Capturing the Rhythm of
Downtown Santa Monica
Santa Monica Centric
Downtown Santa Monica's best burgers
By Eddie Sanchez

The Fig Burger, from Chef Yousef Ghalaini of Fig Restaurant, is a play on the classic So-Cal style burger.  Photos by Eddie Sanchez, Hungry in L.A. (The Fig Burger, from Chef Yousef Ghalaini of Fig Restaurant, is a play on the classic So-Cal style burger.
Photos by Eddie Sanchez, Hungry in L.A.)

The cheeseburger has long been a favorite meal for weary travelers and immigrants looking for something cheap and easy to consume during long journeys or after a hard day's work.

It's said that Genghis Khan and is Mongol horsemen, known as the Golden Horde, would leave scraps of lamb or mutton under their saddles to be tenderized while riding into battle and then consumed raw, making for the first "steak tartare."

It wasn't until the late 18th Century that sailors visiting Hamburg, Germany began consuming something more akin to what we eat today. Flavored, low-grade beef featuring regional spices cooked in the Hamburg style, these patties became standard meals for the poorer classes.

Well, we've stepped it up quite a bit since then, adding cheese, veggies, chili, bacon, eggs and more, packing it all in with a sesame seed or brioche bun for what can only be described now as a gourmet burger — some costings as much as $300 with truffles, cave-aged cheddar, caviar and dry-aged Wagyu.

While you won't find anything so decadent as that in Downtown Santa Monica, we do have a few stellar selections.

Burger enthusiast Eddie Sanchez of I'm Hungry in L.A. recently broke down his top 5. Check them out here and let us know if he made the mark.

With the Bruxie Burger,  two light crisp airy waffles house a very flavorful beef patty that's topped wth a Thousand-like sauce, pickles, shredded lettuce and tomato. With the Bruxie Burger, two light crisp airy waffles house a very flavorful beef patty that's topped wth a Thousand-like sauce, pickles, shredded lettuce and tomato.


Eddie Sanchez is the founder of Hungry in LA. He's a local, born and raised in Los Angeles and is passionate about food, travel, music, and photography. Proud to be from LA, he has an ardent love for this city and its food scene.

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