Crispy lettuce, a juicy slab of beef, and a buttered sesame-seed bun are three must-have ingredients to a classic hamburger. But the iconic American meal has far surpassed the basics of meat and bun in California. Treat your meat tooth to one of the state’s hottest, popular burgers.
With its trademark U-branded bun, Umami delivers a mouthwatering array of gourmet toppings like Parmesan frico and shiitake mushroom. Don’t forget an order of truffle fries!
Plan Check Kitchen + Bar
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Where else can you try rolled-up “ketchup leather”? This Los Angeles joint also stocks jidori chicken and dashi cheese in its kitchen.
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Grab a pencil and create your own customized burger at Slater’s. Try the the sriracha-spiced 50/50 patty – an equal blend of bacon and beef – and a cheesy Vampire Dip for starters.
Connie & Ted’s
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Bite into a slice of Hook’s four-year cheddar cheese at Connie & Ted’s. Housemade pickles and a buttery bun are sure to seal the deal!
Mo Better Burgers
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Don’t be deceived by Mo’s simple menu. Angelenos praise their Angus chuck patties, which come in 3-oz or 5-oz slabs of locally-sourced beef and turkey.
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Known as an L.A. “burger wizard”, Takuma is a street vendor who also specializes in sweet corn nuggets and Japanese takoyaki. His Special Burger includes basil and gorgonzola cheese.
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Sunset Magazine once named Jayne’s burger the best of San Diego. You best believe it with an ingredient list of Vermont cheddar, aioli and frites.
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Enjoy a view of the Embarcadero with an ahi-tuna burger at Gott’s. If you aren’t feeling fishy, sample a San Francisco specialty with a burger on sourdough bread.
Pie Dog | Black Water Brew Co.
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Make a trip down to Orange County for Pie Dog’s “G $auce” and an irresistible selection of burgers, hot dogs, and beers.
Dig in, and don’t forget the milkshake!