With summer having its unofficial kickoff over Memorial Day weekend, it’s only fitting that National Burger Day follows close behind on May 28. Check out these San Diego restaurants offering up deals between two buns.
The newest concept from Trust Restaurant Group, Fort Oak, offers burger lovers an elevated option: the Wood-Grilled Dry Aged Burger ($17). Available on the brunch menu and in the bar, the burger is topped with aged cheddar, truffle onion jam, fried egg aioli, bread and butter pickle, and comes with a side of fries. 1011 Fort Stockton Drive, San Diego. Reservations: (619) 722-3398. fortoaksd.com
Offering 32 tap handles pouring Southern California beers and serving a local bier-infused menu, The Bier Garden of Encinitas offers an eclectic list of burgers, including the Fig Burger ($16), a Pork Belly Burger ($17) and the Salmon Burger ($16), made with a pistachio-encrusted salmon patty, honey glaze, arugula, garlic aioli, tomato, fennel and lime-ginger vinaigrette. 641 S. Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas. (760) 632-2437. biergardenencinitas.com
With nine burgers to choose from and 70 beers on tap, The Corner Drafthouse will curb both meat -and vegan-lovers cravings with its classic burger, The Drafthouse ($14.50), topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, cheddar cheese and secret sauce; and the savory but sweet Fig Burger ($15.50), made with herbed goat cheese, arugula, tomato, caramelized onions and house-made fig spread. 495 Laurel St., San Diego. (619) 255- 2631. thecornerdrafthouse.com
Trust Restaurant in Hillcrest offers wood-fired fare at its finest with the Wood Grilled Burger ($15), topped with asiago cheese, bacon-tomato jam, pickled onions and arugula on a poppy seed bun served with fries, or order it the Trust Way (additional $3) with house cured-braised bacon and a sunny side egg. 3752 Park Blvd., Suite 105C, San Diego. (619) 795-6901. trustrestaurantsd.com
JRDN Restaurant‘s Tower Burger ($14), a 1/3-pound patty, is served with American cheese, aioli, lettuce, tomato and onions on a brioche bun, with garlic fries. Up the flavor profile with an extra patty, egg or avocado. 723 Feldspar St., San Diego. (858) 270-2323. t23hotel.com/jrdn
Hundred Proof in University Heights has jazzed up its HP Burger ($15) with English cheddar, HP spread, pickles, onions and iceberg lettuce, and of course, fries. Pair it with a hand-crafted cocktail. 4130 Park Blvd., San Diego. (619) 501-6404. hundredproofsd.com
7 Mile Kitchen will expand your idea of what a burger can be with its O.G. Burger ($16), made with a 7 Mile seasoned beef patty, lettuce, tomato, onion, American cheese, house spread on a brioche bun, or indulge in something new like the Presidential Pardon ($14), a turkey burger made with brie, lettuce, tomato, sprouts and cranberry aioli, served on multi-grain bread. 5420 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad. (760) 827-2514.
20|Twenty Grill Steakhouse Burger ($18), is a creation of a half-pound brisket and short-rib patty, with thick-cut Neuske bacon, grilled onion, aged white cheddar, tomato, onion, and romesco on a whole grain bun. 5480 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad. (760) 827-2500. 20twentygrill.com/menu
Pair French class with an American classic burger at The Westgate Hotel on National Burger Day. Take a seat in the Plaza Bar where you can enjoy live Jazz music and tasty bites off their happy hour menu (4 to 6 p.m.) like the Wagyu Sirloin Sliders ($7) served with your choice of blue cheese, aged cheddar or pepper jack. 1055 Second Ave., San Diego. (619) 238-1818. westgatehotel.com
Punch Bowl Social‘s Knockoff Burger is two grass-fed hormone-free beef patties, topped with American cheese, Punch Bowl Social’s comeback sauce, pickled onion and shredded lettuce, sandwiched between two sesame seed buns, with savory rosemary fries. 1485 E St., San Diego. (619) 452-3352. punchbowlsocial.com