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6 Restaurant Burgers the HONOLULU Staff is Craving Now

These burgers are so good, we don’t really need the fries.


1. The Tavern Burger, Livestock Tavern


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This is the luscious yet restrained burger of your dreams, fully capable of turning you into a Paleo savage after the first bite but just refined enough—and structurally designed—to not spatter your shirt and chin and hipster whiskers with juices and gore. This burger—with a bacon-onion marmalade, Gruyere, frisée and tomato on brioche—is available at lunch and dinner. And if you don't have whiskers, so much the better!Don Wallace, senior writer


$18, Livestock Tavern, 49 N. Hotel St., (808) 537-2577, livestocktavern.com


2. Waygu Burger, Square Barrels

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Whenever there’s a new burger in town, I’m all over it, and Square Barrels’ juicy wagyu version is the only one I’ve ordered at the restaurant—conveniently (and dangerously) located across the street from our office—since January. You can’t go wrong with a side of light and crispy sweet-potato chips, made in-house.Katrina Valcourt, managing editor


$21, Square Barrels, 1001 Bishop St. (Hotel Street side of Bishop Square), (808) 524-2747, squarebarrels.com


3. Brunch Burger, Smith & Kings


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Brunch in a burger. It sounded a little odd, but my co-workers’ rave reviews led me to order this delectable combo a few months ago. I have never craved a burger so much as I do this one. The sweetness of the bacon jam and French toast bun complement the cheddar cheese and truffle aioli. And I love the addition of the sunny-side-up egg (you can’t have brunch without one, right?). Totally #YOLO worthy in my books.—Jayna Omaye, staff writer


$19, Smith & King’s, 69 N. King St., (808) 537-2222, smithandkings.website


4. The Pint + Jigger Stout Burger, Pint + Jigger


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The Pint + Jigger Stout Burger delivers exactly what a good dinner burger should: gooey, substantial and topped with creamy sauce, crisp pickles and lettuce for balance. The freshly made patty is cooked to order with a generous slice of beer cheese, garlic aioli and comes with fries. Add avocado ($2 more) because it’s great and a healthy fat. Pair the burger with an icy pale ale, then a coffee-cream-and-rye Talventi and you’re ready for the rest of your evening.Robbie Dingeman, editor at large


$13, Pint + Jigger, 1936 S.King St., (808) 744-9593, pintandjigger.com


5. The Specialty Burger, Burgers & Burritos Hawai‘i

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Pure decadence on a plate. You’d think so many powerful ingredients packed into one cheeseburger—blue cheese, arugula, garlic aioli, vinaigrette—would overpower the senses. Instead, they work together to create a symphony of flavors as well-balanced as they are delicious. This is a burger that will knock you off your feet. And if you’re like me and add a second patty for $3 extra, it’ll also knock you unconscious when you finish eating it.—James Charisma, contributing editor


$10 ($3 for an extra patty, $1 for extra cheese), Burgers & Burritos Hawai‘i, 760 Kapahulu Ave., (808) 732-9490, burgersburritoshawaii.com


6. Chaz Burger, Fête

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There are so many great burgers in Downtown, but I keep coming back to the perfectly juicy Chaz Burger at Fête. Chef-owner Robynne Mai‘i blends brisket, chuck roast and short rib to create a burger that will lure you back every week. It’s topped with caramelized onions, Kula-grown tomatoes, Naked Cow Dairy’s Pika Moon Havarti, roasted garlic aioli and a house-made ketchup that nearly inspired us to create a new category in our Best of Honolulu awards. Yes, it’s that good.—Catherine Toth Fox, food and dining editor


$19 (plus $2 for bacon, $2 for avocado), Fête, 2 N. Hotel St., 369-1390, fetehawaii.com




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