Five New Burger Options in Orange County


Pinoy Burger from Ground House
Meat you soon. Photo courtesy of Ground House Burger

Last week, we were all about the fries. This time around, it’s a burger society. Build all the poke joints you want; burgers are gonna stand the test of time.


Limited edition burger at Braizen
Too hot to handle. Photo courtesy of Braizen

Braizen Sexy Sandwiches – Santa Ana

These days, sandwich shops are getting on the bandwagon and adding meat-and-bun creations to their menus. Served with Kettle Chips (or upgrade to fries for a couple of bucks), the beauts here include tasty toppings such as shoyu mayo, pimento cheese and tahini yogurt sauce. Folks who are cutting down on bread are welcome to sub in greens or fries. 31 E. MacArthur Crescent, Ste. 102, (657) 900-2040;

Burger box from Burgerim

So. Many. Options. Photo courtesy of Burgerim

Burgerim – Aliso Viejo (and soon Orange)

Completely customize your cravings at this growing chain. LTO (lettuce, tomato, onion) are standard and rest on the bottom bun. All your other choices are piled above the 2.8-ounce patty of your liking. With upward of five beef options, we do appreciate the alternative proteins: falafel, salmon, turkey, etc. Over on the toppings side, we’re going with a triple threat of bacon, avocado and fried egg—although the grilled onions and blue cheese are making us want to get a trio of bites. 26741 Aliso Creek Rd., Ste. E, (949) 600-8555;


Burger and fry combo from Graze
The perfect combo. Photo courtesy of Graze

Graze: Handcrafted Burgers – Downtown Santa Ana

A new wave of Instagram-worthy meals has reached food halls. Don’t be fooled by Graze’s seemingly simple menu—there’s flavor packed into each patty thanks to a blend of brisket, chuck and short rib. Saucy moods are welcome, as proved by the Smokey and its bourbon barbecue sauce. Tequila aioli finishes an Agave Burger. And don’t forget those black garlic fries! 201 E. Fourth St., (949) 735-2389;


Pinoy Burger from Ground House
Meat you soon. Photo courtesy of Ground House

Ground House – Irvine

Replacing Pig Pen Delicacy at Irvine’s TRADE, Ground House found the hall’s underserved niche. Serving up a handful of options, including the Pinoy Burger, which we wrote about in March. If you love Texas toast, then dive into the Lone Star, with its beer-battered onion rings and jalapeños. Grab extra napkins . . . things may get messy. 2222 Michelson Dr.;


Burger and fries from The Parkway
Burger Time. Photo courtesy of the Parkway American Grill

The Parkway American Grill – Rancho Santa Margarita

South County gets some love with a full-service grill spot—the only one on our list! Steak fries accompany all handcrafted, half-pound burger orders. Try a bacon-y Black and Blue, or get your fix with the Californian, stacked with mushrooms and avocado. Daring diners should bite into an El Diablo. 22411 Antonio Pkwy., (949) 713-9984.


New burger from Sessions West Coast Deli
Burger sessions. Photo by Anne Marie Panoringan

Honorable Mention: Sessions West Coast Deli – Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Irvine

Now on its third location in the Woodbridge community of Irvine, Sessions takes a break from the beach to establish roots closer to its upbringing. With more than a dozen sandwiches on the menu, it recently added a savory mix of apps and burgers. Chow on the Perfect Burger, featuring pepper jack cheese and X special sauce. Round it out with a side of Shaka Spuds.

A contributing writer for OC Weekly, Anne Marie freelances for multiple online and print publications, and guest judges for culinary competitions. A Bay Area transplant, she graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management from Cal Poly Pomona. Find her on Instagram as brekkiefan.

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