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A closeup sideview of Eden Hill Provisions’s “Big Max” burger with a side of fries out of focus.
The “Big Max” burger at Eden Hill Provisions.
Catherine Abegg

Where to Order Some of the Best Burgers In Seattle

This city prides itself on its patties

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The “Big Max” burger at Eden Hill Provisions.
| Catherine Abegg

Even as some Seattle restaurants reopen dining rooms once again during the pandemic, burgers always make for a great to-go meal. Many restaurants offering their takes on the classic have stepped up efforts in pickup, delivery, and drive-thru even more, with a couple of new spots popping up. Here are some patties that will serve any craving, from smash burgers with pork jowl bacon to katsu behemoths, riffs on Big Macs, and beyond (the list focuses on beef, but there are some notable alternatives explored as well). Restaurants are listed from north to south.

Though all the restaurants and bars on the list offer takeout, a number have resumed limited outdoor or indoor dining as well. The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. FlintCreek Cattle Co

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8421 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 457-5656
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This Greenwood restaurant is known for its menu of responsibly raised meats locally sourced, from fennel-braised wild boar shoulder and Moses Lake pork chop. While many may come from the steak, the $8 blue cheese “butcher” burger is no slouch, and could be one of the better higher-end patty bargains in town. Open for takeout and limited dine-in.

2. Sunny Hill Seattle

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3127 NW 85th St
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 659-0355
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Though Sunset Hill’s 2020 restaurant addition is known best for its Detroit-style pizza, the smash burger has been an instant hit, topped with umami ketchup and frizzled onions (don’t forget about the waffle fries). Open for online orders and no-contact curbside pickup via Tock.

3. Rain City Burgers

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6501 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 525-3542
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At this sporty, family-friendly spot in Roosevelt, team spirit comes second only to a serious dedication to quality burgers. 12th Man, Mariners, and Sonics burgers. A surprise star is the Sounders burger with cream cheese, jalapenos with garlic, bacon, and pepper jack cheese. Add tater tots or sweet potato fries to the roster, and it’s game on. Open for takeout with online preorders via Toast and limited dine-in.

A cheeseburger at Rain City with lettuce, tomato, and onions.
The burger is a surprise star at Rain City.
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4. Lil Woody's

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2040 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 257-5259
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The namesake burger with its diced pickles is affordable and satisfying, but the Fig and Pig burger is truly a star. Boat Street pickled figs lend sweetness and chewiness, gorgonzola delivers just the right amount of smooth, melty funkiness, and bacon contributes salty crunch. Order online through the website for takeout, and delivery via apps such as Postmates, Doordash, and Caviar.

The Fig and Pig burger at Lil’ Woody’s stuffed with bacon.
The Fig and Pig burger is a standout at Lil Woody’s.
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5. 8oz Burger and Co.

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2409 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 782-2491
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This place, wearing its heart on its sleeve, has built a loyal following on Capitol Hill and in Ballard with half-pound patties. When it comes to choosing a burger, diners can trust the name and get the signature 8oz with arugula, balsamic onions, bacon, cheddar, and truffle aioli. Takeout ordering available through the website and delivery via Chownow; open for limited dine-in as well.

A burger at 8oz Burger dripping with cheese on a white plate.
8oz Burger is known for half-pound patties.
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6. Mean Sandwich

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1510 NW Leary Way
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 789-9999
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A burger’s a sandwich, right? The meat (dry-aged) on this one must be good, as it comes from Bateau’s conscientiously raised cows. Choose one or two quarter-pound patties and this Ballard-based shop fills in the rest: cheese, onions, mayonnaise, pickles, and mustard on a Tribeca Oven bun. Add “Skins & Ins” for an unforgettable feast. Online ordering for takeout through Clover.

The burger at Mean Sandwich with a side of potato skins.
Mean Sandwich’s patties come from Bateau beef.
Jay Friedman

7. Uneeda Burger

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4302 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 547-2600
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The full roster at this Fremont burger shack warrants a try, starting with the Classic and its quarter-pound of beef. Variations include the popular Medi-terra lamb burger with tempura lemons and much more, and seasonal specials such as an elk burger with sherried black trumpet mushrooms, wild watercress, manchego cheese and ramp aioli. Open for takeout and delivery via Toast.

8. Eden Hill Provisions

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1935 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 946-6636
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The “Big Max” cheeseburger at this family-friendly restaurant in Queen Anne is a two-handed, happily messy mass of wonderfulness. Big Mac lovers will love the nostalgia factor, with two dry-aged beef patties, “secret sauce” (tangy from sherry vinegar), smoked gouda cheese, pickles, and caramelized onions. Takeout via Toast and limited onsite dining.

A closeup sideview of Eden Hill Provisions’s “Big Max” burger with a side of fries out of focus.
The “Big Max” burger has smoked gouda cheese.
Catherine Abegg

9. Burgerhaus

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133 Winslow Way E #100
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
(206) 201-3789
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Bainbridge Island’s acclaimed Hitchcock recently transformed into a fast-casual burger restaurant with a Bavarian bent. On the menu are smash burgers made with Pure Country beef, Pacific Rogue wagyu topped with chanterelles, and a “biercheeseburger,” with braised purple cabbage, beer cheese sauce, apple, and whey-fermented mustard on a pretzel bun. Available for takeout via Toast and limited onsite seating, indoors and outdoors.

A large burger with topped with greens and blue cheese
Burgerhaus is temporarily taking over for Hitchcock.
Burgerhaus [Official Photo]

10. Two Doors Down

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2332 E Madison St
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 324-2337
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This family-friendly spot on Capitol Hill (and Pioneer Square) crafts burgers with inventive additions such as green chile cream cheese, hop-garlic mayo, and fried avocado. The restaurant also touts a 20 tap rotating draft list for the grownups (with growlers to go), and for the kids, junior burgers and root beer floats. Open for takeout and delivery via UberEats and Doordash, as well as limited onsite dining.

A burger, beer, and fries at Two Doors Down.
Two Doors Down is a family-friendly spot with inventive burgers.
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11. Taurus Ox

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1523 E Madison St suite 101
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 972-0075
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This buzzy new Laotian place from three rising chefs opened on Capitol Hill in late 2019, and the smash burger with pork jowl bacon and jaew bong mayo is already a hit. It’s open for takeout and delivery via GrubHubUber Eats, and DoorDash. There’s also limited onsite dining, including some seating on a recently constructed patio.

12. Plum Bistro

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1429 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 838-5333
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This vegan paradise in Capitol Hill is known most for its Mac ‘N’ Yease (a mac ‘n’ cheese riff), but diners shouldn’t sleep on the rest of the menu. Among the veggie burger options are a panko-coated portobello variety with Buffalo hot sauce, barbecue shredded jackfruit, and a patty topped with cheddar cheese. Open for takeout and delivery via most third-party apps such as DoorDash, Caviar, and GrubHub, as well as limited onsite dining.

A closeup of veggie burgers on a platter at Plum Bistro
Plum Bistro’s veggie burgers
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13. Burbs Burgers

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121 S King St
Seattle, WA 98104
(425) 390-4084
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Outside Quality Athletics in Pioneer Square is sort of a fast-casual hub of sorts, with this smash burger-focused spot joining forces with popular fried chicken purveyor Cookie’s Country Chicken and the pizza pop-up Trophy. The burgers here are no-frills, but well crafted (and cost less than $5). Open for takeout and limited onsite seating.

14. Katsu Burger

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12700 SE 38th St
Bellevue, WA 98006
(425) 971-7228
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The popular local Japanese burger chain is known for its decadent offerings, such as the Mt. Fuji, stuffed with three katsu patties (chicken, beef, and pork), and topped with egg, bacon, cheese, wasabi mayo, and tonkatsu sauce. The franchise also recently opened a bakery in Edmonds, where it’s creating its own milk-brioche buns. All open for takeout and delivery via GrubHub.

15. Pick-Quick Drive In

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2990 4th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134
(206) 207-1111
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This roadside favorite, founded in Fife in 1949, expanded to Auburn before opening a branch in SoDo in recent years. It’s a slice of Americana, known for its crisply charred burgers and hand-cut French fries. Bonus: Pick-Quick has a wide selection of shakes blended to order, including fresh berry varieties in season. Available for takeout via Toast (there’s also a drive-thru).

The burger and fries at Pick Quick.
Pick-Quick is a roadside favoritein SoDo.
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16. The Swinery

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3207 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 932-4211
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This West Seattle wonder sources all of its meat from within 300 miles of the shop. Burgers come with one-third pound of Painted Hills beef; hungry meat-lovers can add an extra patty, bacon, pulled pork, and even crispy pork belly. What’s more, the hand-cut fries are fried in rendered pork fat. Available for takeout and delivery through Postmates, as well as in-store retail.

The burger at the Swinery, stuffed with lettuce, onions, pickles, and tomatoes.
This West Seattle wonder sources its beef locally.
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17. Lil Red Takeout & Catering

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4225 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 760-2931
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This unassuming catering operation on Rainier Avenue S is known as one of the better barbecue places in town, with an extensive menu of Jamaican jerk chicken, whole snapper, oxtail, and wings. But its butter burger is a must-try and features a blend of ribeye, brisket, and chuck, all ground on site, topped with smoky onions. Open for takeout and delivery through GrubHub.

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The BBQ butter burger at Lil Red
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18. Loretta's Northwesterner

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8617 14th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 327-9649
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Might this be Seattle’s best burger? Arguably so. It shows off simplicity done well: beef with a nice char, pickles, onions chopped small, American cheese, and special sauce that’s heavy on the mayo — all on an unobtrusive squishy bun. Open for takeout and limited onsite dining. (Find the same burger at sibling restaurant Star Brass Works, but the fries are considerably better at Loretta’s.)

The burger at Loretta’s on a bun with a side of fries.
Loretta’s has a simple, but classic, burger.
Jay Friedman for Eater

19. Zippy's Giant Burgers

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9614 14th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106
(206) 763-1347
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The fast-casual White Center restaurant boasts many standouts (including the mammoth, two-patty Royale), but No. 11 on the menu takes the cake. The smoky chipotle mayo and Mama Lil’s Kick Butt Peppers are the stars of this burger; throw in smoked cheddar and jack cheeses and the deal is done. Open for takeout and delivery is available via DoorDash.

A burger at Zippy’s, with lettuce, tomato, blue cheese, and a side of fries.
Zippy’s is one of the great fast food burgers in Seattle.
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20. The Ruby Brink

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17526 Vashon Hwy SW
Vashon, WA 98070
(206) 408-7795
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Vashon Island’s delightful restaurant and butcher shop hybrid has a rotating item of seasonal items and wonderful noodle soups. Unsurprisingly, there’s also a stellar dry aged beef burger available on Wednesdays, which switches up toppings — a recent take was one with tangy rhubarb mustard and fontina cheese. Open for takeout.

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1. FlintCreek Cattle Co

8421 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

This Greenwood restaurant is known for its menu of responsibly raised meats locally sourced, from fennel-braised wild boar shoulder and Moses Lake pork chop. While many may come from the steak, the $8 blue cheese “butcher” burger is no slouch, and could be one of the better higher-end patty bargains in town. Open for takeout and limited dine-in.

8421 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

2. Sunny Hill Seattle

3127 NW 85th St, Seattle, WA 98117

Though Sunset Hill’s 2020 restaurant addition is known best for its Detroit-style pizza, the smash burger has been an instant hit, topped with umami ketchup and frizzled onions (don’t forget about the waffle fries). Open for online orders and no-contact curbside pickup via Tock.

3127 NW 85th St
Seattle, WA 98117

3. Rain City Burgers

6501 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115
A cheeseburger at Rain City with lettuce, tomato, and onions.
The burger is a surprise star at Rain City.
Rain City Burgers/Facebook

At this sporty, family-friendly spot in Roosevelt, team spirit comes second only to a serious dedication to quality burgers. 12th Man, Mariners, and Sonics burgers. A surprise star is the Sounders burger with cream cheese, jalapenos with garlic, bacon, and pepper jack cheese. Add tater tots or sweet potato fries to the roster, and it’s game on. Open for takeout with online preorders via Toast and limited dine-in.

6501 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115

4. Lil Woody's

2040 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107
The Fig and Pig burger at Lil’ Woody’s stuffed with bacon.
The Fig and Pig burger is a standout at Lil Woody’s.
Lil Woody’s [Official Photo]

The namesake burger with its diced pickles is affordable and satisfying, but the Fig and Pig burger is truly a star. Boat Street pickled figs lend sweetness and chewiness, gorgonzola delivers just the right amount of smooth, melty funkiness, and bacon contributes salty crunch. Order online through the website for takeout, and delivery via apps such as Postmates, Doordash, and Caviar.

2040 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107

5. 8oz Burger and Co.

2409 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107
A burger at 8oz Burger dripping with cheese on a white plate.
8oz Burger is known for half-pound patties.
8oz Burger and Co./Official

This place, wearing its heart on its sleeve, has built a loyal following on Capitol Hill and in Ballard with half-pound patties. When it comes to choosing a burger, diners can trust the name and get the signature 8oz with arugula, balsamic onions, bacon, cheddar, and truffle aioli. Takeout ordering available through the website and delivery via Chownow; open for limited dine-in as well.

2409 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107

6. Mean Sandwich

1510 NW Leary Way, Seattle, WA 98107
The burger at Mean Sandwich with a side of potato skins.
Mean Sandwich’s patties come from Bateau beef.
Jay Friedman

A burger’s a sandwich, right? The meat (dry-aged) on this one must be good, as it comes from Bateau’s conscientiously raised cows. Choose one or two quarter-pound patties and this Ballard-based shop fills in the rest: cheese, onions, mayonnaise, pickles, and mustard on a Tribeca Oven bun. Add “Skins & Ins” for an unforgettable feast. Online ordering for takeout through Clover.

1510 NW Leary Way
Seattle, WA 98107

7. Uneeda Burger

4302 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

The full roster at this Fremont burger shack warrants a try, starting with the Classic and its quarter-pound of beef. Variations include the popular Medi-terra lamb burger with tempura lemons and much more, and seasonal specials such as an elk burger with sherried black trumpet mushrooms, wild watercress, manchego cheese and ramp aioli. Open for takeout and delivery via Toast.

4302 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

8. Eden Hill Provisions

1935 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
A closeup sideview of Eden Hill Provisions’s “Big Max” burger with a side of fries out of focus.
The “Big Max” burger has smoked gouda cheese.
Catherine Abegg

The “Big Max” cheeseburger at this family-friendly restaurant in Queen Anne is a two-handed, happily messy mass of wonderfulness. Big Mac lovers will love the nostalgia factor, with two dry-aged beef patties, “secret sauce” (tangy from sherry vinegar), smoked gouda cheese, pickles, and caramelized onions. Takeout via Toast and limited onsite dining.

1935 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

9. Burgerhaus

133 Winslow Way E #100, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
A large burger with topped with greens and blue cheese
Burgerhaus is temporarily taking over for Hitchcock.
Burgerhaus [Official Photo]

Bainbridge Island’s acclaimed Hitchcock recently transformed into a fast-casual burger restaurant with a Bavarian bent. On the menu are smash burgers made with Pure Country beef, Pacific Rogue wagyu topped with chanterelles, and a “biercheeseburger,” with braised purple cabbage, beer cheese sauce, apple, and whey-fermented mustard on a pretzel bun. Available for takeout via Toast and limited onsite seating, indoors and outdoors.

133 Winslow Way E #100
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

10. Two Doors Down

2332 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112
A burger, beer, and fries at Two Doors Down.
Two Doors Down is a family-friendly spot with inventive burgers.
Two Doors Down/Facebook

This family-friendly spot on Capitol Hill (and Pioneer Square) crafts burgers with inventive additions such as green chile cream cheese, hop-garlic mayo, and fried avocado. The restaurant also touts a 20 tap rotating draft list for the grownups (with growlers to go), and for the kids, junior burgers and root beer floats. Open for takeout and delivery via UberEats and Doordash, as well as limited onsite dining.

2332 E Madison St
Seattle, WA 98112

11. Taurus Ox

1523 E Madison St suite 101, Seattle, WA 98122

This buzzy new Laotian place from three rising chefs opened on Capitol Hill in late 2019, and the smash burger with pork jowl bacon and jaew bong mayo is already a hit. It’s open for takeout and delivery via GrubHubUber Eats, and DoorDash. There’s also limited onsite dining, including some seating on a recently constructed patio.

1523 E Madison St suite 101
Seattle, WA 98122

12. Plum Bistro

1429 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
A closeup of veggie burgers on a platter at Plum Bistro
Plum Bistro’s veggie burgers
Plum Bistro [Official Photo]

This vegan paradise in Capitol Hill is known most for its Mac ‘N’ Yease (a mac ‘n’ cheese riff), but diners shouldn’t sleep on the rest of the menu. Among the veggie burger options are a panko-coated portobello variety with Buffalo hot sauce, barbecue shredded jackfruit, and a patty topped with cheddar cheese. Open for takeout and delivery via most third-party apps such as DoorDash, Caviar, and GrubHub, as well as limited onsite dining.

1429 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

13. Burbs Burgers

121 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104

Outside Quality Athletics in Pioneer Square is sort of a fast-casual hub of sorts, with this smash burger-focused spot joining forces with popular fried chicken purveyor Cookie’s Country Chicken and the pizza pop-up Trophy. The burgers here are no-frills, but well crafted (and cost less than $5). Open for takeout and limited onsite seating.

121 S King St
Seattle, WA 98104

14. Katsu Burger

12700 SE 38th St, Bellevue, WA 98006

The popular local Japanese burger chain is known for its decadent offerings, such as the Mt. Fuji, stuffed with three katsu patties (chicken, beef, and pork), and topped with egg, bacon, cheese, wasabi mayo, and tonkatsu sauce. The franchise also recently opened a bakery in Edmonds, where it’s creating its own milk-brioche buns. All open for takeout and delivery via GrubHub.

12700 SE 38th St
Bellevue, WA 98006

15. Pick-Quick Drive In

2990 4th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134
The burger and fries at Pick Quick.
Pick-Quick is a roadside favoritein SoDo.
Pick-Quick Drive In/Facebook

This roadside favorite, founded in Fife in 1949, expanded to Auburn before opening a branch in SoDo in recent years. It’s a slice of Americana, known for its crisply charred burgers and hand-cut French fries. Bonus: Pick-Quick has a wide selection of shakes blended to order, including fresh berry varieties in season. Available for takeout via Toast (there’s also a drive-thru).

2990 4th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134

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16. The Swinery

3207 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
The burger at the Swinery, stuffed with lettuce, onions, pickles, and tomatoes.
This West Seattle wonder sources its beef locally.
The Swinery/Facebook

This West Seattle wonder sources all of its meat from within 300 miles of the shop. Burgers come with one-third pound of Painted Hills beef; hungry meat-lovers can add an extra patty, bacon, pulled pork, and even crispy pork belly. What’s more, the hand-cut fries are fried in rendered pork fat. Available for takeout and delivery through Postmates, as well as in-store retail.

3207 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

17. Lil Red Takeout & Catering

4225 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
A closeup of a burger smothered in barbecue sauce and onions
The BBQ butter burger at Lil Red
Lil Red Takeout & Catering/Facebook

This unassuming catering operation on Rainier Avenue S is known as one of the better barbecue places in town, with an extensive menu of Jamaican jerk chicken, whole snapper, oxtail, and wings. But its butter burger is a must-try and features a blend of ribeye, brisket, and chuck, all ground on site, topped with smoky onions. Open for takeout and delivery through GrubHub.

4225 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

18. Loretta's Northwesterner

8617 14th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108
The burger at Loretta’s on a bun with a side of fries.
Loretta’s has a simple, but classic, burger.
Jay Friedman for Eater

Might this be Seattle’s best burger? Arguably so. It shows off simplicity done well: beef with a nice char, pickles, onions chopped small, American cheese, and special sauce that’s heavy on the mayo — all on an unobtrusive squishy bun. Open for takeout and limited onsite dining. (Find the same burger at sibling restaurant Star Brass Works, but the fries are considerably better at Loretta’s.)

8617 14th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108

19. Zippy's Giant Burgers

9614 14th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106
A burger at Zippy’s, with lettuce, tomato, blue cheese, and a side of fries.
Zippy’s is one of the great fast food burgers in Seattle.
Zippy’s Giant Burgers/Facebook

The fast-casual White Center restaurant boasts many standouts (including the mammoth, two-patty Royale), but No. 11 on the menu takes the cake. The smoky chipotle mayo and Mama Lil’s Kick Butt Peppers are the stars of this burger; throw in smoked cheddar and jack cheeses and the deal is done. Open for takeout and delivery is available via DoorDash.

9614 14th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106

20. The Ruby Brink

17526 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, WA 98070

Vashon Island’s delightful restaurant and butcher shop hybrid has a rotating item of seasonal items and wonderful noodle soups. Unsurprisingly, there’s also a stellar dry aged beef burger available on Wednesdays, which switches up toppings — a recent take was one with tangy rhubarb mustard and fontina cheese. Open for takeout.

17526 Vashon Hwy SW
Vashon, WA 98070

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