Credit: Josh Telles / Adrift
Credit: Josh Telles / Adrift

7 Burger Joints on the Westside of LA Will Make You Forget About In-N-Out

From Vegan Patties to Classic Creations, Here’s Where to Go When You Just Need a Really Good Burger 

While it’s expected to find some of the freshest seafood on the westside of Los Angeles, you may be surprised to learn that you can also find some of the best burgers. From West Hollywood to Santa Monica, the westside has everything from beachside burger joints to 70s-inspired retro diners. Whether it’s a vegan burger or a juicy American classic, these seven burger joints on the westside are sure to give In-N-Out a run for their money. Best Burgers Westside LA

 

HiHo Cheeseburger

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Looking to cure your craving with the cleanest ingredients? HiHo Cheeseburger prides itself on being the only burger restaurant to exclusively serve 100% grass-fed wagyu beef. The onion jam on their HiHo Cheeseburger adds a savory yet sweet kick, and the house-made pickles are the perfect amount of sour. Double the flavor by adding pastrami on top of any of their burgers (highly recommended), and don’t miss out on their from-scratch, all-natural ice cream shakes. 

Locations: Santa Monica and Marina Del Rey

Best Burgers Westside LA

The Win~Dow

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The Win-Dow is a Venice staple that you need to check out while cruising the boardwalk. Their traditional smash burgers are legendary, and they are all served with a secret house sauce that you’ll want to drizzle on literally everything. The Win-Dow’s burgers are hand-shaped and flat-top grilled, making them thinner and easier to bite into. Order your meal to-go and grab a fresh lemonade before snagging a spot on the sand for a seaside picnic. 

Location: Venice

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Mr. Charlie’s

Credit: Aaron Haxton

Ever fantasized about a vegan version of McDonald’s? Well, Mr. Charlie’s is here to make all of your plant-based dreams come true. Located on the outskirts of West Hollywood, Mr. Charlie’s serves everything from plant-based chicken nuggets to vegan cheeseburgers, all inspired by the traditional style and flavors found at McDonald’s. If you want to try a bit of everything, “turn your frown upside down” with their $15 meal.

Location: West Hollywood (or Fairfax District)

Best Burgers Westside LA

Monty’s Good Burger

With locations all over LA, Monty’s Good Burger has certainly made a name for itself among LA’s vegans and carnivores. The Impossible Meat patties could seriously fool even the most devout of meat-eaters, while the potato buns boast a soft, melt-in-your-mouth texture. Instead of fries, go for their Max’d Out Tots and finish off your meal with a Rico’s root beer float, which is sure to bring you back to your childhood.

Local Insight: Looking to adopt a furry family member? Monty’s works with the LA Animal Services to host an adoption drive once a month!

Location: Culver City

 

Heavy Handed LA

Between the homemade buns and premium sourced short rib, Heavy Handed has earned a reputation for having some of the best burgers in all of LA. This casual food truck creates mind-blowing flavor combos and places a focus on the art of searing their meat to perfection. Regardless of how many patties you get on your short rib burger, do yourself a favor and order an extra side of Heavy Sauce.

Location: Food truck (various locations; check website for details) 

Best Burgers Westside LA

Adrift Burger Bar

Credit: Josh Telles

From Michelin-starred chef David Meyers, Adrift Burger Bar serves signature burgers with an upscale flair. Inspired by flavors around the globe, this laid-back burger bar features minimalistic decor in a beachy setting. Their cheesy Adrift Burger is coated in rich gruyere, making the house-made truffle chips the perfect pairing. Also, don’t skip on their “grown-up” shakes, which are just as beautiful and boozy as they are decadent. 

Location: Venice

 

nomoo | New American Burger

Credit: nomoo | New American Burgers

Located in a cool, retro diner off of Melrose, nomoo takes vegan burgers to the next level. Everything is 100% vegan, from the handspun shakes to the juicy patties. The BBQ “Facon” features a gourmet brioche bun with house-made “bacon,” but the secret BBQ sauce is what really makes this flavor-packed burger stand out. Pro tip: load your fries “animal style” for the ultimate treat.

Local Insight: 10% of all proceeds at nomoo are donated to local charities, allowing you to fill your belly and your heart.

Location: West Hollywood

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Allie Lebos graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2017 with a BA in Communication. While in school she was a staff writer at The Daily Nexus for nearly two years. Since graduating she has written for The Palisades Magazine, as well as Hidden Hills Magazine. Currently living in Santa Monica, Allie loves to indulge in good food, hot yoga, and daily walks along the beach; writing articles on travel, special events, as well as features on local businesses and individuals.

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