Berkeley boasts some of the best restaurants in the Bay Area, using fresh ingredients to produce high-quality and delicious products. It is no wonder that these joints produce some of the best burgers around, topped with everything from blue cheese to bacon. Here is our list of some you should try.
With locations around Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco, this burger joint has become a staple for hungry patrons. Barney’s Gourmet Hamburgers has become a family-friendly spot with options for people of all ages. The restaurant serves up a variety of classic and specialty burgers with toppings like bacon, avocado, and garlic-basil pesto. The restaurant also has some of the best curly fries and milkshakes around for those seeking a truly indulgent experience.
Like so many other restaurants in the Bay Area, Summer Kitchen & Bakeshop owes much of its success to high-quality, fresh ingredients. The brightly-lit stark white room showcases a variety of baked goods, salads, sandwiches and much more. While all of the sandwiches at this spot are popular, the refined adult hamburger really shines, consisting of one indulgent burger served atop an ACME roll. The grown-up burger is topped with tangy blue cheese, caramelized onions, house-made pickles and wild arugula.
Relatively new to the Berkeley food scene, Eureka! has quickly become a favorite for locals. While they do serve sandwiches, salads, and appetizers, they have quickly become known for their burgers. Try a favorite like the cowboy burger, topped with shoestring onion rings, bacon, cheddar, and house-made beer barbecue sauce. Not only does the restaurant serve up some of the best burgers in the area, it also offers a wide selection of craft beer and whisky. Wash down your meal with one of their frequently-rotating American draught beers.
Eureka!, 2068 Center Street, Berkeley, CA, USA, 510-809-8282
For a more upscale dining experience, Gather is a great option for a fantastic burger. The restaurant has grown in popularity since late 2009, when it first opened adjacent to the UC Berkeley campus. The interior of the space is stunning, incorporating natural accents to create a welcoming ambiance. Ingredients are sourced naturally and ethically, adding freshness and flavor to all of their dishes. The burger itself is cooked to perfection and accompanied by French fries and served with Vella cheddar and aioli.
Gather, 2200 Oxford Street, Berkeley, CA, USA, 510-809-0400
Primarily known for its indulgent breakfast fare, 900 Grayson has quickly become a premier casual dining spot for Berkeley foodies. The breakfast and burgers alike have customers lining up for their delicious food. Burgers here are made with high-quality natural beef topped with apple wood smoked bacon, cheddar, crispy shoestring onions, and house-made BBQ sauce.
900 Grayson, 900 Grayson Street, Berkeley, CA, USA, 510-704-9900