With a few exceptions, I’ve been to every major burger establishment in the LA area, whether it’s made some kind of Top Burgers list or someone has just run up to me shouting “You’ve got to try this burger, idiot!”
I have purposely not included Pie ‘n Burger and Apple Pan because I feel they are they are a bit overhyped and not necessarily deserving. I know I may be in the minority here, and I’m willing to accept the consequences.
So, without further ado, my top 5 burgers in LA:
5. Irv’s Burger
This is an OLD school joint in WeHo, been around since 1950. Burgers are really simple, with a thick patty, and not healthy in the slightest. Owners are super, crazy friendly, and draw pictures of you on your to-go bag while you wait.
4. The Original Tops
The pastrami burger is the thing to order! It’s an enormous and juicy monstrosity. Split in two for easy sharing… if you’re into that. Featuring more of a fast-food vibe, Tops is located in Pasadena and has been fattening folks up since 1952.
A Japanese-style, trendy burger joint in Hollywood. Burgers feature thinner patties and include unique Japanese ingredients. The combinations may seem daring but everything works. More importantly, they offer a full bar.
2. Plan Check
The hot spot on Sawtelle! Come here for some over-the-top, gourmet burger action. Just this side of being too much of a good thing. If you’ve already tried the burger, come back for the smoky fried chicken!
1. Father’s Office
While they don’t serve a traditional burger, FO just blows away all the competition. The blue cheese/bacon/onion spread sets them apart (and you couldn’t substitute it if you tried). If you ask for ketchup here, you will be executed, but what a way to go.
Bun Boy has been obsessed with the LA restaurant scene since he moved here 12 years ago. He visits about 4 restaurants a week, mostly never repeating any. Even in these wavering economic times, he absolutely refuses to give up one of his favorite pastimes.