Newbie here. Mr Grub loves food ... good food ... a lot of good food. Reading thru most recent Best Burgers thread, can't believe no one mentioned Howard's Avocado Burger on Venice just east of Sepulveda. Grilled greasy guys, not quite as run-down-your-arm as the original Tommy's or as cleverly sealed as Cassell's two-sided flash-broiled half-pounders, just better. And, please, hold the avocado.
After years of passing the place in my travels, curiosity finally got the better of me and I decided to Howard's. I experienced a tasteless dried out burger patty, topped with a skimpy slither of avocado and what looked like less than one strip of overcooked bacon, stacked inside a semi-stale bun. Horrible. I'll never go back.
re: 2chez mike
You must have walked into an alternate universe Howards. I've been going there for over twenty years and this place has long been my fave for burgers (I get it with bacon and avocado & load on the hot peppers!). The same people have worked the counter for the entire time...I have never found quality to vary. The bun is nicely toasted, the avocado is always ripe, the burger is frozen, but salted as it cooks.
My other favorite, but in a completely different style, is the original Tommy's on Beverly & Rampart. I advocate Cassell's and Apple Pan too
Let me be the first to not give you grief for your opinion. Because it would be impossible objectively figure out what is the best burger in LA.
The best burger in LA is arguably one of the most heatedly discussed topics on this board.
I think the big problem is that there are different criteria for what makes a good hamburger. For some, it's how well the burger is dressed with stuff that is not meat; for others, it's how well the meat tastes. It has to do with region, and what you were raised on. And becuase most of us come from different places, the war will continue to rage on.
You find similar problems with trying to figure out what's the best BBQ, best Pizza, and best macaroni and cheese.
But then again... without this discussion, chowhounds would be a damn dull place.
And in my subjective opinion, Pie 'n' Burger in Pasadena makes an excellent (but overpriced) hamburger. (I like the well-dressed burger myself)