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Decidedly different burgers

An insider’s guide to burger joints in the Olympia area

The Olympia area features excellent burger options. Photo credit: Experience Olympia & Beyond

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Summer is the season for burgers! Whether you're enjoying a cookout with friends and family or dining out at your favorite neighborhood spot, we all get a craving for burgers and fries. Luckily, the Olympia region is home to a unique collection of burger joints, all serving up decidedly different burgers.  

When you're here and the burger craving hits, consider one of these local spots. Below is a curated list to help guide your hunger:  

1. Burger Lab Mondays at Three Magnets Brewpub

2. Chili Burger at Ranch House BBQ & Steakhouse

3. Tex Mex Burger at Mills Diner

4. Impossible Burger at Well 80 Brewhouse

5. 80/20 Burger at Ricardo's Kitchen + Bar

6. Salmon Burger at River's Edge Tumwater

Burger Lab Mondays at Three Magnets Brewpub

Located in the heart of downtown Olympia, Three Magnets Brewing Co. is a beloved craft brewery and brewpub. Every Monday, the restaurant celebrates "Burger Lab Monday" with an experimental burger alongside a 10-ounce beer for just $15. 

For example, they recently featured a brisket and chorizo patty burger, with roasted garlic aioli, spring greens and fontina. Pair that with a schooner of their American Stout and you're good to go! 600 Franklin St. SE, Ste. 105, Olympia,

Chili Burger at Ranch House BBQ & Steakhouse

Ranch House BBQ knows a thing or two about real BBQ! Born and raised in Olympia, pitmaster Amy Anderson has competed on the national level and taken home championship titles in Washington state, California, Arizona and Nevada. For something decidedly different, try the classic, house-grilled chili burger, topped with the award-winning chili. 10841 Kennedy Creek Rd. SW, Olympia,

Tex Mex Burger at Mill's Diner

Located in Rochester, Mill's Diner is a burger lover's paradise. The restaurant serves up classic, American diner favorites with a twist, and their burgers are no exception. Go for something different and try their spicy Tex Mex burger, topped with a charred jalapeño and served with a side of pico fries.  10109 Hwy. 12 SW, Rochester,

Impossible Burger at Well 80 Brewhouse

The Well 80 Brewhouse is one-part brewery, one-part brewpub built on the site of one of Olympia's famous Artesian wells. In fact, the delicious well water is used in brewing their line of tasty, craft beers. When it comes to burgers, vegetarians and vegans rejoice! Well 80 customizes any of its burgers with the Impossible Burger patty (gluten-free and vegan), with a delicious side of fries, tots, house salad or soup. 514 Fourth Ave. E, Olympia,

80/20 Burger at Ricardo's Kitchen + Bar

Located in Lacey, Ricardo's Kitchen + Bar is a romantic, family-owned steakhouse that celebrates Italian-inspired cuisine. The restaurant utilizes top-grade ingredients from local vendors and rotates its menu seasonally. Owner Ricardo lives by the mantra #SEXYBEEF. For an elevated burger experience, order the 80/20 burger and you will not be disappointed. 676 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey,

Salmon Burger at River's Edge Tumwater

Located on the Tumwater Valley Golf Course, River's Edge is a newly renovated premier sports bar and dining destination. The restaurant serves up a fresh menu of house specialties to help fuel golfers and sports fans alike. For something decidedly different, order the Salmon Burger -- topped with a sweet, Asian pear slaw and wasabi aioli, served with a big side of battered French fries. 4611 Tumwater Valley Dr., Tumwater,

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