If You Were A Burger…

May is National Burger Month!  To help celebrate, I asked a few local food folks, “If you were a part of a burger, which part would you be and why?”  Here’s what they said:

Greg Wiener – Top of the Rock at the Buttes Marriott

I would be blue cheese. You either love me or hate me, there is no middle ground. And I get better and richer with age.

Lauren Bailey – Upward Projects

I would be mustard. It’s sweet & spicy and has the right kick just when you need it!

Rebecca Golden – 32 Shea

I’d be a jalapeño because life was made to be spicy! 

Lucia Schnitzer – Luci’s Healthy Marketplace

We would be the bun, because like our burger bun, we are made right here in Phoenix!

Stephen Jones – DeSoto Central Market

I’d have to be the mustard because it’s the one ingredient that brings/rounds everything out. Not to mention I’m just as spicy and sharp!

Adam Lehrman – Tucson Foodie

I’d be a grass fed beef patty since, for a good chunk of my life I roamed free on acres of grass.

Joel LaTondress – Craft + Culture (opening soon!)

I’d be the Rogue Smokey Blue cheese or a thick layer of chunky pimento cheese. It might be gilding the lily of good quality beef, but a little excess isn’t always a bad thing.

Jonathan Carroll – Songbird Coffee & Tea House

Most people think cheese or bacon makes a burger, but they’re wrong. One of the best fruits there is makes a burger amazing — the tomato.  I’d be the tomato.

Mel Mecinas – Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale

It’s all about the cheese. That’s why in Onyx Bar I serve it on the Brisket Burger with my signature Grilled Truffles and Brie Cheese.


Meanwhile, want one of those tasty burgers featured in the headline photo of this post?  These are some of my personal favorites, in addition to ones at the restaurants mentioned above!  Missing a great local burger on this list? Comment below so we can check it out!

Diablo Burger

Maizie’s Cafe

Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers

Thirsty Lion Pub

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

The Stand

Paradise Valley Burger Company

Relish Burger Bistro