About Us

Burgermaster has served burgers, fries and more to the Seattle area since its founding over 60 years ago. To this day, Burgermaster remains a family-owned business. At Burgermaster’s 6 locations – Aurora, Bellevue, Everett, Mill Creek, Mount Vernon and University – we provide healthy, quality options including grass-fed beef in all of our hamburgers. Our Alaskan cod fish and chips are breaded in-house and served with house-made tartar sauce. We believe the effort to make great food in Burgermaster’s own kitchens results in better quality, and happier customers.

Burgermaster restaurants are the life’s work of founder Phil Jensen. In 1952, he was in his early thirties and had just lost the lease on his restaurant in downtown Seattle. He was approached by two brothers, Don and Bud Mowat, who were looking for someone to run a restaurant on a property they owned near the University of Washington. They offered the lease to Phil, and the rest, as they say, is history. Phil always attributed much of his success to that first opportunity given him by the Mowat brothers.

Phil Jensen passed away in 2009, but his guiding principle of “give the customer a better deal” still guides the running of the restaurants. Phil’s hands-on attention to detail and his focus on quality made Burgermaster a landmark in the greater Seattle area. The Jensen children now run Burgermaster, and work to ensure that their father’s vision endures.

Phil’s wife, Mary, has always been involved in Burgermaster. A lifelong gardener, Mary Jensen still oversees the planting and maintenance of the landscaping, for which Burgermaster is also known. Visit one of our restaurants when the tulips are in bloom to get an idea of just how different and how special a place a Burgermaster restaurant is. The Burgermaster located in the Bellevue-Kirkland area has received several awards from local gardening clubs.

Since that first location, Burgermaster has expanded to six locations, from Seattle to Mount Vernon and employs well over 100 people. The original location, near University Village, has customers claiming to “have come here since this place opened.” A family business in every sense.