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Boston's best burger?

I'm going to be in the Boston area very soon for business and some pleasure.

The critical thing at the top of my list, even before lining up a comfortable hotel room, corralling friends, sightseeing, shopping, and etc, is getting a good burger.

And by good I mean, TREMENDOUSLY good.

Where is the BEST burger I can find? Money isn't necessarily a consideration, but I don't want to pay $30 for some frou-frou abomination of the good grease-and-cheesy. I need quality, I need my tastebuds to wilt in ecstacy, I need my arteries to raise the white flag in perfect surrender.

Whereabouts would I find some of your prime beef product?

Any help is greatly appreciated.

 
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  1. Where are you staying? Where are you coming from and what burgers do you like there? Context always helps. The link below should provide you plenty of info to start.

    http://www.chow.com/search?query=burg...

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    1. re: Gabatta

      So many strong opinions on this topic, myself included.
      For me you can't go wrong with:
      Craigie on Main
      Toro
      Harvest
      Flat Patties
      Radius
      Eastern Standard
      and on and on..
      www.bostonburgerblog.com

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      Eastern Standard
      528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

      Toro
      1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

      Flat Patties
      81 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138

      Craigie on Main
      853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

      1. re: rchudy

        This is a great list. Can't go wrong with any of these. I love the Craigie burger for the burger itself and its beefy flavor. I like Radius for the burger as well as the flavors that go along with it (crispy onions, aged cheddar, horseradish mayo). Finally, I like Toro's burger (midweek lunch only) for the flavors that accompany it when its ordered messy (aioli with cotija cheese and espelette powder slopped on top). Sel De La Terre makes a pretty awesome burger too.

        Overall, if you want a fancy meat-centric burger go to Craigie. If you want a fancy burger with great flavors, go to Radius. If you want a ton of flavor on a less impressive burger, go with Toro (also only 8 bucks).

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        Toro
        1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

        Sel De La Terre
        776 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

        1. re: rchudy

          Nice work on the radio today! You were particularly diplomatic when discussing burgers that are "not for you".

          1. re: yumyum

            thanks! I was doing my best...but they kept asking about places I hate!

            1. re: rchudy

              It must be hard to only like 10 or so burgers in Boston.

              1. re: ponyboy

                I don't agree that I only like ten. I can run-off at least 20 or so I would recommend. Maybe more of a reflection of Boston burgers and less about my snobbiness.

                1. re: rchudy

                  I don't get that sentence construction. Do you like most burgers everywhere else? Again and again we hate on our city on this board. It makes visiting here such a bummer.

                  1. re: robwat36

                    I'm not hating, if anything I'm defending our city. I think there are plenty of worthy burgers here, it that bums you out it shouldn't.

                    1. re: robwat36

                      I don't get your sentence construction. Do you live here or are you visiting? In any case I don't agree that rchudy hates on our city, but rather loves burgers and seeks the best among the many available options.

                      To the topic, I finally had the Radius burger tonight and I can cross it off my bucket list. In future I'll be drawn to Radius not for the burger but rather for dessert and sherry which I know is fantastic. The burger was fine, at first I was really into it, but after a few enthusiastic bites it was a burger topped with crispy onion strings and horsey sauce. Good, but fortunately I won't be craving it as it's available just a few dangerously short blocks away. Sel de la Terre at Long Wharf is, to me, still more interesting for its smokey and spicy flavor contrast, and fine burger texture. I look forward to trying the many other burgers on the list.

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                      Sel de la Terre
                      774 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199

                      1. re: Niblet

                        Rats! I've been dying to try that Radius burger and now it sounds like I'm the last one in the pool! I will admit it's only to cross it off my bucket list too and it doesn't sound like I should burn rubber to get over there.

                        I actually had a yummy burger at Tavern on the Square in Porter watching the Celtics this week, and a piss-poor one at Gargoyles last week. So it goes to show you, you never know where your next great burger will come from!

        2. Make sure you read through rchudy's blog ( linked in his post, above)with his archived reviews of all places burger in boston. Very well written and informative.

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          1. re: opinionatedchef

            you are being way too kind. when are we meeting up for a burger?

          2. My absolute favorite is Craigie, with the caveat that tomatoes are in season.

            My general day-to-day favorite is Russell House Tavern. IMO it ranks right up there with many of the other notables, but it comes with a big hunk o' fries and only costs $11.

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            Russell House Tavern
            14 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

            1. I think this is one of those frequently asked questions that merits a clarification now and in the future:

              There are two basic American types of burgers, with many variations thereof, and it matters which you think is better:

              1. Thick, rounded patty (more classic in the East) - this is a burger that is often best served medium rare and can therefore be made with somewhat leaner mixes of beef (and therefore quality can vary a lot more)
              2. Flat patty (more classic in the West) - this is a burger that is by design is cooked more or less through but is usually made with fattier cuts of beef so it's still juicy anyway.

              A lot of burger wars are conducted unnecessarily between fans of either camp - what's more important are the quality variations *within* each type, if you've got a decided preference between them.

              For example, I grew up with the first type, and only settle for medium rare in that type, but have learned over the years that I really prefer the second type (I am particularly a fan of the Patty Melt).

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              1. re: Karl S

                Very good point, it's important to be clear what type of burgers you're discussing. The best guide I've seen is from A Hamburger Today: http://aht.seriouseats.com/archives/2...

                1. re: Karl S

                  The most notable local purveyors of flat patties (my preferred style as well) are Flat Patties, Uburger and Tasty Burger, which for some reason I still haven't gotten around to actually trying yet.

                  Flat Patties and Uburger are roughly equal for me in terms of quality, although I think my ideal would be a place that served a Flat Patties burger with Uburger's fries and frappes.

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                  Flat Patties
                  81 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138

                  Uburger
                  636 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02215

                  Tasty Burger
                  1301 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

                  1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                    What are your thoughts on Whataburger, Jenny ? Tasty is not far off from that.

                    1. re: Nab

                      My favorites right now:

                      Back Bay Social Club
                      Radius
                      Sel de la Terre
                      KO Prime
                      Island Creek Oyster Bar
                      Middlesex Lounge
                      Toro

                      And maybe in that order.

                      1. re: Nab

                        As a native Texan, don't screw with me on this topic, which I hold very close to my heart: Tasty Burger is like Whataburger? Seriously?

                        We were looking at finally checking out Lucy before our last BSO date of the season tomorrow...this might change.

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                        Tasty Burger
                        1301 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

                        1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                          Heh. I had a feeling that might catch your attention. They are reminiscent of the Whataburger style, but I also order mine in that fashion (ie, dressed in that Texas style). It's not gonna take you home, but I think you will enjoy it. Go to Lucy first though. ;)

                      2. re: Jenny Ondioline

                        Jenny O, you should try Tasty Burger...you might just find that Flat Patty/Uburger combination you're looking for. My new favorite "fast food/flat patty" burger in Boston.

                        1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                          Perhaps you could add Green Street's burger to that flat-style list? Double burger Big Mac style with Russian dressing, plus bacon. But the potato chips that come with it are not to my liking.

                          1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                            What type of frappe do you recommend Jenny O from Uburger? I've tried 2 there - 1 hit (creamsicle) & 1 BIG miss - the chocolate. Chocolate frappe seemed to consist of Hershey's syrup, milk, Hershey's syrup, ice cream .......... & Hershey's syrup. Had to actually thow it away since it way WAY too syrupy - you couldn't even taste the milk or ice cream. I usually will have to tell a place (including what used to be my old standby Brigham's) to only put 1 squirt of syrup in since a lot of places load up on the syrup, which hides the flavor of the ice cream - or masks the tase of cheap ice cream (or milk that's going bad).

                            I'll have to give them another shot some time, especially since the creamsicle one was so good (& not too sweet).

                            1. re: southie_chick

                              Get the black and white: chocolate syrup/vanilla ice cream. It's the easiest way to avoid chocolate overload. I'm also a fan of the straight strawberry frappe.

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