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: Portland Penny Diner

THE BURGER: Sweet Onion Burger


Photo by Heather Arndt Anderson

THE MOUTHWATERING DETAILS: They should call it the “Who’s Your Daddy” because I want this burger to sit me on its knee and stroke my hair and tell me I’m pretty. I am this burger’s bitch, and the Sweet Onion Burger at Portland Penny Diner is my new boyfriend. You know how Burgerville has that Walla Walla Sweet burger every summer? Well imagine if every single ingredient on it — beef patty draped in melted American cheese (do NOT front on that), local tomato, homemade zucchini bread-and-butter pickles, shredded iceberg, browned Walla Walla Sweet onions, even the secret sauce — was brought to its climax by beautiful angels, and you’re getting close. Then put it all on a tender, sesame seed bun baked in-house. This is burger perfection.

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).