Diner and Drive In Burgers
Skip’s Cardiac burger at Papa Joe’s is a double dose. It’s a Cajun burger topped with a buffalo burger and Genoa salami, two cheeses, onion rings, lettuce and Creole mayonnaise. $6.99
photo by susan laughlin
Papa Joe’s Humble Kitchen
Is it the secret sauce that makes the burgers so good here? Owner Joe Oneail is not telling. He hand-patties the fresh ground chuck and, after a quick swoosh with the sauce, they are grilled to order. Soft buns from Fantini are soft and meld nicely with the burger.
237 South St.
Gilley’s PM Lunch
They’re historic, they’re folkloric — Gilley’s has been burger heaven for decades of wayward students and late-night revelers for more than 100 years. Now immobile, the diner portion is a 1940s Worcester Diner, the only one of its era in operation. Burger meat is fresh ground and hand-pattied. Be sure to order it with cheese and onions. Maybe order two — it’s about a 2.5-ounce burger. Burgers here are served fast, and hit the spot after a night of revelry. $3.45
Papa Joe Oneail of Papa Joe’s.
photo by susan laughlin
175 Fleet St.
Red Arrow 24 Hr Diner
Well-loved classic diner. Try the also classic “Adam Sandler” burger with chuck/sirloin ground beef, lettuce, tomato, raw onion and mayo. $8.25, includes choice of side. There’s another location on the Milford Oval.
61 Lowell St.
64 Union Square
(Opens in March)
Known for their pistachio ice cream, the burger meat is freshly ground and pattied daily for a nice chain burger alternative. $3
250 Valley St.
The classic 8-ounce Black and Blue burger is Cajun-spiced and topped with creamy local bleu cheese. $10.99
On the Portsmouth Traffic Circle
Sawyer’s Dairy Bar & Restaurant
(Opens in May)
Six-ounce Angus beef burgers cooked to order. $5.49 or upgrade to the Bayou Burger with caramelized onions, bleu cheese and Cajun mayo on a bulky roll.
1933 Lakeshore Rd.
4 Acres Diner
Soak in the charm of a 1952 Worcester Diner car. Hand-pattied burgers served on a King Arthur Flour bun. $6.99
23 Bridge St.
Lee Circle Grocery on Wheels
No groceries here, but great take-out burgers from freshly ground prime and choice beef. They’re topped creatively with a different special each day. One even combines their Carolina pulled pork, cole slaw and their homemade BBQ sauce. $8.49
Mickey’s Roadside Café
Burgers here are big as you dare. A tall order is the Landfill stacked with three patties, Big Mic sauce, cheese, cole slaw, red onion, pickles, chili, lettuce and tomato. $11.99
330 Route 4
This seasonal hole-in-the-wall joint serves up burgers done right. The Grouchy signature burger has three types of roasted and grilled peppers for plenty of jalapeno kick.
145 Pleasant St.