Slideshow: Staff Picks: Burger Places with Great Beer

The Golden State, Los Angeles
The Golden State, Los Angeles

"A pair of childhood friends and amateur restaurateurs turned their dream into one of the best burger and beer realities I've come across. Owners Jason Bernstein and James Starr deliver great burgers along with a beautifully curated beer menu (they managed to land the only tap of Allagash in LA!)." —Damon Gambuto, Los Angeles contributor

The Golden State review »

426 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90036 (map); 323-782-8331; thegoldenstatecafe.com

[Photograph: Damon Gambuto]

Monk's Kettle, San Francisco
Monk's Kettle, San Francisco

"Monk's Kettle in San Francisco's Mission is both one of the city's best beer destinations and one of my favorite burgers in the area. You'll find super-local stuff as well as brews from around the world, bottles that have been cellared, and fresh beers on tap." —Maggie Hoffman, Drinks editor

3141 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 (map); 415-865-9523; monkskettle.com‎

[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

The Bad Apple, Chicago
The Bad Apple, Chicago

"One of the best places in Chicago for a pint and a grilled cow sandwich is The Bad Apple in Lincoln Square. They've got about 25 beers on tap at any given time, along with 150 bottles of brew—if that's not enough variety for you, then I don't know what is. Their burgers are inventive and delicious; if you're lucky, you can snag a dry-aged Wagyu burger on Wednesdays (which I've yet to try). They even make their own ketchup and pickles, and every time I've eaten there, I've never been disappointed. Their fries are excellent, and do NOT pass up a chance to order the fried cheese curds. Your cardiologist might grumble, but you definitely won't." —Dennis Lee, Serious Eats Chicago contributor

The Bad Apple review »

4300 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60618 (map); 773-360-8406‎; badapplebar.com

[Photograph: Andrew Stamm]

Rosamunde Sausage Grill, San Francisco
Rosamunde Sausage Grill, San Francisco

"Okay, so I'm cheating a little bit here. At the original Rosamunde in San Francisco's Lower Haight, there's no hamburger on the menu. But they serve one up as a special on Tuesdays. The fat patty of beef enveloped in its crust of flavor from the grill is absolutely worth seeking out. Oh, there's no beer on the menu either. But they let you carry your food next door to Toronado, one of San Francisco's OG beer bars, with a dizzying tap list on the wall above the bar. It's a catch-it-if-you-can, jury-rigged beer and burger combo, but it's a good one." —David Kover, San Francisco contributor

Rosamunde Sausage Grill review »

545 Haight Street, San Francisco CA 94117 (map); 415-437-6851; rosamundesausagegrill.com

[Photograph: David Kover]

Vortex Bar & Grill, Atlanta
Vortex Bar & Grill, Atlanta

"My first-blush reaction when I heard about this post was The Vortex Bar & Grill: a dozen beers on tap, including their own 'house brew,' Laughing Skull, a local beer co-created by the restaurant’s owners and featuring their iconic shopfront logo. There are another half-dozen brands that rotate onto the taps periodically, 10 'concoctions' that blend different beers together (e.g., The Bruised Banana = Left Hand Milk Stout + Well’s Banana Bread Beer), 15 local brews, 50 domestics, and 35 imports. The burgers are legendary, with over two dozen varieties of half-pounders featuring often-wacky topping combos (the first place I ever heard about to use grilled cheese sandwiches as buns—back in 2007—and a peanut-butter-banana-bacon-topped piece of heaven called The Elvis are just two examples)." —Todd Brock, Atlanta contributor

Vortex Bar & Grill review »

438 Moreland Avenue, Atlanta GA 30307 (map); 404-688-1828; thevortexbarandgrill.com

[Photograph: Todd Brock]

Local Republic, Atlanta
Local Republic, Atlanta

[Todd continued] "...but the thing is, I don’t drink. So my idea of an impressive beer list may not be the same as everyone else’s. I asked my brother, who rides shotgun with me on most of my reviews, and his knee-jerk reply was Local Republic, out in the suburb of Lawrenceville. The gastropub used to be a gas station, but now they do serious food, outstanding burgers (toppings include English Stilton, jicama slaw, ghost pepper salsa, and a no-substitutes burger that literally includes whatever the kitchen feels like adding), all bolstered mightily by a solid list of craft beers that range in potency from a 4.9 ABV watermelon-tinged brew to a Belgian pale that clocks in at 12.9 ABV." —Todd Brock, Atlanta contributor

Local Republic, Atlanta review »

225 West Crogan Street, Lawrenceville GA 30046 (map); 678-205-4782; thelocalrepublic.com

[Photograph: Todd Brock]

Karl Strauss, San Diego
Karl Strauss, San Diego

"Admittedly, I'm not the biggest beer drinker, but I do know the most important rule of imbibing beer in San Diego: drink local. One great place to do that is at a Karl Strauss restaurant. They've all got a great selection of Karl Strauss brews on tap, which you can get for $4 a pint during happy hour (Monday to Friday, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.). In terms of burgers, the "Big Beer Burger" is the way to go. It's basted with Karl Strauss Amber, then topped with Red Trolley Ale onions, IPA mushrooms, beer-brined bacon, and served with IPA steak sauce." —Erin Jackson, Contributing Editor, AHT/San Diego Contributor

Karl Strauss review »

1157 Columbia Street, San Diego CA 92101 (map); plus 5 other locations in Southern California; karlstrauss.com

[Photograph: Erin Jackson]

Thunder Burger, Washington DC
Thunder Burger, Washington DC

"Thunder Burger does really solid burgers that range from their standard Thunder Burger to a selection of more inventive and exotic options including bison and elk patties. It's all helped by the fact by the couple-dozen strong tap list filled with American crafts and a solid bottle selection." —Brian Oh, Washington DC contributor

Thunder Burger review »

3056 M St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20007 (map); 202-333-2888, thunderburger.com

[Photograph: Brian Oh]

Roberta's, Brooklyn
Roberta's, Brooklyn

"I’m lucky enough to live within walking distance of Roberta’s, the Brooklyn pizzeria-turned-cause-celebre with a killer dry-aged burger using La Freida beef trimmings. Look—when Ed Levine loves a burger, you know that thing is quality. It’s only available for lunch, meaning you have the perfect excuse to day-drink one of the seasonal, mostly local craft beers, or get crazy with an exotic import (Italian Del Ducato, anyone?)." —Jamie Feldmar, Serious Eats Managing Editor

Roberta's review »

261 Moore Street, Brooklyn NY 11206 (map); 718-417-1118; robertaspizza.com

[Photograph: Ed Levine]