Best of Boston

BEST Burger

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 the more than two dozen topping combinations offered at the Somerville pub, where the grill… read more»

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 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

Cambridge

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

Boston

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

Boston

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

Boston

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

Harvest

Cambridge

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»

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»