Best Thing We Ate

Best Burgers in the Bay Area: Honorable Mentions

By Virginia Miller
August 26, 2014
By Virginia Miller  |  August 26, 2014
Photo by: Hardy Wilson

With all the amazing burgers in our 1st annual burger survey's top 10, there are still a handful that just missed the top 10 or scored strong comments and ratings — but not enough votes. We are calling out honorable-mention burgers and look forward to your votes next year. In addition, a few other burgers we highly recommend are Garaje's simple-but-perfect $6 cheeseburger served in a funky garage, Bartlett Hall's melt-in-your-mouth butter burger ($16) in Welsh rarebit sauce and newcomer The Tradesman's dreamy peanut butter and cheddar burger ($16) on a sesame brioche bun. Vegetarians, we've got something for you, too: here are our top 4 vegetarian burgers.


A tiny haven for burger greatness on the East Bay island of Alameda, surveyors call Scolari's juicy, straightforward, beauty of a burger ($9, pictured below), "Almost too big. Almost."

Mission Bowling Club

Some voters say the beloved Mission Burger ($15) "may be the best in SF," and it makes a good case for the title, covered in Monterey Jack cheese, grilled onions and a piquant caper aïoli.


Bix's long-lauded, black-truffle cheeseburger (a decadent $28) is "over-the-top decadent and delicious" served open-faced on rye with...what else? Truffle fries.

Roam Artisan Burgers

While some call Roam Artisan Burgers "consistently overrated", fans laud "great meat" (100% grass fed) in The Classic ($6.99, pictured above), layered with butter lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles and house sauce. Some surveyors note it's Roam's "more interesting" "other burgers" — besides the Classic — "that are the draw."


Mo's old-school North Beach burger ($7.95, $8.50-$9.50 cheeseburger) is an SF classic surveyors call "juicy" and "good — but not the best."

Burger Joint

Regulars appreciate Burger Joint's consistency now that "there is much more competition out there." With three Bay Area locations (two of which are at SFO), the Joint has served Niman Ranch burgers ($8.95 hamburger, $9.45 cheeseburger) since 1994, prized for "good value," although some fans admit it's "not the best."


Trueburger is a "fresh and flavorful" "fast-food burger" ($5.25 burger, $5.75 cheeseburger) with two Oakland locations — voters call it "basic" but "very high quality."


Scolari's burger in Alameda [Photo Source: Virginia Miller]

Places Mentioned


Burger • Oakland

Food23 Decor15 Service19 Cost$13

American • Mission Bay

Food24 Decor21 Service23 Cost$39

American • Downtown

Food24 Decor26 Service24 Cost$63
Mission Bowling Club

The Mission

Food23 Decor21 Service22 Cost$30

American • North Beach

Food24 Decor18 Service19 Cost$28
Epic Roasthouse

Steakhouse • Embarcadero

Food24 Decor26 Service23 Cost$63
Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery

Gastropub • Haight-Ashbury

Food21 Decor21 Service20 Cost$32
Bartlett Hall

Sports Bar • Tenderloin

Atmo.- Decor- Service- CostM
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