Sure, there are a few things that visitors to Seattle don’t understand about it (at least 18 of ‘em) but, since they almost never head over to the other side of the lake, there are countless things people from Seattle don’t understand about the Eastside, starting with the fact that there are some pretty good things to eat over there. Things like these eight great burgers...
Chipotle BBQ burger
BeachHouse Bar + Grill (address and info)
What’s better than eating a fiery half-pound grass-fed burger with bacon, onion strings, cheddar cheese, and a smoky chipotle BBQ drizzle? Eating said fiery burger in a laid-back space overlooking the charming Kirkland waterfront.
Local Burger (address and info)
This down-home burger will give you a little taste of the South, and a whole lot of flavor: a ground beef and bacon patty is topped with house-made BBQ sauce, fried red onions, baby greens, and aioli, which is so good it’ll make you wanna slap your momma!*
(*Don’t slap your momma.)
Tipsy Cow Burger Bar (address and info)
If you wanna live like a rock star, aka die young, then this burger is for you. It starts with a 7oz grass-fed beef patty, then gets topped with white cheddar, a fried egg, caramelized onions, and veggies all covered in a maple syrup drizzle. Oh, and did we mention the FRIED beer-battered bacon?
Wibbley’s Gourmet Hamburgers (address and info)
With the atmosphere and feel of an old English pub, this down-to-earth eatery pumps out some truly delicious burgers, including this numerically named one made with 100% fresh-ground chuck beef, blue cheese crumbles, and bacon, that gets its unique taste from one simple secret ingredient: fresh bean sprouts.
Burger of the Gods
Lunchbox Laboratory (address and info)
Lunchbox Laboratory has some pretty crazy creations, but if you like stinky, gooey, melty, cheesy, dripping hot meat on a fluffy bun (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?) then this burger covered in blue cheese crumbles, and a super Gorgonzola spread is for you.
Big bison burger
Feed Co. Burgers (address and info)
For a break from the traditional beef burger, try this badass bison number topped with French onions, Gruyere, and truffled crispy potato strings. And you can enjoy it on the festive outdoor patio just added to this new Redmond bistro.
Burger Addict (address and info)
With all the flavor of a classic pastrami sandwich and a burger wrapped into one, this sandwich is almost too awesome. But one look at this 10oz Washington Angus beef beauty flavored with fresh pastrami, and topped with even more of the smoked deli meat, as well as spicy sauerkraut and mounds of gooey Burger Addict cheese, and you’ll quickly remember the key word in the previous sentence is “almost.”
John Howie Steak (address and info)
John Howie’s a familiar face in the Seattle area due to his handful of restaurants and TV ads, but people on the West side of Lake Washington should also be familiar with Washington’s best burger by now. Available only during Mon-Fri lunch, this thing is like a Minnesotan’s wet dream: it starts with a massive patty comprised of 60% Prime chuck and 40% Kurobuta bacon, stuffed with New York cheddar and Jack, which then gets crammed into a brioche bun and topped with fried onions, all of which combine to ensure that people from Seattle, and everywhere else, know where to go for a sweet burger.
1. Tipsy Cow Burger Bar16345 Cleveland St, Redmond
2. Wibbley's Gourmet Hamburgers2255 140th Ave NE Ste B, Bellevue
3. Lunchbox Laboratory989 112th Ave NE, Bellevue
4. Feed Co. Burgers7990 Leary Way NE, Redmond
5. BeachHouse Bar & Grill6023 Lake Washington Blvd NE, Kirkland
6. Burger Addict2439 Maple Valley Hwy, Renton
7. John Howie Steak11111 NE 8th St, Ste 125, Bellevue
The Tipsy Cow may serve some awesome and loaded, grass-fed beef burgers, but it certainly spreads the love over the entire animal kingdom. Chicken, turkey, tuna, salmon, and pork are also along for the ride (and vegetarians can leave happy as well). Equally important are the truffle fries, obviously. Round out your meal with a boozy milkshake and you've covered all the major food groups. Right?
Although this casual, old-school joint is wedged in a strip mall, it can easily be considered the definition of American eats. Wibbley's simple menu offers fresh burgers (100% ground chuck beef), fries, and milkshakes—the holy trifecta.
Lunchbox Laboratory is a down-to-earth eatery that reinvents classic, American comfort foods. Every week, they concoct new "experiments" -- menus that add an inventive twists to old favorites, ranging from mac & cheese to burgers to shakes (including boozie ones). You're in for surprise nearly every time you stop in, but don't worry, their creations are consistently tasty.
Feed Co. Burgers, a modern, neighborhood burger joint from the Staples Restaurant Group, offers a variety of signature beef, turkey, and bison burgers (the Classic Feed Burger can and should come with an extra patty) as well as sandwiches, sides -- including fries, salads, and a seasonal vegetable tempura program -- and hand-dipped shakes from local vendor Snoqualmie Ice Cream. The 2,000sqft counter service spot is replete with big booths and a full bar, including craft beer on tap, cider, kombucha, and wine.
BeachHouse Bar + Grill serves up burgers, seafood, salads, and sandwiches using natural and local Ingredients. A stunning waterfront view, paired with handcrafted cocktails, make this eatery a perfect spot for weekend brunch.
With menu items like "Addict Burger" (caramelized Walla Walla onion, and garlic aioli) and "Pastrawesome" (fresh pastrami, cheese, cracked black pepper sauce, and mustard seed slaw), this aptly-named dive will keep you coming back for more.
Grab lunch at John Howie Steak and let your taste buds score one of the best prime beef bacon cheeseburgers in the country. For dinner, this restaurant is the go-to for dry-aged steaks. Also try the foie gras with caramelized honeycrisp apples and, for dessert, the Grand Marnier crème brulee.