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If New York has pizza, and Texas has BBQ, then Los Angeles has the burger! To the outside world there is a perception that Los Angeles is solely made up of vegetarians eating kale and drinking almond milk, but that’s not the LA I know. This is burger town. From the boom of diner-style burgers (Ruby’s), to the fancy gourmet burgers found in today’s gastropubs (Father’s Office), Los Angeles has always been at the forefront of the burger movement. We love our burgers!
Yes, I believe LA has the best burgers and below is a list of 13 to fulfill any burger craving you may have. In the mood for a veggie burger? I know just the place! Want to grab a burger without getting out of your car, or eat a no-fuss burger without frou frou ingredients? I have a recommendation for you. Any burger, any mood, any scenario, I’ve got you covered. These burgers are all approved by Hungry in LA.
Classics never die, and if they get an update, even better! An American favorite since 1982, Ruby’s has been cranking out some of the finest patties our stomachs have been blessed to experience. Grab a Hickory Burger topped with two slices of melted Cheddar cheese, thick-cut bacon, crisp lettuce, tomato, RubySauce and crispy RubyRings and a slather of zesty BBQ sauce, side it with an Oreo shake and you have the perfect combo for a belly full of goodness.
245 N Harbor Dr
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
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.
1733 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401
424.292.5222 | www.j-fat.com
After being closed for a couple years, Cassell’s opened up shop under new ownership at the newly restored Hotel Normandie, a few blocks away from its original 1948 location. Christian Page, who lead the kitchen at Short Order, is heading up the revamped Cassell’s. Page is still using the original equipment, grinding Colorado Angus whole chuck and brisket daily and operating the original famous crossfire broiler to cook each burger to perfection. The burgers are served with a side of lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, and thousand island. You assemble it yourself, like in the old days.
3600 W 6th St,
Los Angeles, CA 90020
From her beginnings as a private chef who also hosted dinner parties in her Malibu backyard farm, Helene Henderson has taken those delicious meals and has invited us all to enjoy them at Malibu Farm Cafe. The burger is seasoned with just salt and pepper, the way it was intended to be. Havarti cheese, pepperoncini aioli, tomato, and arugula, all elevate the burger. Normally you would think a burger would come with fries, but not at “the Farm, ” Helene serves it with her popular broccoli mashed potatoes, a great way to sneak in those greens.
23000 Pacific Coast Hwy,
Malibu, CA 90265
It used to be under the radar, but not anymore. Inside a liquor store, in the back, past the beer and Lotto tickets, is the Standing Room – a very tiny counter where some of the best burgers in LA are served. These burgers rival your best fancy gastropub burger. The truffle parmesan fries are a must order and the burgers have a fusion thing going on with an Asian influence. Pictured is the “Cash Burger” served with shishito pepper, bacon, cheddar and american cheese, crispy onion, Korean aioli, and hoisin barbecue sauce.
144 N Catalina Ave
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
The Apple Pan
The Apple Pan is Old School in every sense of the word, and it’s the real deal. Opening its doors in 1947, not much has changed. In 2017, it’s still cash only, the servers still wear paper hats and serve your soda in a paper cone. The U-shaped counter and red barstools are iconic, and possibly the inspiration for most 50’s style diners (Johnny Rockets). It’s not just the ambience, but the burgers are iconic as well. The hickory burger served with a tangy sauce is always on several “Best of” lists. Don’t let the burgers overshadow the dessert. The fresh apple pie is one of the best, anywhere.
10801 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Sometimes you want something more than a bowl of oatmeal and a glass of kale juice. Lucky for us, the Tripel, headed up by Chef Brooke Williamson (Top Chef) and Nick Roberts, serves The Cure Burger for brunch. Aged beef rib eye with caramelized onion, poppy seed slaw, aged cheddar, avocado, and a fried egg, all on a pretzel bun. This burger is the perfect cure on your weekend morning.
333 Culver Blvd
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
Organic, fresh, and so good. Pono Burger makes incredibly tasty burgers using organic, grass-fed beef and organic ingredients from local farmer’s markets. Each burger is cooked over an open flame. The Kuawa Crunch burger is the most popular, dressed with cheddar, house made potato chips, green leaf lettuce, coleslaw, and a spicy guava rum sauce.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Two large beef patties, cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pastrami, and a hot link. That’s the Whipper Burger at Hawkins House of Burgers. Although the burger sounds over-the-top, Hawkins also makes no-fuss, unpretentious, and incredibly delicious burgers. The beef is fresh Angus, that’s never frozen and is coarsely ground and formed by hand. The flavor of the beef patty alone, is delicious. The burgers are made to order and can take about 20 minutes to make, but it’s worth it.
11603 S Slater St
Los Angeles, CA 90059
The veggie burger at Plan Check is delicious enough to convince a proud carnivore, such as myself, to order one. Plan Check is known for their beef burgers and unique experimentations (ketchup leather anyone?) The burger is not pretending to be beef. In fact it’s creamy, and soft in texture. If I ever have a Veggie Burger again, it’s going to be this one made with two homemade patties, two kinds of cheese (American & Swiss), battered onion straws, butter lettuce and tomato mayo.
1401 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Next to the Farmers Daughter Hotel, Tart serves up some pretty unique fare that may make you do a double-take. Their burger is no exception. The Dashi Burger comes laden with onion confit, arugula, Parmigiana Reggiano and a side of Truffle fries. If you need a bit more to polish off a bigger appetite, ask for a side of their white cheddar mac & cheese.
115 S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Bison burgers are becoming more popular. Maybe it’s the lean fat and high protein content, or the fact that when prepared the way the Attic does it, it’s amazing! The bison burger you have to try is My Boy Bleu Burger, a ½ pound Cajun seasoned Bison Patty served with bleu cheese, fried shallots, candied cayenne bacon, & barbecue sauce on an onion brioche bun. The cajun fries on the side are just as bold. Also while you’re there, try the Mac N’ Cheetos (mac and cheese with flaming hot Cheetos).
3441 East Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90803
FYI, Ashland Hill makes a great burger. The patty is ground a bit coarse, so it crumbles with every bite. The burger is cooked to a perfect medium/rare. The caramelized onions and “special sauce” amp up the classics (lettuce, tomatoes, pickles) and sharp cheddar, all assembled on a perfectly soft toasted bun, making every bite taste so good.
2807 Main St
Santa Monica, CA 90405