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Portland Burger Week 2022

A list by zaphodchak
Burgers I ate, and opinions I had
Updated August 21, 2022
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added by zaphodchak on August 21, 2022
Brisket Bacon Brie Burger: Duke's Public House (part of Portland Mercury’s Burger Week 2022)

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Brisket Bacon Brie Burger

at Duke's Public House

Every day, through August 21
The last burger of Burger Week inevitably gets a bit lost in a 'beef haze,' but this one was darned good, though it was not readily apparent that the patty was any more brisket-y than a standard grind, and the brie was either restrained (absent?) or perhaps just very well integrated. I don't like brie, so the fact that it wasn't obtrusive was a plus! The sauce was great as well, and so were the fries.
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added by zaphodchak on August 21, 2022
Messy Joseph Burger: Loyal Legion (part of Portland Mercury’s Burger Week 2022)

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Messy Joseph Burger

at Loyal Legion

Multiple dates through August 21
What can I say, it's a Sloppy Joe but fancier! Loyal Legion never disappoints. The keys here are nice crispy lettuce and a toasted bun, which prevent this sandwich from becoming a "Soggy Joe." Tasty!
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added by zaphodchak on August 20, 2022
Bone Marrow Burger: Wine & Growl (part of Portland Mercury’s Burger Week 2022)

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Bone Marrow Burger

at Wine & Growl

Tuesdays - Saturdays, through August 21
Outstanding flavor, with a depth of flavor most burgers never approach. The photo is unassuming, but this is proof that a fancy burger needn't be piled high with add-ons nor too eccentric with novelty. Insert some Robin Williams quote about sucking the marrow out of life. Worth the hike out to Beaverton (the only burger so far I drove for), but they're done for the week, so that ship has sailed, O Captain.
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added by zaphodchak on August 20, 2022
Dick's on Fire: Dick's Primal Burger (part of Portland Mercury’s Burger Week 2022)

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Dick's on Fire

at Dick's Primal Burger

Every day, through August 21
Outstanding. Spicy, but just at the threshold before it became unpleasant. Enjoyable even for people who don't otherwise love spicy foods! The heat is cut by the fruitiness of the pepper jam, and the experience is delicious and holistically enjoyable. Traditional burger fixins on the side to include or omit according to preference. Cheese, crispy onions, and a thick grass-fed patty make for as engaging a textural experience as a flavorful one. Incidentally, the fries are outstanding, inexpensive, and should not be missed. You can score some more of that delicious garlic aioli with the fries.
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added by zaphodchak on August 19, 2022
Buffalo Ranch Burger: Holler (part of Portland Mercury’s Burger Week 2022)

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Buffalo Ranch Burger

at Holler

Multiple dates through August 21
As they were leaving, someone asked me "Do you know what the idea behind this place is? Like, it's sports themed, but it's not a sports bar? IDK, is it doin' it for you?" to which I replied, "Honestly I'm just here for Burger Week." That is a valid question, but the decor and branding are slick, and I suspect that the idea is that this is a good place to bring a kids' softball team after a game. Anyway, on to the burger! It was outstanding, easily in the top 5. Ranch in a burger is inspired, and it works. Interestingly I don't concretely recall an onion ring, but do remember it having some crispy onion in there somewhere. I got a small peach salad with it, which I would not recommend, mostly because it clashed with the flavor of the burger, but also because the peaches were unripe. But the burger is good! Definitely worth a visit to Sellwood, and ample outdoor seating was also a plus.
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Beef Shawarma Burger: Ya Hala (part of Portland Mercury’s Burger Week 2022)

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Beef Shawarma Burger

at Ya Hala

Every day, through August 21
I was excited for this one, but it was better in my imagination. The shawarma contained an unfortunate amount of gristle, but otherwise, the sauce, etc. were good. The potatoes were skippable, but they (or another side) could be a nice way to round this out into a meal.
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added by zaphodchak on August 18, 2022
The Rosa LuxemBurger: Oregon Public House (part of Portland Mercury’s Burger Week 2022)

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The Rosa LuxemBurger

at Oregon Public House

Multiple dates through August 21
The Polish inspiration is clear even without reading the description (though I was also tipped off by the availability of pierogi on the menu, which I will have to try next time!). Modestly sized, this will appeal to fans of sauerkraut, cabbage, and onion. The beet aspect was more subdued in practice than it looks in the photo, but the end result is tasty. A good choice if you're trying two different burgers in a single meal, because of the smaller size ‚ÄĒ otherwise, you may wish to round it out with sides (pierogi!)
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added by zaphodchak on August 18, 2022
The Horseshoe Bierock: Bad Habit Room (part of Portland Mercury’s Burger Week 2022)

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The Horseshoe Bierock

at Bad Habit Room

Every day, through August 21
This is an interesting one. The impression overall is far more stuffed "fondue pretzel" than burger, though it is tasty in spite of relying rather heavily on potatoes. A must try if you love fondue and want some more variety (and it's okay to push the definition of 'burger'!) in your lineup of burgers, but otherwise, this might be one to pass on.
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added by zaphodchak on August 18, 2022
The Super Delicious: Bar Bar (part of Portland Mercury’s Burger Week 2022)

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The Super Delicious

at Bar Bar

Every day, through August 21
Big, piquant fresh garlic flavor, the spice of which is cut nicely by cream cheese. Delicious, and definitely a must-try for garlic/onion lovers. Maybe not the burger to get on a first date ; )
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added by zaphodchak on August 17, 2022
Big Nick: Nick's Famous Coney Island (part of Portland Mercury’s Burger Week 2022)

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Big Nick

at Nick's Famous Coney Island

Every day, through August 21
This one suffered a bit for having been boxed up to go (any burger would), but was delicious nonetheless. Smashed, well-done patties are firmer, but not dry, thanks to the ample sauce, and the kale-forward slaw is a welcome burst of green in a double-stack burger. Get there early before they run out!
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added by zaphodchak on August 17, 2022
Jenny 867-5309: Portland Burger (part of Portland Mercury’s Burger Week 2022)

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Jenny 867-5309

at Portland Burger

Every day, through August 21
Welcome to the big leagues. Portland Burger never disappoints, and Jenny is no exception. The secret sauce is indeed the 'secret sauce,' and while it did suffer a bit from being boxed up to-go (any burger would), it traveled reasonably well. If you can read the writing on the wall, this is one burger you need to make yours.
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The Spicy Pakora Chicken Burger: The Sudra (part of Portland Mercury’s Burger Week 2022)

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The Spicy Pakora Chicken Burger

at The Sudra

Every day, through August 21
The Sudra never fails to impress, and while this is (admittedly) much more of a (vegan) chicken sandwich than a burger, it's outstanding. Texture, spice, substance, and tang are counterbalanced perfectly. At no point do I wish it were beef (or chicken, for that matter), nor would I change anything about it.
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added by zaphodchak on August 15, 2022
The Chungus Burger: Bar Maven (part of Portland Mercury’s Burger Week 2022)

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The Chungus Burger

at Bar Maven

Multiple dates through August 21
Wow, there's a lot going on here, and the balance achieved is sublime. Fat and cream cheese offset spice (the 'net' heat is really minimal, suitable even for people who don't like spicy foods, like me!), as does the marionberry. 8oz patty is the biggest game in town. Bacon is always a welcome addition. Crispy onion adds texture and crunch, which is essential for a jam-containing burger. Somehow it all works together. Burgers are more expensive this year, and it feels like Bar Maven, making a bold return to Burger Week after a memorable and innovative poached pear burger in 2019, is using the extra $3 to take their game to the next level. It's too early in the week to declare a winner, but it's hard to imagine a stronger contender.
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added by zaphodchak on August 15, 2022
Fancy Beast 2.0: Farmer and the Beast (part of Portland Mercury’s Burger Week 2022)

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Fancy Beast 2.0

at Farmer and the Beast

Multiple dates through August 21
Delicious, and texturally light in a pleasing, melt-in-your-mouth way. Most Burger Week entrants aren't able to offer medium-rare burgers for practical reasons, making this a delightful exception. (Horseradish is understated, in case that's a turnoff.)
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Last updated August 21, 2022

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