Every day is a good day for a backyard BBQ here in LA – but don’t fire up that grill just yet. There are a couple of notable burger joints popping up throughout the city.
Burger Lounge has finally opened in Santa Monica. The boutique chain’s fast-casual concept is all about dishing out 100 percent, grass-fed beef burgers with vegetarian and vegan options. This is Burger Lounge’s ninth location, and if you visit by the end of April, you can try their seasonal, special grass-fed Elk Burger with jicama slaw, crispy pork belly, and chipotle aioli. You’ll never eat elk the same way again. Or you’ll just never eat elk again. No one knows until you try it.
BYOB takes a whole new meaning at BUILT Custom Burgers: Build Your Own Burger. Brought to you by the guys behind California-based The Counter, BUILT uses the same ingredients and DIY experience of building your own burger with 23 toppings to choose from. This means you have more than 300,000 burger combinations, considering the variety of cheeses, toppings, and buns available. Throw in ice cream shakes, sweet potato fries, and a more affordable price (approximately $4 cheaper than Counter) and you have a meal that may steer you from In-N-Out. BUILT Custom Burgers opens to the public on Monday.
Creative burgers continue to shake up the traditional patty on a bun at Juicy Lucy. The January opening at Taste at FIGat7th in Downtown LA had burger lovers raising their glasses to some innovative and delectable options. Chef Paul Shoemaker keeps banging out new creations. Starting April 1st, diners can expect four new burgers, including a Jidori Chicken Burger and Veggie Burger. A favorite: Wolfmother with blue and brie cheese, caramelized onion, and roasted garlic aoli.