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10 Great South L.A. Burger Joints

Some of the city's best burgers are worth the drive.

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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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Hawkins House Of Burgers

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11603 Slater St
Watts, CA 90059
(323) 563-1129
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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

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3016 W Florence Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90043
(323) 751-2247
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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

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2701 S Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(323) 735-0599
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

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342 W Alondra Blvd
Compton, CA 90220
(310) 632-6622
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

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4331 W Adams Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90018
(323) 734-6003
This West Adams legend is for pastrami lovers only, though even their straightforward burgers are worthy of admiration.

6. JNJ Burger Shack

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5754 W Adams Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016
(323) 934-5390
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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

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2524 W Slauson Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90043
(323) 298-7762
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

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3528 W Rosecrans Ave
Hawthorne, CA 90250
(310) 679-4774
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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

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4419 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90062
(323) 295-1940
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

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16922 Bellflower Blvd.
Bellflower, CA 90706
(562) 804-2222
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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.

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1. Hawkins House Of Burgers

11603 Slater St, Watts, CA 90059
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.
11603 Slater St
Watts, CA 90059

2. Fresh & Meaty

3016 W Florence Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90043
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.
3016 W Florence Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90043

3. Olympian Burgers

2701 S Vermont Ave, 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.
2701 S Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90007

4. Mom's Burgers

342 W Alondra Blvd, 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.
342 W Alondra Blvd
Compton, CA 90220

5. Johnny's Pastrami

4331 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018
This West Adams legend is for pastrami lovers only, though even their straightforward burgers are worthy of admiration.
4331 W Adams Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90018

6. JNJ Burger Shack

5754 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016
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.
5754 W Adams Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016

7. Fred's Downhome Burgers

2524 W Slauson Ave, 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.
2524 W Slauson Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90043

8. B&R's Old Fashioned Burgers

3528 W Rosecrans Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250
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.
3528 W Rosecrans Ave
Hawthorne, CA 90250

9. Master Burger

4419 S Western Ave, 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.
4419 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90062

10. Fronk's Restaurant

16922 Bellflower Blvd., Bellflower, CA 90706
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.
16922 Bellflower Blvd.
Bellflower, CA 90706

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