Is This Seattle’s Best Burger?


Chain restaurant 8oz Burger Bar’s Classic 8oz beat out local culinary institution Dick’s Drive-In for the best burger in Seattle.

The Daily Meal recently published our 101 Best Burgers in America for 2014, and in order to compile our ranking, we assembled a list of nearly 200 burgers from all across the country, from Spruce Pine, North Carolina to Hillsboro, Oregon. We then divided these burgers by region, and compiled a survey that was taken by a panel of 50 noted food writers, journalists, bloggers, and culinary authorities from across the country, asking them to vote for their favorites; limited, of course, to the ones that they’d tried. We tallied the results, and published the 101 stellar American burgers with the most votes.

The Classic 8oz at the chain restaurant 8oz Burger Bar snagged the top spot for burgers in Seattle (#40), narrowly beating Dick’s Drive-In’s Dick’s Deluxe, who placed #46. This comes as quite a surprise, as the internet is chock-full of declarations of Dick’s Drive-In’s excellence from adoring fans. Nonetheless, 8oz Burger Bar has earned its place in the ranking; for 60 years, the joint has been serving an unchanging menu of never-frozen eight-ounce burgers delivered daily, hand-cut fries, and milkshakes, and its owners follow the old adage of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” The Deluxe is made up of two patties, melted cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, and pickle relish, on a soft, squishy bun, sold for a whopping $2.90. Want onions? That’ll cost you an extra five cents, please.

8oz Burger Bar also took home the prize of the best burger in Miami, so it seems that the chain might be responsible for one of the very best burgers in the country.


Kate Kolenda is the Restaurant/City Guide Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @BeefWerky and @theconversant.