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Burger Wars



Forget McDonald’s versus Burger King; today’s battle of the beef is being waged by the new fast-casual brands taking over in Westchester. We’re not sure how many gourmet-burger spots one county can support, so we took a look at six of our most popular (and that’s not even counting Danny Meyer’s Shake Shack, which recently opened in Yonkers) to see how they stack up.

  Total Locations (World-wide) Westchester Locations  Standout Menu Item  Competitive Differentiator Why They Could Win The Burger Wars 


(Mohegan Lake, Pelham Manor, White PLains, Yonkers)

Bacon Cheesburger

Despite the chain’s simplistic menu, there are actually more than 250,000 ways to order a burger at  Five Guys.

They’ve been in the county the longest (since 2011). Plus President Obama is a big fan.



(Cortlandt Manor, Mamaroneck, Pelham Manor, Scarsdale, White Plains)

Truffle Mushroom Swiss Burger

Smashburger literally smashes burger- sized mounds of Certified Angus meat onto the grill to ensure a flavorful crust and juicy interior.

They serve beer.
(Need we say more?)



Yorktown Heights

Double Bacon Burger

Monthly burger and milkshake specials provide an element of surprise at this burger joint.

Everyone loves a dose of nostalgia, right? Wayback has also drawn big crowds at our Beer &  Burger Blast events.



(Briarcliff Manor, Larchmont)

The Well D’Onion ($5.89)

The restaurant’s iconic fries are all cut by hand on a daily basis. They also promise never-frozen patties, and fresh baked bread.

They are sticking to the basics, with a simple menu (with ample customization options), and a kid-friendly atmosphere.



(Rye Brook, Yonkers)

Half the Guilt Burger 


All locations are built using sustainable materials. Additionally, Elevation Burger’s griddles are energy-efficient and their oil is recycled for biodiesel. Burgers are made from grass-fed, free-range beef.

High standards plus real estate smarts: their locations are in the hot shopping centers of Ridge Hill and Rye Ridge Plaza.



(Hartsdale, Rye)

Blue Elk Burger ($12.95)

Bareburger only uses organic, all-natural, locally sourced ingredients. All meats are free-range and pasture-raised without antibiotics, gluten, or hormones.

The organic, locally sourced angle plays well in Westchester. Also they are pricey—and we have expensive tastes here.


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