2020 has been a particularly good stretch for new burgers in Seattle - and that’s the nicest thing we’ll ever say about this godforsaken year. It’s been a minute since we’ve updated our Best Burgers guide, so we decided to shine a spotlight on some of those newer options. Because there’s no bad time for a burger.
The greatest new burger to materialize out of this trash heap of a year is without question the one from Taurus Ox. This double-stacked Lao burger has a lot going on, and that’s exactly why we love it. This thing features juicy smashed pork and beef patties, sliced taro stem, cilantro leaves, tangy pickled onion, a spicy jeaw bong mayo made from fried pork skin, and nutty provolone that melts between each layer. There’s a perfect harmony between herby freshness, all that pork fat, and a soft bun that stands up to all the toppings without getting in the way.
Before the pandemic, Eden Hill Provisions was one of the first few restaurants of 2020 that we visited, and our favorite dish was their incredible Big Max double cheeseburger. Now, they’re only serving things like fries, fried chicken sandwiches, onion rings, milkshakes, and that same burger. This excellent creation has patties made from ground brisket and bacon, a combination of Tillamook cheddar and smoked gouda, special sauce, homemade bread and butter pickles, and a subtle sweetness from some malty maple ketchup, all on a toasty Macrina roll. If you’re a fan of smoke (and ketchup that doesn’t come from a bottle with “57” on it), this is the burger for you.
Junebaby’s greatest contribution to the world (other than their biscuits, camembert mac, brisket, fried chicken, and mint brownie ice cream) is their phenomenal pimento cheese. And Junebaby’s sister spot, Salare, is now serving a burger topped with that same smoky, mayo-y brilliance, along with pickled red onions, a slice of heirloom tomato, handful of arugula, and aioli on a challah roll. You have the option to add thick and crispy applewood-smoked bacon, and you absolutely should.
Your Kuyas’ deliciously charred Painted Hills patty is topped with a tart calamansi coleslaw, sharp cheddar, a split link of longanisa sausage, and crunchy chicharron crumbles. Take any of these elements away, and this sweet, sour, salty, and smoky delight just wouldn’t be the same - it needs all of it, down to every last sliver of scallion. Stay updated on their Facebook page for the next pop-up announcement.
This new Fremont spot serves great seafood, like buttery shrimp toast and a McDonald’s-style fishwich. But much like a trip to McDonald’s, you’re there for the cheeseburgers. The one from Local Tide is the best dish under their roof - especially if you believe that lettuce has no place on a burger. Local Tide’s delicious smashburger is made with a juicy combination of beef and pork, a layer of jammy caramelized onions just as thick as the patty, American cheese, house mayo, and a spongy brioche bun. The meat’s so flavorful on its own that we could eat it plain, and the accompanying ingredients are ideal supporting characters.