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The Ultimate Guide to the Philly Area’s Best Cheeseburgers

August 25, 2021 – Take a bite out of the Philadelphia area’s best burgers in honor of National Cheeseburger Day on Saturday, September 18. To commemorate the ultimate foodie holiday, we’ve rounded up our go-to, cheat meal at its finest, handheld sandwiches from the likes of Forsythia, Seaview Hotel & Golf Club, Square 1682, and more.

 

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Devil’s Den, the South Philly gastropub, has a food menu brimming with artfully crafted traditional pub fare – their House-Made Burger is no exception to that list. Foodies can expect a classic cheeseburger to enjoy on National Cheeseburger Day, composed of an 8 oz. house-made beef patty, American cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and onion, served on a brioche roll, for $13.
Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 4 – 9 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 11 am – 9 pm with weekend brunch service from 11am – 2pm
1148 South 11th Street | 215.339.0855 |   http://www.devilsdenphilly.com

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Grubhouse at The Bourse,  Old City’s modern artisanal food hall, offers its signature Hangover Burger ($10), composed of ⅓ lb LaFrieda beef with pork roll, American cheese, fried egg, and chipotle sauce to top off the masterpiece of a sandwich. Available for takeaway and delivery via Grubhub, Doordash, and Caviar.

 

The Bourse Food Hall’s updated hours are Monday through Saturday from 7 am – 10 pm and Sunday from 9 am – 6 pm.

 

111 S Independence Mall E | 215.625.0300 | http://www.theboursephilly.com

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Pub on Passyunk East (POPE) on East Passyunk Avenue, home to more than 160 independently owned businesses in South Philadelphia, is no stranger to cranking out delicious, mouthwatering cheeseburgers to a crowd of locals and visitors at the popular Philadelphia pub. POPE offers the signature P.O.P.E. Burger ($13.50) crafted with an 8 oz. Black Angus burger, fried green tomato, grilled red onion, aged cheddar cheese, and basil mayo, served with a side of French fries.

 

Additionally, a veg-friendly, equally as tasty option is the Veggie P.O.P.E. Burger ($12) composed of Kasha patty with fried green tomato, grilled red onion, aged cheddar cheese, and basil mayo.

 

1904 E. Passyunk Avenue | http://www.visiteastpassyunk.com/

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Forsythia, Old City’s contemporary French bar and restaurant helmed by Chef Christopher Kearse, boasts an ever-evolving menu of French-forward dishes that rotate by the month, with one constant — the famous Burger Royale ($16) which consists of two smashed patties oozing in raclette and their top secret ‘comeback sauce’. Available for limited indoor dining, expanded sidewalk seating, and takeaway.

 

Opening hours: Wednesday through Sunday from 4 – 10 pm
233 Chestnut Street | 215.644.9395 |  https://www.forsythiaphilly.com/

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MilkBoy, the iconic Philadelphia-based brand consisting of concepts spanning bars, restaurants, live music venues and a prestigious recording studio, is serving up bodacious cheeseburgers at both of its dining concepts, MilkBoy Philly (Chestnut St) and MilkBoy South Street.

 

MilkBoy Philly, the bar known for offering early service — the kitchen and bar open at 7 am — offers burger lovers a classic Cheeseburger ($13)topped with cheddar cheese, lettuce, onion, tomato, pickle, mayo and ketchup, as well as a Hangover Burger ($15) with an egg sunny side-up, smoked bacon, American cheese, fried onions and chili mayo. Veg-friendly offerings include the Veggie Burger ($14), with optional cheddar cheese, lettuce, onion, tomato, pickle, mayo and ketchup.
Over at MilkBoy South Street, guests can dig into a Cheeseburger ($13) with all the fixings, including cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, signature Tommy Sauce, sauteed onion and bread & butter pickles.

 

MilkBoy Philly | 1100 Chestnut St | 215925.6455 | https://www.milkboy.tv/chestnut-street

MilkBoy South St | 401 South St | 215.925.6455 | https://www.milkboysouthstreet.com/

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North 3rd, Northern Liberties’ new American bar and grill, has two ridiculously delicious, creative takes on the traditional cheeseburger on their dinner and brunch menu including the Philly Hot Burger ($16) with provolone cheese, bacon, arugula, roasted long hot, hoagie spread, and special sauce, and the Sesame & Ginger Spiced Tuna Burger ($15) with miso greens, wasabi mayo, on Martin’s roll. Diners can enjoy these sandwiches with choice of hand-cut fries and pickle, or substitute a house salad for an additional $3.

 

801 N 3rd St | 215.413.3666 | http://www.norththird.com/

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Red Owl Tavern,  the neighborly yet sophisticated tavern adjacent to Independence Mall, offers burger-lovers a toppling Tavern Burger ($20) with lettuce, tomato, onion, and cheddar cheese — Or, with additional add-ons of applewood smoked bacon (+$3) or avocado (+$4). Guests can choose between a side of fries or salad, or, upgrade to truffle fries for an additional $5.

 

433 Chestnut St | 215.923.2267 | https://redowltavern.com/

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Royal Boucherie, Old City’s American brasserie specializing in French-style cuisine, boasts an elevated take on the classic cheeseburger — which just so happens to be a fan-favorite amongst local foodies — with their Grass-Fed Boucherie Burger with bone marrow, watercress, and gruyere cheese ($18) with the optional add on of bacon for $2, served with French fries.
Available for limited indoor, and expanded outdoor seating at their streetery set-up, and second floor patio during dinner service Wednesday through Sunday from 4 – 10 pm.

 

52 S. 2nd Street | 267.606.6313 | https://www.royalboucherie.com/

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Sabrina’s Café,  the locally grown group of popular breakfast, lunch and (in one case) dinner restaurants, is serving up three juicy and delicious burgers including the Build Your Own Burger with lettuce, tomato, and choice of three toppings, the Santa Fe Turkey Burger with jalapeno, corn, black beans, and tomato, topped with cheddar jack cheese, pickled onion, pickled onion, and chipotle-ranch sauce, and the House Burger composed of angus beef, “Big Spence” sauce, buttermilk fried onions, leaf lettuce, and sliced tomatoes and an over-easy egg on a brioche roll.

 

Fairmount | 1804 Callowhill St | 215.636.9061 | https://www.sabrinascafe.com/

Collingswood | 714 Haddon Ave | 856.214.0723 |  https://www.sabrinascafe.com/

Wynnewood | 50 E Wynnewood Rd | 484.412.8790 | https://www.sabrinascafe.com/

University City | 227 N 34th St | 215.222.1022 | https://www.sabrinascafe.com/

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Seaview Hotel & Golf Club, the New Jersey Shore’s quintessential resort located only a 50 minute drive from Center City, offers foodies not one, but two juicy, toppling sandwiches with the Seaview Burger ($17) composed of pork roll, fried egg, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion, served on a brioche roll, as well as The Burger ($16) prepared with bacon, cheddar cheese, L.T.O. on brioche.

 

Whether folks are traveling to the shore for a day trip, hitting the course for a round of afternoon golf, or looking for a relaxing getaway at the swanky Seaview Hotel — all are welcome to take advantage of Seaview’s sensational handheld offerings.
401 S New York Rd., Galloway, NJ | 609.652.1800 | https://www.seaviewdolcehotel.com/

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Silk City Diner, the retro and eclectic bar and lounge with a beautiful art and artifact filled outdoor garden, has burgers perfect for both meat-eaters and herbivores: The Silk Burger ($8) is a 4 oz. beef patty topped with cooper sharp cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, thousand island, served on a Martin’s potato bun, and the Impossible Burger ($10) comes with a 4oz patty, shredded lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, vegan thousand island dressing, served piping hot on a vegan sweet potato bun. For both of these sizzling sandwiches, guests can add a patty for an additional $4.
435 Spring Garden St | 215.592.8838 | http://www.silkcityphilly.com/

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Stella of New Hope, Bucks County’s modern American restaurant overlooking the Delaware River, offers locals and tourists killer waterfront views, and an exceptional array of offerings such as the hearty Stella Burger ($16) composed of a double patty, American cheese, lettuce, red onion, tomato, on a potato roll, served with French fries, available on the weekend brunch menu.

 

Opening hours: Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 4 – 9pm, Friday and Saturday from 4 – 10pm, and weekend brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 2pm
50 S Main Street | 267.740.2691 | https://www.stellanewhope.com/

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Square 1682, the modern American kitchen located at the intersection of 17 and Sansom streets, boasts a premier staple amongst the bevy of delicious brunch offerings with the Wagyu Burger ($18) composed of a double bacon cheeseburger, cooper sharp, hickory bacon, and served with fries – available for just $8 during brunch service from 9am – 2pm in honor of National Cheeseburger Day.

 

121 South 17th Street | 215.563.5008 | https://square1682.com/

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The Twisted Tail,  the popular Southern-inspired restaurant and bar on Headhouse Square, puts a twist on the classic cheeseburger with The Twisted Burger ($14) crafted with bacon, blue cheese, and bourbon BBQ sauce, available on the popular brunch menu.

 

Opening hours: Monday through Friday from 4pm – 12am, Saturday from 11am – 12am, and Sunday from 10am – 12am

 

509 S. 2nd Street | 215.558.2471 |   http://thetwistedtail.com/

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Urban Farmer, Logan Square’s modern American steakhouse, offers foodies an elevated, gourmet sandwich in The Farm Burger ($16) with white cheddar, aioli, served on a house-made english muffin. Indulge in this masterpiece for brunch or dinner service, available indoors at limited capacity, and outdoor on Urban Farmer’s sweeping patio overlooking the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

 

Opening hours: Tuesday  through  Saturday from 4 – 9 pm

 

1850 Benjamin Franklin Parkway | 215.963.2788 |  https://www.urbanfarmersteakhouse.com/philadelphia-menus/

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-Nicole Schofield