Bun, condiments, veggies, meat there's a methodology to burgers, yet all of the components have to complement each other perfectly. And when you get that perfect bite, everything seems right in the world. So where can you find the best burger in Oakland? Whether you are looking for local favorites or a fancy gourmet excursion, Oakland has the burger for you!
With the help of @eastbaydish (and their amazing photography), we were able to share with you our list of delicious burgers in Oakland. In alphabetical order, here is our list of burger joints perfect for your next Oakland foodie adventure. Happy eats!
1. Ahn's Quarter Pound Burger
The local favorite. This place has been in the Grand Lake neighborhood for years, serving good old fashioned burgers. They have a parking lot, they are right by the lake, and the price will have you dancing. You won't be disappointed.
Not specifically known for their burgers, this Korean-Mexican fusion restaurant has visitors driving for miles for a taste of their tacos. But back to business... their burgers! Their Belly Burger just melts in your mouth. Packed with red onion tempura, mushrooms, cheddar, pickled cucumbers, garlic aioli, and kimchi aioli... this burger will make your Instagram followers jealous.
3. Brotzeit Lokal
Not only do you get a good burger here, you get the amazing view of the waterfront from their outside patio. Not to mention the impressive beer menu.
Trust us on the Juicy Lucy here. A cheddar stuffed burger patty AND your choice of cheese on top?! Easily located in the middle of Downtown. Make sure to get the tater tots too!
5. Chop Bar
In West African parlance, a chop bar is a roadside restaurant and community gathering place and that’s exactly how I would describe Oakland’s Chop Bar. Their burgers are made with Preferred Meats ground chuck, bacon, avocado, tomato and aioli on a sturdy Acme kaiser roll and I always add cheddar. The ripe avocado is seasoned with fresh, ground pepper and adds an extra layer of creamy freshness. - @eastbaydish
Upgrade the cheese on The Chop Bar Burger to the Fiscilini! - (Samantha Iufer - Facebook comment)
6. Clove & Hoof
Clove & Hoof is a restaurant and a butcher shop, so they are experts in all things meat. The C & H Burger has two 4-ounce beef patties, caramelized onion jam, pimento cheese, chopped romaine, b&b pickles and pickle mayo on a potato pepper bun. I added bacon after realizing it’s made in house and the burger turned out to be incredibly cheesy with big, bold flavors. - @eastbaydish
7. Drip Line
Drip Line has a Singaporean-influenced burger and is the only Oakland restaurant to enter the James Beard Foundation’s Blended Burger Project, a nationwide challenge to make a burger with ground meat and finely chopped mushrooms. Drip Line’s Blended Burger is 60% grass-fed chuck, 40% roasted Shiitake, sambal aioli, arugula, cheddar, gruyere, and served with pickles and lotus chips. The brioche bun is soft and slightly sweet because it’s made in house with wild yeast and koji. My first Blended Burger experience was life-changing because every bite was familiar, but also new and exciting at the same time! - @eastbaydish
Flipside is committed to serving all-natural, high quality meats, raised free-range, and proudly serves local produce whenever possible. Plenty of meat, topping and side options.
Their First Base Burger starts with a house ground chuck, with the addition of griddled beef tongue, pickled onions, and sesame aioli. Pair the burger with house cured bacon, fries or a salad.
For vegans out there, Kronnerburger serves the Impossible Burger. Made from simple, all-natural ingredients such as wheat, coconut oil, and potatoes, supposedly the closest thing to meat yet! If meat is still on your radar, get the Kronnerburger with fries and/or bone marrow on the side.
11. Lukas Taproom
Usually known for their packed bar with arcade games in the back... Lukas serves a mean burger. A half pound chuck & sirloin burger with fries.
12. Park Burger
Before jumping into their massive burger selection, we need to give some love to their mural of Oakland neighborhoods. Multiple burger options with organic, grass-fed beef. Make sure you try the milk shakes!
TrueBurger specializes in classic burgers, made with all natural, pasture-raised beef that’s ground daily. The burger is smashed and seared on a flat top griddle, so it has an amazing caramelized crust. It’s served on a soft egg bun with lettuce, tomato and garlic mayo and I always add bacon, cheese and grilled onions. It’s so comforting that I order one whenever I’m having a bad day - along with a Vanilla Milkshake with Caramel and Toasted Marshmallows.
14. Wood Tavern
Their Niman Ranch Burger is a little different than your typical burger. It's served on La Farine Baquette. We recommend adding the avocado and applewood smoked bacon.
15. The Golden Squirrel
Masami ground beef and bone marrow, house made American cheese, aioli, tomato, little gem lettuce, red onion.
The Side Menu (Social Shout-outs)
3. Plum Bar - (David Schwartz via Facebook comment)
4. Telegraph - (Kimberly Wharton via Facebook comment)
Now for dessert! Check out our Top Desserts in Oakland post!
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