Burger cravings fuel latest restaurant trend

Boston is in the midst of a burger boom.

Burger joints are opening left and right. The past few years have brought 5 Napkin Burger to the Prudential Center, Boston Burger Company to Somerville’s Davis Square and the Fenway, Grass Fed to Jamaica Plain, jW’s Burger Bar to Scituate, Tasty Burger to the Fenway, and Wahlburgers to Hingham, not to mention Five Guys to 20-plus Massachusetts locations since it debuted here in 2008.

The so-called better burger segment is on the rise nationwide, and local appetites are growing in lockstep.

“It’s a craze. Everybody’s doing it, and I’m jumping on the bandwagon,” says chef Evan Deluty, who runs the popular South End Italian restaurant Stella and is eyeing several Boston locations for the burger bar he plans to open within the next year. “So many of these trends dive in and dive out. It was nouvelle cuisine in the ’80s and back to French in the ’90s, Italian in the late ’90s and early 2000s, and Mexican a few years ago. But who doesn’t love to go have a great burger for 8 or 9 bucks?”

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