National Burger Month

Slater’s 50/50 (courtesy photo)

May 1st kicks off National Burger Month and San Diego is bursting with juicy bites for celebrating, with everything from AM breakfast burgers to flavorful options for vegetarians. And since there is no such thing as too many burgers, we’ve round up some of the top spots to eat throughout the month of May.

Slater’s 50/50, the full-service restaurant concept known for its over-the-top, unconventional mashups and mastery of all things burgers is celebrating the holiday this May by challenging guests to slaterize and customize their own burger for a chance to win a $100 gift card! While customizing each burger is a staple on every Slater’s 50/50 menu, for a limited time only, guests can order their designed burger, give it a name and description, and post a photo on Instagram or Facebook using hashtag #slaters5050burgermonth for a chance to be one of the lucky winners. The most adventurous, unique and over-the-top burgers may win and guests are welcome to show their identity through their creation. Slater’s 50/50 will select 1 winner each week in May to win the $100 Slater’s 50/50 giveaway and select winners will also have a chance to have their burger creation added to the regular menu! Slater’s 50/50 will additionally offer guests the option to commemorate their burger by memorializing it on a Design-It T-shirt which can be personalized to showcase their creation to the world.

Slater’s 50/50 Design-It menu comes with over 70 different options meaning there are millions of ways to create a completely unique and slaterized burger to each individual. Burger sizes include a ⅓ pound burger, a double or even a mega triple patty burger. The burgers can be made with patty options including beef, original 50/50 beef & bacon, impossible burger, American-raised Bison, Turkey and more. Guests can choose between 8 different buns such as brioche, honey wheat, king’s hawiian rolls, lettuce wrapped and more. Other add ons for customization include cheese, meat additions, toppings, sauces, and sides! Options for the build- your-own burger may vary by location.

You know Chef Kevin Templeton, from Gaslamp’s barleymash, knows a thing or two about a good burger, since he appeared on Cooking Channel’s Burgers, Brew & ‘Que Champion Burger Knockouts! Try his one-of-a-kind Surf N’ Turf, a grilled beef patty topped with cream cheese, añejo-tequila n’ butter-poached Maine lobster meat, baby arugula, whiskey-caramelized onions, and white truffle aioli.

Celebrate National Burger Month with Smokey’s Burger, from La Mesa’s Smokey and the Brisket! This tasty burger comes topped with sharp cheddar, grilled onions, tomato, and lettuce, all on a brioche bun, with a side of fries and a pickle. Smokey and the Brisket also offers a Kid’s Cheeseburger, served with fries, so you can bring the whole family to enjoy.

Situated along Chula Vista’s Third Avenue, you’ll find The Balboa South, a spot with burgers, beer and good cheer. Opt to try their well-known The Balboa Burger, with lettuce, tomato, onion, American cheese, and housemade zesty aioli, or go big with The BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger. Loaded with grilled onion, American cheese, and BBQ sauce, this is one burger you’ll come back for again and again. The Balboa South is open Tuesday through Thursday!

Who says you can’t enjoy a burger for breakfast, especially during National Burger Month? Mavericks Beach Club, located in Pacific Beach, features a weekend Brunch’n Burger, consisting of beef patties, cheddar cheese, American cheese, bacon, fried egg, avocado, tomato, and garlic aioli. Brunch begins at 10:00 am on Saturdays and Sundays.

If a big juicy burger and tasty fries is your idea for the best way to celebrate this May, head to the Duck Dive. Found steps from the sand in Pacific Beach, this laidback eatery is serving up theirDD Burger with Fries – a half pound all-natural beef patty, pimento cheese, tomato relish, caramelized onions, lettuce, and garlic aioli, sandwiched between a toasted brioche bun. The fries are fried in duck fat, which makes them extra crispy and flavorful.

Vegetarians fear not, for you can celebrate National Burger Month at Backyard Kitchen & Tap! The popular Pacific Beach hot spots offers a flavor-packed Black Bean Quinoa Impossible Burger, served on a pretzel bun with shredded lettuce, tomato, red onion, and house pickles. Backyard’s menu also features a classic cheeseburger and BBQ Burger, as well as wine, refreshing craft beer and cocktails.

Start your day the right way, with Shake and Muddle’s Breakfast Burger, available daily from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm. This filling morning menu item consists of a grass-fed patty, applewood smoked bacon, sunny side up egg, American cheddar cheese, chipotle aioli, spring mix, and caramelized onions, all on a brioche bun, with a side of breakfast potatoes. So what’re you waiting for, head down to Chula Vista to check out Shake and Muddle during burger month.

Available for delivery and takeout only, Bourbon Burger Bar serves up an indulgent steakhouse burger experience at home or on the go. The virtual kitchen housed at International Smoke at One Paseo debuted in January 2021 and is offering special deal on their complete BBB Tasting for the entire month of May.


Get $5 OFF the complete BBB tasting (reg. $39.95) including choice of burger, side salad, & dessert. Duck fat fries included.

Choose your BBB Burger:

  • Prime Dry Aged Steak Burger
  • Applewood Smoked Bacon Burger
  • Black Truffle Steak Burger
  • Roasted Veggie Burger
  • Heritage Turkey Burger
  • BBQ Organic Salmon Burger

Choose your Side Salad: 

  • Quinoa & Kale Salad
  • Truffle Salad
  • House Salad
  • Wedge Salad

Choice of Dessert:

  • Devil’s Food Chocolate Cake Parfait
  • ‘Nilla Wafer Pudding
  • Walnut-Chocolate Chip Cookies