Meat: A Burger for every budget

Seattle's affordable burgers to brag about
Posted January 01, 1970

New York has Daniel Boulud’s legendary DB burger, filled with braised short ribs and black truffles. And now Seattle has a burger to brag about from the geniuses in Campagne’s kitchen. The Campagne burger is a thing of pure indulgence: Idaho’s Snake River Farms ground beef is loosely bound and topped with a slice of foie gras, and then—why not?—black truffles are shaved over the entire thing. Divine, with one caveat: For $33, the bun should be better.

When it’s local, grass-fed beef you’re craving, Quinn’s Painted Hills Ranch (Fossil, Oregon) burger is impossible to beat. Cooked to a pink, juicy medium before getting a slice of cheddar and a couple of crisp bacon strips laid on top, it arrives alongside a pile of really great fries ($13).

We tried (and failed) to find a great burger made with local beef for less than $10. So, instead, we’re calling out our favorite burger in town: the freshly ground, hand-formed chuck masterpieces at Zippy’s in West Seattle. We happily wait (and wait) in line for the Zip burger with bacon and cheddar ($5.60), drippy with juicy meat and Zippy’s special sauce, plus tomatoes, onions, lettuce and pickles.

Published November 2010

More articles from our Meat issue
Carnivore's Guide: Bacon!
Carnivore's Guide: A Burger for every budget
Carnivore's Guide: Charcuterie
Carnivore's Guide: Chicken
Carnivore's Guide: Duck, Turkey, and Goose
Carnivore's Guide: Game: Venison, Elk, Wild Boar
Carnivore's Guide: Lamb
Carnivore's Guide: The Meatless Meats
Carnivore's Guide: Offal
Carnivore's Guide: Pork
Carnivore's Guide: Sausages
Carnivore's Guide: The Steakhouses
Carnivore's Guide: The Art of Butchering
Carnivore's Guide: Butcher Shops and Meat Markets
Carnivore's Guide: The Seattle Meat Directory