Best Restaurants Reinventing The Hamburger in LA

Best Restaurants Reinventing The Hamburger in LA

 Jordy Altman)

(credit: Jordy Altman)

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)

(photo credit: Kim Guyader)

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

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)

(credit: Matthew Chernus)

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

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.

 Jeff Shimamoto)

(credit: Jeff Shimamoto)

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

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.


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

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

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