Boston May is Burger Month, because our de facto national food obsession deserves an extended celebration... which means you need to eat as many burgers as you can... for America. Boston burger slingers are eager to help you celebrate with month-long specialties and specials, so here’s your patty itinerary:
Del Frisco’s Grille (info and address)
Del Frisco's goes for local pride (and excess) with the New England Burger piled high with craziness. This beauty is crowned with 2oz of lobster meat, a fresh egg, tarragon aioli, and Manchego cheese. It’s found at the Chestnut Hill location ONLY, and you should probably find one in your mouth. Soon. Continue Reading
5 Napkin Burger (info and address)
Following an extensive search (and enviable taste-testing) with over 50 submissions, 5 Napkin Burger Executive Chef Andy D’Amico and "Burgermeister" Brad Garoon (Burger Weekly Blog) chose Simon Dick’s "Naan Burger" for this month’s featured sammie. This Indian-inspired creation includes fresh ground beef (seasoned with garam masala) with grilled paneer cheese and curried spinach toppers, served on that aforementioned Indian flatbread. And a side of hand-cut sweet potato fries, because why not.
The Bristol Lounge (info and address)
The Bristol Lounge (at the Four Seasons) grills up an original offering every day for maximum burger time (and indulgence). Upcoming selections include The Jekyll and Hyde Burger (bacon, cheddar cheese, tomato, brioche bun with guac on one side and chili-spiced mayo on the other) and the Crispy Burger (crisp onions, cheddar cheese, black pepper mayo). Here’s the list so you can plan accordingly.
Legal Crossing (info and address)
Legal Crossing catches the spirit with several specials, including seaworthy options like the Shrimp Burger (chipotle slaw, quacamole, house-made chips) and the Tuna Burger (roasted red pepper sauce)… or keep it land-based with the Beef Burger (slab bacon, Gruyere).
Strega Waterfront (info and address)
Enjoy some sweet oceanfront views while you chow down on flame-kissed goodness. Head to Strega Waterfront and savor their coveted house burger, available exclusively during lunch. It’s got just what you want/need: a grilled sirloin patty smothered in caramelized onions and sharp provolone. So diabolically simple… and diabolically addictive.
Burger Month Bonus: Visit Shake Shack in Harvard Square or Chestnut Hill until May 31st for their 3rd Annual Great American Shake Sale in support of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. For a mere $2 (or more) donation, you will receive a complimentary hand-spun shake on your next visit. Win-win.
Located in The Street and overlooking Hammond Pond, Del Frisco's in Chestnut Hill is headed by Executive Chef Layne Coppell of Legal Sea Foods, serving up delicious regional fare like Berkshire pork meatballs and East Coast fish tacos.
If you find yourself wandering Back Bay absolutely famished, 5 Napkin Burger offers you hunger antidotes in the form of thick, juicy, and satisfying burgers made with 100% Aspen Ridge chuck and served on house potato bread. The Original 5 Napkin Burger is topped with gooey Gruyere, rosemary-garlic aioli, and slightly sweet caramelized onions to balance out all that savory. If you’re feeling extra decadent (you’ve come to the right place), the Truffle burger is a no-brainer, with its house-made porcini ketchup, fired egg, and black-and-white truffle butter. As a prelude to your beefy entrée, opt for avocado hummus with crispy peas and pomegranate or tuna poke nachos with marinated tuna, avocado, chips, and wasabi cream.
Housed inside the Four Seasons, the Bristol offers fine dining with even finer floor-to-ceiling views of the Public Garden. This posh space is serving everything from gourmet salads to house-aged steaks to delicate New England scallops. The highlight of the menu, though, is the Bristol Burger. An 8oz patty topped with Vermont cheddar, lettuce, Bermuda onion, tomato slices, and the lounge’s own pickles, it's simple, tender, and one of the best burgers in the city.
Brought to you by the folks from Legal Sea Foods, LX incorporates both old favorites and new dishes unique to the one-off institution. Original cocktails with local inspiration add flair to the DX neighborhood resto.
Strega Waterfront has everything from delicious burgers to classed-up Italian fare like their Risotto di Mare -- a bar with a special martini and cocktail menu, plus a good amount of TVs, only sweetens the deal.