My list of the top five burgers in California.
Find out which restaurants made the list.
#5: THE HICKORY BURGER — Ruby's Diner
Enter one of Ruby's Diners, along the California Coast and you’ll feel that authentic Southern California vibe. The Hickory Burger is made of two slices of delicious melted Cheddar Cheese, thick-cut Bacon, crisp Lettuce, Tomato, RubySauce and crispy RubyRings, all topped with zesty BBQ sauce. I definitely don't regret stopping here for a quick bite, on the way to the beach! P.S. You'll get 'bottomless fries' if you're a dine - in guest! Awesome!
#4: Spicy Chicken Deluxe Sandwich - Chick-fil-A
This sandwich proves that you only need a few simple ingredients to make a truly tasty dish. I have to admit, that we stopped more than once to eat this classic Spicy Chicken Sandwich, topped with American Cheese, a slice of red Tomato and fresh Lettuce. It's crispy, tender and juicy all at the same time! This was definitely the best fast food sandwich I had on the road.
#3: The VIP Bacon Cheeseburger — Hollywood Burger
Hollywood is definitely one of the most iconic tourist destinations in the United States, and after all the sightseeing we got really hungry! So we decided to stop by and quickly grab a burger, and I'm really glad we did! The VIP Bacon Cheeseburger consists of Applewood smoked Bacon, American Cheese, red Onion, Tomato, Lettuce & Hollywood Secret Sauce, and it's absolutely fabulous.
#2: Double-Double — In-N-Out
Aside from visiting Solo's family, eating at In-N-Out, was kind of a highlight for me, while visiting California. But what's so special about In-N-Out? Well, for once, they are California's first drive thru burger joint and they have this super simple menu of burgers, shakes and fries. They've proven, that you can stand the test of time, if you focus on a few things and do them really good. The Double-Double is made of a freshly baked toasted bun, two Cheese slices, two 100% pure American Beef Patties, Onions, Lettuce, a slice of Tomato and their own Spread recipe (unchanged since 1948). Their French Fries are hand-cut potatoes and even more delicious if you order them 'Animal Style', which means extra sauce and chopped grilled onions mixed in with cheese.
P.S. Try your favorite burger 'Protein Style', it's a regular burger without the bun, wrapped in lettuce.
#1: Truffle Shuffle — Stout Burgers and Beers
For this Burger, I would fly 10.000 km all over again, everyday! This complex and unique burger with Sauteed Mushrooms, Brie and Truffle Aioli was the culinary highlight of my trip! There is nothing that compares to the bold flavors of the house ground-meat, cooked medium rare. Needless to say, I LOVE THIS PLACE, it's my favorite burger place of all time, and I would highly recommend it to anyone!