The Best Burger in San Francisco will be crowned at The Burger Brawl at Fort Mason

New burger joints have been popping up over the last few years in San Francisco, with Super Duper Burgers, Umami Burger and Roam Burgers being some of the standouts. Add this to the many famous burgers at various Restaurants like Fish & Farm, Bourbon Steak, Maven and you have a whole lot of burgers to sort through when trying to choose the Best Burger in San Francisco. On June 8, come on down to Fort Mason to try the best of the best at Amstel Light’s Burger Brawl!

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Event Details:


Welcome to The San Francisco Burger Brawl.  San Francisco’s First No-Holds Barred Burger Event on where 20+ Restaurants and Food Trucks will battle it out to be named winner of the brawl!

San Francisco is a foodie town, and everyone claims to have the Best Burger, or know where to get the Best Burger.  Here is your chance to take part in the Royal Rumble of Burger Battles on June 8, 2013.

Admission to event will include access to either the Lunch session (1-4pm) or the Dinner session (6-9pm).  Guests will be able to dine on Sliders and Full Burgers available for purchase from each of the participating competitors while being entertained by Live Music, and access to Amstel Light bars.

Limited VIP tickets will be available to attendees of each session, which will include everything with accompanied with general admission as well as access to the VIP Mezzanine Lounge including complimentary beer for the duration of the event, as well as Early Entry to the event (either 12:30pm for Lunch, or 5:30pm for Dinner)

Participating competitors will be judged by a panel of judges on various burger categories, and guests will also be able to judge awarding the peoples choice winner.  This burger spectacular is not to be missed! Burgers, Beers, Bands, and much more!


 General Admission Lunch Session

  • Admission to the Burger Brawl (1:00pm)
  • Access to General Admission Competition Floor
  • Access to Cash Bars
  • Access to Dance Floor
  • Burgers are NOT included in admission price

 VIP Lunch Session

  • (includes everything in General Admission)
  • Early admission to the event (12:30pm)
  • Access to VIP Mezzanine Lounge
  • Complimentary Open Beer Bar


 General Admission Dinner Session 

  • Admission to the Burger Brawl (6:00pm)
  • Access to General Admission Competition Floor
  • Access to Cash Bars
  • Access to Dance Floor
  • Burgers are NOT included in admission price

VIP Dinner Session 

  • (includes everything in General Admission)
  • Early admission to the event (5:30pm)
  • Access to VIP Mezzanine Lounge
  • Complimentary Open Beer Bar
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Wayfare Tavern

September 27th, 2012 by Nikki

Suggested by An who says, “…you MUST get the fried egg with it.”

The Wayfare starts you off with some warm popovers and my goodness, they were friggin delicious! They had an eggy taste that I really enjoyed. The texture was soft, light and fluffy.

But we went for the burger:
Wayfare Burger “Le Grande” – grass-fed proprietary grind, Marin brie, roasted onion, smoked bacon, brioche (with fries) $19. With sunny side up Petaluma egg – add $2 (which I did).

As a whole it was well put together. The cheese, onion, bacon and egg tasted great, but the meat was a little bland. Without the toppings the burger just falls apart. I ordered mine medium-rare as usual, but it came rare which disappointed me. I should have known better because the restaurant is really fancy. Oh well, lesson learned! For $21 I expected this thing to knock my socks off and it didn’t. So I’m only giving them three stars.

The fries were tasty and crispy and the room was loud which put a damper on our conversation. At the end they give you some small cookies which were also yummy with a salty kick. As is the case with a handful of burger places I’ve reviewed, if you eat here order something else.

Wayfare Tavern on Yelp
558 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94111 Map

Posted in 3 StarFinancial District | No Comments »


September 27th, 2012 by Nikki

Organic burger on Acme bun / baguette $11.95 (with salad, fries or minestrone).

I had been wanting to eat here for a while. I don’t know why, the location or the look of the logo maybe? Anyway we finally went on a whim and I ordered the burger. I expected it to be good and maybe because of that my expectations were too high. It was just an ok burger, nothing too special about it. You’d probably be better off ordering something else if you choose to dine here.

Chow on Yelp
215 Church St
San Francisco, CA 94114 Map

Posted in 3 StarCastro | No Comments »

MBC – Mission Bowling Club

July 14th, 2012 by Nikki

1/2lb aged and granulated patty, Monterey jack, grilled onion, caper aioli – $15 (comes with zesty, skinny chips).

The burger was super thick and a juicy, glorious mess, which I love. The patty flavor was really good and it was cooked perfectly (lightly charred on the outside and a little pink in the middle). The patty was also fluffy, if you can imagine that! The caper aioli added great flavor, possibly the best thing about the burger. It was delicious and I would eat it again, but it’s still not the best and a touch pricey. This doesn’t factor into my scoring, but they’re also a quick walk from my house, which also makes it likely that I will eat there again.

The zesty fry/chip things were good too, but I’d rather have real fries. I didn’t bowl, but that place is super busy and popular, so if you want the burger and the bowling you should definitely make a reservation. We walked in around 8 on a Thursday night and were able to sit at the high tables by the bar immediately. The decor was fun too, I took a picture of the neat sculpture/light fixtures.

Mission Bowling Club
3176 17th St
San Francisco, CA 94110 Map

Posted in 4 StarMission | No Comments »


July 14th, 2012 by Nikki

You have your choice of three different patty’s: beef, turkey and Greek. I chose beef of course, for consistency. They all come with the standard toppings for $6.50, but then you can add on to your burger. I added some cheese for 75 cents. And the fries cost extra.

The Sage burger was yummy at first, with good toppings. But it got boring about half way through – like the bun was too thick and it drowned out the other flavors. Has that ever happened to you before? Strange, right? The price was awesome.

The fries were just ok, but the dessert cookie I had really rocked. The decor is pretty neat and the staff was friendly.

Sage Lounge
1601 Howard St
San Francisco, CA 94103 Map

Posted in 4 StarClassic | No Comments »

Acme Burgerhaus

July 14th, 2012 by Nikki

The burger itself was too simple. It was juicy, but lacked some unique flavoring. There was a condiments bar, which is cool, but I’m starting to think this is because of lazy employees (ridiculous, I know). $6.95 for the plain burger plus the cost of fries and drink.

The fries were ok, but I was not compelled to continue eating them beyond fullness. When fries are really good I just keep eating, no matter how full I get. I didn’t order the onion rings, but they looked really good from afar.

I didn’t like the atmosphere at all. On a Saturday night, it was loud, and there was no where to sit. The have some super cheap beer though, which might be why it was so full. Happy hour is from 3p – 10p and beer is $1.25. The stool I managed to commandeer was extremely wobbly, and another customer fell off of his stool while I was there!

So the burger was decent, but not worth it considering the loud people and shitty seating. Also, Nopa is across the street.

Acme Burgerhaus
559 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117 Map

Posted in 3 StarBurger Bar | No Comments »


December 5th, 2011 by Nikki

I should preface this with the fact that we had to wait for our table when we got there (even though I made a reservation, which is highly recommended) and during that wait I had a drink. That drink hit me pretty hard.

The burger: Grass fed hamburger, pickled onion and french fries $13.

OMG, so good! I ordered it without the onions, which might have added another level of flavor, but it so didn’t matter. This burger was spectacular! The bun was soft and handled the moist meat well, which was perfectly cooked and flavored just right. It was good good good! The juices dripped and the flavor filled my mouth with joy.

The fries were really good too, not perfect but damn near. They were crispy and properly cooked. There were also many other things on the menu I’d like to go back and try. But after having that burger I don’t know if I could go again and not order it! Thanks for the suggestion Lila B!

NOPA on Yelp
560 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117 Map

Posted in 5 StarClassicNOPAWestern Addition | 2 Comments »


November 11th, 2011 by Nikki

This would have been five stars if it wasn’t so much trouble!

First of all, I had to make a lunch reservation (the burger is only served at lunch). Who ever makes a reservation to eat a burger? A burger reviewer, that’s who. And no one else.

Second, it took way too long for our server to come. Then a long time for the food to come. Then a long time to get the check. Lunch ended up taking nearly two hours! And that doesn’t include travel time!

The burger however, was fantastic. As listed on the menu: American Kobe Beef Burger – Cowgirl Creamery’s Wagon Wheel Cheese, Heirloom Tomato, House Made Bun, Little Gem Lettuce, French Fries – $15.75.

The presentation was oh so perty with the little doily tucked into the fry pot. When I picked up the burger for the first time it started dripping before I even bit into it – good sign! It was cooked very well, not as in temperature, but as in just-the-way-I-like-it (medium rare). The meat was so soft and smooth – almost too smooth – like the burger didn’t have any character. But that didn’t stop me from enjoying every bite.

The french fries were awesome too! Very crispy and soft in the middle. I probably ate a few too many of them.

So it boils down to a tasty, too-smooth burger against a high price and lots of hassle. Hence, the star subtraction. Sorry Evan, its not my perfect burger, but it came pretty close!

Boulevard on Yelp
1 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105 Map

Posted in 4 StarClassicSOMA | No Comments »

Zuni Cafe

October 14th, 2011 by Nikki

I originally made a reservation for a Wednesday night with my husband. The first thing I usually do is take a picture of the burger listing on the menu – but it wasn’t there. So I asked the waiter about the burger. As it turns out they only server it during lunch or after 10pm (I believe that’s for the drunkin’ burger cravings). I was pretty disappointed. However this did give us the opportunity to order the roasted chicken for two, which I had heard great things about; and these things were all true. It was melt-in-your-mouth good!

Anyway, enough about chicken. I made it to Zuni for lunch and ordered the House-ground grass-fed beef hamburger on grilled rosemary focaccia with aioli and Zuni pickles ($15), along with Shoestring potatoes ($6).

The burger was tasty at first bite and I liked the meat. The bun was delicate and toasted (a little hard on the mouth). Because the bun was so delicate I was afraid to set it down in the juicy mess that formed on my small plate. The meat by itself was pretty simple, not too salty, fairly average and cooked just right (medium rare). The Zuni pickles and onions really made the burger though, without them it might have been boring.

The shoestring fries were fun, but difficult to eat and slightly spongy. They looked like they would be crispy and were disappointingly NOT.

Considering the price ($30 for a burger, fries and iced tea) and simplicity of the meat I can’t give this burger more than three stars.

Zuni on Yelp
1658 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102 Map

Posted in 3 StarCivic CenterFancy-Pants | No Comments »

San Francisco Burger Map!

September 30th, 2011 by Nikki

Check out the new map corresponding with our burger reviews!

View San Francsico Burger Map in a larger map

 5 Stars  4 Stars  3 Stars  2 Stars  1 Star

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Slow Club

September 5th, 2011 by Nikki

I live a couple blocks from the Slow Club and have eaten there many times, so I pretty much knew that I would love their burger. The good news is that its very consistent and on the night of my official review the burger was just as good as expected.

The burger: Prather ranch dry-aged ground beef, tomatoes, greens, balsamic onions, Dijon mustard, aioli & cheddar, swiss or jack cheese, served with french fries: $12.50 The toppings change frequently as does the rest of the menu and is always creative and delicious. Even though I don’t like mustard, I don’t mess with this flavor palette.

Juicy and quite messy, I loved every bite. They have such good meat, cooked just right – pink and charred on the edges. This burger speaks to me, it says “you know you want to eat me baby!” And I do.

Now I must also mention their fries. I dare say they are the best in the City. There have been a few nights when they have been a bit off, but for the most part they are crack-addictingly fantastic. We always order them as an appetizer. Even if we’re eating brunch!

Eat this burger and these fries. You will LOVE them!

Slow Club on Yelp
2501 Mariposa St
San Francisco, CA 94110 Map

Bistro SF Grill

September 5th, 2011 by Nikki

I ordered the Geisha: Grass Fed Kobe Beef Hamburger served with roasted sweet bell peppers, caramelized onions, sauteed mushrooms and topped with gorgonzola cheese on organic multigrain or kaiser bread. This also included a side (curly fries) and a dessert (milkshake): $14.95.

This burger had me at first bite – juice immediately ran down my chin. Every nibble after that was just as good. I actually ate it slowly to savor every bite – because I didn’t want the experience to end (and I’m typically a fairly fast eater). The bun got a little soggy, but I didn’t mind because the burgerearned it. You might even say that I got “burger chills”.

The sides were also delicious. My curly fries and Albie’s sweet potato fries were perfectly crispy. The shake was thick, creamy and oh so tasty. Considering the cost and the fact that I couldn’t stop eating any of it, this was a great meal. The restaurant itself was pretty cute too and the staff was super nice.

In a word: FANTASTIC!!!

Update: I originally was going to give this place 5 stars, but I went back again with friends and it wasn’t as good, which has bumped it down to 4 stars. Clearly I need to try it again to see how it holds up.

Bistro SF on Yelp
2819 California St
San Francisco, CA 94115 Map

Posted in 4 StarFancy-Pants | No Comments »


September 5th, 2011 by Nikki

Serpentine was suggested to us by Jerry S. on Facebook. I had heard of Serpentine before and wanted to try it anyway, so this made it official. I had also heard they are a sister restaurant to Slow Club, whose burger I absolutely love (and will review soon). My hopes were high.

I ordered the: Prather ranch, arugula, pickled red onions, housemade pickles, acme roll, and french fries. With cheese: $13. The first bite was really good. Not over-the-top, just ‘hey, i’m chililn here bein a good burger’. I sat across from Albie and suddenly heard him screech – juice from his burger had squirted out all over him and his napkin! The burger was so damn juicy it came all over him! Luckily it wasn’t hot enough to burn do damage.

Back to my burger… the pickled onions and other special toppings were good. The meat, for not being seasoned was great – juicy (enough to mess up a fella) and tasty. It caused a good mess on my plate. I would eat there again in a heartbeat, but must remember to save room for ice cream across the street when I’m done!

Serpentine on Yelp
2495 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94107 Map

Posted in 5 StarDogpatchFancy-Pants | No Comments »


August 9th, 2011 by Nikki

I recently learned about this cool new phone app that helps you find things off the beaten path. I contributed a burger tour for San Francisco, but you’ll find many other neat things for SF and LA. Check it out and grab an early invite:


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Lazy Bear

June 3rd, 2011 by Nikki

Unfortunately you cannot go out and try this burger because I ate it at an underground restaurant! How cool is that? Though I suppose you could request a private dining.

Here’s the description as provided by Lazy Bear: “Cheeseburger, our way, fries, and a chocolate milkshake, $20. BYOB. Think housemade black brioche bun. Our own mix of dry-aged natural beef. Special sauce. Cheese. Something green. With thrice-cooked french fries and a chocolate milkshake.”

The bun was most impressive to me, it was so soft and its flavor really complimented the burger. An extremely tasty burger with some excellent special sauce, though the meat was a little too salty. I enjoyed every bite and I know that is the burger for someone out there, but its just not the burger for me. The fries were ok, but the shake stole the side show. It was like a Wendy’s frosty but 20 times better.

I give it four stars because aside from the saltiness of the meat, that was a mighty impressive hamburger – he made his own bun!!!

Lazy Bear on Yelp

Posted in 4 StarClassicSecret Burger | 1 Comment »

Durty Nelly’s

June 3rd, 2011 by Nikki

For Albie this burger was solid and nostalgic. For me its a dependable, average pub burger. I ordered the “Nelly’s Burger” which comes with Irish bacon and cheddar cheese for $9. I was intrigued by the Irish bacon, having never heard of it. Turns out Irish bacon = Canadian bacon = a thick slice of ham. The burger meat didn’t have any special flavoring and the patty was thin. In the end it was just an OK burger and it kind of matched the rainy day on which I consumed it.

But $16 for lunch for two people? Felt like that should have cost more! And the place was empty for lunch. Something doesn’t add up.

Durty Nelly’s on Yelp
2328 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122 Map

Posted in 3 StarClassicOuter Sunset | No Comments »


June 3rd, 2011 by Nikki

Spruce is a bit of a fancy place ($$$$), not normally one I would consider for a burger as this one cost $16 for the burger and fries. Before delivering my burger I was presented with a small cup of pumpkin soup, which turned out to be extremely yummy with really good bread on the side.

Then came the burger. It looked like it would be great, bursting out of the bun with meat and cheese. The presentation was fantastic. However, the burger let me down. It fit some of my criteria: messy, pink on the inside, crispy on the outside – but totally void of flavor. Albie referred to it as “an insipid trophy wife”.

I must say though, the toppings were great and the fries were really good. You see in the picture, the fries were in a metal container, which is a great idea because it kept them warm and free of burger juice so they didn’t get soggy. I know you may want to dip your fries in the burger juice, but I don’t want them to sit around in it.

Overall I was disappointed.

Spruce on Yelp
3640 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94118 Map

Posted in 3 StarClassicLaurel Heights | 2 Comments »

Burger Contest at The Pub

May 5th, 2011 by Nikki

I know we can all eat good burgers, but can you make one? The Pub at Ghirardelli Square is throwing a burger contest through May 31st. All you need to do is submit your awesome burger recipe. You can win a $200 Gift Certificate to The Pub and your burger will be on their menu for 6months! Visit this web site for more details.

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Outrageous Burgers

March 17th, 2011 by Nikki

Have you ever heard of a Lion Burger? Me neither! Check out this list of 20 Outrageous Burgers that Actually Exist. There are some very interesting looking burgers on there, some I would be willing to try – like the Kangaroo Burger, Alpaca Burger, or Cupcake Burger. And others that I would not due to self-preservation, referring to the Tower of Doom and World’s Largest Burger. Anyone ever had any of these? There are instructions for the Bacon And Cheese Stuffed Pizza Burger – are you brave enough to attempt it?

Posted in Misc | No Comments »

Mission Beach Cafe

March 3rd, 2011 by Nikki

What a fantastic burger! It met all ofmy criteria with flying colors. I couldn’t stop eating it! Oh wait, I should give a little description here, its a grassfed beach buger with pondhopper gouda, caramelized onions, winter mushrooms, garlic aoili, and kennec fries.

This burger was a big mess right off the bat. The bun was just right, the toppings were great, the meat was pink inside and so full of flavor without being too salty. With each bite I felt like I was home. The fries were really good too, especially the truffle fries (which my friend got).

The burger was a little on the high end for price ($13.50), but well worth it. This place is super busy on weekends though, especially around brunch time. So I recommend going during the week if you can or plan ahead!

Mission Beach Cafe on Yelp
198 Guerrero St
San Francisco, CA 94103 Map

Posted in 5 StarClassic | 1 Comment »

Uncle Boy’s

February 3rd, 2011 by Nikki

Edward P on Facebook recommended we try Uncle Boy’s. Albie and I arrived early (they open at noon), but the two guys who work there were nice enough to let us in on a chilly day. While we sat and waited for them to finish opening I decided on my burger, the “unhorsed cowboy:” 1 grilled angus beef patty, 2 crispy onion rings, 2 strips of bacon, and 1 slice of am cheese, topped with our cowboy sauce all in a toasted bun – $6.85. Not a bad price!

This burger turned out to be somewhat nostalgic for me. It reminded me of a burger I used to get long ago… what was it… ah yes, this is what the Burger King BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger is trying to be! The special sauce was really good; the meat was not so special; but the special toppings saved it. The fries were not for me, but Albie liked them. We also ordered some jalepeno poppers, which were great. Hard to mess those up though, right?

If you plan on eating at Uncle Boy’s, I would suggest getting a fun burger, not a plain burger. Because I couldn’t stop eating the fun burger… just… couldn’t… put it… down.

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Uncle Boy’s on Yelp
245 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94118 Map