Hamburgers in Boston & surrounding areas

My favorite higher-end burger is Alden & Harlow. I’m still boycotting Boston Burger Co because of the frozen fries I saw them using way back when they opened. I don’t have a current low-end favorite since our low-end version is to grill ourselves…

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OK, I have not had a burger in Boston in 5 years, but I’ll pipe up anyway. I never let my ignorance stop my mouth (yes, I’m running for president):

  1. My wife and daughter like O’Sullivan.

  2. Sadly, the Shake Shack burgers are beefy, but I don’t eat them any more. My daughter worked for them (Newbury St) for two weeks, and was treated badly. I wrote to Danny Meyer to complain. Emails in the past about partially hand-filled pints of frozen custard, and bone fragments in their burgers were answered impressively quickly. This, more serious complaint, was ignored. So, no, don’t eat there.

  3. The miso burger at Strip T’s is still excellent.

  4. Most importantly: *** I wish you luck. ***

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this is good intel. I have been thinking maybe of varying my Friday routine (which I’m hoping to stop soon!) from forays into Waltham into forays into Watertown. I’ll take this suggestion under advisement. thanks.

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There’s other good stuff at Strip T’s. I’ve been meaning to post about them for a while (under “Usual Suspects” or some such), but sadly my lengua is bigger than my sesos and I eat more than I think. (Bottomline: they’re still quite good, even if not as spectacular as they were when Tim M. was in charge.)

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this is good intel, please do tell us more when so moved!!

Second the burger at Strip T’s

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I second the recs for O’ Sullivan’s. Great burgers, cooked as ordered and delicious fries to go along with the burger.

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I can’t abide the round burgers at O’Sullivan’s. They taste fine, but when I want a burger, I don’t want a giant meatball. My favorite is the Craigie burger, as well as the Strip T’s. I haven’t had the Alden & Harlow since I usually want to eat other stuff when I’m there. And in the only thing I’d eat there category is the burger at Back Bay Social Club, which is surprisingly good.

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I have to agree about not enjoying the round burgers at O’Sullivan’s. The experience in general was really fun, but I much prefer a flatter burger. My husband and I had a similar reaction to the burger at Bronwyn. It was really thick and had a small diameter, and was cooked well past the requested med-rare. Give me a fairly even circular, not spherical, burger charred outside and juicy red inside.

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Not a gourmet burger but a lot better than Five Guys is the cheeseburger club at Deluxe Town Diner in Watertown. Cooked to your preference (yay! pink!) with cheese and toast of your choice. If you are not in the mood for fries you can sub a salad and it is above-average: very fresh baby lettuce mix with halved grape tomatoes, sliced cukes, sliced radishes and a pleasant vinaigrette.

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Wheelhouse in the financial district does excellent burgers. If we were to start a breakfast sandwich thread they would also be at the top.

http://www.wheelhouseboston.com/home.html

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thanks for the burger tip. and please feel free to start a breakfast sandwich thread, would love to hear your suggestions!

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We had very good burgers at Red Bird in Waltham tonight. The burgers were juicy and at the requested med-rare. They were topped with gruyere, gouda, arugula, “French” onions (in beef stock and aioli. The accompanying fries were excellent. The brioche bun didn’t hold up towards the end, but it was a satisfying burger overall.

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The Abbey in Brookline and Cambridge has a delicious burger, and you can get it with truffle fries.

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Agree. Bear has a picture at

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Don’t know about the burger, but you hands look a little dry.
Seems Like You Enjoyed,
CocoDan

My husband’s hands, and he doesn’t even do that many dishes. The burger was very good.

I’ve heard burger drippings manicure soaks are all the rage and do wonders for dry skin.

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Sure beats Palmolive!

Has anyone tried Best Burger Bar in Brookline Village? I see no chatter either here or on Chowhound (haven’t looked at Yelp yet). We may hit it up pre/post on our next visit to the puppet theater across the street. I looked at the menu and saw that they herald their dry-aged burgers and that the cocktail menu was designed by the esteemed Brother Cleve. But I didn’t know of its existence and only learned about it when we last visited the theater. Any intel would be appreciated.

If it’s not good, there’s always Matt Murphy’s, Blossom Bar, or Cutty’s. The alternatives ain’t too shabby!

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