Best Burgers in Scottsdale + Scottsdale ArtWalk | #ScottsdaleAZ

Although I’ve lived in Arizona my entire life, I’ve discovered I have missed out on some great eats, spas, activities & events, and places to stay; How can I be so clueless when this is all here just a short drive from home?!  I’m so thrilled to be working with the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau to share some of these awesome local restaurants and activities with you. Whether you’re local to Arizona and need some cluing in like I did, or whether you’re planning a vacation and need some ideas, Scottsdale has plenty to offer!

My husband and I were excited to be looking for new places to eat in Scottsdale.  You’d think being with kids all day would have me begging for a quiet restaurant, and while there are plenty of quiet, romantic local restaurants in Scottsdale, we were more in the mood for a lively environment.  My husband found Rehab Burger Therapy online, looked at the menu and it was settled.

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photo credit: Rehab Burger Therapy

Recently awarded ‘Editor’s Pick Best Burger’ and ‘Best New Restaurant’ by Phoenix Magazine,  ’10 Best Burgers in Metro Phoenix’ by the New Times, ‘Best Burger’ by Arizona Foothills Magazine, and more (all in the past 5 months, mind you), as well as countless raving reviews on Yelp, we were anxious to sink our teeth into one of their tasty burgers.

The ambiance was exactly what we were looking for- fun, busy atmosphere, great background music, friendly staff- without overload. 

decorfun decorWhile the restaurant wasn’t bursting at the seams with people, the flow of people never stopped. One table would finish and it wasn’t long before it was filled by new patrons waiting to indulge.

At the suggestion of our awesome server, Tina, we started out with ‘Nelson’s Verde Con Pollo’: A flavorful blend of Green Chili’s, Cheeses and tender Grilled Chicken served with Fresh Corn Chips for Dippin.  It was fantastic- great flavor with a little kick.

Nelson's Verde Con PolloChoosing a burger was next to impossible.  We ended up deciding on the Know Poblano Burger and the Hawaiian Burger, but I was thrilled to also be able to try the PBJ & Bacon Burger. Yes, you read that right, PBJ & Bacon Burger.  It had rave reviews but I was a little hesitant… No need to be. SO good! Who’d have thought peanut butter, grape jelly and bacon on a burger would be good?!

Hawaiian BurgerPBJ & Bacon burgerI also opted to have the Sweet PoTOToes with Pineapple aioli instead of fries with my burger, since nearly every review I saw raved about them. I can see why. They were to.die.for. I could have eaten them for dinner. 

Sweet PoTOToesI don’t want to take away from the deliciousness that was the Know Poblano Burger, because that was mouthwatering as well; but no matter what I order next time, the Sweet PoTOToes will accompany it. 

I chose a 5oz burger over the 10oz, and it was still a huge portion that I was unable to finish. I was stoked to have leftovers for lunch the next day.

After that fantastic, filling meal we were in need of a walk.  Since the restaurant is in Old Town Scottsdale we merely walked out the front door and perused the streets of Old Town.  I knew that every Thursday night the art galleries in Old Town have the Scottsdale ArtWalk, staying open late to show off the work of the Southwest’s outstanding artists.


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Since it was just a few blocks’ walk from Rehab Burger Therapy we strolled over.  The process is simple – proceed at your own pace, wander into galleries, stroll around delightful areas punctuated by dramatic statues, and enjoy live music all along the way.  Horse-drawn carriage rides and trolley rides are often available for your convenience and enjoyment as well! 

The artwork was just gorgeous and I found a few pieces I’d like for my home.  Many of the galleries had signs posted requesting no photos be taken, so I can’t share my favorites with you. However, if you have an opportunity to check out the Scottsdale ArtWalk yourself, DO IT!

Scottsdale ArtWalkSince the weather was a gorgeous 63 degrees we really took our time, and even stopped for a while to listen to the musical talents of musician Paul Miles.  Wow. He is amazing!

To say the evening was wonderful would be an understatement. We can’t wait to go back to Rehab Burger Therapy for some good eats, and I’m looking forward to getting to view more lovely artwork on our next Scottsdale ArtWalk experience.

If you’re looking for a different activity or style of food on your Scottsdale trip, Experience Scottsdale will help you to find exactly what you’re looking for.

I was compensated for the above mentioned activities in order to complete my review. All thoughts expressed are my own.


  1. Now that is totally my kind of restaurant and O.M.G. those burgers look soooo good.

  2. What a fun time! I’d love to walk that area, that’s our kind of night! That burger – YUM! And I wish I could taste those Sweet PoTOToes!

  3. The food looks amazing and the decor is so fun!

  4. That food looks awesome!!

  5. I have never been to Rehab, looks good. I love Scottsdale! So much fun stuff to do.

  6. I am a BIG fan of cheeseburgers and we go to Wahlburgers (the one from the new reality show) all the time & have been since it opened. If I ever make it out that way., I will have to hit this place up 🙂

  7. I can’t even think of the last time I ate a hamburger! I need to get out more. LOL! That looks like a really great restaurant!

  8. omgosh that food looks amazing. i’m also craving a burger lately so its especially appealing!

  9. I used to live in Phoenix and I loved going to Scottsdale ArtWalk. I’ll definitely be checking out Rehab Burger Therapy on my next trip out. I love anything with sweet potatoes, so I’m thinking this restaurant is right up my alley! Thanks for the awesome review!

  10. My mouth started watering at the picture of that Hawaiian burger! Yum!!!

  11. Love the look of that restaurant! Reminds me of being at the beach. Burger looks delicious too!

  12. Isn’t it weird how we can live somewhere and not visit all of the local eateries?! Those Sweet PoTOToes are something my husband would love!

  13. Gourmet burgers are all the rage here on the East Coast too. I’ve never heard of one with peanut butter – but I’d def try it. I’m also a big fan of tater tots, as long as they are super crispy on the outside and tender on the inside!

  14. Yum. And Arozona is one of our favorite states! My son was born in Yuma, and we waited n Phoenix for the paperwork! We plan to visit when he is 18, i will keep this in mind, we love good burgers!

  15. Oh this place looks divine. I would so love to visit someday.

  16. Amy Desrosiers says

    I think it is so cool that they make a burger with peanut butter!. What a delish combination–and those potato puffs and sauce look so scrumptious!

  17. i love a good burger and a good burger joint. not sure if I’d be able to do peanut butter on my burger though

  18. That looks like such a fun place! The food looks SO good – that burger!

  19. I’d go just to get my teen daughter the peanut butter and jelly burger. Her three favorite things in one dish? Yeah, we’d def. order that for the girl. 🙂

  20. Now that’s what I’m talking about. Some freaking awesome burgers!

  21. Wow Rehab Burger Therapy looks like an amazing place to eat. Who knew there was such new tasty ways to make a burger. If I ever visit Scottsdale, I’ll be sure to stop there.

  22. My mother-in-law use to live in Arizona and she says that she wishes this place had been open when she lived there lol. One of the things that she always complained about her time in Arizona was that there was no place that made good burgers or fried chicken lol.

  23. Um, yum!! I like the livelier restaurants anyways! Those sweet potato tots look so good I can almost smell them!!

  24. The food looks amazing! I need to visit and check out this place sometime.

  25. Haha wow very interesting! A PBJ & Bacon Burger! I need to try that!

  26. I love ArtsWalks! It’s so much fun to wander around and take a look at lots of different artists’ work at once. And I would looove to try those sweet potatoes, too!

  27. Those burgers look totally delish! I can totally see why they have the best burgers. If I’m ever that way I’ll be sure to pop in there and try one.

  28. I LOVE a good burger joint! I have been wanting to try out Rehab Burger for a long time and I am thinking a trip to Scottsdale is in the near future. Sad thing is my two oldest kids have already eaten there, so it’s old news to hold over my head. 🙂 Good news is my son said he would take me there for lunch or dinner, I just have to call the day! 🙂 Great review! (Oh, and I love the Art Walk!!! Have enjoyed that a few times in Scottsdale and a First Friday in Phoenix. Loads of fun!)

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