Five of the Best Places for a Burger Right Now in San Francisco
Everyone loves a good burger. May is actually National Burger Month, and May 28th is National Burger Day! That, combined with Memorial Day unofficially opening up the summer grilling season, means it’s time to get your paws on a juicy burger, stat. Here are four of the best new burgers in San Francisco, plus a modern classic for good measure.
4505 Burgers & BBQ (705 Divisadero St.)
Ryan Farr and his team at 4505 Burgers & BBQ make one of the best cheeseburgers in town. In fact, it’s right there in the name: they call it the best damn cheeseburger on the menu. The restaurant’s location in NoPa/Western Addition is in the middle of a fun stretch of Divisadero (Bi-Rite is right across the street if you want ice cream for dessert). Plus, they’ve just opened a heated new patio, so you can enjoy your burger in the sunshine (or fog—bring a sweater just in case). And there’s a burger window open late on the weekend, from 10 a.m.–1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Marlowe (330 Townsend St.)
SoMa’s Marlowe has been serving one of San Francisco’s most popular burgers for years now and they’ve recently opened Marlowe Burger to focus on the meaty sandwich. It’s actually in Marlowe’s original location, which the team opened as a burger joint after they moved up the street to larger digs. The vibe is a fun take on fast food, with cheeky design touches like foil bags for serving the burgers. There is also beer, wine, and tasty French fries. Bonus: they’re close to the ballpark, and you can even take one of these babies in with you to watch a baseball game. Website
Causwells (2346 Chestnut St.)
The Marina is a hotspot for visitors, with its proximity to the Golden Gate Bridge, Crissy Field and other Presidio attractions. While you’re in the neighborhood, consider satisfying your hunger at Causwells. Their “Americana burger” is truly a thing of beauty, like an old school fast food burger but seriously improved. They are using two beef patties, thin and seared, plus genuine Kraft American “cheese” (so melty!) and special sauce. Try to nab a seat at one of their sidewalk tables.
Fog City (1300 Battery St.)
Fog City has a lot of things going for it: a sweet location on the Embarcadero, great views, and outdoor seating. They’re also open all day, including that tricky 3pm–5pm window when it can be hard to find a quality bite. So if you’ve walked the Embarcadero and lost track of lunchtime, this is your spot. Their burger is classic and all-American, with housemade American cheese, no less. It’s normally $16.50, including fries, but if you come in any night after 9 p.m. and sit at the bar, it’s only $9. But it’s delicious any time of day, promise. Website
Nopa (560 Divisadero St.)
One of the original and strongest players in San Francisco’s burger game is Nopa, and with good reason. Their perfectly ground and proportioned patty is served on a toasted bun with pickled onion, harissa aioli and a big pile of crisp fries. This one is officially a classic San Francisco dish and lots of industry folks swear by it after a long shift. Since they’re open until 1 a.m., you can almost always get your hands on this bad boy when you really need it (and an excellent cocktail or glass of wine).
Marcia Gagliardi is the creator of www.tablehopper.com, a popular insider weekly e-column about the SF dining scene; subscribe for more news, tips, and updates. Follow her on Twitter: @tablehopper. Dana Eastland is the associate editor for tablehopper.com.
Photo via Fog City.