The quest for San Diego’s perfect burger has begun! From the casual to the upscale experience, I have rounded up four of my favorite burgers in America’s Finest City.  Hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed eating them.

Texas Burger at The Waterfront

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For the back to basics all-American hamburger with a whole lot of flavor and those oh-so-wonderful grilled onions, head to the oldest tavern in town, The Waterfront. This burger is a local late night favorite. While the façade of the building and the clientele has changed a bit over the years – one thing you can always count on at the Waterfront is a well made drink and the best condiment tray in the city.

While the burgers are delicious on their own—in my world—no meal is complete without a basket of fries and one of the 14 beers on tap.

The atmosphere is always lively at The Waterfront, as this bar is rarely empty and has live music or a DJ Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Best time to enjoy this burger? Around 1am and after a night on the town!

Lounge Burger at Burger Lounge

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You’ll be tipped off they know a thing or two about making a good burger by the ever present line to order, which many times snakes it’s way out the door.

There are several fast-serve burger chains in San Diego, and what sets Burger Lounge apart is the “single source American grass-fed beef” that is hormone and antibiotic free. Their claim to fame, is the Lounge Burger, which is served with organic cheese, fresh or grilled onions and all the regular fixings. If you want to really do it right order the ½ and ½ (a basket of ½ Onion Rings and ½ French Fries). One word: Yum!

Don’t eat red meat? Try the organic quinoa veggie burger. They also offer gluten free buns.

Best time to enjoy this burger? When you are craving a hamburger and want a healthy, quick and hearty lunch.

50/50 Burger at Slaters 50/50

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Whether you go with the “make your own burger” option or choose one of the many unique burger options such as the “peanut butter & jellousy”, the “California burrito” burger or the “50 alarm” Slaters is all about a perfect burger…. and bacon. They even have a statue of a burger in the courtyard. To do it right, try the 50/50 Burger – made with a half-pound of ground smoked bacon and chuck, topped with sunny-side up egg, avocado mash, pepperjack cheese and chipotle adobo mayo on a brioche bun. Pair this with a side of fries with bacon ketchup and a maple bacon milkshake for a truly one of a kind bacon extravaganza.  

Best time to enjoy this burger? When you have a craving for bacon that only the trifecta of a bacon burger, bacon milkshake and bacon ketchup can satisfy. (They also offer gluten free buns.)

Burger Royale at BO-beau

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BO-beau is one of my favorite restaurants in San Diego. I could go on and on about the French onion soup and Brussel sprouts, but today I focus on the Burger Royale. It’s a ground pork burger served with melted gouda cheese and onion jam and a egg. As you might have guessed, they come with some spectacular fries served with a roasted garlic aioli. The burger royale easily requires two hands or a fork and knife.

 Best time to enjoy this burger? Leisurely dinner preferably fireside on the outside patio.


What & Where:

Slaters 50/50 (2750 Dewey Rd; 619-398-2600; www.slaters5050.com)
The Waterfront (2044 Kettner Blvd; 619-232-9656; www.waterfrontbarandgrill.com)
Burger Lounge (8 San Diego Locations found here: www.burgerlounge.com)
BO-beau Kitchen (4996 W Point Loma Blvd; 619-224-2884;  www.cohnrestaurants.com/bobeaukitchenbar)