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Make It Official: The Best Burger in LA

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Not the best burger in LA. Sorry! Photo by ~db~ via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr
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Before we really begin (but after you’ve already become enraged by the headline), let me say this: different people like different things. Toppings, bun, cooking method, texture, ingredients, ratios - all play a factor in determining the best burger in any given area. And to be sure, this single post won’t put the ‘Best Burger In Los Angeles’ debate to rest for you (even though our pick is absolutely correct) so don’t worry about being wrong when you criticize the list below. Who knows, maybe you get a real kick out of being wrong. Like we said, different people like different things.

Let us also say that this is no fly-by-night burger operation. Over the past half-year, burger correspondents Farley Elliott (feel free to address hate mail here) and Brett Morris have scoured every Yelp, Chowhound, Urbanspoon and Citysearch list to get the skinny on how to get fat, burger style. Then we went to food blogs, of which there are no shortages in LA, and then news pieces, opinion columns, Facebook, Twitter, Ask Jeeves, Angelfire, Geocities, and on into a web dimension so beefy it cannot be quantified. But we did it anyway. As much as possible we tried to stay LA-centric (and our research shows this), but were definitely not afraid to be influenced by recommendations for places in the South Bay, East LA, or even -gasp- the Valley. Eventually the list blossomed, from a top 10 must-try to a top 20 have-to’s, then a top 30 gotta’s, and ultimately over 40 necessary stops cluttered our ramshackle Google map. Six months later, with over 100 burgers apiece down the gullet and straight to our hearts, we present to you: The Best Burger In Los Angeles.