It's easy to disagree about the best kind of burger. You might go for the sweetest burger in your neighborhood, while Carrie Bradshaw would clearly prefer one that didn't break-up with her on a Post-it. Here at Thrillist, we're into new things, so we spent most of 2014 scouring Seattle -- in our fat pants -- for the best new burgers of the year. Feast your eyes...
The Bison Burger
Brunswick & Hunt (address and info)
In the hierarchy of meaty things, bison obviously wins, especially when it's combined with chuck and topped with pickled shallot and English cucumber.
The Gangnam Brgr
BRGR Bar (address and info)
A burger that’s simultaneously a touch sweet and plenty savory? Sign us up. Pioneer Square’s BRGR Bar serves their Gangnam with kalbi-style marinated patty, house-made oriental coleslaw, garlic aioli, and house-roasted garlic mayo.
Kit N Caboodle
Giddy Up Burgers (address and info)
Located at the corner of 46th and Leary in the far-ish end of Ballard, this spacious burger joint is making a jaw buster with all the fixings: a 1/3lb patty, haystack onions, bacon, cheddar cheese, ranch and BBQ sauce, lettuce, pickles, and tomatoes, all on a house bun.
Loulay Kitchen & Bar (address and info)
The upscale French restaurant, from Seattle's famed Chef In The Hat, does not mess around when it comes to burgers. Loulay's beef burger comes with a heaping side of fries, aioli, and bacon-onion jam, and for the right price, you can even add a duck egg or foie gras to go with it.
Local Burger (address and info)
Local Burger’s German-inspired Wünderbürger comes complete with a 50/50 patty, Swiss cheese, stone ground mustard, and horseradish aioli. To sweeten the deal, Local Burger also offers 24 drafts on tap, and one of those, like a Hefe or Doppelbock, is bound to pair perfectly with this burger.
Tallulah’s (address and info)
The only burger on their small but sweet menu, Tallulah’s lamb burger comes with zucchini and harissa, plus a ton of fries, and it isn't half baaaaaaa-d.
Monster Double Burger
Teddy’s Bigger Burgers (address and info)
It doesn’t get much more real than this behemoth burger. Featuring a gut busting amount of chuck (you can choose between 10, 14, and 18oz), plus special sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and pickles; you won’t leave this Greenlake newcomer hungry.
The A Burger
Quality Athletics (address and info)
Resplendent with sharp cheddar cheese, house-made bacon, pickled onions, and New Hampshire sauce, this Pioneer Square sports bar really brings its A-game on this thing. Served with a generous pile of homemade potato chips, Quality Athletics really sets the bar when it comes to eating well during the game, win or lose.
Burger Boss (address and info)
With three patties, three slices of cheese and their signature sauce, this burger is about as formidable as they come in this part of town. Don’t forget to grab some crinkle fries to seal the deal at this lightning fast walk-up spot that opened just about five months ago.
The Spaghetti Western
Spaghetti Western (address and info)
Brought to you by the people behind La Bete, Aleks Dimitrijevic is back to square one with a Western-inspired BBQ and Italian classics joint. Every bit as good as their La Bete Burger (incidentally still on the menu), the Spaghetti Western is jam packed with a 7oz patty, Mama Lil’s Peppers, bacon, queso Oaxaca, charred red onions, and chipotle caponata, all sandwiched between brioche buns.
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1. Brunswick & Hunt1480 NW 70th St, Seattle
2. Brgr Bar111 Occidental Ave S, Seattle
3. Giddy Up Burgers4500 Leary Way NW, Seattle
4. Loulay Kitchen & Bar600 Union St, Seattle
5. Local Burger10134 Main St, Bellevue
6. Tallulah's550 19th Ave E, Seattle
7. Teddy's Bigger Burgers17705 140th Ave NE, Woodinville
8. Quality Athletics115 S King St, Seattle
9. Burger Boss9061 Delridge Way SW, Seattle
10. Spaghetti Western1802 Bellevue Ave, Seattle
Ballard’s Brunswick and Hunt is the newest addition to the 70th St. echelon (Delancey, Honore, Fat Hen). This all-American spot holds to its motto of being “nice without being fancy”. The must-try items are the Brunswick Stew and Hunter Burger.
Pioneer Square's home to this outpost of BRGR Bar. Along with their famed meat patties, the revamped burger joint also serves korean tacos and Kalbi rice bowls, which'll definitely have you agreeing that vowels are totally overrated.
This Western-themed counter-service joint is serving up gourmet burgers that are both fresh and local. Their signature patties come in poultry, seafood, and vegetarian varieties, too. Consider going for the one-third-pound Kit N Caboodle burger, stacked with onions, bacon, cheddar cheese, ranch, and BBQ sauce, and then hit the salad bar (yes, you read that right) to ease your guilt about what you just consumed.
At Loulay, Chef Thierry Rautureau reinvents the French food he grew up on, bringing an unexpected twist to familiar classics. There's the beef burger with aioli and bacon-shallot jam, which you can and should add a duck egg or foie gras to, and hot chocolate with toasted brioche and salted butter, based off a recipe passed down from his grandparents. The name of the chic three-level restaurant pays homage to Rautureau's childhood, too, specifically his hometown in France: Saint Hilaire de Loulay.
Because the Eastside needs burgers too, the crew behind Belltown's Local 360 has hit Main St with a 64-seat bar/restaurant that's slinging a dozen different meat-wiches made with 50% bacon!
This eatery serves up innovative dishes like Hanger steak with charmoula and baby turnips and lamb burgers. To drink? Tallulah’s keeps two cocktails on tap (Basil Rickey and Marley’s Tonic) plus a hefty selection of original cocktails like the Fallows Aid which has scotch, fernet Jelinek and Dry Curaçao and the Quarter Horse which highlights bourbon, a seasonal shrub, citrus, and Rachel’s ginger beer.
You might just need a fork and knife to finish off one of these burgers at this eatery, because as their name might suggest, Teddy’s burgers are a little bigger than what you might be used to... like TBB’s Monster Double Combo (which can be loaded up with up to 18oz of chuck), you know you’ve got a winner on your hands… and probably on your shirt too.
This upscale sports bar in Pioneer Square has it all: tons of flat screens, a slushy machine, a rooftop garden, fire pits, and an AstroTurf bar out back. And that's before you even get to the food and drink. Quality Athletics is backed by restaurant giant the Huxley Wallace Collective, so although the food follows bar food norms (wings, nachos, burgers, BBQ), it's prepared by a top-notch chef. Its local craft beer selection ain't bad, either.
This walk-up-style meat-slinger in South Delridge has a menu full of drive-in eats that starts with a classic burger for $1.99 and goes all the way up to the Triple Whammy w/ three patties, three slices of cheese, and their signature sauce. You can get milkshakes, onion rings, and fries by the "tub", too.
With Western-inspired Italian classics and BBQ, this Cap Hill spot has one of the best burgers around: the Spaghetti Western is jam packed with a 7 oz. patty, Mama Lil’s Peppers, Bacon, Queso Oaxaca, Charred Red Onion and Chipotle Caponata all sandwiched between brioche buns.