Best Restaurants Reinventing The Hamburger in LA

Best Restaurants Reinventing The Hamburger in LA

 Jordy Altman)

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Leave it to Los Angeles to kick up the burger a notch or two. These aren’t your normal burgers – LA’s grill masters are taking the burger as we know it and running it through a culinary gauntlet at restaurants like Slater’s 50/50, Grill ‘Em All, and The Escondite. Check out which hamburgers made our list of the craziest burgers in Los Angeles.

 Kim Guyader)

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50/50 Peanut Butter & Jellousy Burger
Slaters 50/50
61 N Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 765-9700
www.slaters5050.com

Part dinner, part dessert, all delicious. Served a’la mode and nearly six inches high, this Slater’s burger is anything but customary. It’s an odd-pairing of creamy peanut butter, savory applewood bacon, and a sticky swirl of strawberry jelly that will make you question our own sanity. The brandt beef patty is sandwiched between the PB&J on a honey wheat bun with a scoop of ice cream melting in the middle You’re an adult – go for seconds, nobody’s watching.

 Matthew Chernus)

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Jump In The Fryer Burger
Grill ‘Em All
19 E Main St
Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 284-2874
www.grillemallburgs.com

When is a burger no longer a burger? Grill ‘Em All defies all burger preconceptions by busting out the chicken-n-waffle burger that would put your Big Mac to shame. A large and in-charge fried chicken patty with a slice of creamy cheddar cheese, along with a few thick-cut strips of bacon, a maple-hotsauce drizzle, and delicious waffle buns make up this delicious burger. Forget Roscoe’s and grab a handheld Fryer burger to satisfy your craving.

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Ramen Burger
The Original Ramen Burger
239 S Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(213) 380-2399
www.ramenburger.com

How about a burger where the protein isn’t the star? At The Original Ramen Burger, progressive burger enthusiast Keizo is the chef that brought the Ramen Burger into existence. A crispy ramen noodle patty that is seared on the outside to a level of firmness that would make your girlfriend jealous is the star here, and the perfectly seasoned angus beef steakburger is merely the player.

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Captain Kangaroo
The Escondite
410 Boyd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 626-1800
www.theescondite.com

Too many restaurants slap an egg on top of their hamburger and call it a breakfast burger. At the Escondite, the chefs are taking it one step further with the Captain Kangaroo burger, a hefty hunk of breakfast beauty that will have you waking up at sunrise just to grab one. The burger starts with an egg over easy, and then adds a hash brown patty, some cheddar cheese, canadian bacon, breakfast gravy, and Cholula hot sauce. It’s big enough to share – but who would want to?

 Cynthia Hawkins)

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Hawkins Special Burger
Hawkins House of Burgers
11603 Slater St.
Los Angeles, CA 90059
(323) 563-1129
www.hawkinsburgers.com

A burger by any other name is no burger at all. Hawkins House of Burgers sports a menu with dozens of burgers, each one tastier than the last. And then there is the Hawkins Special Burger – a sandwich taller than a Jenga tower. It’s as if you need a housing permit to buy a Hawkins Special burger. Take a peek at the burger with three high-quality Angus beef patties, three fried eggs, strips upon strips of crispy bacon, a layer of grilled hot links, generous helpings of chili pastrami, and lettuce, tomato, onions, and pickles. It’s a meal that doesn’t need a side, but Hawkins will throw in fries and a drink at no extra cost. Good for two, but better for one.

Article by Jordy Altman

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