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The Best Burgers in Seattle

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by The OpenTable Team
Updated February 26, 2020

Seattle is known for its fresh caught seafood and serving cuisine with a Pacific Northwest twist. Restaurants source from regional farms and place great emphasis on serving sustainably raised meat and poultry. And when you order a burger in Seattle, you know it’s going to be good. But everyone’s a critic when it comes to restaurants. So we dug into our data to unearth the real tastemakers—the diners we know are going to the best burger restaurants in Seattle. Here’s where they’re dining now in the Emerald City.

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4.6
4.6 (410)
$30 and under
American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Yard House is located just outside of Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market. The sports bar provides a more high end dining experience while still being fun and accessible. Yard House offers several incredible burgers and only the highlights made this list. If there’s one contender for the best burger in Seattle it’s the Black Truffle Cheeseburger, which is topped with a specially made tomato bacon onion jam. The other top burger is the fiery Pepper Jack Burger with chipotle mayo and roasted poblano pepper. Wash down those burgers with a great selection of local Pacific Northwest beers.
Top review
Stlcards
Dined on Jul 3, 2024
Out server was great. I explained we were on a time crunch with a harbor cruise booking and she was awesome at getting us in and out.
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4.5
4.5 (755)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Northgate
About the restaurant
Stanford’s Restaurant & Bar is located in Northgate and is a worthy addition to this list. The interior feels more akin to a traditional steakhouse but the burgers at Stanford’s demonstrate that this restaurant has a lot more to offer. The Kruse Burger topped with avocado salsa and pepper bacon is a great starting point for anyone trying to find the best burger in Seattle. Those who want a more refined burger should try the American Wagyu Burger. The buttery soft patty is topped with brie, bacon jam, and Dijon aioli for a truly memorable mouthful.
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DavidSvip
Dined on Jun 19, 2024
Ate for dinner. Got a filet (rare) and NY strip (medium). Both were cooked and seasoned to perfection. Also ordered Calamari for an appetizer and it was amazing. Sauces were a great pairing. For dessert we had the mousse cake and it was the deliciously sweet. Our server Fatima was amazing!
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4.4
4.4 (1261)
$31 to $50
American
Redmond
About the restaurant
Matt’s Rotisserie & Oyster Lounge is located next to Marymoor Park and serves a variety of steak and seafood specialties. The large, warmly decorated dining room also features an outdoor patio during the warmer months. Matt’s offers several distinct burgers that are worth mentioning. The first is the Matt’s Killer Burger, which is served with honey molasses BBQ sauce and Dijon mayo. The second is the Black Bean Burger, served with guacamole and chipotle mayo. There is also a wide selection of signature drinks including the Torched Margarita and the NW Negroni.
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Dtrione
Dined on Jul 4, 2024
The wine room was great ! Jack our server was awesome and the food was great !!! We have been here a couple of times and have always had a great time !
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4.2
4.2 (489)
$30 and under
American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Outlier is located in downtown Seattle just steps from the public library. The restaurant offers a modern, edgy ambiance designed to reflect Seattle’s evolution over the years. The Outlier Burger sticks to the basics with toppings (lettuce, tomato, and onion) but is served a crisp and savory macrina brioche roll. Outlier’s burger pairs best with sides like the Chips & Caramelized Onion Dip and the Smashed Fingerling Potatoes. There is also a fine selection of signature cocktails like the Rosemary Mule and the Climate Zone.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 29, 2024
Food was very good and everything was served quickly. We all enjoyed and would definitely return.
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4.7
4.7 (468)
$31 to $50
American
Belltown / Pike Place Market
About the restaurant
The Palace Kitchen, located several blocks north of Pike Place Market, serves sophisticated New American plates in an elegant bohemian setting. The restaurant was opened by chef Tom Douglas in 1996 and was one of the first Seattle restaurants to serve a gourmet burger. The Palace Burger Royale sticks to the basics and comes with sliced pickle and flavorful sweet onion. Palace Kitchen is open until 1am and is a great location for a late night drink with reasonably priced cocktails and an impressive wine list.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
The food was 10/10 with great music and service. Would highly recommend
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4.6
4.6 (1144)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Capitol Hill / First Hill
About the restaurant
Lark is located in the Pike/Pine corridor and serves wholesome farm to table cuisine in an airy, wood lined contemporary interior. The seasonally adjusted menu offers a range of locally produced vegetables, meats, and grains. The Carman Ranch Burger exemplifies Lark’s emphasis on locally sourced ingredients and is served with raclette, frisee, and a fruity but tart red onion jam. Several Lark starters pair well with the burger, including the Brussel Sprouts (served with bacon, chiles, and maple) and the Half Wild Mushrooms.
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Allie32vip
Dined today
Nice space. Excellent food and service! Wonderful evening all around.
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4.6
4.6 (1402)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown
About the restaurant
2120 is located in the downtown South Lake Union area next to the Amazon Spheres. The restaurant serves contemporary American food in a stylish interior accented with wood, marble, and iron. There is also a spacious outdoor seating area which is a great place to try the Wagyu Burger and a stout beer. The burger is served with pepperjack cheese, bacon, and a red pepper & onion relish that makes it truly memorable. 2120 also offers a broad selection of wines from vineyards across the Pacific Northwest.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined today
I was blown away by the exceptional service and amazing food. Jason and Victoria went above and beyond for us. We cannot wait to return.
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4.4
4.4 (941)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Capitol Hill / First Hill
About the restaurant
A number of impressive restaurants have opened in the downtown area but the Capitol Cider has forged a distinct identity and loyal clientele. The interior feels at once both a tavern and a vintage bar with shuffleboard and other entertainment. Capital Cider offers an assortment of ‘large plates’ including the Half Pound Burger Frites, which is served with white cheddar, vine tomatoes, and dill pickles. Visitors would be remiss not to try one of the restaurant's ciders, which are served by the bottle or in flights that help warm up a damp winter day.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Amazing food! Definitely check this place out. Highly recommend the roasted eggplant and the steak. Downstairs bar is also a great vibe for an after dinner drink.
A photo of The Fig & The Judge restaurant
4.0
4 (62)
$31 to $50
American
Downtown
About the restaurant
The Fig & The Judge, located on the second floor of the Renaissance Seattle Hotel, serves “globally inspired dishes along with Pacific Northwest favorites.” The chic interior is decorated with stone walls and minimalist wood furniture that welcome an intimate dining experience. The signature burger is the Fig & Judge Burger, a sweet and savory concoction served with fresh figs and bacon. Other creative additions to the menu include the Vietnamese Crepes. The Fig & The Judge also serves a selection of specialty cocktails.
Top review
Michelle
Dined on Jan 13, 2024
The service was EXCEPTIONAL. The staffing going above and beyond for a birthday at our table. The food was delicious, especially the Benedict's. Access directly off of 5 in the Renaissance with comped underground parking or valet. Will definitely return.
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