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.
(603) 672-9130  

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.
(603) 431-6343

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.
(603) 626-1118

64 Union Square
(603) 249-9222

(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.
(603) 669-4430

Roundabout Diner
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
(603) 431-1440

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.
(603) 293-4422

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.
West Lebanon

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

(603) 868-3040

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
(603) 632-9400

Grouchy Burger
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.
(603) 504-6285



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