A burger is greater than the sum of its parts. Not just because eating buns or raw onions on their own is pretty lame, but because a burger is a mood. It’s what you order when you want to eat with your hands after a particularly long day, after a few particularly strong drinks, or as is often the case at the moment - after both. We can’t say that burgers travel better than, say, pizza, but when you’re in the mood, nothing else will do. Order for pickup or delivery from the 13 places on this guide.
Bateau makes the best burger in the city, so the fact that you can get one for takeout (pickup-only) is a huge deal. You will have to cook it yourself, though, because this steakhouse is selling a DIY kit that has everything you need to make two burgers. Pick it up, follow their instructions, and you’ll have a big mound of perfectly-seared ground beef, caramelized onion jam, and aioli on a homemade bun. If you add some tallow to your order, you can even make your own Bateau-inspired French fries.
We’re usually stopping in this Bainbridge Island sandwich shop for a club sandwich or pastrami on rye. Now, they’re operating as a burger joint called “Sacka-Burgers,” serving classic smashburgers, homemade veggie burgers, fries (including fried oyster mushrooms and asparagus), funnel cake, and soft serve. For information and to place an online pickup or delivery order, head to their new website.
The best thing at this new Queen Anne restaurant from the team behind Eden Hill is the double cheeseburger, with wagyu beef, smoked cheddar, secret sauce, and caramelized onions on a big brioche bun. It pairs really well with their crispy shoestring fries, and if two patties are a bit much for you, they’re selling a single version, too. Pickup and delivery are available, and you can place your order here.
You’d think that deep-fried beef would get soggy in transit, but the panko-breaded burger from Katsu always stays nice and crisp, even when covered in Japanese curry sauce or nori ranch. These sandwiches are straight-up mountainous, but extremely satisfying when you’re in the mood for eating an entire meal that came from a fryer basket.
The excellent burger at Frank’s is proof that seafood louie sauce can enhance a lot more than just crab salad. This delicious thing also has cheddar, bacon, and pickled onion, and the result is a burger that’s equal parts salty, smoky, sweet, and sour. It’s available for pickup only, but you can order in advance here.
The Lao smashburger from Taurus Ox is one of the best things we’ve eaten in recent memory, and it should make you very happy that you can pick it up or get it delivered from 12-8pm on Tuesday through Saturday. With the combination of jowl bacon, two thin patties, nutty provolone, pickled onions, taro stem, spicy mayo made from fried pork skin, and a fistful of cilantro on a pub bun, this burger is definitely something you want to eat on the couch instead of getting a first-degree burn from a hot pocket.
If you had us choose between the burgers on homemade buns from Coastline or their crispy shoestring fries, it would be tough - but there’s nothing stopping you from ordering both. They’re open for delivery and takeout, and you can place your order here.
Usually, you expect a coffee shop to smell like espresso. But at Bite Box, when you walk in it immediately smells like braised meat. That’s because they make a terrific burger topped with chipotle aioli, spicy pickles, and yes, braised oxtail ragu. Right now, it’s available for pickup, and you definitely should spend an extra $4 to add bacon and gruyere.
This counter-service burger spot in First Hill serves great burgers for takeout and delivery with a ton of topping combinations, from portobello and swiss to bacon, jalapenos, and pepper jack. It’s an excellent choice because you have a lot of options, but you can always default to a great plain old burger with cheese, too.
We typically enjoy our Loretta’s tavern double inside of Left Bank, our favorite wine bar on the same block. But you can still get one of these burgers with American cheese and special sauce to take home. They taste like something you’d get at the best backyard barbecue of your life and they actually travel surprisingly well. You can reach them at 206-251-2821 to call in your burger for pickup.
This West Seattle pasta spot has a takeout menu that’s changing every day (check their Instagram for more information), which means their used-to-be-Happy Hour burger isn’t available all the time. But when it is, you should order it. It’s a tasty thick patty with bacon, white cheddar, and lettuce on a soft bun, and don’t forget to add some old bay fries to your (pickup-only) order.
The burgers at this Cap Hill spot are, you know, good. But the real sleeper hit is their chicken burger, made with ground chicken infused with chipotle spices and topped with fry sauce and Tillamook cheddar. It’s delicious, and you can get it for delivery or pickup right now, too. And we know this isn’t a french fry guide, but their truffle fries are f*cking phenomenal potato innovations.
Pick Quick serves one of our favorite burgers, and you don’t even need to get out of your car to grab one. The patties are very thin and stackable, the buns have an ideal toast on them, and they also have soft serve malted milkshakes. If you don’t even want to leave the house, they’re also delivering.
First off, we’re fans of Two Doors Down for offering complimentary burgers for laid-off restaurant industry workers every Monday. But we also love this place because their burgers are great, and right now, they’re open for takeout and delivery. We highly advise you to build your own burger and make sure it has some garlicky hopped mayo on there.
We’ve all stood in line at 1am at Dick’s before, wishing they delivered. Now they do - so you can wait for your Dick’s deluxe while scrubbing through Netflix instead of standing in the parking lot convincing your drunk friend not to go through with earlier claims that they’re going to “catch a local sidewalk pigeon and teach it to tap dance.” Read more about how Dick’s delivery works here.