Best Burgers on the South Shore

The all-American hamburger is a food found on countless restaurant menus across the South Shore. But there are certain establishments that go above and beyond, piling juicy beef patties with all sorts of flavorful toppings and condiments in an effort to craft the ultimate mouth-watering sensation. We’ve assembled a list of our favorite burgers (plus a couple meatless alternatives) that is sure to please, whether you prefer gourmet or classic cheese.

By Sarah MacDonald

 

THE WEST SIDE BURGER
**B.Good**

Bgood is known for their fresh and healthy ingredients. The West Side Burger, is as guilt-free as a burger can be. It features a refreshing combination of toppings, including avocado, cilantro, fresh salsa, chipotle puree and lime all layered atop an antibiotic-free, locally produced, grass-fed beef burger and your choice of bun. The flavor of the fresh ingredients will leave you California dreamin’. Burgers are served with hand-cut sweet potato fries and your choice of drink. Try a freshly squeezed lemonade or one of their famous shakes.
94 Derby St. Hingham, 781-741-5393, www.bgood.com

THE CAVEMAN BURGER
**The Rivershed**

The funky atmosphere and great draft beer selection are just an added bonus at The Rivershed in Scituate, which serves many mouthwatering burgers and other entrees. One of the standout items on the menu is an impressive carnivorous creation called The Caveman. This burger combines Applewood-smoked bacon, cheese and boneless baby back ribs topped with a fried egg.

It’s a protein-packed combination for sure. Another great choice is the Memphis Burger, which comes topped with bbq-pulled pork and cheddar cheese. You can’t get away without licking your fingers clean.

17 New Driftway., Scituate, 781-378-2438, www.therivershed.com

BLACK AND BLUE BURGER
**Burtons Grill**

Burtons’ upscale yet approachable atmosphere and menu have always set Burtons Grill apart from the pack. But what you may not know is they make a killer burger too. The Burtons lunch menu features multiple Angus beef burgers with a variety of toppings. The Classic Cheese Burger is anything but ordinary, especially when topped with crimini mushrooms, roasted onions or applewood smoked bacon. Our personal favorite is the Black and Blue Burger, a certified Angus ground chuck burger that comes topped with buttermilk-blue cheese, arugula, balsamic mayo and peppered onions all atop a griddled bun. Served with hand-cut French fries, this gourmet burger is a foodie’s dream come true.

 

94 Derby St., Hingham, 781-749-1007, www.burtonsgrill.com

PLYMOUTH ROCK BURGER
**KKatie’s Burger Bar**

With locations in Plymouth and Marshfield, KKatie’s Burger Bar has taken the South Shore burger scene to the next level with its extensive menu of burgers. It was their now-famous Plymouth Rock Burger that first put these guys on the map. Built for people with an aggressive appetite, the burger is piled high with four quarter-pound burgers, six slices of cheese and bacon, topped with crispy onion rings and KKatie’s special sauce. One one of our personal favorites is the KKrunch Burger, which is topped with house-made potato chips, cherry wood smoked bacon, American cheese, caramelized onions, creamy roasted garlic and shallot dip, lettuce and tomato on a grilled sesame seed bun. Make sure to leave room for their loaded tater tots, which are packed with cheese, bacon and scallions. You may never order plain old fries again.
38 Main St. Ext., Plymouth, 774-773-9444 899 Ocean St., Marshfield, 781-837-0012, www.kkaties.com

BBQ BACON BURGER
**Wahlburgers**

While it doesn’t hurt to have a restaurant reality show on A&E, it’s the food that keeps people coming back to Wahlburgers in Hingham. This modern take on a casual dining restaurant offers seating that is first-come first-serve and family style. The menu is filled with classic, yet creative selections and each of the famous Wahlberg brothers has a favorite flavor combination. Chef Paul loves toppings and condiments galore, movie star Mark prefers something lean to keep him in shape for his next role, and Donny likes a little added “heat.”  We’ve got to go with Donnie on this one. Our favorite is the BBQ Bacon Burger, packed with flavor, topped with white cheddar cheese, bacon, avocado, bbq sauce and jalapenos for added kick. Burgers are always made with fresh and local ingredients, “Government Standard” American cheese, and served up with a dash of the limelight.
19 Shipyard Dr., Hingham, (781)-749-2110, www.wahlburgersrestaurant.com

MADE TO ORDER
**Nosh Tavern**

Everything is made in-house at the Nosh Tavern in Plymouth, from the freshly ground hamburger meat to the homemade ketchup. The restaurant offers a rotation of specialty burgers on the menu and hosts a hugely popular burger night every Wednesday when burgers go for as little as $3 a piece. Guests are given slips of paper that look similar to a sushi menu and can check off the boxes next to the toppings of their choice (an additional 10 cents each). We layered our burger with a southern-fried tomato, a layer of rich and creamy pimento cheese spread and crumbled prosciutto. With so many flavor options, you can’t go wrong.
15 Main St. Ext, Plymouth, 508-747-3700, www.noshfoodgroup.com

MIGHTY FLYNN BURGER
**Flynn’s Irish Pub**

The list of burgers at Flynns Irish Pub is long and filled with a few surprises. The Mighty Flynn Burger is a cheeseburger stacked with Jack and Bleu cheese sticks, Black and Tan onion rings, lettuce, tomato and pickles. Fans of Irish cuisine will fall head over heels for the O’Malley Burger. Built on a beautifully salted pretzel bun, this burger is topped with corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese and Russian dressing. Flynn’s Greek-inspired lamb sliders are also delicious. The three little lamb burgers come topped w/ carmelized onions and tzatziki sauce.
2240 State Rd., Cedarville, 508-888-0041, www.gotoflynns.com

WICKED GOOD BISON BURGER
**Wild Willy’s Burgers**

Not every burger has to be made of beef. Take the Wicked Good Bison Burger at Wild Willy’s Burgers for example. This western twist on a classic burger had us doing a double-take at the menu the first time we visited. The burger comes with sautéed onions and mushrooms and melted Swiss and cheddar cheese oozing from between the buns. The twist is that the patty is actually made of bison meat, which Bison contains less fat than even a 90 percent-lean burger and has just as much flavor. The burger can be prepared with any kind of fixin’s you want and pairs perfectly with a cold glass of old-fashioned draft root beer that is kept on tap.
588 Washington St., Quincy, 617-472-9453, www.wildwillysburgers.com

CHAIN GANG
**Five Guys Burgers**

While we typically favor local restaurants over chain operations, we have to hand it to Five Guys Burgers and Fries for knowing a thing or two about burgers. They have over 1,000 locations, including one in Hanover, and claim that with their long list of menu options there are over 250,000 possible ways to order a burger.
1207 Washington St., Hanover, 781-829-6770, www.fiveguys.com

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