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BEST Burger

2007 BEST Burger

R.F. O’Sullivan & Son


It’s the simplest tasks that often get botched worst—hence the surfeit of humble hamburgers served up dry, tough, and tasteless. The cooks at R. F. O’Sullivan are the most reliable we’ve found when it comes to doing justice to the… read more»

2006 BEST Burger

Eagle’s Deli


When it comes to burgers, size matters. Test your gastrointestinal fortitude with Eagle’s Deli’s ‘small’ 1-pound Godzilla burger, topped with four slices of cheese and accompanied by a pound of fries, or the outrageous 3-pound Reilly burger, with a dozen… read more»

2005 BEST Burger

R. F. O’Sullivan & Son


Ordering a Sully’s cheeseburger presents a delectable choice: Will it be cheddar, Swiss, or smoked Gouda? Boursin or bleu? These are just a few of the more than two dozen topping combinations offered at the Somerville pub, where the grill… read more»

2004 BEST Burger

Tim’s Bar & Grill


Narrow, dark, and dingy, Tim’s is hardly where you’d expect to come across one of this city’s gastronomic standouts. But the kitchen here grills up the biggest, tastiest burgers you can imagine—no-frills, half-pound, juicy char-grilled numbers served on puffy bulky… read more»

2003 BEST Burger, North

Black Cow Tap & Grill, Hamilton Location

South Hamilton

Order a burger at the Black Cow, and you may never fire up your Weber again. These handpacked 10-ounce patties are so juicy and flavorful, any attempt to imitate them on your own home grill is sure to come up… read more»

2003 BEST Burger

Mr. Bartley’s Burger Cottage


With comfort food topping the cravings charts these days, it’s no wonder that getting a table at Bartley’s has become an Olympic sport. The crowds come for the addictive handcut fries (regular or sweet potato), extra-thick mocha frappes (spoon required),… read more»

2002 BEST Burger, Affordable

Audubon Circle


Yet another example of why bigger isn’t always better. Don’t get us wrong: This burger is big. But it isn’t so monstrous that you have to strategize a way to fit it into your mouth. With Audubon’s burger, you get… read more»

2002 BEST Burger, Gourmet

Bristol Lounge


Like early 19th-century vintage and all the glamor it entails, the Bristol Lounge is back. Actually, like the classic pearls and impeccably cut suits you’ll find around its tables, the Bristol never really went away. But after losing this category… read more»

2001 BEST Burger

Tim’s Bar & Grill


This brick-walled South End hole in the wall reminiscent of an Alabama dive bar serves up the perfect antidote for a hot, sticky day: cool shade, cheap beer, and a cheeseburger the size of a small cow. Trust us; you… read more»

2001 BEST Burger, Gourmet



You have to order it specially because it isn’t on the dinner menu, but the cheeseburger may just be the thing at this Harvard Square institution (brunch excluded). The meat is so fresh and lean, it makes you wonder if… read more»