6 rather outrageous new burgers in Philly

Rouge's Full Nelson burger: bacon-wrapped pork belly, caramelized onions, Gruyere, avocado, and spicy pickles on brioche.

It's February, and those New Year's resolutions have gone by the weigh-side.

A check of the Philly-area burger scene shows some creative - and mighty calorific - new offerings. 

Rouge on Rittenhouse Square, whose luscious burger is part of Philly dining lore, offers a burger of the month. Chef Sam Noh's Full Nelson Burger, February's feature, is topped with bacon-wrapped pork belly (yes), caramelized onions, Gruyère, avocado, and spicy pickles. Fries are included.

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Rouge's Full Nelson Burger ($15, including fries), from chef Sam Noh, features bacon-wrapped pork belly, caramelized onions, Gruyère, avocado, and spicy pickles.


Lucky's Last Chance's Manayunk location just put the PK Burger on the menu. It's a quarter-pound patty with Cheddar, two potato-and-Cheddar pierogies from The Pierogie Kitchen, caramelized onions, sour cream, and a side of sauerkraut.

Lucky's Last Chance's PK Burger ($13.50) tops its patty with Cheddar, pierogies from The Pierogie Kitchen, caramelized onions, and sour cream.


Blue Duck in Northeast Philadelphia has entered the food-challenge realm by serving what chef/co-owner Kris Serviss calls a "5-patty smash": The $25 creation includes five 4-ounce beef patties topped with Cooper American, pickles, onions, and "special sauce" on a Martin's potato roll. If one person finishes it solo, he or she gets an order of Duck fries on the house.

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The 5-Patty Smash from Blue Duck ($25), served on a Martin's potato roll, has 20 ounces of beef.


Sketch Burger in Fishtown, meanwhile, offers a Truffle Butter Burger. Not surprisingly, it's a cheeseburger topped with mushrooms that have been sauteed in truffle butter. Its roll is also slathered in truffle butter. (You have a choice of cheeses, and the house suggests Swiss.)

Sketch Burger in Fishtown's Truffle Butter Burger for $8.95.


P'unk Burger on East Passyunk borrowed the fried mozzarella sticks from sister eatery SLiCE Pizza. The Caprese Pesto Burger takes organic beef, tops it with the panko-crusted sticks, basil, balsamic glaze, and sun-dried tomato pesto.

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Mozzarella sticks top P'unk Burger's Caprese Pesto Burger ($10).


Josh Kim at SPOT Burgers in Brewerytown offers a spin on a fast-food classic. His Big Mic burger includes two sirloin patties (5.5 ounce total) with shredded lettuce, diced red onions, kosher pickles, Russian dressing, and American cheese ($8.50).

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Spot Burger's Big Mic.


For good measure, we have a 7th idea: The cheeseburger fries from the brand new Fox & Son Fancy Corndogs stand at Reading Terminal Market. Very simple: fries topped with crumbled beef, cheese, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, chopped onions, and sauce royale.

Cheeseburger fries ($6.99) from Fox & Son Fancy Corndogs.