Patty, Please!

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With so many restau­rants em­pha­siz­ing the almighty burger, creative com­pe­ti­tion is siz­zlin’. Austin-im­port Hop­doddy of­fers beef burg­ers with such pre­scribed top­pings as Brie and truf­fle aioli or chili and Fri­tos. Other grinds are just as ad­ven­ture­some— like the chicken patty with green chiles, salsa, tortilla strips and an egg (above; 11055 N. Scotts­dale Rd., 480.348.2337). Up­scale Del Frisco’s Grille does dou­ble-patty cheese­burg­ers on a na­tional ba­sis, while dur­ing the “burger month” of May, the Phoenix lo­ca­tion is­sued a spe­cial edi­tion stacked with boar ba­con, fried cac­tus strips and jalapeño-peach mayo (below; Es­planade, 2425 E. Camel­back Rd., 602.466.2890). Read on for more AZ-rel­e­vant burger mak­ers ’n’ med­dlers.

ZINBURGER

Fox Res­tau­rant Con­cepts be­gan its Zinburger brand in Tuc­son, then in­stalled copies at Bilt­more Fashion Park in Phoenix and, most re­cently, Scotts­dale Quar­ter. Burg­ers with house- des­ig­nated in­gre­di­ents run $9-$12. Din­ers also have the op­tion to cus­to­morder their top­pings, with cheese choices alone num­ber­ing 10. Fashion Park, 602.424.9500; Quar­ter, 480.285.0690

STAX BURGER BISTRO

The for­mat at Stax en­cour­ages play­ing the field: Each patty, be it beef, bi­son, lamb, quinoa/bean or the ex­otic grind of the day, is made at three- ounce-slider size and sold separately. Go with house-rec­om­mended top­pings or mix-and-match. 4400 N. Scotts­dale Rd., 480.946.4222

PAUL MARTIN’S AMER­I­CAN GRILL

Since found­ing Chi­nese- cui­sine chain P. F. Changs in Scotts­dale ages ago, restau­ra­teur Paul Flem­ing has re­mained in the game. Cal­i­for­nia got his first sev­eral Paul Martin’s Amer­i­can Grills, but now we’ve got one too. Look for a ba­sic An­gus burger with black pep­per aioli amid en­trées of Ca­jun-spiced trout, chimichurri-sauced hanger steak or braised short ribs. 6186 N. Scotts­dale Rd., 480.991.9342

BLU BURGER GRILLE

A 10-year tra­di­tion of let­ting eaters be choosers is Blu Burger Grille’s claim to fame. Sev­eral meats, sal­mon or veg­gie pat­ties, and even a grilled por­to­bello mush­room lay the foun­da­tion for each vis­i­tor’s choices among cheeses, vegeta­bles and more than a dozen sauces. 7366 E. Shea Blvd., 480.998.6978; 32409 N. Scotts­dale Rd., 480.575.8040

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE:

• No­to­ri­ous Burg­ers, a tonguein- cheek mob­ster-themed joint from sec­ond- gen­er­a­tion Ari­zona restau­ra­teur Joey Mag­giore: www.no­to­ri­ous­burger.com

• The Grind, in hip Ar­ca­dia/ Phoenix: www.the­grindaz.com

• Cold Beers & Cheese­burg­ers, two lo­ca­tions and an awe­some URL: www.cold­beers.com

For more in­for­ma­tion where­trav­eler.com

Play­ing to the lo­cal palate: a Del Frisco’s spe­cial topped with boar ba­con and fried cac­tus

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