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Five Cambridge Restaurants Featuring Burgers with a Twist

Check Out These Spots in Cambridge with Unique Burgers on the Menu


Although burgers can be enjoyed simply prepared, featuring the classic combination of burger and bun, topped with lettuce, tomato and ketchup, go outside the box with something totally out there. The following burger joints in Cambridge allow you to try burgers in a whole new way, by either creating signature burgers or letting you create your own crazy burger concoctions. Whether you are hung over and looking for a greasy treat or just plain hungry on your lunch break and looking for something warm and hearty, you are sure to find a new favorite burger in Cambridge that you haven’t tried before.

1. Tavern in the Square

730 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, MA
(617) 868.8800

Burger highlights: Rather than piling ingredients on to the burger, Tavern in the Square, with locations throughout Massachusetts, including Porter and Central Square, packs toppings inside their patties! The Stuffed Smoke House Burger is filled with cheddar cheese and bacon and then topped with more cheese and BBQ sauce. They do the same with their Stuffed Bacon and Blue Burger, featuring blue cheese and bacon within the hamburger and then top it off with additional blue cheese. You can also create your own burger since the menu features a list of seasonings, sauces, cheeses, and toppings to choose from to build your idea of the perfect burger.

2. Bukowski's Tavern

1281 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA
(617) 497-7077

Burger Highlights: This Inman Square spot has affordable burgers that you really won’t see anywhere else. For their Peanut Butter Burger, they take a grilled 6 ounce burger and top it with chunky peanut butter, lettuce, tomato, and pickles, on a toasted egg bun. Their White Trash Burger is a tower of fun with a 6 ounce burger topped with their warm spicy Mexican cheese dip (think Tostitos Salsa Con Queso); they add onion rings, lettuce, tomato, and pickles, and serve it on Texas Toast. Beyond just beef, they offer a Godzilla Burger, featuring a rare house-made Yellowfin Tuna with a Mirin-Chili-Soy Glaze, Kalamsi MAYO, Sweet Potato Tempura, and avocado on a toasted brioche roll.

3. Mr. Bartley’s Gourmet Burgers

1246 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, MA
(617) 354-6559

Burger Highlights: Since 1960, this award winning Harvard Square restaurant features burgers like no other. Featuring a long list of burger specialties, you are sure to find something totally new to try. To name a few of their burgers, all under 10 bucks, the Professor Skip Gates is a teriyaki burger with grilled pineapple and their famous onion rings. The Stimulus Package burger features BBQ sauce, grilled onions, and bacon with baked beans. For the vegetarians out there, the Drew Faust is a veggie burger with red peppers, feta, tomato, red onion, garlic mayo, and fries.

4. Four Burgers

704 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA
(617) 441-5444

Burger Highlights: Four Burgers in Central Square keeps in simple with, you guessed it, only four burgers on the menu. What stands out about this fast food restaurant is their short, yet cheap and flavorful all-natural menu. They do offer a classic hamburger with lettuce, tomato, and pickles, yet the other options include an organic vegan black bean burger featuring salsa with either guacamole or mango BBQ sauce. The menu also features Turkey Burgers with apple and cranberry chutney, lettuce, and tomato, and the Atlantic Salmon Burger with Asian slaw, soy mayo, and lettuce. If you are in a rush, you can even order online on their website.

5. Flat Patties

33 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA
(617) 871-6871

Burger Highlights: Located right in Harvard Square, Flat Patties is also a fast food restaurant featuring a variety of cheap burgers.  The Sunday Morning is just $5.75 and features a burger with a fried egg, ham and a smoked tomato jam. The South of the Border burger has Jalapeno relish, avocado, jack cheese and a cilantro aioli and the Forager burger features sautéed mushrooms, Swiss cheese and a horseradish sauce.  They also have additional cheeses and toppings to pile onto your burger as well if you want to create your own burger masterpiece. 

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