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10 Ridiculous Burgers in San Diego You Should Eat Now

These Patties Are Anything But Ordinary

Written By: Omar Velasquez of Locale Magazine

San Diego is a wonderful place to visit for some amazing eatery. From the beautiful coast of Oceanside to the Gaslamp District and back to North Park; San Diego has some the best restaurants, diners and pubs serving up some mouthwatering dishes. Brunch, lunch, dinner or whichever your choice may be, SD restaurants bring out a unique style of burgers. Staying away from the norm like In-N-Out or Burger King; this time we round up some different types of restaurants, in search of the best burgers in San Diego.

Famous Buns

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern

Order This: The Cowboy Burger

We could spend hours debating which local spot has the best burger in town. However, when you’re looking for a great, solid burger, you can’t go wrong with Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern’s burgers. A local legend for a reason! So, run, don’t walk, to try this burger.

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern
The Promenade at Point Loma
4990 North Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92106


Stack It Up, Stack It Up


Photo By Adam Gentry

Order This: Build Your Own Burger

For all of you technology lovers out there, this spot is a real treat. iPads adorn the tables, placed there to provide an innovative ordering approach. Build whatever burger you want—stack on all of your favorites! I suggest bringing your picky eaters here, because there really is something for everyone.

7007 Friars Rd, Ste 356
San Diego, CA 92108


Only in America

All American Burgers

Order This: Grass-fed Sliders

Best way to describe All American Burgers located in the heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter would be “scrumptious.” Serving up the all American Burgers made from 100 percent grass fed beef.

All American Burgers
409 F St
San Diego, CA 92101


Come On Down to Ruby’s

Ruby’s Diner

Photo By Ed Visions

Order This: Hickory Burger

You can walk in, put some money in the jukebox, and enjoy yourself a nice juicy Hickory Burger. The ½ pound Hickory burger is made with two slices of melted cheddar cheese with sizzling thick-cut bacon, crisp lettuce, tomato, Rubysauce (yum!) and crispy RubyRings (double yum!). Oh, and all topped with zesty barbecue sauce. If you want to keep it strictly original, Ruby’s Diner is where it’s at.

Ruby’s Diner
1640 Camino Del Rio N #360P
San Diego, CA 92108


It’s Going Down; I’m Yelling, “Timber!”

Lumberyard Tavern

Photo By Josie Gonzales

Order This: Lamb Burger

If you are looking for a “one-of-a-kind experience” restaurant the search is over. Located right off the Coast Hwy 101, Lumberyard Tavern serves a variety of comfort food. One tasty burger you will find that is different from the norm is the Lamb Burger. A juicy ground lamb filled burger with Tzatziki sauce, spinach, feta, pickled onion and tomato will have you coming back for more.

Lumberyard Tavern
967 S Coast Hwy 101, Ste 101
Encinitas, CA 92024


Going Coconuts for This Burger

Miss B’s Coconut Club

Nice buns. 😎 Enjoy a 🍔 + 🍺 for just $11.75 all day in #MissionBeach!

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Order This: Coconut Club Burger

Can’t go wrong with some Caribbean-inspired American food overlooking the sunset on a summer afternoon—sounds beautiful doesn’t it? Miss B’s Coconut Club in Mission Beach is calling your name. From Cubano roasted pork to their delicious Coconut Club burger, Miss B’s has the rhythm to soothe your taste buds.

Miss B’s Coconut Club
3704 Mission Blvd
San Diego, CA 92109



Duke’s La Jolla

Order This: Duke’s Sliders

A tribute to Hawaii and the Southern California beach lifestyle, Duke’s welcomes guests to become part of their ohana. Stop in for lunch where you can never go wrong with their Wave Slider Wednesdays—choose between two Kahuna beef, Kalua pork or jumbo crab cake sliders.

Duke’s La Jolla
1216 Prospect St
La Jolla, CA 92037


Here for the Beer…and Burger

Nason’s Beer Hall

Order This: Nason’s Burger

Whether in town for business or pleasure; plan on staying at the Pendry San Diego for the views, scenery and restaurants. Inside the luxury hotel you will find Nason’s Beer Hall. Sure, you can go for the craft beers but when in Rome; the Nason’s Burger with Monterey Jack, avocado mash, bacon jam and mustard and house pickles on a pretzel roll with a side of some amazing house made barbecue chips or fries. After one bite, it will have you book another night.

Nason’s Beer Hall
570 J St
San Diego, CA 92101

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The Champ is Here!


Photo By Adam Gentry

Order This: The Champ

At barleymash, we were served The Champ, and the name is suitable for describing the burger, too. Own it with both hands and dive in!  They bake their barley-beer bread daily, and between their buns, they’ve stacked a grilled beef patty, juicy mouth-watering pulled pork shoulder, pepper jack cheese, habanero jelly, bourbon-bbq ranch and tobacco-fried onions.

600 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101


A San Diego Classic


Photo By Valerie Kon

Order This: Single Bacon Cheeseburger

They say it’s lunch and dinner, not life or death. Customized license plates adorn the walls amongst other interesting things to look at. We tried the single bacon cheeseburger with frings—a classic. The bacon was crispy, cheese melted to perfection, and the patty was deliciously juicy.

5010 Newport Ave.
San Diego, CA 92107
619.224.4623 | *Visit Hodad’s other locations downtown and at PETCO Park

Fast Food

For One Day, Burger King Will Serve A Whopper Donut At Select Stores

Burger King just announced that they’ll be releasing a Whopper Donut for National Donut Day. While not a traditional donut, this new entry to the King’s menu does resemble one in the sense that it has a big hole cut through it. Yup, straight through the core and into China.

Only minutes after he heard the news, fellow Foodbeast and donut writer Constantine Spyrou scoffed:

Burger King’s taking a Whopper, turning it into a donut, and then calling it and the part cut out two separate burgers?!

For those upset about getting a Whopper with less ingredients, the limited-time item will be served with a “free” mini slider to fill that void. Think of the slider as a snack you can save for later in the day.

Whopper-lovin’ burger heads who can’t miss such an exclusive will need to line up at these exact coordinates on June 1:

128 Tremont Street, Boston, Mass.

1100 5th Street, Miami Beach, Flo.

1601 N. Hacienda Boulevard, Los Angeles, Calif.

327 West 42nd Street, New York City, NY.

2450 S 1900 W, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Now if McDonald’s and Arby’s limited exclusives in the past were any indication, you may want to line up early to get your hands on one.

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This BOUGIE BURGER Is Made With Three Different Types Of Black Truffle

When Pretty Little Liars enters the food scene, you know it’s bound to come with at least one major twist.

That’s exactly what PLL actress Shay Mitchell has in store for the Los Angeles Food Bowl’s Off-The-Menu x Postmates Secret Menu Burger Showdown. She’s teaming up with Top Chef runner-up and WOLF executive chef Marcel Vigneron to create the ultimate truffle burger… that uses a “bleeding” vegan patty from Beyond Meat.

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The duo’s Bourgeois Burger isn’t vegetarian or plant-based, but it does show off how well Beyond’s juicy patty can perform as a real burger.

Chef Vigneron and Mitchell load up a potato roll with a Beyond burger, caramelized onions, bacon, truffle mayo, white cheddar, and truffle shavings. The result is a massive umami bomb that explodes with truffle and savory notes during each bite.

Vigneron and Mitchell are hoping their truffle-laden dish will be enough to take the crown at “Off-The-Menu,” where 500 people will be sampling 10 different burgers to determine a champion. However, they have to deal with competition that’s tougher than the A Team, as many of LA’s top restaurants are entering the fray as well. Badmaash and Plan Check are two prime examples of the juggernauts the pair will have to contest with.

Still, with all of the truffle they’ve packed inside and the surprise factor of the Beyond patty, Vigneron and Mitchell are strong contenders to take home the top burger title.

You can check out the Bourgeois Burger at the Secret Menu Burger Showdown on Saturday, May 26th, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

Those who can’t get tickets to the event can also find Vigneron and Mitchell’s burger will be available for delivery exclusively on Postmates starting Sunday, 5/27. Make sure to get your fix!

Created in partnership with Postmates

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Marshmello, Tommy Lee and Shay Mitchell Amongst Celebs Competing In Secret Burger Competition

Jay-Z versus Solange, KimYe versus Taylor, The Rock versus Tyrese — the public loves a good celebrity feud. Spats between the showbiz elite always capture headlines, and for the most part, it’s the usual he said, she said and finger pointing narrative. Yawn. Beef’s gone stale these days, really.

But what if I told you that celebrity beefs can actually be put to the test over how juicy their actual beef is in a burger battle? Confused? Intrigued? Both? Good. Let me break it down for you. This Saturday, May 26, Postmates and foodie favorite app, Off The Menu, are throwing together a Secret Burger Showdown as part of the LA Food Bowl festivities that involves celebrities teaming up with Los Angeles’ hottest restaurants to create wildly inventive and mouth-watering burgers to duke it out against one another.

So think EDM DJ Marshmello tag-teaming with Plan Check to create a Marshmello Burger that’s got a patty comprised of prime ribeye dry-aged for 28 days and topped with charcoal-infused ketchup leather made up as the face of the party-rocking maestro himself. Then imagine them going toe-to-toe with Pretty Little Liars actress Shay Mitchell and Top Chef alum Marcel Vigneron of WOLF, who’s got the formidable Bourgeois Burger that features decadent details like a Beyond Burger patty, truffle mayo, and truffle shavings.

The battle’s gonna be bloody (slightly, at least, because medium rare, of course) and contentious, but most of all, lights out delicious. Check out the running list of who is throwing down in the Secret Burger Showdown, brought to you by Postmates and Off The Menu and stay tuned for any additional updates that we’ll provide.

Burgerlords & Alexa Losey – “Slaw & Order”

Vegan burger with braised Swiss chard, classic coleslaw with mustard, vegan mayo, and crunchy sweet potato chips.

Photo: Sydney Yorkshire – @whatcouldbebutter

Button Mash & Timothy De La Ghetto – “Double Dr. Pepper Teriyaki Cheeseburger”

Dr. Pepper-marinated, coffee-blackened beef patty on top of a Dr. Pepper-marinated deep-fried beef and pork menchi katsu patty with double provolone, Dr. Pepper teriyaki sauce, apple slaw, and onion.

Photo: Sydney Yorkshire – @whatcouldbebutter


Plan Check & Marshmello – “Marshmello Burger”

Prime ribeye 28-day dry-aged patty, house-made Swiss cheese, charcoal ketchup leather, kombu pickles, onion, watercress, salt & pepper mayo, all in a crunch bun.

Photo: Marc Kharrat – @marckharrat

WOLF & Shay Mitchell – “Bourgeois Burger”

Beyond burger patty (optional), truffle mayo, truffle shavings, bacon-onion schmutz, white cheddar, on a potato roll.

Photo: Sydney Yorkshire – @whatcouldbebutter
Culture Fast Food

Alvin Cailan Bites Into Burger Culture With New ‘The Burger Show’ Series


Eggslut creator, Alvin Cailan is on a mission to figure out whats hot in burger culture today. Chefs are experimenting with the quintessential American staple with new ingredients and styles and it takes an expert sandwich aficionado to determine what’s poppin’ and what’s not.

With California having the most burger joints in America, it’s only fitting that the creator of one of the best breakfast sandwiches across the coast should be the one to dive deep into burgers across the states.

In each episode of First We Feast’s “The Burger Show,” Cailan and a different burger expert unpack a modern spin on one of the nation’s most popular meals.

To better understand the mindset that goes into each episode, Foodbeast got a chance to ask a few questions to the master of breakfast sandwiches turned burger adventurer.


What’s your elevator pitch for The Burger Show? Are you strictly reviewing burgers or is there a specific culture around burgers that you delve into?

Most people know me for breakfast sandwiches at Eggslut. But deep down, I’m really a burger fanatic. I wanted to understand not just how to make different burgers, but also dive deeper into the culture. In one episode, we explore the wave of tricked-out gourmet burgers to see if luxury upgrades are worth it. In another episode, we talk to a burger scholar about America’s classic regional burgers.



How’d the concept for the whole show come about?

The director, Justin Bolois and I, have known each other for a while, and we both have a love for burgers. When the opportunity of a burger show came up, he asked me to be a part of it knowing that we both nerd out about burgers. It really was a way to explore my obsession and meet people like Matty Matheson and Binging with Babish who share similar interests.


In-N-Out or Shake Shack?

In-N-Out. I grew up eating it in LA and have been eating it my whole life. In-N-Out holds the flavors of home.


What’s your favorite fast-food burger, your favorite fancy burger?

My favorite fast food burger is from In-N-Out, 3×3 with onions and no lettuce or tomato. My favorite fancy burger would probably be from 4 Charles Prime Rib. It’s not really fancy, but it’s made with great ingredients.


What would the signature “Alvin Cailan Burger” be?

Perfectly toasted sesame bun, two thin beef patties, layered with American cheese, lightly grilled onions and tomato aioli.


Most overrated ingredient included in burgers?



Is ketchup really necessary in a burger?

Not at all.


Craziest burger you’ve ever eaten so far?

The burger from Serendipity was a little too much for me personally.


What’s your tip(s) for making the best burger?

Pre-seasoning your beef patty with salt and pepper, and letting it rest for 30 minutes before cooking so that the seasoning has a chance to flavor it inside and out.


Would you open a burger joint yourself

Absolutely! It’s always been a dream of mine to have a burger stand. Nothing crazy, just a simple burger stand.


Watch “The Burger Show” on First We Feasts Houtube channel here.

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This Insta-Famous Donut Shop Is Now Known For Their Soft Shell Crab Burger

If there’s one sweet shop in Southern California that seems like it does it all, it’s Glee Donuts & Burgers. Not only does this spot churn out delicious donuts and burgers as the name suggests, it also makes some Insta-worthy breakfast burritos, bagels and other sandwiches.

Literally, you’ve probably seen many breakfast burritos from this spot in your Instagram feed, and if you’re like us, it probably made you drool profusely the moment the image hit your eyeballs.

Because Glee is the versatile mom and pop shop of our dreams, we wanted to take a moment to feature one of our favorite items on the menu you might not have heard of – the Soft Shell Crab Burger.

You could consider this item a sleeper hit amongst the vast number of items on the menu at Glee. But make no mistake, once you’ve had this ‘wich, it’ll become your go-to in the blink of an eye.

What’s involved in this masterpiece, you ask? First, they start with one beef patty on the grill. Soon after, they throw not one, but TWO soft shell crabs into the fryer. Once those are nice and crispy, Glee adds butter to their already buttery brioche bun and throws it onto the flat top to get it nice and toasty.

Then they add their special, secret recipe “Glee Sauce” to the bun and assemble all the parts, adding a hearty portion of bacon, some luscious fresh avocado and more secret sauce along the way.

Next time you’re cruising around Anaheim, be sure to make a pit stop at Glee Donuts & Burgers for this beauty. You won’t regret it.

Photos by Pete Pham

Created in partnership with Visit Anaheim

Fast Food

McDonald’s Just Brought Back The Mac Jr. And The Grand Big Mac

Last year, McDonald’s released two new variations of their iconic Big Mac: the Mac Jr. and the Grand Mac. The idea was to give customers options in case they either couldn’t commit to an entire Big Mac or if a single Big Mac wasn’t enough. It was actually pretty great.

Now, Brand Eating reports, McDonald’s is bringing those two burgers back for a limited time.

As you know, the iconic McDonald’s Big Mac features two beef patties with shredded lettuce, cheese, Mac Sauce, onions, and pickles between a sesame bun with a third slice of bread separating the patties.

A Mac Jr. only features one burger patty and no middle slice of bread, while a Grand Mac features thicker 1/3 pound beef patties. A little bit of Mac for everyone, really.

Still, there’s a special place in our heart for the simple Big Mac. Extra Mac Sauce, though.

Fast Food Technology

Burger King Flusters Customers By Using Whoppers To Explain Net Neutrality

At the tail end of last year, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal net neutrality rules. This meant that cable providers could slow down Internet services and charge more for fasters speeds or even better service.

Super wack.

In an effort to raise awareness on the subject, Burger King created a short commercial explaining the concept of net neutrality through the Whopper. And it’s actually pretty brilliant.

The fast food restaurant temporarily transformed into a Burger King/Net Neutrality Pop-Up concept.

While regular items (fries, chicken sandwiches) cost and took the same time to make as they usually would, those who ordered Whoppers were faced with a predicament.

Customers either had to wait really long time to get their hands on Burger King’s signature burger, or they could pay up to five times as much for the burger just to have it immediately.

Needless to say, some customers were steamed.

If you’re one who learns things more easily through visuals and tasty burgers, you might want to check out this commercial. Watching this really did clear up the concept of net neutrality a bit for us.

While this was an ad to inform viewers about net neutrality, Burger King claims the participants were actual customers. The only thing fake was the pricing for the faster speeds of burger making.