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New in South Coast Metro 10-11-17 | The Best Burgers in Orange County

From Orange Coast Magazine
October 2017

By Gretchen Kurz and Benjamin Epstein

 

The 40 Best Burgers in Orange County

So how to rank the nearly 100 burgers we tasted this time around? First, if any aspect of the meaty morsel wasn’t excellent—out of the running! Second, we asked ourselves: Would we order it again in an O.C. minute?

 

CHEF-DRIVEN BURGER

Hamburguesa | Star chef Amar Santana has a gift for wowing palates, elevating Vaca’s lunch burger to Spanish sighs, with crispy chorizo, slow-roasted tomatoes, and smoked paprika aioli, all intent on glorifying 8 ounces of fresh Prime beef bursting out of a glossy brioche bun. We say . $16 695 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-463-6060, vacarestaurant.com

 

STEAKHOUSE BURGERS

Gorgonzola Black Truffle Wagyu Burger | Capital Grille offers five burgers, but this half-pound beauty rises above the others, flaunting a compound butter of black truffle and creamy gorgonzola cheese that syncs beautifully with the eggy bun, balsamic-tinged onions, and medium-grind Wagyu, cooked to your fancy. Lettuce and pickles on the side let you build to suit, and exemplary truffle fries, finger-size and crunchy-edged, supply unforgettable support for this diva. $20 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714-432-1140, thecapitalgrille.com

 

HALL OF FAME

Arc Burger | The burger at Arc is a charter member of the mile-high club, one of those eye-popping Instagram darlings impossible to eat in-hand. Storied for the sheer quality of its decadent ingredients, it consists of a 1-pound, wood-fired patty that’s a mix of ribeye, short rib, lardons, and duck fat, topped with a choice of cheese (such as Roquefort Société), heirloom tomatoes, shaved onion, pickled red fresno chile, dressed baby red oak lettuce, and garlic aioli on a cornmeal-dusted potato roll. Often imitated, absolutely-for-sure never duplicated. $24 3321 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 949-500-5561, arcrestaurant.com

Umami Burger |The first burger-crafter to exploit the “fifth flavor,” Umami Burger generates profound savoriness using ingredients such as soy, mushrooms, kombu, and miso, amplified by toppings offered on the original $13 namesake burger: Parmesan frico, shiitake mushrooms, roasted tomato, caramelized onion, and corn-syrup-free ketchup. Add a 6-ounce patty of coarsely ground beef seared on a plancha and trap it all in a Portuguese-style bun for maximum wow. We also fancy the $14 Manly Burger, stoked with beer-cheddar cheese, bacon lardons, and smoked-salt onion strings. Locations in Anaheim, Costa Mesa, and Irvine, umami.com

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