The Pitch’s Burger Week: 16 $5 burgers that you have 51 weeks to work off

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It’s a simple idea: Restaurants around the metro offer a special $5 hamburger for a week — a deal too good to pass up and too cheap for these venues to offer more than once a year. Well, good news: The Pitch’s Burger Week, October 19-25, is back, with more restaurants and more burgers but the same low price.

Is the a catch? Not really. The only limit to this beef bonanza is how many days in a row you can go full Wimpy. But you’ll get the most out of Burger Week if you observe three basic rules of Burger Week etiquette:

1. For $5, you can’t expect fries or chips as a gimme. But many of the restaurants listed below are doing you a solid anyway by reducing prices on certain sides. Even if the fries are full freight, though, order something besides your burger. Get yourself a drink, too. It’s polite.

2. Tip like a burger king. Workaday bargains don’t get much more satisfying than picking up a $12 burger for a five-spot, but repay this bit of meat karma by tipping as though you had paid full price (at least 20 percent, on the full menu value of your order). You’ll feel better, and you’ll be able to make eye contact with your server when you return after Burger Week.

3. Tell your friends. Tweet your patties. Instagram your buns. Facebook your hungry pals. Today you got a deal. Tonight, talk it up.

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12 Baltimore
Hotel Phillips
106 West 12th Street

Executive chef Frank Lalumia is using Burger Week as something of a heritage celebration. Here, the special is what he calls the Italian-American Burger: a flame-grilled, 6-ounce Italian-sausage patty (made in-house), topped with melted mozzarella, fresh basil and house marinara, and served on a grilled brioche roll. (A side of house-cut fries costs an additional $2.50.)

Bleu Burger
320 Southwest Blue Parkway, Lee’s Summit

Tony Olson’s stuffed-burger emporium has devised the Bacon Pesto Burger for this year’s Burger Week. It’s stuffed with roasted red peppers, fresh mozzarella and bacon, then topped with pesto, more fresh mozzarella and sliced tomato. It comes on a tomato-basil bun. (Fries are a dollar with this special.)

Charlie Hooper’s
12 West 63rd Street

During Burger Week, Charlie Hooper’s is serving its Hickory Burger, topped with cheddar and smoked gouda cheeses, applewood-smoked onion rings and barbecue sauce. It comes on a pretzel bun.

Lew’s Grill & Bar
7539 Wornall

The Holy Guacamole Burger at Lew’s has always been a quasi-religious thing for a certain eater, but when it’s $5 during Burger Week, it’s a truly righteous experience. It’s topped with a creamy spinach-and-cheese espinaca dip, avocado relish and diced tomatoes, and placed on a brioche bun.

The Well Bar, Grill & Rooftop
7421 Broadway

The Well calls its decadent special this week the BOMB, an acronym that doesn’t quite do justice to its contents: Boursin cheese, onion strings, crimini mushrooms and applewood-smoked bacon (on a Farm to Market bun).

Red Door Grill
11851 Roe, Leawood

The Sweet Cheeses features a patty made with a McGonigle’s custom blend of beef brisket, short ribs and chuck tenderloin; it’s topped with swiss and cheddar cheeses, a grilled cheese fritter, thick-cut bacon and Sriracha mayonnaise.

201 North Main, Independence

The Havarti Burger is the featured sandwich during Burger Week: a premium beef patty, grilled and topped with crispy pork belly, caramelized red onions, wilted spinach, melted havarti cheese, and a dollop of lemon-thyme aioli, served on a peppercorn bun.

The Court House Exchange
113 West Lexington, Independence

There’s no judgment at the Court House when you order the Bacon Mac ’n’ Cheese Burger, though it’s almost as illegal as it sounds. It’s a half-pound burger topped with bacon, macaroni and cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, and barbecue sauce. Yes, it still comes on a bun, sense be damned.

1705 Village West Parkway
Kansas City, Kansas

This popular burger chain has returned to the metro, and for Burger Week, the outpost at the Legends offers its Quarter Pound BBQ Burger: an all-beef patty topped with grilled onions, cheddar cheese, Smokehouse bacon and the restaurant’s Smokehouse sauce.

Sheridan’s Unforked
7337 West 119th Street, Overland Park

It’s hard to do much better than this local restaurant’s Akaushi Burger, made with a 100-percent-pure Akaushi beef patty, locally sourced Roma tomatoes, hand-torn lettuce and Jim Sheridan’s “UNspread,” on a lightly toasted bun.

6441 Troost

One of the most popular soul-food restaurants in midtown, this family-operated dining venue is as well-known for its thick burgers as it is for its chicken and waffles and hearty breakfasts. The Boss Bacon Burger is the $5 attraction: a quarter-pound beef patty (that also contains sausage and bacon), grilled and topped with a sweet and tangy sauce, grilled onions, lettuce and tomato.

Charlie D’s Seafood & Chicken
600 East 99th Street

This family-owned restaurant’s calling card is seafood and chicken, but it serves a hell of a burger, too, starting with an Angus-beef patty smothered in creamy mac and cheese, American cheese, swiss cheese and bacon. It’s served on a sesame-seed bun.

Tanner’s Bar & Grill
7425 Broadway

The Waldo gathering spot is the only Tanner’s restaurant participating in Burger Week, but it’s a burger to behold. Der Burgermeister’s Burger is topped with smoked Alpine cheese, applewood-smoked bourbon bacon, applewood-smoked ham, pickled onions and shredded lettuce, on a pretzel bun.

KC’s Smokehouse Pub
8431 Wornall

A newer entry to Kansas City’s burger scene, this venue marks Burger Week with a quarter-pound Angus-beef patty on buttered Texas toast, topped with smoked cheddar cheese and pulled pork, and served with a 4-ounce portion of baked beans.

Green Room Burgers & Beer
4010 Pennsylvania

For last year’s Burger Week, this Westport burger venue introduced The Pitch Burger. The 2015 update to our namesake uses freshly ground beef, Tillamook cheddar, bacon, onions, pickles and house-made Papa Louie’s Brewhaus beer mustard. It’s topped with a beer-battered onion ring and served on a Roma Bakery bun. A side dish — applesauce, cottage cheese, two onion rings, nano fries or tomato soup — can be added to the order for $1.

Flying Saucer
101 East 13th Street

The featured burger at this Power & Light District venue is a coffee-crusted, certified-Angus patty topped with barbecue sauce, bacon, pepper jack cheese and an egg.

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