Burgermaster

Drive-In | Hamburgers
excellent
Worth a detour
Michael Stern | September 28, 2017
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For all its cutting-edge attitude, Seattle also is a city where traditions endure. There’s no better culinary reflection of that fact than Burgermaster, a drive-in where you pull up, read the menu in front of your car slip, turn on your lights to request service, order a classic short-order meal, then dine in the car off a tray hung on the driver’s side window.

The car hops do not wear roller skates and poodle skirts. This is not a corporate-constructed theme restaurant experience. It is the real deal, and the car hops are pros who take good care of their carloads. Continue reading

For all its cutting-edge attitude, Seattle also is a city where traditions endure. There’s no better culinary reflection of that fact than Burgermaster, a drive-in where you pull up, read the menu in front of your car slip, turn on your lights to request service, order a classic short-order meal, then dine in the car off a tray hung on the driver’s side window.

The car hops do not wear roller skates and poodle skirts. This is not a corporate-constructed theme restaurant experience. It is the real deal, and the car hops are pros who take good care of their carloads. When I visited, my girl suggested I bring the food inside the car rather than eat it off the tray, explaining that crows were dive-bombing and stealing French fries from exposed meals.

Of course, burgers are the thing to eat. They’re grease-glistening beauties thin enough that a double makes good sense. Even better: the Baconmaster Extra, which is a double with double cheese and a big fistful of bacon. French fries are an essential companion. They’re thin, crisp, and a joy to binge-eat. A milk shake is the right drink to accompany a meal like this. Burgermaster shakes are plenty thick, although not memorably flavorful.

Established in 1952, Burgermaster now has six locations in the Seattle area.

Dishes to try
Burgermaster, Baconmaster Extra
Baconmaster Extra
Must-Try
Mindful drive-in fare
Burgermaster, French Fries
French Fries
Must-Try
Thin, crisp French fries come in a vessel that perfectly fits into a car's cup-holder.
Burgermaster, Milk Shake
Milk Shake
Shakes are so thick that they cling to the straw.
Directions and Hours
Information and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Reservations Accepted
No
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
Yes
Website