Your Essential Los Angeles Burger Update
The Boner Burger
Animal (address and info)
Remember this off-menu pile of ridiculousness from Animal? The one with jack cheese, poblano chili, caramelized onions, and zesty "420 Sauce" on toasted rye? And the grind also includes bone marrow? Yeah you do.
Royal Burger with Cheese
Royal (address and info)
Sorta like a Royale with Cheese, except it's po-boy-style (basically in a hoagie bun), with a grass-fed patty, pickles, lettuce, grilled onion, and Gruyère.
Bet it all on Black Garlic
The Oinkster (address and info)
Each year, this ground beefstitution spends a week blasting out next-level, one-day-only burgers, and this guy -- only available this Wed, so mark your calendar -- is no exception: a Bob's Burgers-inspired patty sandwich with black garlic cream cheese, black garlic aioli, onion, and mixed baby greens on a black garlic-toasted black burger bun. Another winner? The burger pictured at the very beginning of this story -- Thursday's pastrami-and-pulled-pork-including Ultra-meatum.
Hamburguesas Punta Cabras (address and info)
The Tacos Puntas Cabras guys now have a burger stand, too, which means a super-simple menu (Burger! Turkey burger! No-exclamation-point veggie burger.) -- with ridiculous add-ons like green curry guacamole and cactus-molcajete salsa.
Springfield USA -- aka Universal Studios (address and info)
Universal Studios just opened up a living, breathing re-creation of Springfield, which means after grabbing a Duff or two at Moe's Tavern (yup) you can meander over to Krusty Burger (YUP), where you can pick up this double-meat, D'oh-ble-cheese, double-bacon monster.
Tom Bergin's (address and info)
The beloved Irish bar just got a new chef who's totally upped (northern-ed?) its food game, which now includes this ultra-juicy brioche burg' topped with Tullamore onions and super-sharp melted Irish cheddar.
The Boss Burger
Soleto (address and info)
This airy pizza spot is now doing a nutsnutsNUTS burger with a blend that's not just beef, but beef and beer-infused Italian pork sausage (come on), topped with bacon, crispy onions, and "Boss Sauce," made extra spicy thanks to Asian chili paste.
Tommy Lasorda Burger
Plan Check (address and info)
Sorry SlimFast: Tommy's burger is a monster patty with American(ized) cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, bacon spread, and a right-there-on-top big red hot dog, available only during baseball season. Code blue or Go Blue? How 'bout both.
The Brunch Burger
The Larchmont (address and info)
The Larchmont burger has been a longtime Thrillist fave, but with a new chef and a new brunch comes a new recipe, which sounds as tantalizing as the old one: a whoa-there-fella grind that includes grass-fed chuck, brisket, sirloin, bone marrow, and roasted beef fat, naturally, all topped with caramelized cheddar and dill pickles.
Ox and Son (address and info)
This SaMo newbie's signature burger is topped with raclette cheese, pickled onion, and truffled aioli, with a side of fresh Kennebec fries that you shouldn't not also stick in the burger.
Redbird (address and info)
Here's all the menu says: "Double patty. Cheddar. Fries." But it's by Neal Fraser, a Top Chef Masters alum. So what it really should say is: "Fucking amazing double-patty. Ridiculously absurd cheddar. Ultra-crispy fries."
Bowlero (address and info)
This burger weighs 5lbs. THIS BURGER WEIGHS FIVE POUNDS. This burger. Weighs. Five. Pounds.
Baltaire (address and info)
This newish steakhouse is doing a prime brisket, chuck, and short rib grind, topped with the classics: bread & butter pickles, gribiche sauce, red onion, sliced tomato, shredded lettuce, and cheddar.
The Bourbon Burger
Eden Burger Bar (address and info)
To celebrate its three-year anniversary, this local strip-mall fave dropped this aged, grass-fed, cheddar-topped guy, which's piled up with bourbon bacon, a smoked onion wafer (???), tobacco mushrooms (?????), and a bourbon-barrel stout glaze.
Sweeney's Ale House (address and info)
"What's up with the West Valley?" This. This beef-chorizo-blended, pub-cheese-and-jalapeño-bacon-topped burger. This is what's up with the West Valley.
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1. Animal435 N Fairfax, Los Angeles
2. Royal6541 Hollywood Blvd #102, Los Angeles
3. Oinkster2005 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock
4. Hamburguesas Punta Cabras633 S Spring At, Los Angeles
5. Springfield USA100 Universal City Plz, Universal City
6. Tom Bergin's840 S Fairfax, Los Angeles
7. Soleto810 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles
8. Plan Check1111 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
9. The Larchmont5750 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles
10. Ox & Son1534 Montana Ave, Santa Monica
11. Redbird114 E 2nd St, Los Angeles
12. Bowlero12125 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles
13. Baltaire11647 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles
14. Eden Burger Bar333 1/2 N Verdugo Rd, Glendale
15. Sweeney's Ale House17337 Ventura Blvd, Encino
Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook's OG restaurant is a stone-cold classic in Los Angeles known for a constantly changing menu that's always creative and never stale. As the name suggests, Animal specializes in head-to-tail eating and meat-centric plates; past and present hits include a bacon crunch chocolate bar, a barbecue pork belly sandwich, and a short rib and bone marrow-blended burger.
The NOLA-centric Royal replaced the NOLA-centric Five0Four, but it's just as tasty. Take a crack at its po-boy-loaded menu and sample the extensive list of drinks, which are from Scopa Italian Roots' main man Pablo Moix.
A classic burger spot from a renowned chef.
The Tacos Puntas Cabras guys now have a burger stand, too, which means a super-simple menu with ridiculous add-ons like green curry guacamole and cactus-molcajete salsa.
Universal Studios opened up a living, breathing re-creation of Springfield, which means after grabbing a Duff or two at Moe's Tavern (yup) you can meander over to Krusty Burger.
Tom Bergin's is one of the city's most beloved bars, and perhaps the most legit Irish Pub on the planet (outside of Ireland, of course) what with being the inventors of the Irish Coffee. Head here for a classy, relaxing, and authentic Irish experience.
If there's one thing the Lakers need, it's a point guard, but if there's another thing, it's a bench, but if there's a third thing it's a serviceable backup shooting guard, but if there's a fourth thing, it's a good pizza place near Staples. Enter Soleto, a trattoria/pizzeria from the Boa crew that evokes a Sherlock Holmes-hangout vibe with Old World light fixtures, worn brick walls, and hardwood floors, because every Dick loves hardwood.
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 Larchmont is poised to present a new take on Californian farm-to-table cuisine in this two-story craftsman style structure.
An ode to the butcher father who first taught him how to break down an animal, Ox & Son is chef Brad Miller’s eclectic meditation on hearty, meat-driven fare. Set in a rustic space with floor-to-ceiling windows, the Santa Monica restaurant serves daily oysters, surf and turf specialities, and a burger topped with raclette cheese, pickled onion, and truffle aioli. It's also a brunch destination thanks to inventive breakfast sandwiches, customizable omelets, and bottomless mimosas.
Located in a refurbished church, Neal Fraser's Downtown LA restaurant is the ultimate high-end date spot. Redbird's food is next-level creative, like the signature Rabbitchetta dish, aka rabbit wrapped in porchetta. Aside from the gorgeous open-air dining room, there's also a beautiful outdoor patio for those SoCal nights.
If you're up for it, try the Behemoth Burger -- it weighs five pounds. IT WEIGHS FIVE POUNDS. This burger. Weighs. Five. Pounds.
Baltaire is the first steakhouse of its kind in Brentwood, with a 35-day dry aged cote-de-beouf and a monstrous shellfish platter that's sure to keep you coming back for more. This spot is great for special occasions, and if the ‘rents are in town, they won’t mind footing the bill at this classy steakhouse. For extra fancy-pants flair, order its incredible Greek salad or Dover sole -- both are proudly prepared tableside.
Eden Burger Bar's a sleek, ground-meat emporium from a former liquor distribution dude who's paired a black-tie interior (white tufted leather walls, black hardwood floors, white snakeskin-ish chairs) with tuxedo tail-equipped $10 burgers. Our favorite is the Rehab -- fried egg, sweet potato sausage hash, jalapeño bacon, Danish Harvarti cheese, and maple mustard mayo.