Let’s be honest. Burgers are amazing. If you’re looking for the best burgers in LA, start eating your way through this list. I can’t take the credit for this compilation of amazing burgers myself; a very official task committee of my closest LA friends and family joined together to make this highly-researched article come to life. You’ll thank us later.
1018 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
A consistent vote for the absolute best burger in LA, Father’s Office in Santa Monica and Culver City offers up a juicy burger in a unique European gastropub setting. Pair your Office Burger (topped with caramelized onion, applewood bacon, gruyere, maytag blue, and arugula) with one of their 36 rotating craft beers on tap. Don’t even try to make any substitutions though as it’s not allowed. And, if you’re into ketchup, you’ll have to sneak some in like the rest of us. Must be 21 to enter.
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1800 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Hate having a soggy ketchup bun? Plan Check, located in West LA’s Little Osaka, utilizes an ingenious ketchup leather that melts over time. The PCB includes Americanized dashi cheese, ketchup leather, schmaltz onions, and mixed pickles on a crunch bun. Unique varieties are available including the Southern Fry with jidori chicken and duck breast ham, as well as a Pastrami Nosh with smoked pastrami, Swiss cheese, kimchi mustard, pickles, and a sunny-side up fried egg. New locations will be popping up over the next six months including Fairfax and Downtown.
2901 Ocean Park Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
If you like to be in charge of every aspect of your dining experience, consider The Counter. Armed with a clipboard full of burger possibilities, check off your favorite local and sustainable proteins, artisan cheese, gourmet toppings, sauce, and bun. Statistics fans – the number of possible combinations now lands in the millions. Don’t worry about feeling overwhelmed; chef-designed market selections are available, serving up a different specialty at each of their 13 Los Angeles locations.
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4655 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
For a great tasting burger with a bit of Japanese kick, head to Umami Burger. The namesake burger mixes up the perfect combination of a house-ground, hand-formed patty complemented by shitake mushrooms, caramelized onions, roasted tomato, parmesan crisp, and unami ketchup. Pair your burger with truffle fries and a beer for a complete meal. They claim it’s a badass bite and we agree. If you can’t make it to the Los Feliz location, check them out in Pasadena or Westwood.
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8522 Lincoln Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
This Westchester landmark serves up some amazing sliders on Hawaiian sweet buns at their full service bar. Take a bite into one of T2’s all-natural Niman Ranch burgers, including The Monster: two half-pound patties, smoked mozzarella, Tillamook cheddar, gruyere, applewood-smoked bacon, caramelized onions, onion strings, lettuce, and tomato.