Since 2008, Ive taken you on tours of burger stands, bar burgers, highfalutin burgers, fair burgers and the finest handcrafted veggie burgers in the South Sound.
With three gourmet burger joints that have just opened in the South Sound one in October, two in January I thought it time for another burger pilgrimage.
Todays burger trail encompasses the land of chain restaurants, a term that usually strikes fear deep in the gut of a dining critic.
Dont worry. These arent those mindlessly homogenous could-be-in-Toledo-or-Tacoma chains. These chains are small and Washington-born and bred: Blazing Onion, Lunchbox Laboratory, and Bobs Burgers & Brew.
Whose burgers proved best? That designation goes to Blazing Onion for superior burger construction, skilled service and pricing that wont bust your wallet.
I rated each restaurant for variety, construction and flavor. I ate similar burgers at each: a classic cheeseburger, a blue cheese burger, a burger with a smokey flavor profile, and a wild-card burger from the other than beef category. Each restaurant was visited twice.