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nsheth Jul 11, 2011 03:01 AM

I see a couple active threads about finding the best burgers in the city. I'm partial to NOPA, but I've tried and enjoyed a few of the ones on the list.

However, most of these come in a bit of a higher price point, and are often at some fairly nice restaurants, some of which are not easy to pop into for a quick bite.

What are some favorites in the city for a quick casual burger? Let's say, in the neighborhood of $10 (or less!) for a (cheese)burger and fries?

People often praise Burgermeister, but I find I'm not a fan. I've heard Roam's pretty good, but I've never been. Gott's (Taylor's) may fit the casual bill, but I find it a bit overpriced for what you get. I went to Bill's Place not too long ago, thought it was decent.

Thoughts / suggestions?

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Bill's Place
2315 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

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    whiner Jul 13, 2011 07:55 AM

    Bullit -- it is a dive bar in Russian Hill on Polk that for some inexplicable reason makes some of the best burgers in the city. I mean *really* probably the best burgers I've had in the city; everyone I know whose gotten burgers from there agrees, and no one can figure out how this figures into their business model, but hey...

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      drewskiSF Jul 13, 2011 09:10 AM

      Pretty good burgers.

      More Hip-Dive vs. Dive-Dive. Maker's Mark & Fernet on tap, 40's served in a brown paper bag, and deep fried Ho-ho's.

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      Bullitt
      2209 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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        whiner Jul 13, 2011 12:55 PM

        >>More Hip-Dive vs. Dive-Dive<<

        Yes, true. It is basically right next door to Pesce, after all.

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        Pesce
        2227 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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      ML8000 Jul 13, 2011 01:34 AM

      Tennessee Grill, the Tennessee Special - cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, onions & (frozen) fries...$4.95. The ground beef is fresh. They cook it to order. Soda and tax make it about $7.50. It use to be you could get the burger and soda for $6 bucks, including tip. That use to be a really great lunch but it's a monthly eat at best.

      Disclaimer: TG is a greasy spoon diner that hasn't changed much since the '50s (good and bad). Half of those who read this won't "get" this place, think it's bad or will get served crappy food...and you will complain. The other half won't. I don't know why this happens but it does.

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      Tennessee Grill
      1128 Taraval St, San Francisco, CA 94116

      1. lucymom Jul 12, 2011 10:28 PM

        Citizen's Band's burger during lunch was $10 the last time I went. It came with an enormous mound of house made fries. One of the better burgers in the city.

        1. rworange Jul 12, 2011 08:31 PM

          Haven't been there in over a year, but for decades Bullshead char-broiled burgers in West Portal is my go-to place for burgers
          http://www.bullsheadsf.com/

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            boris_qd Jul 11, 2011 08:41 PM

            Not a fan of kk. Super duper and metro burger in the lower haight are better and fit your bill

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              bigwheel042 Jul 11, 2011 09:53 PM

              Metro Caffe is way better than Super Duper IMO. Niman Ranch meat makes these burgers great. I plan on never going to Burgermeister ever again.

              I thought the burger at Acme Burgerhaus on Divisadero was pretty good too.

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              Metro Caffe
              247 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94117

              Acme Burgerhaus
              559 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

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                vulber Jul 11, 2011 11:07 PM

                super duper also uses niman ranch, as does burgermeister, as does burger joint...the list goes on...the bottom line is that using niman ranch to make a burger no longer makes you unique, or a great burger (and in all honesty, i haven't been super impressed with the taste of it anyway). this is why i got so excited about mission burger (and so sad when they closed, and so happy when i heard they were re-opening), because it's been a while since someone really tried to do something interesting with their burger (especially at a low price) other than the whole "buy our burger because we use niman ranch meat" shtick that i'm so sick of....it's this reason why i also love the kk cafe, because they do have a truly unique-tasting patty tha ti like, even if it may come from factory-farmed meat

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                  bigwheel042 Jul 12, 2011 02:50 AM

                  I'll be damned, I definitely did not think that Super Duper's burger tasted anywhere close to what I'd have expected for quality meat. I did go on "free burger day" when they were just trying to make hundreds of burgers at warp speed, and the patty was half incinerated as a result, so that may have colored my opinion. Still, for the price point I don't think there's a better value than Metro.

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                    vulber Jul 12, 2011 08:32 AM

                    metro caffe is definitely a great value, i wont' argue with you on that. i was just trying ot say that there's more that goes into a good burger than just using niman ranch meat. i haven't been to superburger yet, but i've been to burgermeister on a normal day and wasn't impressed

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                      Atomica Jul 13, 2011 08:04 AM

                      bigwheel, please give Super Duper another try on non-free-burger day. That doesn't sound like a fair test. I think they are the absolute best for the price and I have found the patty to be very flavorful. I think the buns are a perfect taste, texture, and size. In exchange, I will happily try Metro Caffe. It sounds great.

                      I generally do like Burgermeister. Not crazy about Burger Joint. I also think the interior is hideous and find the employees unfriendly. Big Mouth Burger is far superior to Burger Joint (yes, hideous interior as well, but better food).

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                      Big Mouth Burgers
                      3392 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                      Metro Caffe
                      247 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94117

                      Burger Joint
                      242 King St, San Francisco, CA 94107

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                        bigwheel042 Jul 13, 2011 12:07 PM

                        The Super Duper pickles sucked too (weirdly sweet), so I don't think it was all free burger day's fault. But I might give it another shot at some point.

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                    psb Jul 12, 2011 12:01 PM

                    Could you point me to details of Mission Burger Renaissance?

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                      vulber Jul 13, 2011 12:23 AM

                      gonna be doing food for the new bowling alley opening up on s. van ness. stuff somewhere on the internet about it...

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                        psb Jul 13, 2011 12:45 AM

                        Ahh, looks like a ~year away:
                        http://www.tablehopper.com/chatterbox...

                        Tnx for the search hint.

              2. myst Jul 11, 2011 03:58 PM

                I work in FIDI so have had a lot of differnt burgers for lunch. The Irish Bank and believe it or not Buckhorn have decent hamburger fry combos near the $10 mark.

                Avoid Bistro Burger and I don't care for Burgermeister....

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                Irish Bank Bar and Restaurant
                10 Mark Ln, San Francisco, CA 94108

                Buckhorn Grill
                100 Drumm St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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                  nsheth Jul 13, 2011 12:50 AM

                  Lunchtime, we sometimes trek over to Grumpy's for lunch. A bit farther out, but a huge step up from Bistro Burger.

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                    myst Jul 13, 2011 10:57 AM

                    I've been to Grumpy's too and the Irish Times both are better than Bistro Burger.

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                    Irish Times
                    500 Sacramento St, SF, CA

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                      myst Jul 13, 2011 10:58 AM

                      Irish Times Pub

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                      Irish Times
                      500 Sacramento St, SF, CA

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                    vulber Jul 11, 2011 03:10 PM

                    bacon cheeseburger and fries at the kk cafe for $6.95. Add on a peanut milk smoothie and you'll be at around $10.

                    very homemade-tasting patty, it tastes like they mix cumin in with it (not surprising, given the owners' chinese background).

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                      DavidT Jul 11, 2011 06:28 PM

                      The KK Cafe is located at 252 Divisadero.

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                      sugartoof Jul 11, 2011 02:04 PM

                      I was Burgermeister fan, though some locations are superior to others - but I've had too many letdowns to still suggest them.

                      I don't understand the praise for Roam at all. There was barely any meat on a double, and nothing had much flavor.

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                        misterb Jul 11, 2011 10:48 AM

                        We like the Hall of Flame out on 19th in the shadow of ParkMerced. You can definitely get out of there for less than $10 if you don't get beer.

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                        Hall of Flame
                        73 Cambon Dr, San Francisco, CA 94132

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                          DavidT Jul 11, 2011 10:06 AM

                          Pearl's at 708 Post Street in SF (and elsewhere) puts out a pretty good burger & fries for around $10.

                          http://www.pearlsdeluxe.com/

                          1. Frosty Melon Jul 11, 2011 08:34 AM

                            Super Duper: $7.00 for burger w/cheese + $2.00 for fries.

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                              chuckl Jul 11, 2011 08:28 AM

                              Rosamunde on tuesday makes an incredible burger for $6 (no fries)
                              Broken record is around $10

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                                nsheth Jul 13, 2011 12:49 AM

                                That Rosamunde burger is awesome. Great way to play hooky from work, a burger from Rosamunde and an afternoon at Toronado. Been a while since I've been, tough to get to for a weekday lunch . . .

                              2. BernalKC Jul 11, 2011 08:24 AM

                                Burger Joint burgers are really pretty good and definitely fit your budget. They also get the sides (and beer) right.

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                                Burger Joint
                                242 King St, San Francisco, CA 94107

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                                  bbulkow Jul 11, 2011 09:19 PM

                                  I very much like Burger Joint, but they have a specific style. Thin patty, lots of flame kiss, thus kind of bitter. If you're a black coffee drinker, you'll enjoy BJ.

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                                  Burger Joint
                                  242 King St, San Francisco, CA 94107

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                                    BernalKC Jul 12, 2011 08:04 AM

                                    Nailed. I like my coffee dark and gnarly. And I do like the juicy char on their patty.

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                                      bbulkow Jul 12, 2011 07:22 PM

                                      Yeah. My GF hates them, she hates coffee.

                                2. CarrieWas218 Jul 11, 2011 06:45 AM

                                  Harry's Bar - but they are just over the limit at $10.95 for their burger & fries.

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                                    nocharge Jul 11, 2011 03:58 AM

                                    Mo's in North Beach. Some of their other dishes are pretty good as well.

                                    Never was a big Burgermeister fan either. Had high hopes for Gott's (Taylor's) when they opened but they turned out to be a gigantic overpriced disappointment. I'd rather go across the Embarcadero to Americano and pay twice as much for a far superior burger.

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                                      Civil Bear Jul 11, 2011 08:55 AM

                                      2nd Mo's!

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