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Champ burger on a decorated white plate at Le Champ.
Champ burger at Le Champ in the Arts District.
Shane McCauley

The 7 Hottest Burgers in LA Right Now

Viral smash burgers, fancy French options, and a Japanese take made with wagyu patties

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Champ burger at Le Champ in the Arts District.
| Shane McCauley

Los Angeles is a burger town. Allegedly, the cheeseburger was invented in Pasadena in 1926 when Lionel Sternberger accidentally dropped some cheese on the grill, and the rest is history. Now, there’s a great burger in practically every neighborhood whether it's a classic old-school cheeseburger with lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles, or a double smash burger with crispy edges and melted cheese.

Here now are seven of the hottest new burgers in Los Angeles, from a thick wagyu patty at a Beverly Hills curry shop to an Arts District pop-up adding aji sauce. For the legacy picks that have shaped the burger ecosystem, look to Eater’s list of essential LA burgers here.

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Chubby Curry

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Most may go to Chubby Curry for the eponymous curry, but the burger on the menu is a must-order. It’s a behemoth of a wagyu burger topped with caramelized onions and sandwiched between a golden brown bun. The best part is that it comes in at $18 for an eight-ounce patty.

Wagyu burger on a white stone plate at Chubby Curry in Beverly Hills.
Wagyu burger at Chubby Curry in Beverly Hills.
Matthew Kang

Easy Street

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While Easy Street isn’t new to Los Angeles, its burgers are having a moment after a visit and a stellar review from TikToker Keith Lee. The burger at Easy Street is a classic smash burger with crispy edges that extend past the bun, melted cheese, and grilled onions.

Thicc Burger

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Born of a pop-up, Thicc Burger is now cooking out of a stall at the Original Farmers Market. The burger resembles the classic Los Angeles Fatburger but with locally sourced ingredients from vendors including Huntington Meats and Kaylin + Kaylin Pickles.

Straight on photo of a burger from Thicc Burger.
Thicc Burger.
Farley Elliott

SKECHERS Food Spot

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One of the hottest burgers in LA can be found at the Skechers food court in Gardena. The double cheeseburger, which clocks in at $5, comes with Angus beef and classic accouterments including onions, pickles, and lettuce.

Front shot of a double cheeseburger at Food Spot.
The double cheeseburger at Food Spot.
Matthew Kang

Softies Burger

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Once in a while, a new burger pop-up hits LA and takes the city by storm. Right now, that burger is from Softies. Owners Sam Hong and Josh Kim start with Oklahoma-style burgers and add their own twists from there, including a spicy aji sauce, crispy mushrooms, and more.

Le Champ

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For a classy French burger in a wine bar, look to Le Champ in the Arts District. The burger is simple, but delicious, with just a thick patty, caramelized onions, and melted Gruyere cheese on a fresh brioche bun.

Champ burger on a decorated white plate at Le Champ.
Champ burger at Le Champ.
Shane McCauley

Yang's Kitchen

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The burger isn’t on Yang’s regular menu, but it is worth seeking out at one of the restaurant’s burger nights. While smash burgers seem to be all the rage in LA, the cheeseburger at Yang’s is unapologetically thick. Everything in the burger is handmade, down to the bun which comes from Pine Cone Bake Shop.

Chubby Curry

Most may go to Chubby Curry for the eponymous curry, but the burger on the menu is a must-order. It’s a behemoth of a wagyu burger topped with caramelized onions and sandwiched between a golden brown bun. The best part is that it comes in at $18 for an eight-ounce patty.

Wagyu burger on a white stone plate at Chubby Curry in Beverly Hills.
Wagyu burger at Chubby Curry in Beverly Hills.
Matthew Kang

Easy Street

While Easy Street isn’t new to Los Angeles, its burgers are having a moment after a visit and a stellar review from TikToker Keith Lee. The burger at Easy Street is a classic smash burger with crispy edges that extend past the bun, melted cheese, and grilled onions.

Thicc Burger

Born of a pop-up, Thicc Burger is now cooking out of a stall at the Original Farmers Market. The burger resembles the classic Los Angeles Fatburger but with locally sourced ingredients from vendors including Huntington Meats and Kaylin + Kaylin Pickles.

Straight on photo of a burger from Thicc Burger.
Thicc Burger.
Farley Elliott

SKECHERS Food Spot

One of the hottest burgers in LA can be found at the Skechers food court in Gardena. The double cheeseburger, which clocks in at $5, comes with Angus beef and classic accouterments including onions, pickles, and lettuce.

Front shot of a double cheeseburger at Food Spot.
The double cheeseburger at Food Spot.
Matthew Kang

Softies Burger

Once in a while, a new burger pop-up hits LA and takes the city by storm. Right now, that burger is from Softies. Owners Sam Hong and Josh Kim start with Oklahoma-style burgers and add their own twists from there, including a spicy aji sauce, crispy mushrooms, and more.

Le Champ

For a classy French burger in a wine bar, look to Le Champ in the Arts District. The burger is simple, but delicious, with just a thick patty, caramelized onions, and melted Gruyere cheese on a fresh brioche bun.

Champ burger on a decorated white plate at Le Champ.
Champ burger at Le Champ.
Shane McCauley

Yang's Kitchen

The burger isn’t on Yang’s regular menu, but it is worth seeking out at one of the restaurant’s burger nights. While smash burgers seem to be all the rage in LA, the cheeseburger at Yang’s is unapologetically thick. Everything in the burger is handmade, down to the bun which comes from Pine Cone Bake Shop.

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