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Best Burger & Fries in Sacramento

Which places serve the best burger and fries in Sacramento? The "perfect" combo could come from two different restaurants. My vote goes for the burger from Nationwide Meats and the garlic fries from Jack's Urban Eats. Any other suggestions, or maybe a place that serves both to perfection?

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  1. I always liked the garlic fries at Sacramento Brewing Company, and their burger was pretty darned good too.

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    1. re: GroovinGourmet

      I miss Sacramento Brewing! They've been closed for over a year, now, and I thinkthey had the best garlic fried.

    2. I was VERY surprised to have a perfect rare burger last night at the new Bernardo at R and 15th. Whenever I usually ask for rare it comes medium; this was a change. The fries were mediocre though.

      Yeah, Nationwide is definitely the best overall burger in town. Fastfood style burgers from Willie's aren't horrible but have a lot of sauce and stuff on em. But decent. Their fries are good too. I like them better than the fries at Jack's.

      Also, 33rd st bistro has good fries, or used to, with chili oil and blue cheese.. Rubicon has OK waffle fries, but a mediocre burger.

      Tower still has a pretty decent burger and decent enough fries. Not amazing, but good.

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      1. re: hewn

        Hewn: Thanks for the tip on a rare burger at Cafe Bernardo's. I love a rare burger! The only place I have been able to get a rare burger done right is at home where my husband knows how to cook a rare burger. The last time I tried was at the Fox and Goose. Got a disappointing burger after being assured they could cook it rare. My dining companion, Robert (from this board), asked the waiter to take it back and ask the kitchen to try again. Second attempt was better-- between medium rare and medium. Will have to give CB's burger a try. Thanks!

        1. re: melly

          Oh, forgot about them. The new owners are terrific and even though they don't make that evil habanero chili, the burgers are still great (although the fried chicken tacos are even better!).

        2. Nationwide is number one. But I can't stand the fries.

          Waterboy has a killer burger at lunchtime and the fries are delicious. And even though the bacon is also killer, the bigger is actually just as good without it.

          1. Missb...agree about the burger at The Waterboy. Loved the grilled onions and the bun is perfecto. Fries are okay.

            1. Another good place, in the 'burbs - way down on Sutterville Rd & Freeport Bl - Ford's Burgers & Fries.

              1. The best fries are at Weiner Works at Madison and Auburn (on the Madison side). they have a fantastic burger too, that might rank among the city's best. But their dogs are easily the best int own. beer steamed dogs with great buns.

                1. a little biased but the bridges burger from bridges on the river is really good and the fries arent bad either

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                  1. re: hilscher11

                    I have never heard of this restaurant, but it looks good. A good riverside restaurant is a good ace to have up one's sleeve.

                  2. I know I'm coming in a little late to this thread... If you're willing to venture a bit North of Sac, Tazzina Bistro in Woodland has an absolutely amazing (American) Kobe burger. A friend described it as "orgasmic". I never knew it was possible for a hamburger to be this good (and if you go there, start with the french onion soup- it is the BEST I've ever had).

                    There's a humerous write-up of the hamburgers of Woodland at http://insidewoodland.com/hamburgers.cfm

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                    1. re: woodlandkate

                      Thanks on the tip for Tazzina. I occasionally am in Woodland for work, and the lunch menu looks very nice. Any word on the fries?

                      1. re: Sacto_Damkier

                        Fries are very good, but the burger is the real standout. I think on the lunch menu is a more modest burger- it's worth a few more dollars to upgrade to the Kobe. Let me know what you think of it if you make it over there.

                      2. re: woodlandkate

                        Anything orgasmic is on my list of "have to haves". We'll be going to Woodland. I am headed to The Waterboy for orgasmic sweetbreads today!!

                        1. re: woodlandkate

                          Also, we had a Kobe burger at the Cheesecake Factory that was fabulous. Take ear plugs or a valium...it is noisy as hell in there.

                        2. Wow, sounds like there is a reason to go out there after all! I'll try it next time I'm in the area - thanks for the tip.

                          1. Every once in a while my co-workers like to go to Black Angus for lunch and I always get a burger. The thing I like most about it is the patty. Always tender and very beefy. They havn't overcooked it (it's always a little pink in the middle). I havn't asked for a rare one. I will next time. The bun is good too. Always is fresh and is big enough to handle the patty and fixins. The fries were average.

                            Now I'm goin' to Woodland for that Kobe.

                            1. In N Out rocks my world. Those fries are a work of art.

                              I know, I know. . . it's a . . chain.


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                              1. re: okaythen

                                In-N-Out is IMHO the best fast-food burger I have tried. The "fries well done" are well done as well. But sometimes, I crave a big, thick burger. Also, In-N-Out is in the suburbs while I live in the city.

                              2. I like a sourdough-type bun and so my vote would be for Jaspers (I always go to the one on Fulton Ave.) and Scott's Burger Shack (on Franklin, near Sutterville). Big burgers, messy w/mayo, mustard, cheese and all the veggies. Plus, they both serve the fat french fries, which are my favorite.

                                1. in & out for sure!!! nice & fresh, but more importantly, cheap too!

                                  1. not in sac, but Al's Place in Locke serves a great caramelized crispy-edged burger off the flattop. In the One-of-the-top-5-burgers range. Authentic and beefy.

                                    don't know about fries there.

                                    1. Squeeze Inn and Bandera for burgers, for sure.

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                                      1. re: Mr. S

                                        I went to Squeeze Inn for the first time today. The burger was good, (although I felt it was more about the cheese then the burger), it was not worth the 20 minute drive. I ordered my food at 2:45 and did not get my order until 3:25. One of the owners (I guess) Shelly needs to take some Customer Service classes and it would be nice NOT to see fries thrown against the wall and then served to customers. I will take vistiors to the Squeeze Inn just for the adventure, but I will stick with In and Out Burger. AVG

                                      2. Well I love Burgers and I've been to just about all of the places that anyone and everyone can recommend in and around Sacramento. With that said I will tell you as many places to go as possible =-)...Best Burger and Fries hands down IMO is Nation Wide in downtown Sac they grind their own chuck fresh daily from Harris Ranch quiality beef and their fries are always cooked perfect. Squeeze Inn I would say is the runner up because their burger is more about the cheese than the beef and their fries are good. Ettore suprisingly has a great burger, but no fries...only pasta with your burger. Jim Denny's is also has a good burger, but the fries are just regular old factory fries. Bowinkle's in Rio Linda has awesome burgers and decent fries. Lou's Burgers is always a good choice. Ink has a very good burger and decent fries. California fats every once in awhile has a kobe burger that is exceptional, but it's not always on the menu...and they don't carry any mayo inside the restaurant. Willie's is good if you want a burger late that taste's like in n out. Scott's burger shack has great burgers and great prices. Jasper's not bad. Stockton Burgers is good and quiet almost all the time. Bandera has a decent burger, but again...no fries I don't really like a burger without fries it should be against the law. Ford's Burgers...I have no idea what people see in this place the burgers cost you an arm and a leg and it tastes like a sausage patty...and not in a good way. The Zinfandale Grille has an awesome blue burger with blue cheese and decent fries. Awful Wally's has awesome burgers and decent fries at a really good price. Papa's Pizzeria in Rio Linda also has some exceptional burgers. If you go to try one make sure its the Square Burger. This burger comes on a large sourdough bun covered in garlic butter and grilled with two side by side 1/4# patties covered in swiss and american cheeses with grilled canadian bacon and veggies. Fudruckers has great burgers...even offering a 1# burger that is one huge patty and yes the bun is huge as well...all burgers cooked to order great fries and you dress the burger yourself at their fresh veggie bar. Whitey's in West Sac is ok but not as good as it's hype. Hefty Burger in West Sac is a much better choice.

                                        I will even drive for a good burger i.e. Joe's Cable Car in San Francisco...great burger ok fries. Ikeda's in Auburn is good...they sprinkle cinnamon on their burger I am still not decided on if I actually like that or not.

                                        As you can see I try to go to them all and I'm sure I left a few of them out, so please forgive me if I haven't listed your favorite place.

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                                        1. re: xounlistedxox

                                          Had Willie's the other day after a long hiatus and had forgotten how good their "Bad Boy" burger is. Good fries too.

                                        2. I also for forgot a few Famous Burgers on Folsom has some awesome burger, but regular fries. Crepeville in Downtown has an awesome fresh ground burger and good fries. Hamburger Mary's has great burgers and fries MOST of the time...sometimes not so good. Fanny Ann's Saloon also has decent burgers and fries. Fat City has a good burger and fries.

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                                          1. re: xounlistedxox

                                            Xounlistedxox, did you ever have the burger with a little bleu cheese along with a cup of their seafood chowder at Bailies in Folson before it changed owners? I just want to know for comparison.

                                            1. re: xounlistedxox

                                              FYI, Hamburger Mary's is now Hamburger Patty's. Same menu, but no longer part of the chain.

                                            2. I enjoy the Tapa Burger with manchego at Tapa the World. but the guiltiest pleasure is Nationwide Freezer Meat' Triple French with Cheese. Have it for lunch, sleep the rest of the day.

                                              Nationwide Freezer Meats
                                              1930 H St, Sacramento, CA 95811

                                              Tapa the World & Kasbah Lounge
                                              2115 J St, Sacramento, CA 95816

                                              1. No I have never been to Ballies...is it still good under new ownership? I most recently went to The Cheescake Factory and had their Kobe Beef Burger which was pretty good, but the fries were just plain factory fries. I also went to Weiner Works and had their burger and fries which were both pretty decent, but nowhere near the best in town. I haven't been to Tapa the World, so I'm gonna have to check these places out. I think I may have also forgot to mention California Burger on Auburn which has great burgers and decent fries.

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                                                1. re: xounlistedxox

                                                  The new owners at Bailies dropped the burger, which I thought was the best I'd had in the Sacramento area. A bottle of Seghesio Zin on half-price wine night (which they still have), a cup of the chowder (not as good as before) and the burger = almost heaven.

                                                2. The biggest burger from Nation Wide that I have ever been able to finish the whole burger and fries(small) was a Double French with cheese...they are good size burgers and can't be beat. I've listed so many places that I think I should revise my list to the top 10 must try buger and fries in Sac.

                                                  1. Nation Wide Freezer Meats(French with cheese) @20th&Hst. Downtown Sac
                                                  2.The Squueze Inn(Squeezeburger w/cheese) Fruitridge before Power Inn
                                                  3.Ettore(only one burger no fries) on Fair Oaks
                                                  4.Papa's Pizzeria(Sqaure Burger) in Rio Linda
                                                  5.Bowinkles(Rush Limbaugh w/cheese) in Rio Linda
                                                  6.Fudrucker's(any and all burgers)Madison and Sunrise
                                                  7.Bandera(one burger on menu no fries)on Fair Oaks
                                                  8.Jim Denny's Lunch(any burger)12th street Downtown
                                                  9.Ink in 28th st. Downtown Sac
                                                  10.California Fat's(Kobe Burger call for availability)Old Town Sac

                                                  1. I went to Sizzler today on Madison Avenue and I must say I was impressed with their 1/2lb burger with cheese. You can tell it was prepared fresh and cooked right along side steaks. Very tender and juicy meat. This came with fries and a drink for under $10 not a bad deal. I ordered this burger medium rare and it was exactly that. Fries were typical nothing special, but way to go Sizzler

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                                                      1. re: hewn

                                                        I'm still open to suggestion...I want to find some more great burgers in and around Sacramento...any ideas? What is a MUST TRY burger?

                                                    1. Ettores have a very yummy burger, Jack's urban eats have the best garlic fries

                                                      1. I too love the burger and fry, and believe that Nationwide, the "Squeeze", Waterboy and 33rd street bistro are the finest in town. Last Friday I visited the Ruth Chris on Fair Oaks to try their version of the Kobe burger. Pretty damned good...a bit perfect ...really clean execution,perfect little rounds of mildly grilled spanish onion and the fries and ketchup dip were very very good. Not a great burger eating environment, ( a bit starchy, yea) but I will forgive them because this delicious burger just muscled it's way into my top three.

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                                                        1. re: zenboy

                                                          I wonder if anyone has tried the burgers at the other steakhouses in Sacramento, specifically Chops & Broiler. The description of the Chops Capitol Burger sounds real good.

                                                          1. re: Sacto_Damkier

                                                            I've been overall unhappy with Chops, although I still eat there regularly as it's right across from the Capitol and very quick to get to at lunch. The food's not so bad, but the service is atrocious - sometimes it can take 30 minutes to get your order taken when you are on a 1 hour lunchbreak, and another 30 minutes to get your food (that's happened a few times...).

                                                            That long preamble aside, though, they do have a good burger. Better meat but similar to the Tower's all american burger in terms of size and quality of veggies/bread, a bit smaller than that. I don't think anyone makes a better burger than the French at Nationwide, but that place is pretty nasty inside and I don't like to eat there (I liked their old location a LOT, but the new place just has this dirty, lonely strip mall feel and is not very pleasant inside).

                                                            The Broiler does a great job with ground sirloin. Juicy, lean, very rich, perfectly rare.

                                                        2. I have been to Chops twice...the dry aged steaks were the draw, so enticing, only to be disappointed on both occasions. Probably won't go back,then again maybe their hamburgers ...naw. Other let downs include Fords burgers off Freeport and one place I had heard so much about is the Tumbleweed on Folsom. Both places were very over rated. Big burgers with small flavor. Someone earlier had mentioned that they liked the old Nationwide location better than the H street spot...I agree...same with the Broiler, i kinda dug the old dingy J street spot, had a very Chicago vibe. Speaking of Chicago, where does one go to get a good dog in this town. I do love Pinks in LA and Grays Papaya in New York, and several great spots in Chicago. But tree town is kinda hurting for a signature dog joint. Weiner Works is fair,kinda tasteless dogs, pretty good fries though, the Dogout on Manzanita is okay and I like Sammy's Sausage in Granite Bay. Anybody got something Pulp Fiction worthy cuz i do like a tasty dog

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                                                          1. re: zenboy

                                                            I'm not a big hot dog person, so definitely no expert, but have you tried Morants Old Fashioned Sausage Kitchen on Franklin Blvd, ( just a few blocks north of Fruitridge). I hear they make everything from scratch and they often cook their products (for on-the-go eating) right out front on a BBQ. I agree w/you about Fords (VERY overrated). My fave burgers (for nonfancy restaurants) are Jaspers and Scotts Burger shack

                                                            1. re: zenboy

                                                              Depends on the dog. I doubt that Sacramento is a big hot dog place due to the lack of East Coast influence compared to LA. Morants is the best for sausages, but I know what you are looking for, and they are not it. Some Targets have Vienna Beef dogs, and I love the giant Dinger Dogs at Raley Field during the River Cats games. Given our proximity to both Alpine Meats and Miller, we should have some better shops. Still, I doubt that we will ever have Pulp Fiction worthy places.

                                                              1. re: zenboy

                                                                I haven't eaten there, but at 56th and H (at the Elvas intersection) is a place called The Weinery. My understanding is that their dogs are steamed, so if grilled is your thing you may be out of luck.

                                                                Desperate? Costco! Their dogs are good, their Polish sausage better. Plus it's dirt cheap (dog and coke for a couple of bucks).

                                                                1. re: zenboy

                                                                  The Hotdogger in Davis is not bad -- great buns -- and they show up every Saturday and most Wednesdays at the Farmer's market.


                                                                  129 E St, Davis, CA 95616

                                                                2. I haven't seen McCormick & Schmick mentioned here. They're 99% seafood and, not being a fan of that, I was dismayed when I learned that our company holiday party would be held there. They had exactly one non-seafood entree on the menu and that was a burger. YAY!!! It was cooked to order and VERY delicious! It came with fries, but I don't remember anything overly spectacular about them. The ketchup was served in a tiny dish and I could have used more of that for the fries. :-) The only downside is that I did bring about half of the burger home (I think it was a half-pounder), but I forgot to tell the hostess that I did NOT want the rabbit food, so they tossed it *all* in the box and all the way back to the office, all I could think of was "who has the awful onion breath?" (there were a few of us in the car). I was quite embarrassed when I realized it was my **unwanted** onions making the stink!

                                                                  A couple weeks ago, I met some friends at Hamburger Pattie's (the former Hamburger Mary's in Midtown). I'd never been to Mary's so I didn't know what to expect. I ordered my burger medium-well, but it was probably medium, at best (definite pink in the middle). For the bun, I believe I chose white or sourdough but the burger arrived on "something dark" (I'm not a fan of "dark" breads). The edges of the burger (where it was cooked better) were good, but I hadn't had much to eat that day and a big burger sounded yummy, so I was a bit disappointed. I ordered the seasoned fries and they were so hot with spices, they burnt my mouth! I didn't bring anything home, and left there feeling rather disappointed.

                                                                  For fast food, I TOTALLY agree that In & Out is the bestest fast-food burger in town!!! :-) I've eaten at several In & Out's in Sacramento, Davis, Travis, Silicon Valley, and even SF!! They were all consistently delicious!

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                                                                  1. re: sacinthecity

                                                                    M&S has a $1.99 1/2lb cheeseburger and fries for happy hour with the purchase of two drinks. Their drinks are very good (but pricy), so I am glad to hear that the burger is good. Maybe tartar sauce for the fries? Now I have to try the place!

                                                                  2. It was cold and rainy a few nights ago when I accidentally slogged into Muntean’s Bistro in Roseville. It bills itself as Romanian, Hungarian, Italian & Greek food, so I ordered a hamburger. I was so surprised by one of the best hamburgers I’ve had in a long time: a big patty of good Angus beef char-grilled perfectly, medium-rare as ordered with mushrooms, a good slice of red onion as requested, cheese, etc., etc. It was $7.95 with choice of soup, salad, fries, etc. My wife had the avocado, jack cheese and so forth burger for the same price. I had clam chowder with mine and she had perfectly cooked French fries. The owner gave us a couple of hot, orange-cranberry scones after we finished. They also had really good coffee to warm us up. Wow! We were so full and pleased.
                                                                    Muntean’s Boulevard Bistro
                                                                    5181 Foothills Blvd.
                                                                    Roseville, CA

                                                                    1. Man, if you haven't had Lou's Burgers, you don't know what you're missing. Awesome taste from a small locale. One of the best tasting burgers I've ever had, among Squeeze Inn, Ford's Burger, In-n-Out, and Big Cahuna Burgers.

                                                                      1. Based on a write-up by Mike Dunne in the Bee, I visited L Wine Lounge & Urban Kitchen in the 1800 block of L St. for a L Burger. This burger is made from a blend of beef, lamb and pork. Boy, is it good! Also, I ordered a split of a Grenache blend, 2004 Domaine Les Pallières Gigondas, which was outstanding with the burger.

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                                                                        1. re: BN1

                                                                          had the kobe burger from the cheesecake factory in Roseville last night, pretty darn good

                                                                        2. This is also very late, but I stumbled upon this thread looking for my burger destiny for a day in Roseville.
                                                                          The Ruth's Chris on Fair Oaks (can't speak for others) has a burger on Friday's for lunch. Fantastic if you can handle the pretentious setting.

                                                                          1. I found yet another awesome Burger. A place called Pizza Classico in Folsom. Its a huge burger on foccachia bread(or however it's spelled)mixed greens and has a taste of cinnamon and possibly miracle whip. Either way very much worth trying out.

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                                                                            1. re: xounlistedxox

                                                                              ok look the best frys i have ever had i will tell you this for those who care, but it is pretty far, first let me tell you about how good they were perfectly cooked and seasoned french fries not bad price, but they were so perfect i ate something with them then just kept ordering those lol serving after serving then two girls joined me in my servings they were amazing the place is right under the ghetty museum in Los Angelas its just a chain type restraunt you know you wait in line like a cafateria but those fries man mmmm :)

                                                                            2. There used to be a small place on a floating barge on the Sacramento river that you accessed from the town of Bryte / West Sac. The burgers were served on 6" french rolls in one basket, and the fries were in another plastic basket. You had to go down this steep ramp to get to the resturant, sat outside and had a view of Old Sacramento across the river. I can not remember the name of the place but the burgers were so good and juicy. I know it closed several years ago back in the mid 80's I believe.

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                                                                                  1. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L

                                                                                    I have not seen the Flaming Grill on El Camino Ave and Bell Rd. mentioned.
                                                                                    In my opinion it is right up there with most of the places you all mentioned on this thread.
                                                                                    Another big plus for me: it is walking distance, for me, yet another biggie: reasonable prices and consistent quality.
                                                                                    Look on Yelp.com, there are lots of reviews of this place.

                                                                                    1. re: marion l.

                                                                                      oh you're so right-flaming grill is wonderful. i think i did a post on it when we first found it right after it opened

                                                                                      1. re: marion l.

                                                                                        Consistently excellent food! Don't go if you are in a hurry. The bison burger with the onion straws is amazingly good. Sweet potato fries are cooked extra crispy which is great. My only problem with this place is that they can be a little heavy handed with the salt.

                                                                                        Flaming Grille Cafe
                                                                                        2319 El Camino Ave, Sacramento, CA 95821

                                                                                        1. re: marion l.

                                                                                          Marion, we must be neighbors geographically and gastronomically because I too live around the corner from the Flaming Grille and happen to think their burgers are terrific. They have a coupon on restaurant.com but it's almost not worth using unless you have several people going for the exotic meats, since their basic burger is so cheap. Rex is right about the sweet potato fries and the fried onions are dynamite also. I tried the yak and ostrich burgers, but I've found that it's pretty hard to beat beef in a hamburger. The basic burger + fries is about $6 and another bonus is that they have a kids' burger and fries for $2.49.

                                                                                          Flaming Grille Cafe
                                                                                          2319 El Camino Ave, Sacramento, CA 95821

                                                                                          1. re: azlefty

                                                                                            Their basic burger, the "Cafe Burger" tastes frozen, but their Sirloin burgers are excellent and are cooked to order. They are more pricey (around $9) but that includes the french fries. Their mushroom & swiss burger is wonderful. The Sirloin Burgers are so huge, that they can easily feed 2 people and they give a lot of fries.

                                                                                          2. re: marion l.

                                                                                            The cross street is Bell Street, not Bell Road, and the food is wonderful!

                                                                                        2. re: toncasmo

                                                                                          We used to go to a place on the river that used an old jetway to get to it...was that it?

                                                                                          1. re: sanmigmike

                                                                                            virgin sturgeon- it's still there but i don't hear much about it anymore

                                                                                      2. Wasn't impressed with the Nationwide burger--the meat was dry and no real flavor. The fries were good, but overly greasy which explained the heavy grease stains on the salt 'shakers'. In-N-Out beats them all hollow at a fraction of the cost.

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                                                                                        1. re: NVJims

                                                                                          I would recommend Islands. I've been to the one in Folsom, but not Roseville. This place rocks! They have great burgers and they serve them with an endless amount of fries. The service is good too. Everyone there is usually very friendly. I'm surprised this placed hasn't been mentioned before now. I'm not from the Sacto area, but I always stop at Islands on my way to Tahoe.

                                                                                          The teriyaki burger is my fave. I like the guacamole burger too. I wish they had an Islands in Santa Cruz. The burgers are big and juicy. The buns are ample, but not too big. They're also very soft. It's easy to eat these burgers even though there big. And did I mention the fries? Holy cow, they give you a whole basket! They're well seasoned and cut from real potatoes. Islands is the place to go for a lively burger experience.

                                                                                          2455 Iron Point Rd, Folsom, CA 95630

                                                                                        2. Someone earlier mentioned Bandera and I have to agree. Pretty much all their meat is great and the burger especially so. They also have no corkage fee, which is behavior I wish to reward. If you are on the road and need a good, local, no-frills burger - Ikeda in Auburn on I80 is great. They also have milkshakes and homemade pie that will kill you daid.

                                                                                          1. Another good place worth a try is Jolly Burger on Auburn Blvd in Citrus Heights. They have fresh never frozen patties, decent fries, and excellent shakes all at decent prices and a money back guarantee. It's run by a nice older couple that are fun to talk to and know a thing or two about running a burger stand the right way.

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                                                                                            1. re: xounlistedxox

                                                                                              Yeah Jolly Burger is great for the drive in style of burger. And he is hoot and a half. love the guy, known them for along time..
                                                                                              Whatever you do, don't confuse them with other burger stand down the street. Sams I think. (used to be Lous) Lousy stuff there.

                                                                                            2. I've been keeping track of the burgers for a while now (not the fries though) and here are the places I really like in no particular order:

                                                                                              Johnny Rockets (Cheddar Bacon Double burger)
                                                                                              Red Robin (tried a few different ones and no complaints)
                                                                                              Squeeze Inn (Cheeseburger)
                                                                                              Yunece 61 BBQ
                                                                                              In-n-out is the best fast food burger

                                                                                              Have not tried Jim Denny's or Nationwide yet.
                                                                                              Disappointing burgers at River City Brewing and Islands

                                                                                              Squeeze Inn
                                                                                              5301 Power Inn Rd., Sacramento, CA 95820

                                                                                              Yunece 61
                                                                                              9657 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95827

                                                                                              1. Hands Down the best burger in Sacramento is at Formoli's. It is a small hole in the wall restaurant on 33 and J. They have some kind of spicy aoli that they put on it that is unbelievable. There is also something they do to the meat that I can't quite figure out but it is the best I have ever had. Try it.

                                                                                                Formoli's Restaurant
                                                                                                3260 J St, Sacramento, CA 95816

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                                                                                                1. re: No1Flipcupper

                                                                                                  I also the vote for Formoli's as having THE best burger BY FAR. Their aioli, as noted, along with their fresh tasting bun expertly cooked patty (probably a medium rare), make for an amazing flavor. Every time I take a bite into one of their burgers, steam comes out and juices run down my hand. Coupled that with the (seasonal) sweet potato fries, and you are good to go. Although I don't think of it as a "hole in the wall" per se. It is in a hole in the wall location maybe, but I think of it as more a small-time bistro. A good dinner date type place.

                                                                                                  I'd have to give second place to Tapa the World, their Tapa Burger is amazing as well.

                                                                                                  Distant third (maybe) Cafe Bernardo (R +15). Something interesting about the taste of their burger sticks in my head.

                                                                                                  Cafe Bernardo
                                                                                                  1431 R St, Sacramento, CA 95811

                                                                                                  Formoli's Restaurant
                                                                                                  3260 J St, Sacramento, CA 95816

                                                                                                  1. re: sac48738

                                                                                                    we went to formoli's for first time last saturday night- omg it was so good! we split one and i'm glad we did or i would have been too full but i wished i had more at the time because i loved it! what a great place- sat at the bar, had a very nice glass of malbec at a reasonable price and soup first- perfect!

                                                                                                    1. re: toncasmo

                                                                                                      I am happy to know about Formoli's.

                                                                                                      Formoli's Restaurant
                                                                                                      3260 J St, Sacramento, CA 95816

                                                                                                      1. re: melly

                                                                                                        defintely try formoli's- fabulous!! i put it on my FB page too!! so now it will probably even more crowded- and it's partly my fault!

                                                                                                  2. re: No1Flipcupper

                                                                                                    I agree 150%

                                                                                                    Best Burger I have ever eaten. Everyone should try it once.

                                                                                                  3. One of the very best burgers I've had was at Morgan's Bar and Grill at 34th and S streets. They have a full bar, the kitchen is open until 9 and the people are friendly. Unfortunately more often than not when we go in it's not too crowded, but I'm hoping I can change that with reviews like this. Check out this Buffalo Blue Cheese Burger we got the other day (it was so pretty I had to take a picture). I would compare it to the quality and taste of Dad's on Freeport. This burger is a bit dolled up though, I prefer just meat, produce and bread. Nonetheless it was incredibly good, (My GF was nice enough to let me have a bite) and my chicken sandwich was outstanding.

                                                                                                    Morgan's Bar & Grill
                                                                                                    3348 S St, Sacramento, CA 95816

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                                                                                                    1. re: ColonelPanic

                                                                                                      Hey Azlefty, it only took me about three months to realize that you said we might be neighbors, when are you going to the Flaming Grill again?
                                                                                                      Let me know, haven't been in a while, go to get a taste again.

                                                                                                    2. There is a new king in town for burgers. If you guys haven't tried Smash Burger up on Sunrise blvd it's an absolute must! They also have fries tossed in olive oil with rosemary for a new twist on fries... plus sweet potato fries! Everything is cooked fresh when ordered and is excellent.
                                                                                                      5500 Sunrise Blvd
                                                                                                      Citrus Heights, CA 95610

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                                                                                                      1. re: xounlistedxox

                                                                                                        This restaurant opened in April. It was AWESOME in April and May. The last two times I have been to this restaurant, June/July, they have made significant mistakes in our order. My wife doesn't eat red meat and they served her a burger instead of chicken on one occasion and forgot to omit bacon on another. Also, they served undercooked sweet potato fries and forgotten to put onion straws on another burger. The concept of fresh cooked burgers and fries tossed in olive oil, rosemary, and salt is a welcome addtion to the Citrus Heights dining scene. I hope they can re-gain the quality and attention to detail they had when they first opened.

                                                                                                        1. re: RestaurantRex in CH

                                                                                                          I have been to this place a couple of time recently. They definitely got their "groove" back.
                                                                                                          Not as good as Flaming Grill, but a close second.

                                                                                                        2. re: xounlistedxox

                                                                                                          There's another location in Folsom on Bidwell St., which is where I usually go to Islands on my way to Tahoe. I will definitely try Smash Burger next time!

                                                                                                          Thanks for the recommendation.

                                                                                                        3. If you guys haven't tried Gatsby's Diner it's a must! You can order a burger cooked to order and that's exactly how you get it... now more ordering Medium Rare and getting Medium Well and/or Well! On top of that they have the best service I've seen.
                                                                                                          You'll find Gatsby's at the corner of Fulton and Alta Arden across the street from Target. I was talking with the co-owner and he said they're going to be on Diners Drive-Ins and Dives and that Guy has already visited with the camera crew, so you better get over there quick before it takes two hours to get a seat there!

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                                                                                                          1. re: xounlistedxox

                                                                                                            Finally checked it out. I actually needed reservations! I ordered the blood orange burger and chips. The burger was great and though the bun was big it was actually light and slightly sweet. When they asked what sauce I wanted I thought it was for dipping the chips in, but it was on the burger. I don't like sauce/mayo on my burger, but that was my mistake for not asking. The blood orange marmalade OTOH was great.
                                                                                                            My dining partner and I loved the seafood chowder. I didn't like the chips and my friend's fries were meh.

                                                                                                            I'd go back though, the service was amazing and the ambiance was fun and relaxing. I think if I go back I'd do the chowder, salad and a dessert. I think my burger craving has been satisfied for the next 3 months.

                                                                                                          2. It's quite nice to see so many burger and fries offerings in Sacto. Many of them are on the way to Tahoe, which is good for me. Great thread.

                                                                                                            1. Burgers & Brew in downtown has an excellent burger and good fries. Plus you can enjoy a huge selection of fine beers at great prices. I ordered a burger, fires, and a Guinness and it was barely over $10!!!

                                                                                                              Burgers & Brew
                                                                                                              403 3rd St, Davis, CA 95616

                                                                                                              1. I think I have a new favorite: Roxy on Fair Oaks Blvd. between Pavillions and Loehman's. What you get is a 1/2 lb., nicely seasoned meat, cooked to order on an eggy (like challlah) bun. It even had a nice smokey taste. I went at happy hour and it was only $5. I had the zucchini chips with it which I thought were just so-so. Next time I'll try the fries.

                                                                                                                Roxy Restaurant
                                                                                                                2381 Fair Oaks Blvd Ste 3, Sacramento, CA 95825

                                                                                                                1. We Loved the burger and fries at Shady Lady near Burgers and Brew. It was cooked perfectly med rare, it was absolutely spot on. The bun itself was awesome and the fries were as good as the ones we got at Bouchon in Yountville. I highly recommend it. Great bar too...atmosphere was nice. Service was great too. I am drooling now.


                                                                                                                  1. Best fries go to:

                                                                                                                    Jolly Burger in Citrus Heights. Fresh cut, skin on and perfect. YUM.

                                                                                                                    @nd place to Samuel Hornes in Folsom, especially the blue cheese/bacon fries.

                                                                                                                    1. Burgers and brew. hands down. best burger. and there's brew. :)

                                                                                                                      1. Thanks to all who recommended the burgers at Nationwide. We had lunch there yesterday after seeing the hilarious and witty Clayton Bailey retrospective at the Crocker Museum. The burgers were great, although next time I'm going to get a small one since I cpuldn't finish mine. My husband asked me to mention that they were the juiciest/messiest burger he's ever had. We probably went through 12 napkins. Super nice people on both sides of the counter - we will defintiely be back!

                                                                                                                        Nationwide Freezer Meats
                                                                                                                        1930 H St, Sacramento, CA 95811

                                                                                                                        1. Finally had the Nationwide burger yesterday. It could have been one of the best EXCEPT I ordered it rare (not medium rare - rare) and it was well done. Still it was mighty tasty. Will
                                                                                                                          try once more and ask them to underline rare three times. If they don't cook burgers rare,
                                                                                                                          they should tell you. Did not like the fries one bit. Didn't seem like fries.

                                                                                                                          1. I have tried many more burger places around sac since my last post. Flaming Grile. I had their sirloin burger and was not impressed fries mediocre at best. Nation's on sunrise decent burger and fries, The Habit tasted like in n out, but not as good. Best chain in town I think is Five Guys Burgers and their Cajun Fries! Do not miss out on the cajun fries! Best Burger/Fries in town... Nationwide in downtown still gets my vote.

                                                                                                                            1. The TOP 7 Burger joints in Sacramento

                                                                                                                              Anyone reading reviews on hamburger joints has to be serious about finding the best burgers in town, am I right? ... Now I won't delve into burgers that start at $7 for this review (except a very special worthy one) but none of the others like Nationwide Freezer Meats and the like who are basic hamburger joints trying to get restaurant prices - no these joints have disqualified themselves from the best burger competition.... reason is that we would have to include burgers like the Pepper Jack at Vince's in Elk Grove or the Ruth Chris cheeseburger.. both of which would blow Nationwide completely away!.. Besides at any price Nationwide Freezer burgers are just okay, and would not win any real burger competition- so lets get to it.

                                                                                                                              I love a great burger for a reasonable price don't you?? In my opinion you cannot go wrong with the following Top 7 hamburger joints for quality, taste and a reasonable price! Of course one stands alone as my #1 but don't go there yet... save the BEST for last.

                                                                                                                              Honorable Mention

                                                                                                                              SMASH Burger - I like this burger served open faced with a beef patty that is a bit flaky and very tasty.... a very good burger! Think of The Habit but better.
                                                                                                                              All American w/ cheese $4.99

                                                                                                                              Burger Level 3

                                                                                                                              # 6.The Squeeze Inn - Now this is the only $7 cheeseburger on this list (breaking my own rule) but it just cannot be left off because this burger it is really WORTH it... You have to have the Squeeze Inn on your favorite hamburger stops.. you just have to! Squeezeburger with cheese $7.10

                                                                                                                              Burger Level 2 (5-4)

                                                                                                                              #5. In & Out Burger - Hey it may not be sexy but they serve a fresh meat, veg and bun burger that tastes great and does the job very every time.. and their price just cannot be beat! Cheeseburger $2.20 , Double Double $3.20

                                                                                                                              #4. Cookie's Drive In - A delicious old fashioned cheeseburger that will leave you feeling good and full. Cheeseburger $3.65

                                                                                                                              Level 1 (3-1)

                                                                                                                              #3. Suzie Burger - Excellent Cheeseburger.. I hear some complain about this place but to my taste this burger is one of the best in town. Cheeseburger $4.19

                                                                                                                              #2. Willies - .A most satisfyingly tasty burger, fresh vegs, good price.
                                                                                                                              Hammer 2 (cheeseburger) $3.50

                                                                                                                              #1. VILLAGE DRIVE IN! Hands down the absolute best Cheeseburger in the whole Sacramento Area.. why am I telling you this, it will only get more crowded!.. but hey you have to share good things so here you go.. You will not find a burger this good anywhere (other than perhaps some restaruants) but for burger joints .. it is the best!.. fresh meat not frozen, crisp fresh vegs, delicious bun.. sauce yummy... and one will do just fine... can you dig it? Cheeseburger $3.79 ... see you there!

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                                                                                                                                1. re: toncasmo

                                                                                                                                  Tahoe Park, 13th avenue. Gotta check that one out next time I am out that way...

                                                                                                                                2. re: Marc777LL

                                                                                                                                  Had a Willie's Bad Boy today at their Carmichael location...it was an Adam Richman-sized burger I had to use a fork and knife...pretty awesome. Great onion rings too.

                                                                                                                                3. The Flaming Grill out on Marconi is awesome. They even have game meat. I had the cheeseburger with fries....made med rare. Great!!!

                                                                                                                                  Also...Shady Lady on R makes a damned good burger..great bun, cooked med rare..and get those tots...but the fries are very good!!!!

                                                                                                                                  Second Willie Burgers....and Whiteys in W Sac.

                                                                                                                                  1. We had our first Willie's Burger and onion rings. Wowza!!!!!