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The burger at Wise Sons in Culver City.
Molly DeCoudreaux

12 Hot Burgers to Try in LA Right Now

From Valley vegan options to patties smoked inside a barbecue joint

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The burger at Wise Sons in Culver City.
| Molly DeCoudreaux

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.

Removed: Nomoo, Chi Spacca, Hangaburs, HiHo

Added: Say it Ain’t So, Burger She Wrote, Moo’s Craft Barbecue, Wise Sons, Great White Larchmont

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Say It Ain’t So

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11136 W Magnolia Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 747-2241
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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.

2. Yellow Paper Burger

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4680 Eagle Rock Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 739-6767
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Yellow Paper Burger is the darling of the burger pop-up scene, having moved from a backyard setup in Monterey Park to stops at breweries, bars, sandwich shops, and beyond across Los Angeles. The hook here is the classic style on the burger, reminiscent of LA’s famed roadside burger stands, shredded lettuce and toasted buns and all.

A burger with shredded lettuce on a fluffy white bun.
Yellow Paper Burger.
Farley Elliott

3. Jolie Bistro & Bar

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2922 Beverly Glen Cir
Los Angeles, CA 90077
(310) 773-9484
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Are you really, really over the smashburger trend? Then get to Jolie as soon as possible for the robust bar burger, offered thick and rich like a classic New York City steakhouse.

Bistro burger at Bistro Jolie in Beverly Glen.
Bistro Jolie
Farley Elliott

4. Nossa Restaurant

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1966 Hillhurst Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 644-1798
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Brazilian newcomer Nossa is hitting all the right notes in Los Feliz. There are snacks and drinks galore for happy hour, as well as this thick burger served with a topper of roasted tomato and hearts of palm.

For a Brazilian happy hour in the sun: Nossa.
The Nossa burger.
Farley Elliott

5. Chris N Eddy’s

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5539 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 544-3600
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Upstart street setup Chris N Eddy’s has made it into its first storefront, and right in the heart of Hollywood no less. Expect smaller, simpler, slider-style burgers on sweet buns with lots of tater tots on the side.

6. Honeybee Burger

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345 N La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Looking to forego meat? Give the brand new Honeybee Burger flagship on La Brea a shot for vegan burger glory that doesn’t skimp on flavor.

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Honeybee Burgers.
Sydney Yorkshire

7. Burger She Wrote

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7454 1/2 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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.

8. Great White

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244 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 745-5059
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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.

9. Moo's Craft Barbecue

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2118 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90031
(323) 686-4133
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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 the Friday-only 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 only limited quantities available, and a weekly sellout is guaranteed.

10. Wise Sons Jewish Deli

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9552 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(424) 298-8205
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Pastrami and burgers are a timeless LA tradition, so it’s no surprise that this San Francisco-based newcomer decided to pair the two in downtown Culver City. While far from kosher given the cheese, this Jewish deli is certainly onto something.

11. Proudly Serving

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1613 S Pacific Coast Hwy
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 540-1221
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This South Bay burger staple pops up often in front of Select Beer Store in Redondo, turning out smashed and flavorful options with lots of cheese, sauce, and plenty of pickles.

12. Hamburgers Nice

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1322 Coronado Ave
Long Beach, CA 90804

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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1. Say It Ain’t So

11136 W Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

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.

11136 W Magnolia Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601

2. Yellow Paper Burger

4680 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041
A burger with shredded lettuce on a fluffy white bun.
Yellow Paper Burger.
Farley Elliott

Yellow Paper Burger is the darling of the burger pop-up scene, having moved from a backyard setup in Monterey Park to stops at breweries, bars, sandwich shops, and beyond across Los Angeles. The hook here is the classic style on the burger, reminiscent of LA’s famed roadside burger stands, shredded lettuce and toasted buns and all.

4680 Eagle Rock Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041

3. Jolie Bistro & Bar

2922 Beverly Glen Cir, Los Angeles, CA 90077
Bistro burger at Bistro Jolie in Beverly Glen.
Bistro Jolie
Farley Elliott

Are you really, really over the smashburger trend? Then get to Jolie as soon as possible for the robust bar burger, offered thick and rich like a classic New York City steakhouse.

2922 Beverly Glen Cir
Los Angeles, CA 90077

4. Nossa Restaurant

1966 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
For a Brazilian happy hour in the sun: Nossa.
The Nossa burger.
Farley Elliott

Brazilian newcomer Nossa is hitting all the right notes in Los Feliz. There are snacks and drinks galore for happy hour, as well as this thick burger served with a topper of roasted tomato and hearts of palm.

1966 Hillhurst Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

5. Chris N Eddy’s

5539 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Upstart street setup Chris N Eddy’s has made it into its first storefront, and right in the heart of Hollywood no less. Expect smaller, simpler, slider-style burgers on sweet buns with lots of tater tots on the side.

5539 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

6. Honeybee Burger

345 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Honeybee Burger shows two burgers, side by side in a box, from above.
Honeybee Burgers.
Sydney Yorkshire

Looking to forego meat? Give the brand new Honeybee Burger flagship on La Brea a shot for vegan burger glory that doesn’t skimp on flavor.

345 N La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

7. Burger She Wrote

7454 1/2 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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.

7454 1/2 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

8. Great White

244 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004

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.

244 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004

9. Moo's Craft Barbecue

2118 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90031

The beef is smoked (as is all the meat) at Moo’s Craft Barbecue in Lincoln Heights — it’s just that, for the Friday-only 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 only limited quantities available, and a weekly sellout is guaranteed.

2118 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90031

10. Wise Sons Jewish Deli

9552 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

Pastrami and burgers are a timeless LA tradition, so it’s no surprise that this San Francisco-based newcomer decided to pair the two in downtown Culver City. While far from kosher given the cheese, this Jewish deli is certainly onto something.

9552 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

11. Proudly Serving

1613 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

This South Bay burger staple pops up often in front of Select Beer Store in Redondo, turning out smashed and flavorful options with lots of cheese, sauce, and plenty of pickles.

1613 S Pacific Coast Hwy
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

12. Hamburgers Nice

1322 Coronado Ave, Long Beach, CA 90804

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.

1322 Coronado Ave
Long Beach, CA 90804

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