From the perfect cut of beef to the perfect toppings—and let’s not even get into buns—there is a seemingly infinite number of ways to make a good burger. Here are four of the best burger joints to be found in Palm Springs, with options that will satisfy even the pickiest of cravings for a delicious burger.
Palm Springs’ Best Burgers
For an all-American hamburger with a whole lot of flavor and the perfect grease-to-bun ratio, head to Tyler’s. Their burgers are local favorites because of their generously thick patties, equally thick slice of cheese—no processed cheese slices here—and customizable fixings that can barely be contained in a white or wheat bun, all served by a friendly wait staff.
Tyler’s has both indoor and outdoor seating, and it’s not uncommon to wait 20 minutes to be seated. Don’t worry—it’s worth it. Sit outdoors to enjoy the warm desert weather and people watch as you enjoy a juicy burger cooked to order.
This Palm Springs burger restaurant proves simplicity is the key to perfection. The menu offers just a handful of savory burger options, and really, it’s all you need.
While the burgers are delicious on their own, no meal is complete without an order of Tyler’s homemade potato salad. Try a cheeseburger with your choice of cheddar or Swiss—you really can’t go wrong—and add a side of their fries or homemade coleslaw or soup. Still hungry? Finish your meal with an old fashioned malt shake.
Before you go, make sure you have cash and check the time. Tyler’s is a cash-only establishment and is open Monday through Saturday from 11 am and 4 pm.
This diner may not look like much from the outside, but Woody’s is home to some of the juiciest burgers in Palm Springs. Complete with friendly service, affordable prices and the best sweet potato fries in the desert, this burger establishment serves some of the finest Angus beef patties in Palm Springs.
The menu has seven beef burger options, ranging from the basic hamburger and cheeseburger, served with Woody’s signature house sauce, to more adventurous choices like the jalapeno burger, a spicy option served with a triple threat of jalapenos, jalapeno pepper jack cheese and spicy sauce.
Try the blue burger, served with blue cheese crumbles and blue cheese sauce, or the mushroom burger, served with—you guessed it—mushrooms and a creamy mushroom sauce. Alternatively, you can choose three burgers to enjoy with a slider sampler. And don’t forget the sweet potato fries, served with a light glaze of maple syrup.
The atmosphere is always lively at Woody’s, as this diner is rarely empty and has live music several nights a week–mostly jazz and blues.
Grind Brgr Bar:
With a second-floor outdoor patio overlooking South Palm Canyon Drive, Grind Brgr Bar is a double threat serving fresh, natural food with a gorgeous view of downtown Palm Springs.
What sets Grind apart is the grass-fed beef used in all of their burgers. Your server will happily explain the benefits of grass-fed beef if you’re not sure what the fuss is about.
Try the “Da Kine Hawaiian burger,” with teriyaki glaze and pineapple, or the Artemis Lamb Burger, a Greek-inspired burger topped with tzatziki, hummus, feta and olives.
Complete your meal by indulging in the truffle parmesan fries—a must if you’re going to dine at Grind. And for the ultimate experience add one of the beers on tap. Go during Grind’s nightly happy hour for drink and food specials.
Hamburger Mary’s is an open-minded establishment, with kitschy décor and a fun atmosphere. From the brightly-painted Mary statue that greets you at the entrance to the various Mary-themed posters on the walls, Hamburger Mary’s makes for an enjoyable meal in the heart of downtown.
Burgers are made from 100 percent ground chuck, which makes for a tender patty. While the beef hamburgers here are delicious, the real appeal of Hamburger Mary’s is their wild meat selection that includes ostrich, kangaroo, buffalo, antelope and wild boar.
The burgers at Hamburger Mary’s easily require two hands and a few napkins. Try the Proud Mary, a monster of a burger with a 2/3-lb beef patty, or the Ostrich Wild Boy, a moist ostrich patty topped with your choice of sauce.
Don’t eat red meat? Hamburger Mary’s can substitute a chicken breast, turkey patty or veggie patty in any burger for a minimal charge.
If you can’t decide on one choice of meat, order a set of sliders—you can choose up to three different kinds of meat, each individually paired with a complementary sauce, grilled onions, pickles, and cheese.
For dessert, try the warm chocolate chip cookie with ice cream, served in a cast-iron skillet.
What & Where
Tylers (149 S. Indian Canyon; 760-325-2990)
Woody’s Burgers (450 S Palm Canyon Dr; (760) 230-0188)
Grind Brgr Bar (262 S. Palm Canyon Dr.;760-325-5200)
Hamburger Mary’s (415 N. Palm Canyon Dr.; 760-778-6279)
WHEN TO VISIT PALM SPRINGS
The best time to visit Palm Springs is between January and April when daytime temperature only reach between the 70s and 80’s. Fall’s temperatures are almost as nice, but unless you love the heat, we wouldn’t recommend visiting in the summertime when daily highs regularly reach the triple digits.
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Traveling To Palm Springs Soon? Here are a few tips:
How to get there: Palm Springs is a 2-hour drive from Los Angeles and a 2.5-hour drive from San Diego. If you are coming from out of state, the two closest airports are Palm Springs International Airport and Ontario International Airport.
Where to stay: There are many places to stay in Palm Springs as well as in California. There is a wide range of hotels, from budget to luxury. For a luxury hotel that won’t break the bank, I recommend the Colony Palms Hotel, which is currently the #1 hotel on Tripadvisor. For a mid-level hotel, I suggest the Hilton Palm Springs. Finally, for a budget hotel, try 7 Springs Inn & Suites. You can also check HotelsCombined for the best Palm Spring Hotel Rates.
What to pack: The temperatures each season vary greatly. I visited in February and was very happy to have a crisp white shift dress, a silky serum for skin hydration and a pair of a day to night sandals. The weather is beautiful year round, and you’ll be able to take a dip in the pool, even in winter, so you’ll want to pack swimsuit coverups.
Palm Springs Trip Essentials
6 Indispensable Items to Pack for a Palm Springs Vacation
- Get the The Ultimate Travel Guide to Greater Palm Springs.
- Bring a good quality mirrorless camera for getting those beautiful Palm Springs landscape shots. I use the Sony Alpha a6000 .
- Palm Springs is hot most of the year, so make sure to bring Neutrogena Sunscreen, Broad Spectrum Spf 45
- A great cross body travel bag. Crossbody bags prevent theft and are much easier to access.
- Don’t forget sunglasses for the beautiful sunny days. A.J. Morgan Unisex Sunglasses are a great choice and very affordable!
- Day to night sandals are a great item to pack for a perfect Palm Springs vacation. They’re more sophisticated than a flip-flop, but less formal than a wedge which means you can get away with wearing them by the pool and out to dinner.
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Marissa Willman is a freelance writer who specializes in travel, health and lifestyle writing.
Based in the Southern California desert, Marissa’s chronic case of wanderlust has taken her across Asia and the West coast. She spent two years living in South Korea as an ESL teacher and holds a journalism degree from California State University, Fullerton. Her work has appeared in USA Today Travel Tips, 10 Magazine, The Desert Sun and 52PerfectDays.com. Marissa’s portfolio can be found on www.marissawillman.com.