Finding Burgers for National Cheeseburger Day

Pillbox Tavern Muenster Veggie Burger

September 18th marks National Cheeseburger Day, and San Diego is a city bursting with the best cheeseburgers around. Check out our list of the Top 6 cheeseburgers to celebrate one of the most iconic and delicious foods in America.

Sweet dreams are made of cheese, and Sandbar Sports Bar & Grill in Mission Beach knows it. Just seconds from the beach, this hip and laid-back sports grill is the perfect after-the-beach pit stop. Dust the sand off your feet and check out their extensive menu of frozen cocktails, tantalizing appetizers, and tasty bar fare while enjoying the sunset on the exclusive Sky Bar deck. Try the Western Cheeseburger, made with marinated pulled pork, crispy onion strings, spicy BBQ sauce, and melted cheddar cheese for the smoky cheeseburger of your dreams.

If you’re on the hunt for a cheeseburger with some serious personality, stop into barleymash, found in the heart of the Gaslamp district. This fun, high-energy downtown eatery and bar celebrates the richness of American culture with beer, bourbon, and burgers, among other mouthwatering and progressive bar fare. Get the best of both worlds with the Surf N’ Turf burger, a grilled beef patty topped with smooth cream cheese, anejo tequila and butter-poached Maine lobster meat, baby arugula, whiskey-carmelized onions, and white truffle aioli for a burger experience you won’t forget.

Got buns? Pillbox Tavern in Solana Beach certainly does! Named for the famous beach break down below, Pillbox rises up to meet North County’s need for Coastal American cuisine. With a retro-modern interior and a menu that covers everything from weekend brunch to late-night supper, Pillbox is the ideal spot to unwind above the Solana Beach cliffside. Enjoy a selection of rotating local tap beers alongside the Muenster Veggie Burger, a house-made black bean patty topped with warm muenster cheese, basil goat cheese hummus, spinach and arugula mix, fajita veggies, grilled portabello mushroom, avocado slices, and a drizzle of sun-dried tomato pesto on a brioche bun.

Found in coastal Carlsbad, Barrel Republic is a mecca for craft beer lovers searching for the sweet freedom to pour brews straight from the tap with the simple swipe of a wristband! With well-over 40 casks of coveted craft brews to choose from and a killer menu of Southern California favorites, Barrel Republic has set itself apart as North County’s brews and bites destination. For a cheeseburger classic, try the Barrel Burger, a 100% chuck grilled patty with black wax cheddar, lettuce, tomato, pickle, and onion, all served on a toasted brioche bun.

Celebrate America’s favorite sandwich at WESTROOT Tavern, a neighborhood chef-driven tavern that shines as a hub for sports and suds! Located at The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch, a multi-use retail and lifestyle center designed with the Carmel Valley community in mind, WESTROOT boasts a menu of scratch made, sustainable foods along with fresh seasonal cocktails, 30 beers on tap, and high-definition TVs scattered around for game days. For lovers of all things spicy, order the En Fuego Burger, made with all-natural beef, brioche, spicy ghost chile cheese, sambal cream, roasted serrano chiles, crispy shallots, and spicy citrus guacamole to light your fire.

Searching for a burger that’s all that and a slice of cheese? Look no further than Pacific Beach AleHouse, a kitchen and brewery with fresh-from-the-keg flavorful beers and an extensive menu of American favorites. Sip an elaborate and discerning selection of craft brews at this renowned Southern California brewery in rich wooden setting, complete with second-story balcony views of the nearby Pacific Ocean to dine on your cheeseburger in style. We recommend the Bison Burger, made with a free range bison patty, toasted white cheddar, garlic pesto aioli, sliced tomato, and arugula on a warm brioche bun.