A couple of weeks ago, we published our guide to The Best New Burgers In LA. And, like always, people shouted at us for ones that we missed. But one spot, in particular, kept coming up: Heavy Handed, a Sunday-only pop-up outside Good People Coffee Co. in West LA. We heard about it in our Instagram comments. We got it in our inboxes. Our Twitter mentions were a constant stream of burger rants.
So naturally, we started to wonder if this weekly(ish) burger spot could really be as good as the internet had us believing it is. Because, we’re not sure if you’ve noticed, but the internet has blown up a lot of mediocre things over the years - including a few LA burger spots.
We’re happy to report that Heavy Handed is not like those other spots. Their burgers are excellent. They’re simply constructed: a single, double, or triple patty, with cheese, pickles, and house sauce on a fluffy potato roll. The smashburger is made of 100% ground short rib, so it’s somehow both crispy and greasy. Heavy makes their own bread-and-butter pickles, too, which add a crisp, vinegary sweetness to every bite, and the American cheese is so melty, it’s basically become one with the patty.
The fries are almost as good as the burger. They’re cooked in beef tallow, otherwise known as that stuff McDonald’s used to cook their French fries in - and what made them so tasty. These are particularly great with a side of their creamy, tart, take on Thousand Island dressing.
We’re extremely thankful that real life is not the internet. But occasionally, some good comes out of it - like email, for example, or Cardi B. We’ll just go ahead and add Heavy Handed to that list.
The Double Burger is your order here. You might be tempted by the triple, or even see people doing quadruples, but resist the urge to get too gluttonous. The double is the ideal ratio of meat-to-cheese-to-bun, and even if it looks small, you’re going to be extremely full when you’re done.
We love these fries. Probably too much, considering how quickly they disappeared from the little bag they came in, and the number of times we’ve Googled “Where to buy beef tallow” since we ate them.