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2013 BEST Burger, Low-Brow
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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»

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

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»

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»

2007 BEST Burger

R.F. O’Sullivan & Son

Somerville

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
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Eagle’s Deli

Brighton

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»