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Jul 19, 2007 11:47 AM

The Best Burger in LA is at Trader Joe's!

After chasing one midrange bar-burger after another, looking for the best in the $12-$20 range, I just had one that topped them all...and I cooked it. Trader Joe's Steakburgers, grass-fed Angus, $5.79 for four 5 1/4 oz. patties, plus pre-sliced rounds of Pepper Jack and a package of the ciabatta buns. For a total of maybe $4.00 per burger (counting the Whole Foods $$$ heirloom tomato), and a few minutes with the grill pan, I managed to leave Ford's Filling Station, Second City Bistro, and even the Redwood in the dust.

Of course this does not mean that I'll never get another burger at those or other places...but it does mean I might feel a little smug in my evaluation of what I'm eating!

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  1. Second City in El Segundo?? Been to the Monday night wine tastings but never had the burger.. how is it??

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    1. re: Foodandwine

      Better than Julienne's, about the same as Ford's, not so good as Redwood's - all my opinion, of course. Typical of the breed: about a half-pound, flat-grilled (my preference, BTW), with cheese, lettuce, red onion and two slices of variable-quality tomato, for I think around $12. Decent bun that holds up well. Can't remember if there's pickle...anyway, it's a good burger at a good price, and a pleasant place to eat. I sat at a tall table next to the kitchen area, so I got to see it cooked.

      1. re: Will Owen

        Will, thanks for the reply. if you are ever back in the area try the Richmond Bar and Grill. Same street same side just a block south. Blue Cheese Bacon Burger with home made chips. Thin sliced potatoes made like potato chips.. About $6.00 wash it down with one of their micro brew pints. Just a great place and bang for the buck..

    2. TJs actually has some pretty good heirloom tomatoes.

      thanks for the heads up. i'm going to eat that tomorrow.

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      1. re: greengelato

        Would you happen to know what type of heirloom tomatoes they have?

        1. re: raytamsgv

          They're usually packaged in sets of 3 or 4, unlabelled as far as I've ever noticed.

          1. re: jimverbose

            They are from Canada though... I did buy them in a rush and felt HORRIBLE about it afterwards... (But I really neede GOOD tomatoes in a pinch). They were indeed wonderful...


            1. re: Dommy

              Slightly O/T I know.... but what exactly is wrong with our delicious Canadian Heirloom tomatoes?

      2. Thanks for the heads up on TJ.

        I actually like the burgers that Costco has.

        1. wish TJs would start carrying the snake river ranch kobe burgers again. those were the best.

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          1. Try Hawkin's House O Burgers on Fair Oaks in Altadena. Amazingly good burgers. And cheap too, about 4 bucks.