South Sound Burgers


Shake Shake Shake. Photo by Rachel Coward

Tides Tavern
Maui Burger – Wowie, the Maui burger is topped with teriyaki sauce, hickory pit ham, cheddar cheese, lettuce mayo, and grilled pineapple. Patties also are available in beef, chicken, or Tides veggie. Gig Harbor

Shake Shake Shake
Famous Hickory Burger – Using a quarter pound Angus patty, the hickory burger has iceberg lettuce, diced onions, mayonnaise, pickles, and house-made hickory sauce. Don’t forget to wash this burger down with a fun milkshake flavor, like Miso Butterscotch with Salted Caramel. Tacoma

Crockett’s Public House
Crockett’s Crunch Burger – Have the munchies for something crunchy? The Crockett’s Crunch Burger is for you. Crockett’s uses tender braised pork roast, chipotle BBQ mayo, and potato chips on a toasted sesame seed bun to create a crunch you’ll be back for a bunch. Puyallup

Frisko Freeze
Cheeseburger – When it comes to traditional drive-thru burgers, a wonderfully greasy cheeseburger from Frisko Freeze is a South Sound favorite. The Tacoma staple has been serving locals for more than 50 years. Tacoma

Katie Downs
Mushroom Swiss Burger – Loaded with tons sautéd mushrooms, the mushroom Swiss burger earns its name. Plus, it’s served with fat and crunchy steak fries. Tacoma

Vans Burger
Fair Burger – Made with one patty, cheese, sauce, pickle and grilled onions, this burger will take your taste buds for a ride. Olympia

Deluxe Burger –Pick-Quick has been grilling up patties for South Sounders since 1949. Drive-in for a deluxe burger with all the fixings and a malt. Poodle skirt optional. Fife and Auburn

Chalk Talk Bistro
Peanut Thai Burger – Are you debating between eating a burger or Thai food? Chalk Talk’s Peanut Thai Burger is the best of both worlds. It’s made with peanut sauce, pineapple, Swiss cheese, homemade slaw, tomato, lettuce and mayo on a sesame seed bun. Tacoma

Don’s Drive-in
Deluxe Bacon Cheeseburger – Come in for the greasy goodness of the deluxe bacon cheeseburger and stay for a piece of homemade strawberry rhubarb pie. Puyallup

Eastside Big Tom Drive Inn
Holy Cow! – This burger is not for the faint of heart. The Holy Cow! Burger is packed with spicy chipotle mayo, jalapenos, spicy pepper jack cheese and a bit of lettuce and tomato to cool down your mouth. (And it’s the perfect excuse to indulge in a milkshake to tame down the hotness!) Olympia

Lunchbox Laboratory
Upstate New Yorker – This inventive burger menu features the Upstate New Yorker, a super-beef patty, Monterey jack cheese, lunchbox onions, super gorgonzola spread, and buffalo ketchup. Gig Harbor

HG Bistro
Bourbon Bacon Jam Burger – In between the delicious soft pretzel bun is prime angus beef, bourbon bacon jam, Beecher’s white cheddar, Mama Lil’s peppers, bistro sauce, lettuce, tomato, and sweet red onions. Puyallup

Dirty Oscars Annex
Salmon Sliders – Need a break from the beef? Try the salmon sliders at Dirty Oscars. They are made with fresh seared salmon, frizzled onions, grilled pineapple, and bourbon aioli, all on toasted slider buns. Tacoma

Bite in Hotel Murano
Kobe Beef Burger – This burger is a sure shot. Bite uses a half-pound of American Kobe Beef and offers a plethora of toppings including Oregon cheddar cheese, fresh mozzarella, bacon relish, and sautéed mushrooms. Tacoma

Organic Bison Burger – When you’re on the roam for a good meal, hit up Friesenburger. The excellent bison burger is topped with cheddar cheese, egg and bacon. Tacoma

The Westside Tavern
The Boss – This burger means business. The Boss is topped with smoked bacon, Havarti cheese, bourbon maple bacon jam, lettuce, and tomato. Olympia

The Gourmet Burger Shop
Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato – A tasty twist on margherita pizza, this burger has marinated tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, spicy basil ketchup, and balsamic glazed greens. Gig Harbor

Frugal Burger – Try the traditional Frugal Burger with the usual suspects of ketchup, mustard, mayo, pickles, onions, and lettuce. Tacoma and Auburn

Norma’s Burger Hut
General Patton Burger – Burgers and Patton are as American as you can get. Put them together at Norma’s and you get a burger loaded with Daily’s bacon, jalapenos, pineapple, double cheese, and mustard. Olympia

Marrow Kitchen
Marrow Burger – This burger is no quack! The Marrow Burger is topped with chipotle duck fat aioli, chorizo bacon, seasonal greens, and aged cheddar. Don’t forget to save room for the house cut fries. Tacoma

Dixie’s Home Cookin’
Gobble Burg – Ok, here’s the plan: gobble down this charbroiled turkey patty with lettuce, onion, tomato, and mayo, then take a nap and blame it on the turkey. Ready, Go! Sumner

Black Bear Diner
Tex-Mex Turkey Burger – Head over to the comfort food staple and try the grilled turkey burger with pepper jack cheese, diced green chilies, avocado, and cilantro. Federal Way and Olympia

The Spar
Burger of the Week – Have all of your friends failed at throwing you a surprise party? Head over to The Spar and surprise yourself by ordering the Burger of the Week. Tacoma

Tugboat Annies
The Barge Burger – Bring the family and your appetite and tackle The Barge Burger at Tugboat Annies. It’s made by combining five of its regular hamburgers and served on a Wagner’s Bakery bun about 10 inches in diameter. Olympia

Iron Rabbit
Sicilian Burger – Everyone knows to never try and outsmart a Sicilian and ordering this burger is a no-brainer. The Sicilian Burger is Balsamic glazed hand-forged beef with chevre goat cheese, roasted garlic and red peppers, caramelized red onions, organic spring greens, tomatoes, and pesto aioli on a toasted brioche bun. (Iocaine Powder not included.) Olympia 

Powerhouse Restaurant and Brewery
The All In – This classic burger is taken to the next level with whiskey-grilled onion, house beer mustard and fresh lettuce and tomato to top it off. Puyallup

The Rock Wood Fired Kitchen
Hurts So Good Burger – You won’t mind being too full after this burger. The Hurts So Good is made with a half pound of Prime Angus beef basted in The Rock’s signature BBQ sauce, and topped with peppered bacon and bleu cheese dressing and beer battered fries. Tacoma and Puyallup

The Hub
Schwinn Burger – The Schwinn is a win! The patty is a half pound of Angus beef and topped with red onion relish, lettuce, tomato and herb aioli. Tacoma

Boathouse 19
Smokehouse Burger – Grab a table on the deck and munch down on a burger filled with the goodies applewood smoked bacon, smoked mozzarella, buttermilk onion strings, chipotle BBQ sauce, mayo, lettuce and tomato. Tacoma

Duke’s Chowder House
North of California Burger – Duke’s doesn’t just do seafood. Try one if the popular grass-fed burgers like the North of California burger, which has avocado, chipotle aioli, nitrite-free bacon, and melted Jarlsberg. Gluten free buns and Vegan Veggie Griller patties are available on request. Tacoma

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