Sure you’ve indulged in a perfectly cooked, amazingly juicy burger…but wait til you get a load of these. Get ready to meet the burgers that combine creativity, heaven, and a little bit of insanity. Here’s 11 ridiculously creative burgers in WNY that you *HAVE* to try.
1. Allen Burger Venture’s “Chick Pea Chole Burger”
175 Allen St, Buffalo, NY 14201 / WEBSITE
It’s not too often that you find a burger joint with a Vegan option like this, let alone a good one. Topped with a coriander serrano yogurt and placed on a brioche roll, this burger has all the flavors of the familiar Middle Eastern food falafel- and it is absolutely delicious.
2. Colter Bay’s “Split Rock Burger”
561 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14202 / WEBSITE
Horseradish on a burger may not be the craziest thing on this list, but turns out it’s pretty darn good. Add to that a juicy ground beef patty cooked to perfection, caramelized onion, braised short rib, white cheddar cheese, and arugula. DELISH.
3. Griffon Gastropub’s “Kangaroo Burger”
5445 Transit Rd, Williamsville, NY 14221 / WEBSITE
Yes, kangaroo. This kangaroo patty is piled high with lettuce, tomato, bacon, warm goat cheese, a fried egg, savory sauce, and fried onions on a bun. It will leave you with quite the pouch for the rest of the night, but it’s SO worth it. Get it, like a kangaroo pouch? Lmao. This is one of their rotating Wild Game burgers, so is availability depends on the day.
4. Grover’s “Cheeseburger Soup”
9160 Transit Rd, East Amherst, NY 14051 / FACEBOOK
Don’t feel like eating a burger the traditional way? Great, because you use a spoon to eat this burger. Just make sure you bring an empty stomach and cash to this old school burger joint (there is an ATM but it charges a pretty hefty fee. Don’t say we didn’t warn you). And FYI – the “liquid cheeseburger” has been approved by the one and only Guy Fieri.
5. Juicy Burger Bar’s “Poutine Burger”
1 Buffalo St, Hamburg, NY 14075 / WEBSITE
You’ve had burgers and fries, but what about poutine on burgers? Adding gravy and mozzarella curds takes things to a whole new level. Perks of living near Canada amirite. Honestly, 95% of Juicy’s burger menu is creative – check it out, you won’t be disappointed.
6. Rock Burger’s “The Cheesecake Wonder”
Multiple Locations: Tonawanda, Niagara Falls, Cheektowaga / WEBSITE
Talk about creative burgers, this one gets a 10/10 in the “Most Unique” department. Picture this: sweet, cheesy goodness stuffed inside savory juicy beef. Now top that off with some bacon and strawberry glaze. Woof. Again, the entire menu is filled with wonders if you ask us – don’t sleep on these guys.
7. SoHo Burger Bar’s “Red Hot Chili Burger”
64 W Chippewa St, Buffalo, NY 14202 / WEBSITE
This baby is a people’s choice fav at SoHo. Get ready for a spicy kick to your burger with some jalapeño compote along with roasted tomato and aged cheddar. And have a napkin ready in case, you know, tears.
8. Stack Burger’s “Rodeo Burger”
1506 Abbott Rd, Lackawanna NY 14218 / WEBSITE
This creative burger is just one of many at this little dive. Topped with onion, house-made loganberry (yes, LOGANBERRY), and brown sugar bbq sauce, this burger has a burst of unique flavors in every bite. 5/5 stars. 6/5 for the use of loganberry.
9. Stooges’ The Larry
2 Pine St, Lockport, NY 14094 / WEBSITE
The Larry involves a wild combination of ingredients starting with the controversial peanut butter on a burger and hits fresh jalapeños, jalapeño cream cheese, pepper berry jam and of course bacon along the way. Stooges staff – are they chefs or mad scientists? Check out their menu for more over the top creativity.
10. Off The Wall Sandwich Co.’s The Billz Mafia
4068 N Buffalo St, Orchard Park, NY 14127 / WEBSITE
The Billz Mafia burger, named for the number one fan base in a little thing called the NFL, combines everything we love and hold dear in WNY. That includes blue cheese, chicken wing dip, chicken fingers tossed in wing sauce, and topped with cheddar and bacon. Talkin’ proud is an understatement.
11. Mister Sizzles’ The Royal
346 Connecticut St Buffalo, NY 14213 / WEBSITE
In a delicious, meaty turn of events newcomer Mister Sizzles took a locally beloved sub and made it into a burger and we’re here for that kind of ingenious. The Royal obviously features Fried Capicola, Provolone, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, and Mayo. Chefs kiss.
This post was originally published in 2018 and has been updated.