Best Burgers in the West

From diner delights to gourmet stacks, these beloved burgers are worth the drive.

double brie burger with fries at Little Bird Bistro in Portland, Oregon.
The double brie burger at Little Bird Bistro in Portland, Oregon.
Carly Diaz for Little Bird Bistro

Burger aficionados have been known to drive miles to get their fix. When it comes to a perfectly juicy patty, who can blame them? A bodacious burger, whether no frills or full-on fancy, is hard to beat. Here are a few favorites worth a detour.


Check yourself into Rehab Burger Therapy in Scottsdale, where the creative burgers are sure to cure any craving. They feature a custom blend of sirloin, brisket, and chuck. Enjoy the beef patty smothered in Southwest chili in the hatch burger, draped with barbecued pulled pork in the porkster burger, or blanketed in ghost-pepper cheese in the inferno ghost burger. Each choice comes in two sizes: the 10-ounce “rehab” and the five-ounce “relapse."


Owners Amanda and Cameron Lumsden pride themselves on the loyal-to-local pledge at their Fork Restaurant in Boise. It means they go out of their way to source as many ingredients as possible from farmers and producers near their eatery. That extends to the urban burger, a custom blend of local Wagyu and ground chuck, garnished with white cheddar made by Ballard Family Dairy in nearby Gooding and lettuce and tomato grown in the area, all snuggled inside a pillowy brioche bun baked by Gaston’s Bakery in Boise.



It’s hard to argue with a burger that was crowned champion at the Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival's Burger Bash. The victorious Best of the Bash Burger at The Burger Dive in Billings is a flavor bomb. It starts with blackened seasoning on the beef patty and explodes with goat cheese, bacon, onion rings, garlic-basil mayonnaise, and Sriracha sauce. For more heat, enjoy it with a cinnamon-bear milkshake made with Hot Tamales candies.

bacon burger with melted cheese over lettuce with fries at Michael Mina Pub 1842 in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, picture

The juicy signature bacon burger at Michael Mina Pub 1842 in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Courtesy The Mina Group


What’s better than a bacon burger? A burger that features not only crisp bacon strips but also a thick slather of bacon jam. That’s the signature bacon burger at Michael Mina Pub 1842 in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, which also gets topped with double the cheese: smoked Gouda and "'merican." Named for the year Pilsner beer was invented, the pub features more than 50 brews from around the world, too.

handful of burger held up for a bite with sausage, onions, ketchup, mustard on bun at Shooting Star Saloon in Huntsville, Utah, picture

Get the best of both worlds with Shooting Star Saloon's burger with sausage.

Courtesy Visit Ogden


When you can’t decide between a burger and a sausage, why not get both in one bun? At the Shooting Star Saloon in Huntsville, you can. Opened in 1879, it’s the oldest continuously operating watering hole in Utah. The star burger features two beef patties with melted cheese and a Polish knackwurst stacked on top. The place is cash-only: A good reminder is on the ceiling—which is covered with dollar bills.


No doubt, you’ll come for the excellent fried chicken and cocktails at the aptly named Ma’ono Fried Chicken and Whiskey in Seattle. But delve deeper into the menu at this Hawaiian-inspired joint to discover the kimcheese burger. It’s messy, spicy, and irresistible with house-made kimchi-imbued cheese, caramelized onions, and a squirt of Kewpie mayo on a chuck patty that’s ground on the premises.