Best Burgers in La Jolla

Nothing is better than the classic combination of a burger, fries and milk shake. Fortunately, today’s best burger joints, especially those in La Jolla, have evolved to feature fresh, organic ingredients, such as grass-fed, hormone-free beef and poultry and locally grown produce. You can now enjoy an old-fashioned favorite with a modern, healthy approach.

The Burger Lounge, located at the corner of Silverado Street and Herschel Avenue, always draws a crowd. With seating both indoors and outdoors, it is open daily for lunch and dinner. They offer several handcrafted burgers, including beef, turkey, and quinoa veggie. Burgers are served with organic white cheddar or American cheese, fresh or grilled onion, organic ketchup and the Burger Lounge’s own house-made 1000 Island dressing. The free range turkey burger is accompanied with fresh basil. Seasonal burgers are also available, such as spring lamb with asadero cheese, jalapeno relish, and tomatillo green chile mayonnaise. Other dishes include chicken tenders, gourmet salads, onion rings, french fries, milkshakes, desserts, beer and wine. Children’s meals are also available and you can even hire the Burger Mobile Lounge to cater your next party.

Jeff’s Burgers in La Jolla Shores is popular among locals and surfers as well as vacationers. Jeff’s Burgers serves four sizes of freshly-made hamburgers, from regular to jumbo. You can order the hamburgers alone or in several combination plates with fries, onion rings and drinks. Other side dishes include green, macaroni and potato salad. Jeff’s also offers several hot and cold sandwiches, such as chicken fajita, grilled fish, gyros, carne asada, grilled cheese, pastrami, tuna melt, baked ham, turkey, Italian, vegetarian burgers, falafel, and hot dogs. To complete your meal, you can top it off with an ice cream or a variety of shakes and floats. From Thursday to Sunday between 8 and 10 a.m., Jeff’s also serves breakfast, which includes eggs, omelets, egg sandwiches, breakfast burritos, pancakes, french toast, oatmeal, and fresh fruit.

Smashburger La Jolla, located on Prospect, offers your choice of several gourmet burgers or the option to build your own burger. All are smashed, seared and seasoned to order, using fresh 100% certified Angus beef. Their gourmet burgers include the San Diego (avocado, cilantro, pepper jack cheese, chipotle mayo), the Classic, the All American cheeseburger, Avocado Club, Spicy Baja, and Mushroom Swiss (vegetarian, with sautĂ©ed baby portabella mushrooms and aged Swiss cheese). Add-ons include bacon, chili, fried egg and guacamole. Building your own Smashburger includes selecting any bun (such as multi-grain, egg or torta roll), a filling (beef, chicken or black bean) and your choice of sauces, toppings and cheese. Side dishes include Smashfries (tossed with rosemary, olive oil and garlic), regular fries, sweet potato fries, chili cheese fries, onion rings, fried pickles and flash-fried carrot sticks and green beans. You can also order salads, hot dogs, children’s meals and Haagen-Dazs shakes and malts, soda floats, iced tea and beer. Smashburger is open daily for lunch and dinner.

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Vanessa Turkeltaub
Vanessa Turkeltaub graduated from UC San Diego with a BA in Communication. She has been with Blue Book Publishers for over 5 years, and has written over five-hundred La Jolla related articles. She enjoys going to concerts, art, and traveling. (vanessa@lajollabluebook.com)

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