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The Best Burgers In Los Angeles

May 11, 2015 4:58 AM

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National Hamburger Day is December 21st which means it’s your chance to indulge in the classic hamburger without the guilt. The only problem you should have is deciding where to get the task done. Are you planning on going traditional or gourmet? Spicy or mild? Carnivorous or herbivorous? In honor of one of America’s best eats, we’ve come up with a comprehensive roundup of the best burgers served at restaurants, diners, hotels and food trucks throughout Los Angeles. Visit our original list for other great burgers in LA.
What are your favorite burgers in LA? Share in the comments below!
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(credit: Christina B. Yelp)

R+D Kitchen
1323 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 395-3314

Part of the Hillstone restaurant group that brings you Bandera, South Beverly Grill and other delicious eateries, this comfort-food hotspot offers one of best, most perfectly executed hamburgers in town. Straightforward and perfectly dressed with mustard and a generous application of mayo, the sandwich comes on a fluffy house-made egg bun and has just the right amount of crunch from shredded Iceberg lettuce. So, if you’re looking for an unfussy yet slightly refined burger in a sceney lounge-like setting, you’ve come to the right place. The shoestring fries, devilled-egg starter and gargantuan martinis aren’t too shabby either.

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(credit: Roland L./Yelp)

Bouchon Bistro (at the Montage Beverly Hills)
235 North Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 271-9910

If you’re looking for a great gourmet fix on the burger, Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro located inside Beverly Hills’ swanky Montage hotel, is the place to go. The eponymous bistro may offer some fine French fare, but the burger definitely stands out. Offered during lunch service only, the $19 Le Burger Bouchon is steep in price, but steeper in taste. Served on a buttery, freshly-baked brioche bun with a house pickle, it practically melts in your mouth and really needs nothing else to complete it, except maybe those famous frites. And might we add that eating it all up inside an opulent dining room will probably make you feel like royalty.

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(credit: Lloyd B./Yelp)

The Larchmont
5750 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 464-4277

The Larchmont’s new Executive Chef, Kevin Kathman, has created a new contemporary menu for the Melrose Avenue eatery incorporating French techniques into his California-inspired dishes. Featuring a new burger, which is also included on the brunch menu, the burger is made with grass fed beef, bone marrow, grilled onion, caramelized cheddar cheese and topped with dill pickles for that classic cheeseburger note. Together with The Larchmont, Kathman is dedicated to local, seasonal sourcing and nurtures relationships with local ranchers, farmers and foragers.

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(credit: Ed K. / Yelp)

The Golden State
426 N Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 782-8331

Newer to Fairfax Avenue’s trendy domain, The Golden State is a quaint brick-laden café with tons of pride. Even though there’s only one beef hamburger on the menu, it pleases patrons well. With Harris Ranch beef, glazed applewood smoked bacon and aioli, the recipe is simple but satisfying. And if you’re ordering a side with it, be sure to go for the jalapeno coleslaw to heat things up just a tad. For a sweet and cool ending, make sure to slurp up one of their gelato floats.

(credit: The Trance 'N' Thusiast C./Yelp)

(credit: The Trance ‘N’ Thusiast C./Yelp)

Apple Pan
10801 W Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 475-3585

This legendary diner has stuck to its original décor and limited menu since 1947 for one reason … the Hickory Burger. After swinging open the double screen doors, and waiting for a coveted seat at the U-shaped counter, you’ll be well taken care of by the veteran waiters who serve up paper-wrapped patties like the wind. Start with the place’s perfectly crisp fries, and then move onto to the adored Hickory Burger which is slathered with a secret, thick ketchup-turned-barbecue sauce that complements the beef in a divine manner. Finish with a slice of the apple or chocolate cream pie.

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(credit: Thirty3 Marketing)

Barrel & Ashes
11801 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 623-8883

If you do want to mess with Texas, then visit Barrel & Ashes. Studio City is really heating up so it’s no surprise that chef/owner Timothy Hollingsworth, who hails from The French Laundry, parked his charming new barbecue joint in the bustling Valley neighborhood. In addition to staples like fall-off-the-bone ribs and homemade jalapeno cheddar sausage, native Texan Hollingsworth has started serving a burger during lunchtime—and it’s a beaut! Finished with house-smoked bacon and tomato marmalade, the creation tastes of the South. But, it’s the tiled walls, wooden picnic tables, strong whiskey cocktails and hoe cake that might just lead you to believe you’re actually there.

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(credit: Kat. T / Yelp)

1544 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 469-3801

Now with a trio of locations, this pub-style establishment prides itself on the simple formula of burgers and beers. But don’t expect to find just the classics here. Instead, a selection of artful burgers is served up satisfying patrons day in and day out. One of the most intriguing is the Six Weeker. Created for those who love to get down and decadent, it’s complete with brie cheese and fig jam, and politely suggests Belgian ale. But whether you go with ale, wine or something soft, you’re in for a nonchalant neighborhood setting with delicious comfort fare.

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(credit: Monica L./Yelp)

Kogi Truck
Kogi Truck
Various Locations

For the burger connoisseur on the go, the Kogi truck is where it’s at. Specializing in Korean-Mexican street eats, Roy Choi launched his delectable empire with a traveling food truck in 2008 and the crowds just kept on coming allowing Choi to eventually feed the city with four trucks. Yes, the short rib sliders and spicy pork tacos are tempting, but the Pacman Burger is on a whole different level simply because it combines three meats (beef, pork and chicken), sesame mayo, chicharrones and cheese. It may just send your taste buds into sensory overload. Follow the truck’s weekly schedule online to find a stop near you and let the sidewalk dining begin.

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(credit: Plan Check)

Plan Check
1800 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 444-1411

Taste. Atmosphere. Artisanal cocktails. Check! With three locations throughout the city, modern-American Plan Check has perfected its craft and continues to offer a small but mighty list of out-of-the-box burgers that rivals its competitors. The PCB (Plan Check Burger) is the most popular with Dashi cheese, ketchup leather and schmaltz onions. Next up is the Bleuprint burger, a sandwich crafted with blue cheese and an unexpected helping of pig candy. Wash both down with a beer, handcrafted cocktail or one of the many Japanese whiskies on hand.

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(credit: Eli G./Yelp)

Hot’s Kitchen
844 Hermosa Ave.
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
(310) 318-2939

If it’s sliders you’re yearning for, then make your way to the always-packed Hot’s Kitchen in Hermosa Beach, open for brunch, lunch and dinner. This laid-back bar/restaurant located right in the mix on Hermosa Avenue serves up a variety of tapas and draft beer to sun-kissed locals but is really known for its oversized sliders. Whether you opt to chow down on the “Fat” slider finished with a fried egg or the NYC Pastrami, which features actual pastrami on top of the pattie, you can’t go wrong. Non-slider favorites include the fried chicken tacos, mojo shrimp tacos and Korean chicken wings.

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(credit: Rob D. / Yelp)

Father’s Office
3229 Helms Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 736-2224

Laced with blue cheese and applewood bacon, and topped off with caramelized onions and arugula, this burger is epic. But don’t bother asking for ketchup or medium heat because acclaimed chef/owner Sang Yoon simply won’t allow it. The Office Burger comes the way it comes, and you know what, you’ll love it. After waiting for a coveted seat at one of the gastro pub’s picnic-style tables, feast your eyes on the lengthy and worldly beer menu, order the burger (with classic or sweet potato fries) and let its unique amalgamation of flavors overcome you.

(credit: Eli G./Yelp)

(credit: Eli G./Yelp)

The Upper West
3321 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 586-1111

Vegetarians, this one is for you! The veggie burger competition has gotten pretty stiff in this city and Upper West’s version is way up there. The inviting urban restaurant, treasured by Santa Monica locals, serves up a thick black bean-base patty dressed with a tangy pineapple relish, piquillo peppers and smoked tomato aioli. The originality and combination of sweet and savory is almost uncanny. Continue to enjoy the experience with an expansive cocktail list and such starters as Ahi tacos and Thai peanut noodles.

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(credit: Umami Burger)

Umami Burger
500 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451-1300

If you haven’t tried an Umami burger yet, you’re missing out. Dusted with a signature umami dust and placed on a slightly sweet bun, the pattie reveals a subtle mushroom flavor and come out insanely juicy. Everything on the menu excels but “The Original” is always a good idea; boasting parmesan frico, roasted tomato, shitake mushroom and a smattering of house ketchup, the end result offers balanced intensity and showcases the magic behind the Umami burger. Try pairing it with a glass of wine or beer, and the double-fried “Smushed Potatoes” or tempura-style onion rings if you’re really ready to splurge.

What are your favorite burgers in LA? Share in the comments below!
Article by Valerie Friedrich.

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  • Zoe Wiseman

    I was prepared to leave a nasty comment, but I see Apple Pan is number one. All is right with the universe.

    • Burgermister

      Market Grill Monrovia, Ca Best burger in Los Angeles area.

  • Betty

    Apple Pan simply rocks.

  • fanpatrol

    All trendy hipster places for the most part….not a ghetto burger among them …how could you not have B an R old fashion burgers in Hawthorne! Come on people, explore a bit!

    the hungry detective

    • donn

      OMG True!!! (Can you believe in-n-out made the list?!!)
      Its “Ghetto” but “EASILY” Close to the best !!

    • big mike fan

      good burger fanpatrol. How about Big Mike’s in Bellflower. The big mike combo is all you need.

      • SS

        Ghetto burgers are indeed fantastic, but Bike Mike’s nothing but a burger hockey puck, and B&R emits an odor comparable to downer cows. Mom’s in Compton, Fred’s Down Home, “The Burger Stand”, or Big Burger in Dominguez,

    • Donnwonn

      Maybe they were’nt in the mood for Tweed & Bootleg Videos with they’re buger…

    • Richard Castillo

      true dat Homie, LOL! Ghetto burgers are the best! Especially when most of them have the best Fried Zuchinni too, Bah hahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Richard Castillo

        Lets see, Piggies, in Hawthorne, Douglas burger anywhere, Any Greek spot, Angelo’s in Anaheim both of them, but I like the one off Brookhurst better than the State College one, Pepe’s in Fullerton and Downey, Jim’s in Pico Rivera, Have we forgotten about Islands’ ????? This list is so biased, LOL!

    • fastfreddie

      Chris???? your right a great getto burger on Rosecrans Ave.

    • Will

      Heck Yeah Fanpatrol…..B & R is off the CHAIN!!!!!

  • Timothy

    Apple Pan sucks. I guess to each his own. Its about taste and I did not like the joint.

  • Melanie

    Hey what about Umami Burger??!?! Come on the TRUFFLE BURGER is the BEST!!!

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  • Bryan B

    How about Five Guys?

  • Bj Dahl

    LOVE Back Abbey! SO GLAD this made the list :)

    • Mike

      Yes, Back Abbey is definetly one of the best! Great beer selection 2!

  • laurendirks

    R&D Kitchen in Santa Monica also has an awesome burger!!

  • Wicked Witch

    I can’t believe this article omitted Cassell’s in Koreatown. Besides scrumptious burgers, they have a delectable “buffet” that includes the best potato salad in L.A. plus peaches, pineapple, etc. And, their other sandwiches are as special as the prime-beef burgers.

    • Tony

      No way Cassell’s is a mere shadow of the original. We tried it and it was really bad. This review had to come from the owners way suspicious. My vote goes to Go Burger.

  • bdj

    I’m suprizes that the Original Tommy’s on Rampart St. was not part of the list. My college roommate and I back in the 70’s would come from Cal State Northridge in the middle of the night just to get a double double, frys, and a coke. Can’t beat that chilli burger!!!

    • Keep It Correct

      Tommy’s didn’t offer fries in the 70s. And a double, double is In-N-Out. Must have been some good party times for you in the 70s

      • mike

        I had fries at the Tommy’s on Van Nuys Bl in the ’70s, before it moved over to Victory Bl. where it is now

      • bdj

        I was there, and I did get fry’s. The double double was a double beef patty with double cheese.

  • Baywatchboy

    I’m with Brian B, where is Five Guys? In-N-Out is so overrated. I think it makes the list just because name recognition. Father’s Office was quite good. I do need o try the others.

    • T

      FYI Bay watch – thats East coast competitor of In n Out – However I have read talk of them expanding to the West Coast – so all is not lost there –
      But all this hamburger talk and i have Yet to see Rocky’s near Empire Center in Burbank with any recognition at all…!!!
      I know this is for LA, But for sure – Best burgers in Burbank :)

      • Baywatchboy

        T – I know it is and thankfully, Five Guys is slowly making it’s way around LA. There should be one open in Hollywood by the end of the year.

        Never heard of Rocky’s, but sounds like a place I need to try.

      • T

        Rocky III
        2019 N Lincoln St, Burbank, CA 91504

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  • Jay Arlidge

    What about Slaters 50/50!!! they are the best of ALL. 50% lean meat and 50% BACON!!!!!! and 114 toppings to chose from!!! they are best PERIOD!!!

  • vanessa diaz

    Slaters is hands down delicious !!!

  • sdiener

    Anyone have a good burger in the SF Valley?

    • Baywatchboy

      Laurel Tavern makes a very good burger. Eaten there a few times and it’s always been top notch.

    • gene

      Billy’s Grill on van Nuys blvd at magnolia.. they use angus beef for their burgers and it is quite good..

  • DONN


  • ODB

    Hey don’t forget the SNACK SHACK on 57th & Central in L.A. baby!!!!!!!!!

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  • Bob

    What about Original Tommys for LAs best!!!

  • LIS

    IN-N-OUT and Five Guys are so gross. Overdone mushy cardboard. Your burger shouldn’t rely on the toppings for taste! Definitely gonna have to try some of these others, tho.

  • J.T.

    i just glad that unami burgerwasnt on the list. Overrated and way to much for an average burger.The stand in westwood is a pretty good burger place try it out sometime you will not be dissapointed.



    • Burgermister

      I can understand how you might overlook The Market Grill in Monrovia seeing as how its been in business for only 16 months, but you have to give them a try. Fresh ground meat on the premises everyday and the bake their own buns right in front of you. These are juicy one third pound burgers cooked to order the way you like them, and their dressings are made from scratch. I promise you once you try them you won’t go anywhere else. I crave these burgers.

  • George


  • LRowe

    Fudruckers at Beach Blvd and Orangethorpe is one of the best in OC. You have choices of meat and open salad bar to add on to your burger, skin on fries are great too. Worth the price.

    • George

      i have been to that place before good burgers but the wait time is not good

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