The 27 Most Outrageous Burgers You'll Find During Cincinnati Burger Week

Hosted by CityBeat Events, the upcoming Cincinnati Burger Week (July 15-21) is a seven-day food frenzy featuring $5 specialty burgers at more than 75 area restaurants, bars and bakeries (they serve dessert “burgers,” not like meat donuts). The creations run the gamut from straightforward quarter pounders to veggie burgers and really wild monstrosities. This little shameless self-promotion slideshow highlights some of the more indulgent options. Proceeds from Burger Week help benefit Childhood Food Solutions, a nonprofit that works to help kids secure access to food during school breaks. Get more info and details at cincinnatiburgerweek.com.

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Blondies Sports Bar & Grill
7886 Cincinnati Dayton Road, West Chester
The Blondie Burger: A half-pound Angus beef burger with pepper jack cheese, jalapeño poppers, chipotle ranch, bacon and jalapeños.
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Blondies Sports Bar & Grill

7886 Cincinnati Dayton Road, West Chester
The Blondie Burger: A half-pound Angus beef burger with pepper jack cheese, jalapeño poppers, chipotle ranch, bacon and jalapeños.
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Taste of Belgium
1135 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine; 2845 Vine St., Corryville; 3825 Edwards Road, Rookwood; 16 W. Freedom Way, The Banks
B3 Burger: A short rib/brisket/chuck blend burger is topped with candied bacon, cheddar, tomato jam and Belgian barbecue sauce on a cheddar-grit waffle bun.
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Taste of Belgium

1135 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine; 2845 Vine St., Corryville; 3825 Edwards Road, Rookwood; 16 W. Freedom Way, The Banks
B3 Burger: A short rib/brisket/chuck blend burger is topped with candied bacon, cheddar, tomato jam and Belgian barbecue sauce on a cheddar-grit waffle bun.
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Barleycorn’s
1073 Industrial Road, Cold Spring; 2642 Dixie Highway, Lakeside Park; 8544 U.S. 42, Florence
Cincy BBQ Grippo’s Burger: A half-pound burger comes topped with blue cheese dressing, Grippo’s Bar-B-Q chip crumbles (true!), lettuce, tomato and pickles.
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Barleycorn’s

1073 Industrial Road, Cold Spring; 2642 Dixie Highway, Lakeside Park; 8544 U.S. 42, Florence
Cincy BBQ Grippo’s Burger: A half-pound burger comes topped with blue cheese dressing, Grippo’s Bar-B-Q chip crumbles (true!), lettuce, tomato and pickles.
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Burger Brothers
6370-6364 Kellogg Road, California
Honey Bourbon BBQ Burger: 7 oz. burger patty, smothered in bourbon honey barbecue sauce with fried, seasoned onion rings and pepper jack cheese.
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Burger Brothers

6370-6364 Kellogg Road, California
Honey Bourbon BBQ Burger: 7 oz. burger patty, smothered in bourbon honey barbecue sauce with fried, seasoned onion rings and pepper jack cheese.
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Nation Kitchen and Bar
1200 Broadway St., Pendleton
The Great White Buffalo: Two buffalo-spiced Avril-Bleh beef patties, blue cheese crumbles and a buffalo celery mayo, all on a Sixteen Bricks Artisan Bakehouse challah bun. 
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Nation Kitchen and Bar

1200 Broadway St., Pendleton
The Great White Buffalo: Two buffalo-spiced Avril-Bleh beef patties, blue cheese crumbles and a buffalo celery mayo, all on a Sixteen Bricks Artisan Bakehouse challah bun.
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Keystone Bar & Grill
313 Greenup St., Covington and all other Keystone locations
Southwestern Burger: Keystone’s signature burger grind, Swiss cheese, béchamel, Southwest ranch, jalapeño relish, pico de gallo and seasoned tortilla straws, served on a toasted kaiser bun.
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Keystone Bar & Grill

313 Greenup St., Covington and all other Keystone locations
Southwestern Burger: Keystone’s signature burger grind, Swiss cheese, béchamel, Southwest ranch, jalapeño relish, pico de gallo and seasoned tortilla straws, served on a toasted kaiser bun.
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The Mac Shack
249 Calhoun St., Clifton Heights; 5655 Harrison Ave., Green Township
Cheeseburger in Paradise: Burger meat is plopped on top of a pile of Lovin’ Spoonful macaroni and cheese, which is then topped with lettuce, tomato, Heinz 57 sauce, french fries and a pickle spear. 
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The Mac Shack

249 Calhoun St., Clifton Heights; 5655 Harrison Ave., Green Township
Cheeseburger in Paradise: Burger meat is plopped on top of a pile of Lovin’ Spoonful macaroni and cheese, which is then topped with lettuce, tomato, Heinz 57 sauce, french fries and a pickle spear.
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Burgers & Crafts
600 W. Third St., Covington
Peanut Butter Jelly Burger: A burger blend of short rib, beef brisket and chuck topped with chipotle-honey peanut butter, bourbon-bacon jam, crispy pickles and American and Swiss cheese.
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Burgers & Crafts

600 W. Third St., Covington
Peanut Butter Jelly Burger: A burger blend of short rib, beef brisket and chuck topped with chipotle-honey peanut butter, bourbon-bacon jam, crispy pickles and American and Swiss cheese.
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Gold Star
24 locations including 504 W. Fourth St., Covington
Chili Burger: Gold Star was once Hamburger Heaven, a Mount Washington hamburger joint purchased by the Daoud brothers in 1964. Since then, the menu has expanded to include Cincinnati-style chili, among other options. For Burger Week, Gold Star is highlighting their burgers, but you can get both specialties on the Chili Burger: two beef patties topped with Gold Star chili, Fritos, diced onions, mustard and cheddar cheese. 
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Gold Star

24 locations including 504 W. Fourth St., Covington
Chili Burger: Gold Star was once Hamburger Heaven, a Mount Washington hamburger joint purchased by the Daoud brothers in 1964. Since then, the menu has expanded to include Cincinnati-style chili, among other options. For Burger Week, Gold Star is highlighting their burgers, but you can get both specialties on the Chili Burger: two beef patties topped with Gold Star chili, Fritos, diced onions, mustard and cheddar cheese.
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Slatts Pub
4858 Cooper Road, Blue Ash
Burgerrito: A half-pound of ground beef on a brioche bun topped with jalapeño-cilantro cheddar cheese sauce, seasoned rice, black beans, pulled chicken, burrito sauce and fried flour tortilla strips. 
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Slatts Pub

4858 Cooper Road, Blue Ash
Burgerrito: A half-pound of ground beef on a brioche bun topped with jalapeño-cilantro cheddar cheese sauce, seasoned rice, black beans, pulled chicken, burrito sauce and fried flour tortilla strips.
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