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Portland's Non-Traditional (Non-Beef) Burgers, Mapped

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Everybody loves a good ol' beef burger, but for The Five Days of Meat, we thought we could mix it up with a little something different. It's not everyday that you think to go out for an elk, buffalo, lamb, or venison burger, but as it so happens, Portland is teeming with spots serving up wild game. Coupled with lots of toppings (and in some cases, additional opportunities to add more protein), these burgers switch up one of our all-time favorite meaty meals.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Besaw's

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2301 NW Savier St
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 228-2619
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Besaw's may be labeled as more of a breakfast establishment, but they probably won't judge if you order one of its fun burger options as your mid-morning meal. For lunch, the menu hosts a wild game burger and dinner offers an Oregon elk burger, both topped with house-made American cheese, Sriracha aioli, and pickled onion on a sourdough bun. [Photo]

2. Buffalo Gap Saloon

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6835 SW Macadam Ave
Portland, OR 97219
(503) 244-7111
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Why, yes, there is a buffalo burger on the menu at this SW "Saloon & Eatery" (how did you guess?). It comes with the traditional burger components, but you can also sub a buffalo patty on any of the burger combos on the menu. Maybe the "Dakota" — with buffalo wing sauce and blue cheese — would be a good pick.

3. Burnside Brewing Co.

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701 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 208-3476
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Take the traditional beef burger here and substitute the bison patty instead — it'll come seared in duck fat (hell yes) with caramelized onions, lettuce, and tomato on a hoppy-potato roll. Grab a pint of the summer seasonal Burnside Lime Kolsch — brewed with lemongrass, kaffir lime leaf, and the zest of 200 limes, to round out your meal. [Photo]

4. Deschutes Brewery & Public House

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210 NW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 296-4906
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What to eat with a delicious pint of Fresh Squeezed IPA? At this downtown brewhouse stalwart, there are two options for a burger branch out. The Crater Lake bison burger comes topped with a smoked pomegranate pork belly, asiago cheese, and frisee, or do the Durham Ranch elk burger with gruyere and a shallot and thyme mayo. [Photo]

5. Dick's Kitchen

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3312 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 235-0146
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There is no shortage of unusual burger selections at this Paleo-centric diner. Not only is a water buffalo burger a staple on the menu, there's a weekly rotating "guest burger" which runs the game-meat gamut, from venison, elk, lamb, and wild boar to a house favorite, the "dork" burger, a mix of duck and pork. Most burgers are available in slider size, as well, for adventurous sampler platters. [Photo]

6. Foster Burger

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5339 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97206
(503) 775-2077
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This SE spot has all the traditional components of a burger bar (and some not so much, like squid ink and kimchee), but it also offers an all natural, hormone-free lamb patty as a regular option over your usual beef. And to take it over the top, order "The Kiwi" with said lamb patty, pickled beet, egg, cheddar, lettuce, and pickles. [Photo]

7. Glisan Burger Barn

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7901 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97213
At Portland's one-and-only burger barn, any Painted Hills beef patty can magically turned into a buffalo burger (for an extra three bucks). That sounds pretty good for the “Barnyard,” which comes with bacon, avocado, swiss, grilled onions, roasted red peppers, and the mysterious barn sauce. [Photo]

8. The Observatory

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8115 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97215
(503) 445-6284
It's a lamb burger here served with tangy goat cheese, roasted red peppers, marinated onions, and aioli. Also, at the connected lounge space Over and Out, you’ll find a chipotle elk burger with crispy onions, pepper jack, and a spicy-smoky mayo. [Photo]

9. The Old Gold

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2105 N. Killingsworth
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 894-8937
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You can tell that the staff at the Old Gold likes to keep it fresh, from a softball league on Sunday to special boards that read: "Soup of the Day: Whiskey." They also serve up an elk burger dressed with a dried cherry relish and fontina. [Photo]

10. River Pig Saloon

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529 NW 13th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
The Pearl's newish neighborhood bar offers a towering buffalo burger with an organic bison patty, bacon, and cheddar. Add even more protein with an optional fried egg on top. [Photo]

11. Sunshine Tavern

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3111 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 688-1750
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Jenn Louis's neighborhood tavern serves up a pork burger that arrives topped with Swiss cheese, preserved cabbage, and mustard. But guests can up the ante by adding optional non-beef toppings, from a slab of pork belly to chicken liver mousse.

12. TILT Swan Island

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3449 N Anchor St
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 285-8458
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Tilt's appropriately named "Lambtastic" burger features (you guessed it) a ground lamb patty, then stacks it with beer-battered onion rings, Swiss cheese, and slaw. [Photo]

13. Victory Bar

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3652 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 236-8755
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This corner bar on Division is so anti-establishment that they don't do beef patties. Celebrate propaganda at Victory by ordering the venison burger with white cheddar and pickles on a brioche bun. But don't ask any questions about it: Visit the FAQ page on their website and it will be pretty clear as to why. [Photo]

1. Besaw's

2301 NW Savier St, Portland, OR 97210
Besaw's may be labeled as more of a breakfast establishment, but they probably won't judge if you order one of its fun burger options as your mid-morning meal. For lunch, the menu hosts a wild game burger and dinner offers an Oregon elk burger, both topped with house-made American cheese, Sriracha aioli, and pickled onion on a sourdough bun. [Photo]
2301 NW Savier St
Portland, OR 97210

2. Buffalo Gap Saloon

6835 SW Macadam Ave, Portland, OR 97219
Why, yes, there is a buffalo burger on the menu at this SW "Saloon & Eatery" (how did you guess?). It comes with the traditional burger components, but you can also sub a buffalo patty on any of the burger combos on the menu. Maybe the "Dakota" — with buffalo wing sauce and blue cheese — would be a good pick.
6835 SW Macadam Ave
Portland, OR 97219

3. Burnside Brewing Co.

701 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214
Take the traditional beef burger here and substitute the bison patty instead — it'll come seared in duck fat (hell yes) with caramelized onions, lettuce, and tomato on a hoppy-potato roll. Grab a pint of the summer seasonal Burnside Lime Kolsch — brewed with lemongrass, kaffir lime leaf, and the zest of 200 limes, to round out your meal. [Photo]
701 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214

4. Deschutes Brewery & Public House

210 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
What to eat with a delicious pint of Fresh Squeezed IPA? At this downtown brewhouse stalwart, there are two options for a burger branch out. The Crater Lake bison burger comes topped with a smoked pomegranate pork belly, asiago cheese, and frisee, or do the Durham Ranch elk burger with gruyere and a shallot and thyme mayo. [Photo]
210 NW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

5. Dick's Kitchen

3312 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214
There is no shortage of unusual burger selections at this Paleo-centric diner. Not only is a water buffalo burger a staple on the menu, there's a weekly rotating "guest burger" which runs the game-meat gamut, from venison, elk, lamb, and wild boar to a house favorite, the "dork" burger, a mix of duck and pork. Most burgers are available in slider size, as well, for adventurous sampler platters. [Photo]
3312 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214

6. Foster Burger

5339 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97206
This SE spot has all the traditional components of a burger bar (and some not so much, like squid ink and kimchee), but it also offers an all natural, hormone-free lamb patty as a regular option over your usual beef. And to take it over the top, order "The Kiwi" with said lamb patty, pickled beet, egg, cheddar, lettuce, and pickles. [Photo]
5339 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97206

7. Glisan Burger Barn

7901 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97213
At Portland's one-and-only burger barn, any Painted Hills beef patty can magically turned into a buffalo burger (for an extra three bucks). That sounds pretty good for the “Barnyard,” which comes with bacon, avocado, swiss, grilled onions, roasted red peppers, and the mysterious barn sauce. [Photo]
7901 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97213

8. The Observatory

8115 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215
It's a lamb burger here served with tangy goat cheese, roasted red peppers, marinated onions, and aioli. Also, at the connected lounge space Over and Out, you’ll find a chipotle elk burger with crispy onions, pepper jack, and a spicy-smoky mayo. [Photo]
8115 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97215

9. The Old Gold

2105 N. Killingsworth, Portland, OR 97217
You can tell that the staff at the Old Gold likes to keep it fresh, from a softball league on Sunday to special boards that read: "Soup of the Day: Whiskey." They also serve up an elk burger dressed with a dried cherry relish and fontina. [Photo]
2105 N. Killingsworth
Portland, OR 97217

10. River Pig Saloon

529 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
The Pearl's newish neighborhood bar offers a towering buffalo burger with an organic bison patty, bacon, and cheddar. Add even more protein with an optional fried egg on top. [Photo]
529 NW 13th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

11. Sunshine Tavern

3111 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
Jenn Louis's neighborhood tavern serves up a pork burger that arrives topped with Swiss cheese, preserved cabbage, and mustard. But guests can up the ante by adding optional non-beef toppings, from a slab of pork belly to chicken liver mousse.
3111 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

12. TILT Swan Island

3449 N Anchor St, Portland, OR 97217
Tilt's appropriately named "Lambtastic" burger features (you guessed it) a ground lamb patty, then stacks it with beer-battered onion rings, Swiss cheese, and slaw. [Photo]
3449 N Anchor St
Portland, OR 97217

13. Victory Bar

3652 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
This corner bar on Division is so anti-establishment that they don't do beef patties. Celebrate propaganda at Victory by ordering the venison burger with white cheddar and pickles on a brioche bun. But don't ask any questions about it: Visit the FAQ page on their website and it will be pretty clear as to why. [Photo]
3652 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

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