Burgers abound in Santa Monica—downtown and all around.
Visit these top spots representing a selection of local neighborhoods, with modern and inventive burger menus, and takeout options.
Relish the flavors and eat well on-the-go!
Enjoy the charms of Hawaii without ever leaving town at this family-owned favorite in Ocean Park.
Shaka Shack serves burgers with farm-sourced, grass-fed and free-range beef, like the “Kobe kahuna” with a one-half pound Kobe beef patty, wasabi mayonnaise, portobello, baby romaine and Swiss cheese. The “Samoan salmon” has a one-third pound Alaskan salmon patty, with soy mayonnaise, red onion and more. Vegetarian burger selections include the lava bean burger and the vegan Maui mushroom burger.
Look for frequent special offerings such as the O’Hana burger, which features a grass-fed Angus beef patty and house-crafted sweet Maui onion rings.
1701 Ocean Park Blvd., 310-450-5551, www.shakashackburgers.com
This growing national chain opened its first location right here in Ocean Park in 2003.
The restaurant features market selections with locally-sourced and sustainable offerings. Pick traditional beef burgers like the “Purist”, or choose selections with proteins including ahi tuna, grilled chicken and organic bison. Try a veggie patty and starters such as the grilled vegetable skewers.
Select from one-third or one-half pound burger in a bowl options like the signature “Sonoma” with organic mixed greens, quinoa and other fixings. Or, build your own burger with a wide array of toppings. The Counter serves beer, wine and cocktails, too.
Order online here.
2901 Ocean Park Blvd., 310-399-8383, www.thecounterburger.com
Chomp Eatery & Juice Station
Burgers and fresh juice headline the menu at this mid-city spot, which favors ingredients sourced from local, sustainable and organic farms.
Menu selections include the “classic Chomp” burger with Angus beef, arugula, infused mustard and more. For alternative diets, choose items like the Paleo burger with grass-fed ground beef and toppings served on a lettuce leaf. Look for sandwiches, salads, and on-the-go breakfast selections, too.
Chomp also offers a robust cold-pressed juice menu with selections like “hope” with pineapple and green apple.
Order online here.
1612 Santa Monica Blvd., 424-238-3398, www.chompeatery.com
Barney’s Gourmet Hamburgers
The Brentwood Country Mart is the Santa Monica home of this California-based chain.
Barney’s menu features not only classic burgers with options like beef, turkey or salmon, but an extensive list of specialty burgers as well. These include the “Popeye” with feta cheese, sautéed spinach, and a hint of roasted garlic, and the “Parisian” with marinated red onion and bleu cheese on a baguette. Beef here comes from locally-sourced ranches.
Try the vegetarian sandwiches or specialty salads like the “beach body” with grilled chicken, roasted beets, and other vegetables.
225 26th St., 310-899-0133, www.barneyshamburgers.com