May is National Burger Month! Nothing says spring or summer like a great burger. Although, I believe they are pretty great in any season. During my time in China, I decided that if I could only have one type of food forever it would definitely be sandwiches (loosely defined). So burgers fall within that category of my favorite type of food.

As a result of my love of burgers, I have hunted internationally for the best burger. In my opinionĀ The Grill Next Door is the home of the best burgers in Massachusetts. Everything else about the restaurant is pretty great as well.

Sides:

These are definitely a step above the standard fries and onion rings. The fries appear to be hand cut; thicker than average and perfectly cooked – not too soft but not too hard. The onion rings thick cut and are beer battered.

The fries on their own are excellent. But you can also upgrade to specialty fries; of which they have 7 different types. Our family favorites include the Loaded Cheddar Fries with sauteed onions, bacon, cheese, scallions, and sour cream or the BBQ Chicken Fries with grilled chicken, barbecue sauce, and cheese. This seems like a reasonably simple idea, but quite tasty. You can get an entire order of fries that come out the size of a huge dinner plate or these are available (for an additional charge) as a side. These fries can definitely count as dinner. Although with the amazing burger choices, I usually leave them as a side dish.

Burgers:

There are 12 kinds of specialty burgers on the menu. Each of the nine beef burgers are made with a half pound of angus beef. The three non beef burgers include a Veggie Burger, Turkey Burger, and Pork Burger. One of my favorites is the Apple Chip Pork Burger; a pork burger stuffed with cinnamon apples, covered in cheese, bacon, and with a side of maple syrup for dipping. A helpful note is that this is by no means a clean eating experience (aka, not the best item to order when dressed in your Sunday finest). I have never had anything quite like it. It is definitely worth donning a bib and enduring a hose down, or at least just being ok with needing to wash your hands after eating and a little residual stickiness. My go to favorite burger, is the BBQ Burger with BBQ, Cheese, and Onion Rings. When I’m craving a great burger, this is usually what I have in mind.

Entrees:

For those who do not share my love of burgers (gasp- how could you?!?), The Grill Next Door also offers an assortment of other entrees. I have heard good things about the Mac and Cheese, Sandwiches, and Prime Rib. Personally I have never felt the need to stray from the burger menu, so I can not attest to these claims personally.

Drinks:

They have some pretty creative cocktails. Also for those times you are feeling less adventurous, they have a full bar and can make any of the standard cocktails as well. One of our most memorable cocktails we have ordered (that still comes up in conversation) is the Snowball Martini. It is white chocolate and coconut. It basically tasted like dessert – yum!

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The rest of the family also loves this place for their crazy awesome beer selection. They have 36 beers on tap. I don’t know a lot about beer, but the family always gets pretty excited about trying new different beers. I will have to get one of them to guest post about the beer selection soon. Also as a side note, there is a beer store next door that sells a lot of different beers which is said to be pretty awesome.

Until then, it’s totally worth it to make a trip for the burgers. The beer selection will just be a happy bonus.

The Grill Next Door
653 Broadway
Haverhill, MA 01832
(978) 241-7337
http://www.thegrillnextdoor.net/

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