Sure, we all love our veggie burgers and fried chicken sandwiches, but sometimes nothing replaces a classic, beefy burger. With that in mind, we set out to track down the best burgers in L.A. We scoured retro greasy spoons to fancy French bistros—and, yes, even some nostalgic fast-food fare—to find the best burgers around. Just add a side of French fries and you have the makings of an all-time great meal. You might want to grab a few extra napkins before you devour this list.
Before you dig in, a brief note: You might be wondering where a few of (y)our favorite burgers are; a number of restaurants are temporarily closed and a few pop-ups have been halted for more than a year now, including some of the best in the city. All of these restaurants below are currently open in some form, though these days are strange days for restaurants and some might only be offering takeout service or limited menus. Call or look online to check menus and availability before stopping by.