Celebrate National Burger Month this May by grabbing some patties, buns, toppings, and condiments at the market and throwing a backyard burger party. Or you can grab some friends and head to one of California’s iconic fast food burger spots, such as In n’ Out, Tommy’s, or Fat Burger. However, if you want the best of the best in burgers, there are some joints in Los Angeles you should check out to get the professional chefs’ take on the American classic. You’ll have a guaranteed good burger if you hit up any of the following locations.
Many burger joints try to make their own burgers exceptional by adding special sauces or unconventional toppings. The burger at this French brasserie does not depend on any gimmicks or loud displays. It consists of a high-quality patty of aged beef with cheddar and a simple slaw on top, all packed between two slices of delicious brioche. These few, carefully selected ingredients make this seemingly modest burger one of the best you can find in the city. Unfortunately, the fries which accompany this burger aren’t anything to rave about.
Hole in the Wall Burger Joint
Are you craving a gourmet burger but don’t want to empty your wallet? Go to the Hole in the Wall Burger Joint for a $7.95 burger that can contend with the best. The beef patty is just fatty and juicy enough to melt in your mouth but not soak up the buns. The choice of toppings and condiments is formidable, and the house-made relish is addictive. Put in the extra dollar for the bacon, which is cut with the perfect thickness and crisps in the right way. The Kennebec fries here are also a good deal at $2.50.
Rustic Canyon Wine Bar
Chef Evan Funke’s creation is $18, which can seem a bit pricey at first. But the first bite will have you saying that it is absolutely worth it. The melted sharp cheddar blanketing the juicy patty, the onions caramelized to perfection, the heap of fresh arugula, the tart and somewhat sweet dressing that brings it all together – these ingredients make a burger that is among the greats. If you’re skeptical of there being such a thing as a transcendent burger experience, come here to receive faith.
Sang Yoon, chef and owner of renowned gastropub Father’s Office, was striving towards formulating the ultimate burger when he came up with his signature creation: a combination of Gruyere and Maytag blue cheeses, bacon, sweet onion jam, arugula, and tomato compote on top of a formidable patty of dry-aged beef. Since then, his burger has topped many best of lists for years. Today, many people still scramble to Father’s Office to get their fix of one of the best burgers in LA.
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