Carrie Mashaney (Top Chef Season 11 and Chef de Cuisine at Aragona) may spend most of her professional life cooking contemporary Spanish dishes, but she still loves a great burger. Carrie says her perfect burger starts with a thick, all beef patty cooked medium rare and topped with bacon, a slice of American cheese, raw red onion, lettuce, and a squirt of mayo on a toasted brioche bun...but her top picks aren't all so classic and uncomplicated. Scroll down to see Carrie's top five burgers in Seattle.
Carrie Mashaney's Top 5 Burgers in Seattle
1: Painted Hills Beef Burger from Quinn's Pub: It's all about the meat with bacon, cheese, mayo and an insanely soft bun. I like to eat this burger nice and bloody.
1001 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122 (map); 206-325-7711; quinnspubseattle.com
2: Toyko Classic from Katsu Burger: The Japanese beef katsu (fried beef patty) is so juicy and the wasabi coleslaw is out of this world.
6538 4th Ave South Seattle, WA 98108 (map); 206-762-0752; katsuburger.com
3: The Ma'ono Burger from Ma'ono Fried Chicken & Whisky: The homemade American cheese is so gooey and delicious and the fact that it's cooked on a wood-fired grill doesn't hurt either.
4437 California Avenue SW Seattle, WA 981165 (map); 206-935-1075; maono.springhillnorthwest.com
4: Palace Burger Royale from Palace Kitchen: This is the first burger I ever paid more than $3 for and it was so worth it. A perfectly executed burger, all around.
2030 5th Avenue Seattle, WA 98121 (map); 206- 448-2001; tomdouglas.com
5: Zip Burger from Zippy's Giant Burgers: Straight-forward perfect execution of an all-American burger with a thin patty, lots of red onion, and loads of secret sauce.
9614 14th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98106 (map); 206-763-1347; zippysgiantburgers.com
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