Hamburgers here in the Golden State are known to have some unique toppings, ranging from fresh avocado to fried farm eggs–you can add unique flair to ground chuck that brings out the very best flavors in the all-American sandwich. My personal favorite accoutrement are deep-fried onion strings.

Crisp and delicious, these tasty little snacks bring as much in the way of texture as they do in flavor. Unfortunately, it’s not exactly the most common topping and there are very few burger joints throughout San Francisco that offer this delectable add-on. So if you want to try some onion strings on your next burger–and why wouldn’t you?–you should consider frying some up yourself, using this simple recipe. You can then either decide to bring these fried treats into your favorite burger restaurant by sneaking them in your purse (or man-purse) or you can just go through the enjoyable hassle of cooking up your own burger to eat with them.

Yet another, simpler alternative would be to hit up the Holy Grill (659 Townsend St) in the SoMa. This popular eatery serves up some of the tastiest ground beef in the city and is also known for having some of the best garlic fries this side of AT&T Park. Their diverse menu offers literally dozens of varieties of flavorfully grilled classics and even some new age specialities like turkey and buffalo burgers. I’m clearly here for the Divinity–1/3rd pound patty of grass-fed beef decked out with cheddar cheese, their famous honey-chipotle sauce, and of course a heaping mound of crispy fried onion strings. So this is what bliss tastes like…