9 Best Burgers on Cape Cod

There are some days that only a burger will do. When those cravings hit, here are the most flavorful and unique burgers for an absolutely decadent lunch or dinner! Don’t worry about feeling guilty, you can always order a side salad to balance things out.

The Red Nun Bar & Grill (Dennis Port and Chatham) serves up hand-packed Angus burgers on giant English muffins. With more than ten combinations including bacon, marsala, Thai and even vegan, they’ve got all your cravings covered. And don’t forget the sides, they’ve got fries and onion rings to make the meal complete. Make sure to try out their famous fried lobster starter -- a modern take on a New England classic.

KKatie’s Burger Bar in Hyannis advertises itself for those with an “aggressive appetite” – and there’s good reason. Their angus burgers are hand-pressed fresh daily, and feature such beauties as the Double Decker Melt (pressed between two grilled cheese sandwiches) and the Pickle Back Burger (smothered in Jameson BBQ caramelized onions). The star of the show, though, is "The Rock" - featuring four quarter pound burgers, each stacked with cherry wood smoked bacon and American cheese, then topped with crispy onion rings and KKatie’s special sauce. Try that on for size.

If pub fare is what you want, try out the British Beer Company (Falmouth, Sandwich and Hyannis). Grilled burgers are a standout on the menu, served on freshly baked brioche rolls. The burgers are big, so bring your appetite to devour the likes of the bourbon turkey and bacon burger; grilled Angus and smoked gouda; turkey, apple bacon or a build your own angus burger.  You’ll also find a lengthy beer list, with more than 20 varieties on tap.

I hope you’re hungry, as Black Cat Tavern in Hyannis dishes up a half a dozen burgers to suit all appetites. The casual waterfront eatery goes big with the Double Stack, featuring two Angus patties lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese, bacon and fried onion rings on a pretzel bun. If you really want to gild the lily, try the Osterville Burger with fried oysters, crumbled bleu cheese and bacon. There’s also a veggie option and more classic varieties such as a half pounder with cheese and bacon.

Mom & Pops Burgers in Chatham prides itself on using the highest quality, freshest ingredients in its burger prep, and that includes sourcing its Black Angus beef from the country’s top beef purveyor. Burgers range from the California Burger and the Bacon & Blue Cheeseburger to the hot & spicy El Dyablo Burger (surpassed in hotness only by the Naughty Dyablo Burger). Insider’s Tip: Though known for their burgers, their hot dogs and hand-cut fries are equally note-worthy.

Whether you're stopping in for lunch while out shopping or have a hankering for comfort food, Bobby Byrne’s (Mashpee, Sandwich and Hyannis) has a menu full of classics. The burgers are robust and served on bulky rolls. Build your own Angus burger, or choose from house specialties such as bacon jalapeno, mushroom Swiss, Texas style chipotle, or a southwestern veggie burger. Thirsty? A pint of Guinness is the preferred house drink.

While the Beacon Room in Orleans is best known for its upscale seafood, their lunchtime selection of fresh ground sirloin burgers make for a satisfying meal. Savor a mushroom and Gorgonzola burger or opt for a bacon and cheddar variety stacked high with crispy, smoked bacon. If you want a surf and turf style meal, start out with the house-made clam chowder, crab cakes or scallops.

Looking for a casual, family friendly joint that serves up white tablecloth quality food? The Lost Dog Pub in Dennis offers the best of both worlds. Customize your burger with a wide selection of cheeses and toppings including veggies and bacon. All are served on a grilled, homemade roll. The kids are covered too, with options such as burgers and other petite sandwiches.

If you want every day to be a beach day, grab lunch, dinner or late night snacks (they serve a full menu until midnight) at the Quahog Republic who lovingly refer to their Falmouth joint as a seaside “dive bar.” They are being modest. The food and long list of beers and cocktails keeps locals coming back. You can’t go wrong with the burgers. The Aussie piles bacon, bbq sauce, cheese, beets, caramelized onions and a fried egg atop a half pound Angus patty. Pair it with one of their signature bacon-garnished Bloody Mary's and you're in heaven.

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