The Best Hamburger in Phoenix

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I’ve been in Phoenix for the last four days working at a trade show. We’ve been eating hotel bar food most of the time and nothing has been very good – until last night when I got treated to something very special… a Doyle Hamburg. That’s hamburg, not hamburger, okay? I guess it’s a regional thing… Anyway, thanks to my business partner, Tom Grant, and his cousin, Tom Doyle, there was a true culinary bright spot on this otherwise ordinary trip.

I know it looks messy in the picture, but ┬áthis hamburger was unbelievably good. And there is a great story behind it, too. Tom Doyle grew up in Michigan where he flipped burgers as a kid at the family business, Doyle’s Hamburgers – a favorite Saginaw restaurant during the 1950’s and 60’s. A Doyle hamburg is a hand-formed, loose and crumbly patty that some people refer to as a scrambled burger, cooked to perfection and topped with yellow mustard, ketchup, onions, and a melted slice of American cheese, served on the softest bun imaginable, wrapped in white paper, and made with love. (You really can taste the love).

Tom Doyle is a retired attorney now and he and his wife, Patty, split their time between Scottsdale and Michigan. Tom still loves to cook authentic Doyle style hamburgs for family and friends. When given the chance, he sets up a grill outside and even uses the original spatula saved from his days working at the restaurant.┬áTom Grant made the drive out to Scottsdale to taste the legendary family recipe, and fortunately for me, he came back to our hotel with a bag of three extras. I only finished one, but it was possibly the best hamburg I’ve ever eaten. Thanks so much, Tom and Patty, for sharing such a delicious piece of culinary history with me!

4 comments

  1. Wildey Wildey says:

    What was the street name? Center?

  2. dottie says:

    I grew up in saginaw, love that scrambled burger, I just might drive there from LA just to get a burger is there a restaurant in Arizona.

  3. Linda Barajas says:

    I grew up in Saginaw and ate there as a kid at least 2x a month. The olive burger was on of my favorites. Was just talking about Doyle’s in Saginaw to a friend. I now live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Good memories.

  4. Beth says:

    That hamburger looks SOOOO good! I can’t believe you only ate one — I would have eaten all three! I just might have to take a trip to Arizona to meet Tom Doyle and have him make me a doggy bag of burgers…

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