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10 Ridiculous Burgers in San Diego You Should Eat Now

These Patties Are Anything But Ordinary

Written By: Omar Velasquez burgers in san diego

San Diego is a wonderful place to visit for some amazing eatery. From the beautiful coast of Oceanside to the Gaslamp District and back to North Park; San Diego has some the best restaurants, diners and pubs serving up some mouthwatering dishes. Brunch, lunch, dinner or whichever your choice may be, SD restaurants bring out a unique style of burgers. Staying away from the norm like In-N-Out or Burger King; this time we round up some different types of restaurants, in search of the best burgers in San Diego.

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Famous Buns

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern

Order This: The Cowboy Burger

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 burgers. A local legend for a reason! So, run, don’t walk, to try this burger.

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern
The Promenade at Point Loma
4990 North Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92106


Stack It Up, Stack It Up


Order This: Build Your Own Burger

For all of you technology lovers out there, this spot is a real treat. iPads adorn the tables, placed there to provide an innovative ordering approach. Build whatever burger you want—stack on all of your favorites! I suggest bringing your picky eaters here, because there really is something for everyone.

7007 Friars Rd, Ste 356
San Diego, CA 92108

Only in America

All American Burgers

Order This: Grass-fed Sliders

Best way to describe All American Burgers located in the heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter would be “scrumptious.” Serving up the all American Burgers made from 100 percent grass fed beef.

All American Burgers
409 F St
San Diego, CA 92101


Come On Down to Ruby’s

Ruby’s Diner

Order This: Hickory Burger

You can walk in, put some money in the jukebox, and enjoy yourself a nice juicy Hickory Burger. The ½ pound Hickory burger is made with two slices of melted cheddar cheese with sizzling thick-cut bacon, crisp lettuce, tomato, Rubysauce (yum!) and crispy RubyRings (double yum!). Oh, and all topped with zesty barbecue sauce. If you want to keep it strictly original, Ruby’s Diner is where it’s at.

Ruby’s Diner
1640 Camino Del Rio N #360P
San Diego, CA 92108


It’s Going Down; I’m Yelling, “Timber!”

Lumberyard Tavern

Order This: Lamb Burger

If you are looking for a “one-of-a-kind experience” restaurant the search is over. Located right off the Coast Hwy 101, Lumberyard Tavern serves a variety of comfort food. One tasty burger you will find that is different from the norm is the Lamb Burger. A juicy ground lamb filled burger with Tzatziki sauce, spinach, feta, pickled onion and tomato will have you coming back for more.

Lumberyard Tavern
967 S Coast Hwy 101, Ste 101
Encinitas, CA 92024


Going Coconuts for This Burger

Miss B’s Coconut Club

Order This: Coconut Club Burger

Can’t go wrong with some Caribbean-inspired American food overlooking the sunset on a summer afternoon—sounds beautiful doesn’t it? Miss B’s Coconut Club in Mission Beach is calling your name. From Cubano roasted pork to their delicious Coconut Club burger, Miss B’s has the rhythm to soothe your taste buds.

Miss B’s Coconut Club
3704 Mission Blvd
San Diego, CA 92109



Duke’s La Jolla

Order This: Duke’s Sliders

A tribute to Hawaii and the Southern California beach lifestyle, Duke’s welcomes guests to become part of their ohana. Stop in for lunch where you can never go wrong with their Wave Slider Wednesdays—choose between two Kahuna beef, Kalua pork or jumbo crab cake sliders.

Duke’s La Jolla
1216 Prospect St
La Jolla, CA 92037


Here for the Beer…and Burger

Nason’s Beer Hall

Order This: Nason’s Burger

Whether in town for business or pleasure; plan on staying at the Pendry San Diego for the views, scenery and restaurants. Inside the luxury hotel you will find Nason’s Beer Hall. Sure, you can go for the craft beers but when in Rome; the Nason’s Burger with Monterey Jack, avocado mash, bacon jam and mustard and house pickles on a pretzel roll with a side of some amazing house made barbecue chips or fries. After one bite, it will have you book another night.

Nason’s Beer Hall
570 J St
San Diego, CA 92101

The Champ is Here!


Order This: The Champ

At barleymash, we were served The Champ, and the name is suitable for describing the burger, too. Own it with both hands and dive in!  They bake their barley-beer bread daily, and between their buns, they’ve stacked a grilled beef patty, juicy mouth-watering pulled pork shoulder, pepper jack cheese, habanero jelly, bourbon-bbq ranch and tobacco-fried onions.

600 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101


A San Diego Classic


Order This: Single Bacon Cheeseburger

They say it’s lunch and dinner, not life or death. Customized license plates adorn the walls amongst other interesting things to look at. We tried the single bacon cheeseburger with frings—a classic. The bacon was crispy, cheese melted to perfection, and the patty was deliciously juicy.

5010 Newport Ave.
San Diego, CA 92107
619.224.4623 | *Visit Hodad’s other locations downtown and at PETCO Park

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Josie Gonzales studied Art History and Photography at University of San Diego. She works as a freelance photographer covering fashion shows, theatre, weddings and other events.




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