Boston’s Best Burgers

By Leah Mennies | Boston Magazine |

tasty burger's burger

Best Fast-Food Style: Tasty Burger

Our favorite way to experience Tasty Burger is still the way we first fell in love with it: at 1 a.m., in need of a fast — and delicious — way to soak up those few-too-many brews. We’ve tried? ’em all here, from the brutally rich deep-fried “Blue Collar” burger to the spicy, cheese-slathered jalapeño variety. But when we’re looking for a bite of classic Americana, we go for the “Big Tasty”: chopped pickles and onions, lettuce, tomato, special sauce, and a griddled, just-thick-enough patty. It’s a late-night savior that also satisfies at the table — or on the fly from the takeout window — any time of day.
$4.95, 1301 Boylston St., Boston, 617-425-4444,


the gallows burger

Best Classic: The Gallows

When we’ve had one too many fancy-pants burgers, there’s nothing we crave more than the simple pleasure of meat and produce packed onto a toasted bun. And that’s exactly what we get with the Gallows’ “Our Way,” an expertly seasoned, flavor-packed patty topped with lettuce, pickles, American cheese, and grilled onions — nary a cream sauce or deep-fried pork product in sight.
$10, 1395 Washington St., Boston, 617-425-0200,


park burger

Best Patty Melt: Park

Essentially a Reuben, grilled cheese, and hamburger packed onto one glorious rye-bread vessel, the retro patty melt is woefully? underrepresented in this town. Thankfully, Harvard Square newcomer Park has come to the rescue, offering a version that boasts crisp bread on the outside and terrifically oozy Cholula-spiked sautéed onions, Russian dressing, and American cheese inside. Order it at the spacious bar with a tall beer, and you’ll thank us later.
$9, 59 JFK St., Cambridge, 617-491-9851,


craigie on main burger

Best Gourmet: Craigie on Main

Chef? Tony Maws’s legendary creation is a rare species, indeed: a perfectly medium-rare, umami bomb of a patty punched up with bone marrow, suet, miso powder, subtly sweet mace ketchup, and nutty, fonduelike cheese, then nestled on a buttery, griddled house-made bun. Only 18 of these precious sammies make it out of the kitchen each night, so be sure to get your order in before 6:30 (or head over for brunch) for the chance to try one for yourself.
$18, 853 Main St., Cambridge, 617-497-5511,

  • Deb Semine

    How in the world did you forget to mention O’Sullivan’s? Or is that the 13th?

  • Dan Breda

    Best Sliders, Lucky’s Lounge: They are delicious! Chef Nicholas Dixon (Harvard Gardens) pat yourself on the back!

  • Liz

    No seriously tho, where is O’Sullivan’s???

  • Vicky

    R.F. O’Sullivan’s has no place on this list. The pattie is nothing special or inventive, flavor is average, and so are the sides. They boast the monstrous size of their burger as it’s main selling point, leaving much to be desired overall.