San Francisco’s Best Cheeseburgers

san francisco best cheeseburger

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.

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 their BBQ, briskets, etc.  But as the name suggest, they make a damn good cheeseburger. They have a store at 705 Divisadero Street and also a stand at the Ferry Building on Tuesday 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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About Andi Fisher

I'm a lifestyle blogger focused on travel and food. I love to travel via my stomach eating and seeking out local artisans to feature here. I'm a big supporter of the blogging community and love highlighting travel and food bloggers for you to meet.


  1. Nuresha Perera says:

    they look perfect!!!!

  2. Well I am sufficiently hungry now! I want all of them 🙂

  3. I had no idea there was a National Cheesburger Day. I actually get really grossed out by cheese so this would be a day I think I would avoid going out to a restaurant LOL But I think ti’s cool you got to review and experience this. Even though I’m not too keen on cheese burgers, the fries in your photo look super yummy 🙂

  4. What an absolutely cool project to be on! Next time I’m in San Fran I know where to go- thank you!

  5. Oh man I will have to tell my boyfriend that it is national cheeseburger day!

  6. I’m a burger-lover so these pictures are making me salivate!! YUM!!1

  7. These all look so good! I wish we had more unique local burger joints in Sarasota, Florida. There are a couple, but I’ve seen some really cool ones in blog posts.

  8. These look amazing! I live in Phoenix and we have a spot called Liberty Market which hosts Burger Days every August – a different burger every day and really creative stuff! Now I want a cheeseburger..

    • Andi Fisher says:

      @JoAnn, oooh, I must note that. My parents live in Phoenix just moved there a little over a year ago and I am trying to keep track of good spots to eat when I visit. My Dad LOVES burgers so he will appreciate this info!

  9. My mouth is watering… now I NEED a burger!

  10. I LOVE burgers! These look super yummy <3

  11. Cisco is definitely on the bucket list. I can’t wait to go and check it out! I will definitely be looking here for the best cheeseburger when we do!
    The Accidental Mama

  12. How did I not know it was National Cheeseburger Day?! I must try one of those burgers now!

    • Andi Fisher says:

      @Selbe, I know so many great days to celebrate – I was lucky that someone contacted me about promoting the day, I didn’t accept the project, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t celebrate the day devoted to a really awesome food!

  13. Well this post didn’t help my diet at all. But seriously- I’ve never craved a cheeseburger more than I do right now.

  14. OMG all of these look amazing!!

  15. There is NOTHING like a good burger! If I am hungry and just don’t know what to eat I always go to the trusty cheeseburger! These look amazing and now I have to try a burger with gruyere!

  16. Dorothy Boucher says:

    oh man this looks so yummy I want to lick my computer screen LOL love what they did to the onions, although I like junky fries those do look tasty.. again thanks for sharing another treat with us

  17. How do I never know about these national food days until they are over?! haha! These all look spectacular! I’ll have to try them if I ever come to town!

    • Andi Fisher says:

      @Megan, there are websites out there that tell you the national days, but also sometimes brands reach out to promote product that are tied into the days as well. Like National Coffee Day is coming up Sept 29, something I learned by a brand reaching out and that is definitely a day I want to celebrate!

  18. Love the round up! So many delicious spots in San Francisco! Woot woot, my hometown!

  19. I should not have read this before eating. I need to go to San Francisco!

  20. Alright you know what? I’m all about burgers (and sandwiches) so you betcha I’m going to be checking out some of these places in the city.

  21. What a delicious post of yummy burgers!

  22. I love me some cheeseburgers

  23. Great post! One of the best burgers I’ve had in the city was actually at Corkbuzz: soft sesame, cheese, chilies….quite a kicker! Is NOPA the outpost of Ashok Bajaj in Washington DC?

    • Andi Fisher says:

      @Charu, that Corkbuzz burger sounds heavenly, where is it? The Chef-owner of Nopa is Laurence Josse, so I don’t think it is the same.

  24. Ugh I want a burger now… those look delicious!

  25. My mouth is watering so bad right now. I’ve heard so many good things about Nopa and now I want a burger !

  26. These all look delicious! Want one right now, haha! I’m in Ohio, I’ll have to find comparables here!

    • Andi Fisher says:

      @Lesa, not sure how far you are away from Cleveland, but doesn’t Michael Symon do a mean burger? Chef Symon also said his favorite burger is the MoFo Burger from Ray’s Place in Kent, Ohio – hope you are near there!

  27. Stephanie Griffith says:

    That looks & sounds amazing & yummy

  28. I have some new places to check out! I frequent SF since I live in Sacramento. They all sound SO DELICIOUS!

  29. Your post makes me miss SF! I just moved a year ago and man oh man do I miss the food!!!!

  30. I hope you enjoyed Cheeseburger Day! I usually stay away from them but oddly enough I had a craving and did have one on Cheeseburger Day and I did not even know it was Cheeseburger Day at the time.

  31. I love a good cheeseburger! Who doesn’t, lol!

  32. I live close to the city (mountain view) so this is a great list to check out. My friends said the burger at Nopa is good, that is the first place I am going to check out!

  33. one day i want to try this burger!

  34. I love San Francisco and Burgers! What a great post!

  35. Hey Andi! I had many favs! I lived in the heart of the city next door to sacred heart school! So some of my favorites where 1300, Gosh this Thai one that has two locations one in Hayes valley the other in tenderloin. The Ethiopian restaurant in mission and 24, papalote (the salsa), Woodhouse fish, Phat Philly, and so many more LOL!

  36. Brett Ardiel says:

    You gotta love a good burger!

  37. Extensive list. Bookmarked for when I’m in San Fran!

  38. krystel says:

    these chesseburgers look delicious and tasty

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