Since Christmas is a few days away, we might as well celebrate the second best day of the year, which is National Hamburger Day.
In celebration of the best national food recognition day of the year, here's a round-up of all the top-notch hamburgers from around the Los Angeles area that should be on your radar.
Plan Check Kitchen + Bar
Plan Check Kitchen + Bar is famously known for it's dehydrated form of ketchup — called Ketchup Leather — that prevents burgers from getting soggy. Ketchup Leather is just as innovative and delicious as it sounds. Plan Check's signature burger, the Plan Check Burger is served with a beef patty, habanero cheese, bacon, Sriracha ketchup leather, schmaltz onions, and kombu pickles.
Boneyard's line up of over-the-top burgers should be on every burger lovers list. Here's the O.M.G Burger, featuring a Wagyu beef patty, beer battered onion rings, chipotle aioli, BBQ sauce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, cheddar cheese, and house-cured bacon
Located in Sherman Oaks, California the Boneyard Bistro is owned and operated by professional Chef Aaron Robins. Boneyard has become a local favorite thanks in part to Chef Robins' unique spin on traditional barbecue and Boneyard's signature oak-grilled burgers ground with 100 percent Snake River Farms American “Kobe Style” Wagyu beef.
Hawkins House Of Burgers
A local staple in Watts, Hawkins House of Burgers is a historic family owned burger spot with insane menu items that serve some of the most over-the-top burgers on the West Coast. For example, the legendary Whipper Burger, which is a double cheeseburger, with pastrami and a hot link inside. Jaws should be unhinged to even take a bite of this behemoth.
The Upper West
Not to be confused with New York City's Upper West Side, Los Angeles' Upper West restaurant located in Santa Monica, California doesn't need fancy names for the best burger on its menu.
Simply called, "The Burger," this hefty item features house ground blend, arugula, Worcestershire, onion marmalade, pasilla goat cheese spread, and is served on a toasted brioche bun.
This casual, yet modern Hermosa Beach eatery features delicious tacos and hamburgers that pair terrifically with their wide selection of craft beers. One of the most over-the-top burgers is Hot's Foie Gras burger. I mean, just look at it. The decadence is real with this burger.
Owned and operated by world famous Chef Ludo Lefebvre, Los Angeles' Petit Trois is open seven days a week and serves an array of courses. Their only burger on the menu is The Trios Mec Burger, which is fine since it's probably the best high end burger you'll ever have. In 2015, Bon Appetit magazine ranked Chef Ludo's Petit Trois the third best restaurant in the United States.
The Animal's off-the-menu champ is aptly named, "The Boner Burger" due to the delicious combination of short rib, house-ground chuck, and bone marrow as the constructs of its patty. Yes. Bone marrow. The Los Angeles favorite serves up one of the most mouthwatering burgers ever created. However, this trendy spot is only open four hours a night, so you better hurry if you've got the craving.