LA’s bustling burger scene is one of the very best in the country. So whether your pint-sized burger babes lean more to the cheeseburger side or fancy something of the veggie variety, we’ve rounded up the juiciest, most mouthwatering burgers to add to your list stat.
photo: Marmar Q. via Yelp
A staple on Route 66 since 1946, West Hollywood burger stand Irv’s Burgers, not only cooks up some of the most to-die-for burgers around but the restaurant and its extremely warm and cheerful owners, the Hongs, have also become part of many Angelenos’ families. Throughout its history, it’s even been known as a popular hangout for rock stars like The Clash, Jim Morrison and The Doors.
Expect juicy, tender and bonkers delicious burgers every single time. Irv’s Burgers never disappoints. But your kiddos’ favorite part of their visit may be the paper plate their food is delivered on. Owner, Sonia Hong, personalizes each plate with a little illustration and love note to their customers that showcases the meal was prepared just for them.
Good to Know: Irv’s Burgers is open every day except Sun. for “surfing” reads the sign on the door. Cash only.
7998 Santa Monica Blvd.
photo: HiHo Cheeseburger via Facebook
As the only burger restaurant to exclusively serve 100% grass-fed Wagyu beef, Santa Monica’s popular HiHo Cheeseburger takes the burger experience to a whole new level. You’ll get meat that’s melt-in-your-mouth tender, that not only tastes better, but it’s also better for you too.
Their premium Wagyu is low in saturated fat, high in Omega-3s and vitamins, and is certified humane and sustainably raised with no antibiotics, GMOs or hormones. The HiHo and classic burgers are both outstanding, especially when served with a side of piping hot hand-cut fries and a slice of banana cream pie for dessert (wink-wink). Families who are looking for a high quality, clean burger meal are sure to become loyal customers.
1320 2ndSt., Ste. B
photo: Cassell’s Hamburgers via Facebook
Since 1948, Cassell’s Hamburgers has been serving LA families premium hamburgers that are ground daily in-house using the original grinder, cooked on the original crossfire broiler and are made into patties via the original press.
Cassell’s now resides in Koreatown’s historic Hotel Normandie and features a classic (and delicious) 50s breakfast menu, a variety of milkshakes and malts, a coffee bar, homemade pies and a fully stocked bar (hello, mom and dad!). The burgers are outstanding, but if littles are in the mood for something different, we highly recommend the DFC Fried Chicken Sando—yum!
Insider Tip: Additional locations are expected to open downtown and at Terminal 1 of LAX very soon. Stay tuned!
3600 W. 6thSt.
photo: Bill’s Hamburgers via Facebook
A Valley institution that never lacks a line of loyalists clamoring for one of their famous burgers, Bill’s Hamburgers in Van Nuys serves up some of the tastiest burgers you’ll ever put in your mouth. There’s nothing fancy-shmancy here—no wagyu, no truffles, no lettuce sourced from sustainable farms—just good old fashioned beef patties and buns cooked to absolute juicy perfection and a bag of chips on the side (Bill’s doesn’t do fries). This gem of a burger joint is actually a small unassuming stand so there are only a handful of stools to grab a spot at the counter but your wait will be rewarded with one of the best burger meals in town.
Good to Know: Bill’s Hamburgers is only open from Tues.-Fri. until 4 p.m.; Cash only.
14742 Oxnard St.
photo: Jeannie S. via Yelp
The Apple Pan
Some things just get better with age. Case in point, The Apple Pan in the heart of West LA. For over 70 years, The Apple Pan has delighted customers with their famous hickory burgers quickly followed by a slice of mmmm-mmmm good homemade apple pie. The place is small and cozy with only 26 counter seats but it’s well worth the long wait to grab a bite. And its close proximity to the Landmark Theater right across the street at Westside Pavillion makes it the perfect spot to grab lunch and a movie with your tribe.
Good to Know: The Apple Pan accepts cash only.
10801 Pico Blvd.
photo: Denise V. via Yelp
Pie ‘n Burger
Using the same wonderful recipes they did when they opened their doors 46 years ago, Pasadena’s Pie ‘n Burger remains one of the best burger spots in the Southland. Some of the OG waitresses still work there and even the countertop and swivel chairs have stayed the same over the years, giving this joint a timeless charm punctuated by dependably great food, kid’s menu to boot.
Make sure to leave room for a slice of their famous pie as well—from banana and dutch apple to chocolate and strawberry, there’s a flavor for everyone in your brood.
Pie ‘n Burger
913 E. California Blvd.
photo: Crossroads Kitchen via Facebook
And For Those Craving a Veggie Option
For families who are looking for good veggie burger fare, we’ve rounded up the most recommended spots in town who feature the Beyond Meat and Impossible Burgers on their menus as these are the hottest things going on the veggie scene right now. They mimic real meat in appearance, texture, and taste without all the environmental impact. Hooray!
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