The 25 Best Burgers in Seattle

We dare you to try them all.
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Oh, thank you, Earl of Sandwich, the first man to put meat between slices of bread. And thank you, too, people of Hamburg, Germany, who, legend has it, made a steak of ground meat and called it a hamburger. That was 300 years ago, give or take. Since then, the splendid taste of a salty-meaty patty, with pickles, lettuce and onions on a sesame seed bun, has become an icon of Americana, more American than apple pie.

The hamburger is a taste we never tire of, and one that local chefs can’t help tinkering with. So for our celebration of all the best burgers in Seattle, we set up some “ground rules”: Patties must be made of ground meat (chicken breasts don’t count, Californians) and they must be served on a bun (salad doesn’t count, carbophobes).

Let the burger worship begin:

Best Beefy Burgers  
5 Best Burgers Under $5
Best Yuppie Burgers
Our Famous Friends' Favorite Burgers
Seattle’s Classic Burgers
Best Burgers That Go Beyond the Beef
7 Over-the-top Burgers


Ramen Nirvana: Ramen Bushi-Do

Ramen Nirvana: Ramen Bushi-Do

Oodles of noodles from the Dough Zone folks
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Miso ramen, with a slow-cooked egg and chicken potstickers on the side

In 2014, a group of friends opened the Dough Zone Dumpling House—a modest dim sum restaurant where the xiao long bao, or soup dumplings, rival those of Din Tai Fung, the Taiwanese-based dumpling chain with the hour-long waits. The friends had a simple philosophy: “If no one else likes it, at least we have a place to eat,” says co-owner Ding Xia. Well, people liked it. The group now owns three locations, all on the Eastside, with a fourth soon. In July, they branched out with Ramen Bushi-Do, an Issaquah noodle shop that is the pet project of co-owner Nancy Xia (no relation to Ding), a ramen-phile who spent the past few years training with renowned noodle mentor Kaoru Fujii. Her al dente noodles and slow-cooked broths are rich in umami, though slightly muted in flavor (particularly the porky tonkatsu). The menu bridges traditional and modern; think restorative miso ramen with salmon mazemen, a chilled noodle salad. The pot stickers are fine, but Dough Zone is still the best bet for dumplings.


Inside Ramen Bushi-Do in Issaquah

 

Ramen Bushi-Do
Issaquah, 5625 221st Place SE; 425.391.9999

See also: This Dough Zone Is Not Like the Others