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best hamburger in beantown

what resto in boston serves up the best burger ?

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  1. You really should do a board search for this: there have been endless debates on the topic, most of them fairly recent. Here's a good start:


    1. The Sliders at 21st amendment are amazing...

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      1. re: omarba

        The sliders (though the White Castle reference is completely inaccurate...) at The Vault are also shockingly good and addictive.

        1. re: omarba

          Also, the veal meatball sliders at Clink are outrageous... not really a burger, but yum!

        2. Eastern Standard serves an excellent burger with delicious french fries too.

          1. The Butcher Shop. A fairly recent addition to their menu and definitely a contender for this prized award.

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            1. re: hsquare2southend

              Not to beat a dead horse (ooh maybe that expression doesn't work so much when we're talkin' burgers) but does anyone know how much that Butcher Shop burger is? If it is priced proportionally to the onion soup, I'm guessing somewhere around the $20 mark? Maybe a little less?

            2. Ask 10 people on this board and you'll get 10 different answers. A few of my favorites:

              O'Sullivan's, Somerville
              75 Chestnut, Beacon Hill
              Mr. Bartley's, Harvard Square
              The Druid, Inman Square
              UBurger, Kenmore Square
              Zon's, Jamaica Plain
              Kelly's, Revere Beach
              Grumpy White's, Quincy
              Cappy's Tavern, Readville (just added to my list!)
              Halfway Cafe, Holbrook

              If you asked me for my absolute favorite right now, I'd probably go with either Mr. Bartley's or UBurger.

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              1. re: hiddenboston

                No Costello's???

                I think it depends on the type of burger you want..griddled flat patty style, definitely Uburger or Flat Patties.

                Real sink-your-teeth-in- with the juice running down your arm style I'd go with Costello's, Zon's, Bristol Room @ Four Seasons, Zon's, and Bartley's.

                1. re: twentyoystahs

                  I've had mixed results with Costello's. One burger I had was excellent, and another I had was so-so. Also, the chili cheese fries were much worse the second time I went.

                  I like the Flat Patties burger, but the shredded pork sandwich there was so good that it made me forget about the burger.

                  Heh, you like Zon's so much that you listed it twice. I like that! ;-b

                  1. re: twentyoystahs

                    Bouchee' on Newbury St. makes a great "sink-your-teeth-in" burger with fresh fries. Just wish they offered bernaise sauce!

                  2. Flat Patties in Harvard Sq. is the closest we'll get to In 'n Out Burger on the East Coast.

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                    1. re: robertlf

                      Does that make it a contender for "best burger"? In 'n' Out is great for a fast food burger, but will never be a "best burger" contender IMHO.

                    2. The Green Street Bacon Cheddar Double burger with homemade chips (@$11) is amazing and decadent!

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                      1. re: rlh

                        I had that last week and have to agree - it was delicious. I was skeptical at first since it is two thin patties and you can't request temperature, but Andy was right - I loved it.

                        ETA: While I did love this burger I wouldn't put it on my personal list of Boston's best. Just a caveat.

                        1. re: heathermb

                          Marliave's burger is very very very good. I would put it in my top 5 with O'sullivans, 75 Chestnut, Audubon, and believe it or not The Hill tavern.

                          1. re: phatchris

                            IMO the burgers @ the Hill aren't as good as they used to be, although I go there relatively infrequently in the last year or so. I can't quite put my finger on what it is though (also they don't seem to have that pretty spicy mustard anymore)

                      2. not a traditional hamburger but i'm fond of the hamburg sets at cafe mami in the porter exchange building

                        1. no one has mentioned casablanca! their burger with apple smoked bacon and cheddar (whether you go for the fries or the salad to accompany) are still my favorite!