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12 Go-To Burgers as Chosen by Seattle Tastemakers

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As Burger Week 2013 winds down, we turn to some of our favorite tastemakers to tell us where they like to get their burger fix. The comfort of fast-food plays a part in this list, as do the gourmet burgers and the tried-and-true industry standards that always seem to stay consistent in their solid preparation.

Here are 12 burger destinations (in alphabetical order) as chosen by those whose palates we have come to trust...and hopefully still do after seeing this list.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Dick's Drive-In

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111 NE 45th St.
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 632-5125
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Ethan Stowell — Dick's Deluxe: Double 1/8 pound grilled patties with melted cheese, lettuce, mayo, and pickle relish. Says Stowell, "It's probably the burger I've eaten most in my life."

2. Dick's Drive-In

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111 NE 45th St.
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 632-5125
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Josh Henderson — Dick's cheeseburger: single 1/8 pound grilled patty, melted cheese with ketchup and mild mustard. And a chocolate shake for good measure.

3. La Bête

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1802 Bellevue Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 329-4047
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Andrew Friedman — Painted Hills burger: topped with grilled onions, mushrooms, gruyere, remoulade, and an optional bacon topper.

4. Li'l Woody's

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1211 Pine St.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 457-4148
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Tamara Murphy — The Fig and the Pig: a scoop of Boat Street pickled figs, Hills Bacon, mayo and crumbled gorgonzola cheese.

5. Palace Kitchen

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2030 5th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 448-2001
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Dustin Ronspies (pictured) and Eric Stover both love the Palace Burger Royale: half-pound handground chuck on a Dahlia Bakery onion bun.

6. The People's Burger

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922 Occidental
Seattle, WA 98134
Anu Apte — According to their website, their namesake burger is "a juicy beef patty not for the faint of heart. There is enough extras to feed a goat for a week. This thing is unstoppable. Beef patty, double cheese, lettuce, tomato, avacado, and a zippy secret sauce. Add an Egg for $1.00."

7. Quinn's Pub

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1001 E Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 325-7711
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Brendan McGill (pictured) and Eli Dahlin both agree on the Painted Hills beef burger at Quinn's: 8oz beef, bacon, white cheddar, mayo, on a brioche bun.

8. Slim's Last Chance Chili Shack

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5606 1st Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 762-7900
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Sam Crannell — Chili Cheese Burger: Hand pressed and seasoned choice beef burger served open faced smothered with Texas Red & cheese.

9. Spur Gastropub

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113 Blanchard St
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 728-6706
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Scott Heimendinger — Grass-fed beef burger: red onion jam, cheddar and thyme.

10. Tavern Law

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1406 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 322-9734
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Matthew Lewis — Natural Beef Burger: red wine onion jam, provolone, $15. Add pork belly for an extra $4.

11. Tilth

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1411 N 45th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 633-0801
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Jason Wilson — Mini duck burgers: duck, red onion jam, arugula, house-made ketchup and hot mustard on a brioche bun. Says Wilson, "Nobody really does duck burgers in Seattle and chef Maria Hines does them really well."

12. Uneeda Burger

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4302 Fremont Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 547-2600
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Maria Hines — Sonora burger: roasted chili relish, jack cheese, cilantro. Says Hines, "It's really good quality meat, and the bun has great structure."

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1. Dick's Drive-In

111 NE 45th St., Seattle, WA 98105
Ethan Stowell — Dick's Deluxe: Double 1/8 pound grilled patties with melted cheese, lettuce, mayo, and pickle relish. Says Stowell, "It's probably the burger I've eaten most in my life."
111 NE 45th St.
Seattle, WA 98105

2. Dick's Drive-In

111 NE 45th St., Seattle, WA 98105
Josh Henderson — Dick's cheeseburger: single 1/8 pound grilled patty, melted cheese with ketchup and mild mustard. And a chocolate shake for good measure.
111 NE 45th St.
Seattle, WA 98105

3. La Bête

1802 Bellevue Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Andrew Friedman — Painted Hills burger: topped with grilled onions, mushrooms, gruyere, remoulade, and an optional bacon topper.
1802 Bellevue Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

4. Li'l Woody's

1211 Pine St., Seattle, WA 98101
Tamara Murphy — The Fig and the Pig: a scoop of Boat Street pickled figs, Hills Bacon, mayo and crumbled gorgonzola cheese.
1211 Pine St.
Seattle, WA 98101

5. Palace Kitchen

2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Dustin Ronspies (pictured) and Eric Stover both love the Palace Burger Royale: half-pound handground chuck on a Dahlia Bakery onion bun.
2030 5th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

6. The People's Burger

922 Occidental, Seattle, WA 98134
Anu Apte — According to their website, their namesake burger is "a juicy beef patty not for the faint of heart. There is enough extras to feed a goat for a week. This thing is unstoppable. Beef patty, double cheese, lettuce, tomato, avacado, and a zippy secret sauce. Add an Egg for $1.00."
922 Occidental
Seattle, WA 98134

7. Quinn's Pub

1001 E Pike St., Seattle, WA 98122
Brendan McGill (pictured) and Eli Dahlin both agree on the Painted Hills beef burger at Quinn's: 8oz beef, bacon, white cheddar, mayo, on a brioche bun.
1001 E Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98122

8. Slim's Last Chance Chili Shack

5606 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108
Sam Crannell — Chili Cheese Burger: Hand pressed and seasoned choice beef burger served open faced smothered with Texas Red & cheese.
5606 1st Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108

9. Spur Gastropub

113 Blanchard St, Seattle, WA 98121
Scott Heimendinger — Grass-fed beef burger: red onion jam, cheddar and thyme.
113 Blanchard St
Seattle, WA 98121

10. Tavern Law

1406 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Matthew Lewis — Natural Beef Burger: red wine onion jam, provolone, $15. Add pork belly for an extra $4.
1406 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

11. Tilth

1411 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103
Jason Wilson — Mini duck burgers: duck, red onion jam, arugula, house-made ketchup and hot mustard on a brioche bun. Says Wilson, "Nobody really does duck burgers in Seattle and chef Maria Hines does them really well."
1411 N 45th St
Seattle, WA 98103

12. Uneeda Burger

4302 Fremont Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103
Maria Hines — Sonora burger: roasted chili relish, jack cheese, cilantro. Says Hines, "It's really good quality meat, and the bun has great structure."
4302 Fremont Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103

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