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The Surf & Turf Burger at East Ender in Portland
The Surf & Turf Burger at East Ender in Portland
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Mapping Six Over-The-Top Burgers Made in Maine

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The Surf & Turf Burger at East Ender in Portland
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By Katy Kelleher, Eater Maine contributing writer

Burger traditionalists might scoff at the idea of a pepperoni-topped patty, but that's their problem. Over-the-top burgers have been popping up on menus for years now, and it's fair to say that this food trend is here to stay—kind of like pork belly, another once-hot item that has proved it's no flash in the pan, thanks to undeniable deliciousness. Want to indulge in some serious gluttony? From a famous creation topped with foie gras to an eight-patty stack, here are six burgers that will expand both your waistline and your horizons.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. East Ender

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47 Middle Street
Portland, ME
The Surf & Turf: Lobster on a burger? Why not! The Surf & Turf burger is topped with meaty pieces of Maine lobster claw, brie, lettuce, and chive mayo.

2. Nosh Kitchen Bar

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551 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 553-2227
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The Apocalypse Now Burger: Once just local legend, Nosh's epic burger went national after being featured on the Travel Channel's Man vs. Food. This decadent burger comes topped with American cheese, crispy pork belly, bacon, foie gras, mayo, and cherry jam. Photo: Nosh Kitchen Bar

3. Silly's Restaurant

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40 Washington Ave
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 772-0360
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Thatsa Spicy Burger: The name might be goofy, but this garlic-coated burger is not joking around. Thatsa comes covered with red sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, crushed red pepper, spinach, onions, and tomato.

4. The Great Lost Bear

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540 Forest Ave
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 772-0300
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The Almighty Cheesus: Instead of the standard bun, this burger is served between two gooey grilled cheese sandwiches. Pickles, lettuce, and tomato round out the artery-clogging creation.

5. Ri Ra Irish Pub & Restaurant

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72 Commercial St.
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 761-4446
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The Piggy Back: The east-meets-west burger comes with houseground beef, sliced pork belly, Pineland Farms cheddar, pickled slaw, rocket, a fried egg, and, because it makes everything better, Sriracha mayo.

6. Hoss & Mary's Tasty Grub

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27 West Grand Ave
Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064
(207) 934-2411
The Ocho Burger: It's hard to choose just one over-the-top burger at the sandwich shop, but the most extreme item has to be The Ocho. Part of the "Manimal Challenge," the mile-high stack features eight cheese-covered patties topped with grilled onion and mustard. Photo: Trip Advisor

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1. East Ender

47 Middle Street, Portland, ME
The Surf & Turf: Lobster on a burger? Why not! The Surf & Turf burger is topped with meaty pieces of Maine lobster claw, brie, lettuce, and chive mayo.
47 Middle Street
Portland, ME

2. Nosh Kitchen Bar

551 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101
The Apocalypse Now Burger: Once just local legend, Nosh's epic burger went national after being featured on the Travel Channel's Man vs. Food. This decadent burger comes topped with American cheese, crispy pork belly, bacon, foie gras, mayo, and cherry jam. Photo: Nosh Kitchen Bar
551 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101

3. Silly's Restaurant

40 Washington Ave, Portland, ME 04101
Thatsa Spicy Burger: The name might be goofy, but this garlic-coated burger is not joking around. Thatsa comes covered with red sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, crushed red pepper, spinach, onions, and tomato.
40 Washington Ave
Portland, ME 04101

4. The Great Lost Bear

540 Forest Ave, Portland, ME 04101
The Almighty Cheesus: Instead of the standard bun, this burger is served between two gooey grilled cheese sandwiches. Pickles, lettuce, and tomato round out the artery-clogging creation.
540 Forest Ave
Portland, ME 04101

5. Ri Ra Irish Pub & Restaurant

72 Commercial St., Portland, ME 04101
The Piggy Back: The east-meets-west burger comes with houseground beef, sliced pork belly, Pineland Farms cheddar, pickled slaw, rocket, a fried egg, and, because it makes everything better, Sriracha mayo.
72 Commercial St.
Portland, ME 04101

6. Hoss & Mary's Tasty Grub

27 West Grand Ave, Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064
The Ocho Burger: It's hard to choose just one over-the-top burger at the sandwich shop, but the most extreme item has to be The Ocho. Part of the "Manimal Challenge," the mile-high stack features eight cheese-covered patties topped with grilled onion and mustard. Photo: Trip Advisor
27 West Grand Ave
Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064

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