Best Burger

Seattle

In a city that's famous for its seafood, burgers get a whole lot of love. From high-end, grass-fed beef patties featured by world-class chefs to lowbrow behemoths stacked high with bacon, we don't discriminate. And there's a burger to satisfy every craving, along with a wide range of budgets. Here are the 10 that voters loved the most in our 2014 Zagat Burger Survey.

Ratings are out of 30. Key to ratings

Hamburgers are rated in three categories — flavor, ingredients and value — on a 30-point scale.

26–30Extraordinary to perfection
21–25Very good to excellent
16–20Good to very good
11–15Fair to good
0–10Poor to fair

Ratings have been rounded to the nearest whole number, but the top burger rankings are calculated using the non-rounded scores.

  • Overall
  • Flavor
  • Value
  • Ingred.
  • Ingredients
  • Palace Kitchen

    Palace Burger Royale

    • 28
    • 29
    • 26
    • 29
    #1

    The menu changes often, but there would be a riot if the Royale Burger ($14) ever left the building. There's one on nearly every table — a half-pound ultrajuicy Oregon County chuck patty kissed by the applewood-fired grill. "It's almost too big for my mouth to get around," said one surveyor. Read more about Palace Kitchen on Zagat.

    tomdouglas.com/index.php?page=palace-kitchen

    Photo by Claire Nelson

  • Brave Horse Tavern

    BHT Burger

    • 26
    • 28
    • 22
    • 28
    #2

    The quarter-pounder ($7) at this Tom Douglas Tavern makes up for its small size with huge flavor. (Although one surveyor calls it "the perfect size.") Seared to nice caramelization, it's topped with smoky barbecue sauce. Double up on the meat for an extra $3.50. Read more about Brave Horse Tavern on Zagat.

    bravehorsetavern.com

  • Lil Woody's

    The Big Woody

    • 25
    • 26
    • 24
    • 25
    #3

    A third-pounder, The Big Woody ($7) gets its heft from thick slices of Hill's Bacon, tomatoes, iceberg lettuce, dill pickles, chopped onions and Tillamook cheddar melting in the meat. The nicely toasted bun manages to hold it all together. "It's a perfect burger," says one surveryor. Read more about Lil Woody's on Zagat.

    lilwoodys.com

  • Ma'ono Fried Chicken & Whisky

    The Ma'ono Burger

    • 24
    • 28
    • 17
    • 28
    #4

    Applewood-smoked ground chuck is the star of this jaw-testing burger ($13), the third-pound patty cooked medium rare and tucked between butter-griddled English muffins. The awesome bacon is cured in-house and the sauce is top secret, adding up to a burger that’s “amazingly juicy and flavorful,” says one surveyor. Read more about Ma'ono Fried Chicken & Whisky on Zagat.

    maono.springhillnorthwest.com

    Photo by Geoffrey Smith

  • Uneeda Burger

    The Classic

    • 23
    • 24
    • 19
    • 25
    #5

    This classic burger ($5) is “messy and delicious,” says one surveyor. Its Painted Hills ground beef patty is dripping with meaty juices. Crisp romaine, tomatoes and pickle slices play a supporting role. There's the option to add bacon, an egg or Tillamook cheese. But there's really no need. Read more about Uneeda Burger on Zagat.

    www.uneedaburger.com

    Photo by Peter Raskind

  • Red Mill Burgers

    Bacon Deluxe with Cheese

    • 22
    • 23
    • 21
    • 22
    #6

    Here, the heavenly scent of crispy peppery bacon perfumes the air — a massive stack of it always sits near the flat-top grill. It puts the oomph in a “delish” quarter-pounder ($7) with “amazing flavor." Can you request extra bacon? But of course. Read more about Red Mill Burgers on Zagat.

    www.redmillburgers.com

  • Skillet Diner

    The Burger

    • 21
    • 24
    • 17
    • 24
    #7

    This flavor bomb ($15) features salty-sweet bacon jam on the brioche buns sandwiching a Painted Hills beef patty with crumbled blue cheese and arugula, which “adds a nice peppery touch and crunchiness,” according to one surveyor. Read more about Skillet Diner on Zagat.

    skilletstreetfood.com

  • 8oz Burger & Co.

    The Classic

    • 21
    • 22
    • 18
    • 23
    #8

    Hand-formed patties made with grass-fed Open Prairie beef steal the thunder on this well-made classic ($10). Toppings are exceptionally fresh-tasting and plentiful: tomato, sliced onion and pickle, which add up to “a great taste." Though it's "a bit overpriced,” according to one surveyor. Read more about 8oz Burger & Co. on Zagat.

    8ozburgerandco.com

  • Zippy's Giant Burgers

    Zip

    • 20
    • 22
    • 20
    • 19
    #9

    Former punk rocker Blaine Cook’s ultramoist burger ($4.75) hits all the right notes. The chuck is ground in-house, showcasing “juicy, running-down-your-arm delicious” flavor, says one surveyor. This sandwich gets extra crunch power from the cornmeal dust on the soft bun. Read more about Zippy's Giant Burgers on Zagat.

    zippysgiantburgers.com

  • Blue Moon Burgers

    Build-Your-Own Burger

    • 18
    • 19
    • 15
    • 20
    #10

    This chainlet believes in freedom of choice, with a long list of tasty toppings to customize the basic burger ($5.99), which one surveyor says has a “great fresh flavor.” The bun’s a blank slate for your meaty masterpiece. Add-ons include the usual suspects, along with oddballs like peanut butter. Read more about Blue Moon Burgers on Zagat.

    bluemoonburgers.com

Ratings are out of 30. Key to ratings

Hamburgers are rated in three categories — flavor, ingredients and value — on a 30-point scale.

26–30Extraordinary to perfection
21–25Very good to excellent
16–20Good to very good
11–15Fair to good
0–10Poor to fair

Ratings have been rounded to the nearest whole number, but the top burger rankings are calculated using the non-rounded scores.

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