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Best burger in San Diego

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Best burger in San Diego

San Diego is known for its California burritos. But every once in a while you're looking for a good burger. Whether you're in a mood for a class burger, a smash burger or you just want to wait through a drive-through for some In-n-Out, San Diego has the burger spot for you.

On our SanDiegoHumor Instagram stories, we asked our followers where their favorite burger was in San Diego. We were blown away by the number of responses we received. We had a total of 1,970 vote submissions. After spending hours manually typing out all of the entries into an excel document (no joke, we pulled out the spreadsheets for this one), we have the results for the top restaurants for burgers in San Diego.

And the results are in!

  1. Rocky's Crown Pub - 343 votes
  2. The Friendly - 329 votes
  3. Hodads - 225 votes
  4. The Balboa - 95 votes
  5. In n Out- 78 votes
  6. Hayes Burgers - 53 votes
  7. Swagyu - 50 votes
  8. Burger Lounge - 40 votes
  9. Crazee Burger - 33 votes
  10. Ralgan Public House - 26 votes
  11. Anny's Fine Burger - 25 votes

1. Rocky's Crown Pub 

(343 votes)

📍 3786 Ingraham St, San Diego, CA 92109 

Rocky's got the most submissions! This San Diego favorite has a simple menu, so it's not hard to decide what to order. We go for the 1/2 cheeseburger with fries. Rocky's is cash only so stop by the ATM before you head over. 


2. The Friendly 

(329 votes)

📍 1344 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109 

📍 4592 30th St, San Diego, CA 92116 

📍 42632 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104 

Votes with the 2nd most votes, the Friendly has 3 locations with the most recent location opening in Pacific Beach. They are known for their New York-style pizzas along with their burgers.


3. Hodad's 

(225 votes)

📍 5010 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107 

 Hodad's is the OG burger spot in spot in San Diego. The location in Ocean Beach has been open since 1991 but Byron and Virginia Hardin started Hodad's in 1969 with the first location at the end of Santa Monica Drive in OB. 

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4. The Balboa 

(95 votes)

📍 1863 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 

The Balboa is a dive-bar with some class. With pool tables and some arcade games, you can eat, drink and play. 

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5. In-n-Out 

(78 votes)

📍 Various locations in San Diego 

There's no complete burger list in San Diego without In-n-out. In-n-out is a California staple for burgers and we would agree. If you're looking for a quality burger at an affordable price - you can't go write with a double-double. If you want to eat like a local - Google the In-n-out secret menu for items you won't find on the regular menu.

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6. Hayes Burgers 

(53 votes)

📍 2060 Logan Ave Ste. A, San Diego, CA 92113 


7. Swagyu

(50 votes)

📍 966 Felspar St, San Diego, CA 92109

📍 1002 Palm Ave, Imperial Beach, CA 91932

📍 14149 Twin Peaks Rd Suite 12, Poway, CA 92064

 Swagyu is our personal favorite burger. Specializing in wagyu beef, Swagyu has their Signature Swagyu smash burger. If you can handle, the 3x3 has 3 4oz Wagyu Smash Patties on a brioche bun and their secret sauce. It's our go-to burger spot so make sure you check it out. The Wagyu burger can be a bit pricey but we think it's total worth the price - you won't get a burger like that anywhere else. For a cheaper option, Swagyu recently released a brisket burger for $5 for 1/4lb and $9.50 for 1/2lb. 

8. Burger Lounge

(40 votes)

📍 Various Location 

Burger Lounge is known their grass-fed beef burgers. Headquarters in San Diego, Burger Lounge has about 2 dozen locations across California. With locations all across the city, this casual burger joint is perfect for a quick bite or a relaxing meal out with friends. With a wide variety of burgers, salads, and sides to choose from, there's something for everyone at Burger Lounge.



9. Crazee Burger

(33 votes)

📍 3993 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

If you're looking for something a little more unique, look no further than Crazee Burger. Crazee Burgers has over thirty burgers including steak, alligator, salmon, buffalo and more. Whether you're in the mood for something traditional or feel like trying something a little more adventurous, Crazee Burger is sure to satisfy your cravings. So what are you waiting for? Head on over to Crazee Burger today and taste the burger revolution for yourself!



10. Raglan Public House

(26 votes)

📍 1851 Bacon St, San Diego, CA 92107

This popular pub features gourmet burgers and an extensive craft beer selection that's sure to impress even the most discerning foodies. Whether you're craving something simple like their classic beef burger or looking for something with a little extra flair, you'll find it at Raglan Public House.


11. Anny's Fine Burger

(25 votes)

📍 5375 Kearny Villa Rd, San Diego, CA 92123

📍 9862 Mission Gorge Rd #D, Santee, CA 92071

If you're looking for a local favorite, look no further than Anny's Fine Burger. With classic burgers and fries that have been pleasing the palates of San Diego locals for years, Anny's is the perfect choice for burger lovers. Burgers, wings, fries and shakes are all on the menu, making it easy to satisfy even the biggest appetites. So why wait? Head on over to Anny's Fine Burger today and see what all the fuss is about!