21 Burgers to Try in 2019

And What Brews To Drink With Them

By Kristen Rinaldi
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From unique toppings and types of meat to outlandish buns and just darn-good eats, these are 21 varieties that every burger-loving Lehigh Valley resident should add to their must-devour list.

Social Still Social Stack Burger

Photo by Alison Conklin

Social Still

Social Stack Burger

Made with two four-ounce patties, and topped with 1000 Island dressing, American cheese, lettuce, onion and pickle, the Social Stack is reminiscent of the iconic Big Mac. “It’s everything you want a Big Mac to be, but never is,” says Chris Kurtz, head chef.

530 E. 3rd St., Bethlehem | 610.625.4585 | socialstill.com

Union and Finch

Union Burger

Union and Finch’s Union Burger is made with Pat LaFrieda beef and topped with red onion marmalade, sweet pickles and bacon. On Burger and a Beer Thursdays, patrons can enjoy it with any draft beer for just $10.

What’s more, be sure to keep an eye out for their burger of the month special—at time of press, they were offering a Kimchi Burger, made with spicy kimchi, sunny-side-up egg and sriracha lime aioli.

Pair With: Dogfish Head's 90 Minute IPA

1528 W. Union St., Allentown | 610.432.1522 | unionandfinch.com

The Cask Taphouse and Grill Blazin’ Bison Burger and Ale Mac & Cheese Burger

Photo by Matt Bishop

The Cask Taphouse and Grill

Blazin’ Bison Burger and Ale Mac & Cheese Burger

Blazin’ Bison Burger - One of The Cask’s newest burger variations, the Blazin’ Bison burger is complete with ground bison, pepper jack cheese, chipotle cream, smoked jalapeño peppers and tomato.

Ale Mac & Cheese Burger - A cheese lover’s dream come true— this burger is topped with fried ale mac and cheese, beer cheese sauce, lettuce and tomato.

80 Kunkle Dr., Easton | 610.438.5655 | casktaphouse.com

The Wooden Match

Donut Delite & Bender Ender

Donut Delite - The best part about the Donut Delite isn’t the applewood smoked bacon, it’s the grilled glazed doughnut sandwiching the 10-ounce beef patty. Talk about sweet and savory!

Bender Ender - The Wooden Match has a knack for substituting burger buns. The Bender Ender is served on two bacon grilled-cheese sandwiches!

61 W. Lehigh St., Bethlehem | 610.865.1777 | thewoodenmatch.com

Bell Hall Bell Tower Burger

Photo by Matt Bishop

Bell Hall

Bell Tower

Bell Hall’s signature Bell Tower burger comes with smoked mozzarella, greens, tomato chutney, garlic aioli and a tower of onion rings on top.

Fun Fact:

Bell Hall’s name is an ode to the fact that the Liberty Bell was hidden next door to the (now) restaurant during the Revolutionary War.

612 W. Hamilton St., Allentown | 610.437.1825 | bellhallallentown.com

Wert's Cafe

Ashley's Pretzel Burger

Served on a pretzel roll, the burger is topped with bacon, honey mustard and, like several of Wert’s “Burgers with Personality,” Velveeta cheese.

Pair With: Lager

515 N. 18th St., Allentown | 610.439.0951 | wertscafe.com

Keystone Pub

Cowboy Burger

Keystone’s Cowboy Burger is charbroiled to perfection and topped with onion straws, cheddar, bacon and red pepper aioli. The best part? It’s served on Texas Toast!

Pair With: New Belgium’s Fat Tire Amber Ale

3259 Easton Ave., Bethlehem | 610.814.0400 |

1410 Grape St., Whitehall | 610.434.7600 | keystonepub.com

Rivals Sports Bar & Restaurant

Big Dave Burger

Three half-pound patties—topped with American cheese, tomatoes, onions, pickles, ketchup, mustard and mayo—means that no one who orders the Big Dave Burger is going home hungry.

5 Lehn’s Ct., Easton | 610.392.2932 | rivalseaston.com

Fegley’s Brew Works Brewers’ Grain-Fed Burger

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Fegley’s Brew Works

Brewers’ Grain-Fed Burger

A half pound of Koehler Farms beef, raised on upcycled brewers’ grains used to make Fegley’s Brew Works beer.

For non-beef eaters, Fegley’s offers a Black Lentil Quinoa Burger!

Pair With: Fegley’s Brew Works Hop’solutely

812 W. Hamilton St., Allentown | 610.433.7777 |

559 Main St., Bethlehem | 610.882.1300 | thebrewworks.com

The Mint Gastropub

The $25 Burger

Made with grass-fed wagyu that’s cast-ironed in duck fat, the $25 Burger is comprised of pork belly, foie gras pâté, Gruyère and Stilton, truffled greens and curried catsup on a seeded brioche. Enjoy truffle-parm fries on the side!

The Mint also offers The Vegan Burger, made with a Gardein black bean vegan patty, lettuce, tomato, onion, vegan cheese and “e’rythang tofunaise” on a vegan bun. Devour with a side of chickpea fries!

1223 W. Broad St., Bethlehem | 610.419.3810 | bethlehemmint.com


Ocean Burger

The Ocean Burger is a 10-ounce, all-beef burger served on a brioche bun smeared with garlic aioli and topped with crispy bacon, tomato and arugula on a sunny-side-up egg. Ocean’s truffled fries, topped with grated parmesan and fresh herbs, complete the dish.

Pair With: Chimay Grande Réserve Belgian Trappist

235 Ferry St., Easton | 610.559.7211 | ocean235.com

Maxim’s 22 Bistro & Brasserie The Armando

Photo by Matt Bishop

Maxim’s 22 Bistro & Brasserie

The Armando

The Armando comes complete with Brie, bacon marmalade, fried egg and arugula. But any of Maxim’s burgers can be served with Gruyère, cheddar, blue or raclette cheese.

Pair With: IPA Kwak

322 Northampton St., Easton | 610.252.2622 | maxims22.com

The Bayou

Bayou Beef Burger

Complete with andouille jam, aged cheddar, fried duck egg and seasonal greens.

702 Hawthorne Rd. Bethlehem | 610.419.6669 | dat-bayou.com

Two Rivers Brewing Company Peanut Butter Bacon Cheddar Burger

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Two Rivers Brewing Company

Peanut Butter Bacon Cheddar Burger

A sweet and savory work of art, this burger starts with a brioche bun layered in creamy peanut butter and ground peanut brittle dust. A half pound of organic Breakaway Farms’ grass-fed beef, organic smoked bacon and pickled red onion receive a drizzle of chili gastrique (a mixture of red pepper, chipotles, citrus juice and sugar).

For non-meat eaters, Two Rivers also offers a Black Bean Lentil Burger, topped with avocado, cabbage beet slaw and sriracha aioli.

Pair With: Bankers Brown Ale/Easton Assassinator Doppelbock

542 Northampton St., Easton | 610.829.1131 | tworiversbrewing.com

The Brick Pizza Burger

Photo by Matt Bishop

The Brick

Pizza Burger

Angus beef, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni and tomato sauce served on a, wait for it, garlic knot bun. And just like that, two of the greatest cheat meals become one.

Pair With: Brooklyn Lager

1 W. Broad St., Bethlehem | 610.419.1141 | thebrickpa.com

Tavern on Liberty

Spanish Burger

This certified Angus Beef® burger is served with manchego cheese, prosciutto, roasted red peppers and garlic aioli. All of Tavern on Liberty’s burgers can be substituted with grilled chicken breast or a vegan patty!

2246 W. Liberty St., Allentown | 484.221.8765 | tavernonliberty.com

Emeril’s Burgers & More

Bourbon Street Burger

Emeril’s Bourbon Street Burger is served with applewood bacon, bourbon-braised onions, aged cheddar and tangy barbecue sauce.

For those staying away from beef, Emeril’s offers a teriyaki-glazed Grilled Salmon Burger topped with pickled vegetables, cucumber, sriracha aioli and avocado.

Be sure to check out Emeril’s burger of the month, which, at time of press, was a flavorful fried chicken topped with tangy pickle chips, roasted garlic mayo and Tennessee barbecue sauce on a brioche bun, and said to pair perfectly with Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA.

Pair With: Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale

77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem | 877.726.3777 | pasands.com

Roosevelt’s 21st Victory Burger

Photo by Matt Bishop

Roosevelt’s 21st

Victory Burger

Crafted for true victors, Roosevelt’s Victory Burger is made with fried egg, sliced pork roll, applewood smoked bacon, melted Jack and cheddar cheese and spicy sauce. All burgers are served on a brioche bun with a side of hand-cut fries.

Pair With: Bell’s Brewery Two Hearted Ale/Free Will Brewing Co.’s Techno IPA

21 E. Elizabeth Ave., Bethlehem | 610.866.1950 | roosevelts21st.com

The Burgery Company


When available, patrons can enjoy The Burgery’s ostrich burger, the Roadrunner. It’s served with lime and pepper seasoning, Monterey Jack, guacamole and pineapple.

The Burgery’s other unique meat varieties include venison, elk, bison and lamb.

Pair With: Duvel golden ale/La Chouffe/North Coast Pranqster (The Burgery Company is BYOB)

1458 Chestnut St., Emmaus | 610.966.9900 | theburgerycompany.com