A burger is great, but sometimes you want to take it a step further. You want a burger that’s interesting, unique and fresh. You want topping options. Maybe you’re craving avocado or a fried egg with your burger. Maybe you are looking for some interesting cheese options. You want, well, a creative burger. If a regular cheeseburger just won’t satisfy your specific burger craving, here are some great places you can try for creative burgers in Pittsburgh.
5997 Penn Circle S.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
With locations in the East Side and Cranberry, BRGR is a great place to enjoy a handcrafted burger. The foundation of the burger is a unique blend of Angus chuck, ribeye, sirloin and New York strip. You can also choose a salmon, Kobe beef or turkey burger as your base. Then choose one of the burgers on the menu or create one of your own with your choice of gourmet cheeses, veggies and sauces. The entire BRGR experience is contained between two halves of a fresh-baked bun. If you can’t make it to one of BRGR’s brick and mortar locations, keep an eye out for its food truck throughout the ‘Burgh.
121 6th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Located in the strip district, Doubleday’s is a great place to enjoy a backyard-style burger. Are you in the mood for cheese? Try the four cheese meltdown with American, Swiss, cheddar and provolone. It covers all of your cheese bases. Looking for something spicy? Try the red hot, with hot peppers, jalapenos and red hot relish. Not quite ready for lunch? Try the brunch burger with egg, bacon and hollandaise sauce. In the mood for something traditional? Try a Major League burger: a six- or eight-ounce version of the classic hamburger, cheeseburger or chili cheeseburger.
300 McHolme Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
If you are looking for some power with your burger, Burgatory in Robinson is the place to go. At Burgatory, you are the creator. You can choose one of the burgers on the menu or you can create the burger of your dreams with your favorite toppings. First choose your burger base from hormone-free beef, aged Wagyu, chicken, bison, crab elk or veggie. Next, choose a bun from brioche, baguette, whole wheat, herbed focaccia or gluten free. Then choose toppings from a variety of meats, veggies, sauces, cheeses and rubs. The combinations are endless. Sign your creation and send it on its way. It will return to your table as a tasty perfect delight for your taste buds.
Winghart’s Burger and Whiskey Bar
1505 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
With locations in the South Side, Market Square and Monroeville, Winghart’s Burger and Whiskey Bar is a great place to get a freshly made burger. You can enjoy a number of thoughtfully created burgers in creative combinations. The Market Square burger has bacon, mushrooms and gruyere cheese. The hula burger has pineapple, BBQ sauce, cheddar and caramelized onions. The ‘Oly Cah! has chipped ham and beer cheese.
4601 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Located downtown, Tessaro’s is famous for its pub-style burgers. Featured in Hamburger America, the freshly ground, perfectly grilled burgers are perfect as just burger and bun, but there are plenty of toppings available for creative burger lovers. Try the deli burger with coleslaw, thousand island dressing and Swiss cheese on rye bread. There’s also a breakfast burger with bacon, egg and cheese. Those looking for burger topping overload can try the gourmet cheeseburger with a heap of bacon, grilled mushrooms and the cheese of your choice.
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Jennifer Stockdale is a native of the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. She is a restaurant marketer and wine enthusiast and one of the hosts of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.