West Hollywood (& Santa Monica)
The fancy steakhouse is putting its own twist on the classic American BLT -- a prime beef burger, topped with bacon mayonnaise, house-made smoked pimiento cheese, fried green tomato, and lettuce on a brioche bun.
7 Layer burger
El Segundo (& other locations)
You might need to loosen your belt a few notches after scarfing down this 7 Layer burger: layer after layer of refried black beans, pico de gallo, tortilla strips, sour cream, and guacamole as well as a ground beef patty piled Mexican dip-style on a freshly baked egg bun.
The Maron burger
Eagle Rock (& Hollywood)
WTF phenom Marc Maron teamed with this beloved sandwich spot to create this May-only burger, which is full of flavor with chipotle aioli, jalapeños, and New Mexico green chile relish. Wash it down with the horchata milkshake -- also limited to the month.
Banh Mi burger
Downtown (& other locations)
Plan Check’s celebrating the month with a banh mi burger -- its signature patty is topped with house-ground heritage pork, diced pork pate, Sriracha mayo, cucumber, onion, jalapeño, pickled daikon, cilantro, and carrots.
Get a burger, give a burger
Los Feliz (& other locations)
Not only is there an entire month dedicated to burgers, but on May 28th it’s also National Hamburger Day, and Umami’s using the day to help out -- buy a burger and you’ll either get a free burger yourself, or you can donate the cost to Meals on Wheels. Which is probably what you should do. But two burgers sound great too.
The Santa Monica staple shines a spotlight on its burgers for Burger Month and this year it's going big: 1/2lb of wagyu beef and pulled pork sandwiched between your choice of bun: brioche or Texas toast.
The Brujeria Burg
Available just this month at this always-insane burger spot, The Brujeria Burg packs in a ton of flavor with chorizo chilaquiles, jalapeños, Cotija cheese, cream cheese (!!!), and a fried egg all on a 1/2lb beef patty.
The sorta-secret new pop-up concept upstairs from Katsuya at The Americana is offering a full 50% off its signature burger for the month of May. It's topped with caramelized onions, tomato, American cheese, and a house-made spicy, creamy sauce that’d normally be worth the full price. Boom.
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Leila Najafi is a compulsive planner and FOMO sufferer. She believes a fried egg makes everything better, including her burgers. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @leilanajafi.
1. BOA9200 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood
2. Hopdoddy Burger Bar850 S Sepulveda Blvd, El Segundo
3. The Oinkster2005 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock
4. Plan Check1111 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
5. Umami Burger4655 Hollywood Blvd, Los Feliz
6. Del Frisco's Grille1551 Ocean Ave. Suite 105, Santa Monica
7. Grill 'Em All19 E Main St, Alhambra
8. K Ramen. Burger. Beer.702 Americana Way, Glendale
This high-end steakhouse on the Strip is known for delicious steaks, sleek decor, and a glamorous clientele. Each cut of meat is perfectly juicy, and though you're undoubtedly here for the 40-day dry-aged New York strip or center-cut filet mignon, the mac & cheese side, made with smoked gouda and cheddar, is worth a trip in itself. And since this is LA, BOA has an entire menu dedicated to gluten-free food (thank god steak is GF).
This Austin-based burger chain serves up hormone- and antibiotic-free beef ground in-house daily, hand-cut fries, and scratch-made buns. The varied burger options range from a classic lettuce, onion, tomato version to amped up ones, like the habanero-topped El Diablo. As for beverages, there are plenty of craft beers, unique cocktails, and solid milkshakes. The El Segundo location -- one of a few Hopdoddys in Southern California -- is airy and casual with sleek black booths, a center bar, and ample patio seating.
This fast-casual burger joint with locations in Eagle Rock and Hollywood reimagines American classics using high-quality ingredients and pricing everything below $10. The one-third pound hamburger, made with Nebraska Angus beef, is a signature, as are sandwiches like the house-cured pastrami and BBQ pulled pork. The space feels like a retro diner with red vinyl booths and an A-frame roof. If you needed further proof that The Oinkster is above and beyond your standard fast-food restaurant, then consider this: it makes its own ketchup and serves a rotating selection of craft beer.
This sophisticated gastropub -- with a few locations across Los Angeles -- is acclaimed for its burgers, whiskey, and craft beer. The namesake Plan Check burger, topped with pickles, onions, and Americanized dashi cheese, is famous for its layer of Ketchup Leather, which is a square of dehydrated tomato paste that melts over the patty like a layer of cheese. Plan Check’s comfort food vibe makes for a hip and social ambience, complemented by tall communal tables and plenty of bar seating.
The burgers at this LA-based chain are different than the typical American hamburger because they're built around umami, the savory fifth taste that defines most Japanese food. The menu features a range of burgers, but the eponymous one, stacked with umami-amping ingredients like parmesan crisps, shiitake mushroom, roasted tomato, caramelized onions and ketchup, is a must-try. All burgers are served on a shiny brown bun and taste best when paired with an order of the signature thin-cut fries. One of the first Umami Burger locations, the Los Feliz outpost is more than three times the size of the La Brea original. More upscale than other burger chains, Umami is a sit-down spot that serves local craft beers.
Del Frisco's caters to a social crowd with food and drink items made to share, including ahi tacos, lollipop chicken wings, and more than 500 regional wines from California and across the globe. The chophouse space -- patio included -- is wide enough to accommodate large groups, and notably large entrees, like the deep-fried Philly cheesesteak, and multiple flatbread options.
The winners of the Food Network's Great Food Truck Race reached peak popularity with their food truck offerings that they had to go brick-and-mortar. The result is this quirky heavy metal-themed Alhambra spot that specializes in insanely over-the-top half-pound burgers. The fast-casual diner loads its burgers with accouterments like deep-fried bacon and grilled onion to cream cheese and pastrami. Whatever you get (there are about 15 options), be sure to make it a combo and get an order of the equally loaded hand-cut fries.
Taking over the second floor of Katsuya, this combination burger and ramen spot offers trendy eats in the heart of The Americana at Brand. The most expensive thing on the menu is $15, and everything, from the lobster ramen to chicken wings, is of the highest quality. The family-friendly spot sports communal wooden tables and comes with a view of the plaza and fountains below.