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Best Burger in the SFV?

I tried to do a search, but can't find anything specific to the valley.

So - what is the best burger in the Valley?


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  1. My vote would probably go to Boneyard Bistro for their Southwest Patty Melt, wagyu beef on toasted rye with gruyere & cheddar cheeses, sautéed Onions, Anaheim chilies and bacon with three dipping sauces. These are first class burgers, although a bit pricey (is wagyu beef really necessary for a patty melt?)

    Second choice would be the new branch of the Counter in Studio City, followed by one of the few remaining Hamburger Hamlets, in Sherman Oaks.

    Hamburger Hamlet
    4419 Van Nuys Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91403

    Boneyard Bistro
    13539 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

    The Counter
    12117 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

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    1. re: maxzook

      A "bit pricey" for that Southwest Patty Melt is $20.

      Some of us might omit that "bit."

        1. re: Dogbite Williams

          Oh, but it's SO good ... worth trying at least once ...

          That being said, Andrew's North Hollywood Diner (fka Sitton's) uses American cheese. No bacon, the only dipping sauce is Heinz, and I could be wrong but I suspect the beef isn't Wagyu.


          Andrew's North Hollywood Diner (fka Sitton's)
          11329 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

      1. The Laurel Tavern on Ventura is great- their bbq sauce is very close to Apple Pan's hickory burger.
        Very close

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        1. re: umich

          I've been to Laurel Tavern only a few times and while I have some gripes regarding their beer selection, I did enjoy the burgers, 'OLD SCHOOL BURGER - 8, HICKORY BURGER - 9, LAUREL BURGER - 9' and those pork popsicles, oops they were 'PORK BELLY SKEWERS - 6'!
          Regarding their beer list, I love some California brews but they need more styles of Cal beer and maybe some of the best stuff from other areas!

          Laurel Tavern
          11938 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

        2. Okay i'll recommend the low rent places! ;)

          BILLS (in Van NUys) is your basic tiny burger stand - they don't even serve fries (just chips) and they are cash only
          and I don't think they're open very late (4p?)
          14742 Oxnard St
          Van Nuys, CA

          Another tiny spot (in Sherman Oaks) is BILLYS
          I always get the Buffalo burger here. Mmmmm. (They also have lamb,veggie, venison,Ahi and ostrich burgers!)
          It's at the intersection of Magnolia and Van Nuys in Sherman Oaks.

          A step up from the burger shacks, a in a strip mall:
          Pineapple Hill Saloon (also a bar), also in Sherman Oaks
          it's a little dirty but the burger is good! and stiff drinks!
          Van Nuys Blvd and Moorpark

          Further out in the SFV is Daglas Drive In, which i'll be honest, is really a place t go to for the French Fries (thugh "everyday is fry day" they're not as good as they profess them to be!)
          Winnetka Ave. and Van Owen St. in Winnetka
          You may need Crestor after you eat the pastrami burger!

          eat a Bullet burger at ZIGS in Reseda
          (it's like a cheese burger and chillies on a french roll)
          White Oak Ave and Van Owen St

          and last but not least BEEPS!! (Sherman Way and Woodley Ave in Van Nuys)
          if just for the kitsch! (very 50s!)
          a ton of different versions of french fries, hot dogs and burgers
          i've had some awesome milk shakes here! and it's pretty cheap ($7-$9)
          it's not Master Burger, but it's a solid burger.

          Now i;m hungry!

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          1. re: JackonCrack

            I always forget Pineapple Hill, my favorite bar burger next to FO.

            Worth some linkage ...

            PS Google says Zig's on White Oak is closed.

            Pineapple Hill Saloon & Grill
            4454 Van Nuys Blvd N, Sherman Oaks, CA

            Bill's Hamburgers
            14742 Oxnard St, Van Nuys, CA 91410

            Billy's Grill
            5162 Van Nuys Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

            Daglas Drive In
            20036 Vanowen St, Canoga Park, CA 91306

            Beeps Fast Food
            16063 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA 91406

          2. One of my favorites is Boulevard Burger on Ventura in Woodland Hills. Across the street from Fatburger, and IMO so much better. They will cook rare if requested!

            1. the habit - not for a gourmet burger but a good fastfood burger

              Habit Restaurant
              22651 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

              1. The Pampas Cafe in Granada Hills - Chatsworth and Balboa.

                Pampas Cafe
                17003 Chatsworth St, Granada Hills, CA 91344

                1. I will always love the Menage a Trois Burger at Moe's in Burbank (Bacon Chesseburger with avocado). You also get the burger bar and option to order some pretty damn good fries.

                  Mo's Restaurant
                  4301 W Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA 91505

                  1. Another very good burger is Pinot Bistro. I think they only serve it at lunch, but it was cooked perfectly (I asked for rare) and was excellent, juicy meat. On Ventura Boulevard near Coldwater Canyon.

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                    1. re: jpb

                      Max in Sherman Oaks on Ventura Blvd. makes a great hamburger even if it is a bit pricey ($18). Otherwise, I also am a great fan of Pineapple Hill. Pineapple Hill makes what they call a Kona Burger with cheese, bacon and grilled onions. I waive off the grilled onions and ask for mine raw. Great bar mediocre wine but i guess good enough to go with the Kona Burger.

                    2. I like Hook Burger. The meat is lean and not overcooked. The buns are baked fresh every day and toasted to perfection. As much as I like the meat, I actually get the ahi tuna sandwich more now. I've never seen anything like it in a burger joint. The salads are probably their weakest point, but at least they have them. Any place I can get a glass of wine instead of an iced tea makes me happy :)

                      1. Someone just started a thread about the burgers at Fab Hot Dogs and i agree, they are superb. Juicy, flavorful and messy.

                        This is not a popular hound opinion, but the Sizzler on Sherman Way in Reseda makes a damn fine burger. Juicy, juicy, juicy. Great tasting meat.

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                        1. re: Jelly71

                          The Sizzler...interesting!

                          And you couldn't pay me to eat at Fab. What a hot mess.

                        2. Two recs:

                          #1 Morton's in Burbank, burger at lunch only...and hard to improve upon perfection.

                          #2 theburgerreview.com