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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- Duff Goldman's Favorite Burgers in Baltimore
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About the author: Erin Jackson is a food writer and photographer who is obsessed with discovering the best eats in San Diego. You can find all of her discoveries on her San Diego food blog EJeats.com. On Twitter, she's @ErinJax