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The 6 Must-Try Burgers in Los Angeles

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by Annie Lin and Stefanie Tuder
Updated October 21, 2021

New York has its slices, Miami has its Cubanos, Chicago has its hot dogs. And as of late — Los Angeles has its burgers. The burger scene in this sunny city has exploded in recent years, and now every neighborhood has no shortage of stops for smashburgers, dry-aged patties, historic classics, and newfangled options. As with anything, though, some rise above the rest. These are the 6 top burgers Los Angeles has to offer.

A photo of chi SPACCA restaurant
4.8 (1304)
$50 and over
About the restaurant

At this Melrose Avenue establishment from culinary legend Nancy Silverton, the burgers are worth the wait. On the first Saturday of every month from 12pm to 2pm, executive chef Ryan DeNicola fires up Silverton’s famous burgers, so good that Los Angeles magazine dissected every element in detail. The key to a good burger is to start with a killer patty, and Silverton does just that. The beef is a blend of chuck, brisket, dry-aged beef trim, dry-aged beef fat, and fat from around the kidneys for optimal flavor and texture. It’s then seasoned and cooked on an almond wood-fired grill. The classic Spacca burger consists of a beef patty, Calabrian mint aioli, cheddar cheese, lettuce, caramelized onions, tomato, and pickle on a sesame bun. An equally juicy “sooner smash burger” hits the spot with two dry-aged smash patties, American cheese, yellow mustard, and shaved onions on a sesame bun. The best move is to get both.

Top review
Dined 4 days ago
The food was divine. Imaginative and perfectly executed. And speaking with Ruth Reichl was a dream come true for My daughter and myself. Wonderful night.
A photo of Connie and Ted's restaurant
4.8 (4237)
$31 to $50
West Hollywood
About the restaurant

A taste of New England in LA, this seafood restaurant and raw bar — named after owner Michael Cimarusti’s grandparents Connie and Ted — is a tribute to the times the couple spent fishing together off the shores of New England. While most of the menu is dedicated to seafood, the burger here is a crowd favorite, featuring Hook’s 4-year-aged cheddar, pickles, onion, lettuce, and Thousand Island dressing on a beef patty. A smoked bacon add-on is available, and why wouldn’t you? Also famous here is the Maine lobster roll, served hot with drawn butter or cold with mayonnaise. Grab a craft beer on tap and sit on the expansive outdoor patio to enjoy LA’s weather.

Top review
Dined 1 day ago
Great place but pretty noisy. Excellent staff, service and food. Had the fish and chips and it was outstanding. Can't wait to go back
A photo of Hank's Palisades restaurant
4 (468)
$30 and under
Pacific Palisades
About the restaurant

The team behind the hugely popular Blue Ribbon chain has brought its famed burger to the West Coast at Hank’s. Located inside Palisades Village, Hank’s serves up all sorts of burgers from wagyu to vegan varieties, but the one that has people talking is the “Double Diamond” option. Served on a potato brioche bun with your choice of cheese, pickles, onions, and a special sauce, the burger’s focus is on its Angus beef double patties — a whole half-pound of meat. Paired with fries, it’s quite the feast.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 7 days ago
Can’t believe they took chili off the menu. New chef, and new menu needs work.
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4.7 (225)
$30 and under
Silver Lake
About the restaurant

Despite its name — the “ADB Nottaburger” — this vegan patty deserves a spot on this list. Made with Beyond “meat,” caramelized onions, vegan cheddar, vegan Thousand Island spread, and iceberg lettuce on a sesame bun, the burger hits all the flavor notes as one with real beef. All Day Baby is a city favorite, with owner Lien Ta creating a cool and casual space for Southern-inflected diner fare that’s landed on best-of lists by the LA Times, Eater LA, The Infatuation, and more.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 12, 2024
This place is a delight! I’m very sad they’re about to stop dinner services. Stop wasting money at other inferior places and spend it here so they’ll bring dinner back! But all their food is great all the time, especially the biscuits. The staff are uniformly lovely and efficient. I feel so lucky that this is a neighborhood spot for me.
A photo of Mister O's restaurant
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Studio City
About the restaurant

A tribute to co-owner Chris Ostrow’s late father Jordan Ostrow, Mister O’s is the realization of the father and son’s idea for a place with three things: good vibes, atmosphere, and top-notch drinks. Ostrow nailed it — the energy is high and drinks flow as diners dig into the signature Mr. O’s burger with a double patty, American cheese, pickled fresnos, caramelized onions, grilled green onions, and garlic aioli on a potato bun that nabbed a spot on Time Out LA’s best burger list. Vegans can opt for a version with an Impossible Burger “meat” patty with smoked vegan gouda, pickled fresno chiles, dill pickles, grilled onions, and lettuce instead of a bun, paired with sweet potato fries. Wash it all down with a house cocktail or local draft beer.

Top review
Dined on Sep 9, 2023
Great service, excellent cocktails, tasty food. Great date night!
A photo of Umami Burger - The Grove restaurant
$30 and under
Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
About the restaurant

Now with locations around the world, Umami Burger is a Los Angeles hometown original that opened in 2007 to an immediate cult following. The idea here is that the burger doubles down on umami, that elusive “fifth taste” of savoriness. The burgers here all maximize umami through techniques such as putting its proprietary powder (with ingredients that are naturally high in umami such as kombu and dried mushroom) into the burger mix and adding toppings to some such as truffle aioli or a bacon-wrapped onion ring. The chain is a burger guarantee no matter where you are in the city.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Dec 30, 2022
Very tasty restaurant, has very good and fast service along with pretty tasty food. Came to the one in Brea, the grove and it is honestly a good spot to go for a nice dinner date without breaking the wallet.
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