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Gables Bites: Best Burgers on the Mile

4/02/13

BurgersBy Riki Altman

Considering all the options Miracle Mile and the surrounding streets offer, it’s tough to decide where to start, so let’s just go with the place named for its specialty: BGR The Burger Joint. This fun, rock-and-roll themed open-air bistro can please appetites craving both the classics and unusual versions, such as The Greek with lamb and tzatziki, The Southwestern with poblanos and chipotles, and The Lobster, made with lump claw and knuckle meat. There’s a reason to come back often, too: a burger of the month.

Don’t disregard Pincho Factory, though. Set to open soon, this spot knows its beef, offering patties made of 100 percent fresh chuck, brisket and short rib. Go simple with a traditional burger topped with the classics, along with potato sticks and pink sauce, or be adventurous and try the fritanga with fried white cheese, cabbage slaw and crema.

You probably envision wine and moules meunière (sautéed mussels) when you think of Angelique Euro Café, but perhaps their best-kept secrets are those killer Barcelona Burgers. They all start with char-grilled Angus beef and grilled onion jam, but the toppings are what make them truly special. Think chorizo and manchego cheese, gorgonzola and applewood bacon, or truffles and brie. Divine.

Maybe you’ve heard the expression, “Never order hamburgers in a Chinese restaurant.” Interestingly enough, the frita China is the thing to order at Bread + Butter, especially since Chef Alberto Cabrera tops his chorizo burger with napa cabbage kimchi, cilantro, potato strings and siracha ketchup.

And it may seem counterintuitive to order beef at a place called Swine, but the burgers here are worth a pigging out session. Their signature sandwich incorporates a blend of short rib, brisket and smoked pork, natch, along with thick-cut house-smoked bacon, lettuce tomato and “special sauce.”

In other classified burger-related news, keep an eye out for BurgerFi, scheduled to open between July and September. Known for its never frozen, never microwaved, all-natural, grass-fed beef, the chain offers a selection of nearly a half-dozen creations, along with a build-it-yourself option, incorporating fun choices like neon relish, salt and vinegar potato chips, and Peter Luger Steak Sauce. Before you go in, check out the “secret menu” online so you can order like a pro.

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