Patch Picks: Best Burgers

Media Patch takes a bite out of the best burgers in the area.

Patch runs a weekly feature called Patch Picks, highlighting editor and reader picks of great local businesses, destinations, services, organizations, ways to spend a day off, and more

Do you want fries with that? How about a thick milkshake? We all have our favorite ways of enjoying a big, juicy burger. Whether we eat it with just a dollop of ketchup, or like it piled high with cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, ketchup and mustard, the hamburger is no doubt an American favorite.

It’s also one of the more versatile foods that both kids and adults love, and it can be prepared in many ways, from plain and simple, to complexly gourmet. No matter what restaurant you visit, you’ll likely find each place puts its own twist on the all-mighty burger, and all that accompanies it. Media Patch took a poll around town, and has a few of the area’s best burgers for you to try.


Zac’s is known as a decent go-to burger joint to eat-in or take-out. With five locations in Delaware County, including Media, it’s become a staple in the area. The burgers are grilled-to-order, and the spicy fries and hand-dipped milkshakes are tasty options on the side. Zac’s features a specialty burger each month, and you can find coupons on their website.  

The burgers are fresh, quite large, and always nice and hot, the fries are plentiful, and the shakes are hand-spun. You can eat there at the Providence Road location, or take out. Check out Patch’s full review of Wimpy’s .

Iron Hill is known for its craft beers brewed on location, many of which change with the season. The beer selection complements the unique menu as well, and the burgers are a solid choice. They’re 8 ounces of fresh Angus beef, and are served with toppings such as gorgonzola cheese and horse radish cream sauce.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

The name virtually says it all. The menu of burgers, dogs and fries might be simple, but there are more than 250,000 ways to order a burger according to their website. The Zagat-winning restaurant has many toppings to choose from, including lettuce, pickles, hot sauce and Jalapeno peppers, and they’re all added for free. You can also order online. There are more than 750 locations around the country, including Broomall, Clifton Heights and Glen Mills.

Nifty Fifty’s

A visit to Nifty Fifty’s on MacDade will take you back to the era of poodle skirts and rock n’ roll, thanks to the throwback décor. The menu is page after page, and the restaurant has scored the Best of Philly award 10 times for many of the items. The milkshakes and fountain sodas are popular and come in so many flavors, and the burgers, they are right on target. The fresh beef patties are hand-formed and grilled just right, and the fries, also in several flavors, are the perfect accompaniment.

Jodie King August 09, 2011 at 11:21 AM
I love Five Guys, and Nifty Fifty's is fun (but crowded). Although they may not be the best burgers, my favorite place to go is Zac's, because I can get a burger and not completely blow the diet. I like the smaller size, and they are cheap enough that those with a larger appetite can have as many as they want.
don August 11, 2011 at 02:57 PM
The best burger I have had recently is from Front Street Fountain. Add a vanilla milkshake and some of their french fries...wonderful!!


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