Best of Boston

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2013 Best Burger, High-Brow

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 […]
2013 Best Burger, Low-Brow

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 […]
2012 Best Burger

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 […]
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 […]
2010 Best Burger, Upscale

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 […]
2010 Best Burger, Affordable

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, […]
2009 Best Burger

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 […]
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 […]
2008 Best Burger

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 […]
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. […]
2006 Best Burger

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 […]
2005 Best Burger

R. F. O’Sullivan & Son

Somerville
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 […]
2004 Best Burger

Tim’s Bar & Grill

Boston
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 […]
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, […]