Best Burger in Boston

2015 Best Burger

Strip-T’s

Watertown

This Watertown hang’s Moxie-slicked chicken wings, fried-cauliflower-stuffed sub, and romaine salad crowned with oxtail and a poached egg get their share of accolades. But don’t overlook Paul and Tim Maslow’s…Read More

2014 Best Burger

The Kirkland Tap & Trotter

Somerville

At Craigie on Main, Tony Maws’s cultish burger is available off the menu, in limited quantities only. At Maws’s new gastropub, the Kirkland Tap & Trotter, however, his cheeseburger—a peppery…Read More

2013 Best Burger, High-Brow

JM Curley

Boston

This half-pound-plus burger is big, fat, and perfectly spiced. Toppings of cheddar, griddled onions, pickles, and house Russian dressing—which meld together without causing a mess—only make it better…Read More

2013 Best Burger, Low-Brow

Tasty Burger

Cambridge

Far from flimsy fast-food patties, Tasty slings plump, one-third-pound balls of chuck. We go for the classic Big Tasty, with chopped pickles, onion, and plenty of special sauce…Read More

2012 Best Burger, Veggie

Christopher’s

Cambridge

On the desertlike stretch of Mass. Ave. that cuts through Porter Square, Christopher’s is a tiny oasis, its green umbrellas beckoning from the T station like palms in the sand….Read More

2012 Best Burger

Lineage

Brookline

We’re in the midst of a burger craze in this city, which means that patty-to-bun ratios and cheese-melt quality have become as dissected and discussed as Sox ERAs and OBPs….Read More

2011 Best Burger

The Bristol Lounge

Boston

The best-loved burgers in Boston fall into two camps: the frills-free fast-food type (Flat Patties, Tasty Burger) and the oversize variety topped with high-end accoutrements (Radius, Craigie on Main). Bristol’s…Read More

2010 Best Burger, Upscale

Sel de la Terre

Boston

In our quest for the ultimate meat-wich, we knocked back dozens of Franken-patties built from precision combinations of brisket, round, short rib, sirloin, skirt, even marrow and suet. But in…Read More

2010 Best Burger, Affordable

Flat Patties

Cambridge

For those of us who’ve longbelieved that a burger’s quality is directly proportional to its heft, it defies logic that one of the beefiest, juiciest, tastiest (and cheapest) burgers in…Read More

2009 Best Burger

Radius

Boston

Burger slinging has come a long way from the Bartley’s-Sully’s turf wars of yore. Now a groundswell of ground-beef mania has chefs experimenting with custom meat blends, artisanal bunwork, and…Read More

2008 Best Burger

Mr. Bartley’s

Cambridge

As a country, we take our hamburgers seriously; they are, after all, our native food. Luckily, the fine citizens at Mr. Bartley’s offer more than 20 top-notch variations, each reasonably…Read More

2008 Best Burger

Mr. Bartley’s Burger Cottage

Cambridge

As a country, we take our hamburgers seriously; they are, after all, our native food. Luckily, the fine citizens at Mr. Bartley’s offer more than 20 top-notch variations, each reasonably…Read More

2007 Best Burger

R.F. O’Sullivan & Son

Somerville

It’s the simplest tasks that often get botched worst—hence the surfeit of humble hamburgers served up dry, tough, and tasteless. The cooks at R. F. O’Sullivan are the most reliable…Read More

2006 Best Burger

Eagle’s Deli

Brighton

When it comes to burgers, size matters. Test your gastrointestinal fortitude with Eagle’s Deli’s ‘small’ 1-pound Godzilla burger, topped with four slices of cheese and accompanied by a pound of…Read More

2005 Best Burger

R. F. O’Sullivan & Son

Somerville

Ordering a Sully’s cheeseburger presents a delectable choice: Will it be cheddar, Swiss, or smoked Gouda? Boursin or bleu? These are just a few of the more than two dozen…Read More

2004 Best Burger

Tim’s Bar & Grill

Boston

Narrow, dark, and dingy, Tim’s is hardly where you’d expect to come across one of this city’s gastronomic standouts. But the kitchen here grills up the biggest, tastiest burgers you…Read More

2003 Best Burger, North

Black Cow Tap & Grill, Hamilton Location

South Hamilton

Order a burger at the Black Cow, and you may never fire up your Weber again. These handpacked 10-ounce patties are so juicy and flavorful, any attempt to imitate them…Read More

2003 Best Burger

Mr. Bartley’s Burger Cottage

Cambridge

With comfort food topping the cravings charts these days, it’s no wonder that getting a table at Bartley’s has become an Olympic sport. The crowds come for the addictive handcut…Read More

2002 Best Burger, Affordable

Audubon Circle

Boston

Yet another example of why bigger isn’t always better. Don’t get us wrong: This burger is big. But it isn’t so monstrous that you have to strategize a way to…Read More

2002 Best Burger, Gourmet

Bristol Lounge

Boston

Like early 19th-century vintage and all the glamor it entails, the Bristol Lounge is back. Actually, like the classic pearls and impeccably cut suits you’ll find around its tables, the…Read More

2001 Best Burger, Gourmet

Harvest

Cambridge

You have to order it specially because it isn’t on the dinner menu, but the cheeseburger may just be the thing at this Harvard Square institution (brunch excluded). The meat…Read More

2001 Best Burger

Tim’s Bar & Grill

Boston

This brick-walled South End hole in the wall reminiscent of an Alabama dive bar serves up the perfect antidote for a hot, sticky day: cool shade, cheap beer, and a…Read More

2000 Best Burger, Affordable

Mr. & Mrs. Bartley’s Burger Cottage

Cambridge

Burger purists like their patties thick, greasy, and unadorned. They will be most happy with the slab at Bartley’s. But why settle for plain when you can have deluxe? This…Read More

2000 Best Burger, Gourmet

The Bristol Lounge, Four Seasons Hotel

Boston

The foie gras of hamburgers is thick, juicy, and perfectly seared. Served on fine china and squeezed between a poppyseed bun with just the right amount of lettuce, onion, and…Read More

1999 Best Burger, Cheap

Tim’s Bar & Grill

Boston

No two ways about it: Tim’s is a dive. Not a dressed-down yuppie hot spot marketing itself as “casual” and “unpretentious,” but an honest-to-goodness greasy spoon. But where else would…Read More

1999 Best Burger

Casablanca

Cambridge

Chef Ana Sortun’s North African/Mediterranean fare has revitalized this Harvard Square standby, but her version of one of the great American classics—the hamburger—is particularly winning. It’s not on the menu,…Read More

1998 Best Burger

Audubon Circle

Boston

Carnivores come out of the closet at this New American eatery near Audubon Circle— there’s nothing birdlike about the eating habits here. A mere $5.75 gets you 8 ounces of…Read More

1997 Best Burger

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Boston

Okay, for $11 it should be the best. But if you’re going to pay $7.95 for a so-so burger elsewhere, why not splurge for the extra three bucks and live…Read More

1996 Best Burger, Beef Patties

Dudley Pastry & Restaurant

Roxbury

Perfectly spiced, finely ground beef is wrapped in a flaky pastry, then sandwiched in a soft, flat coco bread roll, garnished with melted Velveeta. At $2.25 each, they’re a cheap…Read More

1994 Best Burger, Veggie

Christopher’s

Cambridge

At last. A veggie burger that tastes better than the real thing. You don’t believe? Wait until you try the Chuck’s Veggie Peace Burgah, a delicious combination of mushrooms, onions,…Read More

1992 Best Burger, Late-Night

St. Cloud

Boston

Round midnight, this is the only place to go for a fat and juicy burger…Read More

1990 Best Burger

Rocco’s

Boston

Big, fat and juicy—the sort of burgers that made America the home of the brave…Read More

1989 Best Burger

Tim’s Tavern

Boston

We cried when Chef Chandler moved around the corner. But at least we can still get the best burgers at lunch (and only lunch) when Ray Garcia is manning the…Read More

1988 Best Burger

Bull & Finch Pub

Boston

Yeah, we know it’s the “Cheers” bar, and it’s full of tourists, but the burgers are satisfying, traditional, and done as ordered. Tell the tourists to take their cameras elsewhere…Read More

1987 Best Burger, Regular

Nick’s

Cambridge

Double cheeseburgers for under $3, cool, dark bar, and grill-type atmosphere. And a classic Harvard Square mix of blue-collar and baby Brahmin…Read More

1986 Best Burger

Division Sixteen

Boston

Yes, they’re too big; yes, they’re too expensive; and yes, they’re still served with the best fries in town…Read More

1981 Best Burger

Buddy’s Sirloin Pit

Cambridge

Edges out Bartley’s, another Harvard Square institution. The ambience leaves something to be desired, though…Read More

1978 Best Burger

Ryles

Cambridge

Lean prime ground sirloin stuffed with your choice of cheddar, Swiss, American, Boursin, or blue cheese and tomato, pepper, onion, mushroom, bacon, or spinach. Served on an onion roll with…Read More

1975 Best Burger

Bartley’s Burger Cottage

Cambridge

Bartley’s Burger Cottage, 1246 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, just can’t be beat. These burgers are fashioned from prime meat, and cooked with so much care that it borders on affair…Read More

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