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Hamburger Cravings

Where do you go when you’re hungry for a juicy hanburger? Well, if you live in California there are several options. Here is a list of 10 top burger joints located in California. Some of these places can also be found outside of California.

10 Top Burger Joints in California

In N’ Out Burger (Several locations throughout California)

Originally opened in 1948; In N’ Out Burger has the same business philosophy today; "Give customers the freshest, highest quality foods you can buy and provide them with friendly service in a sparkling clean environment." With several locations, In N’ Out is one of the most popular burger joints in California.

The Menu: Hamburger, Cheeseburger, Double- Double, French Fries, Shakes and sodas. In n’ Out Burger also has a “Secret Menu” with items such as a ‘four by four’ (four patties); ‘Grilled Cheese’  (two slices of American cheese melted between a toasted In-N-Out bun;  ‘Mustard Grilled’ (after grilling the patty, a squirt of mustard is added to the top and it is flipped again to grill the mustard flavor into the patty);  ‘Animal Style’ burger or fries (burger: extra Thousand Island dressing, mustard grilled patties, grilled onions and extra pickles; fries: melted cheese, grilled onions and a bit of Thousand Island dressing);  ‘Neapolitan Shake’ (chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream shake).

(Original) Tommy’s (Several locations throughout California)

The original Tommy’s opened on the corner of Beverly Boulevard and Rampart in Los Angeles in 1946. What was different about these burgers was that the owner was serving them topped with chili. There are now several Tommy’s locations throughout Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego counties in California and in Clark County, Nevada.

The Menu: All the burgers come with Tommy’s famous chili, unless you ask them not to add it. Hamburger; Cheeseburger; Double/Triple Hamburger/Cheeseburger; Chili Hot Dog; Chili Cheese Dog; Chili Tamale; Chili Boat; Chili to go; Fries, Chili Fries; Chili Cheese Fries; Potato Chips; Cookies; and Beverages  

Fat Burger (Several locations throughout California)

Lovie Yancey created the biggest, juiciest hamburgers that anyone had ever seen back in 1952, thus the name ‘Fat Burger’ was appropriate. Today, the name still fits as the burgers are still big and juicy. Fat Burger uses fresh lean beef, not frozen patties, and all burgers are cooked-to-order.

In addition to hamburgers, Yancey also loved music and you can listen to some of the best music at any of the many Fat Burger locations. Enjoy a big juicy burger while enjoying top tunes in Rock n’ Roll, R&B, Hip Hop and Classic Soul, all playing from a jukebox.

The Menu: Kingburger (1/2 lb* Lean Beef, mustard - Relish - Onions - Pickles - Tomato - Lettuce – Mayo); Fatburger ( 1/3 lb* Lean Beef, mustard - Relish - Onions - Pickles - Tomato - Lettuce – Mayo); Turkey Burger; Grilled Chicken Sandwich; Baby Fat (Lean Beef, mustard - Relish - Onions - Pickles - Tomato - Lettuce – Mayo); Double Your Patty;  Bacon and Egg Sandwich ( Includes Mayo, Tomato, and Lettuce); Hot Dog; Chili Dog. Add-ons: Bacon; Chili; Egg and Cheese. You can also get Homemade Onion Rings; Chili Cup; Fat Fries (Steak Fries); Skinny Fries; and Chili Cheese Fries.  

The Counter (Several locations)

Opened in 2003, The Counter gives you a burger the way you want it. When you are seated, you are given a clipboard with a list of all available ingredients. You choose what you want by combining the ingredients anyway you want. But, for those of you who don’t like making choices, the chefs have created Signature Burgers and Bowls featuring items from local Market Selection choices.

California Locations: Carlsbad; Corte Madera; El Segundo; Hermosa Beach; Irvine; L.A. - Century City; L.A. - Miracle Mile; L.A. - Sunset Blvd; Marina del Rey; Newport Beach; Palo Alto; Pasadena; Roseville; San Diego - Del Mar; San Jose; San Mateo; Santa Monica; Studio City; Toluca Lake; Torrance; Walnut Creek; and Westlake Village. You can also find The Counter in Connecticut (West Hartford); Florida (Miami Airport); Georgia (Roswell); Hawaii (Honolulu); Illinois (Chicago - Lincoln Park); New York (NYC - Times Square); Texas (Houston, The Woodlands); Virginia (Reston); Washington (Seattle); and Ireland (Dublin – Dundrum, Dublin - Suffolk Street).

The Habit (Several locations throughout California)

Brent Reichard went to work for the Habit Burger Grill in Santa Barbara, California in 1969, when he was just 16 years old. He loved it so much that four years later, Brent and his brother Bruce bought the Habit with money borrowed from their mother. Making several changes, they ‘rebuilt’ the Habit and included items such as custom made buns from a local bakery. They also introduced the ‘charbroiler’ (a piece of kitchen equipment that provides a delicious smoky flavor in everything grilled over its open flame) to their customers. The burgers are made the same way today and The Habit has many loyal customers. (Note, not to be confused with the “Hamburger Habit.”)

The Menu: Charburger; Double Charburger; Teriyaki Charburger; BBQ Bacon Charburger; Veggie Burger; Sandwiches: Chicken; Tri-Tip; Fresh Albacore Tuna; Pastrami; Chicken Club; Garden Salad; Grilled Chicken Salad; Grilled Chicken Caesar; BBQ Chicken Salad; Santa Barbara Cobb; Caesar Salad; Side Salad; Side Caesar Salad; French Fries; Onion Rings; and Sweet Potato Fries.

The Hat (Several locations throughout California)

Opened in 1951, this has been the ‘go to’ place for many with the urge for a great burger. They currently have locations in Alhambra, Brea, Glendora, Lake Forest, Monterey Park, Pasadena, Rancho Cucamonga, Simi Valley, Temple City, and Upland.

The Menu: Pastrami Dip; Roast Beef (au jus or gravy); Hot Dog; Bar-B-Que Beef; Chili Dog; Steak Sandwich; Chili Tamale; Grilled Cheese; Hamburger; Chiliburger; Double-Burger; Double Chiliburger; Cheeseburger Pastrami Burger; Double Cheeseburger; Junior Burger; SANDWICHES: Tuna; Cold Beef; Chicken Salad; Ham & Cheese; Turkey; Ham & Swiss; Turkey & Ham; Ham & American; Avocado; SIDE ORDERS: Fries; Potato Salad; Chili Fries; Chili; Wet Fries (with gravy); Onion Rings

Fuddruckers (Several locations throughout California)

Since 1980 the people of Fuddruckers have been making burgers exactly the way you like them. Cooked to order, then you put whatever you want on your burger. They have a fresh produce bar with a verity of condiments to choose from. Their mission is “to make the world happy, one great hamburger at a time.”

The Menu: The Original Fudds: Fresh – never frozen – 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 lb. 100% All-American, premium-cut, vegetarian-fed beef born and raised on a handful of ranches only in the U.S.A. Grilled to order* and placed atop our fresh, sesame-topped scratch baked bun; Specialty Burgers: Southwest; The Works; Three Cheese; Inferno; Swiss Melt; Bacon Cheddar. Hamburger; Turkey Burger; Veggie Burger; Hot Dog; Hot Dogzilla; Grilled Cheese; Mac & Cheese; Cheeseburger; Chicken Bites; Grilled Salmon; Crispy Fish Sandwich; Ribeye Steak Sandwich; Mozzarella Sticks; Crispy Chicken; Grilled Chicken; Bacon & Swiss; Firehouse Buffalo; Chipotle BBQ; Chicken Tenders; Chopped Steak; Fish N' Chips; Chicken Caesar Salad; Market Toss Salad; Taco Salad; Napa Valley Salad.

The Apple Pan (10801 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles)

Serving great burgers for over 60 years, The Apple Pan is open until 1 am on weekends and midnight on weekdays. You know it’s good when they’ve been serving great food since 1947! The Apple Pan is also the model for the popular Johnny Rockets chain of restaurants.

The Menu: Steakburger; Hickoryburger; Southern Baked Ham; Tuna Salad Sandwich; Swiss Cheese Sandwich; Egg Salad Sandwich; French Fries; Apple, Cream and Pecan Pies.

Farmer Boys (Several locations)

Farmer Boys opened in 1981, offering generous portions and farm-fresh food. There are currently 68 locations throughout Southern and Central California and in Nevada.

The Menu: Breakfast; Hamburgers; Fresh Sides; Hearty Farmer's Sandwiches; Melts & Classic Sandwiches; Fresh Salads & Wraps; Fish; Soup & Chili; Flame Broiled Chicken; Kids; Beverages; Dessert.

Hamburger Habit (11223 National Blvd, Los Angeles)

This 50’s style burger joint has quite the menu, and quite the burger. The Hamburger Habit (not to be confused with ‘The Habit’) has been a daily habit for many Los Angeles burger lovers.

The Menu: 1/4 Lb. Hamburgers ( Fresh, not Frozen Chuck Steak, with a fat content of 10-12%): #1 The Naked Truth - Dressing, Kosher Pickle; #2 The Big Scene - Dressing, Lettuce, Tomato, Pickle; #3 Sassy Cheese - Swiss Cheese, Dressing, Lettuce, Tomato, Pickles (Cheddar Cheese on request); #4 The Works -Tangy Chili, Grated Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Pickles; Veggie Burger; Turkey Burger; Special Habits: Lean & Mean Steak - N.Y. Steak, Dressing, Lettuce, Tomato; Charlie's Tuna Melt - Mounds of Tuna, Cheddar Cheese; Dipsy Doodle - Hot Pastrami, Mustard, Pickle; Shy High.....Pile of Turkey, Mayo, Mustard, Lettuce, Tomato, Pickle; Mikey Mouse Special - Grilled Swiss Cheese (Cheddar on request); Archie Bonker - Grilled Polish Sausage - French Roll - Spanish Onions - Mexican Tomato - English Mayo - Gardena Mustard – Lettuce; Hot Dogs (Kosher Style) 100% Beef: The Regular - Mustard, Relish; Hey! New Yorker - Mustard, Sauerkraut; The Hot One - Tangy Chili, Grated Cheese; French Fries; Chili Fries; Hot Buttered Corn on the Cob; Specialties: My Chikity.....Boneless Skinless, Breast of Chicken, Lettuce, Tomato, Mayo, Dressing; Chili Bowl Cheddar with Crackers; Too Much - White Fish, Lettuce, Tomato, Mayo, Tartar Sauce; BB.LL.TT. - Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Mayo, Kosher Pickle; Habit Forming.....Patty Melt, Swiss cheese, Grilled Onions, Pickle.

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