There’s no denying it: Nothing on planet earth is better than sinking your teeth into a nice, juicy burger.
Sorry to all of the vegans, pescatarians, and vegetarians out there, but no meat-eater can resist the mouthwatering, delicious, and tantalizing taste of a grilled burger with an array of toppings.
Are they bad for you? Perhaps. Do they contain tons of fat and calories that will make your waistline spread? Absolutely.
Is tasting a burger a heavenly experience akin to climbing Mount Everest? Probably not, but it comes in at a close second!
Do you know where to find the best burgers in Boston? No? Well, we’ve got you covered.
Read on to learn of the best places in Beantown to munch on some magnificent meat between two slices of bread.
Boston Burger Company
Is there any better way to start a list like this than with a joint that describes its burgers and other offerings as “mouthwatering culinary adventures?”
Boston Burger Company has four locations: Boston, Cambridge, Salem, and Somerville. With names like “Burger Bomb” and “Kitchen Sink,” you’re guaranteed a great experience.
Not only does this burger joint offer quality burgers, but they also do corporate and concession catering, serve out of food trucks across the Boston area… and even do weddings!
Address: 1100 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215; 1105 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
Website: Boston Burger Company
Alden & Harlow
Located on Brattle Street in Cambridge’s historic Harvard Square, Alden & Harlow offers the intriguing Secret Burger, an entree you can sink your teeth into for $18.
Owner, operator, and chef Michael Scelfo personally organized the delicious items on the menu, which are described as, “thoughtfully sourced, honest American food.”
If you’re not sold on the Secret Burger, come for the rustic and hip ambiance.
Address: 40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Website: Alden & Harlow
With five locations in the Boston area, Tasty Burger should be a household name in Beantown. If you’re a true burger aficionado, you can’t go wrong with this restaurant.
Whether you’re chomping down on the Gorgonzola or munching on the Hubba, Tasty Burger has elevated the process of cooking a flame-broiled piece of beef into an exquisite art form.
Drop into one of the locations to try the “fresh, flavorful, flat patty burger” this restaurant has become known for. And it’s not just beef—they also offer veggie, chicken, and turkey burgers.
Address: 145 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116; 40 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Website: Tasty Burger
Cruise on over to the homepage for Charlie’s Kitchen and BAM—a beautiful, tantalizing burger on a sesame seed bun just waiting for you to sink your teeth into.
This diner-style restaurant in Harvard Square has been in operation for more than 65 years. It has multiple levels, several televisions for your viewing pleasure, and a burger menu to die for.
And what goes well with a burger? Why a beer, of course. Charlie’s offers a beer garden—open year-round—with 22 draught beers.
Is there anything better than a burger on a buttery brioche bun with a blissfully cold beer? We don’t think so, either.
Address: 10 Eliot St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Website: Charlie’s Kitchen
Tavern in the Square
Allston, North Station, and South Station all have Tavern in the Square restaurants, however, if you’re looking for a tasty burger, skip the South Station branch as it only serves sandwiches.
Both the North Station and Allston eateries have a delicious Tavern Burger with a “special sauce.” They also offer a few more burger options for those of you who are adventurous.
Founded by three friends, the Tavern exudes a community vibe and is a great place to relax, meet up with friends, or just enjoy a burger.
Address: 120 Beverly St, Boston, MA 02114
Website: Tavern in the Square
Named after former Boston mayor and one-time Massachusetts Governor James Michael Curley, jm Curley is located in Downtown Boston and evokes a Cheers vibe.
Founded in 2011, JM Curley is known for its award-winning Curley burger. It’s open seven days a week and offers late-night service for those bar hoppers and festivity goers out on the town.
Address: 21 Temple Pl, Boston, MA 02111
Website: jm Curley
Mr. Bartley’s Burger Cottage
Located right on Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge, Mr. Bartley’s Burger Cottage is home to several delicious gourmet burgers.
The Phantom Gourmet, Boston Magazine, National Geographic, and The Wall Street Journal have all profiled the eatery, which originally dates back to 1960.
Stop in and try one of the 18 signature burgers and be the judge as to whether the restaurant lives up to the hype.
With names like Cancel Culture, the Cajun Twerk, and the iPhone, you’re bound to find the perfect burger.
Address: 1246 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
Website: Mr. Bartley’s Burger Cottage
A no-frills pub in Inman Square, The Druid offers a basic bar food menu with the Druid Burger—it’s less ominous than it sounds—topping off its list of entrees.
Over the weekend, while chomping down on that juicy piece of Angus beef, kick back and relax while you’re serenaded with some traditional Irish folk music.
The Druid also has a trivia night every Wednesday!
Address: 1357 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139
Website: The Druid
Other than a cute name, MOOYAH also boasts a motto that will give you a chuckle: “Here, ‘serious’ and ‘fun’ are one with the bun.”
Known exclusively for its delicious burgers, fries, and shakes, MOOYAH features a “Burger Hall of DANG!” with 10 delicious options, including a turkey and veggie option.
An international chain, MOOYAH has six locations in Massachusetts, one of which is right on the historic Boston Common.
Address: 140 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111
Bukowski Tavern is in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood and is home to the—wait for it—Peanut Butter Burger!
Yeah, let that sink in.
If peanut butter spread on Angus beef isn’t your thing, feel free to try the handful of other burgers the restaurant has to offer. Consider pairing your burger with an adult beverage from Bukowski’s extensive beer and wine menu.
Address: 50 Dalton St, Boston, MA 02115
Website: Bukowski Tavern
No burger list would be complete without Five Guys. This corporate burger restaurant is known for its fresh (never frozen) beef patties and well-done fries.
What’s more, there are no less than 47—that’s right, 47—stores in Massachusetts, three of them located in Boston.
The brainchild of four Virginia brothers, the fast-food joint is a national juggernaut with a clear devotion to providing quality burgers.
Website: Five Guys
Back Bay Social Club
Don’t let the name fool you, Back Bay Social is open to all and is a great place to get your burger on.
Right in Boston (we’ll give you three guesses as to which neighborhood), the restaurant features the BBS Burger as one of the items on its impressive menu.
A comfortable neighborhood hangout, BBS offers a laid-back ambiance that’s amenable to a date night, time out with friends, or a quick bite after work.
Address: 867 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199
Website: Back Bay Social Club
The Avenue Bar
Allston’s The Avenue Bar is home to eight delicious burgers (including turkey and veggie options).
The bar is a low-key hangout very popular with locals and fits in seamlessly with the unpretentious and ultra-hip Allston neighborhood.
Drop in sometime and try the Cry Baby or The Bird’s Nest, two of the restaurant’s burgers with their secret sauce!
Address: 1249 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02134
Website: The Avenue Bar
Founded by Jack and Max Barber, Mainely Burgers is an extension of the Barber family’s legacy of working in foodservice.
In Cambridge’s Central Square, the small restaurant provides limited seating but does have delicious burgers. If Cambridge is outside your neck of the woods, there’s also one in Brighton Landing in Boston.
You won’t regret stopping in and tasting one of Mainely’s burgers, which are sourced from 100% grass-fed beef.
Address: 704 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
Website: Mainely Burgers
Ever wonder what pineapple on a burger tastes like? We didn’t think so, but 730 Tavern’s Hawaiian Burger is an option if you change your mind.
Right next to Mainely Burgers, 730 Tavern serves some tasty bar menu items, including its juicy and delicious burgers.
If beef isn’t your thing, try the Salmon Burger or the veggie Meatless Burger. No matter what you’re in the mood for, you’re sure to make a perfect choice.
Address: 730 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
Website: 730 Tavern
Miracle of Science Bar + Grill
Drum roll, please…
The award for most innovative branding goes to Miracle of Science Bar + Grill.
Located in Cambridge, this restaurant brands all of its items as though they were some sort of science experiment.
Still on the fence? Well, try their Roni Burger. Who doesn’t like a burger with jalapenos and pepper jack cheese?
Address: 321 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
Website: Miracle of Science Bar + Grill
The Capital Burger
Boston’s luxurious Newbury Street is home to Capital Burger, which boasts six signature burgers for your consideration.
You know a restaurant is fancy when they provide an account so you can track your meals and save your favorite orders.
Capital Burger is a bit of a rare gem, with only two other locations: one in Washington D.C. and the other and Virginia. Be warned: This is a burger joint for special occasions!
Address: 159 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
Website: The Capital Burger
LoLa Burger Boston
Founded in the heavenly town of Nantucket off the coast of Cape Cod, Lola Burger eventually started a store in South Boston.
This upscale and sophisticated burger joint (yes, we used the term “burger joint” with the words “upscale” and “sophisticated”) offers some interesting options.
For example, there’s the Falafel Burger, which is served with yogurt. Or, you could try the 50/50 Burger, which is 50% beef and 50% applewood bacon. Delish!
Address: 11 Fan Pier Boulevard, Boston, MA 02210
Website: LoLa Burger Boston