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13 OC Burgers Are Ready to Meat You for National Burger Month

Written By: Jessica LaGrone and Jessica Ourisman of Locale Magazine

When the American dream comes to mind, one can easily paint a portrait riddled with images of freedom, Lady Liberty, the Bald Eagle and the most iconic patriotic symbol of all—a hamburger. If there is one thing Southern California is never short of, other than sun and surf, it’s burgers. For all of you Orange County-ers, we have compiled a list of 13 outstanding burgers scattered across the surrounding area. Caution for proceeding: may cause a monstrous craving that can only be vanquished with burgers. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Orange County burgers

Wild, Wild West

Burnt Crumbs has done it again, serving up a truly spectacular burger for the books: the Western Bacon Cheeseburger. Angus beef with all your favorite toppings like barbecue sauce, fried onion rings, bacon and, of course, cheese. This is not your average cheeseburger, and is sure to leave you savoring even the crumbs. “Growing up, we’ve always loved burgers. They’re an essential all-American item,” said Co-Owner Minh Pham.

Native Knowledge: Getting their start as a trendy food truck serving the OC area, the wild popularity of the sandwich-oriented menu items at Burnt Crumbs has lead to, not one, but two locations of the local-favorite dining destination.

Burnt Crumbs
21056 Pacific Coast Highway, Ste M100
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
714.374.0777

 

Burger by the Sea

Photo Provided By: Paséa Hotel and Spa

Did someone say free? From 5-6 p.m. on May 1, Tanner’s Restaurant is pulling out all the stops with free Shishito Sliders and complimentary beverages to celebrate the start of National Burger Month. After the first of the month, the seaside restaurant will be serving the Shishito Burger and a draught beer for $17 till the end of May! So grab your buds and get ready to indulge in burgers and beer all month long.

Native Knowledge: Get your ID’s out! You must be 21 years or older to attend the May 1 event.

Tanner’s Restaurant
Paséa Hotel and Spa
21080 Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
714.698.6130

Nice Buns


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 Famous Cheeseburger. A local legend for a reason! The patty is juicy with a nice char, the layer of melted American cheese covers the top of the burger and some of its curve, the lettuce, tomato and onion add some crunchiness to it all, and the Thousand Island makes this burger divine. All served with a side of fries.

Native Knowledge: You can order The Famous Cheeseburger any day of the week, but you can take advantage of their happy hour and order a burger and beer combo to get more bang for your buck. So, run, don’t walk, to try this burger.

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern
Village at La Floresta
3325 E Imperial Hwy
Brea, CA 92823
714.733.1310

25001 Dana Point Harbor Dr
Dana Point, CA 92629
949.388.8900

Orange County burgers

Lunch and a View

Meet the carnivore’s favorite menu-item at Ruby’s, Orange County’s favorite throwback dining establishment: “The Hickory Burger.” The Hickory Burger is the bomb-dot-com for satisfying your hunger cravings. Served with two, melted slices of cheddar cheese, thick-cut bacon, onion rings and Ruby’s signature sauce. The burger is then covered with tangy barbecue sauce that will ensure your meal is flavorful and tasty down to the very last bite.

Native Knowledge: Get lunch with a view! The Ruby’s in Huntington Beach located at the end of the pier offers incredible views of the ocean.

Ruby’s Diner
1 Main Street (end of the pier)
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
714.969.7829

Orange County burgers

All-American


The next time you’re craving a gourmet burger made from the finest ingredients, pop over to SOCIAL Costa Mesa for their mouthwatering Drive Thru Burger. Their culinary team, truly outdid themselves in recreating this delectable American classic for a hip and food-savvy crowd. Available on both their Social Hour and dinner menus, the Drive Thru Burger is made with Akaushi Beef for a difference you can taste. Burger-lovers will be satisfied even without opting in on the meal’s exquisite add-ons like a fried farm egg and bacon marmalade, but it’s worth the few extra bucks to get the works. #YUM.

Native Knowledge: Who says you can’t enjoy coffee with your burger? SOCIAL Costa Mesa is collaborating with Thunderking to create a coffee bar.

SOCIAL Costa Mesa
512 W 19th St
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
949.642.2425 

Who’s the Boss?


Build your own burger at Burger Boss! Millennials and the up-and-coming Gen Z crowd can feel at ease with giant touch screens that allow you to fully customize your meal and visualize it in real time. Choose from 100% grass-fed beef, cage-free chicken and turkey, or vegan black bean patties, white kaiser, wheat grain or gluten free buns, a wide variety of cheeses, yes they included gouda, and sauces and toppings as far as the eye can see. With so many options, you’ll be able to have a different burger every time you go, which we assume will be multiple times a week. Stop by any of their locations in Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Cypress, Riverside, and coming soon to Tustin, to get a taste of these incredible burgers.

Native Knowledge: Stop by any of their locations in Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Cypress, Riverside, Tustin and soon to be Newport Beach to get a taste of these incredible burgers.

Burger Boss
23642 Rockfield Blvd,
Lake Forest, CA 92630
949.716.6330 

Whopping Good


Fill your appetite without draining your wallet with a cheeseburger at Southern California’s homegrown TK Burgers. Serving the area for over 30 years, it’s easy to see why locals keep coming back. The charbroiled cheeseburger exemplifies simplicity and freshness. This burger, along with TK Burgers other items, are always made to order with fresh ingredients and locally supplied signature egg-buns. The restaurant’s divey atmosphere is perfect for quick bites or eating on the go.

Native Knowledge: Pro-tip! Be sure to order an extra side of their secret sauce for the ultimate fry partner.

TK  Burgers
24902 Chrisanta Dr
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
949.588.7200

What’s the Beef


This foodie-centric burger joint focuses on the finest and utmost fresh ingredients for the ultimate craft burger experience. The highly popular Primetime is one for the burger books. This all-American grassfed Kobe burger has a thick layer of brie cheese—let’s be honest, brie is the real MVP of cheeses. Also featured is arugula, caramelized onions, truffle aioli and steak sauce to satisfy a diverse palate. “It’s a pretty decadent burger,” said manager Stephen Jors. And he’s right about that, the Primetime is decadent AF.

Native Knowledge: Everything made at Hopdoddy is ground in house, allowing guests to taste the freshness.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar
3030 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA 92782
714.505.2337

Holy Cow

If the term “cheddar hat” does not exist in your vernacular, it does now thanks to Tustin’s own American restaurant Hatch. This Orange County based grill is well known for inventive burger and sandwich concepts, including their specialty The Hatch. This all beef contemporary classic includes fried onions, original Hatch sauce and the famous cheddar hat of course. Add bacon for obvious reasons. “[The Hatch Burger is] our take on the classic cheeseburger with a twist: American Kobe Beef for quality, crisping the cheese to create a cheese hat, our Hatch Sauce, which is a special in-house blend and a Portuguese brioche bun,” said Hatch’s business partner Brent Reineke.

Native Knowledge: Nestled within The Union Market at The District, you can reward a laborious shopping day with a side of loco moco style fries that are served smothered in bacon gravy, furikake and topped with an egg.

Hatch
2493 Park Avenue
Tustin, CA 92782
657.208.2088

Sweet Dreams Are Made of Cheese

Do you dig cheese?!??! Come in and grab a Skinderella!

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This wacky, cheesy burger loaded with ooey-gooey melted cheese will win you over, or cure a nasty hangover. The Skinderella comes topped with mixed greens, hatch chili, caramelized onions and a melted cheddar cheese skirt. Enjoy this burger in an equally unforgettable atmosphere that welcomes the friendly and “imperfect.” “Our potato buns are delivered daily by OC Baking,” said owner Donny Gaudiano. “We use steak and manually grind the meat every day.” The crisp, attentively made-to-order freshness is impossible to miss in every bite.

Native Knowledge: Pair your cheesy burger with a beer! Pie Dog has over 20 beers available.

Pie Dog
229 E Commonwealth Ave, Ste A
Fullerton, CA 92832
714.681.1298

 

How A-moo-sing

Even if you aren’t checking in to the Balboa Bay Resort, definitely visit A&O Kitchen+Bar for a sensational Classic Kobe Cheeseburger. This one is quite the mouthful and truly exceptional down to the last savory chomp. Each bite of this generously sized burger is filled with onions caramelized to perfection, dill pickles, Vermont cheddar cheese and Thousand Island sauce, centered between a lightly textured brioche bun. “We used to have two burgers but this one was overselling,” said A&O Chef Rachel Haggstrom. “We put together the best components to make the perfect burger.”

Native Knowledge: Get stoked ketchup enthusiasts, because this burger is served topped with a rich housemade, chunky ketchup that is out of this condiment universe.

A&O Kitchen+Bar
1221 West Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, CA 92663
888.894.2788

Wanna Beef Like You

A little Sunday Funday! Hop out of bed for a late Sunday lunch….🍔😉

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GD Bro Burger is steadfastly gaining fame for its wildly delicious, Insta-worthy signature burger, the Juan and Only. Locals are obsessed over combining this bodacious burger with an authentic vividly-colored raspberry bun and a fried egg. The final masterpiece looks like it jumped right out of the technicolor Land of Oz. Don’t believe us? Visit GD Bro Burger and see for yourself. The fun doesn’t stop there because it is jam-packed with jalapeño cream cheese, pico de gallo, avocado and chipotle mayo.

Native Knowledge: Coming to GD Bro Burger means treating yourself. So why not polish one of these bad boys off with a scrumptious Oreo milkshake?

GD Bro Burger
2321 E 4th St
Santa Ana, CA 92705
714.972.4588

Good Karma

Some like it hot, and those that do, go to Micks Karma Bar for The Habanero Burger. It is a spicy sirloin steak burger that is drenched in sublimely balanced flavors including four chile escalivada, garlic mayo, lettuce and tomato topped with queso fresco on their proprietary bun No 19. “We use four different types of chiles—roasted red peppers, habaneros, anaheim chile, and jalapeños”, said owner Michael Schepers. “The fresh cheese balances the peppers nicely.” If your ideal burger is full of cheese, spice, and everything nice – then The Habanero Burger has your name written all over it.

Native Knowledge: Guests are adamant about pairing this fire breather with Micks’ Strawberry Basil Lemonade.

Micks Karma Bar
2010 Main St, Ste 170
Irvine, CA 92614
949.851.6316

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Fast Food Hit-Or-Miss

How In-N-Out Became The Burger Giant It Is Today

According to an evaluation done by Harris Poll’s yearly Equi-Trend study, In-N-Out has been dethroned as the the Burger King by Five Guys…

Okay enough with the obvious lame burger puns. Yes, In-N-Out has allegedly been dethroned by Five Guys from a poll based on brand familiarity, quality, and likelihood of considering to purchase the brand. An overwhelming majority of us here at Foodbeast aren’t too happy with the outcome of this recent study, so we thought it would be a good idea to share a bit of In-N-Out’s history and what has made it into the G.O.A.T. fast food burger joint.

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Founded in 1948, In-N-Out was the first drive-thru burger stand in Southern California, opening in Baldwin Park, CA by Harry Snyder and his wife Esther. From its very inception, In-N-Out has dedicated itself to providing high quality burgers made from fresh ingredients. After its first decade, the company expanded to five total restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley area; by its 25th anniversary in 1973, In-N-Out grew to 13 locations in the Los Angeles County area.

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Contrary to popular belief, the “secret menu” actually began to manifest way back in 1961, when Snyder catered to a customer’s custom order. It ultimately became known as “Animal Style.” If you know… you know.

It was not until 1963 that the world famous Double Double was introduced on the menu, almost immediately becoming the go-to item on the already precise and simple menu. Therein lies the charm of In-N-Out: a small, simple menu that’s affordable and almost always meets your expectations.

By the 1970s, In-N-Out really blew up to become a staple in Southern California culture; their iconic crossed palm trees at every location became a familiar sight, ice cream milkshakes were added to the menu, and a shift towards a dining room format became the standard.

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It wasn’t until 1992 that the red palm trees crossed state lines into Nevada, and it won’t be until the year 2000 that Arizonians were blessed with Double Double. The first Utah location opened in 2008, Texas in 2011, and Oregon barely in 2015. At this time, there are only 300 locations within the six aforementioned states, and has always been family owned — a rarity in the fast food industry.

A testament to their overall appeal and business savvy, In-N-Out is a billion dollar company with over 18,000 employees across the board and annual revenue numbers reaching over 600 million dollars. What’s more, such success has come without sacrificing everything their brand and product has stood for.

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In a world where restaurants have large, complicated menus, it’s refreshing to know that In-N-Out’s burgers will always deliver on the same great taste. Despite being only in SIX states and having 300 locations, it’s quite an amazing feat to be craved by people all over the world.

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In Honor of National Burger Month, Here Are 15 Burgers That Will Have You Drooling All Over Your Keyboard

UNITED STATES OF BACON The walking Ched at Zombie Burger. Destination America

It’s officially May which means it’s National Burger Month. As if we needed an excuse to pig out on America’s favorite food. We’ve rounded up the most mouthwatering, gluttonous, dirtiest, burgers we could find on the interwebs to fill our burger porn fix. Some of these burgers you can make at home, some you’ll have to travel cross country to try, either way we all can agree on one thing, they’ll have you hardcore craving a meaty burger. Might we suggest a #monkeystyle with bacon to fill your burger needs?

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So Kalbi Maybe

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PicThx: Porn Burger

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Soft Shell Crab Burger

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PicThx: Imgur

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The Walking Ched

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PicThx: Small Screen Silver Surfer

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Dee Snider

dee snider

PicThx: Foodspotting

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Fried Chicken and Beer Burger

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PicThx: Foodbeast

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Ramen Burger

Ramen Burger

PicThx: Ramen Burger

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Death Burg

Death Burg Grill Em All

PicThx: Grill ‘Em All

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Surf ‘N Turf Burger

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Recipe: Serious Eats

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Spaghetti Burger

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PicThx: PYT Burger

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The Ringmaster

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PicThx: Serious Eats

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Lasagna Burger

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PicThx: Foodbeast

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100% Everything Bacon Burger

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Recipe: Foodbeast

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Khaleesi Burger

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Recipe: Porn Burger

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Deep Fried Doritos Breaded Burger

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PicThx: Dude Foods

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My Bloody Valentine

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PicThx: Porn Burger

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Gratuitous Food Porn: National Burger Month Edition

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There are few things in this world as evidently beautiful as a hamburger. Simultaneously fluffy and smooth, juicy and cheesy, over-the-top and coolly lowkey, a good burger is nothing short of a masterpiece. With 15 days left of National Burger Month and 11 days until Memorial Day, it’s high time we slowed down and appreciated the good things in life. Here, have some noms on us.

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The Ultimate Steak House Burger

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Recipe: Pass the Sushi

 

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The Frito Pie Burger

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Recipe: Jason and Shawnda

 

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Eggs Benedict Burger

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Recipe: Jason and Shawnda

 

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Spaghetti Burger

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Recipe: She Knows

 

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Broccoli Spiked Rarebit Burger

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Recipe: Girl Carnivore

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Steakhouse Mushroom Burger with Creamed Spinach Sauce

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Recipe: Pink Parsley

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Long Boy “Burgers”

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Recipe: Sunshine and Bones

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Salmon Burgers

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Recipe: Ezra Pound Cake

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Grilled Portobello and Peach Burger

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Recipe: Design Sponge

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Caprese Burger

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Recipe: The Parsley Thief

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Fajita Burger

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Recipe: Good Life Eats

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Jamaican Jerk Burger

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Recipe: Season with Spice

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Grilled Blue Cheese and Bacon Basil Turkey Burgers

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Recipe: Coupon Clipping Cook

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Fried Chicken Burger

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Recipe: Mongolian Kitchen

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White Bean Burger with Rosemary and Sundried Tomatoes

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Recipe: Not Without Salt

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Goat Cheese Burger

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Recipe: Blog Resipi

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Deep Fried Gravy Burger

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Picthx Endless Simmer

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Crispy Cheese Burger Sliders

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Recipe: Coupon Clipping Cook

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H/T Tasteologie