From the classic beef patty with a shake and crispy fries to more exotic burgers made with tantalizing ingredients like smoky lamb, pork, bison and shrimp, these are some of the best places in the Emerald City to chow down on every interpretation of this American classic.


If you’ve got a hankering for a burger but crave more than a run-of-the-mill beef patty, Heyday’s handcrafted burgers are made for you. This Seattle hotspot offers burger options like smoky lamb and bison in addition to the uniquely mouthwatering Saigon burger, which is made of a blend of beef, pork and shrimp and topped off with Napa cabbage, fresh mint and cilantro, pickled daikon, carrots and a spicy Sriracha aioli.

Red Mill

This eatery, which was named one of Seattle’s top four hamburger spots in 2018 by locals, has been a staple in the community for generations. Although the original location closed in 1967, current owners John and Babe Shepherd have worked diligently since 1994 to revive the legend.

Food critics from the Seattle Times highly recommend ordering a side of Babe’s Onion Rings the next time you stop in.

Li’l Woody’s

With four locations scattered around Seattle, Li’l Woody’s has solidified itself as a local favorite. What makes the joint extra special is their dedication to serving exclusively Northwestern grass-fed beef. Though you’re welcome to craft your own delectable burger, their six house-concocted signature burgers are more than worth a taste.

If you’re in the mood to try something new, order up The Fig and the Pig, topped with pickled figs, Hills bacon, and bleu cheese. Fish lovers should sample the Salmon burger, featuring a house-made smoked salmon patty, tartar sauce, cabbage slaw and Mama’s Li’l Peppers.

Uneeda Burger

As the food critics at the Seattle Times proclaim, “You DO needa Uneeda burger.” Deemed one of the best burger joints in the city according to the newspaper’s voter taste test, Uneeda Burger can’t be beat. From the crispy fries to the thick and rich shakes and the perfectly cooked patties, it’s a spot you can’t skip.

Aside from their lineup of traditional burgers, Uneeda flips several signature patties, including the Medi-terra (made with a lamb patty, charred pepper and onions, manchego cheese, tempura lemons, arugula and cilantro) and the Monsieur (a juicy beef patty stacked with black forest ham, gruyere, Dijon-mayo and truffle shoestring potatoes).

Dick’s Drive-In

For anyone who grew up in the Seattle area, no burger compares to Dick’s. While transplants might not understand the hype, this drive-in has been a local staple since the first location opened in the Wallingford District in 1954. Perhaps the secret behind their success is their dedication to sticking to their simple and original menu, which features just four burgers, and a one-size-fits-all approach to fries and shakes.

One thing is for sure, though – just the sight of Dick’s signature orange wrapper brings waves of nostalgia to all Seattleites and makes this a must-visit burger spot.


In Seattle, locally-sourced ingredients are the name of the game and BRGR Bar plays that game like a pro. With house blend beef patties from Pasco, Washington, and organic brioche buns from Grand Central Bakery, they don’t mess around.

Though they’re hidden away in Pioneer Square, this unassuming bar with dark-tinted doors is one of the best burger joints in town. With creative toppings, perfectly toasted buns and six deliciously unusual flavors of fries, it’s worth the venture.

Katsu Burger

With five locations and counting, Katsu Burger is hands down Seattle’s favorite Japanese burger joint. Their house specialties, with names like Godzilla Attack, Ohayou Gozaimasu and Samurai Select, offer a unique take on an American classic with ingredients like tonkatsu sauce, miso and wasabi mayo.

Each individually handcrafted burger is made from 100 percent grass-fed beef, all-natural pork and chicken or organic tofu for a culinary experience unlike any other.

Loretta’s Northwesterner

Loretta’s cozy tavern atmosphere is appropriately accompanied by its simple, yet mouthwatering menu of classic fare. From the Veggie Tavern made with a homemade vegan patty to a meat lover’s dream in the Deluxe Cheese Burger (one-third pound of chuck and Tillamook cheddar on a potato bun), Loretta’s has something for every breed of burger lover.

If you crave simplicity at the end of the day, order up their drive-in style Tavern Burger made with charbroiled beef and melted cheese and served on a toasted white bun with pickles, onions and special sauce.

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