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GREAT East Bay Hamburger?

hello hounds!

I am looking for a hamburger as large, juicy, & succulent as the one at Luka's. Yes, I know that Barney's exists but I would rather not go there unless I have to.

Any hamburgers I can put on my East Bay radar. Please refrain from telling me about San Francisco-- I do not want to drive there for a hamburger, thanks!!

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  1. Val's in Castro Valley is good..old-fashioned thick shakes too.....

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    1. re: JAYZMOMM

      Val's has been my favorite since I was a kid. Great burgers and shakes.

    2. Cafe Rouge in Berkeley.
      Also, check out Bunrab's Burger Holy Grail: http://bunrab.com/yummychow/BurgerGra...

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      Cafe Rouge
      1782 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710

      1. I found a place in downtown San Leandro, Rocky's Charcoal Grill, not the best but a very good burger if you're in the area.

        Here's the report from it: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/416730

        1. Eccolo. They use the same beef as Rouge, but the kitchen is more consistent (I've had to send a burger back at Rouge several times for being served cold or overcooked). The bun is perfect - soft and yielding but firm enough to not get juice logged. I love Marco's version with excellent guac (so hard to find, the key is using pristine avos and mashing it to order) and melted cheddar. It's a pricey burger, but I've never had a better one. The fries are great as well. The burger is always on the lunch/brunch menu and is sometimes on the dinner menu.

          Honorable mention goes to Gregoire's blue cheese and walnut burger, which is only available a few months out of the year.

          1. Val's in Hayward. Everyone I've taken there has been wowed. That having been said, I've been there maybe 8 times, and 6 were outstanding and two were just very good. So I guess they do have off nights...