In the spirit of one of my favorite posters to read, finlero, recently I got a group together to taste a bunch of Cambridge & Somerville's burgers in an early effort to avoid frostbite by filling our stomachs with something warm.
Here is what I like in a burger so you can adjust the comparison to your own preference:
a softer, juicy center
seasoned with s&p, at least
a sear on the outside, at least, some crunch is ok
a good bun:burger ratio
Here is the ranking:
#1 Miracle of Science
Amazing, juicy, flavorful, soft meat, perfectly cooked burger. The only down point was that the disk of meat flopped over the edges of the bun, which was sourdough, but worked with the juiciness of the burger; it didn't disintegrate or fall apart, and had enough heft to hold up to the deliciousness covered with blue cheese. I cannot stop talking about this burger.
Again, I like the thinner-style burger and the meat to bread ratio is absolutely perfect. I love that they have sweet potato fries, which might skew the issue a little bit, but they cook to order and my burger stays in tact the whole time.
#3 Garden at the Cellar
This burger is perfectly tasty, and even with its inferior brioche bun, it still stands out.
Fleshy, perfectly seared, gigantic, with incredibly tasty accompaniments. The bun:burger ratio is good as well. The issue here is that I never end up eating the burger because of the ways that Santos can handle a duck leg. (BTW, the potato stick & smoked almond cheese fondue was on their stimulus menu. If you're hitting that up this week it's goooood.)
I like the burger here, though it's a bit thick for my taste, but the ginger kick is special enough to keep it interesting. The reason it's not ranked higher is due to the burger to bun ratio - it's just all wrong. Several times now, my burger has fallen completely apart - that's not a happy burger situation!
#6 R.F. O'Sullivan's
Dry, flavorless, tough, little to no juice, hard to get my mouth around. This is not my perfect burger, but others do like it. I think I've finally put Sully's to rest, for me at least. I'm glad I like their steaktips though - a good reason to return!
Places I still need to try, but just could not stomach at the time:
lots of places on the other side of the river