where to find LA's best burgers


  • October 24, 2022
  • Tips
  • By: CYTIES

Orange sky, palm trees swaying, Kendrick on the speakers, and special sauce running down your wrist—this is a true Los Angeles moment. The burger scene has always been a Cali thing, and some would say it’s the epicenter of this particular food obsession. You can snag one from a walk-up, sit down at a classy bar for one, or pull up in the wheels to grab one to-go. From flat tops to renowned chefs, burgers simply are everywhere. The LA scene has exploded with new names in the Smashburger industry, adding a fresh arsenal to a list of elder legends, making the city unstoppable when it comes to one of America’s favorite foods. The following hit list is our favorite burgers in LA, and like all our lists, it is laid out in no particular order, *though we always mention our favorite.

In the multiverse of buns and patties, burgers come in many different preferred forms and all sorts of styles, the adventure is finding the answer that sufficiently fits your own burger palate—use this article as a compass to seek out your own favorite. One thing is certain, this list will never let you down, add it to your mobile bookmark settings for burger cravings when Hitting the Concrete in The City of Angels. Get saucy, get cheesy, double it up, and get after it.

  • Burgers Never Say Die – Classic patty melts, cheeseburgers & soft serve await throngs of fans for al fresco eats.
  • The Win~dow – OG smash-burgers that you can double up. Saucy and melt-in-your-mouth vibes. The Silverlake location is a cool scene. *CYTIES Favorite.
  • Montys Good Burger – Artisanal burgers made from locally sourced ingredients, house-made sauce, caramelized grilled onions, and plant-based patties.
  • Original Tommy’s World Famous Hamburgers – Turn and burn chain topping burgers, fries & hot dogs with a signature chili since 1946.
  • Amboy Quality Meats -Amboy Quality Meats & Delicious Burgers — a gourmet burger stand and butcher shop that offers premium cuts, sourced from small suppliers. 
  • The Apple Pan – Lively diner dishing up classic American fare from burgers to pies from its tiny counter since 1947.
  • Hinano Cafe – Funky breakfast, burger & sandwich shack at the beach since 1969 with beer, games & live music.
  • HiHo – HiHo is the only burger restaurant that exclusively serves 100% grass-fed and 100% grass-finished Wagyu, and it’s damn good.
  • Burger She Wrote – Snug, simple eatery dishing up generous Wagyu burgers, plus Mexican sodas & hand-cut fries.
  • Irv’s Burgers – Established in 1946 and a historic staple, amplified by the Hong family’s hospitality, Sonia’s signature doodles on your paper plate.
  • Heavy Handed – Short rib burgers, beef tallow french fries, soft serve ice cream, beer and wine.



Cheeseburgers appeared for the first time and became popular between the late-1920s to mid-1930s.

The World’s Biggest Cheeseburger Weighed 1,800 Pounds.

The World’s Tiniest Cheeseburger Is Made in Japan.

Americans Prefer American Cheese over cheddar.

Jimmy Buffet prefers them in paradise.