As far as we're concerned, we celebrate National Burger Month from January through December.
But technically, it's just May, which gives you the perfect excuse to try the best burgers Boston has to offer.
You can remake and reinvent the burger all you want, but a it's tough to beat the original. Burger Month is the perfect reason to make a pilgrimage to Shake Shack's first Boston location and pay tribute to life's simple blissful things with a double Shack Burger with lettuce, tomato, and Shack Sauce.
Shake Shack, 49 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill (617-651-3406)
When we mean exotic, we don't mean a turkey burger. We mean Burger Month done Tip Tap Room-style, where chef Brian Poe will be offering a different eight-ounce game burger (as in antelope, elk, buffalo and yes, even yak) each week for the whole month.
Tip Tap Room, 138 Cambridge St., Beacon Hill (857-350-3344)
Burgers can range from the painfully basic (see: McDonald's) to the downright opulent, as in the Sliced Filet Mignon burger at Fleming's, featuring a seven-ounce patty of tender beef filet served with sauteed mushrooms, bearnaise sauce, and signature onion rings.
Fleming's, 217 Stuart St., Bay Village (617-292-0808)
No matter what you prefer when seeking bun-based bliss, you'll find it at R.F. O'Sullivan & Son. The pub's award-winning burger menu includes more than 20 options (plus more rotating specials), including their famous cheese-stuffed varieties.
R.F. O'Sullivan & Son, 282 Beacon St., Somerville (617-492-7773)
Some burgers are just dinner; others are an experience in themselves. If you can get to Craigie on Maine early enough (the restaurant only prepares around 20 burgers per night, attracting lines), you'll get a taste of Boston's most rare and celebrated burger: a locally raised grass fed eight-ounce beef patty, Shelburne Farm cheddar cheese, lettuce, onion, red wine vinegar pickles, housemade ketchup, slaw, and the secret burger vinaigrette sauce on a housemade bun.
Craigie on Maine, 853 Main St., Central Square (617-497-5511)