Finding Burgers About Town

Burgers at 7 Mile
Burgers at 7 Mile (photo courtesy of Jim Sullivan)

Is it a coincidence that National Burger Day falls right after Memorial Day? We think not! Celebrate the start of summer and sink your teeth into a delicious burger from one of these top spots in San Diego.

The newest concept from Trust Restaurant Group, Fort Oak, offers burger lovers an elevated option to curb those cravings. Available on the brunch menu and in the bar, the Wood-Grilled Dry Aged Burger ($17) is made with aged cheddar, truffle onion jam, fried egg aioli, bread, and butter pickle, and comes with a side of fries. Complete your experience with a glass of wine or one of their imaginative cocktails. To make reservations call (619) 722-3398 or visit https://fortoaksd.com/.

Whether you’re a burger connoisseur or just going through a “burger phase” there’s something for everyone at The Bier Garden of Encinitas. Offering 32 tap handles pouring Southern California beers and serving a local bier-infused menu, this rustic, breezy spot is located just a few blocks from some of North County’s most popular beach hangouts. For National Burger Day, choose from their eclectic list of burger offerings including a Fig Burger ($16), a Pork Belly Burger ($17) or the Salmon Burger ($16) made with a pistachio encrusted salmon patty, honey glaze, arugula, garlic aioli, tomato, fennel, and lime-ginger vinaigrette.

With a variety of burgers to choose from and 70 beers on tap, how does one make a decision? The Corner Drafthouse has nine burgers to choose from (all that pair well with a frosty pint) including the vegan-friendly Impossible Burger. If you’re a carnivore at heart seeking a classic, go for The Drafthouse ($14.50) topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, cheddar cheese, and secret sauce. Looking for something a little different? Bite into the savory yet sweet Fig Burger ($15.50) with herbed goat cheese, arugula, tomato, caramelized onions, and house-made fig spread. We’re fairly certain you’ll be back to indulge in another burger and beer pairing sometime soon.

A neighborhood classic for wood-fired fare, the burger at Trust in Hillcrest is no exception to the highly praised concept led by Chef Brad Wise. Available on their weekend brunch menu, sink your teeth into the Wood Grilled Burger ($15) topped with asiago cheese, bacon-tomato jam, pickled onions, arugula, poppy seed bun and served with fries. Have faith in the experts? Order it the Trust Way with house cured-braised bacon and a sunny side egg.

One of the best ways to enjoy a delicious patty is with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. Pull up an oceanfront chair at JRDN in Pacific Beach and take a bite into their Tower Burger ($14) a 1/3 pound patty served with American cheese, aioli, lettuce, tomato, onions, brioche, and garlic fries. Go a little overboard and add on an extra patty, egg or avocado.

When you don’t want to wait in line at In n’ Out, head over to Hundred Proof in University Heights to try their jazzed up HP Burger ($15) served with English cheddar; HP spread, pickles, onions, iceberg lettuce, and fries. Pair it with a hand-crafted cocktail by Stephen Kurpinsky, and you’ll have everything you need and more.

7 Mile Kitchen, located inside the beautiful Sheraton/Westin property in Carlsbad, is the perfect spot to indulge in America’s favorite staple food item. 7 Mile prides themselves on their dedication to the craft of elevating and expanding one’s perception of what a burger can be. Basque in the rustic hilltop setting overlooking seven miles of Carlsbad’s coastline while chowing down on their delicious O.G. Burger ($16) or try something new like the Presidential Pardon ($14); a turkey burger made with brie, lettuce, tomato, sprouts, and cranberry aioli, complete on multi-grain bread.

Relax and enjoy your burger with seascape views from inside the chic and stylish setting of what is 20|Twenty Grill, located at the recently unveiled Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa. 20|Twenty offers farm-to-coast cuisine with a global perspective and ingredients seasonally sourced from California. For lunch, try Executive Chef Julian Quinoñes’ creation of a ½ pound brisket and short rib patty in the Steakhouse Burger ($18) which comes with thick-cut Neuske bacon, grilled onion, aged white cheddar, tomato, onion, and romesco on a whole grain bun.

Pair French class with an American classic and head over to The Westgate Hotel for National Burger Day. Take a seat in the Plaza Bar where you can enjoy live Jazz music three nights a week and tasty bites off their happy hour menu prepared by Executive Chef Fabrice Hardel. Stop in for Happy Hour on Sunday through Thursday from 4 – 6 pm and snack on their Wagyu Sirloin Sliders ($7) served with your choice of blue cheese, aged cheddar or pepper jack.