Hamburgers are truly America's food, born of the country's fascination with beef amidst the 1950's commoditization of farming. Those same mid-century decades also spawned the rise of the nation's modern highway systems and LA's fast food culture in general, making the lowly hamburger something to be sought out as a destination or grabbed quickly on the way home.
Today's Los Angeles hamburger landscape is no longer necessarily focused around freeway exits and major thoroughfares. You'll find amazing burgers available off-menu at South Bay dinnertime hotspots, tucked away in Valley parking lots, or hiding right under the nose of some of the city's best chefs.
There's also no convenient diagram for what makes a perfect Los Angeles burger. Some hew close to the Southern California standard, with thin griddled patties, fresh toppings, American cheese, and a slightly tangy spread. Others stack multiple massive patties together for a bit of primal indulgence, while still more trade in mayonnaise for foie gras-inflected bordelaise sauce. Whatever your pleasure, there's an essential burger in Los Angeles for you.
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