A Sneak Peek at the Burger Magic Being Served Up at Burgers Bourbon + Beer

Don’t read this if you’re hungry

Burgers are beloved for their simplicity—ground meat, bun, fixings—but that doesn’t mean that all burgers are created equal. Hell no. On May 23, ten local restaurants are gathering at the Victorian in Santa Monica to celebrate the exquisite nuance involved in building the perfect burger—and for a little friendly competition.

At our annual Burgers Bourbon + Beer event, guests get to sample ten different burgers, vote on their favorites, and wash it all down with some bourbon and beer. The lineup? Impressive: Belcampo, BOA Steakhouse, Hinoki & the Bird, the Victorian, Cassell’s, Malibu Cafe, Mikkeller, the Oinkster, Umami Burger, and Woodley Proper.

Several of this year’s participating restaurants offered an advanced look at what they’re cooking up. Warning: do not read this if you’re hungry. And, yes, tickets are still available.


Belcampo: Belcampo Lamb Burger

Black garlic aioli, onion sprouts


BOA Steakhouse: BOA Burger


Prime beef with camembert cheese, cajun dusted crispy onions, and pickled jalapeno aioli on a brioche bun


Hinoki & the Bird: Okonomiyaki Burger

Pickled peppers, okonomiyaki mayo, two ground beef and short rib patties on a honey potato bun


The Malibu Café: Best Burger


Beef and chorizo patty, roasted garlic shrimp, chipotle tomato sauce, havarti cheese, brioche slider bun


Mikkeller DTLA: Lamb Burger


Ground lamb and pork, caramelized onion, Challerhocker, arugula, aioli


The Oinkster: The Royale

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Nebraska Angus patty cheeseburger with bacon, chili, pastrami, dill pickles, onions, tomato, lettuce, and Thousand Island dressing


Umami Burger: Harjuku Umami BBQ Burger


Green jalapenos, sweet-and-spicy bourbon BBQ sauce, sesame yuzu kosho slaw


Woodley Proper: Prime Beef Burger


Brioche bun, house-made triple cream cheese, tomato jam, roasted beet mustard


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