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The Oma-zing burger at Oma’s Hideaway
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17 Mind-Blowing Burgers in Portland and Beyond

Take a bite out of the city’s beefiest burgers, from out-there masterpieces to the most supreme smashburgers

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The Oma-zing burger at Oma’s Hideaway
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Whether stacked with multiple patties or just one, caramelized on the flat top or char-broiled, crowned with a tower of toppings or just a swipe of special sauce, the American hamburger, in its many variations, has remained on menus and people’s plates through wars, revolutions, space exploration, and even pandemics like COVID-19. Portland, a city that is as infatuated with meaty dishes as it is its vegan fare, is absolutely littered with burgers, served in dive bars and wine bars, out of food carts and hotels, smashed or stacked high. Plus, at a time when foods that can be easily wrapped and taken to go represent the pinnacle of food safety, burgers and all of their trappings continue to shine.

While Portlanders enjoy their burgers every which way — made with chicken, lentils, black beans, and more — listed below is a map guide featuring a list of Portland businesses that are currently slinging their versions of the classic beef burger. Some noteworthy spots, including Kenton’s Derby and Alberta’s Urdaneta, are not currently serving their burgers, and have been omitted from this list (for now); this map also doesn’t include noteworthy burger pop-ups. Points on the map are listed geographically, rather than ranked. Those looking for beef-less wonders may prefer this veggie burger and sandwich map.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Union Burger

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7339 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 744-9745
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Along a northern stretch of MLK among the Park The Carts pod is Union Burger, an egg-yolk yellow food cart slinging hamburgers and cheeseburgers as well as the eponymous Union Burger. Stacked high with sizzling smash-burger-style beef patties, salty bacon, and a rich hot link, the Union Burger is balanced with an oozy fried egg and similarly oozy cheese. For the poultry inclined, the cart serves a lemon pepper fried chicken sandwich replete with bacon, cheese, and lemon pepper sauce. Park The Carts features outdoor seating for diners. Of course, food can also be taken to-go, as well.

2. Expatriate

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5424 NE 30th Ave
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 867-5309
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Concordia’s Expatriate isn’t known just for its creative cocktails and drinking snacks like the nachos made with fried wontons, lemongrass beef, and Thai chile cheese sauce, the bar has also added an exemplary cheeseburger to the menu, no twists (or lettuce or tomato) at all. The quarter-pound burgers come two to an order and are draped in American cheese, topped with a few slices of raw onion and squirts of Heinz ketchup and French’s mustard on a soft An Xuyen roll. The bar takes orders for takeout via Instagram DM, as well as delivery.

3. Bless Your Heart Burgers 33rd Avenue

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5410 NE 33rd Ave
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 719-6447
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NE Portland burger shack Bless Your Heart’s standard burger comes in the form of a cloud-soft potato bun slathered with extra creamy Duke’s mayo, as well as classic ketchup and brown mustard. Rounding it out is the caramelized Northwest Natural beef patty, the distinct crunch of sweet onions, shrettuce, and the balancing jolt that house-made pickles provide. The overall outcome is a burger that’s fast food in style but homemade in taste. Chili burgers, veggie burgers, and guacamole-ranch burgers round out the menu, for those who wish for them. Bless Your Heart burgers can be taken to go or enjoyed at one of several covered outdoor tables.

4. Clyde's Prime Rib Restaurant and Bar

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5474 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 281-9200
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The namesake cut of beef is one of Clyde’s Prime Rib’s biggest draws, but the so-called Lounge Burger is a study in delicious simplicity: beef ground in-house, American cheese, tomatoes, pickles, onion, and a ketchup-mayo “burger sauce,” on a brioche bun (a mildly upscale touch). The custom blend of rib-eye, tenderloin, and brisket ensures the patty stays juicy underneath its charred edges. The restaurant offers delivery and takeout, as well as onsite dining.

5. Bark City BBQ

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5235 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97213
(971) 227-9707
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In a small food cart pod just off NE Sandy Boulevard sits one of Portland’s most celebrated barbecue joints, Bark City. True to its name, Bark City serves smoked proteins with a focus on the caramelized “bark” that smoked meat develops as it cooks. It’s this tasty bark that Bark City blends into its burgers via a smoked-brisket-infused patty, topped with tallow-caramelized onions, pork belly, iceberg, pickles, and the signature zingy “Barky” sauce. A word of advice: the cart does not always serve this burger, so those inclined should check the Instagram page for info regarding when the cart will be serving it next — for now, it’s a Wednesday special. Food from Bark City can be taken to-go or eaten at several outdoor tables.

6. Hit the Spot

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4835 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97213

Started by a father-son team in 2014, Hit The Spot occupies a food truck in a parking lot off of the busy and bustling Sandy Boulevard. Specializing in simple-but-well-made, customizable smash burgers, a patron may add as many patties and honey-glazed bacon strips as their heart desires and wallet can pay for. Toppings include the usual assortment of burger accoutrement, as well as a smokey chipotle aioli that takes the burger from very good to outstanding. Hit The Spot offers some outdoor tables as well as food to-go.

7. Farmer And The Beast

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1845 NW 23rd Pl
Portland, OR 97210
(971) 319-0656
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Along a quaint street in Northwest Portland sits the food cart Farmer and the Beast, within the buzzy Nob Hill Food Carts pod. Although the cart serves a variety of local vegetable dishes, Farmer and The Beast is perhaps most known for its eponymous Beast burger. Featuring two smashed patties, American cheese, shaved yellow onion, pickle, iceberg, and its “truly special” sauce, this burger holds its own among the smash burgers in town, with a flavor reminiscent of a backyard cookout in all of the best ways. Farmer and the Beast offers outdoor covered table seating in a well lit pod featuring bathrooms, as well as to-go orders.

8. Güero

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200 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 887-9258
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Occupying a many-windowed corner of Portland’s NE 28th Street restaurant row, Mexican sandwich shop Guero slings many a delicious torta to its frequent phalanx of hungry regulars. Included in its offerings is the popular and consistently delicious hamburguesa: Two well-seasoned Painted Hills beef smash patties get hit with a laundry list of toppings, including creamy avocado, American cheese, ham, and chipotle mayo. The pleasant pop of pickled jalapeños, sweet grilled onions, and chiles plays off the queso botanero. Guero offers takeout and delivery, with an outdoor patio.

9. Sammich PDX

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2137 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 477-4393
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Sammich, like its name implies, serves sandwiches out of a small space within a tiny strip mall off East Burnside street. Ask five different patrons what their favorite sandwich from Sammich and expect five different answers — the whole menu satisfies, including “da burg:” a juicy hamburger anointed with nutty Swiss and the ooze of American cheese, in addition to a zingy Sammich sauce, onion, and lettuce. The move, however, is to add some of the restaurant’s deservedly legendary house-made pastrami. The burger at Sammich can be taken to go or enjoyed at one of many outdoor tables gracing the front of the store.

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10. Canard

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734 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214
(971) 279-2356
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Since its opening in 2018, Canard — the wine-centric gastropub located along bustling East Burnside Street — has drawn hordes for its slider-sized steam burgers, and for good reason. The soft bun envelops an onion-infused beef patty, crisp chopped onions and assertive pickles, as well as a touch of mustard and melty American. All of this comes together into bites of pure, unadulterated burger Americana. Canard is open for indoor and outdoor dining.

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11. Jojo Food Truck

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3582 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97202
(971) 331-4284
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Housed in a vivid blue food truck set in a bottle-shop-adjacent food cart pod off SE Powell, Jojo is best known for its fried chicken sandwiches. Not to be missed, however, are its burgers, the spicy cheeseburger chief among them. A smashed beef patty acts as a foundation for impossibly oozy American cheese and savory-sweet caramelized onions. The sambal mayo, equally tangy as it is spicy, blends beautifully with the smoked pepper relish to form a surprisingly complex condiment of its own. This burger is a study in the balance between richness and restraint. Jojo offers outdoor seating via a plaza or its food can be taken to go.

A cheeseburger sits on an upside-down box at Jojo
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12. Burger Stevens

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4250 SW Rose Biggi Ave
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 605-9163
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A few years ago, Don Salamone brought some much-needed attention to Hillsdale’s food scene when he opened his first Burger Stevens food truck on SW Capitol Hwy. Now, Burger Stevens has moved into both BG’s Food Cartel and Prost Marketplace. The cart’s classic cheeseburger — melty cheese swirling with fancy sauce, a fat slice of tomato, onion, and pickles — is an example of what a great, classic burger tastes (and looks) like. The cart offers online ordering for takeout or outdoor pod dining.

13. Sure Shot Burger

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6620 SW Scholls Ferry Rd
Portland, OR 97223

Situated in the parking lot of a beer hall, Sure Shot — originally known as Rough Draft Burger Shop  — is a burger shack in every sense of the word. The burgers here are simple, but hover near smash-patty perfection: The cart’s most popular burger, simply called the “double,” is comprised of two buttery patties, double cheese, pickle, onion, and a house burger sauce called RD sauce. As a whole, the burger has all of the trappings of a fast food burger, if a fast food burger was even richer, cheesier, and had twice the amount of caramelization. Using an online ordering system, Rough Draft takes all of its orders online rather than face-to-face.

A close-up of a cheeseburger with pickles at Rough Draft
Burger at Rough Draft
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14. Tulip Shop Tavern

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825 N Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 206-8483
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Tulip Shop Tavern seems to understand the heavy weight a pickle plays in the balance of a burger: It provides the acid that cuts through the overwhelming richness of the one-two punch of ground beef and American. Instead of adding a pinch of diced pickle and calling it a day, Tulip Shop adds full chips and plenty of “special sauce,” which gives it that tangy hit. Tulip Shop also knows to lean into the char on a burger, which adds a little bit of that carbonic bitterness well complemented by the cheese. The move here is to spring for the double-double, a half-pounder on a fluffy-not-sweet milk bun.

15. Black Seed Burger Cult

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3746 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227
(971) 544-7277
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The best part of the burger at this somewhat under-the-radar restaurant on North Mississippi is that it does something different: Instead of slathering its burgers in the standard “special sauce” (generally some variation on ketchup and mayo), Black Seed’s burger is drenched in its Killer Diller sauce — not quite a ranch, but not quite an aioli. Outside of its standard burgers (which are best ordered as a double), Black Seed’s K12, a bacon cheeseburger with roasted jalapeños and mushrooms, is a standout. Plus, the shop can make any burger on the menu vegan.

16. MidCity SmashBurger

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1015 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97214

For some, this food cart is the pinnacle of Portland smashburger excellence: Parked in front of an eye-catching Southeast Portland mural, MidCity’s thin, soft, smooshy smashburgers pack a punch, an American-cheese-fused blend of char-blistered beef and an acid-packed and surprisingly detailed burger sauce. This is one of the few smash-burgers that really is ideal on its own — no second patty needed — and at $5 a pop, it feels almost criminally inexpensive.

17. Oma's Hideaway

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3131 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
(971) 754-4923
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Once upon a time, tall burgers with fat patties and stacked toppings reigned king in Portland; a smash was out of the question, juiciness ranked more important than char. Now that Portland is absolutely inundated with smashburgers, a true, juicy burger feels almost refreshing, especially when it has a clear concept outside the tried-and-true ketchup-mayo-onion-pickle. Oma’s Hideaway may be known for its succulent game hens and lacquered meats, but the thick, almost intimidating Oma-zing burger is a treasure, a beast slathered in chili jam and American with a full layer of house pickles. What sets it apart, however, is the swipe of lime leaf butter on the bun — it adds just a touch of fragrant sweetness.

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1. Union Burger

7339 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97211

Along a northern stretch of MLK among the Park The Carts pod is Union Burger, an egg-yolk yellow food cart slinging hamburgers and cheeseburgers as well as the eponymous Union Burger. Stacked high with sizzling smash-burger-style beef patties, salty bacon, and a rich hot link, the Union Burger is balanced with an oozy fried egg and similarly oozy cheese. For the poultry inclined, the cart serves a lemon pepper fried chicken sandwich replete with bacon, cheese, and lemon pepper sauce. Park The Carts features outdoor seating for diners. Of course, food can also be taken to-go, as well.

7339 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97211

2. Expatriate

5424 NE 30th Ave, Portland, OR 97211

Concordia’s Expatriate isn’t known just for its creative cocktails and drinking snacks like the nachos made with fried wontons, lemongrass beef, and Thai chile cheese sauce, the bar has also added an exemplary cheeseburger to the menu, no twists (or lettuce or tomato) at all. The quarter-pound burgers come two to an order and are draped in American cheese, topped with a few slices of raw onion and squirts of Heinz ketchup and French’s mustard on a soft An Xuyen roll. The bar takes orders for takeout via Instagram DM, as well as delivery.

5424 NE 30th Ave
Portland, OR 97211

3. Bless Your Heart Burgers 33rd Avenue

5410 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR 97211

NE Portland burger shack Bless Your Heart’s standard burger comes in the form of a cloud-soft potato bun slathered with extra creamy Duke’s mayo, as well as classic ketchup and brown mustard. Rounding it out is the caramelized Northwest Natural beef patty, the distinct crunch of sweet onions, shrettuce, and the balancing jolt that house-made pickles provide. The overall outcome is a burger that’s fast food in style but homemade in taste. Chili burgers, veggie burgers, and guacamole-ranch burgers round out the menu, for those who wish for them. Bless Your Heart burgers can be taken to go or enjoyed at one of several covered outdoor tables.

5410 NE 33rd Ave
Portland, OR 97211

4. Clyde's Prime Rib Restaurant and Bar

5474 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213

The namesake cut of beef is one of Clyde’s Prime Rib’s biggest draws, but the so-called Lounge Burger is a study in delicious simplicity: beef ground in-house, American cheese, tomatoes, pickles, onion, and a ketchup-mayo “burger sauce,” on a brioche bun (a mildly upscale touch). The custom blend of rib-eye, tenderloin, and brisket ensures the patty stays juicy underneath its charred edges. The restaurant offers delivery and takeout, as well as onsite dining.

5474 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97213

5. Bark City BBQ

5235 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213

In a small food cart pod just off NE Sandy Boulevard sits one of Portland’s most celebrated barbecue joints, Bark City. True to its name, Bark City serves smoked proteins with a focus on the caramelized “bark” that smoked meat develops as it cooks. It’s this tasty bark that Bark City blends into its burgers via a smoked-brisket-infused patty, topped with tallow-caramelized onions, pork belly, iceberg, pickles, and the signature zingy “Barky” sauce. A word of advice: the cart does not always serve this burger, so those inclined should check the Instagram page for info regarding when the cart will be serving it next — for now, it’s a Wednesday special. Food from Bark City can be taken to-go or eaten at several outdoor tables.

5235 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97213

6. Hit the Spot

4835 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213

Started by a father-son team in 2014, Hit The Spot occupies a food truck in a parking lot off of the busy and bustling Sandy Boulevard. Specializing in simple-but-well-made, customizable smash burgers, a patron may add as many patties and honey-glazed bacon strips as their heart desires and wallet can pay for. Toppings include the usual assortment of burger accoutrement, as well as a smokey chipotle aioli that takes the burger from very good to outstanding. Hit The Spot offers some outdoor tables as well as food to-go.

4835 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97213

7. Farmer And The Beast

1845 NW 23rd Pl, Portland, OR 97210

Along a quaint street in Northwest Portland sits the food cart Farmer and the Beast, within the buzzy Nob Hill Food Carts pod. Although the cart serves a variety of local vegetable dishes, Farmer and The Beast is perhaps most known for its eponymous Beast burger. Featuring two smashed patties, American cheese, shaved yellow onion, pickle, iceberg, and its “truly special” sauce, this burger holds its own among the smash burgers in town, with a flavor reminiscent of a backyard cookout in all of the best ways. Farmer and the Beast offers outdoor covered table seating in a well lit pod featuring bathrooms, as well as to-go orders.

1845 NW 23rd Pl
Portland, OR 97210

8. Güero

200 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97232

Occupying a many-windowed corner of Portland’s NE 28th Street restaurant row, Mexican sandwich shop Guero slings many a delicious torta to its frequent phalanx of hungry regulars. Included in its offerings is the popular and consistently delicious hamburguesa: Two well-seasoned Painted Hills beef smash patties get hit with a laundry list of toppings, including creamy avocado, American cheese, ham, and chipotle mayo. The pleasant pop of pickled jalapeños, sweet grilled onions, and chiles plays off the queso botanero. Guero offers takeout and delivery, with an outdoor patio.

200 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232

9. Sammich PDX

2137 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

Sammich, like its name implies, serves sandwiches out of a small space within a tiny strip mall off East Burnside street. Ask five different patrons what their favorite sandwich from Sammich and expect five different answers — the whole menu satisfies, including “da burg:” a juicy hamburger anointed with nutty Swiss and the ooze of American cheese, in addition to a zingy Sammich sauce, onion, and lettuce. The move, however, is to add some of the restaurant’s deservedly legendary house-made pastrami. The burger at Sammich can be taken to go or enjoyed at one of many outdoor tables gracing the front of the store.

2137 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214

10. Canard

734 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

Since its opening in 2018, Canard — the wine-centric gastropub located along bustling East Burnside Street — has drawn hordes for its slider-sized steam burgers, and for good reason. The soft bun envelops an onion-infused beef patty, crisp chopped onions and assertive pickles, as well as a touch of mustard and melty American. All of this comes together into bites of pure, unadulterated burger Americana. Canard is open for indoor and outdoor dining.

734 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214

11. Jojo Food Truck

3582 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97202
A cheeseburger sits on an upside-down box at Jojo
Cheeseburger at Jojo
Daniel Barnett / EPDX

Housed in a vivid blue food truck set in a bottle-shop-adjacent food cart pod off SE Powell, Jojo is best known for its fried chicken sandwiches. Not to be missed, however, are its burgers, the spicy cheeseburger chief among them. A smashed beef patty acts as a foundation for impossibly oozy American cheese and savory-sweet caramelized onions. The sambal mayo, equally tangy as it is spicy, blends beautifully with the smoked pepper relish to form a surprisingly complex condiment of its own. This burger is a study in the balance between richness and restraint. Jojo offers outdoor seating via a plaza or its food can be taken to go.

3582 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97202

12. Burger Stevens

4250 SW Rose Biggi Ave, Beaverton, OR 97005

A few years ago, Don Salamone brought some much-needed attention to Hillsdale’s food scene when he opened his first Burger Stevens food truck on SW Capitol Hwy. Now, Burger Stevens has moved into both BG’s Food Cartel and Prost Marketplace. The cart’s classic cheeseburger — melty cheese swirling with fancy sauce, a fat slice of tomato, onion, and pickles — is an example of what a great, classic burger tastes (and looks) like. The cart offers online ordering for takeout or outdoor pod dining.

4250 SW Rose Biggi Ave
Beaverton, OR 97005

13. Sure Shot Burger

6620 SW Scholls Ferry Rd, Portland, OR 97223
A close-up of a cheeseburger with pickles at Rough Draft
Burger at Rough Draft
Daniel Barnett / EPDX

Situated in the parking lot of a beer hall, Sure Shot — originally known as Rough Draft Burger Shop  — is a burger shack in every sense of the word. The burgers here are simple, but hover near smash-patty perfection: The cart’s most popular burger, simply called the “double,” is comprised of two buttery patties, double cheese, pickle, onion, and a house burger sauce called RD sauce. As a whole, the burger has all of the trappings of a fast food burger, if a fast food burger was even richer, cheesier, and had twice the amount of caramelization. Using an online ordering system, Rough Draft takes all of its orders online rather than face-to-face.

6620 SW Scholls Ferry Rd
Portland, OR 97223

14. Tulip Shop Tavern

825 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217

Tulip Shop Tavern seems to understand the heavy weight a pickle plays in the balance of a burger: It provides the acid that cuts through the overwhelming richness of the one-two punch of ground beef and American. Instead of adding a pinch of diced pickle and calling it a day, Tulip Shop adds full chips and plenty of “special sauce,” which gives it that tangy hit. Tulip Shop also knows to lean into the char on a burger, which adds a little bit of that carbonic bitterness well complemented by the cheese. The move here is to spring for the double-double, a half-pounder on a fluffy-not-sweet milk bun.

825 N Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97217

15. Black Seed Burger Cult

3746 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227

The best part of the burger at this somewhat under-the-radar restaurant on North Mississippi is that it does something different: Instead of slathering its burgers in the standard “special sauce” (generally some variation on ketchup and mayo), Black Seed’s burger is drenched in its Killer Diller sauce — not quite a ranch, but not quite an aioli. Outside of its standard burgers (which are best ordered as a double), Black Seed’s K12, a bacon cheeseburger with roasted jalapeños and mushrooms, is a standout. Plus, the shop can make any burger on the menu vegan.

3746 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227

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16. MidCity SmashBurger

1015 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214

For some, this food cart is the pinnacle of Portland smashburger excellence: Parked in front of an eye-catching Southeast Portland mural, MidCity’s thin, soft, smooshy smashburgers pack a punch, an American-cheese-fused blend of char-blistered beef and an acid-packed and surprisingly detailed burger sauce. This is one of the few smash-burgers that really is ideal on its own — no second patty needed — and at $5 a pop, it feels almost criminally inexpensive.

1015 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97214

17. Oma's Hideaway

3131 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202

Once upon a time, tall burgers with fat patties and stacked toppings reigned king in Portland; a smash was out of the question, juiciness ranked more important than char. Now that Portland is absolutely inundated with smashburgers, a true, juicy burger feels almost refreshing, especially when it has a clear concept outside the tried-and-true ketchup-mayo-onion-pickle. Oma’s Hideaway may be known for its succulent game hens and lacquered meats, but the thick, almost intimidating Oma-zing burger is a treasure, a beast slathered in chili jam and American with a full layer of house pickles. What sets it apart, however, is the swipe of lime leaf butter on the bun — it adds just a touch of fragrant sweetness.

3131 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

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