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Seattle Chefs Pick Their Favorite Burgers

A few usual suspects, and loads more to try

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Who knows burgers better than the really (legally) high folks walking around Seattle right now? Chefs, that’s who. The knife-wielding, oft-butchery happy folks throwing meat at the grill at Seattle’s best restaurants have a lock on technique, and we’re always asking them what they’re eating.

For Eater Seattle Burger Week, we rounded up a heaping helping of chef-ly advice for you to consider the next time you’re making a burger run.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Loretta's Northwesterner

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8617 14th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 327-9649
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Jason Stoneburner (Chef/Co-Owner, Stoneburner, Bastille): I don't want a fancy, chefy burger with sea monkey aioli and foie gras served on an eggnog-wakame bun. I want the Double Tavern burger at Loretta's Northwesterner: Double cheese, double meat, all business. For 5 bones! It's got soul. [Photo Credit]

2. Dick's Drive-In

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111 NE 45th St
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 632-5125
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Ethan Stowell (Chef/Owner, Ethan Stowell Restaurants): I’ve always been a Dick’s guy. I grew up on Capitol Hill and it’s been the default ever since. On the gourmet burger front, I honestly don’t think the Red Cow burger can't be beat. It’s Wagyu beef, Beecher’s cheese, on a Columbia City Bakery potato bun. [Photo Credit]

3. Red Mill Burgers

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312 N 67th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 783-6362
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Poncharee Kounpungchart (PK) (Chef/Owner, Little Uncle): Both Wiley [Frank, LU co-owner/husband] and I really like the Red Mill burgers, Dick’s, and Bitter/Raw. All three of these places know how to handle their bun and patties. [Photo Credit]

4. Essex

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1421 NW 70th
Seattle, WA 98117
Renee Erickson (Chef/Owner, Walrus & The Carpenter, The Whale Wins, Boat Street Cafe, Sea Creatures Group): Delancey/Essex of course. I love how simple and how "hamburger" it is. Not to mention the fact that it is roasted in the wood oven. Even the bun. [Photo Credit]

5. Uneeda Burger

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4302 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 547-2600
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Maria Hines (Chef/Owner, Tilth, Golden Beetle, Agrodolce): I love the Sonora burger at Uneeda Burger because it’s nice and spicy with the jalapeños and pepper jack. It makes beer taste better. Also, Scott [Staples, owner] uses really good quality beef that I know he sourced consciously. [Photo Credit]

6. Copper Coin

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2329 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 420-3608
Kevin Burzell (Chef/Owner, Kedai Makan): One of my personal favorites is the B&B burger at The Copper Coin in West Seattle: Bacon onion jam, bleu cheese… It’s a great burger, especially with their onion rings. And, they have a great selection of brews to wash it all down.[Photo Credit]

7. Kedai Makan

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1510 E Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98122
Walter Edward (Chef, Tallulah’s): Kedai Makan's Ramly Burger. I like it because it's different yet approachable, it's craveable, and it's only available on weekends which gives it an exclusivity and mystique. Plus it's wrapped in egg and freaking delicious. [Photo Credit]

8. John Howie Steak

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11111 NE 8th St #125
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 440-0880
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Mutsuko Soma (Chef/Owner, Miyabi 45th): I love burgers and I've eaten a lot of them, but for me, it's hard to beat the burger at John Howie Steak, especially at the happy hour price. Their burger comes with everything you’d want, like bacon, cheddar, sauce, and the works. It's a good-quality burger, the bun is house baked, and it comes with fries. I hate it when places try to sell a $15 burger and it doesn't even come with fries! [Photo Credit]

9. Bitterroot BBQ

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5239 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 588-1577
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Derek May (Chef, Percy’s & Co.): Bitterroot has my favorite burger. It’s all about the blue cheese, bacon, and caramelized onions — and being a half pound doesn’t hurt either. [Photo Credit]

10. Quinn's Pub

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1001 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 325-7711
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Thomas Dodd (Chef, Wakefield Bar): Quinn’s burger with a fried duck egg is killer. You put a duck egg on anything and I’m a happy kid. The Marjorie burger is really good and simple, with harissa ketchup, worcestershire onions, and a Columbia City Bakery brioche bun.[Photo Credit]

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1. Loretta's Northwesterner

8617 14th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108
Jason Stoneburner (Chef/Co-Owner, Stoneburner, Bastille): I don't want a fancy, chefy burger with sea monkey aioli and foie gras served on an eggnog-wakame bun. I want the Double Tavern burger at Loretta's Northwesterner: Double cheese, double meat, all business. For 5 bones! It's got soul. [Photo Credit]
8617 14th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108

2. Dick's Drive-In

111 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA 98105
Ethan Stowell (Chef/Owner, Ethan Stowell Restaurants): I’ve always been a Dick’s guy. I grew up on Capitol Hill and it’s been the default ever since. On the gourmet burger front, I honestly don’t think the Red Cow burger can't be beat. It’s Wagyu beef, Beecher’s cheese, on a Columbia City Bakery potato bun. [Photo Credit]
111 NE 45th St
Seattle, WA 98105

3. Red Mill Burgers

312 N 67th St, Seattle, WA 98103
Poncharee Kounpungchart (PK) (Chef/Owner, Little Uncle): Both Wiley [Frank, LU co-owner/husband] and I really like the Red Mill burgers, Dick’s, and Bitter/Raw. All three of these places know how to handle their bun and patties. [Photo Credit]
312 N 67th St
Seattle, WA 98103

4. Essex

1421 NW 70th, Seattle, WA 98117
Renee Erickson (Chef/Owner, Walrus & The Carpenter, The Whale Wins, Boat Street Cafe, Sea Creatures Group): Delancey/Essex of course. I love how simple and how "hamburger" it is. Not to mention the fact that it is roasted in the wood oven. Even the bun. [Photo Credit]
1421 NW 70th
Seattle, WA 98117

5. Uneeda Burger

4302 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Maria Hines (Chef/Owner, Tilth, Golden Beetle, Agrodolce): I love the Sonora burger at Uneeda Burger because it’s nice and spicy with the jalapeños and pepper jack. It makes beer taste better. Also, Scott [Staples, owner] uses really good quality beef that I know he sourced consciously. [Photo Credit]
4302 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

6. Copper Coin

2329 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
Kevin Burzell (Chef/Owner, Kedai Makan): One of my personal favorites is the B&B burger at The Copper Coin in West Seattle: Bacon onion jam, bleu cheese… It’s a great burger, especially with their onion rings. And, they have a great selection of brews to wash it all down.[Photo Credit]
2329 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

7. Kedai Makan

1510 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98122
Walter Edward (Chef, Tallulah’s): Kedai Makan's Ramly Burger. I like it because it's different yet approachable, it's craveable, and it's only available on weekends which gives it an exclusivity and mystique. Plus it's wrapped in egg and freaking delicious. [Photo Credit]
1510 E Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98122

8. John Howie Steak

11111 NE 8th St #125, Bellevue, WA 98004
Mutsuko Soma (Chef/Owner, Miyabi 45th): I love burgers and I've eaten a lot of them, but for me, it's hard to beat the burger at John Howie Steak, especially at the happy hour price. Their burger comes with everything you’d want, like bacon, cheddar, sauce, and the works. It's a good-quality burger, the bun is house baked, and it comes with fries. I hate it when places try to sell a $15 burger and it doesn't even come with fries! [Photo Credit]
11111 NE 8th St #125
Bellevue, WA 98004

9. Bitterroot BBQ

5239 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
Derek May (Chef, Percy’s & Co.): Bitterroot has my favorite burger. It’s all about the blue cheese, bacon, and caramelized onions — and being a half pound doesn’t hurt either. [Photo Credit]
5239 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

10. Quinn's Pub

1001 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
Thomas Dodd (Chef, Wakefield Bar): Quinn’s burger with a fried duck egg is killer. You put a duck egg on anything and I’m a happy kid. The Marjorie burger is really good and simple, with harissa ketchup, worcestershire onions, and a Columbia City Bakery brioche bun.[Photo Credit]
1001 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122

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