As you’ve probably read, I’m originally from the Midwest which means I grew up eating a LOT of meat and LOVE IT!! Our summers hanging out on Lake Michigan included lots of BBQ’s with Burgers, Hot Dogs and typical summer fun. Even after becoming a California girl a few things will never change. The first being my Midwest roots. The second, my LOVE of meat. As a result, I’m always craving the best burger, wherever I dine!
Here you’ll find a running list of San Francisco’s Top 10 Burgers. This will be like the Eater 38 list which will be updated frequently. So, visit to see my latest burger discovery. Note, there is no particular order to the list. If you have a burger you recommend I try, please email me at Emily at JSFashionista.com. Thanks for sharing your SF Burger Love!
Another new addition to this list is Sweet Inspiration, a Castro favorite that has been around for years. With new owners, Chef Ryan Scott and adored sandwich shop owners, Ike’s Sandwiches. After visiting with Chef Ryan Scott and trying their incredible burger it is the latest addition to the list. Tasting similar to a burger you remember from your childhood with American Cheese, delicious pickles, a spicy sauce this burger is so light that you can literally devour it in 5 bites, but also not overly filling where you feel gross and stuffed after. 2239 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114.
Mission Bowling Club
For those of you bowlers, like me, you probably have been to Mission Bowl. It’s just a few blocks from my new place and I am thrilled as not only is it the best spot to bowl in the city, but they have one of my favorite burgers. It pairs perfectly with beer, and bowling and is literally life changing. Visit Mission Bowl and see for yourself! 3176 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Obviously with any good burger you need a beer. PBR pairs perfectly with the Mission Bowl Burger.
Bar San Pancho
It’s no surprise another new addition to this list comes from my new hood, The Mission! I’ve been a fan of Bar San Pancho since before moving to the hood as they have a fabulous, fun, lively bar with some of the best Salsa in the city (no joke I eat a basket of chips and salsa every visit) and I’ve just experienced their burger and it is DIVINE. As if a spot with a FAB Burger isn’t enough, on Mondays the Burger is only $5, otherwise it’s $14 (still a steal). You can’t beat that, a Top 10 Burger for $5. This reminds me of a Burger I ate as a kid with Velveeta cheese (soooo good), tomato, beef and a slice of honey glazed ham (so unexpected) yet soooo good. and it’s not super huge so you don’t feel weighed down or heavy after you eat it just perfectly satisfied. Go see for yourself and you’ll understand what I mean! 3198 16th St., San Francisco, CA 94103
Park Tavern & Marlowe
Marlowe Burger $17. It seems fitting that after years of hearing about The Marlowe burger I finally got a chance to try it at their sister restaurant Park Tavern. Park Tavern recently launched a Bordeaux and Burger night on Monday’s which I experienced and loved The Marlowe Burger. I loved the juicy flavorful burger and the touch of horseradish plus the caramelized onion. Park Tavern 1562 Stockton Street & 500 Brannan Street, San Francisco.
Finn Town Burger $18. Finn Town is a destination you should hurry into. I went the first week they were open and was blown away by the charming setting, this amazzzzing burger and the entire visit. The burger reminds me of something I had as a kid. Very simple, yet extremely flavorful and juicy with a light yet flavorful aioli sauce. It really is divine and something any burger lover will adore. 2251 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114.
Mezcalito Gouda Burger $13. The newest addition to Polk Street is Mezcalito with one of the most delicious burgers I have had in months. Hurry in and check out this burger it’s killer! Also I recommend not sharing this. I shared and was pretty sad I didn’t have my own all to myself. 2323 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109.
Wes Burger ‘N’ More
Wes Burger $10. Another new Burger gem I recently discovered in the Mission is Wes Burger. Set on Mission Street in a cool modern setting with a throwback to a 70’s diner vibe this $10 burger is incredible. It’s bright setting paired with the delicious, yummy eats make it a Mission must try. 2240 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
The Tavern Burger $22 – Anyone that knows San Francisco food knows of the iconic Wayfare Tavern owned by acclaimed Chef Tyler Florence. After finally making it into Wayfare Tavern to experience their Burger I have to say it’s incredible. It’s on a yummy Brioche Bun, with reserve cheddar, sautéed onion and avocado and or bacon as add ons. Typically I do a burger plain, however, I went with the avocado and it was fabulous. The fries are also killer!
Wood Grilled Hamburger $16.50. For any Nopa regulars like myself, you know there’s not much to say about the Nopa Burger besides try it! It’s one of the staples on the menu which you get to watch during brunch for those dining at the Chef’s Counter (my fav spot in the house!). The Nopa Burger is a generous portion of grass-fed beef with cheese of your choice, and fries. It’s quite heavenly and super popular as you dine and notice those enjoying it around you!
Americana Burger $15.75. This is truly an Americana burger reminding you of what a delicious classic burger be. Chef Adam Rosenblum, who I’m a huge fan of and have had the pleasure of interviewing (check the Chef Adam Rosenblum interview here) uses American cheese plus pickles, crispy onions and a Causwells sauce on his divine burger. It’s truly mouth-watering and so indulgent you won’t need french fries to pair with it. Instead, enjoy some light seasonal greens.
4505 Burgers & BBQ
Best Damn Grass Fed Cheeseburger $8.75 (single) or $13.75 (double). After spending a few hours in the kitchen staging (that’s the restaurant industry’s word for shadowing a chef as you learn the ropes) with Chef Andrew (check out the 4505 Meats Stage & Interview here) all I wanted was more beef. Literally and that’s when I tried their cheeseburger for the first time and was blown away. It’s extremely juicy with delicious Gruyère cheese, a secret 4505 sauce on a buttery grilled Sesame & Scallion Bun. Not only is it delicious but it’s the best burger bargain on this list so a win win! At $8.75 you can have a beer and still spend less than $15. Score!
Fog City Burger & Fries $17.50. The Fog City Burger will remind you of your childhood. Not to say it’s a child size portion, I mean the delicious burger takes you back to a familiar comfort food you just want more of. Especially due to the delicious gooey house-made American Cheese which really sets this burger apart from others. The burger includes Smoked Tomato Aioli, House-Made American Cheese, Tomato, Onion, Dill Pickles, and Hand Cut Fries. Not only is the cheese amazing, I loved the combination of other goodies on the burger especially the onion and dill pickles.