Picture a juicy ground beef patty cooked to perfection and served on a soft roll. Top it with some crisp lettuce and tomato, maybe some cheese. Or add mushrooms, bacon or even an additional patty. Hankering for a burger yet?
We rounded up seven places in York County with burgers from basic to inventive. If you don’t see your favorite burger place here, send your suggestions to Entertainment Editor Ashley May at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here are our picks:
The neighborhood tavern is known for its half-pound burgers, where they are grilled outside in the summertime. Popular picks include the Texan Burger with spicy barbecue sauce, Monterey Jack and fried jalepenos; and the Crab Burger, topped with crab meat and the tavern’s famous cream of crab soup. For something a little different, try the Boss Hogg, a combination of beef, pork and bacon patted together and topped with American cheese and a fried egg. “All the burgers here are good,” bartender Crystal Gantz says, and the regular cheeseburgers are a perennial favorite. The Brickyard’s burgers range from about $6 to $8, and are offered at half price 12-4 p.m. Saturdays.
Location: 748 S. Albemarle St., York. Hours: 4-11 p.m. Monday; 12-11 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Price range: under $10; Alcohol: full bar; Credit cards accepted; Takeout; No smoking; Kids menu, 717-854-8739.
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This Wrightsville restaurant prides itself on offering a fresh take on honky-tonk style while serving up killer cocktails and fill-your-belly smoked meats. Meats including brisket, pulled pork, pit beef, smoked turkey and pulled chicken are slow smoked right on site. Burgers featuring a variety of toppings are hand-patted by the kitchen staff.
Location: 108 Hellam St., Wrightsville. Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday; and Tuesday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Wednesday; 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m-12:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday; 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Price range: under $10; Alcohol: full bar; Credit cards accepted; Takeout; Kids menu. 717-252-2468.
The restaurant was opened in 1962 by owner Linda Hake's parents, Joe and Eleanora Dellinger, and has remained in the family. You don't need a photo to imagine what the drive-in was like 50 years ago. It seems much the same amid rolling hills of farmland in Lower Chanceford Township. Reasonable prices are a mainstay too -- a hamburger will put you back $1.35. If you want that burger "dressed up" with lettuce and tomato, choose the "Hollywood" version for $1.65. And if you want fries with that, be prepared to spend $1.70 for a small, $2 for a large.
Location: 2730 Delta Road, Brogue. The drive-in operates seasonally, from late-February or March through early December. Hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Sundays; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; closed Mondays. Price range: under $10; No alcohol; No smoking; Credit cards accepted; Takeout; No kids menu; 717-927-6410.
Near Hanover's center square is a creative outlet – that just so happens to serve sandwiches and coffee, too. The Hanover Hub welcomes musicians and artists for open mic night at its location in the Hotel Richard McAllister building, which has kept its art deco charm over the years. The intriguing menu has a variety of burgers: a six-ounce HuBurger, served on a homemade bun with lettuce, tomato and onion for $7.45; the EichelBurger, named for the Eichelberger Performing Arts Center, an eight-ounce burger with bleu cheese, lettuce, tomato and red onion for $8.95; and the Habit Burger, topped with bacon, Provolone and avocado for $8.75.
Location: 11 York St., Hanover. Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; Price range: under $10; No alcohol; Credit cards accepted; Takeout; Kids menu; 717-630-9224.
Supercharged is one way of describing Quaker Steak and Lube, which opened in 2014 at a former TGI Fridays in West Manchester Township. Outside, the decor resembles an oil change shop, complete with a full-sized race car atop the entrance. Inside is an engine lover’s dream. A dirt bike appears crashed through a window, a new Camaro sits on a lift, an old Corvette hangs from its side – with three TVs mounted in the car's body. The real draw of the eatery is the wings, but the steakburgers -- quarter-pound and half-pound hamburgers -- are among the most popular dishes. Steakburgers come in multiple forms, including the Mac & Cheezburger, the LubeBurger with sauteed mushrooms, Smokin’ Baconburger and the southwestern Arizona El Camino.
Location: 1411 Kenneth Road, York. Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Friday through Sunday. Price range: about $7 to $11 for burgers; Alcohol: Yes; No smoking; Credit cards accepted; Takeout; Kids menu; 717-767-9464.
Stephen Walker and Ginger Hollidge opened Pepper's in 2013 and they are most proud of their homemade mop sauces and beer marinades that use brews from Liquid Hero Brewery. Stationed in Central Market, Pepper's owners have made friends with local produce and meat vendors. Walker said he prefers to walk to pick up his hamburger or tomatoes. The pair also use a secret sauce to give a better beef flavor to their hand-patted burgers. Walker explains to customers that burgers take a few minutes, because all are grilled to order.
Location: Inside Central Market, 34 W. Market St., York. Hours: Market is open 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Price range: under $10; No alcohol; No smoking; Credit cards accepted; Takeout; No kids menu; for details, visit them on Facebook.
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Since the ban on alcohol was lifted in 1933, the Roosevelt Tavern has become a place for locals to gather for a brew or a good meal after a wearing day in the factories or nearby offices. In 2011, when Byron Kehr Jr. and his wife, Lauren, bought the business, they wanted to keep that sense of history intact. Kehr set out to work with local farmers who would supply the freshest local ingredients for seasonal menus so that diners could have some confidence in knowing where their food comes from, he said. The restaurant also features desserts made in-house, fresh, never-pre-mixed salads and a slew of fresh produce and herbs grown each summer on the restaurant's rooftop garden. The lunch menu, served until 4 p.m., features the Skyblu Farms prime angus burger, made with ground meat that doesn't have any extra fat added. "The only fat in there is what's found in the meat marbling," Kehr said. "It's actually like a steak burger."
Location: 50 N. Penn St., York. Hours: 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 4-9 p.m. Saturday. Price range: Burgers are $11 from the lunch or pub menu; Alcohol: full bar; Credit cards accepted; Takeout; No kids menu; 717-854-7725.