Find These 10 Best Burgers in San Diego

Ah, burgers, the all American comfort food. San Diego is a creative hub teeming with activity, and it is also the birthplace of many craft breweries and handmade burgers. From fast casual to classy, here are ten best burgers you can find in San Diego:


Fast Casual

1. Smashburger — $

First started in Denver, CO and expanding its bases in SoCal, Smashburger has numerous locations in San Diego. Must-try are The San Diego Burger and Truffle Mushroom Swiss with Smash Fries seasoned in olive oil, rosemary and garlic!

Six more weeks of winter? Fine by me. 🍔😍🍔 #GroundhogDay #burgersonburgers #smashburger

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Let me see your grill(ed chicken.) 😁 🐔 #letmeseeyourgrill #chickensandwich #BaconAvocadoClub (📷: @yoleto)

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Like, where do you even begin?! 😍🍔🍟 #burger #fries #frickles (📷: @forevermishh)

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#SanDiegoBurger from #SmashBurger is bomb yo! #LaJolla #SanDiego

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2. Hodad’s — $$

Various locations in SD
The San Diego version of Fast Guys. Here, it’s all about the Double Bacon Cheeseburger that you can get with either fries or onion rings.


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Van, model ?? 🤔 #van #auto #car #oceanbeach #hodads #sandiego

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#burgers #beer

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Apparently this is the place to go for food… #coolrestaurantbro

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Best burger ever #hodads

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3. Burger Lounge — $$

You might come across this glory all over LA and elsewhere now, but it first opened in 2007 in La Jolla, CA. Founded by J. Dean Loring, the son of a butcher, Burger Lounge prides itself in serving quality grass-fed burgers.

Can you handle it? 📸 : @foodieOC⠀

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Bring it on home to me! #yeah

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A herd of Huskies! 🐺🐺🐺

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Business lunch. #chickensandwich

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4. Carnitas’ Snack Shack — $$

Various locations in SD
“SnackShack” specializes in carnitas-centric American cuisine, and it has just one burger item on the menu: the SnackShack Burger.

Stacked pork perfection. 📸: @goodeatslocal

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5. Soda & Swine — $$

Various locations in SD
Best vibes for a good, hearty burger and beer.

#porkbelly need I say more! #nomnomnom #slider #sodaandswine @libertystation 😋🍴

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Restaurant / Bar & Grill

6. Eureka! — $$

Sure it’s originally based in Hawthorne, CA, closer to LA, but there is just one location in San Diego and it’s right inside the UTC Westfield mall where college students gather. If you’ve been to Eureka! you would know; the Fresno Fig is to die for.







7. Common Theory Public House — $$

4805 Convoy St San Diego, CA 92111
Located along the outskirts of Convoy, a mini “Koreatown” of San Diego, Common Theory has a completely different vibe from the rest of the lower-end neighborhood. With over 30+ selections of craft beer and amazing appetizers, Common Theory provides a fun, casual-classy night out experience. Try their C.T. Burger.




Tag a friend who NEEDS to try this #VeggieBurger. Ummm…. 🤤🤤🤤

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8. Starlite — $$

3175 India St, San Diego, CA 92103
Perfect for cocktails and late night dining! Perfect for birthday parties too.







9. Juniper & Ivy — $$$

2228 Kettner Blvd San Diego, CA 92101
At first glance you might not find a burger option in this high-end restaurant, but that makes this off-the-menu “In-N-Haute” burger that much more special. There are usually no more than a dozen orders available each night, but Juniper & Ivy is not a burger joint–it’s a modern restaurant that serves other New American entrees and desserts. The burger’s worth a try though!

New Year's Resolution – eat more burgers. So far, so good.

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Sesame seed buns by @sambirdinsties // 📷 by @santhonywells

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Always delicious & creative here. #InNHaute _ @juniperandivy #SanDiego #California #DateNight _

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10. Pamplemousse Grille — $$$$

514 Via de la Valle, Suite 100 Solana Beach, CA 92075
French-inspired New American cuisine that’s super super high-end. Their Kobe Beef Burger, $24, comes with truffle cheese, truffle mayo, and truffle parmesan fries!

Traditions rule //

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(Yelp / Joanne B)
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By Hyeyoung Jung · Contributor

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