Written By: Jessica Ourisman and Chelsea Raineri Orange County burgers

Whether it’s topped with cheese, mustard, ketchup, lettuce or even pickles, burgers in Orange County are a staple. There’s nothing like biting into a fresh, hot, burger on a warm summer day—or any season for that matter. Because let’s be real, a burger is great any time of the day during any time of the year. We’ve rounded up 13 of the best burgers in Orange County so you never have to be on the hunt again. You’re welcome. With everything from hickory burgers to BLT sliders, we’ve got your taste buds covered.

Orange County burgers

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern

We could spend hours debating which local spot has the best burger in town. However, when you’re looking for a great, solid burger, you can’t go wrong with Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern’s Famous Cheeseburger. A local legend for a reason! The patty is juicy with a nice char, the layer of melted American cheese covers the top of the burger and some of its curve, the lettuce, tomato and onion add some crunchiness to it all, and the Thousand Island makes this burger divine. All served with a side of fries. You can order The Famous Cheeseburger any day of the week, but you can take advantage of their Burger & A Beer Mondays and get more bang for your buck. So, run, don’t walk, to try this burger.

Village at La Floresta
3325 E Imperial Hwy
Brea, CA 92823
714.733.1310 | www.j-fat.com

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Smoqued California BBQ

From the trendy, SoCal BBQ joint, nestled in the heart of downtown Orange, comes The Hangover Burger—an absolute must-try for OC burger-lovers. Served on thick-cut Texas toast, the burger patty itself is surprisingly juicy, thanks to its unique brisket and ground-beef blend. Topped with mouth-watering fixings that including roasted red pepper, Swiss cheese, arugula, spicy aioli and a perfectly over-easy fried egg, it’s their house-cured, smoked and candied bacon that steals the show. Oh—and did we mention that the Craft beer selection rocks? There’s that, too.

128 N. Glassell St.
Orange, CA 92866
714.633.7427 | www.smoquedbbq.com

Orange County burgers

Ruby’s Diner

Meet the carnivore’s favorite menu-item at Ruby’s, Orange County’s favorite throwback dining establishment: “The Hickory Burger.” The Hickory Burger is the bomb-dot-com for satisfying your hunger cravings. Served with two, melted slices of cheddar cheese, thick-cut bacon, onion rings and Ruby’s signature sauce. The burger is then covered with tangy barbecue sauce that will ensure your meal is flavorful and tasty down to the very last bite.

1 Main Street (end of the pier)
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
714.969.7829 | www.rubys.com   

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SOCIAL Costa Mesa

The next time you’re craving a gourmet burger made from the finest ingredients, pop over to SOCIAL Costa Mesa for their mouthwatering Drive Thru Burger. Their culinary team, truly outdid themselves in recreating this delectable American classic for a hip and food-savvy crowd. Available on both their Social Hour and dinner menus, the Drive Thru Burger is made with Akaushi Beef for a difference you can taste. Burger-lovers will be satisfied even without opting in on the meal’s exquisite add-ons like a fried farm egg and bacon marmalade, but it’s worth the few extra bucks to get the works. #YUM.

512 W. 19th St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
949.642.2425 | www.socialcostamesa.com

The Royal Hawaiian

Just the thought of Laguna Beach’s upscale Tiki Bar and fine dining establishment makes our tummies grumble. The burger in question is the establishment’s namesake menu-item: the Royal Hawaiian Burger. True to downtown Laguna’s swanky, beachside vibes, the recipe calls for gourmet touches that make this burger downright fancy. Its Kobe beef patty is topped with cave-aged white cheddar, grilled pineapple and sweet chilli barbecue sauce, with a serving of their thyme fries to complete your meal.

331 N. Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949.715.1470 | www.royalhawaiianlb.com

 

Bad To The Bone BBQ

If you haven’t already heard of Bad To The Bone BBQ in San Juan Capistrano—one of OC’s most renowned “real pit barbecue” joints—you’ll never forget it after trying The Smokehouse Burger. The Smokehouse Burger itself stands-out from the very first bite, thanks to its half pound patty, made from their famous blend of brisket, short rib and ground chuck. It’s grilled and served on a fresh brioche bun, topped with barbecue sauce, caramelized onions, sharp cheddar cheese and house-smoked bacon. (We’d go for the Hush Puppies for an extra $1!)

31738 Rancho Viejo Rd.
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
949.218.0227 | www.badtothebone-bbq.com

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Ways & Means Oyster House

This Huntington Beach eatery, dubbed OC’s #1 Oyster House by Locale back in 2014, consistently ranks as a favorite among seafood-loving diners. We’d like to draw your attention to the BLT Sliders. Each order comes with two sliders served on a brioche bun, topped with sweet, spicy bacon and flavorful avocado salsa. Once you’ve finished the burger and side of herbed, crispy fries, the menu offers a wide-range of tasty treats in small sizes to keep your feast going.

Pacific City
21022 Pacific Coast Highway Ste B140
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
714.960.4300 | www.wmoysters.com

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K’ya Bistro Bar

Die-hard burger fans can’t miss the epic BBQ Bacon Cheddar Burger served at K’ya Bistro Bar. Dripping with beer cheddar and topped with barbecue sauce, bacon and crispy onions, the burger patty itself is made from all natural grass-fed beef that speaks to the establishment’s emphasis on quality. Whether grabbing a burger at a private table, sharing small dishes by the fireplace or enjoying a cocktail in the lounge, the K’ya Bistro Bar dining experience offers up a quintessential Southern Californian novelty: a burger with an ocean view.

1287 S Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949.376.9718 | www.kyabistro.com

 

Burger Boss

Build your own burger at Burger Boss! Millennials and the up-and-coming Gen Z crowd can feel at ease with giant touch screens that allow you to fully customize your meal and visualize it in real time. Choose from 100% grass-fed beef, cage-free chicken and turkey, or vegan black bean patties, white kaiser, wheat grain or gluten free buns, a wide variety of cheeses, yes they included gouda, and sauces and toppings as far as the eye can see. With so many options, you’ll be able to have a different burger every time you go, which we assume will be multiple times a week. Stop by any of their locations in Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Cypress, Riverside, and coming soon to Tustin, to get a taste of these incredible burgers.

23642 Rockfield Blvd,
Lake Forest, CA 92630
949.716.6330 | www.burgerboss.com

 

Burnt Crumbs

Getting their start as a trendy food truck serving the OC area, the wild popularity of the sandwich-oriented menu items at Burnt Crumbs has lead to, not one, but two locations of the local-favorite dining destination. Of course, when it comes to sandwiches, burgers are an entirely different breed altogether; yet Burnt Crumbs has done it again, serving up a truly spectacular burger for the books: the Western Cheeseburger. House barbecue sauce, applewood smoked bacon, American cheese and crispy onion rings, all play a part atop a delicious patty. Tip: We hear that some extra barbecue sauce on the burger takes it to the next level!

21056 Pacific Coast Highway, Ste. M100
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
714.374.0777 | www.burntcrumbs.com

 

Coastal Kitchen

Located in the coastal community of Dana Point, locals adore the bright and airy décor of this beachside treasure. Considering their mastery when it comes to serving up meals that more than satisfy, you know that their Blue Cheese Bacon Burger won’t disappoint. As expected, it might be the best blue cheese burger you’ve ever had. Topped with grilled red onion and applewood smoked bacon, it not only lives up to the establishment’s stellar reputation, but will satisfy the pickiest of burger-lovers.

34091 Pacific Coast Highway
Dana Point, CA 92629
949.449.2822 | www.coastalkitchendanapoint.com

 

The Rooftop Lounge

Aside from the incredible ocean view, fresh air and sunshine galore at The Rooftop Lounge, their Hangover Burger is the perfect antidote to any residual “Post Night Out” discomfort. If you stop by for brunch—or lunch—and have a burger on the brain, look no further than this tasty concoction. The Hangover Burger is topped with both American and Swiss cheeses, which are joined by bacon, a fried egg, lettuce, tomato, onion and house sauce atop a brioche bun. You’ll also enjoy a side of kettle chips and your choice of quinoa tabbouleh, potato salad, blue cheese slaw or green salad—changing up the oh-so-common burger ‘n fries combo.

1289 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949.497.2446 | www.rooftoplagunabeach.com

 

Fly-N-Fish Oyster Bar

The Newport Beach eatery specializes in fresh seafood and hand-selected ingredients, served alongside an impeccable menu of wines, craft beers, and cocktails. In addition to their award-winning clam chowder and raw bar selections, they somehow manage to serve up a burger that is on-par with its truly top-of-the-line seafood dining experience. The Half-Pound Grilled Sirloin Burger is served with lettuce, tomato, onion and your choice of cheeses—and is fantastic unadorned. However, as truly adventurous diners who opt-in on bacon or avocado know, sometimes too much of a good thing is, after all, a great thing.

2304 W. Oceanfront
Newport Beach, CA 92663
949.673.8400 | www.flynfishoysterbar.com