Abbey Burger Bistro
1041 Marshall St.
Baltimore, Md. 21230
This burger joint is tucked away in Federal Hill. Burger lovers will love the variety of creative patties offered like locally raised Roseda beef, venison, duck and alligator, just to name a few. You can try one of the tried-and-true favorites off the menu or build your own burger. Go with the peanut butter burger with Applewood smoked bacon and creamy peanut butter smeared on top or the Baltimore burger with homemade crab dip, Applewood bacon and cheddar cheese. The build-your-own-burger checklist has numerous meats, unique toppings and more. Plus the vegetarians will also find some creative burgers to try.
Mother’s Federal Hill Grille
1113 S. Charles St.
Baltimore, Md. 21230
Mother’s Federal Hill Grille is a popular spot before, during and after the games. Mother’s offers a burger menu with 20 different burgers. All of the burgers are made with certified Angus beef (unless noted) and can be substituted with chicken, turkey or a veggie burger. Mother’s famous creative burger chosen by the Food Network as the burger to try in Maryland is the heart attack burger, which includes a beer-battered burger stuffed with cheddar cheese, deep fried and served with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and chipotle mayo. For the turkey lovers, try the Pat Tillman powerhouse which is a grilled turkey burger with avocado, sprouts, lettuce, tomato and onions, and then topped with Swiss cheese and honey mustard.
1702 Thames St.
Baltimore, Md. 21231
Kooper’s Tavern burgers were just recently listed in the 2014 Zagat as the “Must-Try Burgers Across the Country” — so which one will you try? Besides the specialty burgers on the regular menu and the build-your-own burgers, Kooper’s offers a burger of the month. The January 2014 burger of the month was a venison burger with gorgonzola cheese, Upland Cress lettuce and a pomegranate reduction. Stop in on Tuesdays for burger day and enjoy burgers starting at $5. Besides the Fells Point location, you can try the Kooper’s North location in the Round Wood Shopping Center in Lutherville, Md., or the Kooper’s Chowhound Burger Wagon food truck.
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5517 Harford Road
Baltimore, Md. 21214
Hamilton Tavern is located right in the heart of the Hamilton neighborhood. Its main menu offers three types of burgers, one of which is the delicious Crosstown burger with Roseda Farms beef, shredded iceberg lettuce, onion and horseradish cheddar. But the even more creative burgers are offered on burger night Mondays. Be sure to check out Hamilton Tavern’s Facebook page to see what the special is each Monday. Some of the past burgers included the “Il Boot” with sautéed garlic and spinach, aged provolone cheese and Romesco sauce and the The Far East with Roseda Farms Beef, Asian slaw (contains peanuts), sesame soy glazed shiitake mushrooms and wasabi mayo.
413-415 W. Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, Md. 21210
www.alonsos.comAlonso’s menu offers a wide variety of creative burgers made with either Creekstone Farms beef or Gunpowder bison. Be sure to try the Greek burger with roasted red pepper, artichokes, spinach, feta and tzatziki sauce or maybe the aloha burger with ham, pineapple, teriyaki sauce and smoked gouda. Stop by on Mondays for burger night that features $5 off one-pound burgers. Alonso’s is also home to the Big Tex Burger Challenge, which features double-stacked one-pound burgers, barbecue sauce, bacon, steak chili, jalapenos, onion straws and cheddar cheese. If you clean you plate in 30 minutes or less, you get a T-shirt.
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