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 seven restaurants that have our favorite burgers in Palm Springs, with options that will satisfy even the pickiest of cravings for a delicious burger.
For our 2023 update, we’ve added The Heyday, Grand Central Palm Springs and Kings Highway to round out the best burger in Palm Springs list.
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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 or two including Woody’s Burgers, Grind Brgr Bar, and Hamburger Mary’s.
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
2. The Tropicale Palm Springs
While Tyler’s is the most famous burger restaurant in Palm Springs, Tropicale serves up a close 2nd. In fact, the Angus 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.
Another great burger option here is the Grilled Organic Brisket Burger with Melted Brie and served with red onion marmalade on a brioche bun with onion rings.
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.
3. 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 the corner of East Palm Canyon Drive and South Sunrise Way; 1775 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264
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 experience enjoy your burger and fries with their homemade lemonade.
Norma’s is located at 4200 E. Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA 92264
5. King’s Highway and The Amigo Room
King’s Highway is a diner located in the oh-so-cool Ace Hotel offering an eclectic Cal-Mexican menu highlighting locally sourced ingredients. Their Twin Palms Burger has two beef patties, yellow cheddar, caramelized onions, and secret sauce, and is served with housemade pickles.
For a true treat, order their famous Medjool date shake and a side of fries.
For an extra fun experience, visit on a Monday evening, when the restaurant hosts Bingo and Trivia night.
King’s Highway Address: 701 E Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs
6. Grand Central Palm Springs
Grand Central is a funky-chic cafe located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs. The restaurant is a train station theme with the goal of their diners to take some time, relax and enjoy innovative food and drink.
The GC Burger is made with ground Australian grass-fed Wagyu and served with lettuce, tomato, and onion on a brioche bun. We highly recommend you add cheese, bacon, and avocado for the optimal juicy and flavorful experience!
Grand Central Address: 160 La Plaza, Palm Springs, CA 92262
7. The Heyday
The Heyday is located in the Palm Spring Hilton Hotel. The Heyday started as a pop up before landing in this brick-and-mortar location in the Hilton.
Their Smash Burger is a house beef blend served with cheese, carmelized onions, shredded lettuce, and special sauce and served on a buttery potato bun. We recommend the double smash burger with an order of Late Night Fries (fries served with housemade queso, caramelized onions, chopped chilis, and a side of special sauce).
It does not disappoint!
The Heyday Address: 400 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way Palm Springs, CA 92262
WHEN TO VISIT PALM SPRINGS
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.
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