Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo turned L.A.'s burger game on its head when they introduced their secret-menu Boner Burger, which stays true to Animal's adventurous spins on classics and comfort food with just the right amount of irreverence. Bid farewell to clear arteries because this baby arrives a meaty behemoth, with bone marrow blended into the short-rib and ground-chuck patty. Topped with poblanos and caramelized onion and oozing "420 sauce," it's messy, it's killer, it's absolutely one of the city's best.
Here in L.A., opinions are like favorite burgers—everybody's got one. That makes the task of picking the city's best a difficult one, especially in one of the burger capitals of the world. After all, we're responsible for the start of McDonald's, as well as our beloved In-N-Out. We're also home to the gourmet-burger movement, where some of the most awe-inspiring toppings and patty blends arrive via hole-in-the-wall neighborhood spot or food truck just as often as they do the year's trendiest bistro. There are the classics that time blessedly forgot, where simplicity rules and all you need is a well-seasoned flat-top and a slice of American cheese, and there are the blends infused with bone marrow. So, who makes L.A.'s best burger? We intend to find out at Time Out L.A.'s first ever Battle of the Burger in September, but we're pretty certain you'll find it here on this list.
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