The Best Places To Get A Burger In Tucson, Arizona

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Catrina Pang

Why settle for a boring and cheap fast food burger when you can indulge in a juicy gourmet burger made with the finest, freshest, and diverse ingredients? Check out these amazing burger joints in Tucson, Arizona.

1. Zinburger

Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Vegan, Cocktails, Wine, Beer

Energetic, modern, upbeat, fun, and most importantly, simply delicious, Zinburger offers a mouthwatering selection of gourmet burgers, salads and sides. There are also decadent shakes and desserts, and a carefully crafted selection of wine. Located in Tucson since 2007, Zinburger’s popularity has led to the opening of several other locations all around Arizona. The setting is sleek, contemporary, and playful. It features rich wood and earth tones in addition to stylish comfortable seating. In the Tucson restaurant in particular, there is also a climate-controlled north patio that offers a cozy fireplace and cafe seating. There is even a full bar featuring cocktails, 20 wines by glass, and 12 beer selections with four on tap. Menu highlights include the Zinburger with Manchebo cheese and Zinfandel braised onions or the Kobe burger with Vermont cheddar and wild mushrooms. Another favorite is the Samburger with Nueske’s maple bacon, American cheese, and Thousand Island dressing. Patrons also love the truffle fries, full of delicious rich flavor, and zucchini fries, with their delightfully crunchy exterior and creamy interior.

2. Monkey Burger

Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Vegan, Cocktails, Wine, Beer

Established in 2009, Monkey Burger is a casual restaurant serving hamburgers, salads, French fries, roasted corn on the cob, and fried pickles. At Monkey Burger, burgers are made using third-pound all-natural Angus beef hand-pressed patties, along with signature spices and gourmet topping combinations. They only use the freshest produce, and burgers are served on rolls from Tucson’s own Bakehouse Bakery. The menu features 12 signature burgers including one turkey burger and a vegetarian burger with a black bean patty. So, everyone can have a delicious meal at the restaurant. All of the burgers come with delicious house-made chips or fries. They also make super tasty crosscut sweet potato fries as well as amazing green chili fries. The most popular burger is the scorching hot El Diablo, made with giant habaneros, green chile mayo, and pepper jack cheese. The eponymous burger is also a favorite, including bacon, smoked cheddar and swiss cheese, roasted poblano peppers, sautéed mushrooms, romaine lettuce, tomato, and both caramelized and raw onions. The restaurant even has a happy hour from 5 to 7pm on weekdays.

3. Diablo Burger

Restaurant, American, Vegan, Vegetarian, Fast Food

Located in the historic Rialto Building across the street from Hotel Congress, Diablo Burger is an Arizona local foods-based burger joint. Here, every burger is made from six ounces of local, open range-raised, antibiotic-free and growth hormone-free beef from the Diablo Trust ranches. This meat is charbroiled and served on signature handmade preservative-free branded MJ’s English muffins. Each burger comes with amazing Belgian-style fries and is topped with seasonal greens, tomatoes, and pickles. They also offer a variety of house-made sauces to go with the fries, including sriracha mayo, hatch chile mayo, homemade BBQ sauce, and even homemade ketchup. The restaurant actively partners with local farmers, ranchers, bakers, cheesemakers, brewers, vintners, and other producers as much as possible from within a 250-mile radius. They hope to enhance the connection between community and ecology through gastronomy. The servers are all friendly and knowledgable about the food and drinks. Patrons love the open and cozy environment of the place, with wide street-facing windows perfect for people-watching. Though the burgers are more on the expensive side, the quality and freshness of the locally sourced ingredients are well worth it.

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