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Best Hamburger

Kooper's Tavern

1702 Thames St., (410) 563-5423, www.koopers.com

Posted 9/18/2002

We hate to be so wishy-washy about this, but it's damn tough picking a Best Hamburger in this town. Baltimore is beer-drinking, meat-eating, don't-worry-too-much-about-the-size-of-your-belly kind of place, meaning there are plenty of places to get a good burger, a mess of fries, and plenty of malty beverages to wash it all down with. So, we embarked on a tour of some of our favorite grills--our beer guts be damned--and enjoyed good burgers in a variety of environments. The Best? It very well may be the hamburgers found at Kooper's Tavern's Burger Day. Every Tuesday, burgers at this Fells Point bar and restaurant start out at $2.75, and toppings beyond the usual lettuce, tomatoes, and condiments (grilled onions, peppers, and mushrooms, chili, bacon, cheese, etc.) cost 50 cents each. That we sometimes have to wait for a table on a Tuesday night is a good sign of these burgers' quality. But the proof is in the patties: really good, perfectly grilled eight-ounce beef patties (veggie and turkey varieties are available, too)--pink and flavorful inside, charred outside. Yes, they might be the best burgers in Baltimore, but we're gonna keep looking.

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Other Awards for Best Hamburger:

Crosstown Burger at Hamilton Tavern, 9/16/2009

Kooper's Tavern, 9/17/2008

Dizzy Issie's, 9/19/2007

Swallow at the Hollow, 9/20/2006

Swallow at the Hollow, 9/21/2005

Poncabird Pub, 9/22/2004

Mick O'Shea's, 9/17/2003

Alonso's, 9/19/2001

Alonso's, 9/13/2000

Alonso's, 9/17/1997

Pete’s Grille, 9/18/1996

All Awards for Kooper''s Tavern:

Best Hamburger, 9/17/2008

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