Like any good meal in Los Angeles, sometimes the best require a bit of a drive. That’s certainly true of the fantastic burgers found spread across the wide swath of South L.A., from West Adams to Hyde Park to Bellflower. They’re almost always a trek ideally suited for the weekend, but if you’re willing to drive there are few better burgers found anywhere in the city. Here are ten of the best burger joints in South L.A.Read More
10 Great South L.A. Burger Joints
Some of the city's best burgers are worth the drive.
1. Hawkins House Of Burgers
A now perennial burger list favorite, Hawkins has for years been a standard-bearer for burger excellence in Watts. Their stacked Whipper burger is the stuff of legend.
2. Fresh & Meaty
A longtime Hyde Park favorite with a family story to tell, Fresh & Meaty Burgers still serves their local community with fresh burgers that come topped with seriously fresh market produce. Or, you know, just bacon and cheese.
3. Olympian Burgers
Los Angeles, CA 90007
This family restaurant near USC has been doing three square meals a day, but it’s their breakfast burritos burgers that get all the attention. No surprise, given the inexpensive quarter pounders come loaded with everything from chili to pastrami.
4. Mom's Burgers
Compton, CA 90220
A Compton institution, Mom’s uses cheeky names like The Chronic to serve no-frills burgers at an unbeatable price point. Don’t skimp on getting that egg on top either.
5. Johnny's Pastrami
Los Angeles, CA 90018
This West Adams legend is for pastrami lovers only, though even their straightforward burgers are worthy of admiration.
6. JNJ Burger Shack
A shack in the finest sense, JNJ’s is a beloved local burger maker. Their 4 four finger burger comes with a hot link on top and is an open challenge to anyone thinking they’ve got the stuff to down it in one sitting. Feel like BBQ instead? Walk to the opposite order window for rib tips, brisket, and more.
7. Fred's Downhome Burgers
Los Angeles, CA 90043
The usual beef burgers can come slapped with chili, pickles, a fried egg and more, but those in the know might just as often opt for the turkey version.
8. B&R's Old Fashioned Burgers
One of Hawthorne’s staple spot, B&R Burgers has been serving burgers for more than 20 years. Their signature Royal burger is an unholy mash up of chili, cheese, fried egg, and choice of pastrami, hot link or bacon.
9. Master Burger
Los Angeles, CA 90062
This South L.A. mini-chain lets the smoke bellow from the windows as they sizzle up handmade beef patties daily. Chili cheese fries and wings are also a must.
10. Fronk's Restaurant
All the way out in Bellflower is Fronk’s, a more upscale option for the area, but with quality burger options, craft beers, and a patio that feels right at home just about anywhere.