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The John Kerry at Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage. Photo by jbcurio

The John Kerry at Mr. Bartley’s Burger Cottage. Photo by jbcurio

The city of Boston has always been known for its resilient citizens. With the marathon events still fresh in our minds, there is no denying that Boston is strong and will always be. As the center of New England, the city of Boston has some of the best sports teams and most interesting places to eat. When it comes to their burger scene, you’ll find some of the more appealing choices out there.

Mr. Bartley’s Burger Cottage

Featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, Mr. Bartley’s Burger Cottage has a wide range of burger choices on its menu, each named after a famous person. With its location right across from Harvard University in Cambridge, and three generations of Bartley family ownership, it’s the equation for success. Even if you have a hard time choosing your burger, you won’t have much trouble going for the onion rings.

Radius

The Schlow Burger at Radius. Photo by MP: SoFla

The Schlow Burger at Radius. Photo by MP: SoFla


When at a French restaurant, one doesn’t necessarily think to order a burger. Well, this Boston restaurant’s bar menu offers what it calls “The Burger.” Topped with Vermont cheddar, crispy onions, and horseradish sauce, this burger is the creation of James Beard Award winner chef Michael Schow. At 19 dollars, expect something better than your run-of-the-mill burger.

Grass Fed

Photo by Xavier Bensky

Photo by Xavier Bensky

Aside from a delicious dish, another use for the burger is to soothe the pain of a raging hangover. While it might not be the most fancy offering in Boston, Grass Fed in Jamaica Plain offers a bacon cheeseburger that might just be the cure. Top your burger with a fried egg for extra grease to oil your aching stomach.

Tasty Burger

Jalapeño cheeseburger at Tasty Burger. Photo by cherrylet

Jalapeño cheeseburger at Tasty Burger. Photo by cherrylet

With three locations in the greater Boston region, Tasty Burger is taking fast food to a new level. While many people might scoff at fast food when thinking about good burgers, Tasty Burger might be the exception to the rule. The most unique feature of this restaurant is the burger of the day. For example, on one particular day, you could get a Boston burger topped with baked beans, BBQ sauce, and crispy onions.

The Gallows

The Gallows’s interpretation of the burger is a purist one known as “Our Way.” With American cheese, iceberg lettuce, grilled onions, and pickles, there’s not much else you can want. Perfectly un-fancy, in the best way possible.

Craigie on Main

Photo by Tiny Urban Kitchen

Photo by Tiny Urban Kitchen

Gourmet burgers are all the rage, and one place in Cambridge adds rarity to the mix. With only 18 of these burgers coming out of the kitchen each night, Craigie on Main puts a premium on its burger with bone marrow, suet, miso powder, mace ketchup, and Shelburne Farm cheese.

Boston Burger Company

Photo by Mark H. Anbinder

Photo by Mark H. Anbinder

Let’s face it, a good burger shouldn’t be prim and proper. Some think that the messier the burger is, the better. The Boston Burger Company has a burger that is appropriately known as the “Hot Mess.” The Thousand Islands dressing is so runny that you should hold your burger over your sweet potato fries to get the most out of it.

Eastern Standard

When you have the word ‘standard’ in your name, you better offer something good to back it up. A burger like this plays up its main strength: the meat. The patty comes from one of the best meat purveyors in New England. At 12 dollars, the Standard Burger comes with a very simple piece of cheese. With a limited amount of ingredients to get in the way, you can really enjoy the burger as it was meant to be.

Posted by on May 15th, 2013

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Mr. Lew is a high school teacher from Montreal, Quebec. In 2009, after trying Montreal's supposed best burger, he decided to see what else was out there. So, every week, a new burger was added to the Great Burger Search. Since then, Mr. Lew has tried more than 100 burgers in cities across Canada, and hopes to one day expand to the rest of North America. Since Mr. Lew is part Chinese, the search isn't limited only to great burgers, but to other types of cuisine that makes Montreal one of the greatest culinary cities in the world.

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