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Hamburger Harry’s – 8/20/11


Location: 2409 NW Market St


Mon-Thurs, Sun: 11am-10pm

Fri-Sat: 11am-2am

In our continuing search for the best burger in Ballard, J and I chose to try Hamburger Harry’s. Located just west of the Market Street and 24th intersection, Hamburger Harry’s is one of the bigger burger joints with ample outdoor seating and a large, open interior. A long bar lines one side of the interior, a large screen TV used for karaoke and sports dominates one wall and the other walls are covered in huge collection of autographed sports photos. Our server explained that the owners have collected memorabilia over many years. J and I wondered between ourselves which of the photos was the most rare and/or the most expensive.

Hamburger Harry’s, as the name suggests, specializes in burgers, though they offer salads, chicken and sandwiches as well. Their menu included a number of burger toppings I’ve not seen elsewhere in Ballard. For beverages, they have the usual suspects (soda, coffee, tea) along with milkshakes, beer, wine and a full bar.

The Service:

We had dinner around 5 o’clock on Saturday so the place was pretty empty. Our server was very friendly and the food arrived quite quickly.

The Drinks:

I ordered a Manny’s Pale Ale, a tried and true draft beer you can find practically everywhere in Seattle. I like it because it’s not too bitter and goes well with a lemon wedge.

As usual, J had a Long Island Iced Tea, which he declared was “Quite good”. He said the proportions of the ingredients were a prefect mix with neither the sweet and sour or tequila overpowering the drink. He could barely taste the liquor in it, his test of a good Long Island.

The Food:

I chose the Gyro Burger, a beef patty topped by lettuce, tomato, red onion, feta and house made tzatziki sauce, with a side of garlic fries. When it arrived, the burger was stacked about 8 inches high with a skewer stuck through it to keep it from toppling over. It was a pretty good burger. The beef was flavorful, moist and just slightly charred. The ingredients were all fresh, especially the salty feta which contrasted with the sweet red onion nicely. The bun was too flimsy to hold the burger together and the tzatziki sauce was a little lost in the other flavors though. In the end, I felt like the burger needed an extra punch of flavor to take it beyond merely pretty good. I think adding pepperoncini or some garlic aioli would have improved the burger.

The garlic fries were just okay. The garlic was fresh and tasty but the fries seemed limp and greasy. Not that good.

J ordered the Jalapeno Popper Burger, topped with roasted jalapenos, cream and cheddar cheese, guacamole and garlic aioli. He really liked his burger, finding it interesting that they chose to top it with the components in a jalapeno popper rather than taking the easy way out by just putting a real popper on top of the burger. The garlic aioli was especially good. To him, his side of fries was just an afterthought. He ignored them so he could finish his burger.

The Price:

Manny’s Pale Ale: 4.50

Long Island Iced Tea: 8.50

Gyro Burger: 11.79

Jalapeno Popper Burger: 11.99

The Verdict:

Hamburger Harry’s presented us with another Ballard restaurant surprise. These were, thus far, the second best burger in Ballard, just behind King’s Hardware … mostly on account of the limp French fries. Interesting toppings, flavorful beef and, at least in J’s opinion, one of the better Long Island Iced Teas he’s had so far on this project, make Hamburger Harry’s some place to which we will return whenever we’re craving a burger and King’s Hardware is too crowded.

It’s also nice to know that Hamburger Harry’s is open late on Fridays and Saturdays. It may become a choice for dinner after an evening movie at the Majestic Bay Theatre.

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  1. November 30, 2011 at 5:12 pm

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