May is National Hamburger Month. Search for your new favorite at one of these six burger joints in Chandler, Arizona!
48 S. San Marcos Pl.
Chandler, AZ 85225
One of the Valley’s best burger joints—Wimpy’s Paradise regularly tops the list for best burger in Phoenix—started out as a hot dog cart in 2008. The hot dogs were so popular at events and festivals around Chandler, owner Randy Walters opened Pittsburgh Willy’s in an antiques mall and expanded the restaurant’s menu.
After five years, he decided to change direction and opened Wimpy’s Paradise in downtown Chandler. The restaurant still serves the hot dogs that put Walters on the culinary map, but it’s the burgers that have people talking these days.
Try a ⅓- or ½-pound Wimpy’s Original Burger served on a sesame, pretzel, or egg roll bun with lettuce, tomato, and onion. You have your choice of cheeses and add-ons including grilled onions, bacon, and grilled chiles. Or, opt for the infamous Dirty Burger drenched in no-bean chili. There’s even a burger challenge requiring you to inhale five ½-pound Angus beef patties, four slices of sharp cheddar, and two fried eggs in 30 minutes if you’re really hungry.
Since Wimpy’s Paradise doesn’t have a deep fryer, Walters serves home fries instead of traditional French fries. (After your first bite of fresh-off-the-griddle home fries, you won’t miss the French version.) The Steelers fanatic also hands out free hugs—just ask.
Rocket Burger & Subs
2100 W. Chandler Blvd.
Chandler, AZ 85224
Rocket Burger & Subs started with a vision to build “the finest burger this world has ever tasted, end of story.” If they haven’t already created that burger, they’ve come pretty close. Made from fresh, never frozen, 100 percent beef, the burgers are made to order and topped with the freshest ingredients.
Skip the traditional cheeseburger or even bacon cheeseburger, and order one of the specialty burgers like the Gyro Burger, topped with gyro meat and homemade tzatziki sauce or the Santa Fe Burger with fried green chile, bacon, and rocket sauce. All burgers can be ordered as a single, double, or rocket (triple) burger. Tip: Opt for at least a double burger to maximum beef flavor.
You can add fries, onion rings, and chili cheese fries to your burger for a hearty meal. Wash it down with a craft soda from the fountain or a bottled selection from the eatery’s extensive line-up. Chocolate-covered maple bacon soda, anyone?
Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers
1980 W. Germann Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85286
It’s no wonder Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers are popping up throughout Arizona and San Diego—the ½-pound burgers are hand-formed, fresh beef cooked to order and topped with some fairly unique ingredients. Take the Mmmac & Cheeseburger, for example, which piles the restaurant’s signature Mmmac & Cheese on a burger already complimented by a grilled tomato.
Too messy? There’s always the Pastrami Burger with pastrami, Swiss cheese, coleslaw, and 1000 island dressing. Or, if you like it hot, try the Arizona Burger with pepper jack cheese, tomatillo salsa, pico de gallo, and green chile.
Adventurous eaters can sample the Bacon PB&J Burger, a cheeseburger slathered with peanut butter, grape jelly, and chipotle sauce, or the Steakhouse Truffle Burger topped with gruyere cheese, bacon, garlic aioli, white truffle oil, herb butter, baby greens, caramelized onion, and a thyme-roasted tomato.
Burgers are only part of what makes Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers great. The restaurant has an impressive list of beers on tap, in cans, and by the bottle, including several Arizona selections.
Twisted Cactus Brewing Company
4080 W. Ray Road, Suite 26
Chandler, AZ 85226
Even though Twisted Cactus Brewing Company just released its first beer in April, it has already gained a reputation for great food and especially for great ½-pound burgers. One of the most popular is the Twisted Cactus Burger, a tasty, beef patty covered with Swiss cheese, poblano chiles, and house-made aioli.
For bacon cheeseburger lovers, Twisted Cactus serves its version, the Cowboy Up Burger, with BBQ sauce and crispy onion straws. You’ll also find a Bacon Bleu Burger with bacon, blue cheese, and aioli on the menu as well as the A1 Steakburger smothered in mushrooms, Swiss cheese, onion, and A1 Sauce. Traditionalists will appreciate the Big Chandler Burger with bacon, cheddar, and arugula.
Pair your burger choice with truffle fries and a cold pint. In addition to the house IPA, Twisted Cactus has several regional beers on tap, such as Papago Orange Blossom.
Julia’s Mesquite Mexican and Burgers
2160 N. Arizona Ave.
Chandler, AZ 85225
It may look like a fast food burger joint inside and out, but Julia’s Mesquite Mexican and Burgers is anything but typical fast food fare. The Mexican food is authentic and fresh, and the burgers are cooked on a mesquite grill.
Add cheese, guacamole, roasted green chiles, or bacon to a single- and double-patty burger, or choose one of the third pound signature burgers including jalapeno, BBQ Western, and chili meat. Order French fries, onion rings, cheese fries, and chili cheese fries on the side. Bonus: Instead of catsup, you can dip your fries in a variety of salsas from the fresh salsa bar.
The Habit Burger Grill
960 N. 54th St.
Chandler, AZ 85226
No list of best burger joints would be complete without mention of The Habit Burger Grill. Yes, it’s a national chain out of California, but its burgers were named the best tasting in the country by Consumer Reports, beating In-N-Out Burger, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, and Smashburger (not to mention Burger King, Wendy’s, and McDonald’s).
You can’t go wrong with the Charburger, which comes with crisp lettuce, fresh tomato, caramelized onions, pickles, and mayo, but if you want something a little different, go for the Teriyaki Charburger topped with pineapple and teriyaki sauce or the Roasted Garlic Portabella topped with portabella mushrooms, melted white American cheese, and roasted garlic aioli.
Complete your meal with a side of French fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings, and tempura green beans, but save room for dessert. The Habit Burger Grill serves made-to-order shakes, malts, and other treats.