Heavenly Hamburgers in the City of Angels: Bite into L.A.'s Best Burgers

Some of the most famous hamburgers in the world have been born in and around Los Angeles, including the iconic In-N-Out Burger and the more-recently famed Umami Burger. Even the McDonald's fast food chain started in Southern California, although most Angelenos wouldn't rank a Big Mac as one of the 10Best in town. But Californians know and love their burgers and will fight passionately over which restaurant serves up the top beef patty – with all the fixins', of course. Imagine burgers enhanced with truffles (like at Umami), burgers piled high with extras (think of the tater tot waffle on the Spicoli Burger at Hey 19 Public House) or huge patties made with Wagyu, America's version of Kobe beef (found at Boneyard Bistro). You'll find burgers on English muffins, burgers on brioche, burgers smothered in Brie and burgers that are made in the classic way, with a white-bread bun, lettuce, tomato and American cheese. There's something for every taste in the countless burger joints across the L.A. basin; these are our 10Best picks.

Los Feliz
Hache LA
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Hache LA puts a Gallic spin on the hamburger, with impressive results. This Los Feliz burger joint makes only steakburgers. ground in house using 100 percent all-natural, hormone- and antibiotic-free Angus beef. That's part of why their burgers...  Read More

Pie 'N Burger Diner
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Since in 1963, this classic diner has been serving up a legendary classic hamburger. In fact, George Motz's "Hamburger America" lists Pie 'N Burger as one of the best burger joints in the whole country. This little Pasadena diner has been wowing...  Read More

Sherman Oaks
Boneyard Bistro
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At Boneyard Bistro, all their burgers are made with 100 percent Snake River Farms American "Kobe Style" Wagyu beef, presented in your choice of a five- or eight-ounce patty. Build your own, with ingredients including cheese, bacon, avocado or...  Read More

Stout Burgers and Beers

An upscale twist on the ever-growing emergence of elite gastropubs all over Los Angeles, Stout Burgers and Beers offers unique gourmet burgers served with a dizzying selection of handcrafted draft micro-brewed beers. The menu suggests beer and...  Read More

Umami Burger
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When founder Adam Fleishman opened his first Umami Burger location in 2009, even he had no idea Angelenos would go crazy for his uniquely flavored hamburgers. Using umami, the fifth taste flavor (after sweet, salty, bitter and sour), to make his...  Read More

Messhall Kitchen
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For the one of the best hamburgers in Los Feliz, hit Messhall Kitchen. Located in the domed building that once housed The Brown Derby restaurant and later The Derby nightclub, the structure is now a protected Historical Cultural Monument of the...  Read More

Hey 19 Public House
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Hey 19 Public House has all kinds of wonderful food on the menu, but the burger that makes this fun South Bay gastropub stand out is actually an off-the-menu choice. The Spicoli Burger honors Jeff Spicoli, Sean Penn's burnout character from...  Read More

The Bowery
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The Bowery is a little bit of New York City in the heart of Hollywood (literally, it's located at Sunset and Vine), a tiny place that changed the mood of Los Angeles a decade ago. The place is the brainchild of NYC native George Abou-Daoud,...  Read More

In-N-Out Burger

No visit to Los Angeles is complete without a visit to one of the iconic IN-N-OUT Burger fast-food places, founded by the Snyder family in 1948. Everything is made fresh to order here, nothing is ever frozen, which is part of the enduring...  Read More

Known for its simple one-page menu, The Apple Pan has been serving up top-notch burgers and succulent pies since 1947. Grab a seat at the U-shaped counter and settle in for a burger experience that has changed little over the past 60 years. No...  Read More


Meet Jenny Peters

Jenny Peters – aka Jet Set Jen – is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist, editor and party columnist specializing in travel, entertainment, film, food, wine, fashion and the other good...  More About Jenny

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