Written By: Jessica LaGrone and Jessica Ourisman Orange County burgers
When the American dream comes to mind, one can easily paint a portrait riddled with images of freedom, Lady Liberty, the Bald Eagle and the most iconic patriotic symbol of all—a hamburger. If there is one thing Southern California is never short of, other than sun and surf, it’s burgers. For all of you Orange County-ers, we have compiled a list of 11 outstanding burgers scattered across the surrounding area. Caution for proceeding: may cause a monstrous craving that can only be vanquished with burgers. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
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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.
Village at La Floresta
3325 E Imperial Hwy
Brea, CA 92823
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Meet the carnivore’s favorite menu-item at Ruby’s, Orange County’s favorite throwback dining establishment: “The Hickory Burger.” The Hickory Burger is the bomb-dot-com for satisfying your hunger cravings. Served with two, melted slices of cheddar cheese, thick-cut bacon, onion rings and Ruby’s signature sauce. The burger is then covered with tangy barbecue sauce that will ensure your meal is flavorful and tasty down to the very last bite.
Native Knowledge: Get lunch with a view! The Ruby’s in Huntington Beach located at the end of the pier offers incredible views of the ocean.
1 Main Street (end of the pier)
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
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The next time you’re craving a gourmet burger made from the finest ingredients, pop over to SOCIAL Costa Mesa for their mouthwatering Drive Thru Burger. Their culinary team, truly outdid themselves in recreating this delectable American classic for a hip and food-savvy crowd. Available on both their Social Hour and dinner menus, the Drive Thru Burger is made with Akaushi Beef for a difference you can taste. Burger-lovers will be satisfied even without opting in on the meal’s exquisite add-ons like a fried farm egg and bacon marmalade, but it’s worth the few extra bucks to get the works. #YUM.
Native Knowledge: Who says you can’t enjoy coffee with your burger? SOCIAL Costa Mesa is collaborating with Thunderking to create a coffee bar.
512 W. 19th St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Build your own burger at Burger Boss! Millennials and the up-and-coming Gen Z crowd can feel at ease with giant touch screens that allow you to fully customize your meal and visualize it in real time. Choose from 100% grass-fed beef, cage-free chicken and turkey, or vegan black bean patties, white kaiser, wheat grain or gluten free buns, a wide variety of cheeses, yes they included gouda, and sauces and toppings as far as the eye can see. With so many options, you’ll be able to have a different burger every time you go, which we assume will be multiple times a week. Stop by any of their locations in Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Cypress, Riverside, and coming soon to Tustin, to get a taste of these incredible burgers.
23642 Rockfield Blvd,
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Burnt Crumbs has done it again, serving up a truly spectacular burger for the books: the Classic Cheeseburger. Angus beef with all your favorite toppings like American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and Thousand Island Dressing. This is not your average cheeseburger, and is sure to leave you savoring even the crumbs. “Growing up, we’ve always loved burgers. They’re an essential all-American item! We wanted to take that classic burger from our childhood and do it right—with only the freshest ingredients and from-scratch sauce. It as simple and nostalgic in all the best ways,” said Co-Owner Minh Pham.
Native Knowledge: Getting their start as a trendy food truck serving the OC area, the wild popularity of the sandwich-oriented menu items at Burnt Crumbs has lead to, not one, but two locations of the local-favorite dining destination.
21056 Pacific Coast Highway, Ste M100
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
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Fill your appetite without draining your wallet with a cheeseburger at Southern California’s homegrown TK Burgers. Serving the area for 25 years, it’s easy to see why locals keep coming back. The charbroiled cheeseburger exemplifies simplicity and freshness. This burger, along with TK Burgers other items, are always made to order with fresh ingredients and locally supplied signature egg-buns. The restaurant’s divey atmosphere is perfect for quick bites or eating on the go.
Native Knowledge: Pro-tip! Be sure to order an extra side of their secret sauce for the ultimate fry partner.
24902 Chrisanta Dr
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
This foodie-centric burger joint focuses on the finest and utmost fresh ingredients for the ultimate craft burger experience. The highly popular Primetime is one for the burger books. This all-American grassfed Kobe burger has a thick layer of brie cheese—let’s be honest, brie is the real MVP of cheeses. Also featured is arugula, caramelized onions, truffle aioli and steak sauce to satisfy a diverse palate. “It’s a pretty decadent burger,” said manager Stephen Jors. And he’s right about that, the Primetime is decadent AF.
Native Knowledge: Everything made at Hopdoddy is ground in house, allowing guests to taste the freshness.
3030 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA 92782
If the term “cheddar hat” does not exist in your vernacular, it does now thanks to Tustin’s own new American restaurant Hatch. This Orange County based grill is well known for inventive burger and sandwich concepts, including their specialty The Hatch. This all beef contemporary classic includes fried onions, original Hatch sauce and the famous cheddar hat of course. Add bacon for obvious reasons. “[The Hatch Burger is] our take on the classic cheeseburger with a twist: American Kobe Beef for quality, crisping the cheese to create a cheese hat, our Hatch Sauce, which is a special in-house blend and a Portuguese brioche bun,” said Hatch’s business partner Brent Reineke.
Native Knowledge: Nestled within The Union Market at The District, you can reward a laborious shopping day with a side of loco moco style fries that are served smothered in bacon gravy, furikake and topped with an egg.
2493 Park Avenue
Tustin, CA 92782
This wacky steak burger loaded with mac and cheese and hot cheetos will win you over, or cure a nasty hangover. The Hot Box even has it’s own popular hashtag, #HotBoxBurger. Enjoy this colorful burger in an equally unforgettable atmosphere that welcomes the friendly and “imperfect.” “Our potato buns are delivered daily by OC Baking,” said owner Donny Gaudiano. “We use steak and manually grind the meat every day.” The crisp, attentively made-to-order freshness is impossible to miss in every bite.
Native Knowledge: Originally debuted in 2015 as a one day special, this burger was highly praised after its brief introduction in Fullerton. Demand spiked and local fans poured their public outcry on social media, which ultimately lead to its inevitable permanent return.
229 E Commonwealth Ave, Ste A
Fullerton, CA 92832
If mac and cheese flawlessly stuffed inside a burger is wrong, then why would anyone want to be right? Get your mac and cheese and gourmet burger fix simultaneously at BLK Earth Sea Spirits in Huntington Beach with their Stuffed Mac N Cheese. “Combine two things everybody already likes to get an end product everybody likes that much more,” said General Manager Kevin Riek. The kicker—it comes topped with bacon, smoked gouda, jalapeños and is set between a warm pretzel bun. This dining experience overlooks the beach and Pacific Coast Highway for added aesthetic enjoyment. Beach bod not required, but maybe dress in loose fitting clothes because it’s nearly impossible to not inhale this juicy Kobe burger.
Native Knowledge: Looking for a prime brunch spot? BLK Earth Sea Spirits has a champagne brunch every Sunday. If you’re looking to enjoy the beautiful Southern California weather on the patio, be sure to book your spot in advance.
300 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 202
Even if you aren’t checking in to the Balboa Bay Resort, definitely visit A&O Kitchen+Bar for a sensational Classic Kobe Cheeseburger. This one is quite the mouthful and truly exceptional down to the last savory chomp. Each bite of this generously sized burger is filled with onions caramelized to perfection, dill pickles, Vermont cheddar cheese and Thousand Island sauce, centered between a lightly textured brioche bun. “We used to have two burgers but this one was overselling,” said A&O Chef Rachel Haggstrom. “We put together the best components to make the perfect burger.”
Native Knowledge: Get stoked ketchup enthusiasts, because this burger is served topped with a rich housemade, chunky ketchup that is out of this condiment universe.
1221 West Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, CA 92663
GD Bro Burger is steadfastly gaining fame for its wildly delicious, Insta-worthy signature burger, The Juan and Only. Locals are obsessed over combining this bodacious burger with an authentic vividly-colored raspberry bun and a fried egg. The final masterpiece looks like it jumped right out of the technicolor Land of Oz. Don’t believe us? Visit GD Bro Burger and see for yourself. The fun doesn’t stop there because it is jam-packed with jalapeño cream cheese, pico de gallo, avocado and chipotle mayo.
Native Knowledge: Coming to GD Bro Burger means treating yourself. So why not polish one of these bad boys off with a scrumptious Oreo milkshake?
2321 E 4th St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Some like it hot, and those that do, go to Micks Karma Bar for The Habanero Burger. It is a spicy sirloin steak burger that is drenched in sublimely balanced flavors including four chile escalivada, garlic mayo, lettuce and tomato topped with queso fresco on their proprietary bun No 19. “We use four different types of chiles—roasted red peppers, habaneros, anaheim chile, and jalapeños”, said owner Michael Schepers. “The fresh cheese balances the peppers nicely.” If your ideal burger is full of cheese, spice, and everything nice – then The Habanero Burger has your name written all over it.
Native Knowledge: Guests are adamant about pairing this fire breather with Micks’ Strawberry Basil Lemonade.
2010 Main St, Ste 170
Irvine, CA 92614