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The best burger in 12 Seattle neighborhoods

Published On 09/03/2014 Published On 09/03/2014
Thrillist

There are probably some great new restaurants nearby, or maybe there's a sweet fish & chips shop handy, but no matter what your alternatives, you never want to be too far from a great burger, which is why we've assembled this list of the best burger in 12 different Seattle 'hoods, some of which aren't even in Seattle. We're looking at you White Center!

CHONA KASINGER

Pioneer Square

BRGR Bar (address and info)
What to get: The Gangnam Burger
Who needs syllables when you have Korean-inspired burgers like the Gangnam, which touts a Kalbi-style marinated patty, house-made oriental coleslaw, garlic aioli, and house-roasted garlic mayo? Not you, although you might need some of the beer/wine this place in the old Dome Burger location is pouring.

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SoDo

Henry’s Tavern (address and info)
What to get: The bacon mac ‘n cheese burger
It doesn’t get much better than Henry’s Tavern’s glutinous bacon mac 'n cheese burger, which touts... youguessedit!.. mac 'n cheese, plus applewood-smoked bacon and an Elysian Immortal cheddar sauce. Just a stone’s throw from Safeco Field; win or lose, this burger is sheer victory.

CHONA KASINGER

Capitol Hill

8oz. Burger Bar (address and info)
What to get: Build your own
Sure, you can’t go wrong with the signature burger, which has arugula, balsamic onions, hills bacon, Beecher’s flagship, and truffle aioli, but 8oz. Burger Bar’s philosophy is that not all burgers are created equal, and what more do you need than the behemoth burger above to believe that?

CHONA KASINGER

Phinney Ridge

Red Mill Burgers (address and info)
What to get: A Red Mill Double Deluxe with fries and cheese. You won’t be sorry.
Red Mill is the reason we carry cash in our pockets at all times. This cash-only Seattle staple lives up to the national level television hype, and is cheap to boot. Make sure to grab a shake while you’re at it!

CHONA KASINGER

Ballard

King’s Hardware (address and info)
What to get: The After School Special
Oh yes they did. The After School Special helps you to get in touch with your inner pink-cheeked, fat kid self with a righteous combo of peanut butter and bacon, among other things. Just do it.

CHONA KASINGER

Fremont

Uneeda Burger (address and info)
What to get: The signature burger with caramelized onions, watercress, and blue cheese
Resplendent with a spacious patio, this punny Fremont burger joint serves up everything from the fancy Crimini mushrooms (with porcini, black truffle salt, shallots, and Gruyère cheese) to the messy BBQ Smash (with charred onions, bacon, cheddar, and BBQ sauce). And if a burger doesn’t suit your fancy (why are you even here?), Uneeda Burger also has a hefty selection of sandwiches, soups, and salads.

CHONA KASINGER

West Seattle

The Swinery (address and info)
What to get: There’s only one kind of burger here, so this one’s pretty hard to mess up
With a name like The Swinery, would you expect anything other than an excellent burger? The Swinery’s signature burger highlights one-third pound Painted Hills ground beef, caramelized onions, tomato, fresh greens, house pickles, red onion, and your choice of bleu, cheddar, provolone, or Swiss cheese… or in layman's terms: the works.

CHONA KASINGER

U District

​EJ Burger (address and info)
What to get: The California, which comes loaded with bacon, Swiss, avocado, and house sauce
Cheap, fast, and chock full of options (EJ Burger’s menu consists of 16 different ways to enjoy your favorite food, including teriyaki or in fish form), this burger joint just off the Ave is a fail-safe spot to score tasty lunch or dinner that won’t break the bank.

Rain City Burgers

Ravenna

Rain City Burgers (address and info)
What to get: The 12th Man Burger
Dave Matthews' favorite burger spot (purportedly) tips its hat to Seattle’s all-stars with burgers like the 12th Man Burger (two beef patties, four slices of bacon, and two slices of American cheese on a Kaiser bun) and the Sonics Burger (cheddar & Swiss cheese, caramelized onion, and Rain City hot sauce on a Kaiser Bun). Just try to avoid this spot during lunch because the little kiddies over at Roosevelt High School love to raid this place during their daily break from class.

CHONA KASINGER

White Center

Zippy’s Giant Burgers (address and info)
What to get: The Big Mouth w/ bacon
An oasis smack-dab in the heart of White Center, this old-school burger joint has all the makings of a legendary hang -- video games, burger paraphernalia, and a comical burger mural. A burger museum of sorts, you’ll definitely want to sit inside and eat, rather than taking your food to go.

CHONA KASINGER

North Seattle

Burgermaster (address and info)
What to get: Combo 1
The best burger off Aurora is as easy as a flick of your headlights -- this Seattle area chain is at your beck and call when it comes to burgers. Since 1952, this drive-up spot has contributed to the fry mountains forming underneath our car seats, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

CHONA KASINGER

Wallingford

Dick’s Drive-In (address and info)
What to get: A Deluxe w/ fries and shake
You many not know everything there is to know about Dick's, but you know you're getting a Deluxe (or two), and maybe a couple cheeseburgers, too.

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1. 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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2. Henry's Tavern 1518 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134 (Sodo)

At this beer- and brew-slinging tavern from the guys behind Cutters and Palisade, don't miss the burger that combines three of our favorite things: the bacon mac-and-cheese burger.

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3. 8oz Burger & Co. 1401 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

8oz Burger & Co. emphasizes local and sustainable ingredients more than the average burger chain -- the house-blended patties are made from grass-fed beef that’s sourced from cattle farms in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, and the brioche buns are baked daily at a nearby bakery. That said, you can’t go wrong with the signature 8oz Burger, a fanciful combination of arugula, balsamic onions, bacon, cheddar, and truffle aioli. There’s also the option to build your own burger that, when tailored to your personal tastes, can be as sophisticated (aged gruyere, fig jam, prosciutto) or basic (white American cheese) as you like.

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4. Red Mill Burgers 1613 W Dravus St, Seattle, WA 98119 (Phinney Ridge)

This cash-only Seattle staple lives up to the national level television hype, and is cheap to boot. Make sure to grab a shake ad fries too!

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5. King's Hardware 5225 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (Ballard)

King's Hardware is decked out with taxidermy and stocked with regional brews, but the rustic pub's main attraction is its tasty and creative burger options, like the peanut butter and bacon-based After School Special. Aside from classic and specialty burgers, there are hot wings, onion rings, and similar greased-up "sidekicks" on the menu. You can bring your beer and burger outside and chill on the patio, or stay inside and challenge your friends to a round of skee-ball.

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6. Uneeda Burger 4302 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103 (Fremont)

This Fremont burger joint serves up everything from the fancy to the messy, and if a burger doesn’t suit your fancy (why are you even here?), Uneeda Burger also has a hefty selection of sandwiches, soups, and salads. Equipped with a patio out front, you can chow down and tan at the same time.

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7. The Swinery 3207 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116 (West Seattle)

The Swinery’s signature burger highlights one-third pound Painted Hills ground beef, caramelized onions, tomato, fresh greens, house pickles, red onion, and your choice of bleu, cheddar, provolone, or Swiss cheese… or in layman's terms: the works.

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8. E J Burger 4510 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105 (University District)

Cheap, fast, and chock full of options (the menu consists of 16 different ways to enjoy your favorite food, including teriyaki or in fish form), this burger joint just off the Ave is a fail-safe spot to score tasty lunch or dinner that won’t break the bank.

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9. Rain City Burgers 6501 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115

Try the 12th Man Burger (two beef patties, four slices of bacon, and two slices of American cheese on a Kaiser bun) or the Sonics Burger (cheddar & Swiss cheese, caramelized onion, and Rain City hot sauce on a Kaiser Bun). Just try to avoid this spot during lunch because the little kiddies over at Roosevelt High School love to raid this place during their daily break from class.

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10. Zippy's Giant Burgers 9614 14th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106 (South Seattle)

Decamping from their tiny West Seattle digs, this beef-slinger's got a new primary-colored/pinball-equipped space adorned with vintage photos in which to serve its beloved comestibles, including the slider-style Lil Zips, and full-size meat discs (the Mam

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11. Burgermaster 3040 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA 98105 (North Seattle)

The best burger off Aurora is as easy as a flick of your headlights -- this Seattle area chain is at your beck and call when it comes to burgers. Since 1952, this drive-up spot has contributed to the fry mountains forming underneath our car seats, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

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12. Dick's Drive-In 111 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA 98105 (Wallingford)

This drive-in brings you back to simpler times with great eats, we suggest getting a Deluxe with fries and a shake.

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