Burgers Galore

The burger, whether it be a veggie, chicken or traditional hamburger, is a staple in many people’s diets today.  There are many different origin stories of when the first hamburger (a meat patty between two slices of bread) was made in the United States.  Some say the burger started in 1885 in Wisconsin; other people say in the same year but this time in Ohio; then was created in 1891 in Oklahoma; and again in the 1900s in Connecticut.  I’m sure if you keep looking you’ll even find more origin stories.  But regardless of how they began, they’re here now.  Today just a meat patty between two buns is mundane.  People want something new, something better and innovative.  In Las Vegas, Chef Hubert Kellar makes a hamburger that is $5,000.  The patty is made with Kobe beef and topped with Foie gras and black truffles.  It is served on a brioche truffle bun.  Basically that is one fancy burger.  But for those of us that love our burgers but don’t feel like spending $5,000 for it, there are other options (under 15$) that are just as good.

Fil-A-Busters (142 Bowdoin Street, Boston, MA)
Mon-Fri 7 am-4:30 pm

Fil-A-Busters is right next to the Statehouse.  You can get a beef burger and fries for $5.  They also offer bacon burgers and an assortment of lunches and breakfast plates.  Nothing is too fancy, but the quality and price is phenomenal.  Their hours are a little strange but it’s a great place to go to for lunch.  They understand you only get 30 minutes for your lunch break so they move quickly and efficiently.  On the rare occasion when there is a line, they’ll make sure that you leave full.  The burgers aren’t the chintzy McDonald’s 99-cent burgers.  Their burgers know how to get you full and keep you full.  The burgers are cooked to a medium state, they’re juicy and complimented with the crispy fries that come with the meal.

Boston Burger Company (37 Davis Square, Sommerville, MA 02114)
Mon-Wed 11 am-10 pm/Thurs-Sat 11 am-11 pm/ Sun 12 pm-8 pm

Boston Burger Company offers good minimalist burger (The Boston Burger with tomatoes, onions, and lettuce), but they also provide specialty burgers.  The “Artery Clogger” burger is a deep fried, beer battered burger topped with American Cheese and barbecue sauce.  The “Kitchen Sink” Burger, consists of a fried egg, ham, bacon, grilled onions, peppers and mushrooms; all of this is covered in American, Cheddar and provolone cheese and barbecue sauce.  They have a total of 22 specialty burgers, one of those being a veggie burger.  In addition they have 8 choices for chicken sandwiches and a Build-your-own-Burger option.

To accompany your specialty burger they also have specialty French fries.  From the classic hand cut wedges to the Greek fries, which is everything you’d find in a Greek salad on your French fries.  A burger, drink, and fries might cost over $15 but all the burgers are less than $10.  Regardless of price, it’s not $5,000 and they’re all worth it.

Mr. Bartley’s Burger Cottage (1246 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, MA 02138)

Mon-Sat 11 am-9 pm

Mr. Bartley’s has a wide range of burgers that keep up with the times.  They have a burger called “This Lady Gaga” that has provolone cheese, grilled peppers and sweet potato fries.  They have a brief spotlight in the movie, The Social Network and have dedicated a burger to Facebook (topped w/ BBQ sauce, & cole slaw, w/ French fries) because of it.  Mr. Bartley’s has been voted best burgers in America by the Boston Globe and the Wall Street Journal and has been featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.”

Note: This is a burger stand, emphasis on the word stand.  You stand at the counter and eat, it’s outside, and it’s a traditional burger joint.

Flat Patties (33 Brattle St. Cambridge, MA 02138)

Daily 11 am-10 pm

A double burger costs $4.95 and a single costs $3.95.  They offer a few specialty burgers but not quite to the extent of Boston Burger Company but their bottom line is affordable.  Some of their specialties come with smoked tomato jam or their house barbecue sauce.

Burger places are popping up everywhere.  Popular chains B.Good and Uburger that are gaining momentum but sometimes you can’t beat a good hole-in-the-wall type burger joint.  The place you can put a face to the shop.  The shops that just have that “one of a kind” uniqueness to it.  Burgers are a long-standing tradition and they’re proving they won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.


About akindafoodblog

I'm a picky foodie in training. I can't stop talking about food, so writing about it seems like a normal transition. There are so many foods I don't like, and that's a bit of a problem. I don't really know how to cook but I love to bake. So I'm on a culinary journey and I want to invite everyone to join me.
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