Whether you are looking for a quick bite before a Golden State Warriors game or taking a date out to a nice restaurant, it is always a good time to have a hamburger.
Burgers are great because they fit almost every taste palette. Maybe you like to pile your’s a mile high with vegetables.
Or perhaps you enjoy the simple taste of meat, cheese, and ketchup. No matter your preference, it’s critical to find the best burger in your city.
So if you’re hungry, check out my list of the best burgers in San Francisco.
Gott’s Roadside has two locations in San Francisco, one located in the Ferry Plaza and the other at the Chase Center.
Ferry Plaza is home to the Ferry Building historic landmark and the marketplace inside. And you can grab Gott’s during halftime of a Warriors game at the Chase Center location.
This laid-back restaurant has plenty of choices on the menu for burger lovers. All burgers are made with Niman Ranch beef patties, with vegetarian and turkey burger options available for interested customers. There are several specialty burgers on the menu you can pair with local wine.
560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Located just a block away from Alamo Square in North of the Panhandle, Nopa is an upscale restaurant. It is only open for dinner service, and the kitchen is spearheaded by Chef Laurence Jossel.
Recipes in the kitchen come from a collaborative effort of all chefs though, leading to a high-end dining experience.
Nopa has a constantly shifting daily menu dictated by the available ingredients and the chef’s desires. They often offer a wood-grilled cheeseburger served with pickled onions and french fries that is sure to satisfy anyone’s burger cravings. Walk-ins are welcome, but the staff recommends making reservations.
3199 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Balboa Cafe is nestled just south of Lombard Street and within walking distance of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.
They serve classic American food and a bar offering plenty of cocktails and local drinks. I like Balboa’s more casual atmosphere and its frequent live music shows.
Balboa Cafe is perhaps most famous for its award-winning Balboa Burger on a baguette, and it is sure to satisfy.
2346 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Serving up American-style cuisine with a European flair, Causwells is situated one block north of Lombard Street.
The restaurant is the brainchild of Chef Adam Rosenblum, and the menu reflects his diverse cooking background.
If you’re going, check out happy hour from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and from 3 to 5 p.m. on the weekend.
For burger lovers, Causwells has a bevy of choices. The Americana Burger is the flagship of the restaurant, but they offer vegetarian burgers and specials throughout the year.
618 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133
For a casual American-style dining experience, Sam’s Pizza and Burgers is a great choice. It is located a few blocks away from Washington Square and San Francisco Bay.
This restaurant famously was featured in an Anthony Bourdain-hosted show. Sam’s isn’t the fanciest place, but it does offer plenty of delicious burger options.
Sam’s Triple Bypass Burger is an exquisite choice for the hungry, and they offer the usual staples to fulfill the less voracious eater.
2240 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Nestled between 18th and 19th Streets, WesBurger n’ More is the perfect no-frills restaurant for those who want good food without the hassle.
Chef Wes Rowe founded this restaurant as a way to bring burgers and fried chicken to Mission. Be sure to stop in for daily specials.
When you head to WesBurger, you have the choice of smash burgers or a more classic six-ounce patty. When you go, I recommend trying the Hot Wes, topped with onion rings, queso, and pickled jalapenos.
705 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117
4505 Burgers & BBQ began its life as a meat company in 2009. It is now located a block away from Alamo Square and offers traditional American-style burgers and barbeque. Ryan Farr founded the company and has written two books on butchery.
Aside from some delicious BBQ, I recommend the Best Damn Grass-Fed Cheeseburger. You can add an egg or bacon, but I think it tastes good no matter what you top it with.
475 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Located within a short walking distance of Oracle Park and the South Beach Harbor, Garaje offers burgers alongside Mexican cuisine.
They are a casual eatery with lunch service on weekdays and dinner service from Monday to Saturday.
Burger lovers have a few options on the menu, including single or double burgers. Garaje offers plenty of Mexican food and seafood on the menu as well.
708 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Pearl’s Deluxe Burgers is a restaurant in the heart of Lower Nob Hill, and not too far from Union Square.
It is a casual and cheaper alternative to some of the pricer restaurants in the city, but it packs plenty of flavors all the same.
Boasting 11 specialty burgers along with all the staples, even picky eaters can find something to nosh at Pearl’s.
My favorite specialty burger is the Phat Bob, a 1/2 pound burger topped with Jack cheese, bacon, onion rings, BBQ sauce, and mayo.
pier 30 The Embarcadero S, San Francisco, CA 94105
Sometimes it is hard to beat the view, and that holds at Red’s Java House. Situated right on the bay and with ample outdoor seating, you can enjoy casual American-style cuisine with a beautiful view.
The menu at Red’s Java House is simple, with just your basic staple burgers. But that doesn’t mean it is not tasty. Stop in for their daily lunch specials, including eggplant parm and meatball sandwiches.
Roam Artisan Burgers has two locations, one in Pacific Heights and the other in Lower Pacific Heights. Between the two locations lie Alta Plaza Park and Lafayette Park.
The restaurant has a casual vibe and low prices. Roam offers several specialty burgers, and there are a plethora of topping options.
From caramelized onions to applewood smoked bacon, you are sure to be able to create the burger of your dreams for a reasonable price. I’ve tried several of their burgers, and everyone has satisfied my tastebuds.
3640 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94118
If you’re looking for a place to celebrate an anniversary or special event, Spruce is the upscale restaurant for you.
Located just south of Presidio Heights, it is fancy, high-class American dining. The Spruce Burger is available on the bar menu, and it comes with an English muffin bun and french fries.
Be sure to pair it with some of Spruce’s famous drinks. As an upscale restaurant, it is quite expensive, but the quality is worth the price.
Super Duper Burgers is a fast-casual restaurant with locations all over San Francisco. You can find them at Laurel Village, Downtown, FiDi, Metreon, Lower FiDi, Hayes Valley, Marina, or Castro.
Super Duper Burgers offers hamburgers with their Super Sauce, as well as vegetarian options. The burgers are cooked medium for the most juiciness, and they also serve California-grown avocados.
All the beef used is 100 percent vegetarian-fed and locally sourced, so you know your meal is as fresh as possible.
3174 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
In the heart of the Mission District and a block away from the famous Mision San Francisco de Asis, ABV is a trendy spot for cocktails and food.
They offer plenty of upscale food options and alcohol and are open late. For those with a craving for beef, the ABV burger is my recommendation.
It is served with jalapeno chips and it is the perfect entree to enjoy with a delicious cocktail. The restaurant does not offer delivery, but takeout is available.
1801 McAllister St, San Francisco, CA 94115
Automat rests in the North of the Panhandle neighborhood, a few blocks east of Alamo Square. A relative newcomer in the neighborhood, this trendy eatery serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
While walk-ins are welcome, those wishing to enjoy dinner service may want to make a reservation. In my experience, it fills up fast.
The Cheezy Buddy is a great burger, made with double smash burgers, dill-pickled onions, and garlicky cheddar cheese. And all this is served on a milk bun. Automat offers vegetarian choices and pastries as well.
When you’re in San Francisco, whether for work or pleasure, you won’t go hungry. NO matter the style and price you are seeking, you can find plenty of places that can earnestly claim to be the best burger in San Francisco.
Be sure to head to one of these places if your mouth is watering for a tasty burger. Did we leave a restaurant out of this list? Make sure you leave us a comment and we’ll check it out!
- Gott’s Roadside
- Balboa Cafe
- Sam’s Pizza & Burgers
- WesBurger n’ More
- 4505 Burgers & BBQ
- Pearl’s Deluxe Burgers
- Red’s Java House
- Roam Artisan Burgers
- Super Duper Burgers