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A Handy Guide to Old School Burger Joints in Los Angeles

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America's love of burgers may have no stronger foundation than in the city of Los Angeles and its outlying neighborhoods, where the likes of Fatburger, Tommy's and In-N-Out have proliferated the gospel of the high-quality fast food burger for generations. In the meantime, other classic burger places have popped up all over town, with iconic spots like Apple Pan, Pie'n Burger, and Irv's Burgers capturing the hearts of both young and old. Herein, Eater presents a handy guide to the Best Old-School Burger Joints in Los Angeles.


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1. Pie 'n Burger

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913 East California Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91106
(626) 795-1123
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This classic burger joint makes great seared patties and straightforward burgers that somehow taste better than the sum of their parts. Think of it as an improved version of the classic In-N-Out burger. The pies here are amazing as well.

2. The Apple Pan

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10801 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 475-3585
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Perhaps the most beloved burger in Los Angeles, this Westside fixture still does things the old-fashioned way, with simply grilled patties, soft white buns, and an addictive house sauce. The counter-top dining experience is a must for any burger lover. The pies are also a must-try.

3. In-N-Out Burger

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7009 Sunset Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
(800) 786-1000
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If not the original then probably the more prolific and notable burger joint in L.A. In-N-Out is the quintessential California burger and the quality hasn't changed at all over years.

4. Bill & Hiroko's

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14742 Oxnard Street
Van Nuys, CA 91411
(818) 785-4086

This unsung burger stand in Van Nuys makes one of the best classic burgers, thanks to dedicated burger man Bill Elwell, who still makes every burger here after decades of business. The double cheeseburger with bacon is the one to get.

5. Original Tommy's Hamburgers

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2575 W Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90057
(213) 389-9060
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Probably the only real contender to In-N-Out's dominance in L.A., Tommy's still does a good chili-burger that boasts an incredibly thick chili and well-constructed burgers loaded with chopped onions, tomatoes, and mustard.

6. Fatburger

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1611 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 663-3100
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A heftier, more "gourmet" version of the thin-pattied burger, Fatburger specializes in fresh ground patties that are thicker than the average joint, along with a slew of custom options that allows diners to make their ideal burger. Part of triad of classic L.A. burger chains that includes Tommy's and In-N-Out.

7. Marty's Hamburger Stand

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10558 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 836-6944

This Westside burger stand still has that old timey charm with dedicated employees who will customize any burger. The double-cheeseburger is a specialty, though the small size makes parking tough. This is fast food the way it should be done.

8. Irv's Burgers

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8289 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 650-2456
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A true hole-in-the-wall burger place, this classic West Hollywood dive does cheap, delicious burgers with fresh, hot fries. As a bonus, each order gets a charming drawings on their plates. Definitely a great place to become a regular.

9. Mom's Burgers

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342 W Alondra Blvd
Compton, CA 90220
(310) 632-6622

If there's a more over-the-top, comforting burger than Mom's, it's hard to think of one. Seasoned and grilled to perfection, these burgers get piled with bacon and toppings until they're nearly impossible to hold. A great find worth seeking for burger aficionados despite the 'seedy' location.

10. Hinano Cafe

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15 Washington Blvd
Venice, CA 90292
(310) 822-3902

This classic Westside dive does a variety of straightforward burgers just by Venice Beach. Unadorned and simply made, think seasoned patties with bacon, lettuce and all the fixin's at a reasonable price.

11. Astro Burger

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5601 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 469-1924
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It wouldn't be L.A. if there wasn't a vegetarian-friendly burger place in the city. There's the unsurprising spate of ethnic food (Mexican, Greek, Italian) to go along with char-broiled veggie burgers that taste like the real deal, at least to some.

12. Hawkins House Of Burgers

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11603 Slater St
Watts, CA 90059
(323) 563-1129
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Perhaps the original heart-attack burger joint, these burgers get piled high with a myriad of toppings, like sausages, chili, pastrami, eggs, bacon and more. A true find for the burger glutton.

13. Johnnie's Pastrami

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4017 S Sepulveda Blvd
Culver City, CA 90230
(310) 397-6654
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This Westside establishment specializes in pastrami, but still does great burgers. They start with a 1/3 lb. patty and can get loaded up with a thick, savory chili.

14. Howard's Big Burger

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11127 Venice Blvd Ste 7
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 838-9111

This heavy-hitting Westside joint is known for their bacon & avocado burgers, which got attention for being on Man Versus Food. The patties might be pre-formed and frozen at this point, but the toppings make up for it.

15. Hamburger Habit

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11223 National Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 478-5000
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This West LA standard does all the classic diner options, only from a hamburger point of view. Chili cheese fries go well with the inexpensive, fully customizable burgers. The milkshakes are also worth trying.

16. Patra's

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2319 North San Fernando Road
Los Angeles, CA 90065
(323) 225-9944

Though some of the menu got a makeover by Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, this classic Eastside spot does a very good burger that has good seasoning and great beefy flavor.

17. Barney's Gourmet Hamburgers

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11660 San Vicente Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 447-6000
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One of the original "gourmet" hamburgers, Barney's still uses fresh-ground beef patties, producing a nice char. Over the years they've developed a myriad number of burger varieties to suit different tastes, such as the Cajun Style burger and Moroccan burger. There's also vegetarian burgers, because this is L.A.

18. The Bucket

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4541 Eagle Rock Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 257-5654
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This very old restaurant in Eagle Rock looks like a roadside stop, serving since 1935. The large burgers feature over-the-top ingredients like the famous Cardiac, which uses two 1/2 lb patties, bacon, ham, and grilled onions.

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1. Pie 'n Burger

913 East California Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91106

This classic burger joint makes great seared patties and straightforward burgers that somehow taste better than the sum of their parts. Think of it as an improved version of the classic In-N-Out burger. The pies here are amazing as well.

913 East California Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91106

2. The Apple Pan

10801 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064

Perhaps the most beloved burger in Los Angeles, this Westside fixture still does things the old-fashioned way, with simply grilled patties, soft white buns, and an addictive house sauce. The counter-top dining experience is a must for any burger lover. The pies are also a must-try.

10801 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064

3. In-N-Out Burger

7009 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

If not the original then probably the more prolific and notable burger joint in L.A. In-N-Out is the quintessential California burger and the quality hasn't changed at all over years.

7009 Sunset Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028

4. Bill & Hiroko's

14742 Oxnard Street, Van Nuys, CA 91411

This unsung burger stand in Van Nuys makes one of the best classic burgers, thanks to dedicated burger man Bill Elwell, who still makes every burger here after decades of business. The double cheeseburger with bacon is the one to get.

14742 Oxnard Street
Van Nuys, CA 91411

5. Original Tommy's Hamburgers

2575 W Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057

Probably the only real contender to In-N-Out's dominance in L.A., Tommy's still does a good chili-burger that boasts an incredibly thick chili and well-constructed burgers loaded with chopped onions, tomatoes, and mustard.

2575 W Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90057

6. Fatburger

1611 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

A heftier, more "gourmet" version of the thin-pattied burger, Fatburger specializes in fresh ground patties that are thicker than the average joint, along with a slew of custom options that allows diners to make their ideal burger. Part of triad of classic L.A. burger chains that includes Tommy's and In-N-Out.

1611 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

7. Marty's Hamburger Stand

10558 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

This Westside burger stand still has that old timey charm with dedicated employees who will customize any burger. The double-cheeseburger is a specialty, though the small size makes parking tough. This is fast food the way it should be done.

10558 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

8. Irv's Burgers

8289 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

A true hole-in-the-wall burger place, this classic West Hollywood dive does cheap, delicious burgers with fresh, hot fries. As a bonus, each order gets a charming drawings on their plates. Definitely a great place to become a regular.

8289 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046

9. Mom's Burgers

342 W Alondra Blvd, Compton, CA 90220

If there's a more over-the-top, comforting burger than Mom's, it's hard to think of one. Seasoned and grilled to perfection, these burgers get piled with bacon and toppings until they're nearly impossible to hold. A great find worth seeking for burger aficionados despite the 'seedy' location.

342 W Alondra Blvd
Compton, CA 90220

10. Hinano Cafe

15 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90292

This classic Westside dive does a variety of straightforward burgers just by Venice Beach. Unadorned and simply made, think seasoned patties with bacon, lettuce and all the fixin's at a reasonable price.

15 Washington Blvd
Venice, CA 90292

11. Astro Burger

5601 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

It wouldn't be L.A. if there wasn't a vegetarian-friendly burger place in the city. There's the unsurprising spate of ethnic food (Mexican, Greek, Italian) to go along with char-broiled veggie burgers that taste like the real deal, at least to some.

5601 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

12. Hawkins House Of Burgers

11603 Slater St, Watts, CA 90059

Perhaps the original heart-attack burger joint, these burgers get piled high with a myriad of toppings, like sausages, chili, pastrami, eggs, bacon and more. A true find for the burger glutton.

11603 Slater St
Watts, CA 90059

13. Johnnie's Pastrami

4017 S Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

This Westside establishment specializes in pastrami, but still does great burgers. They start with a 1/3 lb. patty and can get loaded up with a thick, savory chili.

4017 S Sepulveda Blvd
Culver City, CA 90230

14. Howard's Big Burger

11127 Venice Blvd Ste 7, Los Angeles, CA 90034

This heavy-hitting Westside joint is known for their bacon & avocado burgers, which got attention for being on Man Versus Food. The patties might be pre-formed and frozen at this point, but the toppings make up for it.

11127 Venice Blvd Ste 7
Los Angeles, CA 90034

15. Hamburger Habit

11223 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

This West LA standard does all the classic diner options, only from a hamburger point of view. Chili cheese fries go well with the inexpensive, fully customizable burgers. The milkshakes are also worth trying.

11223 National Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

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16. Patra's

2319 North San Fernando Road, Los Angeles, CA 90065

Though some of the menu got a makeover by Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, this classic Eastside spot does a very good burger that has good seasoning and great beefy flavor.

2319 North San Fernando Road
Los Angeles, CA 90065

17. Barney's Gourmet Hamburgers

11660 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

One of the original "gourmet" hamburgers, Barney's still uses fresh-ground beef patties, producing a nice char. Over the years they've developed a myriad number of burger varieties to suit different tastes, such as the Cajun Style burger and Moroccan burger. There's also vegetarian burgers, because this is L.A.

11660 San Vicente Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90049

18. The Bucket

4541 Eagle Rock Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90041

This very old restaurant in Eagle Rock looks like a roadside stop, serving since 1935. The large burgers feature over-the-top ingredients like the famous Cardiac, which uses two 1/2 lb patties, bacon, ham, and grilled onions.

4541 Eagle Rock Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90041

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