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Written By: Charlotte Farrell Best Cheeseburgers Orange County

Ah, cheese. There are few things in this world that bring me the same amount of joy as a hunk of Camembert or a slice of pepper jack. Slap any kind of cheesy goodness atop a piping hot burger patty and you have yourself a fine duo that could tackle multiple cravings in one bite—sorry vegans, this one’s not for you. For National Cheeseburger Day on Sept. 18, we want to celebrate what makes us sodium lovers the happiest.

Best Cheeseburgers Orange County

Put a Ring on It

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern

Order This: Cowboy Burger

What’s Inside: Onion ring, barbecue sauce, pecan wood-smoked bacon, cheddar cheese.

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern
25001 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Ste 140
Dana Point, CA 92629


On Island Time

Burnt Crumbs


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Order This: Aloha Burger

What’s Inside: Angus beef, Swiss cheese, fried spam, roasted pineapple jam, shredded lettuce, raw onion, teriyaki sauce, soy mayo.

Burnt Crumbs
21058 Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste M100
Huntington Beach, CA 92648


Fully Loaded

SOCIAL Costa Mesa


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Order This: Drive Thru Burger

What’s Inside: Akaushi beef, classic American-style—pickles, onion, cheese.

Native Knowledge: Go big and add a fresh farm egg or bacon marmalade for $3.

SOCIAL Costa Mesa
512 W 19th St
Costa Mesa, CA 92627



Bad to the Bone BBQ


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Order This: Ultimate Bar-B-Que Burger

What’s Inside: Pulled pork or chopped brisket, barbecue sauce, caramelized onions, pepper jack cheese, onion straws, pickle spear.

Bad to the Bone BBQ
31738 Rancho Viejo Rd
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675


Cheese Me, Please!

A&O Kitchen + Bar


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Order This: Classic Kobe Cheeseburger

What’s Inside: Caramelized onions, shredded romaine tossed in 1000 island dressing, dill pickles, house-made ketchup, Vermont white cheddar cheese, brioche bun.

A&O Kitchen + Bar
1221 West Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, CA 92663


Where’s the Beef?

Umami Burger


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Order This: The Original Impossible Burger

What’s Inside: Two Impossible Burger patties, caramelized onions, American cheese, miso-mustard, house spread, dill pickles, lettuce, tomato.

Native Knowledge: Vegetarians, unite! This one contains zero beef. Tastes like the real thing, so give it a try!

Umami Burger
2981 Bristol St, Ste B2
Costa Mesa, CA 92626


Slide to the Left, Slide to the Right



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Order This: The Hatch

What’s Inside: Wagyu beef patty, fried onions, hatch sauce, greens, cheddar hat.

Union Market at the District
2493 Park Ave, Ste 27
Tustin, CA 92782


This One’s My Jam

Juliette Kitchen and Bar


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Order This: Juliette Burger

What’s Inside: Tomato jam, grilled balsamic onion, aged cheddar, smoked bacon, little gem lettuce, radicchio, mustard aioli.

Juliette Kitchen and Bar
1000 Bristol St, Ste 11
Newport Beach, CA 92660


Latin Flavor



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Order This: Urbana Burger

What’s Inside: Grass fed beef filled with queso Oaxaca, layered chorizo, wild arugula, cilantro aioli.

440 S Anaheim Blvd
Anaheim, CA 92805

If You Were a Fruit, You’d Be a Fine-apple

Royal Hawaiian


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Order This: Royal Hawaiian Burger

What’s Inside: Kobe-style beef, cave-aged white cheddar, grilled pineapple, bacon, avocado, island aioli.

Royal Hawaiian
331 N Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Mango Tango

Duke’s Huntington Beach


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Order This: Mango BBQ Burger

What’s Inside: Half pound angus chuck, brisket and hanger grind, mango barbecue sauce, onion rings, tomato, pickles, sharp cheddar.

Duke’s Huntington Beach
317 Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA 92648