsburgh restaurants and burger bars are among the best places in Pittsburgh to enjoy the quintessential American hamburger, gourmet style.
Newly remodeled Market Square in downtown Pittsburgh is home to Winghart's burger bar, loved for its Shipwrecked Burger with Brie cheese, caramelized onions, bacon, arugula and white truffle aioli. They have plenty of other gourmet burger options as well, plus a Beretta Veggie burger and wood-fired pizzas for those who prefer an alternative to red meat. Read a review of Winghart's at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
In Waterworks Mall, near Aspinwall, Burgatory is a cross between a diner and a sports bar. The beef patties are ground in-house daily from hormone-free sirloin, chuck, brisket and short rib. They also offer organic bison, chicken, lump crab and Sicilian sausage burgers. Top off your burger with house-made chips, and extra thick shakes.
A variety of microbrews pair well here with the gourmet burgers at this East Liberty burger bar, which are hand-formed daily from a custom blend of ground chuck, sirloin, New York strip and ribeye. They also have Kobe beef burgers, plus salmon and turkey burgers, and a special house veggie burger.
The burgers at Kaya in the Strip District come stacked so high they use a steak knife instead of a toothpick to hold them together. Finely ground Angus beef is paired with pickles, bacon, avocado, tomato, Chihuahua cheese, a fried egg and Kaya's "secret" sauce for a drippy, gastronomic delight to the taste buds. Read a review at the A Hamburger Today blog.
Tessaro's is a Pittsburgh institution, but still routinely sweeps Pittsburgh best burger lists. Wood-fired burgers are nothing fancy, just good meat (chuck ground fresh in-house daily), grilled well. The service at this cozy Bloomfield bar and grill is often lacking according to online reviewers, but most agree the burger is worth the hassle. Read a review from A Hamburger Today blog.
6. Bistro 19
This sleek, contemporary American eatery on Route 19 in Mount Lebanon offers upscale dining with a neighborhood feel. This is not a burger restaurant, but the burgers still get good reviews, topped with aged cheddar, bacon and roasted garlic ketchup.