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Best Burger in Palm Springs (2022 Update)

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 restaurants that have our favorite burgers in Palm Springs, with options that will satisfy even the pickiest of cravings for a delicious burger.

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Where to Find the Best Burger in Palm Springs 

Sadly, some of the favorite burger spots have gone out of business in Palm Springs in the last year including Woody’s Burgers, Grind Brgr Bar, and Hamburger Mary’s. For our 2022 update, we’ve added The Tropicale, Norma’s and Smokin’ Burgers and Lounge. 

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sliders at Tylers

Without a doubt, one of the best burgers in Palm Springs can be found at Tylers. 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.

Tylers is located at 149 S. Indian Canyon, Palm Springs, CA 92262

The Tropicale Palm Springs

The Tropicale Palm Springs

While Tyler’s is the most famous burger restaurant in Palm Springs, Topicale serves up a close 2nd. In fact, the Kobe Sliders with Gruyère & Red Onion Marmalade is a favorite for many locals. 

Complete your meal by indulging in the truffled parmesan fries with truffle mayo—a must if you’re going to dine at Tropicale.

For the ultimate experience, visit during happy hour. While the atmosphere is always lively at this local hot spot, happy hour includes a great piano player and they have a great outdoor patio.  It can be very busy, so it’s wise to book a reservation.

The Tropicale Palm Springs is located at 330 E Amado Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262.

Smokin’ Burgers and Lounge

Smokin’ Burgers and Lounge

What sets Smokin’ Burgers and Lounge apart is the 100%, never-frozen Angus beef used in all of their burgers. They are also prepared fresh and cooked to order and can be prepared with ground turkey, veggie patty, or chicken. They offer a happy hour menu from 3-6 PM and after 9 PM that includes burgers, beer, house wine, and well cocktails. They have an extensive burger menu, including the Smokin’ Jalapeño Diablo Burger, tropical Aloha Burger, and the “Big Wow” One Pound burger.

Smokin’ Burgers and Lounge is located at 1775 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264


Norma's at the parker palm springs cheeseburger

Located inside Parker Hotel, Norma’s is a stylish, brightly colored open-air Terrace eatery at the Parker Hotel offering breakfast all day and night as well as a few delicious options for lunch & dinner. Norma’s Cheeseburger is served with the best french fries you will find in the Desert. For the ultimate experiece enjoy your burger and fries with their homemade lemonade. 

Norma’s is located at 4200 E. Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA 92264


The best time to visit Palm Springs is between January and April when the daytime temperatures 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.

If you enjoyed this article about the Best Coffee in Palm Springs, you’ll also love our picks for the Best Happy Hour in Palm Springs. 


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.

Hotels in Palm Springs: Check Trip Advisor reviews for Colony Palms Hotel or Hilton Palm Springs.

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 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.

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