Best Burgers in San Francisco

Prime Patties
July 25, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Here's the top-rated burger joints in the city of SF. 

4505 Burgers & BBQ
American · NoPa · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.0

Offering "a taste of true-blue BBQ" , this NoPa pit stop from the "hip" 4505 restaurant group doles out "sublime" wood-smoked meats, "ridiculously delicious" burgers and "awesome" sides, all matched with "local brews" and served over the counter "with a smile" ; the "sparse" interior and "convivial" patio are "wildly popular" with those "craving" "a killer meal" , but "the steady line is worth it."
Roam Artisan Burgers
Burger · Cow Hollow · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.9

This "excellent" burger chainlet is dedicated to "sustainable" ingredients in its "juicy, grass-fed" beef, all-natural bison, turkey and veggie patties, all gilded with "unique toppings" and washed down with "thick, delicious" shakes; you may have to "jockey for a table" at these counter-service spots, but connoisseurs "love" customizing their orders to taste, and say the price is "worth it."
Roam Artisan Burgers
Organic · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.9

This "excellent" burger chainlet is dedicated to "sustainable" ingredients in its "juicy, grass-fed" beef, bison, turkey and veggie patties, all gilded with "unique toppings" and washed down with "thick, delicious" shakes; you may have to "jockey for a table" at these counter-service spots, but connoisseurs "love" customizing their orders to taste, and say the price is "worth it."
Pearl's Deluxe Burgers
Fast Food · Nob Hill · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.8

"Fat, juicy" patties washed down with "sooo-good" shakes are the draws at these Bay Area burger joints where high-end ingredients and different sizes suit both "lighter and heartier appetites" ; with a counter crew that serves your fries "crispy" and keeps "traffic flowing" , most agree "you get a lot" for the money.
Big Chef Tom's Belly Burgers
Burger · SoMa · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.5

The pork-belly burger with inventive toppings "wows" fans of this affordable SoMa spot from a caterer and former Food Network chef, also serving chicken and veggie patties accompanied by "crisp" fries; spun off from a vending booth, it’s a simple counter-serve setup with beer on tap.
In-N-Out Burger
Burger · Fisherman's Wharf · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.5 · Service 4.1

"Not your typical burger joint" , this "iconic" California-born chain is "loved" for its "high-quality" "customizable" hamburgers (insiders ask for them "animal style" ) paired with "tasty" fresh-cut fries and shakes; despite a "lightning-fast" counter, there are usually "long waits" , but "cheap" tabs and "friendly, Disney-esque" service keep regulars returning.
Super Duper Burgers
Fast Food · SoMa · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.6 · Service 3.9

"Big fans" of these "sustainable" , "organic" -minded Bay Area burger joints agree the "name not only describes the food but the prices" they charge for "juicy" beef and "amazing" vegetarian patties topped with "homemade pickles" , as well as "killer" alcoholic shakes for adults and "mini" portions for "pint-size" patrons; while the "smart retro" seating areas can get "crowded" with "noisy families" , "efficient" service ensures it's usually "easy in" , easy out.
Umami Burger Soma
Burger · China Basin · $
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.8

Fans say these Bay Area links in the "popular" LA burger chain "live up to the hype" , serving "innovative, juicy" patties in "amazing" flavor combinations with "housemade condiments" adding "another dimension" ; maybe "portions could be a little larger" for the price, but wine and beer compensate.
Umami Burger Marina
Burger · Cow Hollow · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.8

Fans say these Bay Area links of the "popular" LA burger chain "live up to the hype" , serving "innovative, juicy" patties in "amazing" flavor combinations with "housemade condiments" adding "another dimension" ; maybe "portions could be a little larger" for the price, but wine and beer compensate.
Burger Bar
Burger · Downtown · $$
Food 3.9 · Decor 3.8 · Service 3.8

"Build your own" "gourmet-all-the-way" burger with "a zillion toppings" to pair with a "huge and yummy" milkshake "(alcoholic or otherwise)" at this "fun" , "comfortable" outpost of celebrity chef Hubert Keller's Las Vegas–based chain inside the Downtown Macy's; even critics who "do not understand the hype" or the "overpriced" tabs admit "you can't beat the view of Union Square" from a window seat.