And now, a Haiku: San Francisco fog // Burgers are delicious, yo // Let's power rank them. But seriously, here're the five best patties in the 7x7, expertly organized 5 to 1.
No. 5: The 4505 Burger
1909 Mission St; The Mission; 415.525.4239
From the butchers who handle more meat than a Kardashian in Kankun (!), this burger is all about simple, well-prepared deliciousness... that's sadly only available two days a week (hence the lower rating).
No. 4: Pastrami Burger
3150 24th St; The Mission; 415.787.3354
The Mish's amazing Jewish deli has an incredible pastrami burger that may've gotten lost in the hustle of Reubens and corned beef sandwiches, but it really shouldn't, because it's delicious and on a challah bun (holla!!).
No. 3: The Super Duper Burger
721 Market St; Financial District; 415.538.3437
The city's not-fast-food fast food burger joint has several spots, because they are undeniably one of the best quick burgers you can get, plus their regular burger actually comes with two
patties, because, yes.
No. 2: Bacon/Cheddar/Onion Burger
330 Townsend St; SOMA; 415.974.5599
Though it's actually available at all three of their spots (Marlowe, Park Tavern
, and S&R Lounge
), it originated here and is undeniably one of the best in the city, with caramelized onions, horseradish aioli, bacon, and cheddar.
No. 1: The KronnerBurger
2379 Mission St; The Mission; 415.656.9871
This super-indie spot in the darkened overflow space of Bruno's tops out our list with the supremely well-done namesake burger, which combines aged beef, bone marrow, and cucumber pickles for absolute burger perfection. Burgfection, even.
1. 4505 Butcher Shop
1909 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Do you like meat? Yes? Oh, well then go to 4505. Seriously, they've got meat galore, from hot dogs to sausages, to gourmet to cold cuts, it's ready to eat or take home to cook yourself. Chef Ryan Farr and his wife Cesalee want to change the way you buy, cook, and eat meat.
Allied: Now that you’ve tried literally all the meats, roll to the Whole Foods at 2001 Market St and grab some Smith & Forge, the hard cider that's built strong -- built from Apples and built to Refresh.
2. Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen
3150 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
If it's a little difficult to make it from your office to the deep Mission-located Wise Sons, you are in luck, because this pastrami paradise has started a delivery service using TCB Courier that -- provided you make a minimum order -- delivers to the less-deep Mission with no extra charge and Downtown for an extra fiver.
3. Super Duper FiDi
721 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Prepared to single-handedly expand the waistlines of the FiDi beginning tomorrow, SD's second location is a mezzanine'd behemoth on Market that's three times the size of the OG Castro spot, with a 12-seat front patio and the same selection of single- and double-patty burgers.
330 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Named after owner Anna Weinberg's grandfather's Boston butcher shop, it is no surprise that Marlowe, founded in San Francisco's swanky SoMA neighborhood, slings some of the Bay Area's best burgers. Not to be boxed in, this American-French bistro offers diverse menus, which includes its signature Northern California oysters, and you're bound to find the perfect complement on its lengthy wine list.
2379 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
KronnerBurger transforms the concept of a simple burger into a savory culinary experience usually reserved for steaks and market seafood. And they do it in a hip, candlelit setting that'll have you questioning if it's really a burger "joint."