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Seattle's 10 best new burgers of 2014

Published On 12/11/2014 Published On 12/11/2014

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...

Chona Kasinger

The Bison Burger

Brunswick & Hunt (address and info)
Loyal Heights
In the hierarchy of meaty things, bison obviously wins, especially when it's combined with chuck and topped with pickled shallot and English cucumber.

Chona Kasinger

The Gangnam Brgr

BRGR Bar (address and info)
Pioneer Square
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.

Chona Kasinger

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.

Chona Kasinger

Beef burger

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

The WĂĽnderbĂĽrger

Local Burger (address and info)
Local Burger’s German-inspired WĂĽnderbĂĽrger 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.

Chona Kasinger

Lamb burger

Tallulah’s (address and info)
Capitol Hill
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.

Chona Kasinger

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.

Chona Kasinger

The A Burger

Quality Athletics (address and info)
Pioneer Square
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.

Chona Kasinger

Triple Whammy

Burger Boss (address and info)
White Center
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.

Chona Kasinger

The Spaghetti Western

Spaghetti Western (address and info)
Capitol Hill
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 & Hunt 1480 NW 70th St, Seattle, WA 98117 (Ballard)

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.

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2. Brgr Bar 111 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104 (Pioneer Square)

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.

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3. Giddy Up Burgers 4500 Leary Way NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (Fremont)

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.

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4. Loulay Kitchen & Bar 600 Union St, Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown)

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.

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5. Local Burger 10134 Main St, Bellevue, WA 98004 (Bellevue)

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!

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6. Tallulah's 550 19th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112 (Capitol Hill)

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.

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7. Teddy's Bigger Burgers 17705 140th Ave NE, Woodinville, WA 98072 (Green Lake)

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.

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8. Quality Athletics 115 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104

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.

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9. Burger Boss 9061 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106 (West Seattle)

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.

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10. Spaghetti Western 1802 Bellevue Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

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.