We’ve highlighted some of the best burgers in Harlem to save you time when wondering what you’re going to eat for dinner this week. Harlem offers the most basic burgers served from street carts to burgers that deserve a wine pairing & require silverware. Whatever burger you’re in the mood for, Harlem has it!
1. Seasoned Vegan
Chopped cheese…but make it vegan. We put our favorite soy-based burger at the top so our list for our lovely vegan friends at Seasoned Vegan. The Harlem Chopped “Cheeseburger” is an alternative choice for someone who is craving the taste of a Harlem chopped cheese, but not craving meat or dairy. This burger is made with a soy protein patty, chopped with greens, tomatoes and “cheddar” on a baguette. You can still have the delicious Harlem staple without the meat or the cheese.
Harlem Public’s menu is filled with unique sandwich and burger options, but none is crazier than their peanut butter burger. Don’t be afraid, don’t keep scrolling, hear us out! It’s made with a house-made chuck and brisket patty, topped with sharp cheddar cheese, thick strips of brown sugar glazed bacon, and finished with a thick, peanut butter sauce. The soft brioche bun is branded with the Harlem Public logo before serving. Everything comes together to make a non-traditional and mouth watering burger, that will pleasantly surprise you.
Burger $15 (served with fries)
3. Harlem Shake
With a name like “Hot Mess” how could you not be intrigued? The hot mess burger from Harlem Shake is truly hot & spicy as well as messy & delicious. A classic Pat LaFrieda is cooked and topped with pickled cherry pepper and bacon relish, american cheese and smoky chipotle mayo. If you’re looking for the spice and the heat, this is the burger for you. Don’t skimp on the napkins. Order during happy hour for a $6 Harlem Beer Shake.
4. Ponty Bistro
Step into Ponty Bistro to elevate your burger meal. Lamb is on the menu. Order their signature Ponty lamb burger topped with caramelized onions, tomato confit, gruyere cheese for a burger that’s far from basic. The patty is cooked to perfection. Pair this dish with a light-bodied red wine for a complete meal.
Burger $18 (served with fries)
Let’s not forget our humble beginnings. There are times when we want a traditional burger.
5. Mo’s Burgers
Where else can you buy a fresh burger for $2 in Harlem…or anywhere else? Every time we pass Mo’s cart on 117th Street and Lenox during lunch time, we see the same long line of hungry yet patient customers.Visit the cart and find out what all the hype is about seven days a week between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Depending on the time of day, be prepared for a line and a classic burger that will make you a repeat customer.
6. Jimbo’s Hamburger Palace
Jimbo’s Hamburger Palace is so very Harlem. Every Harlemite has had a perfectly griddled burger from this classic diner. If you want to step up the basic, make it deluxe with bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and grilled onions. Keep it basic or upgrade, either way, you’re going to have one of the best burgers in Harlem.
Which burger will you try next? Let us know.