The 16 Best Burger Joints in Boston

Beantown? More like Beeftown.

With indoor and outdoor dining back on your summer bucket list, now’s the time to check out some of the best spots around Boston to grab a no-frills comfort meal that hits the spot every time—we’re talking hamburgers, of course. From your classic flame-broiled patty to unique builds piled high with strange mouthwatering toppings, there are plenty of quality places to grab a burger in and around the city. We’ve taken the liberty of rounding up Boston’s absolute best burger joints, so rev up your appetite and check out the list below for a little meat-spiration.

Boston Burger Company

Multiple locations

When we talk about a mean burger, Boston Burger Company is home to the meanest—in the best way, of course. With options like the WTF Burger, featuring layers of pulled pork, mac and cheese, crispy onion rings, pickles, and tangy BBQ sauce, or the famous Mac Attack, loaded with a homemade four cheese mac and cheese and bacon, it’s impossible to go wrong here. 
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order take-out and delivery via Postmates, GrubHub, Seamless, and DoorDash.

Tasty Burger

Multiple locations

If you’re a local, you’re likely all too familiar with rolling up to Tasty Burger after a long night out, pining for that beefy midnight snack. The Chicky Chicky Parm Parm is one of their popular picks but the standard Big Tasty is a must, featuring the restaurant’s signature Tasty sauce on a classic hamburger.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order take-out online.

Alden & Harlow

Harvard Square

Alden & Harlow’s (not so) Secret Burger has earned quite the accolades over the years, claiming a spot on best burger lists from Food & Wine to HuffPost. The eight ounce Creekstone brisket burger, doused with Thousand Island-esque sauce, lettuce, and tomato, and plopped on a housemade roll, is brought to you by Chef Michael Scelfo, known for whipping up bold dishes laced with the freshest ingredients in town.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable or order take-out online.

Craigie on Main

Central Square

This is the burger, a first ballot hall-of-famer that changed the city’s patty game forever. Three cuts of beef, plus suet, bone marrow, and dehydrated miso, make up the meaty blend while a slab of Shelburne Farm Cheddar and a homemade mace ketchup finish things off. This beaut is as much deity as entree. 
How to book: Reserve online.

Brassica’s umami-packed burger lives up to the hype. With its Wagyu beef and melted Caveman Blue cheese from California’s Cowgirl Creamery, the only way to make this meal more perfect is to add a side of crispy potatoes in caper caramel. Just do it.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable or order take-out and delivery via Toast.

224 Boston

Savin Hill

If you live outside the Dorchester area, you might not know about 224 Boston, a neighborhood charmer complete with the sweetest front garden seating you ever did see. And like a beefy cherry on top, its drippy, juicy burger is both massive and scrumptious, with bacon and caramelized onion aioli adding salt, crunch, and an infectious dose of umami.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable or order take-out and delivery via DoorDash, GrubHub, and Toast.

To everyone’s delight, this lively South Boston spot is still open for business despite rumors of closing down in 2020. Hawking comfort food and cocktails galore, you can’t go wrong stopping in for heavy-hitters like the Spicy BBQ Bacon Burger. And for those looking for something on the lighter side, the homemade veggie burger is a surprisingly satisfying option.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Lower Mills Tavern’s menu does not mess around. The joint offers just about everything but the kitchen sink and then some. But don’t the buttermilk fried chicken sandwich distract you—if you’re reading this, you’re looking for the best burgers in town, and the LMT Burger is your white whale. Not convinced? Picture a plump freshly ground patty topped with cheese, bacon, housemade signature sauce, lettuce, tomato, and onion, all sandwiched between a buttery seeded brioche bun.  
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating, order take-out via Toast, and get delivery via Uber Eats.

jm curley

Downtown Crossing

This no-nonsense pub is an essential stop-off if you’re spending the day exploring the city. The Curley Burger, a brisket, chuck, and short-rib blend stacked with cheese, grilled onions, housemade pickles, and Russian dressing, will be calling your name after a long day on your feet.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order delivery via Uber Eats.

A sophisticated tribute to old-world European boucheries, the Butcher Shop is brought to you by famed local restaurateur Barbara Lynch of B&G Oysters, Drink, and more. It’s worth noting that the menu might cost you a pretty penny, but sinking your teeth into the TBS burger, spread with a secret special sauce, is simply priceless. 
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Metropolis

South End

This might be a burger list, but we have to admit that the shoestring fries here almost steal the show—emphasis on “almost,” because this is a truly divine burger. Dry-aged beef gets the Applewood-smoked bacon, caramelized onions, cheddar cheese, and housemade secret sauce treatment for your carnivorous dining pleasure. 
How to book: Reserve OpenTable or order take-out and delivery via GrubHub.

The Paramount

Multiple locations

This cozy, long-standing restaurant might be known as one of the best breakfast places around Boston, but it's the dinner menu that deserves all the glory. The lobster raviolis and pagu bolognese are tempting but you can’t pass up the Paramount Burger, a fist-sized hunk of beef topped with Applewood-smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, and finished with crispy onion rings.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order take-out and delivery via Postmates, Uber Eats, and Caviar (Beacon Hill) and Uber Eats, Caviar, and DoorDash (South Boston).

This beloved hangout tucked in Harvard Square has been around since 1960, offering a changing menu based on popular personalities like Tom Brady (obviously), the “GOAT” of hamburgers featuring cheddar cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and red onions. However, you can never go wrong with their Triple D—a double cheeseburger worth its cholesterol and adorned with bacon, barbecue sauce, and grilled onions.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order take-out and delivery via GrubHub.

Aquitaine

South End

This award-winning Parisian-inspired bistro might not seem like a typical burger joint, but Aquitaine’s Truffle Burger does not disappoint. A gob of dry-aged beef arrives decked out with sharp cheddar, sweet onions, and truffle sauce atop a toasted potato bun, complemented by a heap of golden pommes frites. Ooh la la.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable, order take-out online, or get delivery via DoorDash and GrubHub.

Formerly crowned Boston Magazine’s “Battle of the Burger” winner, The Blue Ox’s Sin Burger is a beefy no-brainer. Layered with Applewood-smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, truffle aioli, and Swiss cheese, it’s clear to see why this hamburger lives up to the monumental hype.
How to book: Reserve via Resy or order take-out via Toast.

Cusser’s

Back Bay

Ordering a roast beef from Cusser’s Roast Beef & Seafood is totally acceptable—it’s right there in the name, afterall. But the standout burger, showcasing a slice of cheddar cheese, bread and butter pickles, crunchy lettuce, and the restaurant’s famous Comeback sauce, might have you second guessing your impulses.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable or order take-out and delivery via Caviar.

Jillian Hammell is a contributor for Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.