The Ultimate Guide to Burgers in Los Angeles

The Ultimate Guide to Burgers in Los Angeles

Burgers are a form of currency in Los Angeles. Here is the ultimate list of the best burger joints in the city.

Los Angeles watches popular trends come and go; the same goes with food. However, there will always be a special place in the books for the classic burger. As the number one spot to gain fame and fortune, the burger holds a sense of tradition that is oh-so American. The City of Angels continues to see burger joints come up with their own rendition of the classic burger, while others are sticking to a straightforward approach that anyone is sure to love. For some, the meat may be the star of the dish, while others are adamant about having a toasted, buttered sesame seed bun. It's possible that vegetarian and vegan options may be a fad, but this is how other restaurants are truly standing out. The burgers may be good, but the sides and signature drinks may complete the whole experience.

Perhaps considered a downside, most Los Angeles burger restaurants aren't chains. This means that locals looking to get their favorite burger somewhere else are better off getting an order "to go". While the In-N-Out's gain traction outside of California, such as Miami, restaurants would rather keep their secret recipes and talents on the west coast. For visitors, this may be the highlight of their trip and make it one to remember. However, the best burgers are soon to reach everyone in America. So stay hopeful, more joints should pop up all over soon.

The future of the burger in Los Angeles is bright and so is that of the restaurants serving them. While locals and visitors alike are expecting a list of well-known destinations, we've covered the more unique establishments. Awarding a spot on the list for taste and creativity, rather than popularity, we've considered the standalone shops who favor fresh ingredients, a loyalty to the burger, and a style that is all their own. Paying attention to trends and flavors, here are the best places to get a burger in Los Angeles.

Cecconi's West Hollywood

Cecconi's West Hollywood's Happy Hour hamburger! Melted fontina cheese over a black truffle patty for only $7.

Cecconi's West Hollywood
8764 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90069

1-310-432-2000

Monday - Thursday: 8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Sunday: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Cecconi's is a modern day classic Italian restaurant located on the corner of Melrose Avenue and Robertson Boulevard. Open seven days a week, the restaurant is proud to serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. On the weekends, they also offer brunch. Originating in Venice, Cecconi's serves handmade pasta, seafood, and other Northern Italy-inspired dishes using the finest, freshest ingredients. For those looking for a new Italian restaurant for date night, you might want to add this one to the list. However, keep reading for their premiere burger - unfortunately, it's not composed of pasta.

From the gorgeously decorated bar to it's Roman-inflected menu, there are plenty of reasons to enjoy Cecconi's in West Hollywood. While this gourmet menu has several mouthwatering dishes, a burger may not be the first thing that comes to mind. Various outstanding menu items may outshine the classic burger, but cradled in the "4 to 7" happy hour menu that is luckily also available on Saturdays. It seems like this burger is tucked away behind the other tasty foods, but once customers give it a taste, it'll be the first thing they look for!

This happy-hour burger is less than $10 for a black truffle patty laced with fontina cheese. As eclectic as anything the hipster burger places tend to throw at customers, the laid-back classiness at Cecconi's is hard to match. Paired with the on-draft prosecco, the happy-hour burger is topped with a wide fold of grilled pancetta. Visitors don't need to dress up to match the style of Cecconi's, especially if they're coming for the burger! As a popular lunch menu or drink accompaniment, it's the perfect price for any time of day.

With an extensive menu of Italian delights, Cecconi's also offers dolci, cocktails, and ciccheti - in other words, delicious desserts and drinks! For those on the east coast or out of the country, Cecconi's is starting to open up location all around the globe. They currently have locations in London, Miami, and Istanbul.

Animal

Animal's griddled hamburger resembles more of a grilled cheese but there's still a patty in between the bread. Thanks to Diamond Bakery for the rye bread!

Animal
435 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90048

323-782-9225

Dinner: Sunday – Thursday: 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Weekend: Friday – Saturday: 6:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Brunch: Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

It's all about the carnivores at Animal, although the name should've given it away. As people eat the meat, it's possible the taste may make them more intense carnivores than they were before. Vegetarians beware at this Fairfax New American where celeb chefs take pride in the sheer creative fun of coming up with a decadent, gourmet menu focused on creating remarkable, awe-inspiring dishes. With efficient and informed staffers, they exude a cool and casual vibe that is evident on Animal's scarce furnishings. Despite the low-maintenance decor of Animal, reservations are not easy to obtain!

Chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo's menu is packed with pork belly sandwiches, grilled quail, and foie gras and biscuits. An inventive menu to say the least, Animal and its chefs decline any requested modifications and changes to the dishes - but maybe we should trust them. The brunch menu is quite impressive as well, with a bacon and chocolate crunch bar, along with a smoked white fish sandwich. Each item on the menu is thought out and crafted to a laid-back kind of perfection that is heightened by Animal's use of local and organic ingredients.

The "Boner Burger" is the newest addition to Shook and Dotolo's menu. It's an embarrassingly delicious patty topped with Monterey jack cheese with caramelized onion, poblano chili, and 420 sauce on marble rye. Diamond Bakery is proud to provide the marble rye from just up the street. The meat surpasses any standard quality, so much so that chefs decided to opt out of the bun (Remember, you can't request one either!). Classic burger enthusiasts may argue over the necessity of a bun to qualify as a "burger", but once they taste this obscenely insane sandwich, they might reconsider.

The Rockefeller Gastropub | Manhattan Beach

The Rockefeller Gastropub | Manhattan Beach
1209 Highland Ave,
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

310-545-5810

Monday: 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday - Thursday: 11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday: 11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday: 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM

With an ever-evolving American menu that features delicious sharable plates, the popular Manhattan and Hermosa Beach gastropubs attracts a crowd of patrons daily. Oysters and crafty artisanal beers and wines grace the menu frequently. With a prompt and friendly crew, The Rockefeller is a combination of rustic and modern surroundings. The pub is a magnet for the early twenties and thirties crowd and is often the place for impromptu local hangouts.

The South Bay has created a lot of doubt for the locals. Known as the sleepy beachside of Los Angeles, it has recently become a hot area for innovative dishes including the burger. Places like the Standing Room are still quite popular, but the Rockefeller in Manhattan Beach is up and coming. Where one of the newest burgers shines strong, the chef known as Cody Diegel has named the star burger after himself! Tasting the Cody Burger, packed with powerful flavors, might just be enough to knock Los Angeles awake for good.

The Cody Burger is a mix of American Wagyu beef, truffle bacon, jam and taleggio cheese. With an enticing palate, the American Prime burger is double-stacked and cooked to a medium. Layered with grilled onions and classic American cheese, there's also lettuce, pickles, and aioli. It's a burger for the purist's, oozing sauce from the sides with a meaty taste; the Rockefeller isn't short of napkins.

Ledlow

Ledlow
400 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

213-687-7015

Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Saturday - Sunday: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 12:00 AM

Ledlow puts a creative, hipster twist on some of our favorite comforting American eats. The bright, airy, and open space looks over the historic Main Street and is cool for several occasions. Nothing gets better than comfort food presented in a relaxed atmosphere. There are light-night options and an outdoor patio to enjoy the food and the view. The Downtown chef Josef Centeno lives up the hype he's created by working at Baco Mercat, along with Orsa & Winston. The restaurant has managed to draw in a good amount of regulars that have labeled the establishment "pricey, but worth it".

The Ledlow burger is arguably one of the best burgers in the city, but it's not anything out of the ordinary. Ledlow's burger is special for being exactly what everyone expects. With the option to have a single, double, or triple stack with American Cheese and cheddar, the burger is also topped with red onion, dill pickle, and Dijon and garlic aioli. This straight forward classic is done just right and has a the regular burger crowd following.

The burgers at Ledlow are the perfect of example of how the ingredients aren't the only factor in a great plate of food. They take all the basic ingredients that anyone can, and present in an atmosphere that makes it hard to resist.

Eggslut

Eggslut
317 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Sunday - Saturday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The sandwiches at Egglsut are messy, egg-based of course, and stacked high with mouthwatering toppings from cheese to bacon. While Eggslut isn't the newest establishment, their menu is still a little on the short side - unlike their burgers - but nonetheless creative. According to several Zagat reviews, the prices are decent for a burger joint and it also stays true to the classic American burger. Due to the small venue, visitors have limited counter space but based on Eggslut's popularity, it might be worth the wait.

Behind Eggslut is Alvin Cailan. Beginning as a white food truck, the brand is now one of the most popular stalls at the Grand Central Market. The Eggslut Cheeseburger is the top item on the menu for lunch. Caramelized onions, pickles, and cheddar cheese are the perfect combination for burger success. Perhaps the best addition to the classic burger is topping the Wagyu meat with a fried egg. The burger is both messy and delicious, and with the lack of space, visitors are forced to cram it in their mouths in any available corner that they can - but that's part of the fun.

El Cristalazo

El Cristalazo
1665 N Hacienda Blvd
La Puente, CA 91744

(626) 918-0863

Sunday - Thursday: 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday - Saturday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Known as El Cristalzao, Mariscos El Cristalazo is named after the humongous signature martini glasses their dishes are served on. Instead of pairing your burger with a drink, why not have the drink in the burger? When Americans think about burgers, they probably imagine barbecues, beaches, and pools, with a cooler of beer. However, El Cristalazo erases this typical American notion with their seafood menu that does include a burger with a twist inspired by the ocean.

The self-trained chef and former server, Ninive Vargas is the reason for the brick-and-mortar success of Mariscos. Originating from Mexico, Vargas uses her influences from her hometown to create something fresh and new. As if the menu doesn't add enough personality, the colorful murals commissioned by local artists are splashy, adding to the vibrant atmosphere. Visitors can dine comfortably in leather booths around the restaurant or order rounds from the high tops.

La Puente is a gem for several reasons, but for us they offer the state of California a non-beef burger! Strict believers in the classic burger on the bun may scour at the idea of a meatless burger, they might even revoke the title but plenty have given Cristalazo's a shot. No, we're not talking about a vegan option or some green, vegetable based patty. Seafood lovers will already be in heaven upon entering, but Cristalazo offers two fabulous seafood burgers that are swimming with shrimp. A shrimp patty may seem a little unconventional, but nonetheless savory. Plates also include a variety of in-house sauces.

Badmaash

Badmaash
108 W 2nd St #104
Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 221-7466

Monday - Wednesday: 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Thursday - Friday: 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Saturday: 5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Sunday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

India is a whole world away. Burger purists aren't really thinking about the spicy and savory dishes from there, but Badmaash is. Most Indian restaurants try to stay authentic in their decor and menu, but this one aims to be cool and casual, as well as appeal to Americans. How, you may ask? By integrating beer, wine, and the local farmer's markets, Badmaash is Indian food with an interesting twist. Badmaash takes pride in their chef, Pav, who has over 40 years of experience in the kitchen but with the Indian flavor as well, so we know we can trust him during this interesting flavor experience. Greasy, overly-spiced dishes are just the opposite of what visitors can expect from this establishment.

This gastropub servers burgers and beers, along with many other popular street eats from California. Using the country of India as their main driving force, Badmaash celebrates the culture but others as well. The chef and his team combine flavors from the French, Canadian, and Punjabi. As anyone can imagine, this establishment's aroma is filled with several flavors, but the high ceilings make room for that. Marble-topped counters and industrial lighting also grace Badmaash for a style that is as eclectic as the menu.

Burger purists may be skeptical of Badmaash, but this Indian-Canadian restaurant serves other popular dishes such as chicken tikka poutine and samosas. While you may recognize some items on the menu, they are not what you may be expecting. Ghandi makes an appearance at Badmaash in the form of a creative mural as he sports vibrant colored sunglasses. Juicy lamb leg cuts make up Badmassh's burger meat - and it's not easy to cook. For texture, lettuce and red onion are packed to the brim, along with a hint of cilantro. A sharp taste of the smoky paprika mayo will fire up your taste buds. Calm them down with the buttery, toasted brioche bun from the Breadbar. Badmaash's burger is both unique and delicious!

Cassell's Hamburgers

Cassell's Hamburgers
3600 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020

(213) 387-5502

Sunday - Saturday: 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Located inside Koreatown's Hotel Normandie, Casselll's Hamburgers is a new and improved establishment of one of the most beloved burger joints in Los Angeles, dating back to 1948. Re-opening with a fresh look and a new menu, the bar at Cassell's is a local hotspot. The patties are ground in-house and apart from their burgers, the potato salad is the second most popular item on the menu. The restaurant takes pride in the "flashback" style of menu, although the service and food is still somewhat of a work in progress. No need to worry though, they've perfected their burger.

Lovers of Cassell's Hamburgers were sad to see it closed down, but the Koreatown burger joint only moved a couple blocks down the street! While it is a new establishment, there are many things that still remain in this favored burger joint. The meat grinder and the original broiler are still present in the new building, so fans won't miss the classic hamburgers that were given to them once before. Cassell's Hamburgers serves up one of the most traditional on the list and doesn't leave much to be desired. Visitors have the option to have their burger with or without cheese served on a Parker House Bun. They can choose from several toppings from lettuce, onions, pickles, and tomatoes, or opt for a plate of it on the side.

Juicy Burgers Shakes-N-Fries

A picture of "the premium burger joints" typical burgers. This is only one of the billions of different burgers possible to create at Juicy Burger.

Juicy Burgers Shakes-N-Fries
6340 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Sunday - Saturday: 11:00 AM - 3:00 AM

Here's a burger joint that actually lets you have it your way! Juicy Burgers has a build-your-own burger concept and diners can choose from an endless variety of toppings. Not only can visitors have anything imaginable, but this burger place is open way past most of the others. While popular fast food chains are open 24-hours, many people from California would rather enjoy the extra three hours they get from this "whatever goes" establishment.

Reviews for Juicy Burger are more than positive, considering customers can have whatever they'd like however they want it. Aside from the amazing service and ultimate customer satisfaction, visitors can look forward to a variety of burgers that are cooked with to an impeccable quality. Juicy Burger isn't just a name, it's the quality of their patties. Customers can drench their patties in secret sauces and the like, along with their preference of sesame seed, whole wheat, toasted brioche, and lettuce buns. It's all the classics of the burger with your own personal twist. Let's not forget that a thick, creamy, shake along with salty french fries will be the perfect addition to whatever your meal is.

Umami Burger

Pictured here is the K-BBQ burger, one of the many delicately crafted burgers at Umami Burger.

Umami Burger
1520 N Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90028

(323) 469-3100

Sunday - Thursday: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday - Saturday: 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Umami Burger was started by Adam Fleischman, a self-taught cook with a deep love for wine, and was conceived under the notion that burgers needed an umami-enhanced factor. That idea clearly seems to work as Adam increased the addictiveness to burgers even more! Umami Burger is now one of the best burger joints in the state for its premium beef and expertly crafted burger menu. While Fleischman was inspired by the phenomenon of people's obsession with pizza and burgers, it came down to his resources when he decided to create the perfect, salivating burger (he didn't have a pizza oven at home to practice on).

Rated as one of the best burger places in all of West Hollywood, Umami Burger is known for creating tasty burgers in the liveliest of atmospheres. The eclectic but sleek space allows for customers to enjoy elevated burgers and signature cocktails - forget the beer! Another feature to Umami is their said to be addictive truffle fries, along with a vast menu of unconventional dishes.

While there are several locations (Orange County, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Las Vegas), at the Hollywood location, the featured burger is the K-BBQ burger. This seemingly petite burger is packed with Gochujang glaze, caramelized kimchi, sesame aioli, Korean ketchip, and scallion-cilantro salad. While the K-BBQ is the number one selection, customers can look forward to other featured sandwiches including the Black Bean, Manly, Throwback, and Truffle burger.

STOUT

A great priced burger from Stout, waiting to be paired with artisan beer.

STOUT
1544 N Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

(323) 469-3801

Sunday - Saturday: 11:30 AM - 4:00 AM

The upscale gastropub known as Stout Burgers & Beers, or just STOUT, is a local chain that is pairing inventive burgers with a varied selection of craft beers. Stout attracts casual connoisseurs and is known as the number one place for club goers meet for elite burgers and beer. The establishment takes pride in their micro brewed beers and their fresh, local, and creative food. The restaurant is open for lunch, dinner, and after-hours and customers can enjoy and "light" and "healthy" burger options at any of these times.

Burger options include medium-rare cooked beef, organic ground chicken, or quinoa veggie patties with homemade topics that are sure to please. No matter what kind of patty you choose, Stout sticks to their name and makes sure that every burger is stacked tall and wide. Onions are sauteed in maple syrup, and Stout also has specialty cheeses. While the burgers may seem gourmet, their prices are comparable to fast food services, only much better quality. Creative burgers include massive onion rings slicing through the middle of the burger, others are topped with several cheeses at once.

Los Angeles, California is known for creating some of the most famous stars in America, along with the tastiest burgers along the west coast! Whether you're a local looking for a new, inspiring place to try or you're exploring California in search for a memorable moment, this list is packed with burger joints to satisfy every need and craving.

From gourmet burger joints with expensive decor to match, to low-end casual establishments that put their efforts into the taste of their burger, every single patty is bursting with its own unique flavor. Potential customers can try different cooking styles with local seasoning, along with the restaurant's own personal twist.

It's inevitable that anyone will find their new favorite burger from this list. Burger enthusiasts, critics, and lovers are sure to find their ultimate, mouth-watering, burger.

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