Father's Office Burger. Source: Instagram
Father's Office Burger. Source: Instagram

Leave your diet at home: Los Angeles' best burgers

If there's one thing not to pack for a trip to Los Angeles, it's your skinny jeans.

When you see the mega, mouthwatering burgers the city has to offer, you'll probably want something a little more accommodating around the waistline.

While it's hard to pick a favourite - you'll just need to try them all - here are some of the contenders for the best burger in LA.

HOLE IN THE WALL - Santa Monica

This self-proclaimed 'Working Man's Gourmet Burger' joint serves beef that has been brought up on a vegetarian diet and is free from antibiotics, hormones and artificial ingredients. They regularly promote 'Burger of the Week' with inventive between-the-bun favourites including the Mac & Cheese Burger, and The Jackhammer that is a 10" hot dog with nacho cheese and bacon. You can also choose to build your own or opt for a turkey or veggie pattie. Mouthwatering stuff.

PLAN CHECK KITCHEN + BAR - Four locations

This is modern American flavours at your service. The PCB (Plan Check Burger) is a no-fuss burger filled with flavor thanks to ingredients including schmaltz onions, mixed pickles and the venue's Ketchup Leather™. There is an extensive availability of draft and craft beers to wash it down with, or Japanese whiskey if that's your thing.

Image from Plain Kitchen Burger's Facebook
Image from Plain Kitchen Burger's Facebook

APPLE PAN

West Los Angeles

This 50s-style diner is a legendary LA institution owned by the same family for 70 years. Regulars confirm the menu at this no-frills establishment has barely changed - proof that their food, which is prepared right in front of you, has hit the mark since they opened in 1947. As soon as you eye a seat, plant yourself at the bench counter and order up big. You can't beat the Hickory burger, fries and a serving of banana cream pie to really tip your tastebuds over the edge.

Not a Taco Night #hickoryburger 🍔

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FATHER'S OFFICE

Santa Monica

This burger is so beloved by LA locals that it's said to have started the whole gourmet burger trend. Brought to life by Sang Yoon, the chef and owner of FO who formerly resided in the world of fine dining, this quintessential creation is both delicious and controversial. While a taste sensation all on its own thanks to dry-aged beef, arugula and blue cheese on a garlic butter toasted bun, there are no modifications, much to the chagrin of first-time customers. So don't even think about asking for ketchup or mayo, not that you'll even need it.

UMAMI BURGER

Various locations

The culinary ninjas at Umami - a popular burger and beer joint that's rapidly spreading across the US - takes the bold flavour of umami and amplifies it through their inventive menu. With beef, turkey, chicken and tuna patties on the menu, you'll be spoilt for choice. The Truffled Beet Salad and Smothered Fries dripping in short rib sauce don't disappoint either.

BADMAASH

Downtown

Not exactly where you'd expect to find a mind-blowing burger, but this Indian gastropub serves up a lamb creation to be proud of. But when you consider Badmaash means "naughty" in Urdu, it makes sense that this family-owned spot would bend the rules a little. The burger, served on a brioche bun, is complemented by a 'maash' up of ginger, garlic, and Indian spices. Not to be missed!

ANIMAL

West Hollywood

This hotspot has many a decadent dish on its menu, but it's what's not on the menu that has foodies abuzz. It's the secret burger, The Boner Burger to be exact. And before you gasp, it's so intriguingly named for its bone marrow ingredients. Two toasted slices of marble rye are stuffed with short rib, house-ground chuck meat and bone marrow. Add to that flavour fusion a layer of Jack cheese, chili, caramelized onions and a secret sauce that takes it beyond any palate's expectations.

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IN-N-OUT BURGER

  Various locations

Known for fuss-free fast food that's fresh and will give you change from a fiver, the original shack was opened by burger-loving newlyweds in 1948 and was the first drive-thru burger available in California. Go for the standard burger, fries and an ice-cream shake and you'll know why everyone from Kanye and Kim K to celebrity chefs love In-N-Out.

Freshness you can taste.® #quality #burger

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HOLE IN THE WALL

Santa Monica

This self-proclaimed 'Working Man's Gourmet Burger' joint serves beef that has been brought up on a vegetarian diet and is free from antibiotics, hormones and artificial ingredients. They regularly promote 'Burger of the Week' with inventive between-the-bun favourites including the Mac & Cheese Burger, and The Jackhammer that is a 10" hot dog with nacho cheese and bacon. You can also choose to build your own or opt for a turkey or veggie pattie. Mouthwatering stuff.

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