The Best Burger In Los Angeles | Best Of The Best

The Best Burger In Los Angeles | Best Of The Best


My name is Joe, and I’m on a quest to find the best burger in Los Angeles. I love eatin’ burgers so much. Yeah. And today, despite my
cardiologist’s advice, I’m eating at four of the best burger spots in Los Angeles to find out who has
the best burger in L.A. Here’s the deal, to make sure this is
the most burger-ful day, I combed through best-of lists on Thrillist, The Infatuation,
Eater LA, and Bloomberg, then cross referenced
their top picks on Yelp, whittling the list down to
4 of the top LA burgers. I’m ready to eat! I took an extra dose of Atorvastatin, and met up with Los Angeles burger expert, and magnificent beard-haver, Jeff Miller. He’s joining the quest and was nice enough to give me a run down of today’s burgers. First, I wanna go to Tommy’s. Tommy’s is like one of those institutions, it’s been around for decades and decades, sort of one of these places that established burger culture in LA, it’s a stone cold classic. Sweet, I’ve heard amazing
things about Animal, and they have this bone
marrow burger, right? Animal’s burger is crazy,
it has this unctuousness I’ve never tasted in a burger
before, it’s a great choice. Pie’n Burger is in Pasadena where they created the cheeseburger, I don’t know that Pie’n Burger was the creator of the cheeseburger. It’s actually considered one of the best burgers in the country. Burgers Never Say Die, new guys in town, what’s up with them? It’s such a great story,
this guy started it like literally in his driveway putting up pictures on Instagram, and he makes this griddle patty smashed so it’s crusty on the outside, and like really, really
great flavor on the inside, it’s this like small burger,
that is so delicious, it is packed full of flavor. Enough talk, let’s get started. Tommy’s has been on my radar
since I moved to Los Angeles, if there’s one place that was on every best burger in LA list, it is Tommy’s. When you order at Tommy’s
Hamburger, it comes with chili. Family lore says that he started selling a recipe or a chili sauce on top of his burgers and
hot dogs back in the forties, and it caught on. So, I’m not the biggest
chili guy, it’s fine, right? From the Midwest, we’d
have it when it’s cold out. The fact that this chili
burger has been around for like 70 years, gives me hope, if anyone’s doin’ it right,
it’s probably these guys. That stand is open 365 days a year. When Tom started, May 14th 1956, he would just sit there
and make burgers all day, he lived here literally, he was absolutely married to this idea that he was gonna feed Angelenos burgers, chili, his chili burger,
when they wanted it. Tommy’s wouldn’t be Tommy’s
without its signature chili, it’s made daily, in house
with a secret blend of spices. This location has three 90 gallon kettles, and it goes through
roughly 180 gallons a day. On a weekend they’ll go through, they’ll go through hundreds of gallons, probably thousands of gallons. Tommy’s makes that chili nice and thick, so it sits on the burger perfectly. It’s like a classic LA institution, so I’m glad to be here for your first time eating a Tommy’s chili burger. To eat burgers in Los Angeles is to eat at Original Tommy’s. Yeah you have to come to Tommy’s if you’re gonna do a burger trip in LA. Wow, I get it! You think chili burgers you’re like, the things gonna go everywhere, right? Right. It’s like still packed in there, you saw how they thickened up their special secret recipe of the chili, it’s almost like the glue that keeps this delicious burger together. It’s like a masterpiece
of chili and burger, and cheese, and bun. Probably more eloquent way to say that, but I’m just enjoying this way I’m enjoying this way too much, I’m just like like food,
cheese, meat, mouth, good! Well my family has been coming here for like forty years so,
it is a family tradition. It’s just one of the places
that you just come back to. Right now I’m on my way to Animal, oop! They have a bone marrow burger, I believe it’s called the Boner Burger. It just looks incredible, I think I’m lost, where am I going? Ug, construction! The burger has bone marrow in it, what? That sounds amazing and delicious. What is this guy doing? Everything’s taking forever. Animal, sort of, in all of its history has been a little different
than every other restaurant, so we wanted to make a burger that kinda showcased what Animal was. Joe: What things do you
have to be conscious of, because there’s bone marrow
like mixed within that, I would assume that the marrow would start melting and fall apart? I don’t know anything, by the way. That’s part of the reason
this burger we serve rare, that’s to keep the bone marrow locked in. Animal uses a Japanese robata grill so the chef can move the patty around, keeping it away from the flame
and cooking it low and slow. I am not familiar with this grill, but with this bone marrow
patty cooking on it, it smells incredible! Once we pull the burger off the grill, I have our cheese mix here, it’s Monterey Jack cheese,
roasted poblano peppers, and caramelized red onion. What? I’m freaking out, I want this so bad. It’s gonna be so good. Thank you for recommending this. It’s gonna be so good. Even the bun is unique, a combo rye from Diamond
Bakery down the street. Everything I’m hearing is like, no one else can make this burger. Jeff: I mean don’t forget the patty that also has, you know,
not just their meat blend, but also bone marrow
in it, I mean it’s all, every ingredient is like very specific. Next, the chef adds
Animal’s very own 420 sauce, nice, to the toasted rye. Then the burger’s placed in the bun, they add a little more 420 sauce, and we are ready to eat. I am so excited, this looks incredible. And you’re kind of the reason that people know about this
because you’d written about it— I don’t wanna take too
much credit but they were Joe: No, please.
Jeff: they were doing it as a secret, and I wrote about the secret, and secrets out, you know. Joe: Secret’s out!
Jeff: Secret’s out. Alright, let’s do it, take a bite. Wow! It’s so rich. Part of the idea is that it has that melty bone marrow mouth feel. Joe: Yeah.
Jeff: With like the flavors that you associate with a burger, you know, sort of the ability
to eat it like a sandwich. This is like the best
gourmet burger I’ve ever had, just with everything
together works so perfectly. Jeff, you got a little
420 sauce on your… 420 sauce? Look at the camera. 420 sauce. Welcome to Los Angeles, 420 sauce, I mean! Now, let’s go to Pasadena
for Pie’n Burger. I don’t know if I can handle that traffic, but you have fun, it’s a great burger, it’s like a classic
American griddle burger, you’re gonna love it. Hopped up on red meat
and stuck in LA traffic, I’m ready for burger number three. Pie’n Burger looks like an
old school diner set up, I think it’s been there
since like the 60s? Lately they’ve become kind of
like this foodie destination. Oh, you know, I was gonna go and then I couldn’t go
’cause you just cut me off. I’m going, I know, sorry buddy. In the burger world
everyone has their idea of what a burger should be,
and we’re sort of thought of that we’re the classic, California burger. Sometimes it’s really hard, you can’t be all things to all people. Why not concentrate on what
makes you really, really good, and just try and do it
better than everybody else. Since 1963 Pie’n Burger
has been dishing up burgers from the same location in Pasadena. It has a wonderfully
old-school vibe to it, down to the milkshake
machine and cash register. This burger is as classic as they come, fresh beef patty cooked
on a flat top grill, topped with lettuce,
tomato, onions, pickles, and housemade thousand island dressing. If I’m here, I’m doing it right, so I ordered a strawberry
milkshake with my burger, which by the way, is incredible. When you go, don’t
sleep on the milkshakes. Everything about this screams delicious, the way the sauce and the onions are kinda pouring out of it,
it looks incredible, man. It’s big too, man, like it’s a big burger. This thing is fantastic, the thousand island sauce combined with the pickles and the
meat all together, perfect. I’m floored by how good this is, like this is what you think about when you daydream about eating hamburgers. Pretty much been making
this exact hamburger for you know, half a
century, and it’s amazing. Things kinda slow down in a
place like this it feels like, it’s just nice to sit and enjoy a burger. They’ve put so much care into making each one of these ingredients not only the best they could be, but also work perfectly together. Nothing else tastes like this. It’s called Pie’n Burger, gotta try the pie, it’s in the title. This pie is perfect, oh wow! Should come back and
do a video on the pies. Jeff, dude you’re missing out. I really like thousand
island on my burger, you know and then they put
the pickle chips in there, so it’s kinda old school but it’s, they’re always consistently great. We always come here, for years
my kids all grew up here, family, generations of families grow up in this restaurant, so. That was so great, Pie’n
Burger is incredible. That burger was so good, I just realized I’m shooting
this in the wrong aspect ratio, but I’m not fixing it, I don’t have time, I’m just so overwhelmed
by how good that was I’m shooting this thing
wrong, and I apologize. Definitely worth the trip to Pasadena, Jeff, I feel ya not wanting to fight the traffic to get here. I am gonna come back very
often, to go to Pie’n Burger. Yeah just get into my lane, it’s fine, yeah you don’t need to, you don’t need to, don’t use your signals, it’s cool. I’m not going anywhere. I got one place left to
go, Burgers Never Say Die. On second thought, I waited a couple days because it’s not easy
going to four different burger places in one day, but I’m rested, I changed my clothes, I
got a haircut I don’t like, and now I am here at
Burgers Never Say Die. I’m so excited to check this place out, the food looks incredible, so let’s go. Jeff couldn’t join us today because he had a prior engagement, also I forgot to call him. Anyway, Burgers Never Say Die
started only a few years ago, in Shawn Nee’s backyard,
and it’s quickly become an underground sensation. Apparently there’s laws against opening a restaurant in your backyard, so Shawn and company moved it to their own space in Silver Lake. I never planned on opening a restaurant, I just planned to make
burgers in my backyard, and if people didn’t like ’em, at least my friends liked ’em, and we had this nice, you know, street griddle I could cook on. It gradually evolved on its own, and I really enjoyed doing it. Somebody offered me the chance
to open up a restaurant, so I just decided to do it. The new space is a hit,
with long lines of customers waiting to get a taste of
the signature smash burger. It’s pressed paper thin
and topped with cheese, then dressed up deceitfully simple: ketchup, mustard, onions,
and pickles. That’s it, whaa? My smash burger is very thin, you drop the ball on the griddle, and you have some type of smasher. Cooking smash burgers is
inherently inconsistent, because you just don’t know how the meat’s gonna react
once it’s on the griddle, with the fat content and things like that, so every time you’re cooking you’re always adjusting for whatever. The space inside is very minimal. I love how it looks, I
love the consume burgers, reference to They Live, I assume. Burgers Never Say Die doesn’t
have its own dining area, it has a shared one with the coffee shop. It’s lunchtime, it’s packed, so I’m just gonna eat
here in the parking lot. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with eating burgers in a parking lot, so that’s what I’m gonna
do, please do not judge me. You can see how flat it is, I
mean this is a stark contrast to all the other burgers we’ve had here. Smells amazing, it’s really crispy, you saw them coming off the grill, just pushing them down there, and putting this bright
yellow american cheese on ’em. Looks amazing, I gotta bite into this. Oh, my God. Believe the hype, wow. The flavor alone of the meat,
the char, oh my goodness. Inside there’s a sign
that says something like, “Make sure you get two”
or “always order two”, dude, always order four. Double cheeseburger sounds like a lot, but it’s actually pretty thin, so I could easily, I mean I’m
almost done with this one, and just… gone. If the wait is that long, might as well— yo, all matte black Tesla, sick. Conner: I saw that on the way over here. Oooohh! Conner: Pretty sweet.
Joe: Alright. Get as many as you possibly
afford, and hoard them. You look at how simple the menu is, you look how simple the ingredients are you think, how good could this be? It’s excellent. All right cameraman, what do you think? Damn. Thin is the way to go, ’cause
it gets nice and crispy, top three burger parking lot experiences. Easily. I think the flavor is unlike
any burger I’ve ever had. And I also think that, especially like coming from the backyard, like that feeling of being
a part of something new, is exciting to people. And like the crispiness of the edges, and like the burger’s really buttery, it’s very simple and like
that’s it, it speaks for itself. Wow! Every single burger I had for this video was incredible and unique, and
it’s hard to pick a favorite, because I loved all of
them, and in my opinion are all A plus burgers. If you every get a chance
to eat any of these burgers, make it your business to do so, you will not be disappointed. But I have to pick a favorite, or Herrine and Emily will kill me. Before I do that, let’s
just do a quick recap, even though you literally just
watched me eat all this food. Tommy’s. It’s easy to see why they’ve been around for seventy years. The burgers were fantastic. I was so impressed with the chili, and how it pairs perfectly
with the burgers. Animal. Putting bone marrow in a burger is a stroke of genius, and with their 420 sauce, 420 bro, and rye bread, they’ve
created one of the best, most unique burger
experiences in Los Angeles. Pie’n Burger. Everything about this burger from the patty to the
thousand island dressing, all came together on my
taste buds like Voltron, and I was floored. Burgers Never Say Die. Their
backyard burger success story is no fluke.
I really love the simplicity, and attention to quality
their smash burger has. And making it flat like that just makes the edges
crispy, oh man, so great. Dude, I’m literally worried
that the three places that I don’t pick are
gonna like blackball me, and be really mad at me, like I’m worried, I don’t wanna get on the bad side of… Sydney: Hi this is Sydney from INSIDER, and I just wanted to pop in
and say no one is mad at Joe, and no one’s gonna blackball him. He gets worried about stuff
like this for no reason, literally all the time, I don’t know why, we all know a person like this. But, you know, what can you do? Okay, back to the video. I don’t know, anyway, I gotta
pick one, so here we go. Okay, moment of truth, and my favorite is… Pie’n Burger. Every one of the burgers I had were great, but Pie’n Burger was just transcendent. Everything about it, from the patty, the delicious thousand island dressing, all the toppings just
came together perfectly. This burger is a masterpiece. I see now why people live in
Pasadena. And I know, I get it, why didn’t I review your specific favorite burger place in Los Angeles? Apple Pan, or Irv’s. Howard’s Bacon and Avocado Burger, or Father’s Office, or
Fatburger, or Oinkster, I mean, I know Yuca’s on Hillhurst has an incredible cheeseburger I just had, it’s really great. Why
aren’t they in the video? I didn’t get to it, maybe I’ll just have to do another burger
video, except In-N-Out, I’m not doing In-N-Out. Bye!

100 thoughts on “The Best Burger In Los Angeles | Best Of The Best

  1. No lie, all I could think about is why is this dude wearing a jean jacket, a hoodie and a flannel shirt while everyone else is rocking t-shirts and shorts?

  2. Tommy's is legit. I have been going to this spot for decades. I will take a Tommy's over an In and Out any day

  3. Pie and burger is good but its Pasadena which is a different City adjacent to L.A. btw L.A owns the burger scene. So many places left out. The Habit, Hinanos, Apple Pan, In and Out, Tam's, you name it so many burger choices. No wonder I am fat.

  4. Jeff Miller you are a child how can INSIDER feel comfortable sending out a grown male that bites his burgers from the beef patty down.. this made me feel disgusted and i had to wipe my mouth as you ate this made the video sooooo much worse i wonder how else this hipster cuck eats his other food

  5. The "perfect" burger must fit in your mouth while you bite.These American burgers are basically a meal stuffed in 2 burger buns.

  6. Disappointed he picked that sloppy ass burger. Are there no purists out there anymore. IMO, a hamburger isn't a hamburger when you have to drown it in sloppy assed dressing. SHAMEFUL.

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  8. In order to qualify for or be even be in remote contention to be called a best burger it must have 5 things:
    1. It must be cooked on charcoal.
    2. It must be served medium rare.
    3. The only condiments allowed are tomato sauce and mayonnaise.
    4. No exotic BS ingredients ie gold leaf shavings or albino truffle.
    5. Everything must be made in house including the cheese, bread, sauces and mincing of the beef.

  9. Burgers are my favorite food but the only burger I have ever had was from Burger King I cant afford these kinds of burgers 😭

  10. Starting off with Tommy’s burgers….. yeah, this video be on some bullshit🎂🎂🤪🤪I want the last two minutes of my life back. You really have no idea of what your talking about.

  11. I cant believe this guy did not mention Hawkins Burger's in Watts it's the best burger in LA for me 🤤 trust me everyone who reads thos comment should go you wont regret it.

  12. 7 bucks for a burger yo come on dude really.. 3.50 for fries??? How and why pay 7 buck for a burger that doesn’t come with fries? Smh

  13. It's like watching a couple 12-year old girls all giddy over some pop star. Except they're grown a$$ men all giddy over a piece of meat between a bun.

  14. Pie N Burger looks completely subpar compared to even In n Out. Just a big floppy nasty regular burger dripping with essssentially McDonalds Mac Sauce. Hard pass thanks, and double for those overpriced burgers too.

  15. It’s not that I don’t like this guy but I don’t like this guy he ain’t meant to be reviewing food like his bite experience is the same on every bomb asss looking food dull 🤬 ruining my imaginary meal !

  16. Why put the sauce and tomato on the bottom. And lettuce on top. That doesn't even make sense. California people are so weird

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