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There’s almost nothing more intoxicating that the smell of a smashburger—except, of course, the taste. Angelenos are learning this quickly, as pop-ups and even established neighborhood spots start adapting to the style.
Smashburgers are hardly new, but they harken back to a bygone era in food when patrons reveled in the novelty of dining in their cars and all a burger needed was a good sear and a squirt of ketchup. Seasoned vigorously to tenderize and flavor the almost pancake-flat beef patty, this variety of burger sizzles in its own juices—pressed out during cooktime—and fries on a flat-top grill, practically caramelizing a thin outer shell of crust on the meat.
We’ve got to admit, the interest in simply-prepared and gloriously greasy smashburgers is a breath of fresh air, especially after we’ve eaten through decades of piled-high gourmet toppings and inches-thick patties almost too big to fit our mouths around. We welcome L.A.’s smashburger overlords, and while there are phenomenal diner burgers and smashburger-adjacent options almost everywhere you look, here are a few of the city’s best and newest additions for true smashburger bliss.