Kale salad may be trendy, but nothing beats feasting on a truly massive burger. Weeks of rain have left L.A. actually feeling wintery, and burgers are the ultimate cold-weather comfort food. Luckily, excessively opulent sandwiches — the ones piled so high that two hands can barely contain the layers of meat and cheese — are having a bit of a moment in L.A.
Here are six deliciously over-the-top, completely delicious burgers to eat right now.
French onion soup burger, the Stand
The premise is simple: French onion soup, reincarnated as a fully loaded cheeseburger. The result? A trans-Atlantic culinary love child. The bun is encrusted with two layers of Parmesan cheese and smothered in Gruyère cheese and red wine–braised onions. Crispy onion strings add another layer of texture. And, in case the flavor combo gets you hankering for the O.G. version, a side of onion soup au jus is provided for dipping.
2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City. (310) 785-0400, thestandlink.com.
Poku Bágá, Humble Potato
Thinly sliced Kurobuta pork belly (the piggy equivalent of Kobe beef) marinates for a full 24 hours in a house-made ginger-shoyu marinade for a complex flavor profile created in homage of Buta No Shogayaki, a pork-ginger dish that's intensely popular in Japan. The burger is topped with melted provolone cheese, then served with fresh wonton chips and a yuzu-jalapeño slaw for one of the most distinctive burgers in the city.
12608 Washington Blvd., Culver City. (310) 881-9498, humblepotato.com.
Blastbeet, Grill ’Em All
It’s no surprise that Grill ’Em All, a heavy metal–themed burger restaurant from the winners of The Great Food Truck Race’s first season, is on this list. After all, hardcore is what they do best. Menu newcomer Blastbeet, also dubbed the Russian Bear, is already a standout, piling a half-pound burger high with wild mushroom gravy, hunks of kielbasa and Ukrainian beet salad. The result? A semi-purple, totally delicious burger that you’ll need to grip with both hands.
19 E. Main St., Alhambra. (626) 284-2874, grillemallburgs.com.
Beast Burger, Tuck Room Tavern
The aptly named Beast Burger does not mess around. The beloved burger is meat-heavy, gilding a Wagyu beef patty with three kinds of pork: bacon jam, smoked ham and applewood bacon. Classic burger toppings like crispy shallots, aged cheddar and aioli mellow out all that meaty goodness.
10850 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood. (310) 307-7004, thetuckroom.com.
BBQ pork mac ’n’ cheese burger, American Heritage
House-smoked pulled pork and bacon are combined with a hefty portion of mac and cheese, then piled on top of a 2.8-oz. Black Angus chuck beef patty for this all-American burger. Two brioche buns do their best to seal together all that artery-clogging goodness, but this is an undeniably messy burger — as a burger should be.
16610 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 905-0555.
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The Canadian, 464 DTLA
Any burger named after our neighbors to the north is guaranteed to have maple and bacon, and 464 DTLA doesn’t disappoint. We recommend you go full Canadian by trading the Angus beef patty for venison, but the layers of toppings alone are enough to provide a proper culinary experience. The piles of Canadian bacon, dehydrated apple chips and maple cherry mustard relish combine for a slightly sweet, nuanced bite.
464 S. Main St., downtown. (213) 239-9482, 464dtla.com.