Burgers

Barney’s Gourmet Hamburgers

225 26th St., Los Angeles, CA, 90402

310-899-0133

Variety is the strength at this beloved Bay Area institution. The house ground beef is choice chuck and broiled into a moist, flame-licked patty…

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Grill ‘Em All

Mobile, Los Angeles, CA, 90012

323-252-5603

A wizard beckons from the side of this heavy metal-themed food truck, where the burgers are fiendishly over the top…

Website: http://www.grillemalltruck.com/

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Mom’s Burgers

336 W. Alondra Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90220

310-632-6622

For heart-stopping indulgence, no one dishes it out like this roadside stop with the blue roof. The Colosso and Chronic burgers are (in)famous: The former buries the patty under a mountain of pink pastrami; the latter tops it with thick bacon, a fried egg, and American cheese. Moderation be damned.

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Shaka Shack

1701 Ocean Park Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90405

310-450-5551

If the burgers at this tiki-themed strip mall refuge taste gourmet, it’s because a former Spago and Ma Maison chef devised the recipes.

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The Counter

2901 Ocean Park Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90405

310-399-8383

Now here’s a menu with focus: burgers. Turkey burgers, veggie burgers, and good old beef bur-gers. On an English muffin…

Website: http://thecounterburger.com

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The Escondite

410 Boyd St., Los Angeles, CA, 90013

213-626-1800

Unusual combos and kitschy monikers are the hallmarks of these wild, messy burgers: provolone, Canadian bacon, and pineapple on the Don Ho; cream cheese and jalapeños on what’s been dubbed the “Herve Villachez.”

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The Oinkster

2005 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90041

(323) 255-6465

The best thing about this joint, owned by chef Andre Guerrero, is the pastrami.

Website: http://www.theoinkster.com

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Umami Burger

Multiple Addresses, Los Angeles, CA, 90027

323-669-3922

If you’re after beeflike satisfaction without the mock-meat taste, your answer—as with most things burger related—is Umami Burger.

Website: http://www.umami.com

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