The best burger in 19 different LA neighborhoods

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The best burger in 19 different LA neighborhoods
The best burger in 19 different LA neighborhoods

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Yes, we have told you about many burgers before: the best burgers in LA, for one, the best burgers in Orange County, for two, and LA's best under-the-radar burgers, for three. But none of those lists take into account the most important part of getting a burger in Los Angeles: geography. This list fixes all of that, identifying the best burg in a ton of LA neighborhoods, with picks vetted by the founder of Hood Burger -- an LA blog whose sole purpose is to do exactly this.

The Oinkster

Culver City

Father’s Office (address and info)
This one's kind of a "duh", but Father’s Office has earned its "duh". The heavily sweet caramelized onion, Gruyere, Maytag blue, and arugula sit perfectly on a beef patty between two sides of a freshly baked roll. It's a good enough combination that they won't let you substitute any part of it. Ever. And they're kind of right. 


Little Bear (address and info)
Created by the same awesome family that built The Oinkster (see below), Little Bear would be rad even if it just had all that Belgian beer and those insanely addictive fries, but it does The Little Bear Burger anyway. Fresh ground beef is loaded with truffle aioli, Stilton cheese, mushrooms, arugula, crispy onions (aka thinly sliced onion rings), and cherry gastrique, all sandwiched between a brioche bun. How many fancy ingredients can you fit on a bun without going overboard? Exactly this many. 

Eagle Rock

The Oinkster (address and info)
If you wanted to play it safe and get the classic burger, no one would hold it against you. Not even us. It’s got fresh Nebraska Angus beef with house-made Thousand Island dressing, dill pickles, onions, tomato, and lettuce. Boom. Done. All that said, if you wanna roll the dice and get whatever the burger of the month is, we're gonna give you a pass on that, too. The monthly burg is ALWAYS amazing, never the same twice, and no ingredient is off limits. Shrimp? Yes. Pork? Totally. Spam? You're god damn right.

Jeff Miller (The Larchmont)

Franklin Village

The Oaks Gourmet Market (address and info)
The Oaks Gourmet is best known as a mini-mart that's stocked full of all your gourmet picnic needs: fancy wine, stinky cheese, exotic beers, sodas, etc., etc., etc. But the real reason for the pilgrimage over to that weirdo neighborhood is its dry-aged burger -- it's slid between a grilled brioche bun and topped with Black Forest bacon, tomatoes, Taleggio cheese, arugula, red onions, and a burger-elevating jalapeno-pineapple compote -- a zinger of a sauce that brings enough sweetness and spice without making the burger taste like pineapple. 

Hancock Park

The Larchmont (address and info)
We've said it before, and we'll say it again: the burger at The Larchmont -- the very, very good, and very often underrated date restaurant at Larchmont and Melrose that's set up in a converted house -- is magical. It could be the cave-aged Kaltbach cheese. It could be the seared beef. It could be the buttered onions. Or it could be all of those things, together at last. 

Little Osaka

Plan Check (address and info)
There's definitely nothing secret or underground about this Little Osaka standby, but Plan Check's original location and its Fairfax sibling have just been named the spot for the best burger in LA by LA Weekly, and for good reason: its thick, absurdly juicy patties hit all the right spots, and the "ketchup leather" -- a sort of solid replacement for tomato paste -- is shockingly something you want to go back for again. And again. (And again.) 

Los Feliz

Umami Burger (address and info)
There's a reason this is the burger that launched a movement: it's that good. The roasted slice of  tomato? Yes. The salty crisp of Parmesan? Yesssss. The comfort of the shiitake mushroom? Yessssssss. That killer meat patty? Very, very yes.

The Tripel


The Golden State (address and info)
Ranked the best burger in all of Los Angeles plenty of times, Golden State's bun-stuffer is a testament to getting all the details exactly right. It sounds simple: a seasoned patty with apple-wood smoked bacon, white cheddar cheese, arugula, aioli, and ketchup on a fresh bun. But like so many simple things, you’ve got to get it exactly right -- have the cheese melted just so and the bacon crisped to perfection and the arugula fresh and sharp. One soggy piece of bacon and the whole thing can go out the window, but this guy? It won’t let you down. 


Pie 'n Burger (address and info)
This Pasadena institution has been there since 1963 and has weathered every burger trend you can imagine, with a no-frills approach (seriously, your burg options are hamburger, cheeseburger, turkey burger, and that's it) that hits home in the classic, Thousand Island-topped sense every time.

Playa Del Rey

The Tripel (address and info)
If you drive down Culver Blvd until it reaches the sea, there’s a tiny, little, not-big, seriously-it's-super-small spot with gourmet food and a sign above the bar that reads "Lubrication". They have three burgers there, but the one to go for is the Pretzel Burger, draped in aged cheddar, poppy seed coleslaw, and caramelized onions. The sweetness of the coleslaw and onions contrast with the sharpness of the cheddar, but both still manage to not overwhelm the burger or the pretzel bun. (Cafe Stella)

Santa Monica

Hole in the Wall Burger Joint (address and info)
For $8.95 you can customize your own burger here, with a giant list of toppings, homemade sauces, and cheese, but attention is paid to the patty as well -- they use grass-fed Angus beef without antibiotics or hormones. The burger is thick and juicy and grease will run down your chin. Don’t want to make a decision? That’s cool, they’ve always got a special burger of the day. Bonus to end all bonuses: all of it can be ordered online before you even get there and it’ll be ready in 10 minutes. 


Cafe Stella (address and info)
Shhhhhh, it's a secret: this longtime neighborhood favorite has an off-menu burger that you can only order at the bar (or on the brunch menu on Sundays). You can’t order it on the dinner menu and we have no idea why, because you'll want it all the time: its guy is wedged between a brioche bun, covered in confit tomatoes, fennel onion jam, and absurdly large leaves of butter lettuce, but what makes it especially great is the blue cheese INSIDE the burger. And... drool. 

South Bay

The Standing Room (address and info)
This secret-but-kinda-the-secret-is-out stand in the back of a liquor store in Redondo Beach is a burger lover's paradise: it's got the Cash (w/ bacon-hoisin BBQ sauce), the Bull (w/ kimchi and... bulgogi!!!), and the insane Elvis, which's topped w/ tomato jam, peanut butter-bacon BBQ, Kurobuta sausage, jalapeño, onion, lettuce, and smoked Gouda. And... drool again.


Studio City

Carney's (address and info)
Is it nostalgia that makes Carney's chili cheeseburger so awesome -- that classic taste of tabletop-seared meat, that runny chili, that orange cheese melted on top? Probably -- and it doesn't hurt that you're eating it in a fricking converted train car. Runner up status to Stout, Tuning Fork, and Laurel Tavern, all of which are awesome additions to the Valley, but please: Carney's is OG. (And yes, that burger pictured above has a hot dog on it too. Amazing.) 

Van Nuys

Outlaws Cafe (address and info)
Wanna feel like a true outlaw? Cut their burger and they'll get PISSED -- it's written right there on the kitschy menu, along with this description: "1lb of spiced beef grilled to perfection and stuffed with bleu cheese, grilled mushrooms, grilled garlic, grilled onions, and pieces of jalapeño bacon". You can also get it as a half-pounder, in case you're not a true outlaw/don't want to die younger than you're already totally going to. 

Verdugo Hills

Tee's On The Green (address and info)
Tee's On The Green is the funky little shack on the side of the kind-of-beat-up Verdugo Hills golf course, so you're forgiven if you're thinking, "but that place probably just sears a frozen burg, what could possibly make it so special?" Well, you're wrong: they improbably pay close, close attention to their burgers, which're made on-site every day and topped with a litany of unusual ingredients. As for what could make them so special: The Hangover Burger, which's MARINATED IN BLOODY MARY BEER SAUCE before being topped w/ horseradish cheddar, lettuce, tomato, and red onion. Oh, and then you gotta get a beer.

Humble Potato


Humble Potato (address and info)
This shop is a love letter to the Japanese hambaga, with the Battle Royale sitting in its proper position at the top of the menu. That burger is topped with all kinds of awesome: the cool creaminess of the avocado matches the salty sharpness of the bacon, which counters the crisp crunch of the lettuce, and the golden drippy goodness of the egg. Then there are the shards of sweet tomato that counter the meaty comfort of the burger, which is kept interesting by the spicy tomato sauce, and kept in line by the soft freshness of the bun. The thing is an unholy mess. 

West Hollywood

Eveleigh (address and info)
Yes, it's another fancy-ish spot with a fancy-ish burger with fancy-ish cheese (Fontina) and other fancy-ish ingredients. (Tomato-currant relish! Mustard aioli! Dry-aged meat!) So what. It's amazing. Mouth happy. The end.

West LA

FOOD (address and info)
We know. We know. Worst name for a restaurant ever, plus people will be calling you a heretic for not going to The Apple Pan down the street. They're wrong. Barely. Lying on a brioche bun, FOOD's hand-crafted 4oz beef patty has Gruyere cheese melted on top, sautéed onions, a thick slice of tomato, and arugula, with herbs and spices lovingly folded directly into the burger. There's no need for sauce or any kind of condiment. Take that, hickory.

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Molly Bergen is one of the editors of Hood Burger -- a blog dedicated to finding the best burger in each neighborhood in LA, and is a freelance writer for LA Weekly and more. She's on Twitter at @mollybergen.

Jeff Miller is the Editor of Thrillist LA and is really hungry. Like, REALLY hungry. He's at @ThrillistLa on Twitter and @jeffmillerla on Instagram.

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1. Father's Office 3229 Helms Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034 (Culver City)

Chef Sang Yoon is the brains behind this nationally-acclaimed Los Angeles gastropub. Father's Office is especially famous for its Office Burger: a 100% chuck, dry-aged beef patty topped with blue cheese, arugula, and onion jam, and served on a toasted oval bun with garlic butter. Chef Yoon has a strict no modifications allowed policy on his burger, so either you like it or you don't -- but chances are you probably will.

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2. Little Bear 1855 Industrial Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Proving that two stars can work together without getting in a fight about who gets to bang Topanga is the duo behind just-opened-downtown, industrial loft-esque, Belgian gastropub Little Bear, which includes the chef from Maximiliano & the Oinkster, and the beer guru from the Surly Goat, who will still eat your trash, but only begrudgingly.

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3. The Oinkster 2005 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock, CA 90041 (Eagle Rock)

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.

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4. The Oaks Gourmet Market 1915 N Bronson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068

This Bronson Ave spot is serving craft beers, boutique wines, small batch liquors, artisanal cheeses, and fresh-roasted coffees. But what you should really be getting is their burger -- it's the best in the neighborhood.

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5. The Larchmont 5750 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

The Larchmont is poised to present a new take on Californian farm-to-table cuisine in this two-story craftsman style structure.

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6. Plan Check Kitchen + Bar 1800 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025 (West La)

Southern-inspired pub fare in vibrant flavors and colors. This location once housed a liquor store, so serving spirits is in their blood.

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7. Umami Burger 4655 Hollywood Blvd, Los Feliz, CA 90027 (Los Feliz)

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.

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8. Tripel 333 Culver Blvd, Playa Del Rey, CA 90023 (Marina Del Rey)

This cozy, wood-filled gastropub's doling out mostly local and Belgian craft brews (Hot Rod Rye IPA, St. Feuillien Saison, Rodenbach Grand Cru, etc.) as well as foodstuffs like potato-loaded steamed mussels and a monster burger made from duck confit & pork.

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9. The Golden State 426 N Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Mid Wilshire)

This cafe is sparsely decorated with historical photos and small cartoons, with food and drink coming from some of LA's best: Craftsman beers, and sandwiches from the ex-Rustic Canyon head chef.

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10. Pie 'n Burger 913 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106 (Pasadena)

This Pasadena institution has been there since 1963 and has weathered every burger trend you can imagine, with a no-frills approach (seriously, your burg options are hamburger, cheeseburger, turkey burger, and that's it) that hits home in the classic, Thousand Island-topped sense every time.

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11. Hole in the Wall Burger Joint 2200 Colorado Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90404 (West La)

Hole in the Wall is a cash-only burger joint in Santa Monica that offers a mind-boggling array of choices to customize your burger. The patty options are near endless -- beef, turkey, pastrami, Spam, and spicy chicken are just a few -- and you can get your burger on bread (the pretzel bun is a must) or atop a salad. Seating is available both inside and on the front patio.

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12. Cafe Stella 3932 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029 (Silverlake)

This hidden-gem French restaurant in Silverlake offers delicious brunch and dinner options, including a top-notch burger. They also have an extensive and high-quality cocktail and wine selection.

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13. The Standing Room 144 N Catalina Ave, Redondo Beach, CA 90277 (Redondo Beach)

Hidden inside Catalina Liquor, The Standing Room is an inconspicuous counter-serve that cooks up incredible burgers in Redondo Beach. The vaguely Asian-American menu has a pretty extensive selection of half-pound burgers and hot sandwiches, plus sides like truffle parmesan fries and shishito peppers. Though The Standing Room is definitely a meat-lover's paradise (burgers are topped with bacon, braised short rib, and Korean-marinated beef), it offers a few vegetarian options like fried tofu and portobello mushroom.

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14. Carney's 8351 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069 (Hollywood)

Founded by a husband and wife duo in 1975, Carney's is the end-all-be-all for LA hot dogs. Rivaling Pink's, their unique sausages will bring you back down to Earth, all with a side of chili fries.

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15. Outlaws Cafe 6201 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401

This Van Nuys resto slings some of the finest burgers in town, with options like the Outlaws Burger ("1lb of spiced beef grilled to perfection and stuffed with bleu cheese, grilled mushrooms, grilled garlic, grilled onions, and pieces of jalapeño bacon") and the Hawaiian Burger with coconut flakes and avocado.

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16. Tee's On The Green 6433 LA Tuna Canyon Rd, Tujunga, CA 91042

Although Tee's On The Green is a funky little shack on the side of the kind-of-beat-up Verdugo Hills golf course, don't let that stop you from coming through and trying its delicious burgers, which include such unique options like the Hangover Burger marinated in Bloody Mary beer sauce.

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17. Humble Potato 8321 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045 (Lax Area)

The next time your GF doesn't want to take the FlyAway Shuttle from Westwood to the airport because "yuck, buses are gross", and you end up having to drive all the way out to the airport, you might as well stop by this Westchester burger joint, which adds Asian flavors (soy, etc) to American staples including a hot dog laced w/ soy-pickled jalapenos, a home-style fried chicken sandwich w/ tonkatsu sauce, and a Japanese-curry-and-Angus-beef burg they call a Hambaga.

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18. Eveleigh 8752 W Sunset, Hollywood, CA 90028

This rustic space has a reclaimed, wood-laden indoor/outdoor dining room with a communal table and sofa-like seating. Their outdoor patio is the real draw, where you'll feel as though you've entered a gorgeous garden party, surrounded by homegrown herbs and vegetables. From land (lamb meatballs) to sea (wild Pacific yellowtail), every dish on Eveleigh's delectable menu is market-fresh and crafted with care.

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19. FOOD 10571 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064 (West La)

This eclectic Westside cafe dishes out a number of soups, sandwiches, signature salads, and house-made sweets, not to mention some of the best burgers in the area.