The Place Bent Burgers bentburgers.com


The Schtick A friendly Seward Park diner with thin patties, white-bread buns, and zero pretensions.

Price of a Bacon Cheeseburger $6.48

Love This Have it your way! Build your own burger (hot-link-jalapeño, anyone?) then stack up patties at a buck-fifty apiece.

Really? The place appears to be staffed by dozens of giggling high school students.

The Fry to Try Yam fries.

Shameless Vegetarian Concession Frozen veggie patties.

What They Have to Say for Themselves “We don’t have beer or wine because we want to be as family-oriented as possible.”


The Place BuiltBurger builtburger.com


The Schtick This earnest Pioneer Square gastronome’s haven grinds the toppings up inside the all-natural beef patties.

Price of a Bacon Cheeseburger $8.50 (It’s, ahem, Danish blue and roasted, naturally smoked bacon.)

Love This Market House pastrami ground up in the beef with mustards and pickles and served in an organic bun with ­sauerkraut and Swiss.

Really? Savory potato beignets are great in theory, gooey in practice.

The Fry to Try Go with the hand-cut fries with sea salt.

Shameless Vegetarian Concession The Euphoria Veggie patty, different every week, might feature farro, lentils, broccoli, kale, carrots, zucchini, onion, and panko, with a dollop of hummus.

What They Have to Say for Themselves “Builts are ­fearlessly bold, highlighting global ingredients that create…craveable flavor profiles.”

The Place Dope Burger dopeburgerseattle.com


The Schtick Belltown haunt Noodle Ranch switched formats to this late-night, lowest-common-denominator crowd-pleaser.

Price of a Bacon Cheeseburger $5.75

Love This Unpretentious smiling servers slinging everything from milkshakes (with fat straws!) to well drinks.

Really? Dope’s default cheese is American.

The Fry to Try Avocado fries, rapidly becoming the toast of Belltown.

Shameless Vegetarian Concession The Sloppy Jane: loose housemade vegan patty made with beets, yams, and red rice.

What They Have to Say for Themselves “A person really only wants Thai once a month, but you can eat burgers twice a week.”


The Place Lunchbox Laboratory lunchboxlaboratory.com


The Schtick Seattle’s mad scientist of outrageous oversize burger combos traded up in polish but down in soul with his Lab’s reemergence as a shiny South Lake Union sports bar.

Price of a Bacon Cheeseburger $12.99

Love This A whiff of the old verve comes from the terrific blue-cheese burger, enlivened with gorgonzola sauce and balsamic onions.

Really? Is a 10-layer, five-inch mountain of beef with honey-cured bacon and melted American cheese an asset to the world?

The Fry to Try Perfectly crisped tater tots.

Shameless Vegetarian Concession A vegan patty of ­seasoned black and white beans, topped however you want. (Pssst: It’s not on the menu.)

What They Have to Say for Themselves “We’re bringing back our old build-your-own menu! Bringing back our flavored salts! Hey, when you go from 400 to 5,000 square feet, you have to start small.”


The Place Uneeda Burger 206-547-2600


The Schtick Highbrow chef (Zoë, Quinn’s) brings us a culinary-credentialed burger bar in Fremont.

Price of a Bacon Cheeseburger $6.25

Love This You get to choose all-natural Painted Hills beef or Whidbey Island Crescent Harbor 100% Wagyu grass-fed beef (a few bucks more).

Really? Er—you get to choose all-­natural Painted Hills beef or Whidbey Island ­Crescent Harbor 100 percent Wagyu grass-fed beef (a few bucks more).

The Fry to Try Addictive waffle fries.

Shameless Vegetarian Concession A deep-fried emmer burger with portobello mushroom and vegetables.

What They Have to Say for Themselves “We’re not trying to make pretentious gourmet burgers. We’re applying the techniques of fine dining to make a really, really good burger.”

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