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A thick pub-style burger with cheddar cheese and fries, shown from the side.
The pub-style burger at Horses.
Wonho Frank Lee

13 Hot Burgers to Try in LA Right Now

LA’s hottest new restaurant has a killer burger to match

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The pub-style burger at Horses.
| Wonho Frank Lee

Hamburgers may very well be the quintessential food of Southern California. The combination of ground beef (or, more recently, vegan alternatives) and bun is so deeply entrenched in Los Angeles’s dining culture that there’s always a new creation to taste in and around the city. From a Valley vegan option hiding inside of an event venue to a once-a-week smoked beef burger in Lincoln Heights, here’s where to get your burger on right now across Los Angeles.

Added: Fellow, Horses, the Wolves, Market Tavern, Window Silver Lake, Goldburger Los Feliz, For the Win Whittier

Removed: Wise Sons, Chris N Eddy’s, Jolie Bistro & Bar, Honeybee Burger, Nossa, Yellow Paper Burger

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Say It Ain’t So

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The plant-based burgers from Valley pop-up Say It Ain’t So don’t skip on decadence. Just look at those double-Impossible patties, the melty non-dairy cheese, and the soft but sturdy buns; this isn’t the kind of place that messes around, meat or not.

Goldburger Los Feliz

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Highland Park’s favorite pop-up turned brick and mortar restaurant now has a second location under its belt, next door to Skylight Books on one of LA’s most walkable blocks. Stop in for seared burgers topped with pastrami and plenty of cheese.

Horses is likely LA’s hottest current restaurant, and fans are flocking for the scene, the drinks, and the food — including a showstopper of a burger. Rich, filling, and offered with a pile of fries (and everyone gets their own bottle of Heinz ketchup!), this is the coolest new burger in the coolest new spot in LA.

A thick pub-style burger with cheddar cheese and fries, shown from the side.
The burger at Horses.
Wonho Frank Lee

The Win~Dow Silver Lake

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One of the Westside’s best burgers has expanded east, landing along Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake for all the world to see. These are simple, inexpensive options served fast and hot to growing crowds.

A double patty cheeseburger and fries sit on a red plastic stool in front of a restaurant. shown from up close.
The Window burger in Silver Lake.
The Window

Burger She Wrote

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The smashed patties that LA loves have now come to Beverly Boulevard. Expect slim, crispy edges and lots of melted American cheese from this heavily-pressed newcomer.

Great White

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Venice hotspot Great White has expanded its Aussie operation east, moving onto the tony Larchmont block with the same all-day mix of breakfast burritos, coffee, salads, dinnertime pizzas, and one of LA’s best burgers.

Moo's Craft Barbecue

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The beef is smoked (as is all the meat) at Moo’s Craft Barbecue in Lincoln Heights — it’s just that, for their much-loved new burger, it’s also ground, pattied, and served thick on a spongey bun with bracing raw onions. This is a pub-style burger for fans sick of the smashed stuff, but beware: there are often only limited quantities available.

Market Tavern

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Market Tavern’s British Invasion burger comes with an English cheddar cheese and grilled chiles, but it’s the curry-spiced aioli that seals the deal.

A tall burger in a deep cast iron pan on a bar top.
The Market Tavern burger.
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The upscale Fellow in Westwood is a spot for dinnertime decadence, but it’s also the place to get one of LA’s best newer bar burger, a beefy behemoth that pairs perfectly with a drink.

Hamburger at Fellow in Westwood.
The bar burger at Fellow in Westwood.
Farley Elliott

The Wolves

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The burger at the reborn Wolves in Downtown LA is pure French opulence, offered with comte cheese, onions caramelized in sherry, and with a stacked side of fries thanks to Laurent Quenioux.

For The Win

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As the smashburger sensation continues across greater Los Angeles, it is Hollywood’s For the Win that is doing the most to ride the wave. The team has expanded out to Whittier to rave reviews, and is now searing up patties in Glendale as well.

Proudly Serving

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This South Bay burger staple started as a pop up and now has a kitchen to use along the boardwalk, turning out smashed and flavorful options with lots of cheese, sauce, and plenty of pickles.

Hamburgers Nice

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Hamburgers Nice is Long Beach’s answer to the itinerant LA smashburger pop-ups. This roving setup branches out with breakfast burgers, chorizo burgers, and other options to go well beyond the usual beef, too.

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Say It Ain’t So

The plant-based burgers from Valley pop-up Say It Ain’t So don’t skip on decadence. Just look at those double-Impossible patties, the melty non-dairy cheese, and the soft but sturdy buns; this isn’t the kind of place that messes around, meat or not.

Goldburger Los Feliz

Highland Park’s favorite pop-up turned brick and mortar restaurant now has a second location under its belt, next door to Skylight Books on one of LA’s most walkable blocks. Stop in for seared burgers topped with pastrami and plenty of cheese.

Horses

A thick pub-style burger with cheddar cheese and fries, shown from the side.
The burger at Horses.
Wonho Frank Lee

Horses is likely LA’s hottest current restaurant, and fans are flocking for the scene, the drinks, and the food — including a showstopper of a burger. Rich, filling, and offered with a pile of fries (and everyone gets their own bottle of Heinz ketchup!), this is the coolest new burger in the coolest new spot in LA.

A thick pub-style burger with cheddar cheese and fries, shown from the side.
The burger at Horses.
Wonho Frank Lee

The Win~Dow Silver Lake

A double patty cheeseburger and fries sit on a red plastic stool in front of a restaurant. shown from up close.
The Window burger in Silver Lake.
The Window

One of the Westside’s best burgers has expanded east, landing along Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake for all the world to see. These are simple, inexpensive options served fast and hot to growing crowds.

A double patty cheeseburger and fries sit on a red plastic stool in front of a restaurant. shown from up close.
The Window burger in Silver Lake.
The Window

Burger She Wrote

The smashed patties that LA loves have now come to Beverly Boulevard. Expect slim, crispy edges and lots of melted American cheese from this heavily-pressed newcomer.

Great White

Venice hotspot Great White has expanded its Aussie operation east, moving onto the tony Larchmont block with the same all-day mix of breakfast burritos, coffee, salads, dinnertime pizzas, and one of LA’s best burgers.

Moo's Craft Barbecue

The beef is smoked (as is all the meat) at Moo’s Craft Barbecue in Lincoln Heights — it’s just that, for their much-loved new burger, it’s also ground, pattied, and served thick on a spongey bun with bracing raw onions. This is a pub-style burger for fans sick of the smashed stuff, but beware: there are often only limited quantities available.

Market Tavern

A tall burger in a deep cast iron pan on a bar top.
The Market Tavern burger.
Farley Elliott

Market Tavern’s British Invasion burger comes with an English cheddar cheese and grilled chiles, but it’s the curry-spiced aioli that seals the deal.

A tall burger in a deep cast iron pan on a bar top.
The Market Tavern burger.
Farley Elliott

Fellow

Hamburger at Fellow in Westwood.
The bar burger at Fellow in Westwood.
Farley Elliott

The upscale Fellow in Westwood is a spot for dinnertime decadence, but it’s also the place to get one of LA’s best newer bar burger, a beefy behemoth that pairs perfectly with a drink.

Hamburger at Fellow in Westwood.
The bar burger at Fellow in Westwood.
Farley Elliott

The Wolves

The burger at the reborn Wolves in Downtown LA is pure French opulence, offered with comte cheese, onions caramelized in sherry, and with a stacked side of fries thanks to Laurent Quenioux.

For The Win

As the smashburger sensation continues across greater Los Angeles, it is Hollywood’s For the Win that is doing the most to ride the wave. The team has expanded out to Whittier to rave reviews, and is now searing up patties in Glendale as well.

Proudly Serving

This South Bay burger staple started as a pop up and now has a kitchen to use along the boardwalk, turning out smashed and flavorful options with lots of cheese, sauce, and plenty of pickles.

Hamburgers Nice

Hamburgers Nice is Long Beach’s answer to the itinerant LA smashburger pop-ups. This roving setup branches out with breakfast burgers, chorizo burgers, and other options to go well beyond the usual beef, too.

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