Best Creative Burgers In OC

February 26, 2014 5:00 AM

(credit: Slater’s 50/50)

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Aside from seasoning, there isn’t a lot you can do to make a burger patty different. However, you can top it with all sorts of things (like peanut butter and jelly, for instance) to make a burger that is a truly different dining experience. From beef to turkey and veggie burgers, here are the best in the county to get a unique burger.

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Slater’s 50/50
24356 Swartz Drive
Lake Forest, CA 92630
(949) 460-9314

Slater’s 50/50 is a great place for creative burgers for several reasons. First, it is the home of burgers that are half beef and half bacon. Second, you can create your burger however you like with a variety of cheeses, vegetables and sauces. If you’re really looking for a creative burger, you’ll be hard-pressed to find one that’s more creative than the Peanut Butter and Jellousy Burger (pictured). This patty is topped with bacon, peanut butter and jelly. Oh, and you can order this a la mode. That’s right. You can get ice cream on your burger, and it is delicious.

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G Burger
13256 Jamboree Road
Irvine, CA 92602
(714) 731-7758

At G Burger, you can get a standard burger, but it also has some good options if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary. First, your burger can be topped with things like teriyaki-glazed onions, roasted peppers, pineapples, or a fried egg, among other things. If you want a burger on the menu that is unlike one you’ll find elsewhere, try the garlic spinach burger which also includes bacon and blue cheese. The burgers here are very good, but a little pricey, and you’ll want to be sure you have plenty of napkins when you eat one.

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(credit: Lica N./Yelp)

Peter’s Gourmade Grill
14311 Newport Ave.
Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 832-2099

It would be very easy to drive by Peter’s Gourmade Grill at the corner of Newport and McFadden and not even realize it. However, a good burger awaits you when you find the place. Two burgers really fit the bill for folks that seek something a little different. The Rammer is topped with pastrami, pickles, onions, and Swiss cheese on a brioche bun. The more exotic burger here is The Mt. Olympus. The thing that’s great about this burger is that it’s sort of a combination of a burger and a gyro – and it is as good as it sounds.

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(credit: The Surfin Cowboy / Frank G.)

The Surfin’ Cowboy
34235 Doheny Park Rd.
Dana Point, CA 92624
(949) 272-5957

The menu at The Surfin’ Cowboy provides some excellent twists on old favorites, including burgers. Take the turkey buger for instance. Virtually every restaurant has a turkey burger, but not many of them are topped with cranberry sauce. This place also has a lamb burger topped with red onion and tzaziki. However, if you want a little taste of heaven on a plate, order the Black and Blue Burger. This is topped with bacon jam (yes, you read that correctly), A1 aioli, crispy shallots, and bleu cheese. Order this as rare as they can make it and enjoy.

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(credit: Keith D./Yelp)

The Shwack Beach Grill
24502 Del Prado
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 218-2731

A turkey burger can be a pretty bland menu item, but it certainly isn’t bland at The Shwack. Here it is topped with a warm cranberry-apple compote, mayonnaise and arugula. It’s lighter than a burger and gives you the feeling of a sandwich you might enjoy the day after Thanksgiving. Also on the menu is an ahi tuna burger (it is a beach grill after all) and a veggie burger made from quinoa, mushrooms and four vegetables. It’s certainly not your standard veggie burger.

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Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on

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