Where’s the Beef, South Seattle? 10 Places to Get a Good Burger

Where’s the Beef, South Seattle? 10 Places to Get a Good Burger

If the sunny weather has you craving one of America’s favorite comfort foods and you need a juicy, delicious hamburger pronto, then you’re in luck because we can’t think of a better way to celebrate National Burger Day than to share a list of the top 10 best burgers the Rainier Valley has to offer. What’s your fave?

1. Bent Burgers
Nearly a dozen different spins on the classic, including the Bent Burger (bacon cheese burger, hotlink, a fried egg sandwiched between two grilled cheese sandwiches), the Human Torch (pepperjack cheese, grilled habenero, jalapenos, red, green and yellow peppers) and many more. All are served with pickles, onions, lettuce, tomatoes and Bent house sauce on a fresh bun. (5100 S. Dawson St./206-760-0291) Lakewood/Seward Park

2. Jude’s Old Town Rainier Beach
The simplicity of the Jude Burger is its strength. Comes with a 6-oz natural ground chuck patty, tomato, white onion, lettuce and mayo on a Columbia City Bakery bun ($10). Add cheese ($1) or pepper bacon ($3); sub a Portabello mushroom for free. Served with fries or House Ranch Slaw. (9252 57th Ave. S./206-420-4889) Rainier Beach

3. Union Bar
Get the new Classic Burger with RR Ranch beef, lettuce, tomato, onion and special sauce ($11) or the Union Burger with RR Ranch beef cooked in garlic oil and topped with spring greens, tomato, caramelized onions, Swiss cheese and garlic aioli ($12). Add cheddar, American, Swiss, blue cheese or bacon ($1). Served with soup, mixed greens, tots or hand-cut fries. (5609 Rainier Ave. S./206-258-4377) Hillman City

4. Island Soul Restaurant
Only available during Happy Hour: the Classic 1/2-lb cheeseburger and fries served on Columbia City Bakery Brioche bread with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions and side condiments ($8). Or the BBB Burger with beef? patty, Bob’s beef hotlinks and bacon served on Columbia City Bakery Brioche bread with jerk mayo, American cheese and one egg ($8). (4869 Rainier Ave. S./206-329-1202) Columbia City

5. Nate’s Wings & Waffles
Nate’s offers two Angus beef sliders per order with Tillamook cheddar, roasted red pepper aioli, brown mustard and mixed greens on a rustic potato roll from Macrina Bakery, or get it south-end style with a fried egg and your choice of a spicy hotlink or applewood smoked bacon. Extras for $1. Served with choice of salt and pepper fries or kale salad. (9261 57th Ave. S./206-722-9464) Rainier Beach

6. Rookies Sports Bar & Grill
Rookies serves up several different burgers, including a simple option with cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion and special sauce for $13 (add bacon for $2); the Deluxe BBQ Burger ($15); Ridiculous Green Chile Burger ($13) and Mushroom Burger topped with bleu cheese and grilled onions ($14). Comes with choice of waffle fries, crispy fries or side salad. Sub a field roast burger at no charge. (3820 S. Ferdinand St./206-722-0301) Columbia City

7. Banana’s Grill
Delicious in its simplicity, the cheeseburger at Bananas Grill is served with fries ($6.99). For the same price, you can also get a Gyro, Falafel or Hawaiian burger or minis for the kids for just $3.99. (4556 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S./206-420-4839)

8. The Oak
Get the Minimum Wage Burger — a 1/3-lb Painted Hills natural beef patty served with arugula, tomato, onion and roasted garlic and chipotle aioli sauce ($10); or add another patty plus Tillamook aged white cheddar for the Overtime Burger ($15). Need a pick-up? How about a Stumptown Breakfast Burger with an Espresso-rubbed patty, bacon, egg, Havarti and caramelized onions ($15.25). All served on Essential Bakery’s hand-crafted bread with choice of frites or tossed greens. (3019 Beacon Ave. S./206-535-7070) Beacon Hill

9. Columbia City Ale House
Here you can get a fresh, lean ground beef patty, hand-formed and flame-broiled then served on a toasted Essential Bakery organic baguette with mayonnaise, mustard, sauteed onions and peppers. Served with a choice of side ($11). (4914 Rainier Ave. S./206-723-5123) Columbia City

10. Geraldine’s Counter
This Columbia City favorite makes a hand-formed, one-third-pound flame-grilled burger, on a potato bun with tomato, lettuce, aioli and homemade balsamic onion relish ($11.75). Don’t eat meat? Make it a garden burger. Add cheddar, Havarti, provolone, pepper jack or blue cheese ($1), avocado ($1.50) or bacon ($3.5). (4872 Rainier Ave. S./206-723-2080) Columbia City

Photo/Courtesy of Bent Burgers


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