So, due to some additional burger exploration that I decided was necessary in order to provide an accurate read on the playing field out there – my annual Top 10 Burgers in Boston list was delayed a couple months. I’m sure you were nervously checking back daily for the update, so here we go.
Each year, The Foodie carefully combs over menus, twitter feeds, and the words of food gurus to seek out the better burgers around the great city of Boston. Then I eat them. What you are about to read is the synthesis of these efforts, taking into account consistency, quality, authenticity of the burger craft, and inventiveness.
Before you enjoy, a few of the usual disclaimers:
- Burgers are a highly personal affair. This is just one man’s opinion, but regardless of your preferences, the meals on this list are at least 90% likely to please you, by my estimations.
- A little bit about my taste for burgers: I tend to appreciate a meat patty with some thickness and substance to it, and like my burgers to stick close to their roots as a comfort food while offering a little something inventive for some excitement.
- Many of my Top 10 are not within Boston proper. In fact, most of the best burgers around are situated in the surrounding cities of Watertown, Cambridge, and the ‘Ville.
A Smattering of Burgers that were Tested by the Foodie, But Didn’t Make the Grade:
- Tip Tap Room – Steak Burger – Very nice juiciness and texture to the meat, but some weirdness in the flavor profile (veal demi maybe?)
- Boston Chops Burger – Our server proudly stated that the sauce on this thing was the signature part of the dish…the burger didn’t make the grade and interestingly enough, I really never quite figured out where the sauce was to be found on this thing…
- Bronwyn – Props to Bronwyn for excellent German and Eastern European fare, but I found the burger here (only available at the bar) to be somewhat inconsistent across tastings. It offered much promise with slaw, sauerkraut, comte cheese and an insane mix of meat varieties in the patty, but they strayed too far from burger roots for my taste.
- Stoddard’s – I’ve tried the burger here a few times but always find it lacking in flavor, depth, and substance. In fact, I almost forgot to include them here at all because the experience didn’t really stick to my neurons.
Booted from Last Year’s List:
- Lord Hobo – Major turn towards mediocrity on the burger here since the early days of the lord. Total lack of imagination and a wholly unmemorable experience.
- Green Street – Honestly, just been a while since I found a reason to come here for the burger, which must mean that others have caught my eye first.
- Neptune Oyster – Again, one of the better spots for fruits de mer in Boston, but I haven’t found the motivation to enter their doors for something that walks on all fours.
The Top 10 Burgers in Boston of 2014:
1. R.F. O’Sullivan & Son | Time and time again, R.F. captures the spirit of a burger for me.
2. Craigie on Main | The best haute burger in town. Chef wizardry meets comfort food.
3. JM Curley | Juicy tender burger, Russian dressing, and pickle slices.
4. Strip T’s | Smoked miso, lemon aioli, pickled onion, baller roll. Full review pending.
5. Alden & Harlow | Rave reviews from critics, trademark-worthy smokiness. Hard to get.
6. Boston Burger Company | A standard favorite with funky flavors and a nod from Rachael Ray.
7. Tasty Burger | Retro-burger stand-out beats out Shake Shack in my opinion.
8. Kirkland Tap & Trotter | Another Tony Maws burger, smaller than Craigie.
9. Merrill & Co. | Three sliders oozing with juiciness and a baller special sauce.
10. The Blue Ox | Sliders with bacon and gorgonzola dolce out in Lynn.