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Feb 28, 2013 08:21 PM

Hidden burger gems for under $5?

I've been enjoying following L.A Taco's ongoing "Bang for your Burger Buck" series ( and was particularly intrigued by the inclusion of Al & Bea's. Given the dozens of burger and taco stands I drive by on a daily basis, there must be a lot of other good, cheap burgers flying under the radar out there. Anybody have any favorites?

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Looks like a great suggestion, Ipse.
      I looked at the burger menu and was quite surprised by the very low prices. You're a champion!

      1. re: Tripeler

        Y'know what makes their burgers great?

        They cook it on the same griddle that they use for the carne asada, carnitas, conchita pibil, etc. and those bits and pieces of the beef and pork juices leftover on the griddle magically infuse the burger patty with that extra oomph.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          100% truth ipse - it was the burger punch at Yucca's that gave me the foresight to try it at Al and Bea's. Yucca's is also one of those burgers that reminds me a tad of the great hamburger of my Midwestern roots: Steak n Shake.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            This thread reminds me once again of why my original vote for Dish of the Month was burgers...

            1. re: Servorg

              Agree as almost kinda always, Senor Vorg...

            2. re: ipsedixit

              I never really thought about it, but that makes perfect sense. I don't live near Yuca's anymore, but perhaps it's time to revisit the old 'hood.

          2. re: ipsedixit

            I'll see your Yuca's - I prefer their burger to the tacos, actually - and raise you a Patra Burger - the Echo Park branch. Wonderful char and some sort of unidentifiable greek-esque seasonings on the burger.


            1. re: JeMange

              oooooh - on my list. what are your thoughts on:

              Jack’s Classic Hamburgers
              White Hut
              Irv’s (WeHo)
              Bill’s (Van Nuys)

              1. re: blackbookali

                White Hut (Pasadena) is gone. Alas, I never got to try it.

                1. re: Jack Flash

                  There is one Glendale - not sure if they are/were realted

                  1. re: blackbookali

                    That's the Great White Hut. It would appear to be no relation, just similarly named.

                    1. re: Jack Flash

                      Yeah, not related. White Hut in Pasadena owned by a husband and wife team. Used to go to the Great WH when I worked in the Galleria Office Towers but for some reason cannot remember if I thought they were great...
                      I love the sliders at Dog Haus (even more than the hot dogs!). $1.50 each. Grilled onions & white cheddar on hawaiian roll. So delicious!

                2. re: blackbookali

                  Is Jack's the one that used to be on Coldwater at Riverside and always being closed down by the health dept?

                  1. re: mucho gordo

                    same jacks. now on riverside. great shack when it was on coldwater. they're still really good.

                    1. re: cdub

                      The burgers may be good but have thay cleaned up their act?

                      1. re: mucho gordo

                        As far as I can tell their act seems pretty damn clean to me. Compared to a lot of the joints most Hounds frequent (including some, shall we say, dubious ethnic establishments
                        which I confess I like as well), Abby's is positively pristine.

            2. Mom's Burgers -- comes with a side of 'hood and hoopties. No website, obvs.

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                1. re: TonyC

                  +1 for Mom's, but you already knew that...

                  Dirtywetraolives - the is address: 336 W Alondra Blvd Compton, CA 90220. I usually hit up both Bludso's and Mom's to make the most out of my trip down south.

                    1. re: chrishei

                      What's the name of the joint in LBc near jongewarrds again ?

                      Someone sung the praises of this tiny shack recently.

                      1. re: kevin

                        Dave's burger, or, Dave's lost cause.

                        Previous round-up containing Mom's by Snyder:

                        People should really note whether the patties are sourced frozen, or made in-house.

                        1. re: kevin

                          I really like Dave's, but only if you're in the Bixby Knolls area of Long Beach. I wouldn't travel far for it.

                    2. Pete's Burgers
                      2400 S Hoover St
                      Los Angeles, CA 90007
                      (213) 748-3206


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                      1. re: Servorg

                        This joint sounds like it would have some gyros. But it's no where to be seen on the online menu.

                        Boy, do I miss those dope pastrami cheese burgers from Hubba Hubba on SM Blvd and Sepulveda.

                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            B-Man's is one of the few (only?) places where I will get an avocado on my burger. Maybe it has something to do with the teriyaki sauce.

                            1. re: ipsedixit

                              A not so good avocado burger can be had at Howard's. No offense. But their self-purported "famous" burgers left me non-plussed.

                            1. re: bringiton


                              Several locations in the SGV. Used to love going to the one at the corner of Huntington Drive and San Gabriel Blvd., in where Hows used to be.

                          2. Pharo's in Alhambra

                            Good Greek-owned burger joint. Gyros are good too and their chili cheese fries put nearby The Hat's to shame

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