We can’t think of a better month than May, National Burger Month, to expand our burger repertoire, and why not do so while soaking up some sun?! We’ve done all the “hard work” and taste testing to compile the top spots in San Diego, so all you have to do is go enjoy a burger (maybe pair with a beer) on some of the best patios in the city.
PB has plenty of patios ideal for dining outdoors, but none compares to PB Shore Club, with unobstructed ocean views and seating options for intimate groups or larger gatherings. Sunny San Diego weather and Shore Club go together like a burger and fries, so soak up the sun as you bite into the beach bar’s Fajita Burger. Made with grilled onion, mushroom and bell peppers, swiss cheese and 1000 Island dressing all sandwiched between a toasted brioche bun, you won’t find a burger (or patio) like this anywhere else.
Head North to spend time in the sunshine at Park 101, a family- and pet-friendly, open-air dining establishment located near Carlsbad Village. If you’re with the family, grab a seat downstairs where the kids can roam around and play, but if it’s date night, opt to sit on the Tamarack Deck, a spot with great sunset views! For National Burger Month, try the one-of-a-kind Park 101 Burger with smoked dry-aged beef, white cheddar, avocado, tomato, lettuce, a fried egg and 101 sauce (Park’s homemade sauce), served with house fries.
After a morning or afternoon surf session in Pacific Beach, plan to cruise into Backyard Kitchen & Tap to refuel with their coastal classic menu, local brews and inventive craft cocktails, all on the outdoor patio, complete with cabanas, cozy firepits and its own bar. From 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, enjoy the best lunch special around – $12 for a mouth-watering burger, beer and side of your choice. Backyard’s Classic Burger, made with a blend of ribeye and brisket, iceberg and tomato on a brioche bun, with the option to add cheese for extra, pairs perfectly with Ballast Point’s Sculpin IPA, a refreshing and hazy brew. Side choices include fries, chips or backyard slaw!
To taste one of East Village’s juiciest burgers, stop by WhipHand, near the corner of J Street and Tenth Avenue. The American-style brasserie boasts a menu of simple food with hearty portions, such as the WhipHand Burger. The patty of this scrumptious dish is made with a short rib and ground beef blend, and comes topped with white cheddar cheese, crispy jalapeños and crystal aioli. Diners can choose to sit inside or on the front patio, where you can hear the roar of the crowd from Petco Park – yep, it’s that close!
Get the party started at Mavericks Beach Club, San Diego’s top destination for entertainment and fun, along with tasty food and beverages. With five indoor/outdoor bars, a dog-friendly patio, games like Cornhole and giant Jenga, and a Baja-fresh bites, who could resist?! In addition to tacos, wings and loaded fries, Mavericks also offers options like their Turkey Burger, a turkey patty with pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, guacamole and garlic aioli. The beach bar also features a Veggie burger, topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and chipotle aioli.
You may know Sammy’s for their woodfired and artisan thin crust pizzas, but did you know the eatery, with locations throughout Southern California, Las Vegas, Palm Dessert and Sacramento, also offers so much more? Tacos, salads, soups, pastas and even burgers, there is truly something for everyone at Sammy’s! During National Burger Month, try the Mini Kobe Beef Hamburgers, which come drizzled in chipotle aioli. Or you can go big with the Wagyu Cheeseburger – a double patty, cheddar, lettuce and Thousand Island dressing all on a focaccia bun. Yum!
If you’re searching for a sweet deal during National Burger Month, look no further than Tuesdays at Miss B’s Coconut Club! The island-inspired bar and eatery, with an expansive patio just steps from the sand in Mission Beach, offers a burger and beer for only $11.75 all day and night. You can choose between the award-winning Coconut Club Burger, a half-pound all-natural beef patty topped with lettuce, tomato, red onion, bread and butter pickles, spiced mustard, roasted garlic cilantro aioli and cheese all on a kolache roll, or a rotating Chef’s burger. Burgers and beer…we can’t think of a better way to celebrate National Burger Month!
BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant prepares an incredible burger in their BH Burger, an upgraded version of the classic. The key ingredient is the half-pound patty, which is made with ground chuck. It is then topped with aged white cheddar cheese, fresh heirloom tomato, house-pickled red onion and served on a buttery brioche bun. The burger is served with BANKERS’ famous parmesan topped truffle fries, and both are frequently named “best of” in the city.
At Theatre Box, Sugar Factory American Brasserie’s signature Sugar Factory Rainbow Sliders aren’t just great to look at, they’re great to eat! The iconic miniature burgers are served on colorful buns with American cheese, pickles, crispy onions and signature sauce and include a Sugar Factory duckie to take home.
Bleu Bohème has a popular selection in its Croque de Garçon, served as an open-faced hamburger. Made with a house-ground Angus beef patty that is topped with brie cheese, crispy smoked Duroc ham, caramelized onions and a fried egg served on a brioche bun, executive chef/owner Ken Irvine recommends topping it with black summer truffles.
Mezé Greek Fusion, which combines Greek cuisine with a distinctively Southern California vibe, puts a twist on cheeseburgers with its delicious Mezé Burger: ground beef and lamb mixed with feta cheese, garlic, onion and mint, topped with sautéed onions, mushrooms, Swiss cheese, fiery feta and garlic aioli.