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San Francisco’s Best Cheeseburgers

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I’ve had the opportunity to write about a sampling of some of San Francisco’s best burgers for Groupon.

I have interviewed the founder of the latest geo-located burger app called Burgerator, an app that will help you find really great burgers in San Francisco.

san francisco best cheeseburger

I have written about one of my favorites, Gott’s (formerly Taylor’s Refresher in Napa and in San Francisco at the Ferry Building) as well as my pick for the best vegetarian version burger at Source.

But what does the rest of San Francisco say?

Today is National Cheeseburger Day so I thought I would do this little post for anyone looking for a great cheeseburger in San Francisco. I have included a round-up below from some really great San Francisco sources, but I also wanted to give you the highlights.

These are the Top 3 Best [cheese] Burgers in San Francisco based on my research. These three consistently appear on lots of “best of” lists and are frequently written about by bloggers.

I am putting them in alpha/numerical order, all three scored the same in my research.

4505 Meats

San Francisco’s Best Cheeseburgers - 4505 burger
Photo credit: Becky Berry

4505 is known for its BBQ, briskets, etc. But as the name suggests, they make a damn good cheeseburger. They have a store at 705 Divisadero Street and also a stand at the Ferry Building on Tuesdays and Thursdays (that’s where I have eaten their burger). They use gruyere cheese which is the perfect cheese to offset the delicious smokiness of the meat.


San Francisco’s Best Cheeseburgers - marlowe burger
Photo credit: Kennejima

The Marlowe burger – caramelized onions, cheddar cheese, bacon, and horseradish aioli, what more do you need? Me, I take the crispy brussel sprout chips (honestly that is the real reason I go) and one of their great beers on tap. They are currently located at 330 Townsend Street but are moving to 500 Brannan Street (not too far away) in October.


San Francisco’s Best Cheeseburgers - nopa burger
Photo credit: Chinkerfly

The [cheese] burger at Nopa is wood-fire grilled with sharp cheddar cheese and pickled onions. The secret? The salt! For each pound of meat, Nopa adds a teaspoon of salt, which brings out the flavor of the grass-fed beef. Nopa is located at 560 Divisadero Street at Hayes but it’s hard to get into!

There are a ton of great burgers and cheeseburgers in San Francisco, but these three are always on everyone’s list. I have eaten at 4505 and Marlowe and you can guess that I will be heading to Nopa real soon!

San Francisco’s Best [Cheese] Burgers – Round-up

Thrillist San Francisco’s best burgers in San Francisco by neighborhood

7×7’s 10 best burgers in San Francisco

The Bold Italic’s read this is you’re are obsessed with San Francisco’s burgers

SFist’s best burgers in San Francisco

SF Weekly’s top 25 burgers in San Francisco

Grub Street’s 50 best burgers list San Francisco

How about you? Do you have a favorite burger spot? Do tell!

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San Francisco's Best Cheeseburgers




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