Best of Boston

BEST Burger

2000 BEST Burger, Affordable

Mr. & Mrs. Bartley’s Burger Cottage

Cambridge

Burger purists like their patties thick, greasy, and unadorned. They will be most happy with the slab at Bartley’s. But why settle for plain when you can have deluxe? This is a burger institution with a huge list of toppings—from… read more »

2000 BEST Burger, Gourmet

The Bristol Lounge, Four Seasons Hotel

Boston

The foie gras of hamburgers is thick, juicy, and perfectly seared. Served on fine china and squeezed between a poppyseed bun with just the right amount of lettuce, onion, and tomato, this ground beef patty is actually worth its steep… read more »

1999 BEST Burger, Cheap

Tim’s Bar & Grill

Boston

No two ways about it: Tim’s is a dive. Not a dressed-down yuppie hot spot marketing itself as “casual” and “unpretentious,” but an honest-to-goodness greasy spoon. But where else would you find the low-priced burgers in the city? Tim’s are… read more »

1999 BEST Burger

Casablanca

Cambridge

Chef Ana Sortun’s North African/Mediterranean fare has revitalized this Harvard Square standby, but her version of one of the great American classics—the hamburger—is particularly winning. It’s not on the menu, so you have to ask for it (which, we think,… read more »

1998 BEST Burger

Audubon Circle

Boston

Carnivores come out of the closet at this New American eatery near Audubon Circle— there’s nothing birdlike about the eating habits here. A mere $5.75 gets you 8 ounces of the juiciest, most perfectly grilled beef (and 50 cents for… read more »

1997 BEST Burger

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Boston

Okay, for $11 it should be the best. But if you’re going to pay $7.95 for a so-so burger elsewhere, why not splurge for the extra three bucks and live a little? Plus, you’ll more than make up for the… read more »

1996 BEST Burger, Beef Patties

Dudley Pastry & Restaurant

Roxbury

Perfectly spiced, finely ground beef is wrapped in a flaky pastry, then sandwiched in a soft, flat coco bread roll, garnished with melted Velveeta. At $2.25 each, they’re a cheap lunch and carbo-heaven. read more »

1996 BEST Burger

Tim’s Bar and Grill

Boston

Eight ounces of prime beef for $2.50 ($2.75 with cheese). Moo. read more »

1994 BEST Burger, Veggie

Christopher’s

Cambridge

At last. A veggie burger that tastes better than the real thing. You don’t believe? Wait until you try the Chuck’s Veggie Peace Burgah, a delicious combination of mushrooms, onions, walnuts, beans, and grains, which combines great flavor with true… read more »

1992 BEST Burger, Late-Night

St. Cloud

Boston

Round midnight, this is the only place to go for a fat and juicy burger. read more »