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10 places to get your burger fix in the Seattle area

What makes a good burger? Is it the patty, pickles, lettuce, tomato, onion or some sort of secret sauce? Is it all of that combined?! I'm not sure, but my mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we are lucky to be surrounded by some dang good restaurants serving up really freakin' good burgers. If you're looking to get your fix or try something new, here are 10 places to get a burger in the Seattle area:

Dick's Drive-In
Locations in Wallingford, Capitol Hill, Holman Road, Lake City and Queen Anne

OK...I lied. I am going to technically include 11 burger joints on this list because it would be criminal *not* to include Dick's on a Seattle area burger list. This iconic Seattle-based burger chain has been serving up burgers since 1954, and it still holds up today. I mean, if you've ever had a Deluxe, you know what I'm talking about.

Locations in Aurora, Bellevue, Mill Creek, Mount Vernon and University
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Fill up on good eats at here like the Burgermaster, ground beef, American cheese, tomato, lettuce and relish on a toasted bun. Their menu has a large variety of other burgers, sandwiches, shakes and fries, as well.

King Charley's Drive-In
1301 30th St. SE, Snohomish, WA
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Located off Highway 9 in Snohomish, you can't miss King Charley's with its bright gold and purple paint job. The drive-thru has been family-owned for nearly 50 years.

Loretta's Northwesterner
8617 14th Ave S, Seattle, WA
Featured: This Seattle cheeseburger was named the 4th Best in America

In 2017, Thrillist's "National Burger Critic" Kevin Alexander named the Tavern Burger from Loretta's Northwesterner as his fourth favorite burger on his 100 Best Burgers in America list!

Ray's Drive-In
1401 Broadway, Everett, WA
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Ray's Drive-In first opened in 1962 by Ray Campbell. Today the place is run by his grandson, Jeff Doleshel. Even after all these years, they still boast of offering the city's best fish and chips, burgers, fries, onion rings and shakes (made with real ice cream).

Eden Hill Provisions
1935 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA
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If there's one item here that's a MUST ORDER, it's the Big Max Burger (just think: two patties, caramelized onions and smoked cheddar cheese on a fresh toasted bun with pickles, secret sauce and more) — a burger some believe is the best in the city.

Zippy's Giant Burgers
9614 14th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA
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Zippy's Giant Burgers' burger menu is extensive, with over 18 choices, including the Great Dane (with Danish blue cheese), Rae's Hell (with Hot Peppa Lilli Relish) and Barbara Anne (with balsamic thyme onion jam, garlic mayo, bacon and Monterey jack cheese).

Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In
98 NE Gilman Blvd., Issaquah WA
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Everything here, from the orange root beer barrel sign outside the restaurant, is huge. Even the lowly cheeseburger is bigger than most fast food chains' large burgers. And the ice cream shakes? A mountain of goodness.

Sam's Tavern
Locations in South Lake Union, Redmond and Bellevue
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Ahh, Sam's Tavern, home to juicy burgers, beer and the best dang Bloody Mary you've ever seen.

Otter Bar & Burger
2379 Eastlake Avenue E, Seattle, WA
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This spot in Seattle's Eastlake neighborhood has burgers starting at $12. Their Lisa's Hot Mess burger is a hit, including a patty, spicy peanut sauce, cheddar cheese, BBQ sauce, bacon and a fried egg on a toasted bun.

Shake Shack
Locations in South Lake Union, University Village and Kirkland
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Shake Shack has more than 100 locations, including in Seattle, with the first location opening in the heart of South Lake Union in 2018. The ShackBurger is their staple. 100 percent all-natural Angus beef topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato and their signature ShackSauce.