Monday is National Hamburger Day, which coincides quite nicely with the kick-off of barbeque season. But San Francisco has so many burger spots—with so many snagging top awards—it’s often hard to pick where to eat. To help, here are some of the favorite burgers of the Yum crew.
One of the most highly-regarded burgers in the city is the Spruce burger, served at Spruce in Pacific Heights, and it’s Brad’s favorite San Francisco burger. “Top notch ingredients set this beloved burger apart, from the house-baked semolina bun, to the freshly-prepared pickled zucchini and red onions dolloped atop a half-pound Niman Ranch patty. Don’t forget the fresh cut Kennebec potato fries on the side.” $16
3640 Sacramento Street
Keith’s favorite is the Marlowe burger, available at Marlowe in Jackson Square and Park Tavern in North Beach. It’s a solid mix of premium patty, bun and cheese “with a nice kick from the horseradish aioli.” $13 for lunch at Marlowe, $14 for dinner at Marlowe and Park Tavern
330 Townsend Street, #101
1652 Stockton Street
For the vegetarians, Anhoni suggests the sunshine veggie burger at Barney’s Gourmet Hamburgers in Noe Valley and the Marina. With cheddar cheese, sprouts, avocado and tomato, it goes far beyond the average Boca burger. $9.25
Barney’s Gourmet Hamburgers
3344 Steiner Street & 4138 24th Street
Looking for a healthier option? Luis opts for the buffalo burger with sautéed mushrooms and grilled onions at BullsHead Restaurant in West Portal. He first found this old school steakhouse in high school and was drawn to their perfectly charbroiled burgers. The freshly ground patties at BullsHead come in beef, turkey or buffalo and all burgers come with a side of fries, coleslaw, potato salad, soup or onion rings. $10 for 1/3lb, $11.25 for 1/2lb
840 Ulloa Street
As for me, I love “the burger” at Greenburger’s in Lower Haight. Five Dot Ranch is some of the most flavorful beef I have ever tried. I top the burger off with pepper jack cheese and sautéed mushrooms, then load up on pickles and condiments at their do-it-yourself cart. $10, plus extras
518 Haight Street
Let us know where you celebrate National Hamburger Day, and what your favorite burgers in San Francisco are, in the comments below.
Image courtesy of Luis Chong