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Seeking perfect burger joint combo in Seattle

My family of four would like to find the perfect combination of these four things:

1. delicious burgers for the wife
2. thick, flavorful (real) milkshakes for the wife and kids
3. good, hand-made veggie burger for me
4. crispy (not soggy) fries

So far, we haven't been able to find a single place in Seattle where we can get all three. The Red Mill veggie burger is an afterthought. Zippy's is OK, but the shakes and fries are lacking...

Truth be told, I would settle for good fish 'n chips in place of the veggie burger, if we could combine that in one place with the other factors.

I'm dreaming that there's a little neighborhood joint somewhere that does all these things and has managed to fly under our radar...

Any leads would be oh-so-appreciated.

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  1. My husband and I are new in town and also searching for the perfect burger and milkshake spot. We weren't impressed with Red Mill last week but we did try The Counter in Ballard last week and will definitely be back. The sweet potato fries were out of this world! Good luck!

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    1. re: aiacopi

      I also like The Counter. I haven't tried the shakes but they have a really good burger and you can customize it however you like. They are served medium so it will be pretty pink if you don't specify doneness. They also make their own veggie burgers in 1/3 pound, 2/3 pound or 1 pound size. Fries are the thinner crispier type and the onion strings are really good. They also have chicken or turkey burgers.

    2. You might give the Lunchbox Lab a try. I've not had the veggie burger, but I think that it would fit the bill on the other 3 fronts.

      Disclaimer: There seems to be a love it/hate it relationship with it on this board. They are not cheap, but the ingredients are very good. I'm definitely on the love it side of the equation.

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      1. re: BallardFoodie

        I've had their veggie burger and it is awful.....greasy & heavy-textured and what a belly ache I had after eating it. Their fried potatoes are pretty ordinary......just commonplace pre-frozen spuds.

      2. Not sure if Woodinville is an option for you, but I love Teddy's Bigger Burgers. The burgers are great as well as the milkshakes. I can't vouch for the veggie burgers but you can read some of the reviews on Yelp. I keep meaning to try the fish and chips (made with flounder) but I always end up getting a burger and onion rings.


        Teddy's Bigger Burgers
        17705 140th Ave NE, Woodinville, WA 98072

        1. Great suggestions so far. I'd suggest Blue Moon Burgers in Fremont or South Lake Union. Their burgers are pretty good and I know my wife loves the Southwest veggie burger. They also have really good crispy waffle fries and it's all pretty cheap.

          Blue Moon Burgers
          500 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

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          1. re: yoyo11

            Blue Moon, IMO, is mediocre at best. The burger was overcooked, possibly made from frozen. The fries are not waffle fries as advertised, but crinkle cut, and they were very poorly cooked, a true waste of caloric content. This place is inferior to By's or Kidd Valley. I'd almost rather have Jack in the Box. Actually, I would.

          2. This may help you some. It is a thread from last summer


            1. The place you seek is the Lunchbox Laboratory at 15th Ave and 73rd St., Ballard. They Rock..

              Lunchbox Laboratory
              1253 Thomas Street, Seattle, WA 98109

              1. I actually think that Red Mill makes one of the best veggie burgers so my opinion might not mesh with yours. I will add to what others have said though. I also really like Teddy's in Woodinville and they have a fried fish burger option too. Blue Moon Burger's veggie burgers are not home made as they use the Garden Burger patties. They do offer the option of getting a salmon burger though. Burgermaster might work for you. Maybe. Good luck.

                1. I really like the burgers at Collin's Pub, down in Pioneer Square. They're a little on the salty side, but other than that... very delicious.

                  Collins Pub
                  526 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

                  1. I love Lunchbox Lab for their burgers and milkshakes - but I agree the fries are just OK. I have never had a veggie burger there, but my friend really likes their bean burger. I'm not sure if it was a special of the day or on the regular menu. The burgers are unreal: best toppings and amazing meat. I recommend the dork burger: a hybrid duck & pork patty. I love the fries at the Mecca, btw.

                    1. Can't speak to the shake or veg burger request, but for the burger (The Burgermaster) and fries, go to the Burgermaster Drive-In on Aurora N in north Seattle.

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                      1. re: itsonlyfood

                        The Burgermaster has a good milkshake. They also serve up a good grilled cheese sandwich.

                      2. zippy giant burgers in west seattle has the best burgers by far ive tried pretty much every single burger in the city. also spring hill has a killer burger but its a bit pricey.

                        1. it's in Issaquah ~ Rock n Roll Burger. hand dipped malts and shakes ($4.49). 1/3 pound burgers, they've got fish n chips~ cod or halibut, also shrimp, clam and calimari)! they use romaine. for a buck more, you get sweet potato fries. i had the Love Me Tender Burger ~onion ring, hickory BBQ sauce and cheddar cheese GREAT BUN!! ($5.79) . kids menu too (3.99 includes fries & drink)