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Here Are the 6 Best Burgers in Los Angeles

Here Are the 6 Best Burgers in Los Angeles

Father’s Office’s namesake burger is the best in Los Angeles, according to our 2014 compilation

The Father’s Office burger at Father’s Office scored the #4 spot on this year’s list of the 101 Best Burgers in America.

The Daily Meal recently published our 101 Best Burgers in America for 2014, and in order to compile our ranking, we assembled a list of nearly 200 burgers from all across the country, from Spruce Pine, North Carolina to Hillsboro, Oregon. We then divided these burgers by region, and compiled a survey that was taken by a panel of 50 noted food writers, journalists, bloggers, and culinary authorities from across the country, asking them to vote for their favorites; limited, of course, to the ones that they’d tried. We tallied the results, and published the 101 stellar American burgers with the most votes— and, as it turns out, six reside in Los Angeles.

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6. Double Burger, Irv's Burger, West Hollywood, Calif.


Being greeted by the eager-to-please Hong family that owns Irv's, and are known to draw up personalized doodles on their plates and bags, is a big part of this West Hollywood spot's attraction. But another huge factor, of course, is the juicy, old-fashioned burgers. Angelenos breathed a savory sigh of relief when Irv's reopened in a new location after losing their lease in 2013, partially thanks to a local community group calling themselves The Burger Brigade, dedicated to saving their beloved burger institution — now that's dedication.

5. Röckenwagner Pretzel Burger, 3 Square Café + Bakery, Venice, Calif.


Chef Hans Röckenwagner is one of L.A.’s best under-the-radar chefs, and the trademarked (literally) burger at his no-frills Abbot Kinney bakery 3 Square is spectacular from top to bottom. It starts with a freshly-baked pretzel bun that might just be the best in America, topped with a perfectly seared coarse-ground 8-ounce patty. Topped with melted Swiss cheese and caramelized onions, it’s hearty and soul-pleasing.

Kate Kolenda is the Restaurant and City Guide Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @BeefWerky and @theconversant.


The Best Burgers In Los Angeles


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Whether it’s national hamburger day or not, it’s always a great time to indulge in this American classic 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.

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&rsquore looking for an unfussy yet slightly refined burger in a sceney lounge-like setting, you&rsquove come to the right place. The shoestring fries, devilled-egg starter and gargantuan martinis aren&rsquot too shabby either.

If you’re looking for a great gourmet fix on the burger, Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro located inside Beverly Hills&rsquo 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.

When it comes to burgers, among the upper echelon of the hamburger elite is Haché LA and Executive Chef Michael “Mick” Schepers, creator of Haché LA&rsquos signature burgers. The options for burgers here are plentiful, too. With Scheper&rsquos vision of the American burger in mind, he chose American cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion and signature Karma Sauce to top the Karma Burger. Quality control also extends to the exterior of Haché LA&rsquos burgers, with Schepers delving into the secret behind the name Bun No. 19. &ldquoI wanted to make sure that the bun complemented the flavor of the burger itself, rather than take away from it,&rdquo Schepers says. &ldquoWe tweaked the recipe 19 times before we came up with a bun that finally worked and tasted great.&rdquo

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.

Newer to Fairfax Avenue&rsquos trendy domain, The Golden State is a quaint brick-laden café with tons of pride. Even though there&rsquos 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&rsquore 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)

This legendary diner has stuck to its original décor and limited menu since 1947 for one reason &hellip the Hickory Burger. After swinging open the double screen doors, and waiting for a coveted seat at the U-shaped counter, you&rsquoll be well taken care of by the veteran waiters who serve up paper-wrapped patties like the wind. Start with the place&rsquos 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.

If you do want to mess with Texas, then visit Barrel & Ashes. Studio City is really heating up so it&rsquos 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&mdashand it&rsquos a beaut! Finished with house-smoked bacon and tomato marmalade, the creation tastes of the South. But, it&rsquos the tiled walls, wooden picnic tables, strong whiskey cocktails and hoe cake that might just lead you to believe you&rsquore actually there.

Now with a trio of locations, this pub-style establishment prides itself on the simple formula of burgers and beers. But don&rsquot 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&rsquos complete with brie cheese and fig jam, and politely suggests Belgian ale. But whether you go with ale, wine or something soft, you&rsquore in for a nonchalant neighborhood setting with delicious comfort fare.

For the burger connoisseur on the go, the Kogi truck is where it&rsquos 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&rsquos weekly schedule online to find a stop near you and let the sidewalk dining begin.

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.

If it&rsquos sliders you&rsquore yearning for, then make your way to the always-packed Hot&rsquos 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 &ldquoFat&rdquo slider finished with a fried egg or the NYC Pastrami, which features actual pastrami on top of the pattie, you can&rsquot go wrong. Non-slider favorites include the fried chicken tacos, mojo shrimp tacos and Korean chicken wings.

Laced with blue cheese and applewood bacon, and topped off with caramelized onions and arugula, this burger is epic. But don&rsquot bother asking for ketchup or medium heat because acclaimed chef/owner Sang Yoon simply won&rsquot allow it. The Office Burger comes the way it comes, and you know what, you&rsquoll love it. After waiting for a coveted seat at one of the gastro pub&rsquos 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.

Vegetarians, this one is for you! The veggie burger competition has gotten pretty stiff in this city and Upper West&rsquos 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.

If you haven&rsquot tried an Umami burger yet, you&rsquore 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 &ldquoThe Original&rdquo 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 &ldquoSmushed Potatoes&rdquo or tempura-style onion rings if you&rsquore really ready to splurge.


The Best Burgers In Los Angeles


(credit: Shutterstock)
Whether it’s national hamburger day or not, it’s always a great time to indulge in this American classic 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.

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&rsquore looking for an unfussy yet slightly refined burger in a sceney lounge-like setting, you&rsquove come to the right place. The shoestring fries, devilled-egg starter and gargantuan martinis aren&rsquot too shabby either.

If you’re looking for a great gourmet fix on the burger, Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro located inside Beverly Hills&rsquo 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.

When it comes to burgers, among the upper echelon of the hamburger elite is Haché LA and Executive Chef Michael “Mick” Schepers, creator of Haché LA&rsquos signature burgers. The options for burgers here are plentiful, too. With Scheper&rsquos vision of the American burger in mind, he chose American cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion and signature Karma Sauce to top the Karma Burger. Quality control also extends to the exterior of Haché LA&rsquos burgers, with Schepers delving into the secret behind the name Bun No. 19. &ldquoI wanted to make sure that the bun complemented the flavor of the burger itself, rather than take away from it,&rdquo Schepers says. &ldquoWe tweaked the recipe 19 times before we came up with a bun that finally worked and tasted great.&rdquo

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.

Newer to Fairfax Avenue&rsquos trendy domain, The Golden State is a quaint brick-laden café with tons of pride. Even though there&rsquos 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&rsquore 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)

This legendary diner has stuck to its original décor and limited menu since 1947 for one reason &hellip the Hickory Burger. After swinging open the double screen doors, and waiting for a coveted seat at the U-shaped counter, you&rsquoll be well taken care of by the veteran waiters who serve up paper-wrapped patties like the wind. Start with the place&rsquos 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.

If you do want to mess with Texas, then visit Barrel & Ashes. Studio City is really heating up so it&rsquos 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&mdashand it&rsquos a beaut! Finished with house-smoked bacon and tomato marmalade, the creation tastes of the South. But, it&rsquos the tiled walls, wooden picnic tables, strong whiskey cocktails and hoe cake that might just lead you to believe you&rsquore actually there.

Now with a trio of locations, this pub-style establishment prides itself on the simple formula of burgers and beers. But don&rsquot 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&rsquos complete with brie cheese and fig jam, and politely suggests Belgian ale. But whether you go with ale, wine or something soft, you&rsquore in for a nonchalant neighborhood setting with delicious comfort fare.

For the burger connoisseur on the go, the Kogi truck is where it&rsquos 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&rsquos weekly schedule online to find a stop near you and let the sidewalk dining begin.

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.

If it&rsquos sliders you&rsquore yearning for, then make your way to the always-packed Hot&rsquos 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 &ldquoFat&rdquo slider finished with a fried egg or the NYC Pastrami, which features actual pastrami on top of the pattie, you can&rsquot go wrong. Non-slider favorites include the fried chicken tacos, mojo shrimp tacos and Korean chicken wings.

Laced with blue cheese and applewood bacon, and topped off with caramelized onions and arugula, this burger is epic. But don&rsquot bother asking for ketchup or medium heat because acclaimed chef/owner Sang Yoon simply won&rsquot allow it. The Office Burger comes the way it comes, and you know what, you&rsquoll love it. After waiting for a coveted seat at one of the gastro pub&rsquos 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.

Vegetarians, this one is for you! The veggie burger competition has gotten pretty stiff in this city and Upper West&rsquos 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.

If you haven&rsquot tried an Umami burger yet, you&rsquore 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 &ldquoThe Original&rdquo 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 &ldquoSmushed Potatoes&rdquo or tempura-style onion rings if you&rsquore really ready to splurge.


The Best Burgers In Los Angeles


(credit: Shutterstock)
Whether it’s national hamburger day or not, it’s always a great time to indulge in this American classic 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.

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&rsquore looking for an unfussy yet slightly refined burger in a sceney lounge-like setting, you&rsquove come to the right place. The shoestring fries, devilled-egg starter and gargantuan martinis aren&rsquot too shabby either.

If you’re looking for a great gourmet fix on the burger, Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro located inside Beverly Hills&rsquo 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.

When it comes to burgers, among the upper echelon of the hamburger elite is Haché LA and Executive Chef Michael “Mick” Schepers, creator of Haché LA&rsquos signature burgers. The options for burgers here are plentiful, too. With Scheper&rsquos vision of the American burger in mind, he chose American cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion and signature Karma Sauce to top the Karma Burger. Quality control also extends to the exterior of Haché LA&rsquos burgers, with Schepers delving into the secret behind the name Bun No. 19. &ldquoI wanted to make sure that the bun complemented the flavor of the burger itself, rather than take away from it,&rdquo Schepers says. &ldquoWe tweaked the recipe 19 times before we came up with a bun that finally worked and tasted great.&rdquo

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.

Newer to Fairfax Avenue&rsquos trendy domain, The Golden State is a quaint brick-laden café with tons of pride. Even though there&rsquos 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&rsquore 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)

This legendary diner has stuck to its original décor and limited menu since 1947 for one reason &hellip the Hickory Burger. After swinging open the double screen doors, and waiting for a coveted seat at the U-shaped counter, you&rsquoll be well taken care of by the veteran waiters who serve up paper-wrapped patties like the wind. Start with the place&rsquos 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.

If you do want to mess with Texas, then visit Barrel & Ashes. Studio City is really heating up so it&rsquos 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&mdashand it&rsquos a beaut! Finished with house-smoked bacon and tomato marmalade, the creation tastes of the South. But, it&rsquos the tiled walls, wooden picnic tables, strong whiskey cocktails and hoe cake that might just lead you to believe you&rsquore actually there.

Now with a trio of locations, this pub-style establishment prides itself on the simple formula of burgers and beers. But don&rsquot 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&rsquos complete with brie cheese and fig jam, and politely suggests Belgian ale. But whether you go with ale, wine or something soft, you&rsquore in for a nonchalant neighborhood setting with delicious comfort fare.

For the burger connoisseur on the go, the Kogi truck is where it&rsquos 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&rsquos weekly schedule online to find a stop near you and let the sidewalk dining begin.

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.

If it&rsquos sliders you&rsquore yearning for, then make your way to the always-packed Hot&rsquos 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 &ldquoFat&rdquo slider finished with a fried egg or the NYC Pastrami, which features actual pastrami on top of the pattie, you can&rsquot go wrong. Non-slider favorites include the fried chicken tacos, mojo shrimp tacos and Korean chicken wings.

Laced with blue cheese and applewood bacon, and topped off with caramelized onions and arugula, this burger is epic. But don&rsquot bother asking for ketchup or medium heat because acclaimed chef/owner Sang Yoon simply won&rsquot allow it. The Office Burger comes the way it comes, and you know what, you&rsquoll love it. After waiting for a coveted seat at one of the gastro pub&rsquos 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.

Vegetarians, this one is for you! The veggie burger competition has gotten pretty stiff in this city and Upper West&rsquos 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.

If you haven&rsquot tried an Umami burger yet, you&rsquore 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 &ldquoThe Original&rdquo 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 &ldquoSmushed Potatoes&rdquo or tempura-style onion rings if you&rsquore really ready to splurge.


The Best Burgers In Los Angeles


(credit: Shutterstock)
Whether it’s national hamburger day or not, it’s always a great time to indulge in this American classic 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.

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&rsquore looking for an unfussy yet slightly refined burger in a sceney lounge-like setting, you&rsquove come to the right place. The shoestring fries, devilled-egg starter and gargantuan martinis aren&rsquot too shabby either.

If you’re looking for a great gourmet fix on the burger, Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro located inside Beverly Hills&rsquo 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.

When it comes to burgers, among the upper echelon of the hamburger elite is Haché LA and Executive Chef Michael “Mick” Schepers, creator of Haché LA&rsquos signature burgers. The options for burgers here are plentiful, too. With Scheper&rsquos vision of the American burger in mind, he chose American cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion and signature Karma Sauce to top the Karma Burger. Quality control also extends to the exterior of Haché LA&rsquos burgers, with Schepers delving into the secret behind the name Bun No. 19. &ldquoI wanted to make sure that the bun complemented the flavor of the burger itself, rather than take away from it,&rdquo Schepers says. &ldquoWe tweaked the recipe 19 times before we came up with a bun that finally worked and tasted great.&rdquo

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.

Newer to Fairfax Avenue&rsquos trendy domain, The Golden State is a quaint brick-laden café with tons of pride. Even though there&rsquos 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&rsquore 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)

This legendary diner has stuck to its original décor and limited menu since 1947 for one reason &hellip the Hickory Burger. After swinging open the double screen doors, and waiting for a coveted seat at the U-shaped counter, you&rsquoll be well taken care of by the veteran waiters who serve up paper-wrapped patties like the wind. Start with the place&rsquos 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.

If you do want to mess with Texas, then visit Barrel & Ashes. Studio City is really heating up so it&rsquos 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&mdashand it&rsquos a beaut! Finished with house-smoked bacon and tomato marmalade, the creation tastes of the South. But, it&rsquos the tiled walls, wooden picnic tables, strong whiskey cocktails and hoe cake that might just lead you to believe you&rsquore actually there.

Now with a trio of locations, this pub-style establishment prides itself on the simple formula of burgers and beers. But don&rsquot 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&rsquos complete with brie cheese and fig jam, and politely suggests Belgian ale. But whether you go with ale, wine or something soft, you&rsquore in for a nonchalant neighborhood setting with delicious comfort fare.

For the burger connoisseur on the go, the Kogi truck is where it&rsquos 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&rsquos weekly schedule online to find a stop near you and let the sidewalk dining begin.

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.

If it&rsquos sliders you&rsquore yearning for, then make your way to the always-packed Hot&rsquos 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 &ldquoFat&rdquo slider finished with a fried egg or the NYC Pastrami, which features actual pastrami on top of the pattie, you can&rsquot go wrong. Non-slider favorites include the fried chicken tacos, mojo shrimp tacos and Korean chicken wings.

Laced with blue cheese and applewood bacon, and topped off with caramelized onions and arugula, this burger is epic. But don&rsquot bother asking for ketchup or medium heat because acclaimed chef/owner Sang Yoon simply won&rsquot allow it. The Office Burger comes the way it comes, and you know what, you&rsquoll love it. After waiting for a coveted seat at one of the gastro pub&rsquos 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.

Vegetarians, this one is for you! The veggie burger competition has gotten pretty stiff in this city and Upper West&rsquos 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.

If you haven&rsquot tried an Umami burger yet, you&rsquore 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 &ldquoThe Original&rdquo 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 &ldquoSmushed Potatoes&rdquo or tempura-style onion rings if you&rsquore really ready to splurge.


The Best Burgers In Los Angeles


(credit: Shutterstock)
Whether it’s national hamburger day or not, it’s always a great time to indulge in this American classic 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.

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&rsquore looking for an unfussy yet slightly refined burger in a sceney lounge-like setting, you&rsquove come to the right place. The shoestring fries, devilled-egg starter and gargantuan martinis aren&rsquot too shabby either.

If you’re looking for a great gourmet fix on the burger, Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro located inside Beverly Hills&rsquo 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.

When it comes to burgers, among the upper echelon of the hamburger elite is Haché LA and Executive Chef Michael “Mick” Schepers, creator of Haché LA&rsquos signature burgers. The options for burgers here are plentiful, too. With Scheper&rsquos vision of the American burger in mind, he chose American cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion and signature Karma Sauce to top the Karma Burger. Quality control also extends to the exterior of Haché LA&rsquos burgers, with Schepers delving into the secret behind the name Bun No. 19. &ldquoI wanted to make sure that the bun complemented the flavor of the burger itself, rather than take away from it,&rdquo Schepers says. &ldquoWe tweaked the recipe 19 times before we came up with a bun that finally worked and tasted great.&rdquo

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.

Newer to Fairfax Avenue&rsquos trendy domain, The Golden State is a quaint brick-laden café with tons of pride. Even though there&rsquos 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&rsquore 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)

This legendary diner has stuck to its original décor and limited menu since 1947 for one reason &hellip the Hickory Burger. After swinging open the double screen doors, and waiting for a coveted seat at the U-shaped counter, you&rsquoll be well taken care of by the veteran waiters who serve up paper-wrapped patties like the wind. Start with the place&rsquos 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.

If you do want to mess with Texas, then visit Barrel & Ashes. Studio City is really heating up so it&rsquos 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&mdashand it&rsquos a beaut! Finished with house-smoked bacon and tomato marmalade, the creation tastes of the South. But, it&rsquos the tiled walls, wooden picnic tables, strong whiskey cocktails and hoe cake that might just lead you to believe you&rsquore actually there.

Now with a trio of locations, this pub-style establishment prides itself on the simple formula of burgers and beers. But don&rsquot 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&rsquos complete with brie cheese and fig jam, and politely suggests Belgian ale. But whether you go with ale, wine or something soft, you&rsquore in for a nonchalant neighborhood setting with delicious comfort fare.

For the burger connoisseur on the go, the Kogi truck is where it&rsquos 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&rsquos weekly schedule online to find a stop near you and let the sidewalk dining begin.

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.

If it&rsquos sliders you&rsquore yearning for, then make your way to the always-packed Hot&rsquos 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 &ldquoFat&rdquo slider finished with a fried egg or the NYC Pastrami, which features actual pastrami on top of the pattie, you can&rsquot go wrong. Non-slider favorites include the fried chicken tacos, mojo shrimp tacos and Korean chicken wings.

Laced with blue cheese and applewood bacon, and topped off with caramelized onions and arugula, this burger is epic. But don&rsquot bother asking for ketchup or medium heat because acclaimed chef/owner Sang Yoon simply won&rsquot allow it. The Office Burger comes the way it comes, and you know what, you&rsquoll love it. After waiting for a coveted seat at one of the gastro pub&rsquos 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.

Vegetarians, this one is for you! The veggie burger competition has gotten pretty stiff in this city and Upper West&rsquos 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.

If you haven&rsquot tried an Umami burger yet, you&rsquore 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 &ldquoThe Original&rdquo 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 &ldquoSmushed Potatoes&rdquo or tempura-style onion rings if you&rsquore really ready to splurge.


The Best Burgers In Los Angeles


(credit: Shutterstock)
Whether it’s national hamburger day or not, it’s always a great time to indulge in this American classic 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.

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&rsquore looking for an unfussy yet slightly refined burger in a sceney lounge-like setting, you&rsquove come to the right place. The shoestring fries, devilled-egg starter and gargantuan martinis aren&rsquot too shabby either.

If you’re looking for a great gourmet fix on the burger, Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro located inside Beverly Hills&rsquo 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.

When it comes to burgers, among the upper echelon of the hamburger elite is Haché LA and Executive Chef Michael “Mick” Schepers, creator of Haché LA&rsquos signature burgers. The options for burgers here are plentiful, too. With Scheper&rsquos vision of the American burger in mind, he chose American cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion and signature Karma Sauce to top the Karma Burger. Quality control also extends to the exterior of Haché LA&rsquos burgers, with Schepers delving into the secret behind the name Bun No. 19. &ldquoI wanted to make sure that the bun complemented the flavor of the burger itself, rather than take away from it,&rdquo Schepers says. &ldquoWe tweaked the recipe 19 times before we came up with a bun that finally worked and tasted great.&rdquo

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.

Newer to Fairfax Avenue&rsquos trendy domain, The Golden State is a quaint brick-laden café with tons of pride. Even though there&rsquos 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&rsquore 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)

This legendary diner has stuck to its original décor and limited menu since 1947 for one reason &hellip the Hickory Burger. After swinging open the double screen doors, and waiting for a coveted seat at the U-shaped counter, you&rsquoll be well taken care of by the veteran waiters who serve up paper-wrapped patties like the wind. Start with the place&rsquos 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.

If you do want to mess with Texas, then visit Barrel & Ashes. Studio City is really heating up so it&rsquos 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&mdashand it&rsquos a beaut! Finished with house-smoked bacon and tomato marmalade, the creation tastes of the South. But, it&rsquos the tiled walls, wooden picnic tables, strong whiskey cocktails and hoe cake that might just lead you to believe you&rsquore actually there.

Now with a trio of locations, this pub-style establishment prides itself on the simple formula of burgers and beers. But don&rsquot 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&rsquos complete with brie cheese and fig jam, and politely suggests Belgian ale. But whether you go with ale, wine or something soft, you&rsquore in for a nonchalant neighborhood setting with delicious comfort fare.

For the burger connoisseur on the go, the Kogi truck is where it&rsquos 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&rsquos weekly schedule online to find a stop near you and let the sidewalk dining begin.

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.

If it&rsquos sliders you&rsquore yearning for, then make your way to the always-packed Hot&rsquos 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 &ldquoFat&rdquo slider finished with a fried egg or the NYC Pastrami, which features actual pastrami on top of the pattie, you can&rsquot go wrong. Non-slider favorites include the fried chicken tacos, mojo shrimp tacos and Korean chicken wings.

Laced with blue cheese and applewood bacon, and topped off with caramelized onions and arugula, this burger is epic. But don&rsquot bother asking for ketchup or medium heat because acclaimed chef/owner Sang Yoon simply won&rsquot allow it. The Office Burger comes the way it comes, and you know what, you&rsquoll love it. After waiting for a coveted seat at one of the gastro pub&rsquos 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.

Vegetarians, this one is for you! The veggie burger competition has gotten pretty stiff in this city and Upper West&rsquos 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.

If you haven&rsquot tried an Umami burger yet, you&rsquore 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 &ldquoThe Original&rdquo 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 &ldquoSmushed Potatoes&rdquo or tempura-style onion rings if you&rsquore really ready to splurge.


The Best Burgers In Los Angeles


(credit: Shutterstock)
Whether it’s national hamburger day or not, it’s always a great time to indulge in this American classic 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.

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&rsquore looking for an unfussy yet slightly refined burger in a sceney lounge-like setting, you&rsquove come to the right place. The shoestring fries, devilled-egg starter and gargantuan martinis aren&rsquot too shabby either.

If you’re looking for a great gourmet fix on the burger, Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro located inside Beverly Hills&rsquo 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.

When it comes to burgers, among the upper echelon of the hamburger elite is Haché LA and Executive Chef Michael “Mick” Schepers, creator of Haché LA&rsquos signature burgers. The options for burgers here are plentiful, too. With Scheper&rsquos vision of the American burger in mind, he chose American cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion and signature Karma Sauce to top the Karma Burger. Quality control also extends to the exterior of Haché LA&rsquos burgers, with Schepers delving into the secret behind the name Bun No. 19. &ldquoI wanted to make sure that the bun complemented the flavor of the burger itself, rather than take away from it,&rdquo Schepers says. &ldquoWe tweaked the recipe 19 times before we came up with a bun that finally worked and tasted great.&rdquo

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.

Newer to Fairfax Avenue&rsquos trendy domain, The Golden State is a quaint brick-laden café with tons of pride. Even though there&rsquos 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&rsquore 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)

This legendary diner has stuck to its original décor and limited menu since 1947 for one reason &hellip the Hickory Burger. After swinging open the double screen doors, and waiting for a coveted seat at the U-shaped counter, you&rsquoll be well taken care of by the veteran waiters who serve up paper-wrapped patties like the wind. Start with the place&rsquos 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.

If you do want to mess with Texas, then visit Barrel & Ashes. Studio City is really heating up so it&rsquos 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&mdashand it&rsquos a beaut! Finished with house-smoked bacon and tomato marmalade, the creation tastes of the South. But, it&rsquos the tiled walls, wooden picnic tables, strong whiskey cocktails and hoe cake that might just lead you to believe you&rsquore actually there.

Now with a trio of locations, this pub-style establishment prides itself on the simple formula of burgers and beers. But don&rsquot 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&rsquos complete with brie cheese and fig jam, and politely suggests Belgian ale. But whether you go with ale, wine or something soft, you&rsquore in for a nonchalant neighborhood setting with delicious comfort fare.

For the burger connoisseur on the go, the Kogi truck is where it&rsquos 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&rsquos weekly schedule online to find a stop near you and let the sidewalk dining begin.

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.

If it&rsquos sliders you&rsquore yearning for, then make your way to the always-packed Hot&rsquos 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 &ldquoFat&rdquo slider finished with a fried egg or the NYC Pastrami, which features actual pastrami on top of the pattie, you can&rsquot go wrong. Non-slider favorites include the fried chicken tacos, mojo shrimp tacos and Korean chicken wings.

Laced with blue cheese and applewood bacon, and topped off with caramelized onions and arugula, this burger is epic. But don&rsquot bother asking for ketchup or medium heat because acclaimed chef/owner Sang Yoon simply won&rsquot allow it. The Office Burger comes the way it comes, and you know what, you&rsquoll love it. After waiting for a coveted seat at one of the gastro pub&rsquos 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.

Vegetarians, this one is for you! The veggie burger competition has gotten pretty stiff in this city and Upper West&rsquos 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.

If you haven&rsquot tried an Umami burger yet, you&rsquore 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 &ldquoThe Original&rdquo 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 &ldquoSmushed Potatoes&rdquo or tempura-style onion rings if you&rsquore really ready to splurge.


The Best Burgers In Los Angeles


(credit: Shutterstock)
Whether it’s national hamburger day or not, it’s always a great time to indulge in this American classic 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.

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&rsquore looking for an unfussy yet slightly refined burger in a sceney lounge-like setting, you&rsquove come to the right place. The shoestring fries, devilled-egg starter and gargantuan martinis aren&rsquot too shabby either.

If you’re looking for a great gourmet fix on the burger, Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro located inside Beverly Hills&rsquo 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.

When it comes to burgers, among the upper echelon of the hamburger elite is Haché LA and Executive Chef Michael “Mick” Schepers, creator of Haché LA&rsquos signature burgers. The options for burgers here are plentiful, too. With Scheper&rsquos vision of the American burger in mind, he chose American cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion and signature Karma Sauce to top the Karma Burger. Quality control also extends to the exterior of Haché LA&rsquos burgers, with Schepers delving into the secret behind the name Bun No. 19. &ldquoI wanted to make sure that the bun complemented the flavor of the burger itself, rather than take away from it,&rdquo Schepers says. &ldquoWe tweaked the recipe 19 times before we came up with a bun that finally worked and tasted great.&rdquo

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.

Newer to Fairfax Avenue&rsquos trendy domain, The Golden State is a quaint brick-laden café with tons of pride. Even though there&rsquos 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&rsquore 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)

This legendary diner has stuck to its original décor and limited menu since 1947 for one reason &hellip the Hickory Burger. After swinging open the double screen doors, and waiting for a coveted seat at the U-shaped counter, you&rsquoll be well taken care of by the veteran waiters who serve up paper-wrapped patties like the wind. Start with the place&rsquos 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.

If you do want to mess with Texas, then visit Barrel & Ashes. Studio City is really heating up so it&rsquos 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&mdashand it&rsquos a beaut! Finished with house-smoked bacon and tomato marmalade, the creation tastes of the South. But, it&rsquos the tiled walls, wooden picnic tables, strong whiskey cocktails and hoe cake that might just lead you to believe you&rsquore actually there.

Now with a trio of locations, this pub-style establishment prides itself on the simple formula of burgers and beers. But don&rsquot 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&rsquos complete with brie cheese and fig jam, and politely suggests Belgian ale. But whether you go with ale, wine or something soft, you&rsquore in for a nonchalant neighborhood setting with delicious comfort fare.

For the burger connoisseur on the go, the Kogi truck is where it&rsquos 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&rsquos weekly schedule online to find a stop near you and let the sidewalk dining begin.

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.

If it&rsquos sliders you&rsquore yearning for, then make your way to the always-packed Hot&rsquos 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 &ldquoFat&rdquo slider finished with a fried egg or the NYC Pastrami, which features actual pastrami on top of the pattie, you can&rsquot go wrong. Non-slider favorites include the fried chicken tacos, mojo shrimp tacos and Korean chicken wings.

Laced with blue cheese and applewood bacon, and topped off with caramelized onions and arugula, this burger is epic. But don&rsquot bother asking for ketchup or medium heat because acclaimed chef/owner Sang Yoon simply won&rsquot allow it. The Office Burger comes the way it comes, and you know what, you&rsquoll love it. After waiting for a coveted seat at one of the gastro pub&rsquos 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.

Vegetarians, this one is for you! The veggie burger competition has gotten pretty stiff in this city and Upper West&rsquos 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.

If you haven&rsquot tried an Umami burger yet, you&rsquore 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 &ldquoThe Original&rdquo 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 &ldquoSmushed Potatoes&rdquo or tempura-style onion rings if you&rsquore really ready to splurge.


The Best Burgers In Los Angeles


(credit: Shutterstock)
Whether it’s national hamburger day or not, it’s always a great time to indulge in this American classic 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.

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&rsquore looking for an unfussy yet slightly refined burger in a sceney lounge-like setting, you&rsquove come to the right place. The shoestring fries, devilled-egg starter and gargantuan martinis aren&rsquot too shabby either.

If you’re looking for a great gourmet fix on the burger, Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro located inside Beverly Hills&rsquo 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.

When it comes to burgers, among the upper echelon of the hamburger elite is Haché LA and Executive Chef Michael “Mick” Schepers, creator of Haché LA&rsquos signature burgers. The options for burgers here are plentiful, too. With Scheper&rsquos vision of the American burger in mind, he chose American cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion and signature Karma Sauce to top the Karma Burger. Quality control also extends to the exterior of Haché LA&rsquos burgers, with Schepers delving into the secret behind the name Bun No. 19. &ldquoI wanted to make sure that the bun complemented the flavor of the burger itself, rather than take away from it,&rdquo Schepers says. &ldquoWe tweaked the recipe 19 times before we came up with a bun that finally worked and tasted great.&rdquo

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.

Newer to Fairfax Avenue&rsquos trendy domain, The Golden State is a quaint brick-laden café with tons of pride. Even though there&rsquos 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&rsquore 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)

This legendary diner has stuck to its original décor and limited menu since 1947 for one reason &hellip the Hickory Burger. After swinging open the double screen doors, and waiting for a coveted seat at the U-shaped counter, you&rsquoll be well taken care of by the veteran waiters who serve up paper-wrapped patties like the wind. Start with the place&rsquos 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.

If you do want to mess with Texas, then visit Barrel & Ashes. Studio City is really heating up so it&rsquos 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&mdashand it&rsquos a beaut! Finished with house-smoked bacon and tomato marmalade, the creation tastes of the South. But, it&rsquos the tiled walls, wooden picnic tables, strong whiskey cocktails and hoe cake that might just lead you to believe you&rsquore actually there.

Now with a trio of locations, this pub-style establishment prides itself on the simple formula of burgers and beers. But don&rsquot 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&rsquos complete with brie cheese and fig jam, and politely suggests Belgian ale. But whether you go with ale, wine or something soft, you&rsquore in for a nonchalant neighborhood setting with delicious comfort fare.

For the burger connoisseur on the go, the Kogi truck is where it&rsquos 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&rsquos weekly schedule online to find a stop near you and let the sidewalk dining begin.

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.

If it&rsquos sliders you&rsquore yearning for, then make your way to the always-packed Hot&rsquos 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 &ldquoFat&rdquo slider finished with a fried egg or the NYC Pastrami, which features actual pastrami on top of the pattie, you can&rsquot go wrong. Non-slider favorites include the fried chicken tacos, mojo shrimp tacos and Korean chicken wings.

Laced with blue cheese and applewood bacon, and topped off with caramelized onions and arugula, this burger is epic. But don&rsquot bother asking for ketchup or medium heat because acclaimed chef/owner Sang Yoon simply won&rsquot allow it. The Office Burger comes the way it comes, and you know what, you&rsquoll love it. After waiting for a coveted seat at one of the gastro pub&rsquos 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.

Vegetarians, this one is for you! The veggie burger competition has gotten pretty stiff in this city and Upper West&rsquos 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.

If you haven&rsquot tried an Umami burger yet, you&rsquore 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 &ldquoThe Original&rdquo 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 &ldquoSmushed Potatoes&rdquo or tempura-style onion rings if you&rsquore really ready to splurge.


The Best Burgers In Los Angeles


(credit: Shutterstock)
Whether it’s national hamburger day or not, it’s always a great time to indulge in this American classic 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.

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&rsquore looking for an unfussy yet slightly refined burger in a sceney lounge-like setting, you&rsquove come to the right place. The shoestring fries, devilled-egg starter and gargantuan martinis aren&rsquot too shabby either.

If you’re looking for a great gourmet fix on the burger, Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro located inside Beverly Hills&rsquo 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.

When it comes to burgers, among the upper echelon of the hamburger elite is Haché LA and Executive Chef Michael “Mick” Schepers, creator of Haché LA&rsquos signature burgers. The options for burgers here are plentiful, too. With Scheper&rsquos vision of the American burger in mind, he chose American cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion and signature Karma Sauce to top the Karma Burger. Quality control also extends to the exterior of Haché LA&rsquos burgers, with Schepers delving into the secret behind the name Bun No. 19. &ldquoI wanted to make sure that the bun complemented the flavor of the burger itself, rather than take away from it,&rdquo Schepers says. &ldquoWe tweaked the recipe 19 times before we came up with a bun that finally worked and tasted great.&rdquo

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.

Newer to Fairfax Avenue&rsquos trendy domain, The Golden State is a quaint brick-laden café with tons of pride. Even though there&rsquos 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&rsquore 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)

This legendary diner has stuck to its original décor and limited menu since 1947 for one reason &hellip the Hickory Burger. After swinging open the double screen doors, and waiting for a coveted seat at the U-shaped counter, you&rsquoll be well taken care of by the veteran waiters who serve up paper-wrapped patties like the wind. Start with the place&rsquos 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.

If you do want to mess with Texas, then visit Barrel & Ashes. Studio City is really heating up so it&rsquos 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&mdashand it&rsquos a beaut! Finished with house-smoked bacon and tomato marmalade, the creation tastes of the South. But, it&rsquos the tiled walls, wooden picnic tables, strong whiskey cocktails and hoe cake that might just lead you to believe you&rsquore actually there.

Now with a trio of locations, this pub-style establishment prides itself on the simple formula of burgers and beers. But don&rsquot 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&rsquos complete with brie cheese and fig jam, and politely suggests Belgian ale. But whether you go with ale, wine or something soft, you&rsquore in for a nonchalant neighborhood setting with delicious comfort fare.

For the burger connoisseur on the go, the Kogi truck is where it&rsquos 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&rsquos weekly schedule online to find a stop near you and let the sidewalk dining begin.

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.

If it&rsquos sliders you&rsquore yearning for, then make your way to the always-packed Hot&rsquos 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 &ldquoFat&rdquo slider finished with a fried egg or the NYC Pastrami, which features actual pastrami on top of the pattie, you can&rsquot go wrong. Non-slider favorites include the fried chicken tacos, mojo shrimp tacos and Korean chicken wings.

Laced with blue cheese and applewood bacon, and topped off with caramelized onions and arugula, this burger is epic. But don&rsquot bother asking for ketchup or medium heat because acclaimed chef/owner Sang Yoon simply won&rsquot allow it. The Office Burger comes the way it comes, and you know what, you&rsquoll love it. After waiting for a coveted seat at one of the gastro pub&rsquos 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.

Vegetarians, this one is for you! The veggie burger competition has gotten pretty stiff in this city and Upper West&rsquos 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.

If you haven&rsquot tried an Umami burger yet, you&rsquore 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 &ldquoThe Original&rdquo 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 &ldquoSmushed Potatoes&rdquo or tempura-style onion rings if you&rsquore really ready to splurge.