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Mar 26, 2007 03:06 PM

Burgers with Unique Toppings

Having a fried egg on a burger was at one time something very odd to me, as I'm sure having chili on a burger was something equally as strange when it first hit the scene. I'm curious, what restaurants/shacks/trucks in the LA area serve a burger with other "different" non-traditional toppings? I'm not looking for patty alternatives, just the toppings. Now this can be subjective, as what one finds weird another might not. But I'm still curious on what's out there, and if in your opinion the bizarre topping was even worth the trouble.

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  1. Have you been to the Counter in Santa Monica? You can be pretty inventive here. Take a look at their options:

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    1. re: tony michaels

      the wimpy burger at Gorikee, there's mango chutney on there and a helluva a lot of garlic.

      1. re: tony michaels

        I actually have been here before and got my creative groove on. But I dunno...the only toppings there that feel really kinda zany are the dried cranberries, carrots, and sprouts.

        1. re: Mike13241

          A juicy medium rare 2/3 lb'er with horseradish cheddar - hard boiled eggs and roasted corn & black bean salsa with some black forest ham and a soupcon or two of roasted garlic aioli.

          Just another nice normal burger, obviously. ;-D

      2. Try 26 Beach Restaurant and they make their own buns !
        They have a dozen burgers on the menu, but some of the ones they do not have on the menu are amazing. If you see an japanese guy with long, long hair, he is the owner, ask him about some of the old school burgers they used to do.
        3100 Washington

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        1. re: Burger Boy

          I second 26 Beach burger diversity of toppings.

          The Bombay Burger is my current favorite.

        2. The Shack - there is one at Wilshire/25th and another in Playa towards the end of Culver Blvd near the beach. Order the "Double Shack Cheeseburger" - 1/2 lb. beef with a sausage on top (plus all the usual toppings - lettuce, mayo, etc.). Instant heart attack. But fantastic.

          1. Hawkins House of Burgers
            (323) 563-1129
            11603 Slater St
            Los Angeles, CA 90059

            The "Hawkins" burger consist of three, one-pound ground beef patties. Each pattie has different toppings. Pattie one has 2 Italian sausages with hot chili sauce and cheese. Pattie two has 2 eggs over easy with chili sauce. Pattie three has 1/2 pound of the best pastrami in town with chili sauce. This all comes on a giant bun with divider pieces of bread in between the patties.

            The Altadena/Pasadena location is closed

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            1. re: Burger Boy

              It's amazing that all of this fits on one burger (sandwich). I'm in shock! Wow! Breakfast, lunch and dinner. :)

              1. re: katkoupai

                I really need to go and try it, or at least have 4 or 5 bites, okay maybe half. No way I could finish it, not even in my prime. I could do 2 double Jay Burgers and a Jay Dog with 2 lemonades but that was in my youth, now i got to watch what I eat, right, not. lol.

                1. re: Burger Boy

                  Okay, that's pretty good. Is that sort of like 2 double doubles (from In N Out) and a Costco dog, plus two drinks? Very impressive. :)

                  I think my brother would be into the Hawkins Burger, except for the fried egg part. :)

                  1. re: Burger Boy

                    Burger Boy, to deserve that handle on ChowHound you should have already tried it and presented your essay about your experience here already!!! Shame on you!

                    I had a 1, or was it 2 pound work of art at the now defunct 'Mo Better Meaty Meat Burgers' that was called the Super King Chili Cheese Burger (or something like that) x-tra rare with everything once and although really good I was full for 2 days. I really miss those guys.

                    1. re: sel

                      Now that's a serious meal! Full for two days? Wow!

                    2. re: Burger Boy

                      Now this is one I'd like to see a picture of before the undertaking!

                    3. Not super crazy but I had a GREAT hawaiian teriyaki burger with pineapple at Kona Crisp at the top of Palos Verdes (silver spur and hawthorne) near the vietnamese restaurant. they have assorted ketchups and ranch