Photography Provided By: The Cut
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Sink Your Teeth Into 14 of the Best Burgers in OC

WARNING: This Article May Make Your Mouth Water

Orange County is hip to some of the most experimental foodie creations, but sometimes you just crave a good ol’ juicy burger. You know, the kind that makes your mouth water and question if you even need any sides to complement it? Don’t worry—we still love a good fry! Here’s a complete list of the absolute best burgers in OC—from gourmet to homestyle and everything in between. Best Burgers in OC


1 | Craft House Best Burgers in OC

Must Order: Wagyu Steak Burger

Committed to the “craft” of making delicious food and drinks, Dana Point’s Craft House is a foodie haven for a variety of American favorites. The Wagyu Steak Burger is made with house-ground Mishima Reserve Wagyu beef, and the toppings are always changing. There is an element of surprise with this decadent dish, which makes chowing down that much more fun!

Craft House
Location: Dana Point

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2 | Rock & Brews Best Burgers in OC

Must Order: Gastropub Burger

Rock & Brews in Tustin is the grand hall of rock ‘n’ roll restaurants that commemorate the legends. Their Gastropub Burger will rock your taste buds harder than sitting in the front row of an AC/DC concert. But the star is their freshly ground chuck patties, hand-formed and grilled to perfection, stacked with bacon, melted swiss, caramelized onions, greens, tomato, garlic aioli and a sunny and runny egg. For a healthier touch (or any vegetarians reading), you can always switch out the meat for the Beyond Meat patty.

Local Insight: The outdoor patio—equipped with cornhole, couches and heat lamps—is perfect for some fresh air!

Rock & Brews
Location: Tustin


3 | Tanner’s Restaurant Best Burgers in OC

Must Order: Shishito Burger

Tanner’s at Paséa Hotel & Spa is a stylish, seaside rooftop restaurant and bar, perfect for casual meet-ups and date nights. With a great selection of bar bites and artisanal cocktails, this surf-inspired restaurant’s Shishito Burger is packed with serrano aioli, shishito peppers, white cheddar and charred cabbage, all served on a brioche bun; it will help kick your evening up a notch and turn away that chilly ocean breeze.

Tanner’s Restaurant
Location: Huntington Beach


4 | SOCIAL Kitchen + Craft Bar Best Burgers in OC

Must Order: Drive Thru Burger

SOCIAL is equal parts elegant, casual and modern. This bar and kitchen boasts a crafted experience with great options for every palate. Some places have multiple burger options, but this spot only needs one: The Drive Thru Burger. Akaushi beef patty, bone marrow butter, bacon jam, garlic aioli, American cheese, housemade pickles, red onion and an optional egg is all combined to make a burger that’s as savory and delectable as it sounds!

SOCIAL Kitchen + Craft Bar
Locations: Huntington Beach | Costa Mesa


5 | Wild Goose Tavern Best Burgers in OC

Must Order: Walk of Shame Burger

We love a trip to Wild Goose! Whether it’s grabbing a bite on their expansive patio or enjoying a beer in the rustic saloon, there is always a reason to head to this neighborhood hotspot. Plus, when it comes to pub grub, Wild Goose knows what’s up. Start with the beer-battered fries and finish with the Walk of Shame Burger. This bad boy is loaded with a grilled beef patty, baby gem, tomato chutney, caramelized onions, cheddar cheese, bacon, a fried egg, garlic aioli, all wedged between a brioche bun. *faints*

Wild Goose Tavern
Location: Costa Mesa


6 | TK Burgers Best Burgers in OC

Must Order: Ribeye Steak Sandwich

You could call this beach shack burger joint the In-N-Out of Orange County. TK’s classic charbroiled burgers with American cheese, lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, onions, a secret sauce and special seasoning are every bit as special as the ones between the two palms, just with a bit fewer locations. 

TK Burgers
Locations: Huntington Beach | Newport Beach | Costa Mesa | Mission Viejo | Santa Ana


7 | The American Dream

Must Order: BBQ Stout Bacon Burger

Tucked in Huntington Beach’s Pacific City, this tap house and burger bar is dedicated to serving up kick-ass burgers, tasty brews and the best views of Huntington Beach. Live the American dream and order the BBQ Stout Bacon Burger—signature chuck brisket patty, applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, onion strings and BBQ stout sauce. Then, take a nap.

The American Dream
Location: Huntington Beach

8 | Umami Burger

Must Order: Truffle Burger

Umami Burger is a unique burger spot that knows how to turn a burger into something special by turning it upside down and inside out. One of their most popular, the Truffle Burger, is the perfect example: truffle mayo, truffle cheese, truffle glaze—it’s a triple threat of taste. 

Local Insight: Ask your server for the occasional off-menu items they might have available. 

Umami Burger
Locations: Anaheim | Costa Mesa | Irvine


9 | A&O Kitchen + Bar

Must Order: A&O Burger

Balboa Bay Resort’s A&O Kitchen+Bar is a waterfront lounge that boasts local brews and seafood specialties. While the nautical influences carry through, the A&O Burger—an American Wagyu patty, white cheddar, caramelized onions, lettuce, pickles and ketchup on a brioche bun—puts up a noble fight against all of the seafood on the menu.   

A&O Kitchen + Bar
Location: Newport Beach


10 | The Cut

Must Order: Truffle & Brie Burger

From their humble beginnings as a food truck to their wildly modern and rustic kitchen and bar, The Cut brings immense flavor to Orange County. The Truffle & Brie Burger is one of their carefully crafted fan favorites. It features an juicy beef patty loaded with truffle aioli, brie cheese, pickled onions and honey—a flavorful combination of zesty, savory and sweet.

The Cut
Location: Irvine


11 | Hole in the Wall Burger

Must Order: Classic Cheeseburger

Home to one of the best classic cheeseburgers out there, this little burger joint is exactly what it sounds like: a hole in the wall. Aesthetics may not be their strong suit, but when it comes to burgers, this spot doesn’t mess around. Hole in the Wall Burger brings their A-game with fresh ingredients and house-made recipes!

Hole in the Wall Burger
Locations: Lake Forest | Costa Mesa

12 | Nice Guys 100% Vegan

Must Order: Mexicali Burger

Get your burger fix without the moo! Nice Guys in Costa Mesa is the home of Orange County’s first 100% vegan charbroiled burgers. This fast-casual restaurant serves up the same deliciousness you’d find at In-N-Out—seriously, it’s that good. Order the Mexicali Burger, which is the Nice Burger with bacon, guacamole, jalapeño and chipotle sauce.

Local Insight: They also serve up one heck of a breakfast burger called the Nice Breakfast (bacon, cheese, eggs, tater tots and ketchup).

Nice Guys 100% Vegan
Locations: Costa Mesa | Santa Ana


13 | The Riders Club Cafe

Must Order: The Burger

This San Clemente shack may not look like much, but boy, do they know what to put between the buns. Their beef is ground daily in their shop, and each burger is dressed with lettuce, pickles, grilled or raw onions, house spread, and served on a Challah bun. For a plant-based option, try the Quinoa Veggie Burger with avocado, and be sure to ask for a beer recommendation!

The Riders Club Cafe
Location: San Clemente


14 | Native Son Alehouse

Must Order: BBQ Son

27 rotating taps, a dog-friendly patio and a full-service kitchen are just a few highlights of Native Son Alehouse in Santa Ana. This rooftop bar makes everything fresh and in-house! Try the BBQ Son burger, which is crafted with beef, bacon, American cheese, housemade smoky BBQ sauce, onion rings and caramelized onion on a sesame seed brioche bun.

Native Son Alehouse
Location: Santa Ana

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