LA wears its health badge proudly. We have enough kale salads, farro power bowls, and probiotic moon juice thermal chambers for any and all who want to jump onboard the crazy train to eternal life.
Meanwhile, we’ll be on another train: the burger train. From old-school Valley shacks to gourmet truffle patties to the best fast food chain in existence, LA knows its way around an incredible burger. And we’ve scoured this city looking for the best so you don’t have to. Here are the top 23 best burgers in Los Angeles, ranked.
The single burger at Everson Royce Bar isn’t just a tutorial in simplicity. It’s the ultimate showing of how the damn thing is supposed to be done. Don’t expect overbearing sauce, unnecessary fried egg, or soggy vegetables. ERB’s burger is just prime beef chuck, cheddar, and pickles all sandwiched between an egg brioche bun. It’s a perfect burger that we’d happily drive to the Arts District every week to eat.
Petit Trois’s Big Mec is the double cheeseburger to end all double cheeseburgers. Topped with plain old American cheese, caramelized onions that taste like French onion soup, and a red wine sauce that is rumored to have foie gras in it, this is an absolute monster of a burger. The highlight is the patty, which tastes more like a steak. You’ll be very messy when you’re done here, but also very, very happy.
When you just want a burger that looks like an emoji, there’s no better place in Los Angeles than HiHo. Yes, it’s dangerously close to the Promenade. Yes, the room feels a little too much like a fast-casual restaurant. But no, none of that should stop you from coming here. The bun is squishy, the double patties taste like the grill, the cheese and onions get all over your hands, and there’s only the tiniest bit of lettuce involved. Also, we appreciate the fact that you can have a full meal, including fries and the tasty key lime pie, for under $20.
Many people say a burger without a bun isn’t really a burger, and to them we say, please find your nearest Screaming Into The Void self-help group, then eat the burger at Jitlada. This legendary off-menu item at LA’s best Thai restaurant comes bun-less, drenched in a house honey mustard-ish sauce, and topped with whatever Thai chiles they have in the kitchen at the moment. It changes slightly every time you order it, but you can count on a ton of heat and a patty with the perfect amount of sweetness.
Offered only on the brunch menu (but also pretty reliably as a special most nights at dinner), The Boner Burger is pretty close to a masterpiece. With a patty consisting of short rib, ground chuck, and bone marrow topped with poblano chili, caramelized onion, and “420” sauce - there’s nothing subtle about this thing. It’s a glorious, over-the-top mess. Oh, and good luck not ordering everything else on the menu too.
Electric Owl is a train-station-themed bar/restaurant on Sunset that most people come to for Happy Hour, when they can drink a bunch of $6 cocktails on the front patio. And while we certainly condone that, what’s more important here is the smash burger - which isn’t available on the Happy Hour menu. But you won’t mind paying full price for this giant burger on a parmesan bun topped with griddled shallots, pickles, horseradish-mustard aioli, and a house-made white cheddar cheese. It’s special. So special we’d tell you to travel across the city to eat it.
Say hello to the most underrated burger in LA. Truffle isn’t something you just throw around (onto food or unexpecting friends), but luckily, the crew at The Tripel knows exactly what they’re doing with it. This thing could go wrong very quickly (with apricot jam topping the duck confit, pork, and beef patty), but it doesn’t. Considering The Tripel’s Playa Del Rey location is the perfect neighborhood hangout spot, this should be your next post-beach burger stop.
It’s pretty hard to find something you won’t like on Plan Check’s menu, but the burger is operating on an entirely different level than everything else. The patty itself is fantastic, but what sets it apart for us is the crunch bun (actually kind of crunchy) and something they call Ketchup Leather™. Yes, trademarked.
Hinano is Venice’s best dive bar - a place with sawdust on the floor, guys who haven’t left their seat at the bar since the ’60s, pool tables in the back, and a handful of confused-looking tourists. More importantly, it’s a place with a great burger. This is another super-traditional option, one that’s grilled right behind the bar and comes in a basket with a packet of chips on the side. You could add a hot link or bacon if you want, but this is one that’s pretty perfect as it comes.
Not liking In-N-Out is like not liking freedom - we take it for granted when it’s the very reason we can all live our lives to the fullest. It seems impossible that a business so large could be so consistent at every single location, but that’s just the way In-N-Out operates. You’ll order the double-double animal style if you want to do this right.
No burger in the city has caused more friendship implosions, breakups, and multi-generational family disputes than the one at Father’s Office. But here at The Infatuation, we’ll track this classic down every time we’re in Santa Monica (or at their second location in Culver City). Topped with caramelized onions, gruyere and Maytag blue cheese, bacon compote, and arugula, this is the perfect combination of sweet, salty, and extremely tangy. It’s also not so ridiculously heavy that you can’t go on with your day afterwards.
After a quick decline a few years ago, Cassell’s closed up its 70-year-old shop and the classic burgers seemed gone for good. Fast forward to now, and Cassell’s is operating in a retro space inside Koreatown’s Hotel Normandie and serving burgers better than they ever were before. You can add a fried egg or bacon on top if you’re feeling powerful or uncomfortably high, but this burger doesn’t need it. The patty itself is just that good.
Another LA institution, Apple Pan has been open since 1947 and is probably the most well-known name in LA burger lore. And while the classic hickory burger isn’t our absolute favorite among the old-school spots, it’s still pretty tasty. Come pay your respects.
Approximately 99% of the food at Cecconi’s does not need your attention. The 1% that does need your attention, however, is the Happy Hour burger that’s only served Tuesdays through Saturdays from 3 to 6pm. Priced at a cool $9, Cecconi’s black truffle Happy Hour burger isn’t just delicious - it’s one of the better burger deals in town. The layer of pancetta on top keeps the truffle from overpowering everything else, and the whole burger feels compact and therefore conducive to functioning after your meal.
Burgers at a seafood restaurant are generally there to appease 10-year-olds who hate their parents for dragging them to a place with sea creatures on the menu. Except at Connie & Ted’s, where the burger might just be the best thing there. Skip adding the bacon on top - there’s already plenty going on here.
Badmaash is home to some of our favorite Indian food in LA. With a menu that includes everything from chili cheese naan to chicken tikka poutine, we wouldn’t blame you for glossing over the spiced lamb burger. But don’t make that mistake - this thing is incredible. The patty itself is slightly spicy and topped with tomato, lettuce, onion, and a cilantro and paprika mayonnaise that balances the whole thing out.
Laurel Tavern is a neighborhood bar in Studio City, where everybody in the Valley grabs a drink and some food after work while they wait for traffic on Laurel Canyon to die down. And almost everyone’s here for the Laurel burger. Topped with honey mustard, cheddar, caramelized onion, shredded lettuce, and dill pickles, this burger is a perfectly-balanced classic that’s always the better choice than sitting on Laurel Canyon.
You might not have Pie ’n Burger on your radar if you don’t spend time in Pasadena, but it’s a SoCal legend. This little lunch counter has been around since the ’60s, serving a cheeseburger that’s just lettuce, onions, American cheese, and their housemade special sauce dripped over an old-school greasy patty. You don’t f*ck with a classic.
Located on that block in Franklin Village where every LA improv actor goes to network with anyone within earshot, Oaks Gourmet is, for all intents and purposes, a wine and beer store. But it’s also home to a burger so good, you don’t even care that you’re next to two full-grown adults doing “yes and” drills. With bacon, arugula, tomato, jalapeno and pineapple compote, and taleggio cheese on top, the dry-aged burger is fantastic.
Button Mash became an Echo Park staple for its arcade games and delicious Chinese food. But a little-known fact is that their burger is excellent. There’s nothing exceedingly different about it, and that’s what we love it. It’s just a classic double cheeseburger with house-made pickles and all the American cheese they could find. And here you thought it was their Pac-Man game that was going to give you childhood nostalgia.
Veggie burgers usually fail when they attempt to taste like real meat. Luckily, Spoke Bicycle got that memo. The veggie patty at this outdoor cafe in Frogtown is made with just mushroom and beets, then topped with arugula, pickled onions, tomato, and garlic aioli. The result is a burger that’s rich and smokey, and will actually fill you up. Also, the griddled bun is very good. Don’t miss the waffle fries.
There are a couple of different ways to burger at Belcampo. You can go the Fast Burger route - a blatant Shake Shack rip-off, done with Belcampo’s signature grass-fed, organic, free-range, fluffy mattresses of patty. Or you can get our favorite, the Belcampo Burger. This is a very big burger (with that half-pound patty) that comes with an even bigger mound of fries. It’s still simple - with lettuce, cheese, onions, and sauce, - but very, very satisfying.
Lasa is family-run Filipino spot in Chinatown that was one of our favorite restaurants to open in 2017. That said, it’s the addition of their new bistek burger that we’re concerned with here. Served only on the weekends from 11am-3pm, this double-patty burger comes on a potato bun topped with soy sauce marinated onions, edam cheese, and calamansi (a citrus native to the Philippines) aioli. But this burger goes from good to great the second you dip it into the tiny cup of bistek au jus on the side.