A good burger hits all the right pleasure points.
SF's best run the gamut from high-end fancypants burgers to greasy, dripping, not-quite-fast-food satisfaction.
Here are our ten favorites in SF, in no particular order.
Nopa in Nopa
This burger ($14) exemplifies grass-fed perfection: The ground-in-house beef shines, topped with a slice of melted cheddar and tangy pickled onions. We like ours on the bloody side of medium-rare.
Marlowe in SoMa
There's a little lamb added to the beef blend in the Marlowe Burger ($14), lending a note of gamey funk; caramelized onions, sharp cheddar, bacon, and horseradish aioli take it to the next level.
WesBurger (prices and location vary)
Wes Rowe's burger pop-up has become one of the most sought-after in the city. His creations always feature heavily salted skillet-fried ground brisket; toppings include everyone from homemade queso to smoked tomato jam.
4505 Meats in the Mission
The Best Damn Cheeseburger ($8.75) lives up to its name. It starts with a thin patty of grass-fed beef, topped with Gruyère cheese, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, onions and a healthy slathering of secret Shh! Sauce. Your favorite fast-food burger, but 100 times better.
Garaje in SoMa
The Drive In Cheeseburger ($6) satisfies the most primal of burger cravings. a ?-pound patty shines in salty, beefy goodness; toppings include iceberg lettuce, Thousand Island dressing, grilled onions, pickles and, of course, American cheese.
Rickybobby in Lower Haight
How to take a basic burger to the next level? The Beef and Bacon Burger ($12) has bacon ground in with the beef. Toppings are simple and straightforward: American cheese, house-made mayo, ketchup, onions and pickles complement the crave-worthy meat.
Rosamunde Sausage Grill in the Lower Haight
This Tuesday-only burger ($6.50) is a standby. The smoky, char-heavy patty tastes of backyard barbecues, but better; toppings include cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, grilled onions, and ketchup and mustard.
The Corner Store in the Mission
Every bite of The Corner Store Burger ($15) is a perfectly balanced affair. Niman Ranch beef is topped with sharp aged cheddar, pickled red onion, bread and butter pickles, garlic aioli and a house-made bacon jam.
Zuni Café in Lower Market
As classic as the cafe itself, the lunchtime-only burger ($15), grass-fed beef is served on rosemary foccacia with aioli and house-made pickles. Topping choices include heirloom tomatoes, Beecher's flagship cheese and grilled onions.
Mission Bowling Club in the Mission
The Mission Burger ($15) is all about big, beefy flavor. The half-pound aged, granulated patty is the kind you dream about; it's topped with caper aioli, Monterey Jack cheese and grilled onions.
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