National Cheeseburger Day: Hungry Hungry Harris' Top 5 Cheeseburgers in Los Angeles

September 18, 2018

Belcampo Meat Co.

By Hungry Hungry Harris

Happy National Cheeseburger Day everyone!  If you’ve read any of my other articles then you know I have a strong love for the almighty cheeseburger.  What better way to celebrate this joyous day than to share my top 5 cheeseburgers in LA.  Only picking 5 was definitely a task since LA is a burger town.  With that being said, I think this is pretty solid list if I do say so myself.  So let’s agree to disagree, here are my top 5.

5. VaKA Burger from VaKA Burger (12913 Philadelphia St., Whittier, CA 90601)

Right now until 8pm ALL BURGER SELECTIONS $7 for #independenceday. Don’t sleep on this guys. OPEN UNTIL 8pm. You have to mention this post. #vaka #vakaburgers #special #orangecounty

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I tried to stray away from specialty burgers but it was hard not to showcase this beautiful burger. I’m sure many of you have tried the Carl’s Jr Western Bacon Cheeseburger, arguably the best fast food burger ever. Well, awarding winning chef and Food Network personality Chef Aaron Perez has taken his culinary skills and created his very own gourmet version. Once you’ve taken your first bite there’s no putting it back down. The Vaka Burger is served with a beer batter tempura ring, Muenster Cheese, bacon jam, and a VaKA signature smoked BBQ sauce.

4. Double Cheese Burger from Monty’s Good Burger (516 S. Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020)

Monty's Good Burger

Once only a music festival pop-up, now a brick and mortar in Koreatown and Riverside, Monty’s is 100% plant based. This isn’t a default “need to please the Vegans” burger, their Impossible Burger definitely holds its own against the beef burgers on my list. Single and Double options are available and feature an Impossible Patty, Follow Your Heart Vegan Cheese, house spread, lettuce, tomato, pickles and grilled onions on a Bosch Bakery Potato Bun. And make sure you get a side of Maxed Out Tater Tots!

3. Double Cheeseburger from Original Tommy’s Hamburgers (2575 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057)

Tommy’s Original World Famous Hamburgers

A Los Angeles institution, Tommy’s has to be in my top 5. I love the fact that the burgers automatically come with chili, but why else would you go to Tommy’s. Tommy’s claims to have invented the Chili Burger back when they opened in 1946, which makes their burger so uniquely LA, it’s part of the city’s stacked foodie history. All Tommy’s burgers are served with chili, mustard, tomato, pickles and onions.

2. The Office Burger from Father’s Office (3229 Helms Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034)

The life cycle of the Office Burger can be a beautiful yet cruel thing. Just moments after this picture was taken, this beautiful specimen was sliced in half and devoured. #officeburger #dryagedbeef #nomodifications

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Another LA burger staple, it’s hard not to include the Office Burger on my Top 5 list. I’m a huge fan of eating a dish as it was intended to be eaten. Served with caramelized onions, bacon, gruyere cheese, Maytag Blue Cheese and arugula; Chef Sang Yoon doesn’t allow any substitutions to his creations and don’t you dare ask for ketchup. You have to trust that he knows what’s good for you and believe me, he does.

1. The Fast Burger from Belcampo Meat Co. (Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013)

Let's face it: Dad probably doesn't need another tie this Father's Day. Treat him to something he'll really enjoy--a Double Belcampo Burger. Available starting today until the end of the day on Sunday at participating locations. -- #hedeservesthis

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My favorite burger from my favorite chef at my favorite food hall in LA. Chef Ludo Lefebvre recently listed the Fast Burger as his favorite so you can imagine how cool I felt knowing I’ve been eating this burger for a few years now. Belcampo famously raises organic, grass fed beef at the base of Mt. Shasta in Northern Cali. The Fast burger is served with a thin burger patty, house-made American cheese, butter lettuce, tomato, onion and house sauce thus proving that less is more when you have quality ingredients. I upgrade my burger to a double patty; add an organic fried egg, jalapenos and bacon if I’m feeling good about myself.