I love hamburgers. In fact, the only thing that has kept me from becoming a vegetarian is hamburgers. In my sad attempts to go veg in the past, it was hamburgers that I craved. This weekend I went to Lunchbox Laboratory in Ballard. Hamburgers there cost $7. Add a side and a milkshake and you’re talking $15. Add mac and cheese and it goes up $2 from there. There is no table service. You stand in line and order then hope to find a seat in what amounts to little over 10 seats inside and a bit more outside. Your burger when ready is served on a fancy plate. Milkshakes come out in a beaker.
You would think that $15 for lunch is way too much to pay for when you’re not even being waited on, but this burger was hands down the best hamburger I’ve ever had. Everyone in the joint was eating with a knife and fork because the burger was so unbelievably big and so unbelievably drippy. But what a taste. The patty is a combination of sirloin, rib-eye and something else that I missed but it is by far the best hamburger patty known to man. There were easily 8 slices of bacon on the burger. The jalapeno cheese sauce was something to behold, and the yam fries I got on the side were great too.
Do something simple and do it well. I’m still dreaming about that burger today.
Photo of Lunchbox Laboratory meal via rockydoggydog’s Flickr photostream.