Brian Huskey (Top Chef Season 11, full time Saucier at Paiche, and R&D Chef for three Peruvian restaurants) might not fire many beef patties on the job, but he's clearly a fan of burgers, and has invested time in tracking down some of LA's best bets.
The Pasadena-born chef whose motto is "No fire, no heat. No heat, no life" says his perfect burger starts with a 6 ounce patty that's been basted in its own fat, griddled to medium-rare on the plancha, and topped with aged cheddar, tomato, grilled onion, bacon, tomato-based "special sauce", and aioli, all on a toasted brioche bun.
His favorite burgers in Los Angeles cover a wide range of territory, from a custom-tweaked, Animal Style cheeseburger at In-N-Out to a protein-style, off-menu burger at a popular Southern Thai restaurant in Hollywood. Scroll down to see them all!
Brian Huskey's Top 5 Burgers in Los Angeles
1: Short Order: I've been a fan since the opening. The Ida's Old School is my favorite but I've been also known to order Amy's turkey burger. It's the best turkey burger in LA! You honestly can't go wrong here. Great food, great vibes.
6333 West 3rd Street #110, Los Angeles CA 90036 (map); 323-761-7970; shortorderla.com
3: In-N-Out: Simple, fresh and always amazing. I get my burger Animal Style, add whole grilled onion and chopped chili, and can't forget extra-crispy Animal Style fries. This place is a Southern Californian institution with great bang for the buck. It's hard to beat their $3 cheeseburger.
Multiple locations in Los Angeles, see in-n-out.com
4: Jitlada: The Jazz burger is a not-so-secret off the menu flavor bomb. This Thai-inspired burger comes protein style and is a must-order dish.
5233 1/2 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90027 (map); 323-667-9809; jitladala.com
5: Black Sheep: I live in the heart of DTLA so it's a fantastic option locally. The Royal is my favorite. Fried egg, yes please!
126 E 6th Street, Los Angeles CA 90014 (map)
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- Sara Johannes' Favorite Burgers in Milwaukee
- Michael Mina's Favorite Burgers in San Francisco
- Jamie Bissonnette's Favorite Burgers in Boston
- Andrew Zimmern's Favorite Burgers in Minneapolis
- Duff Goldman's Favorite Burgers in Baltimore
About the author: Erin Jackson is a food writer and photographer who is obsessed with discovering the best eats in San Diego. You can find all of her discoveries on her San Diego food blog EJeats.com. On Twitter, she's @ErinJax