Saturday, September 5 would have been the annual Taste of Hamburg-er Festival in downtown Hamburg. While the event won’t take place in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s nothing that says you can’t celebrate in spirit by enjoying a good burger (and maybe some fries and a drink) in Berks County. Here are some places to get a great burger this weekend or any weekend.
Annual supporters of the Taste of Hamburg-er Festival who are well-worth a visit.
The Deitsch Eck is an annual supporter of the Taste of Hamburg-er Festival, and the lines are long every year to taste their unique offerings. This year, the Deitsch Eck will be offering a menu of burgers from festivals past including the Luther (a bacon cheeseburger with a glazed donut bun), the Crunch Burger (topped with provolone, horseradish sauce, pickles and potato chips) and the Dee Snider Burger (topped with peanut butter, strawberry jelly, Sriracha and bacon). And $1 from each burger sold will benefit Hamburg’s Our Town Foundation. The menu is available through Sunday, September 6.
I first discovered Dawn’s Deli at the Taste of Hamburg-er Festival where I tried – and loved – their Taste of Italy burger. Dawn’s serves up delicious burgers in their Lenhartsville location, too, and is definitely worth a visit.
Backwoods Brothers Authentic Texas Cuisine
One of the best barbecue joints in Berks also knows how to do burgers. Backwoods Brothers are regular participants in the Festival, and they offer a range of specialty burgers on their main menu, including the brisket mac ‘n cheese burger and the burgerito (lettuce, tomato, bacon and fries topped with house dressing and wrapped in a tortilla and grilled).
1787 Brewing Company
Another Hamburg area restaurant that has participated in the Festival in the past, 1787 Brewing Company serves excellent pub food, including burgers like the Animal Burger (topped with onions, house pickles, lettuce, tomato, American cheese and Animal sauce) and the Drive Thru Classic Burger (topped with bacon, fried onion, BBQ sauce, pickles and American cheese).
Cousin’s Pub & Co
I have not yet tried Cousin’s Pub & Co, but their burgers at the Festival have always sounded good, and so do the burgers on their regular menu. Specialty burgers at the Shoemakersville restaurant include the Bradshaw Burger (topped with sautéed onions, mushrooms and A-1 Sauce), the TNT Burger (cayenne, pepper Jack cheese, fried jalapenos, Sriracha, lettuce and tomatoes) and the Heart Attack Burger (two eight-ounce patties topped with triple bacon, triple cheese, lettuce, onions, tomato and pickles).
More Great Burgers
A few of our favorite burgers around Berks County
The Other Farm and Forge
The Other Farm and Forge in Boyertown offers a lamb burger that I absolutely loved when I tried it. It’s topped with tomato chutney, sautéed spinach, fontina cheese and roasted garlic aioli.
The Liberty Taproom has rotating offerings for craft burgers, and I have never been disappointed by any of them.
The Pike Café
The “World Famous” Pike Café doesn’t just offer burgers, they offer a “pick-your-game” burger where you can substitute venison, wild boar or buffalo meat on one of their nine specialty burgers.
Café Sweet Street
One of my favorite lunch stops, Café Sweet Street’s burgers are on-point (and the fries are some of the best around).
Klinger’s on Carsonia
You can’t go wrong with a burger from any of the three Klinger’s pubs. The Carsonia location offers nine signature styles, but I always go with the build-your-own option.
Frank & Diannah’s Arbor Inn
Burger Night at Frank & Diannah’s always delivers. Each Thursday the restaurant creates a different signature burger, or you can build-your-own with premium toppings that include a sunny side up egg, bacon and roasted red peppers.