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Tom Minervino

Maine's Most Iconic Burgers

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People who say the American Dream is dead don't eat enough burgers. Anything is possible between the buns. These 20 of Maine's best burgers prove that. Some, like those at Harmon's, Vivian's, and Fat Boy's, earn respect over time, perfected by countless hours spent over a cook top. Others, like the Palace Diner's Palais Royale, earn fame quickly by taking a well-known formula and making it mind-blowing. Then there's places like LFK with its pimento cheese and 3CROW with its tobacco onions showing that it's okay to expand horizons — different can be delightful. Grab a napkin and get to work.

Places are ordered alphabetically.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Harmon's Lunch

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144 Gray Rd
Falmouth, ME 04105
(207) 797-9857
Double cheeseburger, loaded. That's fried onions, mustard, and relish. There's no lettuce, no tomato, no mayo — but you won't miss 'em. There's a reason Harmon's has been cranking out its simple specialty since 1960.

2. Owls Head General Store

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2 South Shore Drive
Owls Head, ME 04854
(207) 596-6038
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The Seven Napkin Burger. It's perhaps Maine's most famous burger, and it's worth the trip. There's a huge, lightly packed patty that's cooked any way you want it, topped with cheese, mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup, pickles, tomatoes, lettuce, and onions. If the name is hyperbolic, it's only slightly so — good luck finishing one without the help of at least four napkins. .

3. Nosh Kitchen Bar

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551 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 553-2227
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The quad cheeseburger. That's four of Nosh's special blend patties (along with chuck and brisket, the grind includes pork shoulder and bacon) that are seared on a flattop and stacked with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, and pickles on a brioche bun.

4. Mainely Burgers Food Truck

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(207) 317-6455
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The Mainah from this Portland-based mobile operation won the best burger title from readers during Eater Maine's 2013 Burger Week. It's topped with cheddar, bacon, sauteed onions, apple slices, and homemade maple mayo. Look for the truck on the streets of Portland or out at Scarborough Beach this summer.

5. Grace

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15 Chestnut St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 828-4422
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A gourmet burger at a fine-dining restaurant for roughly the same price as a Wendy's Baconator? Yup, there's the $6 Grace Burger — it's topped with cheddar, tomato confit, and pickled onions. It's even got its own Twitter account: @GraceBurger.

6. Ruski's

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212 Danforth St
Portland, ME 04102
(207) 774-7604
The half-pound cheeseburger is a classic example of a pub burger, with a nice exterior char and juicy center. No bells and whistles here, just a high-quality burger that's prepared right.

7. King Eider's Pub and Restaurant

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2 Elm St
Damariscotta, ME 04543
(207) 563-6008
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The half-pound burger is made from a custom blend of cuts and hand packed, then chargrilled.

8. Fog Bar & Café

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328 Main St.
Rockland, ME 04841
(207) 593-9371
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The Fog House Burger is a grass-fed beef patty topped with bacon jam. sriracha onion rings, and asiago cheese, served on a brioche roll.
188A State St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 899-3277
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The LFK Burger is a lovely, juicy hunk of meat served on a pretzel roll and topped with pimento cheese. Why this cheese spread hasn't reached greater popularity in these northern parts remains a mystery, but LFK's use of it is genius.

10. Nocturnem Draft Haus

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56 Main St
Bangor, ME 04401
(207) 907-4380
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The Nocturnem Burger uses grass-fed Maine beef topped with Chimay beer cheese and caramelized onions. It pairs nicely with the bar's extensive, well-curated beer list.

11. Fat Boy Drive-In

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111 Bath Rd
Brunswick, ME 04011
(207) 725-9431
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The "Whoperburger" at this throwback Brunswick institution is what a Whopper would be if it were cooked to order with some care. It lost the second "P" some decades ago when Burger King threatened a lawsuit.

12. The Bag & Kettle

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5092 Access Rd
Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947
(207) 237-2451
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While the menu at this ski bum favorite boasts a handful of "Gourmet Designer Burgers," it's the Original Bag Burger that has achieved legendary status: a charbroiled cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, onion, and house sauce.

13. The Frog and Turtle

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3 Bridge St
Westbrook, ME 04092
(207) 591-4185
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The Jalbert takes a 6-ounce Black Angus burger and tops it with bacon, blue cheese, mushrooms, dijon, and barbecue sauce. It's tough to pass on the other entree selections here, but this is a burger that will cause no regrets.

14. Little Tap House

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106 High St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 518-9283
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The Tap House Burger features house-ground local beef topped with aioli, greens, tomato tapenade, and pickled onion, all on a grilled bun. It's sorta fancy, but in a way that even burger purists can respect.

15. Petite Jacqueline

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190 State St
Portland, ME 04101
(205) 530-7044
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The "French Attitude" burger is topped with gruyere, caramelized onions, and aioli. Say what you want about the French, but they know how to eat.

16. Vivian's Drive-In

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948 Forest Ave
Portland, ME 04103
(207) 797-7077
Cheeseburger with grilled onions is the way to go. Maybe three or four of them, as they're little. Vivian's is not much to look at, and the seasonal thing is a bit unusual given the Forest Ave location, but this place has been putting out cheap, delicious burgers for many decades.

17. Palace Diner

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18 Franklin St
Biddeford, ME 04005
(207) 284-0015
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A $13 diner burger? Yup, and the Palais Royale is worthy every penny. Imagine a Big Mac, only bigger and made with great local ingredients.

18. 3 Crow

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449 Main Street
Rockland, ME 04841
(207) 593-0812
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Two words: tobacco onions. Two more: bacon burger — as in, a burger ground in-house with whole slab bacon. Add sharp cheddar and tomato and the result is masterful.

19. Boone's Fish House & Oyster Room

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86 Commercial St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-5725
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Feel weird ordering a burger at a fish house? Don't, at least not here. The NOB burger has fried oysters on top, but it's the crisp, thick-cut bacon, Tabasco mayo, and lightly packed half-pound patty that make this burger a standout.

20. Hot Suppa

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703 Congress St
Portland, ME 04102
(207) 871-5005
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The HS Double Double uses two quarter-pound patties from local Pineland Farms, smothers them in American cheese, and adds caramelized onions and pickles.

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1. Harmon's Lunch

144 Gray Rd, Falmouth, ME 04105
Double cheeseburger, loaded. That's fried onions, mustard, and relish. There's no lettuce, no tomato, no mayo — but you won't miss 'em. There's a reason Harmon's has been cranking out its simple specialty since 1960.
144 Gray Rd
Falmouth, ME 04105

2. Owls Head General Store

2 South Shore Drive, Owls Head, ME 04854
The Seven Napkin Burger. It's perhaps Maine's most famous burger, and it's worth the trip. There's a huge, lightly packed patty that's cooked any way you want it, topped with cheese, mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup, pickles, tomatoes, lettuce, and onions. If the name is hyperbolic, it's only slightly so — good luck finishing one without the help of at least four napkins. .
2 South Shore Drive
Owls Head, ME 04854

3. Nosh Kitchen Bar

551 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101
The quad cheeseburger. That's four of Nosh's special blend patties (along with chuck and brisket, the grind includes pork shoulder and bacon) that are seared on a flattop and stacked with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, and pickles on a brioche bun.
551 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101

4. Mainely Burgers Food Truck

Portland, ME
The Mainah from this Portland-based mobile operation won the best burger title from readers during Eater Maine's 2013 Burger Week. It's topped with cheddar, bacon, sauteed onions, apple slices, and homemade maple mayo. Look for the truck on the streets of Portland or out at Scarborough Beach this summer.

5. Grace

15 Chestnut St, Portland, ME 04101
A gourmet burger at a fine-dining restaurant for roughly the same price as a Wendy's Baconator? Yup, there's the $6 Grace Burger — it's topped with cheddar, tomato confit, and pickled onions. It's even got its own Twitter account: @GraceBurger.
15 Chestnut St
Portland, ME 04101

6. Ruski's

212 Danforth St, Portland, ME 04102
The half-pound cheeseburger is a classic example of a pub burger, with a nice exterior char and juicy center. No bells and whistles here, just a high-quality burger that's prepared right.
212 Danforth St
Portland, ME 04102

7. King Eider's Pub and Restaurant

2 Elm St, Damariscotta, ME 04543
The half-pound burger is made from a custom blend of cuts and hand packed, then chargrilled.
2 Elm St
Damariscotta, ME 04543

8. Fog Bar & Café

328 Main St., Rockland, ME 04841
The Fog House Burger is a grass-fed beef patty topped with bacon jam. sriracha onion rings, and asiago cheese, served on a brioche roll.
328 Main St.
Rockland, ME 04841

9. LFK

188A State St, Portland, ME 04101
The LFK Burger is a lovely, juicy hunk of meat served on a pretzel roll and topped with pimento cheese. Why this cheese spread hasn't reached greater popularity in these northern parts remains a mystery, but LFK's use of it is genius.
188A State St
Portland, ME 04101

10. Nocturnem Draft Haus

56 Main St, Bangor, ME 04401
The Nocturnem Burger uses grass-fed Maine beef topped with Chimay beer cheese and caramelized onions. It pairs nicely with the bar's extensive, well-curated beer list.
56 Main St
Bangor, ME 04401

11. Fat Boy Drive-In

111 Bath Rd, Brunswick, ME 04011
The "Whoperburger" at this throwback Brunswick institution is what a Whopper would be if it were cooked to order with some care. It lost the second "P" some decades ago when Burger King threatened a lawsuit.
111 Bath Rd
Brunswick, ME 04011

12. The Bag & Kettle

5092 Access Rd, Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947
While the menu at this ski bum favorite boasts a handful of "Gourmet Designer Burgers," it's the Original Bag Burger that has achieved legendary status: a charbroiled cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, onion, and house sauce.
5092 Access Rd
Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947

13. The Frog and Turtle

3 Bridge St, Westbrook, ME 04092
The Jalbert takes a 6-ounce Black Angus burger and tops it with bacon, blue cheese, mushrooms, dijon, and barbecue sauce. It's tough to pass on the other entree selections here, but this is a burger that will cause no regrets.
3 Bridge St
Westbrook, ME 04092

14. Little Tap House

106 High St, Portland, ME 04101
The Tap House Burger features house-ground local beef topped with aioli, greens, tomato tapenade, and pickled onion, all on a grilled bun. It's sorta fancy, but in a way that even burger purists can respect.
106 High St
Portland, ME 04101

15. Petite Jacqueline

190 State St, Portland, ME 04101
The "French Attitude" burger is topped with gruyere, caramelized onions, and aioli. Say what you want about the French, but they know how to eat.
190 State St
Portland, ME 04101

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16. Vivian's Drive-In

948 Forest Ave, Portland, ME 04103
Cheeseburger with grilled onions is the way to go. Maybe three or four of them, as they're little. Vivian's is not much to look at, and the seasonal thing is a bit unusual given the Forest Ave location, but this place has been putting out cheap, delicious burgers for many decades.
948 Forest Ave
Portland, ME 04103

17. Palace Diner

18 Franklin St, Biddeford, ME 04005
A $13 diner burger? Yup, and the Palais Royale is worthy every penny. Imagine a Big Mac, only bigger and made with great local ingredients.
18 Franklin St
Biddeford, ME 04005

18. 3 Crow

449 Main Street, Rockland, ME 04841
Two words: tobacco onions. Two more: bacon burger — as in, a burger ground in-house with whole slab bacon. Add sharp cheddar and tomato and the result is masterful.
449 Main Street
Rockland, ME 04841

19. Boone's Fish House & Oyster Room

86 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101
Feel weird ordering a burger at a fish house? Don't, at least not here. The NOB burger has fried oysters on top, but it's the crisp, thick-cut bacon, Tabasco mayo, and lightly packed half-pound patty that make this burger a standout.
86 Commercial St
Portland, ME 04101

20. Hot Suppa

703 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102
The HS Double Double uses two quarter-pound patties from local Pineland Farms, smothers them in American cheese, and adds caramelized onions and pickles.
703 Congress St
Portland, ME 04102