Our VISITvortex burger aficionados have devoured an abundance of delectable diversities, searching the area for that perfect hamburger. While some people think of burgers as fast food, many of the featured restaurants have taken the burger to the heightened status of “gourmet slow food.” Our choices run the gamut from simplistic, succulent and gluten-free to mouth-opening challengers piled high with a medley of greens, condiments, and other tasty toppers. Whether you’re on the run or aspire to slowly enjoy a leisurely burger with gastronomic flair—there’s a burger for any particular mood, schedule or culinary desire.
Tuthillhouse "Gristy" Burger
Locally bred, flame-broiled grass-fed beef from a Gardiner farm—topped-off with a fried egg from their personal, free-range chickens, a mountainous melt of Acorn Hill Farmstead Chevre cheese and house-pickled red onions. Served on a Rockland Bakery brioche bun.
Tuthill House, Gardiner
845-255-4151 | tuthillhouse.com
Award-winning Customized Burgers
A half-pound of fresh, local, grass-fed, hormone & antibiotic-free meat or bean-based veggie burger on a brioche roll to personalize with 8 cheese choices, 6 bread choices, and 20 topping and sauce options. Choose a side of house-cut French fries or a local, Mesclun greens salad.
845-876-3330 | terrapinrestaurant.com
Bacon, Egg & Cheeseburger
Fried Feather Ridge Farm egg and apple wood-smoked bacon tops off a melt of American cheese on this certified Angus Beef burger. Layered with lettuce and tomato on a toasted brioche bun and served with your choice of fries, chips, cole slaw, salad or soup.
Dutch Ale House, Saugerties
845-247-2337 | dutchalehouse.com
Grilled Hudson Valley beef burger with melted mozzarella cheese dripping over Roma tomatoes, baby arugula, and caramelized onions. Homemade sesame rolls are tastefully moistened with creamy house-made roasted red pepper aioli. Served with hand-cut sea salt fries.
Savona's Trattoria, Kingston
845-339-6800 | savonas.com
Black and Blue Burger
A finely packed burger of aged, high quality beef sports a perfect charred exterior contrasting a tender pink center—the “black-and-blue” burger is a favorite of burger connoisseurs. Topped off with your personal favorites and sandwiched in a soft, fresh bun.
Barnaby's Steakhouse, New Paltz
845-255-2433 | barnabyssteakhouse.com
Personalize this signature burger with myriad cheese choices. Topping choices: grilled mushrooms, grilled onions, bacon, chili, avocado, sprouts, salsa or guacamole. Select steak fries, curly fries, sweet potato fries—all with horseradish dipping sauce—or potato salad, pasta salad or cole slaw as a side.
Bacchus Restaurant & Bar, New Paltz
845-255-8636 | bacchusnewpaltz.com
Meiller's Farm Cheeseburger
This local farm-to-table burger is a half-pound of fresh beef from Meiller’s Farm with the savory accompaniment of local house-smoked bacon. Topped with melted sharp cheddar cheese with a layering of tomatoes and lettuce on a grilled, seeded bun. Served with house-cut fries.
Miss Lucy's Kitchen, Saugerties
845-246-9240 | misslucyskitchen.com
Grilled Cheese Burger
A fabulous new adaptation on the classic grilled cheese sandwich! Tasty slices of grilled cheese envelop a hearty beef burger with an appetizing harmony of crisp bacon and layering of lettuce and tomato. Served with fries and a pickle. A favorite with the kids!
Cherries Deli, Stone Ridge
Heritage Veggie Burger
This faux burger with a side of sweet potato fries has been vegetarian bliss since 1994. You can’t fool with perfection, so it’s the same tasty combo of lentils, sautéed mushrooms, onions, basmati rice, and a bit of bread crumbs—served up on a house roll moistened with herb mayo.
Northern Spy Café, High Falls
845-687-7298 | northernspycafe.com
Surf & Turf Burger
A 9-ounce hormone-free, no antibiotic Hereford burger and fried shrimp layered with tomatoes, lettuce and red onions on a crusty peasant-style Portuguese roll moistened with a flavorful horseradish/sour cream dressing. Served with hand-cut russet potato fries. One of the best sellers on the menu!
Café Mio, Gardiner
845-255-4949 | miogardiner.com
A 10-ounce, hand-formed Angus beef burger served with bacon, cheddar and sautéed caramelized onions. The crispy hand-made steak fries stack is worth taking a trip from almost anywhere!
Friends & Family II Hillside Restaurant, Accord
845-626-7777 | friendsandfamily2.com
Black angus sirloin burger topped with bacon, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle on a grilled kaiser roll. Sweet potato fries and cucumber wasabi dipping sauce served on the side.
Crossroads Deli, Cottekill
845-687-0872 | crossroadsdeli.biz
This is more than good—it’s gouda! This tasty cheese puts the crowning touch on a juicy beef and bacon burger served with a smattering of sautéed onions. But that’s not all…it’s also lusciously moistened with the tangy taste of Russian dressing.
Sportsman's Alamo Cantina, Phoenicia
845-688-5259 | alamocantina.com
Mike’s Jolly Rodger
It’s a wrap! It’s a jolly day for vegetarians when they taste this veggie burger with a huge, succulent portobello mushroom capped off with spinach, avocado and red onions and a cheddar crowning—all snug and healthy in a wrap.
Bistro Mountain Store, Gardiner
The Peekamoose Burger
Can you get more local or fresh than a 100-percent grass-fed “ground in-house” beef burger on a brioche bun—both grilled over a local cherry wood-fueled grill? Yes! Top it with cave-aged Adirondack sharp cheddar, a tomato balsamic onion jam, and local, peppery watercress—served with local fries.
Peekamoose Restaurant & Tap, Big Indian
845-254-6500 | peekamooserestaurant.com
Taste the cultural flavors of this light and fat-free chicken burger integrated with a Mediterranean flair of feta, olives, fresh herbs and spices. Married to the zesty tastes of basil aioli, sweet onion, tomato and lettuce—you’ll have room for dessert!
845-340-9800 | bluemountainbistro.com
Gluten Free Turkey Burger
A bun-less specialty exclusively created for those on a gluten-free diet. You don’t have to forgo the burger any more as this lean, ground turkey burger is tastefully spiced-up with spinach, red pepper and special spices and served-up on a bed of fresh salad greens.
Dominick's Cafe, Kingston
845-338-4552 | dominickscafe.com
An exclusive namesake burger made of an 8-ounce custom-blend of short rib and fine beef brisket cooked on a flat-top griddle. Sounds fancy but it’s a classic—with Boston lettuce, beefsteak tomato and caramelized onions sandwiched by a brioche bun. Served with hand-cut French fries.
Boitson's Restaurant, Kingston
845-339-2333 | boitsons.com
A mountainous-sized, juicy, pure Black Angus beef patty as only “The Cat” can make it. Piled high with lettuce, tomato, onion—and additional personal choices of towering toppings available, including several gooey cheese options. Served with fries and a pickle.
Catamount Restaurant, Mt. Tremper
845-688-2828 ext. 7622 | emersonresort.com
Burger Of The Day
The Burger of the Day is always fresh! Try a half-pound of grass-fed beef topped with prosciutto, roasted red peppers, mozzarella and fresh basil with basil mayonnaise. Or the Sliders Trio: Grass-Fed Beef, Free-Range Chicken, and Fresh Tilapia burgers. Fries are served with all choices.
Rusty's Farm Fresh Eatery, Red Hook
845-758-8000 | rustysfarmfresheatery.com
Custom Ground Burgers
This flavorful, fresh and custom-ground burger is further enhanced with the dynamic accompaniment of thick-cut bacon, roasted red peppers, onion rings, and a melting of Vermont cheddar—all sandwiched within a sesame seed bun. Served with fresh-cut fries.
Henry's Farm to Table, Milton
845-795-1500 | henrysatbuttermilk.com
Tavern Skillet Burger
A 10-ounce special blend enhanced with a mouth-watering medley of smoked bacon and avocado sensationally seasoned with the spicy taste of creamy chipotle aioli and a melting of St. Andre cheese. Served on a brioche roll with hand-cut French fries on the side.
The Tavern at Diamond Mills, Saugerties
845-247-0700 | diamondmillshotel.com/tavern
True New Yorker Burger Deluxe
This Burger Deluxe is a true New York burger! Made with fresh and healthy local beef from Tivoli’s Northwinds Farm, a topping of NY cheddar, and a spicing of grilled red onion, peppered bacon and a housemade favorite of chipotle aioli.
New World Home Cooking, Saugerties
845-246-0900 | ricorlando.com
Grilled Latino Burger
A zesty grilled burger made of ground sirloin with a pungent punch, and tang and essence of many Latin seasonings, plus chili peppers, sautéed jalapenos, avocados, and flavorful bacon. Layered with lettuce, tomato and onion on a hard roll. An awesome customer favorite!
Café Mezzaluna, Saugerties
845-246-5306 | cafemezzaluna.com
The Rondout Burger
This hefty half-pound burger is perfectly prepared with fresh and juicy USDA choice beef—it’s no wonder it’s a “customer’s choice!” Combined with the healthful tastes and essence of fresh sautéed spinach, portobella mushrooms, grilled tomatoes and topped with a dripping crown of provolone.
High Falls Café, High Falls
845-687-2699 | highfallscafe.com
Land or Sea Burgers
Traditonal burger or seafood alternative—your choice. The char-grilled Bacon Cheeseburger is a hefty 8 ounces of fresh ground beef crowned with cheese served on a butter toasted country roll. Or try a crispy, panko-breaded soft shell crab topped with lettuce, tomato and tartar sauce on a country roll.
RAW at the Lazy Swan, Saugerties
845-247-0075 | thelazyswan.com
Organic Country Burger
The Country Inn burgers are always made with organic, local Hudson Valley Cattle Co. beef accompanied by farm-fresh tomatoes, bacon, sautéed onions and rounded off with a choice of gruyere or cheddar as the perfect crowning melt. Served with hand-cut fries cooked to perfection.
The Country Inn, Krumville
845-657-8956 | krumville.com
The Inn Burger
A 9-ounce local free-range black angus burger from Hudson Valley Cattle Co. topped with your own choice of delicious fixins. Served on their housemade rolls along with a side of fresh homemade coleslaw and handcut fries.
The Inn at Stone Ridge, Stone Ridge
845-687-0736 | innatstoneridge.com
Signature Blue Cheese Burger
The globalized cuisine of French cooking techniques, by cooking in butter, makes this blue cheese-topped burger a most juicy choice. Combined with local ingredients, portobella mushrooms, and caramelized onions on a brioche bun and crispy homemade fries.
Harvest Café, New Paltz
845-255-4205 | harvesttablenp.com
Omega Turkey Burger
While soaking in the good vibes at Omega Institute stop in to their healthy cafe for their free-range turkey burger. Seasoned with frontier poultry seasoning, served with roasted red pepper mayo on a sprouted wheat bun.
Omega Café, Rhinebeck
845-266-4444 | eomega.org