The Top 5 Burgers in Boston

The burger is one of the most American things I know. Boston has USA tradition written all over. So it only makes sense that Boston would have some awesome burgers. Here are the best five burger joints you should checkout while you are in Boston, MA.

1. Abe & Louie’s
It should surprise no one that a steakhouse offers one of Boston’s most luscious patties: nine ounces of prime beef topped with caramelized onions and cheddar cheese (aged nine to 12 months). Also consider the bacon cheeseburger, or the sesame ahi tuna burger with a challah roll and wasabi aioli, and served with sweet potato fries. (793 Boylston St., Boston)

2. Alden & Harlow
It’s no secret that chef Michael Scelfo’s secret burger is crazy good — just ask Food & Wine and Thrillist. There are a limited number offered nightly, so it’s best to arrive early to grab eight ounces of a blend that includes Creekstone Farms brisket, short rib, and beef, all on top of a house-made roll. Scelfo has taken his burger talents to his other Cambridge spots, too: order the Waypoint Burger — made with two four-ounce patties, Benton’s bacon cheddar, tomato, and tonnato (a mayonnaise-like Italian condiment) — at his seafood-focused spot Waypoint, or the Longfellow’s Burger — Tillamook cheddar, Benton’s bacon jam, and fried onion pickles — at Longfellow Bar, Scelfo’s newest project located upstairs from Alden & Harlow. (40 Brattle St., Cambridge)

3. Back Bay Social Club
At Back Bay Social Club, you can bond with someone over a burger — here, one is enough for two. While you feast on grass-fed black Angus, 45-day dry-aged ribeye, and short rib meat, topped with Vermont cheddar, caramelized onions, and local fave Grillo’s pickles (fries come on the side), check out the great views out onto Boylston Street. In the summertime, the outside seating is just as tantalizing as the eats. (867 Boylston St., Boston)

4. Boston Burger Company
Rachael Ray featured the Hot Mess burger on her show in all its glory with bacon, sweet potato fries, homemade Thousand Island dressing, diced pickles, jalapeños, and red onions. Meanwhile, for his Food Network show, Guy Fieri highlighted the Mac Attack and its homemade four-cheese mac and cheese with bacon. There’s also a plain Boston Burger available, of course. As a homegrown outfit, it’s no surprise co-founders and owners Paul Malvone, Sebastian Fricia, and Chuck Sillari decided to mix up the traditional sides a bit and go with baked beans, though you can choose potato chips, too. (1100 Boylston St., Boston; 37 Davis Square, Somerville; 1105 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge; 133 Washington St., Salem; coming soon: Kendall Square, 610 Main St., Cambridge)

5. The Bristol at the Four Seasons
The Bristol’s seasonally changing (and always exceptional) burger currently features a decadent house blend of dry-aged New York strip, short rib, and brisket, and is topped off with Cabot clothbound cheddar, fresno jam, bacon aïoli, and lettuce. It’s almost as indulgent as a stay at the Four Seasons, which towers above the hotel restaurant and bar. (200 Boylston St., Boston)

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