Today Eater LA’s colleagues at Eater New York wrote an opinion piece about why diners shouldn’t order burgers in restaurants. It’s a contentious take that might make sense in the Big Apple, where burger prices are nearing atrocious prices and the techniques yield relatively bland or badly prepared burgers. Not here, in LA, where the burger culture is strong, all the way from fast food places like Apple Pan, Pie ‘N Burger, and In-N-Out to fancier type burgers at Republique, Petit Trois, and Father’s Office. And while there are plenty of notable burgers, Eater has compiled a handy guide to underrated burgers that can be found in full-service restaurants, omitting burger specialists and more casual spots.Read More
10 Underrated Restaurant Burgers to Try in Los Angeles
Because LA > NY in the restaurant burger department
Brentwood’s upscale new hit Baltaire is smart enough to not ditch their lunchtime burger, which utilizes steak scraps for a hefty, iron-rich daily grind. Yes, it’s $21, but that’s okay sometimes. Just remember that the burger is only available at the bar, not in the main dining room.
Lunetta All Day
Lunetta All Day’s burger is helped along tremendously by plenty of aged white cheddar and caramelized onions. Not that the burger needs any more love; it’s already a favorite for the daytime dining crowd in Santa Monica.
The Tripel is a longstanding Playa del Rey favorite, known for its great drink list and criminally underrated burgers. The backyard burger is about as classic as it gets, while the restaurant’s signature pretzel burger is its own hefty half-pound meal.
At Fundamental, the restaurant’s flagship burger comes as a big, beefy double-stacked affair. It’s requested often from the kitchen by first-timers and long-dining locals alike, but those who aren’t prepared should beware: Despite the inexpensive $13 price tag, it’s more than a meal unto itself.
There was a time when A-Frame’s burger felt like the best thing on the Westside, but in the years since the place has morphed and changed while the rest of the city caught up. Luckily that double-patty monstrosity is still going strong, topped with a roasted tomato, plenty of maui onion, and some fantastic sesame mayo.
Connie and Ted's Seafood
The Hook burger is far from a cop-out at Connie & Ted’s. Forget feeling like this is an odd order to make at a seafood restaurant; the burger is really, really great, helped in no small part by Neuske’s bacon and aged cheddar cheese.
Don’t let the $22 price tag scare you off from ordering the burger at Delilah. With its potato bun, red onions, and American cheese, this is a standard-bearing iteration of a Southern California classic, updated in all its deserving glory.
Preux & Proper
The “fully dress” po’ boy burger from Downtown’s Preux & Proper is a glorious thing, inflected with plenty of Southern charm. The addition of fried oysters on top may dissuade some, but add in the slaw and the grass-fed beef and the fries on the side and it all, magically, works.
Flintridge Proper Restaurant and Bar
One of the most surprising burgers in greater Los Angeles comes from Flintridge Proper, tucked up at the base of the Angeles National Forest in a strip mall. The restaurant looks and feels like fine dining once you’re inside though, and the half-pound burger with bacon and thousand island dressing only helps with the luxury of it all.
The $13 house burger at Magnolia House is a classic example of quality ingredients used correctly. Laced simply with a bunch of chopped pickles, smoky bacon, and reduced onions, the burger is an under-the-radar hit in Pasadena, the home of the cheeseburger.