Our Famous Friends' Favorite Burgers
1. Knute Berger (Crosscut columnist and editor-at-large of Seattle magazine): The Scoop Burger at Scoop Du Jour ($8.95) in Madison Park, without cheese but with tomatoes, pickles, onions, and a pile of shredded lettuce.
2. Jesse Jones (KING 5 consumer reporter): The regular Beef Verde Burger at Red Mill ($6.38), with bacon and lots of extra Mill sauce.
3. Governor Christine Gregoire: The Deluxe Cheeseburger at Eastside Big Tom Drive Inn ($3.81) in Olympia, hold the onions.
4. Felix Hernandez (Cy Young Award–winning pitcher for the Seattle Mariners): The Verde Chicken Burger at Red Mill ($7.15), with a side of onion rings.
5. Macklemore (local hip-hop artist): Either the BOA burger at The DeLuxe ($9.95) or the Skillet burger at Skillet Diner ($14), with lots of ketchup—on the bun and a pile for dipping.
6. Steve Scher (host of KUOW’s Weekday): The Deluxe at Dick’s ($2.70)—no changes, out of respect for the classics.
7. Ada Healey (vice president of Vulcan Real Estate and leader of SLU development): The Palace Burger Royale at Palace Kitchen ($15), with extra mayo.
8. Nathan Myhrvold (culinary author): The Double Cheeseburger at Wibbley’s Gourmet Hamburgers ($7.48) in Bellevue, with the works and grilled onions.
9. Cheryl Waters (KEXP DJ and host of The Mid Day Show) The Classic from Uneeda Burger ($4), sometimes with cheddar and bacon; always with a side of fries or onion rings.