cayton's burger bistro

Cayton's Burger Bistro

After 10 weeks and 10 burger reviews, we have selected the establishment with the Best Burgers In Tucson.

You’ve read our burger reviews. You’ve read our summary critique on our Southern Arizona Guide blog at So you know what we consider the strengths & weaknesses of each place. (If you don't, see our page "The Criteria for Choosing the Best Burger in Tucson".) But in the end, our over-arching criterion was fairly simple.

If money & time are no object, but we could only ever go to one burger place, which would it be?

Here’s how we rank them.

Note: In July 2016, we reviewed the new Charro Steak Downtown. They offer a Charro Burger which now ranks in the top three. Excellent!

  1. Cayton’s Burger Bistro at the Golf Club at Dove Mountain (aka The Ritz)
  2. Garden Bistro at Tohono Chul Park
  3. Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen (Foothills Mall)
  4. Zinburger (last years #1)
  5. Monkey Burger (downtown)
  6. Diablo Burger (downtown)
  7. Lindy’s on 4th Avenue
  8. Cody’s Beef & Beans on Fort Lowell
  9. Trident Grill (near Speedway & Campbell)
  10. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse (Skyline & Campbell)

Surely, you don't disagree? Send us your suggestions for 2015 here.

Please scroll down for our individual reviews.

Charro Steak: Just How Good is it?

Entry Bar: Charro Steak Downtown Tucson

Charro Steak opened in Downtown Tucson in April 2016. I dined there soon after with Julie, the new marketing director at the venerable Rialto Theater. Charro Steak is the offspring of El Charro Café, the legendary Mexican restaurant on Court Street made famous by Chef Carlotta Flores. Opening in 1922, … Continue reading

The Criteria For Choosing The Best Burgers In Tucson

Zinburger Burger

(2013) Neighbor Roy & I spent weeks in search of the Best Burgers In Tucson. It’s time to choose a winner. We have the following contenders, listed here in roughly the order we reviewed them: (1)   Monkey Burger Downtown (2)   Diablo Burger Downtown (3)   The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen at Foothills … Continue reading

Does Trident Grill Have The Best Burgers In Tucson?

Trident Grill

Of those who are following our ranking of the best burgers in Tucson, several readers asked that we consider Trident Grill on Speedway near Campbell. Earlier this week I was given a tour of Adobe Rose Inn, a lovely B&B two blocks east of the University, in preparation for an upcoming List of the Best […]

Continue reading

Lindy’s On 4th Avenue: Does It Have The Best Burgers In Tucson?

Lindy’s OMFG Challenge

Last week Neighbor Roy & I continued our quest to find the best burger in Tucson. So far, we’ve reviewed Monkey Burger Downtown, and the new Diablo Burger in the Rialto building across from Hotel Congress. On both occasions, we had an overall delightful experience, but did note that both had their strengths & weaknesses. […]

Continue reading

Fleming’s: Does It Have The Best Burger In Tucson?

In our continuing quest to rank the top burger places in Tucson, this week several of us went to Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar at Campbell & Skyline. Yes, we were well aware of Fleming’s variable reputation. Some folks claim they serve the best steak in Tucson. Others say Fleming’s is over-priced and over-rated. […]

Continue reading