Food & Drink

The best burger in 13 San Diego neighborhoods

Published On 10/29/2014 Published On 10/29/2014
Sara Norris
Whisknladle
Sara Norris
Sara Norris
Raglan
Sara Norris
Sara Norris
Sara Norris
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1. Whisknladle 1044 Wall St, La Jolla, CA 92037 (La Jolla)

Built around the need for a restaurant using farm-fresh ingredients and cooking from scratch, Whisknladle delivers delicious apps and entrees alongside a creative cocktail list.

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2. Slater's 50/50 2750 Dewey Rd, San Diego, CA 92106 (Point Loma)

Slater's 50/50 is a burger restaurant with a serious mission: providing San Diegans with burgers made from 50% ground beef... and 50% ground bacon. This unique burger patty is truly an explosive experience for you taste buds, and one that you likely haven't come across before. Slater's is also known from its selection of local and regional craft beers-- the ultimate burger accessory.

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3. Rocky's Crown Pub 3786 Ingraham St, San Diego, CA 92109

Rocky's Crown Pub is a bar and pub that specializes in making a killer cheeseburger that's served in either a 1/3 or 1/2lb patty.

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4. Hash House A Go Go 3628 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103 (Hillcrest)

SD's gargantuanly proportioned "Twisted Farm Food(ery)" has got awesome breakfast fare in Hillcrest.

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5. Raglan Public House 1851 Bacon St, Ocean Beach, CA 92107 (Ocean Beach)

A product of the Bare Back Grill's Kiwi crew, Raglan Public House is mellowed out with retractable front windows, picnic table patio seating, and surf-themed lighting fixtures -- all meant to evoke the laid-back vibe of the New Zealand surf town from which it takes its name. The Kiwi-inspired menu includes a New Zealand-style lamb burger dressed with mint and beetroot lettuce, and steak fries with homemade tartar sauce.

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6. BABS 4646 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 92111 (Kearny Mesa)

BABS, or Bao's Awesome Burgers & Sandwiches, sits among a bunch of Korean BBQ and noodle shops on Convoy, but inside are some of the best burgers in the city (and inside those burgers is a bunch of cheddar cheese!). Try the Texas Burger, covered in BBQ sauce and stacked high with bacon, LTO, and onion rings.

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7. Encinitas Ale House 1044 S Coast Hwy, Encinitas, CA 92024 (Encinitas)

Burgers and ale are the speciality at Encinitas Ale House. That's not to diminish the sweet potato fries, which are equally amazing in their own right. Stop by this tiny spot for a satisfying bite and an amazing beer selection.

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8. Twist Sandwiches & More 2041 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104 (North Park)

Twist has delicious fries, savory sandwiches, and huge wings -- but you're obviously there for the burgers. The namesake burger is topped with goat cheese, prosciutto, arugula, Twist sauce, balsamic syrup, and onions caramelized in Coke.

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9. Station Tavern 2204 Fern St, San Diego, CA 92104 (South Park)

A South Park staple, Station Tavern helps foster friendships between carnivores and herbivores. The all-meat burgers here are just as good as the solid vegetarian options, including the house veggie burger (a chickpea patty topped with the regular burger accoutrements, with cucumbers and smoked paprika sauce to boot) and the spicy black bean burger (lime-cilantro aioli, anyone?). Combined with the cozy patio (heat lamps for cooler evenings, strings of light criss-crossing overhead, communal picnic tables and a train-themed play area for the little ones), it’s a veritable crowd pleaser for local dining options. Besides, we’re pretty sure anyone can get behind the addictive sweet potato fries and craft beer offerings at this joint.

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10. Doods Foods 1863 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

While delivering White Russians is still outlawed in Cali, the Doods are now delivering Bankers Hill a weekly rotating menu ranging from the Dood Burger with special “Doods sauce” to a fried egg/ cheese/ french fry-loaded roll called The Short Bus, which apparently “dates back 70 years” to a time when riding it meant... you enjoy delicious sandwiches!

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11. Hodad's 945 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101 (Ocean Beach)

A legendary burger dive, Hodad's has been serving face-sized burgers and even larger milkshakes to San Diego locals since 1969. You can choose to order your burger in mini, single, and double sizes, but be sure to pile on extras like cheese, bacon, and pastrami. The beachy interior is decked out with surfboard tables, memorabilia, and license plates. You'll likely have to wait in line, but it'll be time well spent.

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12. Counterpoint 830 25th St, Golden Hill, CA 92102 (Golden Hill)

Priding themselves on making food and drinks "for people", Counterpoint serves up fresh offerings like pork belly carnitas, steak frites, and andouille & shrimp pasta.

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13. The Waterfront Bar and Grill 2044 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101 (Little Italy)

The Waterfront Bar and Grill, San Diego's oldest tavern, has got a sick happy hour -- plus, you can drink all day and scarf down awesome bar food like their THREE different varieties of grilled cheese!

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