For the third year running, Burger Week brings you limited edition, $5 burgers from your favorite Portland bars and restaurants, for one week only! This year the promotion will run Aug 10-16, giving you just one week to try as many burgers as you can from over 30 participating establishments! To get you prepared, we'll be previewing each Burger Week burger over the next couple weeks so that you can prioritize your game plan.

THE VENUE: Elephants Delicatessen

THE BURGER: The Pig Lebowski

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THE MOUTHWATERING DETAILS: This is Elephants' first time in the Burger Week game, but they've been watching. One of the things they've noticed is that while lots of Burger Week burgers draw from ethnic cuisines around the world, few focus on the Bavarian and Eastern European regions. The Pig Lebowski definitely rights that oversight. The ground pork patty also contains kielbasa sausage, a bit of bacon, caraway, and thyme. Add to that a stoneground mustard and mayo sauce and a generous portion of a delicious red cabbage slaw studded with pickle pieces. It all fits very nicely between two sliced of the house-baked-daily sesame bun. And to those who wonder if the Burger Week stampede will threaten their ability to deliver all hand-done patties, Elephants says, "Bring it."

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Once again, the Portland Mercury would like to thank our generous partners, world-class meat provider Nicky USA, Widmer Brothers Brewing, and Jim Beam!

Important reminder: THESE BURGERS WILL SELL OUT. Last year’s restaurants had one main issue with the event last year, and that was people getting angry and rude when they found out that they are part of a reality where restaurants that are getting slammed run out of food. We have better forecasting numbers this year, but please: go early, be kind, get a drink, and, most importantly, remember that a $5 burger is a privilege, not a right. Don’t ruin it for everyone! Please be kind and respectful, exercise the golden rule, and treat our restaurants the way you want to be treated (unless you’re a masochist).