Seattleites love their burgers, which is attested by the fact that the burger is one of the most popular delivery food items in the city. There are endless options for a good burger. Some of the burger joints on this list, such as Dick's Drive-In, have been around for decades and offer the same simple, traditional flavor that they've had on their menus for years.
There are, however, also some eclectic eateries offering more creative takes on the burger. Some of the restaurants have a menu that is focused on the well-execution of a burger and offers little else, while other restaurants on the list may surprise you, such as a fried chicken restaurant that serves up a delicious burger as well as a Korean restaurant with a tasty Asian-fusion burger.
1.Metropolitan Grill, Downtown Seattle
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Metropolitan Grill is definitely in the running for the best steak in Seattle. However, the trimmings from the restaurant's nearly perfect steaks are ground and used to make a delicious burger as well. The Works burger is made with select Wagyu beef and is topped with Swiss and cheddar cheeses, lettuce, tomato, caramelized onions, and a special sauce.
Additionally, the menu includes not only the well-known steaks and burgers but also pasta, salads, and sandwiches. Lunch boxes are available for delivery as well. The restaurant is classy and upscale and features a tuxedoed maitre d' as well as an elegant dining space complete with oversized plush booths and ornate crown molding. Reservations are recommended.
820 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104, Phone: 206-624-3287
2.Rain City Burgers
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Rain City Burgers is a casual, light-hearted restaurant that specializes in burgers, fries, and milkshakes. The restaurant only serves fresh all-natural beef that is free of antibiotics and hormones. Many of the restaurant's burgers are named after local Seattle sports teams such as the Huskies Burger, the Mariners Burger, and the Sounders Burger.
Each burger comes with ¼-pound beef patty, leaf lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions, and their signature Rain City Sauce. Guests can choose to accompany their burger with a side of hand-cut fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings, or tater tots. In addition to delicious burgers, Rain City also offers a selection of chicken dishes, vegetarian options, and other sandwiches.
6501 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115, Phone: 206-525-3542
Lecosho is an elegant, upscale restaurant serving a European-inspired menu made with ingredients local to the Northwest. Lecosho is famous around the city for their house-made sausage, but the 1/2-pound Painted Hills beef burger is a hit as well.
This burger is slathered in a spicy aioli and topped with arugula, pickled red onions, and Beecher's Flagship cheddar cheese and served on a ciabatta bun. In addition to burgers, the restaurant serves a selection of other dishes such as house-made pasta, sustainably farmed chicken, pork and lamb, and more. The restaurant's atmosphere is elegant, complete with candlelight and waterfront views. More Things to Do in Seattle
89 University Street, Seattle, WA 98101, Phone: 206-623-2101
4.Li'l Woody's, Capitol Hill
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Li'l Woody's is an independent burger restaurant with locations in Capitol Hill, Ballard, and South Lake Union. The menu has 12 burgers, including burgers with veggie, fried chicken, salmon, or turkey patties. The restaurant's traditional burger, the Li'l Woody, is topped with Tillamook cheddar, diced onions, chopped pickles, ketchup, and mayo for a tasty but messy experience.
The menu has several interesting burger-builds as well, including a breakfast-inspired Good Mornin' Woody with bacon, eggs, and cheese on top and the slightly sweet but funky flavor of The Fig and the Pig, which is topped with pickled figs, bacon, and crumbled blue cheese.
1211 Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98101, Phone: 206-457-4148
5.Dick's Drive-In, Wallingford
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Dick's Drive-In is a fast-serve no-frills restaurant that has been a Seattle mainstay for more than 50 years. The menu is simple, including all-beef burgers four ways: regular hamburger, cheeseburger, special, and deluxe. The only side option is french fries and beverages include sodas, coffee, hot chocolate, milkshakes, and floats.
The restaurant has a strict no substitution policy and makes all of their burgers the same way in order to achieve their incredibly fast service. The restaurant has Dick's themed apparel for sale in their stores and online. In addition to the flagship location in Wallingford, Dick's Drive-In has five other locations in the Seattle area.
111 N.E. 45th Street, Seattle, WA 98105, Phone: 206-632-5125
6.Katsu Burger Seattle, Capitol Hill
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Katsu Burger is a Japanese burger restaurant and a Seattle cult favorite. The restaurant serves a range of drool-worthy pork and beef sandwiches, including many delicious burger options. However, the star of the menu is the Mt. Fuji Burger.
This burger is a towering masterpiece that includes pork, chicken and grass-fed beef katsu, American cheese, bacon, cheddar, pepper jack cheese, fried egg, two types of mayonnaise, and tonkatsu sauce. There are plenty of delicious burgers and other menu items for guests who don't feel up to the challenge of the Mt. Fuji Burger. On the simpler end, Katsu Burger offers a sandwich dubbed the Tokyo Classic, which is a grass-fed beef katsu patty with Japanese mayo, tonkatsu sauce, and veggies.
6538 4th Avenue S, Seattle, WA 98108, Phone: 206-762-0752
7.8oz Burger & Co., Capitol Hill
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8oz Burger & Co. is a casual yet upscale family-friendly restaurant with two Seattle locations. The restaurant is dedicated to sourcing local, organic, and sustainably produced ingredients. The menu features more than 16 burger choices. The signature burger, The 8oz., is topped with arugula, balsamic onions, bacon, Beecher's cheddar, and a truffle aioli.
Other burger favorites include the espresso-rubbed patty on The Union and on The Pike, which is a spicy choice. In addition to a wide range of food choices, the restaurant has a full bar that serves local draft beer, cocktails, and whiskey. 8oz Burger has a location in Capitol Hill and a second location in Ballard.
1401 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122, Phone: 206-466-5989
8.Best Burgers in Seattle: Giddy Up Burgers, Frelard
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Giddy Up Burgers is a gourmet burger restaurant that offers elevated burgers without a high price tag. The restaurant is committed to using only the best ingredients, including organic, hormone-free, grass-fed beef. The menu features several pre-fab burgers including the Stuffed Pig, which actually includes bacon ground into the burger patty.
If you're after a simpler burger, the Giddy Up Burger is a solid basic option. The Western-themed environment is the perfect setting to enjoy a family-friendly dinner that includes healthy kids' meals, large group tables, and board games for the whole family. Giddy Up also has more than 20 beers and other adult beverages on tap.
4500 Leary Way NW, Seattle, WA 98107, Phone: 206-782-2798
9.Local 360, Belltown
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Local 360 is a unique concept that sources the majority of its ingredients within a 360-mile radius of the Belltown restaurant. Their commitment to sustainability runs deep in everything the restaurant does: They use their resources as efficiently as possible, ingredients are sourced from humane farms, and most of their dishes focus on whole, natural flavors.
Local 360's Butcher's Grind House Burger features a 1/2-pound patty made from fresh, house-ground meat. The patty is made from two different cuts of meat that change daily depending on market availability. The burger is topped with lettuce, onion, aioli, and a special, house-made red pepper relish.
2234 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121, Phone: 206-441-9360
10.Loretta's Northwestern, South Park
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Loretta's Northwestern is a laidback no-frills eatery that serves burgers, steaks, salads, and beer. The neighborhood restaurant is the perfect stop when you are craving a simple burger on a classic white bun. Loretta's is first of all a neighborhood bar and has a cozy, cabin-like feel. The menu features a small selection of bar fare.
The Tavern Burger is a simple drive-in style sandwich topped with onions pickles and cheese on a toasted white bun. The same sandwich also comes in a Double Tavern variety. Additionally, the burger can be ordered with a vegan patty.
8617 14th Avenue S., Seattle, WA 98108, Phone: 206-327-9649
11.Loulay Kitchen & Bar, Downtown
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Loulay Kitchen & Bar is a luxurious French restaurant named after chef Theirry Rautureau's hometown – Saint Hilaire de Loulay. Chef Thierry has created a memorable menu that highlights seasonal, local ingredients. The lunch menu features a simple but delicious beef burger that is a somewhat smoky, 1/2-pound patty topped with a tasty bacon-shallot jam and aioli.
The burger is served with a side of fries and can have cheese, duck egg, or foie gras added for an additional charge. In addition to the burger, the menu features a variety of French favorites with an American twist. The high-end restaurant provides the perfect atmosphere for a date-night or special occasion. Reservations are recommended.
600 Union Street, Seattle, WA 98101, Phone: 206-402-4588
12.Miller's Guild, Downtown
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Miller's Guild is a restaurant in the Hotel Max that serves New American cuisine in an elevated and modern yet rustic environment. Miller's Guild revolves around a 9-foot-long custom grill that is used to create a delicious wood-fired menu. James Beard Award-winning chef Jason Wilson has crafted a burger where the meat really shines.
The burger patty is made from 75-day dry aged beef and topped with bacon, cheese, lettuce, mushrooms, and aioli. It is served with delicious fries that are cooked in beef fat. The restaurant is located in the Hotel Max, which was built in 1926, and this historic building is carefully designed to reflect the culture of Seattle. Enjoy a cocktail made with Miller's Guild's spirits, which are aged in-house in casks suspended above the bar.
612 Stewart Street, Seattle, WA 98101, Phone: 206-443-3663
13.Best Burgers in Seattle: Palace Kitchen, Belltown
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Palace Kitchen is an upscale gastropub serving New American fare and expertly crafted cocktails in a bustling, bohemian atmosphere. Palace Kitchen is one of the original Seattle hot-spots for gourmet burgers. The burger is made from locally raised Washington natural chuck, is served on a bun from the Dahlia Bakery, and comes with a large side of french fries.
In addition to the delicious burger, the restaurant offers handmade pasta, grilled pork, a goat cheese fondue, and many other items. Palace Kitchen also has a private dining room that can seat up to 14 guests and is a festive, intimate environment for special events and private parties.
2030 5th Street, Seattle, WA 98121, Phone: 206-448-2001
14.Quinn's Pub, Capitol Hill
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Quinn's Pub is a gastropub that sells elevated and creative bar food. The menu is fairly extensive for a bar and includes a variety of options ranging from a wild boar sloppy joe to chickpea crepes and bar snacks to share-like house-made pretzels. The burger is a highlight on the menu. Quinn's focuses on a simple yet perfect execution of their Painted Hills Burger.
The burger is an 8-ounce patty of grass-fed beef from the Painted Hills topped with bacon, white cheddar, and horseradish mayo and is served on a brioche bun. It comes with a side of hand-cut fries. Around the corner from the restaurant is Quinn's private event space called Sole Repair, which can be used for private events, parties, weddings, and more.
1001 E. Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98122, Phone: 206-325-7711
15.Smith, Capitol Hill
Smith is another example of a Seattle gastro-pub with an upscale feel and drool-worthy grub. The interior is decorated like a hunting lodge with walls covered in burlap and taxidermy as well as rustic yet cozy wooden booths. The Smith serves a Painted Hills burger made from the famous Painted Hills beef, which is natural and grass fed.
The ½-pound burger is served with a hearty side of fries and can be ordered with bacon or cheese for an additional charge. Guests should most definitely consider washing down their meal with one of Smith's award-winning cocktails, such as the Bloody Mary, or a brew from their extensive beer menu.
332 15th Avenue E, Seattle, WA 98112, Phone: 206-709-1900
16.Uneeda Burger, Fremont
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Uneeda Burger is a relaxed roadside-style burger joint serving burgers, sandwiches, milkshakes, and a selection of sides. The menu features a long roster of burgers, including 10 different creations by Chef Scott Staples. The simple option is The Classic Burger, which is a ¼-pound beef patty topped with romaine lettuce, tomato, pickles, and special sauce.
The other burgers are a bit more embellished and include a burger take on the Philly steak and a Mediterranean-inspired lamb burger. For veggie lovers, the restaurant has a delicious veggie burger as well. Uneeda Burger offers a fantastic selection of wine and craft beers that make for the perfect accompaniment to anything on the menu.
4302 Fremont Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98103, Phone: 206-547-2600
17.Zippy's Giant Burgers, West Seattle
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Zippy's Giant Burgers is a local mom-and-pop restaurant that is well known in Seattle for its fantastic burgers. The beef for the multiple burgers on the menu is ground fresh in-house each day from large pieces of chuck to ensure a fresh taste every time you visit. The vegetarian black bean burger is a favorite among vegetarians.
Additionally, the restaurant offers hand-made milkshakes, kids' meals, and a beer menu with a weekday happy hour. Zippy's has a retro atmosphere that is amplified by their selection of vintage sodas and walls full of vintage restaurant memorabilia. Zippy's has two locations in Seattle – one in West Seattle and another on Airport Way in Georgetown.
9614 14th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98106, Phone: 206-466-5954
18.206 burger company, Downtown
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206 Burger Company is an all-American burger restaurant in the heart of Seattle. All the burgers at 206 include a ¼-pound beef patty made with fresh, natural beef that has no added antibiotics or hormones. The burgers are topped with tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, onions, and a house-made sauce.
Burger choices range from a classic hamburger or cheeseburger to a bacon and blue cheese burger. The star of the burger menu is the Marion Special, which is dressed to the nines with caramelized onions, grilled jalapeños, bacon, and cream cheese. The burgers certainly steal the show at 206, but they also offer veggie, salmon, and chicken burgers as well as a selection of sides and milkshakes.
823 3rd Avenue Suite 106, Seattle, WA 98104, Phone: 206-467-4450
19.Blue Moon Burgers, South Lake Union
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Blue Moon Burgers is a locally owned gourmet burger restaurant with four locations in Seattle. The restaurant serves premium, Washington black Angus beef for their traditional beef burgers. They also offer a selection of non-beef sandwiches like a house-made vegan black bean burger or a falafel burger as well as all-natural chicken.
The restaurant is a perfect option for diners with gluten sensitivities as they offer gluten-free buns, gluten-free chicken fingers as well as dedicated gluten-free fryers. The menu includes a build-your-own burger section where you can choose a completely customized burger. Additionally, there are several chef-created burger-builds to choose from.
920 Republican Street, Seattle, WA 98109, Phone: 206-652-0400
20.Best Burgers in Seattle: Coastline, West Seattle
Coastline is a laidback, beach-inspired restaurant serving gourmet burgers and other American favorites. The burger patty is made from grass-fed beef and the buns are made in-house. The restaurant offers quite a few different burger-build options, including the Classic, which is a traditional all-American cheeseburger.
For guests looking for a bit more of a flavor adventure, Coastline offers several unique burgers as well, including a PB&J burger that is topped with peanut butter, pepper jack cheese, jalapeño jam, and more. The restaurant also offers sides of haystack fries and house-made onion rings as well as fresh-baked made-from-scratch chocolate chip cookies.
4444 California Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98116, Phone: 206-946-6827
21.Heyday, Mount Baker
Heydey is a family-friendly restaurant serving comfort food that includes a stand-out burger. Heydey's hand-crafted burgers come in an array of protein choices, including beef, pork, bison, chicken, veggie, falafel, and even shrimp. Guests can choose from pre-built burgers or they can build their own.
All the burgers are served on a Macrina Bakery potato bun. Guests can choose to switch the bun with a Udi's gluten-free bun for a small charge. In addition to burgers, the restaurant offers a selection of appetizers, sides, salads, and desserts. A salted caramel milkshake or an adult beverage makes the perfect accompaniment to a Heyday burger.
1372 31st Avenue S, Seattle, WA 98144, Phone: 206-829-9816
22.Lunchbox Laboratory, South Lake Union
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Lunchbox Laboratory is the creation of food alchemist Scott Simpson. Simpson created the concept to pay homage to Dick's Drive-In as well as nostalgic American comfort food. He has added a nostalgic twist to traditional cuisine, which has resulted in a restaurant that is both original and unique.
Burgers are served as many ways as you can imagine with a build-your-own option on the menu. The pre-fab sandwiches have such interesting names as Chuck Norris, Moose Knuckle, and The CODFather. In addition to the standard menu, the restaurant frequently tries out new flavor combinations and dishes, which are listed on their "Experiments" menu.
1253 Thomas Street, Seattle, WA, Phone: 206-621-1090
23.Relish Burger Bistro, Belltown
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Relish Burger Bistro is an eclectic upscale restaurant serving American favorites in a modern, stylish environment. The restaurant was founded by Starwood Hotels and Resorts in Arizona and is now a Seattle transplant. The neighborhood bar and grill-style restaurant features six flat screen TVs and more than 20 beers on tap, which make it a popular place to catch sporting events.
The most impressive burger on the menu is the OBD, a towering behemoth of a burger that includes three Niman Ranch burgers, several cheeses including Beecher's Smoked Flagship, Swiss and Marco Polo peppercorn, four slices of bacon, roasted mushrooms, two fried eggs, roasted garlic aioli, and caramelized onions. The massive burger is sandwiched between two grilled cheese sandwiches.
1900 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101, Phone: 206-256-7600
24.Two Doors Down, Capitol Hill
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Two Doors Down is a family-friendly restaurant serving all-natural burgers and local draft beers. For the health conscious, there are vegan and gluten-free options as well. The restaurant features a beer and burger happy hour throughout the week.
The menu includes six options of burgers ranging from The Classic, which is the restaurant's traditional option, to a Vietnamese-inspired Banh Mi Burger and a piled-high creation known as The 420. Guests can sub a veggie patty for the beef on any burger and can request a gluten-free bun in place of the brioche. In addition to burgers, Two Doors Down serves a delicious brunch.
2332 E Madison Street, Seattle, WA 98112, Phone: 206-324-2337
25 Best Burgers in Seattle
- Metropolitan Grill, Downtown Seattle, Photo: Metropolitan Grill
- Rain City Burgers, Photo: Rain City Burgers
- Lecosho, Downtown, Photo: Lecosho
- Li'l Woody's, Capitol Hill, Photo: Li'l Woody's
- Dick's Drive-In, Wallingford, Photo: Dick's Drive-In
- Katsu Burger Seattle, Capitol Hill, Photo: Katsu Burger Seattle
- 8oz Burger & Co., Capitol Hill, Photo: 8oz Burger & Co.
- Best Burgers in Seattle: Giddy Up Burgers, Frelard, Photo: Giddy Up Burgers
- Local 360, Belltown, Photo: Local 360
- Loretta's Northwestern, South Park, Photo: Loretta's Northwestern
- Loulay Kitchen & Bar, Downtown, Photo: Loulay Kitchen & Bar
- Miller's Guild, Downtown, Photo: Miller's Guild
- Best Burgers in Seattle: Palace Kitchen, Belltown, Photo: Palace Kitchen
- Quinn's Pub, Capitol Hill, Photo: Quinn's Pub
- Smith, Capitol Hill, Photo: Smith
- Uneeda Burger, Fremont, Photo: Uneeda Burger
- Zippy's Giant Burgers, West Seattle, Photo: Zippy's Giant Burgers
- 206 burger company, Downtown, Photo: 206 burger company
- Blue Moon Burgers, South Lake Union, Photo: Blue Moon Burgers
- Best Burgers in Seattle: Coastline, West Seattle, Photo: Coastline
- Heyday, Mount Baker, Photo: Heyday
- Lunchbox Laboratory, South Lake Union, Photo: Lunchbox Laboratory
- Relish Burger Bistro, Belltown, Photo: Relish Burger Bistro
- Two Doors Down, Capitol Hill, Photo: Two Doors Down
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