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Brian Samuels

Clog Your Arteries With These Shockingly Over-the-Top Burgers

Burger Week continues with some outrageous specimens.

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The River Bar burger
| Brian Samuels

A chef can play with creative and unique toppings to make a burger stand out, or she can go all-out with sheer gluttony to give a burger a real shock factor. These nine burgers makes "creative" and "unique" look like child's play, from a bacon spring roll-topped burger to a six-pound burger challenge — and everything in between. Celebrate Burger Week by getting a little wild and trying one (or all) of these.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Boston Burger Company

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37 Davis Sq
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 440-7361
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The Artery Clogger: If the name alone doesn't indicate that this is not for dieters, the description will — this burger is beer-battered and deep-fried before it's topped with bacon, American cheese, and barbecue sauce. [Photo: Facebook]

2. Olde Magoun's Saloon

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518 Medford St
Somerville, MA 02145
(617) 776-2600
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Death Wish: The amount of heat crammed into this burger sets it over the top. It boasts a mix of chipotle, ghost, habanero, and jalapeño peppers, and if that isn't enough, the spice-laden burger is then topped with pepper jack cheese and a Sriracha sour cream. [Photo: Yelp]

3. River Bar

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661 Assembly Row
Somerville, MA 02145

Grass Fed Burger: Sounds simple enough; this burger starts off with a grass-fed patty. But the patty is bathed in a bulgogi marinade before being topped with bacon spring rolls and a spicy mayo. Served on an English muffin. [Photo: Brian Samuels]

4. Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage

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1246 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 354-6559
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The LeBron James: This tourist haven, known for naming its burgers after people, touts a burger that is topped with bacon and stacked with ultra-hot ghost chili pepper mac and cheese. Served with a side of fries. [Photo: Yelp]

5. Lulu's Allston

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421 Cambridge St
Boston, MA 02134
(617) 787-1117
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Bad Ass Burger: This burger is no joke, and a knife and fork are even recommended. It comes topped with herbs and butter, stout-braised short ribs, and a runny egg, all topped off with a beer cheese soup. If that's not enough, it comes with chili cheese fries on the side. [Photo: Official Site]

6. Bukowski Tavern

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50 Dalton St
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 437-9999
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Peanut Butter Burger: With the disclaimer of "trust us, it's good," the burger at Bukowski Tavern in Back Bay offers a beef patty topped with a hefty dollop of either crunchy or smooth peanut butter — and the option to add bacon. [Photo: Yelp]

7. Tasty Burger

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1301 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 425-4444
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Blue Collar: A deep-fried burger patty starts things off before a sweet and spicy mustard pickle joins the mix. There's also the option to add cheese, a fried egg, or bacon to the burger experience. From time to time, Tasty Burger is also known to have a "state fair" burger on the menu, where the whole thing is deep-fried. [Photo: Facebook]

8. The Gallows

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1395 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 425-0200
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Beanpot Burger: While the burgers at The Gallows change regularly, they are known for unique combinations. Currently on their menu, the Beanpot burger is topped with Boston baked beans, pork belly, mustard, and cheddar cheese. [Photo: Cal Bingham]

9. Eagle's Deli

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1918 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02135
(617) 731-3232
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Eagle's Challenge: For those looking for quantity, the Eagle's Challenge fits the bill. It starts with six pounds of burger, 24 pieces of bacon, 24 pieces of American cheese, five pounds of fries, and one deli pickle (because two pickles would really put things over the edge.) If that's too much, there are other burgers that you can order that start at 5 pounds and go all the way down to the regular half-pound burger. [Photo: Yelp]

1. Boston Burger Company

37 Davis Sq, Somerville, MA 02144

The Artery Clogger: If the name alone doesn't indicate that this is not for dieters, the description will — this burger is beer-battered and deep-fried before it's topped with bacon, American cheese, and barbecue sauce. [Photo: Facebook]

37 Davis Sq
Somerville, MA 02144

2. Olde Magoun's Saloon

518 Medford St, Somerville, MA 02145

Death Wish: The amount of heat crammed into this burger sets it over the top. It boasts a mix of chipotle, ghost, habanero, and jalapeño peppers, and if that isn't enough, the spice-laden burger is then topped with pepper jack cheese and a Sriracha sour cream. [Photo: Yelp]

518 Medford St
Somerville, MA 02145

3. River Bar

661 Assembly Row, Somerville, MA 02145

Grass Fed Burger: Sounds simple enough; this burger starts off with a grass-fed patty. But the patty is bathed in a bulgogi marinade before being topped with bacon spring rolls and a spicy mayo. Served on an English muffin. [Photo: Brian Samuels]

661 Assembly Row
Somerville, MA 02145

4. Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage

1246 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

The LeBron James: This tourist haven, known for naming its burgers after people, touts a burger that is topped with bacon and stacked with ultra-hot ghost chili pepper mac and cheese. Served with a side of fries. [Photo: Yelp]

1246 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

5. Lulu's Allston

421 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02134

Bad Ass Burger: This burger is no joke, and a knife and fork are even recommended. It comes topped with herbs and butter, stout-braised short ribs, and a runny egg, all topped off with a beer cheese soup. If that's not enough, it comes with chili cheese fries on the side. [Photo: Official Site]

421 Cambridge St
Boston, MA 02134

6. Bukowski Tavern

50 Dalton St, Boston, MA 02115

Peanut Butter Burger: With the disclaimer of "trust us, it's good," the burger at Bukowski Tavern in Back Bay offers a beef patty topped with a hefty dollop of either crunchy or smooth peanut butter — and the option to add bacon. [Photo: Yelp]

50 Dalton St
Boston, MA 02115

7. Tasty Burger

1301 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215

Blue Collar: A deep-fried burger patty starts things off before a sweet and spicy mustard pickle joins the mix. There's also the option to add cheese, a fried egg, or bacon to the burger experience. From time to time, Tasty Burger is also known to have a "state fair" burger on the menu, where the whole thing is deep-fried. [Photo: Facebook]

1301 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215

8. The Gallows

1395 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

Beanpot Burger: While the burgers at The Gallows change regularly, they are known for unique combinations. Currently on their menu, the Beanpot burger is topped with Boston baked beans, pork belly, mustard, and cheddar cheese. [Photo: Cal Bingham]

1395 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118

9. Eagle's Deli

1918 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02135

Eagle's Challenge: For those looking for quantity, the Eagle's Challenge fits the bill. It starts with six pounds of burger, 24 pieces of bacon, 24 pieces of American cheese, five pounds of fries, and one deli pickle (because two pickles would really put things over the edge.) If that's too much, there are other burgers that you can order that start at 5 pounds and go all the way down to the regular half-pound burger. [Photo: Yelp]

1918 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02135

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