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2014 BEST Burger
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The Kirkland Tap & Trotter

Somerville

At Craigie on Main, Tony Maws’s cultish burger is available off the menu, in limited quantities only. At Maws’s new gastropub, the Kirkland Tap & Trotter, however, his cheeseburger—a peppery patty topped with kimchi Russian dressing and Emmentaler cheese, on… read more »

2013 BEST Burger, Low-Brow
Photo by Jesse Burke

Tasty Burger

Cambridge

Far from flimsy fast-food patties, Tasty slings plump, one-third-pound balls of chuck. We go for the classic Big Tasty, with chopped pickles, onion, and plenty of special sauce. read more »

2013 BEST Burger, High-Brow
Photo by Jesse Burke

JM Curley

Boston

This half-pound-plus burger is big, fat, and perfectly spiced. Toppings of cheddar, griddled onions, pickles, and house Russian dressing—which meld together without causing a mess—only make it better. read more »

2012 BEST Burger
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Lineage

Brookline

We’re in the midst of a burger craze in this city, which means that patty-to-bun ratios and cheese-melt quality have become as dissected and discussed as Sox ERAs and OBPs. But you know, sometimes we just want a good patty,… read more »

2011 BEST Burger

The Bristol Lounge

Boston

The best-loved burgers in Boston fall into two camps: the frills-free fast-food type (Flat Patties, Tasty Burger) and the oversize variety topped with high-end accoutrements (Radius, Craigie on Main). Bristol’s version, though, stands alon—a layering of juicy beef with a… read more »

2010 BEST Burger, Upscale
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Sel de la Terre

Boston

In our quest for the ultimate meat-wich, we knocked back dozens of Franken-patties built from precision combinations of brisket, round, short rib, sirloin, skirt, even marrow and suet. But in the end, plain old ground chuck triumphed. Loaded onto a… read more »

2010 BEST Burger, Affordable
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Flat Patties

Cambridge

For those of us who’ve longbelieved that a burger’s quality is directly proportional to its heft, it defies logic that one of the beefiest, juiciest, tastiest (and cheapest) burgers in town is, in fact, flat as a pancake. Well seasoned… read more »

2009 BEST Burger
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Radius

Boston

Burger slinging has come a long way from the Bartley’s-Sully’s turf wars of yore. Now a groundswell of ground-beef mania has chefs experimenting with custom meat blends, artisanal bunwork, and umami-boosting hocus-pocus. Along divergent paths, Middlesex (smoky bacon, griddled pickle,… read more »

2008 BEST Burger
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Mr. Bartley’s Burger Cottage

Cambridge

As a country, we take our hamburgers seriously; they are, after all, our native food. Luckily, the fine citizens at Mr. Bartley’s offer more than 20 top-notch variations, each reasonably priced, awesomely juicy, and served with a free side of… read more »

2008 BEST Burger

Mr. Bartley’s

Cambridge

As a country, we take our hamburgers seriously; they are, after all, our native food. Luckily, the fine citizens at Mr. Bartley’s offer more than 20 top-notch variations, each reasonably priced, awesomely juicy, and served with a free side of… read more »