Best 5 Burgers Under $5

With these burgers, you have plenty of cash left over for delicious brews or desserts.
Allison Austin Scheff  |   January 2012   |  FROM THE PRINT EDITION
The All the Way burger at Five Guys

Hamburger All the Way
Five Guys
Renton, Northgate and Redmond
Sure, it’s a national chain, but at clean, bright and friendly Five Guys, you’ll find what is easily one of the best burgers around for $5. The best part: All the toppings—grilled onions and mushrooms, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers, jalapeños, relish and more—are free.

Bacon Cheeseburger
Broiler Bay
Charbroiled while you wait, the satisfying quarter-pound burgers served at this aging counter-service joint come topped with lettuce, tomatoes, mayo, ketchup and onions. Plus the deeply caramelized onion rings ($2.59) are stellar.

The Classic with Cheese
Uneeda Burger
It’s the only burger made with local beef that we could find for less than $5, and you get to eat it in such a stylish, low-key spot. A quarter-pound of Painted Hills beef cooked to medium, with melted cheddar, tomatoes, special sauce, pickles and chopped romaine. Just right.

Tavern Burger
Loretta’s Northwesterner
South Park
At this neighborhood watering hole, the no-nonsense burger comes with cheese, pickles, onions and special sauce. It’s a small burger, for sure, but tasty. And get this: You can get a double (two patties, two slices of cheese) for $5.

Zip Burger
Zippy’s Giant Burgers
White Center
House-ground chuck makes these burgers great; you get the deep char of a hot griddle and the crannies of hand-formed patties, plus pickles, lettuce, red onions and Zippy’s incredible special sauce. You’ll have plenty of extra moola to stay, grab a local brew and hang in a red vinyl booth for a while.