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: Pause Kitchen and Bar

THE BURGER: The Steakhouse Burger


THE MOUTHWATERING DETAILS: I walked out of Pause in glorious, satisfied, legitimate pain after devouring every single bit of their pork-and-beef burger. It’s got house-made tomato jam, red peppers, caramelized onions, whole milk mozzarella on a Portland French onion Kaiser roll and I would actually consider trading my soul, if I had one, for another. I set the thing down after every sloppy bite and licked my fingers, swearing I had no more room, then immediately found myself picking it back up for another smoky, spicy, wonderful bite.

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).