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Non-beef "burgers"

Forget the debate about what is and isn't a burger, let's save that for another day. For now, I'm trying to compile a list of the best non-beef "burgers" in the area. I don't want to make this a thread only on veggie burgers, I'm more interested in the tukey's, the lamb's, and the salmon's of the world.

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  1. Ahi Burger at 5 Napkin (at least the one in Midtown West in NYC -- haven't been to the Pru yet), is a really good piece of barely seared fish in a great bun

    1. Don't know if it any good or not, but Bartley's in Harvard Square just put a "Bin Laden Burger" on their menu today: It is described as "a turkey burger with hot as hell hot suace, and blue cheese dressing, served with fries".

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      1. re: lipoff

        The great thing about Bartley's is that they will make any of their burgers w/ turkey or veggie instead of beef. My favorite is the Tom Brady w/a turkey pattie.

      2. Had the salmon burger at Temple Bar the other night and was pretty pleased. Ordered medium on the recommendation of my server it was tasty with cabbage and a ginger-chili mayo.

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        1. re: mats77

          I have the salmon burger at Henrietta's Table on my list.

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          Henrietta's Table
          One Bennett St., Cambridge, MA 02138

        2. The Tuna Tartare Burger at Atlantic Fish isn't bad.

          1. Four Burgers has a black bean burger, a turkey burger, and a salmon burger. I haven't tried any, but it's no my list based on recommendations from friends.

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            Four Burgers
            704 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

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            1. re: Area Man

              The turkey burger is good. Not dry and I love the apple cranberry chutney. I've had a bison burger there as well. I think it was a special/limited time offer.

              1. re: Area Man

                I typically hate turkey burgers and thought this one was ok.

              2. While I've not had it, a vegetarian friend had the house made veggie burger at American Craft, and proclaimed it the best veggie burger she'd ever eaten at a restaurant.

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                American Craft
                1700 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445

                1. Burton's Grill has an excellent salmon burger.

                  1. I'm a fan of the falafel burger at All Star Sandwich Bar (with a side of inner beauty, please!).

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                    All Star Sandwich Bar
                    1245 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

                    1. I have recently had good black bean burgers at both Highland Kitchen and Tory Row, and I have always liked the black bean burger at Audubon Circle.

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                      Highland Kitchen
                      150 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

                      Tory Row
                      3 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

                      Audubon Circle Restaurant Bar
                      838 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

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                      1. re: bartleby

                        The black bean burger at Highland Kitchen is very good

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                        Highland Kitchen
                        150 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

                      2. I know you're not looking for just veggie, but the veggie burger at The Druid is great. Also I know many people rave about the veggie burger at Christopher's, haven't had it myself.

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                        1. re: Soxfan49

                          one or two veggie burgers will suffice, but most of the time they end up tasting like stovetop stuffing mix.

                          1. re: rchudy

                            Not happy with my results so far; salmon burger at Henrietta's Table, Tuna Burger at Citizen, veggie burgers at Publick House and Grafton Street, Turkey Burger at Ashmont Grill. Ashmont was the best of the lot, Henrietta's and Citizen close to inedible. Not giving up yet!

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                            Henrietta's Table
                            One Bennett St., Cambridge, MA 02138

                            Ashmont Grill
                            555 Talbot Ave, Dorchester Center, MA 02124

                            Publick House
                            1648 Beacon St, Brookline, MA

                            1. re: rchudy

                              You are a stronger person than I. If I was at a place where I KNOW they have a good beef burger, it would be REALLY hard for me to order salmon or turkey.

                              Note the pretty recent thread started by digga about the veggie burger at Houstons / Hillstone. Apparently its destination - worthy!

                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/774065

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                              Hillstone
                              60 State St Ste P, Boston, MA 02109

                        2. The tuna burger at Kingston Station was quite good, as I recall. Don't remember the specifics, but I do remember not being completely bummed out by not ordering the burger with the egg on it.

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                          Kingston Station
                          25 Kingston St, Boston, MA 02111

                          1. I know it's not exactly the kind of place that gets respect on CH, but the veggie burger at Hillstone (formerly Houston's) is really good. I've had 3 of them in the last few months since I read the NY Times piece about it.

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                            Hillstone
                            60 State St Ste P, Boston, MA 02109

                            1. Surprisingly, the turkey burger at Cambridge Brewing Company is quite good. Argh, just looked online and they don't have it anymore. There goes that idea...
                              Anyway, it was a BBQ style burger with onion straws on it, and I thought it was tastier than their beef burgers. Clearly I haven't been there in a while. But if it's ever on special, you should try it!

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                              Cambridge Brewing Company
                              1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139

                              1. Cognac Bistro's standard burger is made with Colorado lamb and is outstanding. I'm generally a beef purist when it comes to burgers, but this one is a winner. They serve it with housemade cornichon relish, pepper jack cheese, and onion strings (or fries on request).

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                                Cognac Bistro
                                455 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446