Teddy's Bigger Burgers Brings Hawaiian Flair to Washington

Denise Sakaki (aka wasabiprime on AHT/Serious Eats) has shared two Seattle-area burger recs already, and now she's back with another! Denise, a freelance graphic designer, blogs about food at Wasabi Prime and you can follow her on Twitter @wasabiprime. Thanks, Denise! If anyone else wants to share some burger intel, here's how to do it. —The Mgmt.

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[Photograph: Denise Sakaki]

Teddy's Bigger Burgers

17705 140th Ave. NE, Woodinville WA 98072 (map); 425-408-1604; teddysbiggerburgers.com
Cooking Method: Char broiled
Short Order: Hawaii-based burger chain makes tender, smoky burgers in three sizes with a wide array of toppings to choose from.
Want Fries with That? The thick-cut, skin-on fries are good on their own, but taste even better after being used to sop up some of the burger drippings.
Prices: Big Combo (burger, fries, drink), $7.50
Notes: Burger is very juicy and house sauce makes it drippy; best to eat at location, not good to eat while driving.

The spirit of Aloha met with the Evergreen State when Hawaii's Teddy's Bigger Burgers opened its first "Mainland" location in the city of Woodinville, a suburb outside of Seattle, Washington. Originally opened on the island of Oahu, it has three Hawaii locations, plus one in Japan. Now the Pacific Northwest location is blessed with their charbroiled fresh ground chuck, sweetly unique Super Sauce, and their house-made Teddy's Teriyaki Sauce made for their island favorite Teri Burgers.

The Woodinville location is like a 1950s nostalgia-filled surfer movie, with classic Beach Boys music playing and vintage-styled booths and swivel chairs for patrons to sit at while enjoying their burgers. Located near a movie theater, it's a great spot to grab a bite before or after a show. When ordering, you have the patty options of a Big (5-ounce) burger, Bigger (7-ounce), or the Biggest (9-ounce) patty. They make it a point to mention that they cook the beef to medium, with just a little bit of pink in the center, which ensures a nice, juicy burger.

They offer toppings that include the typical (bacon, avocado, mushrooms) and the atypical (peanut butter and pastrami), for those truly wanting to reinvent the burger. Other non-burger options include a grilled or crispy chicken burger, fish and chips, and a turkey burger, but the first visit to Teddy's Bigger Burgers should be to try their Original Burger with the basic toppings: Super Sauce, lettuce, tomato, fresh onions and pickles. The burger is tender, with charred bits that spread the smoky flavor everywhere. It's juicy on its own, and made that much more dripping with flavor with their Super Sauce, which is a bit like a loose honey mustard sauce. The sweetness is a nice counterbalance to the char of the burger and the bite of the fresh onion slices.

Since the burger is best eaten fresh and the sauce makes for a messy eating experience, this is a meal you should enjoy at the restaurant—they have hand wipes and you will definitely use them. Get a #1 Big Combo, which includes the Original Big Burger, a drink, and an order of their thick-cut, skin-on french fries. wasabiprime

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