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Is This San Francisco’s Best Burger?

Is This San Francisco’s Best Burger?

The Daily Meal recently published our 101 Best Burgers in America for 2014, and in order to compile our ranking, we assembled a list of nearly 200 burgers from all across the country, from Spruce Pine, North Carolina to Hillsboro, Oregon. We then divided these burgers by region, and compiled a survey that was taken by a panel of 50 noted food writers, journalists, bloggers, and culinary authorities from across the country, asking them to vote for their favorites; limited, of course, to the ones that they’d tried. We tallied the results, and published the 101 stellar American burgers with the most votes.

Back in 2011, popular California hamburger stand Taylor's Automatic Refresher renamed its three locations (Napa, St. Helena, and San Francisco's Ferry Building) because owners and brothers Joel and Duncan Gott didn't own rights to the name, and couldn’t persuade its owners to let them trademark it.

It may have been jarring to see the name change and the neon-lit red G, but what didn’t change when they adopted the family nam,e Gott's Roadside Tray Gourmet, were the storied grilled one third-pound Niman Ranch burgers. Cooked medium-well and served "a little pink inside," they’re topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and secret sauce on a toasted egg bun. Gott’s cheeseburger then gets pressed lightly in a machine at the end of the line (employees say this steams the bun, but it still leaves the underside toasted-crunchy). The effect is thick and juicy, and it produces an icon.

Gott’s Roadside’s cheeseburger came in at #21 on our list, beating out the hamburger at Zuni Café (#23), the Best Damn Grass Fed Cheeseburger at 4505 Burgers & Barbecue (#61), and RickyBobby’s Beef and Bacon Burger (#100) for the for the highest-scoring burger from San Francisco on our list.

Kate Kolenda is the Restaurant and City Guide Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @BeefWerky and @theconversant.


What to Eat

As all good eaters know, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of prime burger season, and there are so many juicy ones to stalk around town. One recent addition: Wilder restaurant in the Marina, the new rough and rowdy spot from the Westwood team, has a new burger for your consideration. Chef Jesus Dominguez spent a decade at Michelin-starred Taj Campton Place, before coming over to lead the kitchen at Westwood for the past couple of years, and now with Wilder he’s talking big burger game: two 4-ounce patties of freshly ground short ribs and American Kobe beef, all American cheese and special sauce, but slightly refined bacon-onion jam on a brioche bun. Burger obsessives, tell us what you think. And if you want to get really wild this holiday weekend, maybe also order the bone marrow with a “whiskey luge,” which sounds like a very Marina experience.

But for all those who might prefer a hot dog, this could be the sunny weekend to finally try Stix, the leading Korean corn dog destination in San Francisco, oh so conveniently located near Stern Grove. The corndog and boba shop first opened in 2019, but became a sensation during the pandemic, thanks to its crispy, crunchy, and cheesy corn dogs, rolled around in ramen noodles or crinkle-cut fries, and complete with the dramatically long cheese pull. Few can resist the charms of a deep-fried snack on a stick, especially with a sweet boba tea on the side, and both are a breeze to walk to the park.

What to Drink

As long as you’re having burgers and dogs, it’s time to stock up on beer. Fort Point Beer Co., the largest independently owned brewery in San Francisco, has a fresh release to ease into this warm weekend. The Natural Magic Hazy Pale Ale is in fact magical, not too thick and hazy, not too bitter and hoppy, just juicy, bright, with a big aroma and a sparkly finish. It’s a limited release, and there is a fresh batch available for this weekend, which can be ordered through the website. Fort Point is now offering delivery in the city, and claims that you can get beer dropped on your doorstep as soon as an hour after canning, which is a cool inside tap for locals. So get yourself a 4-pack of these pretty lilac tall boys, and kick back for a hazy afternoon. — Becky Duffett, deputy editor


What to Eat

As all good eaters know, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of prime burger season, and there are so many juicy ones to stalk around town. One recent addition: Wilder restaurant in the Marina, the new rough and rowdy spot from the Westwood team, has a new burger for your consideration. Chef Jesus Dominguez spent a decade at Michelin-starred Taj Campton Place, before coming over to lead the kitchen at Westwood for the past couple of years, and now with Wilder he’s talking big burger game: two 4-ounce patties of freshly ground short ribs and American Kobe beef, all American cheese and special sauce, but slightly refined bacon-onion jam on a brioche bun. Burger obsessives, tell us what you think. And if you want to get really wild this holiday weekend, maybe also order the bone marrow with a “whiskey luge,” which sounds like a very Marina experience.

But for all those who might prefer a hot dog, this could be the sunny weekend to finally try Stix, the leading Korean corn dog destination in San Francisco, oh so conveniently located near Stern Grove. The corndog and boba shop first opened in 2019, but became a sensation during the pandemic, thanks to its crispy, crunchy, and cheesy corn dogs, rolled around in ramen noodles or crinkle-cut fries, and complete with the dramatically long cheese pull. Few can resist the charms of a deep-fried snack on a stick, especially with a sweet boba tea on the side, and both are a breeze to walk to the park.

What to Drink

As long as you’re having burgers and dogs, it’s time to stock up on beer. Fort Point Beer Co., the largest independently owned brewery in San Francisco, has a fresh release to ease into this warm weekend. The Natural Magic Hazy Pale Ale is in fact magical, not too thick and hazy, not too bitter and hoppy, just juicy, bright, with a big aroma and a sparkly finish. It’s a limited release, and there is a fresh batch available for this weekend, which can be ordered through the website. Fort Point is now offering delivery in the city, and claims that you can get beer dropped on your doorstep as soon as an hour after canning, which is a cool inside tap for locals. So get yourself a 4-pack of these pretty lilac tall boys, and kick back for a hazy afternoon. — Becky Duffett, deputy editor


What to Eat

As all good eaters know, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of prime burger season, and there are so many juicy ones to stalk around town. One recent addition: Wilder restaurant in the Marina, the new rough and rowdy spot from the Westwood team, has a new burger for your consideration. Chef Jesus Dominguez spent a decade at Michelin-starred Taj Campton Place, before coming over to lead the kitchen at Westwood for the past couple of years, and now with Wilder he’s talking big burger game: two 4-ounce patties of freshly ground short ribs and American Kobe beef, all American cheese and special sauce, but slightly refined bacon-onion jam on a brioche bun. Burger obsessives, tell us what you think. And if you want to get really wild this holiday weekend, maybe also order the bone marrow with a “whiskey luge,” which sounds like a very Marina experience.

But for all those who might prefer a hot dog, this could be the sunny weekend to finally try Stix, the leading Korean corn dog destination in San Francisco, oh so conveniently located near Stern Grove. The corndog and boba shop first opened in 2019, but became a sensation during the pandemic, thanks to its crispy, crunchy, and cheesy corn dogs, rolled around in ramen noodles or crinkle-cut fries, and complete with the dramatically long cheese pull. Few can resist the charms of a deep-fried snack on a stick, especially with a sweet boba tea on the side, and both are a breeze to walk to the park.

What to Drink

As long as you’re having burgers and dogs, it’s time to stock up on beer. Fort Point Beer Co., the largest independently owned brewery in San Francisco, has a fresh release to ease into this warm weekend. The Natural Magic Hazy Pale Ale is in fact magical, not too thick and hazy, not too bitter and hoppy, just juicy, bright, with a big aroma and a sparkly finish. It’s a limited release, and there is a fresh batch available for this weekend, which can be ordered through the website. Fort Point is now offering delivery in the city, and claims that you can get beer dropped on your doorstep as soon as an hour after canning, which is a cool inside tap for locals. So get yourself a 4-pack of these pretty lilac tall boys, and kick back for a hazy afternoon. — Becky Duffett, deputy editor


What to Eat

As all good eaters know, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of prime burger season, and there are so many juicy ones to stalk around town. One recent addition: Wilder restaurant in the Marina, the new rough and rowdy spot from the Westwood team, has a new burger for your consideration. Chef Jesus Dominguez spent a decade at Michelin-starred Taj Campton Place, before coming over to lead the kitchen at Westwood for the past couple of years, and now with Wilder he’s talking big burger game: two 4-ounce patties of freshly ground short ribs and American Kobe beef, all American cheese and special sauce, but slightly refined bacon-onion jam on a brioche bun. Burger obsessives, tell us what you think. And if you want to get really wild this holiday weekend, maybe also order the bone marrow with a “whiskey luge,” which sounds like a very Marina experience.

But for all those who might prefer a hot dog, this could be the sunny weekend to finally try Stix, the leading Korean corn dog destination in San Francisco, oh so conveniently located near Stern Grove. The corndog and boba shop first opened in 2019, but became a sensation during the pandemic, thanks to its crispy, crunchy, and cheesy corn dogs, rolled around in ramen noodles or crinkle-cut fries, and complete with the dramatically long cheese pull. Few can resist the charms of a deep-fried snack on a stick, especially with a sweet boba tea on the side, and both are a breeze to walk to the park.

What to Drink

As long as you’re having burgers and dogs, it’s time to stock up on beer. Fort Point Beer Co., the largest independently owned brewery in San Francisco, has a fresh release to ease into this warm weekend. The Natural Magic Hazy Pale Ale is in fact magical, not too thick and hazy, not too bitter and hoppy, just juicy, bright, with a big aroma and a sparkly finish. It’s a limited release, and there is a fresh batch available for this weekend, which can be ordered through the website. Fort Point is now offering delivery in the city, and claims that you can get beer dropped on your doorstep as soon as an hour after canning, which is a cool inside tap for locals. So get yourself a 4-pack of these pretty lilac tall boys, and kick back for a hazy afternoon. — Becky Duffett, deputy editor


What to Eat

As all good eaters know, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of prime burger season, and there are so many juicy ones to stalk around town. One recent addition: Wilder restaurant in the Marina, the new rough and rowdy spot from the Westwood team, has a new burger for your consideration. Chef Jesus Dominguez spent a decade at Michelin-starred Taj Campton Place, before coming over to lead the kitchen at Westwood for the past couple of years, and now with Wilder he’s talking big burger game: two 4-ounce patties of freshly ground short ribs and American Kobe beef, all American cheese and special sauce, but slightly refined bacon-onion jam on a brioche bun. Burger obsessives, tell us what you think. And if you want to get really wild this holiday weekend, maybe also order the bone marrow with a “whiskey luge,” which sounds like a very Marina experience.

But for all those who might prefer a hot dog, this could be the sunny weekend to finally try Stix, the leading Korean corn dog destination in San Francisco, oh so conveniently located near Stern Grove. The corndog and boba shop first opened in 2019, but became a sensation during the pandemic, thanks to its crispy, crunchy, and cheesy corn dogs, rolled around in ramen noodles or crinkle-cut fries, and complete with the dramatically long cheese pull. Few can resist the charms of a deep-fried snack on a stick, especially with a sweet boba tea on the side, and both are a breeze to walk to the park.

What to Drink

As long as you’re having burgers and dogs, it’s time to stock up on beer. Fort Point Beer Co., the largest independently owned brewery in San Francisco, has a fresh release to ease into this warm weekend. The Natural Magic Hazy Pale Ale is in fact magical, not too thick and hazy, not too bitter and hoppy, just juicy, bright, with a big aroma and a sparkly finish. It’s a limited release, and there is a fresh batch available for this weekend, which can be ordered through the website. Fort Point is now offering delivery in the city, and claims that you can get beer dropped on your doorstep as soon as an hour after canning, which is a cool inside tap for locals. So get yourself a 4-pack of these pretty lilac tall boys, and kick back for a hazy afternoon. — Becky Duffett, deputy editor


What to Eat

As all good eaters know, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of prime burger season, and there are so many juicy ones to stalk around town. One recent addition: Wilder restaurant in the Marina, the new rough and rowdy spot from the Westwood team, has a new burger for your consideration. Chef Jesus Dominguez spent a decade at Michelin-starred Taj Campton Place, before coming over to lead the kitchen at Westwood for the past couple of years, and now with Wilder he’s talking big burger game: two 4-ounce patties of freshly ground short ribs and American Kobe beef, all American cheese and special sauce, but slightly refined bacon-onion jam on a brioche bun. Burger obsessives, tell us what you think. And if you want to get really wild this holiday weekend, maybe also order the bone marrow with a “whiskey luge,” which sounds like a very Marina experience.

But for all those who might prefer a hot dog, this could be the sunny weekend to finally try Stix, the leading Korean corn dog destination in San Francisco, oh so conveniently located near Stern Grove. The corndog and boba shop first opened in 2019, but became a sensation during the pandemic, thanks to its crispy, crunchy, and cheesy corn dogs, rolled around in ramen noodles or crinkle-cut fries, and complete with the dramatically long cheese pull. Few can resist the charms of a deep-fried snack on a stick, especially with a sweet boba tea on the side, and both are a breeze to walk to the park.

What to Drink

As long as you’re having burgers and dogs, it’s time to stock up on beer. Fort Point Beer Co., the largest independently owned brewery in San Francisco, has a fresh release to ease into this warm weekend. The Natural Magic Hazy Pale Ale is in fact magical, not too thick and hazy, not too bitter and hoppy, just juicy, bright, with a big aroma and a sparkly finish. It’s a limited release, and there is a fresh batch available for this weekend, which can be ordered through the website. Fort Point is now offering delivery in the city, and claims that you can get beer dropped on your doorstep as soon as an hour after canning, which is a cool inside tap for locals. So get yourself a 4-pack of these pretty lilac tall boys, and kick back for a hazy afternoon. — Becky Duffett, deputy editor


What to Eat

As all good eaters know, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of prime burger season, and there are so many juicy ones to stalk around town. One recent addition: Wilder restaurant in the Marina, the new rough and rowdy spot from the Westwood team, has a new burger for your consideration. Chef Jesus Dominguez spent a decade at Michelin-starred Taj Campton Place, before coming over to lead the kitchen at Westwood for the past couple of years, and now with Wilder he’s talking big burger game: two 4-ounce patties of freshly ground short ribs and American Kobe beef, all American cheese and special sauce, but slightly refined bacon-onion jam on a brioche bun. Burger obsessives, tell us what you think. And if you want to get really wild this holiday weekend, maybe also order the bone marrow with a “whiskey luge,” which sounds like a very Marina experience.

But for all those who might prefer a hot dog, this could be the sunny weekend to finally try Stix, the leading Korean corn dog destination in San Francisco, oh so conveniently located near Stern Grove. The corndog and boba shop first opened in 2019, but became a sensation during the pandemic, thanks to its crispy, crunchy, and cheesy corn dogs, rolled around in ramen noodles or crinkle-cut fries, and complete with the dramatically long cheese pull. Few can resist the charms of a deep-fried snack on a stick, especially with a sweet boba tea on the side, and both are a breeze to walk to the park.

What to Drink

As long as you’re having burgers and dogs, it’s time to stock up on beer. Fort Point Beer Co., the largest independently owned brewery in San Francisco, has a fresh release to ease into this warm weekend. The Natural Magic Hazy Pale Ale is in fact magical, not too thick and hazy, not too bitter and hoppy, just juicy, bright, with a big aroma and a sparkly finish. It’s a limited release, and there is a fresh batch available for this weekend, which can be ordered through the website. Fort Point is now offering delivery in the city, and claims that you can get beer dropped on your doorstep as soon as an hour after canning, which is a cool inside tap for locals. So get yourself a 4-pack of these pretty lilac tall boys, and kick back for a hazy afternoon. — Becky Duffett, deputy editor


What to Eat

As all good eaters know, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of prime burger season, and there are so many juicy ones to stalk around town. One recent addition: Wilder restaurant in the Marina, the new rough and rowdy spot from the Westwood team, has a new burger for your consideration. Chef Jesus Dominguez spent a decade at Michelin-starred Taj Campton Place, before coming over to lead the kitchen at Westwood for the past couple of years, and now with Wilder he’s talking big burger game: two 4-ounce patties of freshly ground short ribs and American Kobe beef, all American cheese and special sauce, but slightly refined bacon-onion jam on a brioche bun. Burger obsessives, tell us what you think. And if you want to get really wild this holiday weekend, maybe also order the bone marrow with a “whiskey luge,” which sounds like a very Marina experience.

But for all those who might prefer a hot dog, this could be the sunny weekend to finally try Stix, the leading Korean corn dog destination in San Francisco, oh so conveniently located near Stern Grove. The corndog and boba shop first opened in 2019, but became a sensation during the pandemic, thanks to its crispy, crunchy, and cheesy corn dogs, rolled around in ramen noodles or crinkle-cut fries, and complete with the dramatically long cheese pull. Few can resist the charms of a deep-fried snack on a stick, especially with a sweet boba tea on the side, and both are a breeze to walk to the park.

What to Drink

As long as you’re having burgers and dogs, it’s time to stock up on beer. Fort Point Beer Co., the largest independently owned brewery in San Francisco, has a fresh release to ease into this warm weekend. The Natural Magic Hazy Pale Ale is in fact magical, not too thick and hazy, not too bitter and hoppy, just juicy, bright, with a big aroma and a sparkly finish. It’s a limited release, and there is a fresh batch available for this weekend, which can be ordered through the website. Fort Point is now offering delivery in the city, and claims that you can get beer dropped on your doorstep as soon as an hour after canning, which is a cool inside tap for locals. So get yourself a 4-pack of these pretty lilac tall boys, and kick back for a hazy afternoon. — Becky Duffett, deputy editor


What to Eat

As all good eaters know, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of prime burger season, and there are so many juicy ones to stalk around town. One recent addition: Wilder restaurant in the Marina, the new rough and rowdy spot from the Westwood team, has a new burger for your consideration. Chef Jesus Dominguez spent a decade at Michelin-starred Taj Campton Place, before coming over to lead the kitchen at Westwood for the past couple of years, and now with Wilder he’s talking big burger game: two 4-ounce patties of freshly ground short ribs and American Kobe beef, all American cheese and special sauce, but slightly refined bacon-onion jam on a brioche bun. Burger obsessives, tell us what you think. And if you want to get really wild this holiday weekend, maybe also order the bone marrow with a “whiskey luge,” which sounds like a very Marina experience.

But for all those who might prefer a hot dog, this could be the sunny weekend to finally try Stix, the leading Korean corn dog destination in San Francisco, oh so conveniently located near Stern Grove. The corndog and boba shop first opened in 2019, but became a sensation during the pandemic, thanks to its crispy, crunchy, and cheesy corn dogs, rolled around in ramen noodles or crinkle-cut fries, and complete with the dramatically long cheese pull. Few can resist the charms of a deep-fried snack on a stick, especially with a sweet boba tea on the side, and both are a breeze to walk to the park.

What to Drink

As long as you’re having burgers and dogs, it’s time to stock up on beer. Fort Point Beer Co., the largest independently owned brewery in San Francisco, has a fresh release to ease into this warm weekend. The Natural Magic Hazy Pale Ale is in fact magical, not too thick and hazy, not too bitter and hoppy, just juicy, bright, with a big aroma and a sparkly finish. It’s a limited release, and there is a fresh batch available for this weekend, which can be ordered through the website. Fort Point is now offering delivery in the city, and claims that you can get beer dropped on your doorstep as soon as an hour after canning, which is a cool inside tap for locals. So get yourself a 4-pack of these pretty lilac tall boys, and kick back for a hazy afternoon. — Becky Duffett, deputy editor


What to Eat

As all good eaters know, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of prime burger season, and there are so many juicy ones to stalk around town. One recent addition: Wilder restaurant in the Marina, the new rough and rowdy spot from the Westwood team, has a new burger for your consideration. Chef Jesus Dominguez spent a decade at Michelin-starred Taj Campton Place, before coming over to lead the kitchen at Westwood for the past couple of years, and now with Wilder he’s talking big burger game: two 4-ounce patties of freshly ground short ribs and American Kobe beef, all American cheese and special sauce, but slightly refined bacon-onion jam on a brioche bun. Burger obsessives, tell us what you think. And if you want to get really wild this holiday weekend, maybe also order the bone marrow with a “whiskey luge,” which sounds like a very Marina experience.

But for all those who might prefer a hot dog, this could be the sunny weekend to finally try Stix, the leading Korean corn dog destination in San Francisco, oh so conveniently located near Stern Grove. The corndog and boba shop first opened in 2019, but became a sensation during the pandemic, thanks to its crispy, crunchy, and cheesy corn dogs, rolled around in ramen noodles or crinkle-cut fries, and complete with the dramatically long cheese pull. Few can resist the charms of a deep-fried snack on a stick, especially with a sweet boba tea on the side, and both are a breeze to walk to the park.

What to Drink

As long as you’re having burgers and dogs, it’s time to stock up on beer. Fort Point Beer Co., the largest independently owned brewery in San Francisco, has a fresh release to ease into this warm weekend. The Natural Magic Hazy Pale Ale is in fact magical, not too thick and hazy, not too bitter and hoppy, just juicy, bright, with a big aroma and a sparkly finish. It’s a limited release, and there is a fresh batch available for this weekend, which can be ordered through the website. Fort Point is now offering delivery in the city, and claims that you can get beer dropped on your doorstep as soon as an hour after canning, which is a cool inside tap for locals. So get yourself a 4-pack of these pretty lilac tall boys, and kick back for a hazy afternoon. — Becky Duffett, deputy editor