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Seven Buffalo-area burgers to flip over

Burger flippers have a long history of trying to outdo one another, and their customers reap the results. The one-upsmanship has produced a wave of better burgers, ones that show advanced architectural skills, and turn heads as they pass by on the way to a lucky diner.

Here's seven burgers a machine would never make.

No. 6 ($16) from Allen Burger Venture
175 Allen St., 768-0386.

Allen Burger Venture's No. 6 is a dry-aged, grass-fed Angus beef burger with Texas barbecue pulled pork, pepperjack cheese, Olde English beer-battered vidalia onion rings. House-made tater tots are on the side. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Like all the beef numbers at this Allen Street oasis of bourbon, burgers, and beer, it starts with an 8-ounce patty of grass-fed Angus beef, a blend of brisket, short rib, chuck and sirloin. Barbecued pulled pork, pepperjack cheese, and beer-battered onion rings finish it off. Served with house-cut fries.

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The Hangover ($13.50, featured image) from Stack Burger
174 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca, 288-8204.

Soaring over its menu companions, this is a burger that packs a full breakfast, perfect for those days when you sleep until noon. Thick-cut bacon, hash browns, and cheese pile on, with a fried egg its crowning glory. The basic is one patty, but this triple-stack is more in line with its exuberant excess.

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Barbecue Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf Sandwich ($12.99) from Butera's Craft Beer & Craft Pizzas
32 Main St., Hamburg, 648-5017.

Butera's barbecue bacon cheeseburger meatloaf sandwich is made with house-made smoked barbecue bacon cheeseburger meatloaf topped with Cajun mayo, pepperjack cheese, cole slaw on a house-made roll. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Meatloaf studded with cheese and bacon, glazed with housemade barbecue sauce and dusted with Cajun seasoning, is smoked over apple and cherry. Then it's caramelized with more sauce. Bacon, pepperjack cheese, and cole slaw follows, piled on a housemade hoagie roll. Served with potato wedges, sweet potato fries or macaroni salad.

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Emu burger ($16) from Griffon Gastropub
Locations in Clarence, East Aurora and Niagara Falls.

Griffon Gastropub's emu burger is a 6-ounce grilled emu burger accompanied by avocado, herbed goat cheese, smoked paprika garlic aioli, crispy onion frizzles, beefsteak tomatoes and fresh arugula. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

The Griffon's penchant for drawing from a broader meat palette than usual shows up in a burger of flightless bird. A seven-ounce grilled patty is grilled and topped with herbed goat cheese, basil pesto, sliced avocado, and a crispy onion nest. It's served on a toasted brioche bun with smoked paprika-garlic aioli, arugula and tomatoes. Served with fries.

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Poutine burger ($12) from Juicy Burger Bar
1 Buffalo St., Hamburg, 648-3200.

Juicy Burger Bar's poutine burger is topped with fresh mozzarella curds, french fries and gravy. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

If you don’t want to decide between ordering poutine or a burger, Juicy has you covered. A eight-ounce patty of grass-fed beef is topped with house-cut fries, fresh mozzarella curds and housemade gravy made from roasted vegetables and chicken. It's served with more fries on the side, of course. $12.

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Da Bomb ($13) from Stooges Stuffed Burger Bar
2 Pine St., Lockport, 434-1100.

Stooges Stuffed Burger Bar's Da Bomb is one of their signature Scapps sausage stooges. It's filled with cherry and banana peppers, spicy capicola and smoked gouda. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

This burger's packing the flavors of an Italian sausage sandwich, with cherry and banana peppers hidden inside a fat sausage patty. Then it takes a step beyond, stuffing pork with pork by adding spicy capicola to the inside, along with creamy smoked gouda cheese. Served with fries.

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Taco on a bun ($13) from Stooges Stuffed Burger Bar
2 Pine St., Lockport, 434-1100.

Stooges Stuffed Burger Bar's Taco on a Bun is one of their signature Stooges made with a house blend of beef, chicken and sausage. It's stuffed with olives, salsa, sour cream, hot sauce and cheese.(Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

American-style ground beef tacos usually arrive in flour tortillas, but this time the cheese and salsa is inside a thick patty of beef, sausage and chicken blend. There's olives, sour cream, and hot sauce in there too, but don’t worry: Stooges has a roll of paper towels on each table.

Email: agalarneau@buffnews.com

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