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Thin Style Hamburger in San Diego

I have lived in the San Diego area (Rancho Penasquitos area) for a couple of years now and have yet to find a really good huge burger, thin layer of beef with huge soft bun and lots of cheese and toppings. Yes, Hodad's and In-n-Out have really good burgers but I am looking for something different. Something like Grandpa's in Denver! No atmosphere required.

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  1. Are you looking for a hamburger with very little meat, but a lot of bread and lettuce? I've never known anyplace to advertise, "get a real bad deal, not much meat, but we make it look big with an oversized bun!"

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    1. re: The Old Man

      The meat is thin and gets kind of crispy on the edges. I have heard of it referred to as "french style" but not sure about that terminology. The soft cheese with the crispy meat is great.

      1. re: KC Foodie

        I'm not in San Deigo, so I can't help you, but I know exactly what you're talking about. Sometimes at thin, crispy on the edges patty is really what you're after.

        1. re: KC Foodie

          I had a burger like this in Maui from their local beef, very tasty. I think you are referring to burgers that are griddled, not cooked over/under open flames. I think Bollweevil has them, but i haven't been to one in 10 years or so.

      2. At Fuddruckers you can order a 1/3 pound burger and then pile on as many crappy toppings as you want.

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        1. I had a really awful thin and crispy burger at a Ruby's once.

          1. Maybe if one asked they could double-nuke one for you at MickyD's.

            1. We have a place like that in my hometown back in Illinois, but I can't think of anything quite like it here in San Diego. Perhaps it would be a nice business opportunity for you? I'll be your first customer! :)