10 of the Best Burgers in Orange County!

Photos by Mark Rightmire, OC Register

Today is national burger day (as if we really needed a designated day to eat burgers). In last week’s O.C. Register, I recounted 10 of my favorite burgers from the past six months of research, comparing them side-by-side and ranking them on a scale of 1 to 10, with a score of 1 being pretty darned good, and a 10 being absurdly, insanely, ridiculously perfect. The lineup includes burgers from The Burger Parlor, G Burger, Crow Burger Kitchen, Slater’s 50/50, Surfin’ Cowboy, Umami Burger, 25 Degrees and more.

To see how the burgers rated and which one came out on top, check out the full story. Meanwhile, test your OC burger IQ, and see if you can figure out where each of these burgers comes from:

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PHOTO BY MARK RIGHTMIRE, OC REGISTER

The burger above is an upscale riff on the Big Mac, with two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, pickle, and onion on a sesame-seed bun — but obviously it is so much better than the original. Hint: This place serves astoundingly good fries.

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PHOTO BY MARK RIGHTMIRE, OC REGISTER

This burger has the best meat-to-bun ratio of any of the burgers in the story. There’s at least a half pound of meat on this monster, along with caramelized onion jam and thick, gooey pepper-jack cheese on a delicious pretzel bun.

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PHOTO BY MARK RIGHTMIRE, OC REGISTER

The burger above is just about as perfect as it gets. The holy grail. One-third pound (weighed after cooking) of 21-day dry-aged, USDA Choice beef, along with lettuce, grilled onions, thick-cut bacon, American cheese, tomato and 1000 Island dressing

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PHOTO BY MARK RIGHTMIRE, OC REGISTER

Taken out of context, this burger looks huge, when actually this burger is fairly tiny. But it packs a lot of flavor, thanks to a sauce of habanero chilies.

Read the entire article online and see how the burgers stack up, side-by-side. I also reveal which burger joint makes the best onion rings and fries (as well as which places cut corners and serve crappy frozen fries). Note: Subscriptions are required for unlimited access the OC Register online. We don’t give it away for free at the newsstand, and we don’t give away for free online, either. Anyone can receive one week of complimentary access, but after that you’ll need to be a subscriber. Alternatively, you can always buy a single day pass — cheaper than a cup of coffee — for 24-hour access. 

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