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Where to Find Mouthwatering Burgers in Pasadena, CA

Looking for mouthwatering burgers in Pasadena?

There is nothing like a juicy burger with gooey cheese and all the fixins’ to bite right into. It’s so delicious and comforting, and oh so part of the American culture. Especially, the burgers in California.

When we moved from New York to California, we were quickly schooled here on what a great burger is. There is a reason why we have delicious burger joints at every corner. We know what we are doing here. Of course, in this post, we’re going to talk about the burgers in Pasadena and where to get the best ones.

Burgers are versatile, delicious, satisfying, and comforting. Pair it with fries, onion rings, and a beer of your choice, and we have the perfect combo. It’s also a go-to meal every single time we come back from traveling out of state. It’s the one thing I crave at least once a week.

One of the things to love about Pasadena is all the burger joint options. From old school classic spots that have been here for decades, the pubs, and even new franchises that have popped up in the neighborhood. We visit some of these spots over and over again, and then we go for ice cream for dessert. I know I’m not alone here.

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And we all know In-n-out, Shake Shack and Five Guys serve delicious burgers for fast-food joints. I know this is where we all go to satisfy quick burger cravings on a budget or simply because that’s what we are craving at the moment. But there are so many other burger spots in Pasadena that are worth adding to your rotation.

What are those other burgers in Pasadena? Where have you had the best burgers? What about vegan burgers?

I’m sharing everything from a local’s experience.

Fun Fact: Did you know that the cheeseburger was invented in Pasadena? According to Pasadena, 16-year-old Lionel Sternberger was the first to serve cheese on a burger to a customer. A plaque honoring this has been placed at the old Rite Spot diner location.


1. Pie ‘n Burger

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Cheeseburger with everything, including a grilled whole onion slice

This classic lunch counter spot in Pasadena has been at the same location since it opened in 1963. Pie ‘n Burger lives up to its name. They serve a classic burger that without a doubt has easily become one of my faves. I’m there at least once a month, minimum.

What to order? Cheeseburger with grilled whole onion. Ever since my favorite waitress there recommended it with a grilled whole onion slice, I don’t order anything else. Pair your burger with a slice of pie or a malt shake.

Pie ‘n Burger | 913 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106 (Google Map It) | Menu | Cash Only

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2. Dog Haus Biergarten

This is their cheeseburger. Their special sauce has a nice kick to it.

In more recent years, many new Dog Haus locations have opened up in Southern California. In this post, let’s stick to the original Dog Haus in Old Pasadena, where it all started. Their juicy burgers come in a variety of creative combinations and the best part, they are served on King’s Hawaiin rolls.

Yes, Hawaiian rolls!

What to order? Their haus sliders are a great tease. You’ll quickly move on to a Holy Aioli. Don’t forget to order a beer to go with your burger.

Oh and order the cheese fries! Their melty, gooey, and oh-so-delicious cheese sauce is homemade.

Impossible burgers are available.

Dog Haus | 93 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91105 (Google Map It) | Menu

3. Magnolia House

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The Duke Burger

You wouldn’t think passing this trendy spot on Lake Ave as one of the most mouthwatering burgers around, but oh, they do. Magnolia House has The Duke Burger with its housemade white cheddar, bacon jam… come on, they had me at bacon jam.

On Tuesdays, they have a bourbon and burger special for $18. That comes with Belgian fries, too. Total steal! And worth every single bite and sip. Right?

What to order? The Duke Burger, of course. If you want to stick to a classic burger, their House Burger is just as delicious.

The House Burger is also served during their weekend brunch in Pasadena.

Magnolia House | 492 S Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101 (Google Map It) | Menu

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4. Lucky Baldwin’s Pub

This British pub is not only serving beer and British classics, Lucky Baldwin’s burgers are definitely worth the visit. Even if you don’t drink, the pub servers fantastic burgers in Pasadena that will more than kick that burger craving.

What to order? I’m biased to the English Burger, the combination of blue cheese, bacon, and the homemade bacon and brown sugar jam hit all the right spots in my belly.

Lucky Baldwin’s Pub | 17 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105 (Google Map It) | Menu
Lucky Baldwins Trappiste Pub | 1770 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106 (Google Map It)

5. La Grande Orange Cafe

As one of our favorite restaurants in Pasadena, LGO stands out for many reasons, and their burgers aren’t an exception. Their burgers are juicy, flavorful, and cooked to order. The crispy skinny fries they served with the burger are addicting AF.

What to order? Whichever burger you decide on, make sure you request it with their housemade English muffin.

A vegetarian black bean burger with cashew cheese is a menu option.

La Grande Orange Cafe | 260 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105 (Google Map It) | Menu

6. Russell’s

If you’re looking for a good diner burger in Old Town Pasadena, Russell’s has you covered with 14 burgers to choose from their menu. While they may not seem like quintessential American Diner (I’d say they are better), they serve quality comfort food like their delicious burgers that always hit the spot.

What to order? Their Frisco Deluxe burger is pretty awesome.

Vegetarian options are available.

Russell’s | 30 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103 (Google Map It) | Menu

7. Kings Row Gastropub

Another pub with great burgers in Pasadena. Kings Row is located in the heart of old town and is a neighborhood favorite. They tick off all the boxes… great food, great drinks, and good vibes. Seriously, pair their burger with a beer and you’ll be one happy burger lover.

What to order? Without a doubt, the double-patty cheeseburger.

Impossible burgers are available.

King’s Row Gastropub | 20 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105 (Google Map It) | Menu

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8. Smosh Town

wagyu cheeseburger
Smosh Town Classic Burger

Smosh Town is a food truck, one that serves amazing smashed wagyu beef burgers in Pasadena right from the truck. They set up almost every day on North Hill Avenue off of Locust St.

After seeing them there all the time, we had to stop and try them. And oh my, so glad we did. Burgers that literally melt in your mouth upon biting into it. The meat is fresh, thinly grilled until the edges have that nice crisp with the classic toppings. The buns are pillowy soft. Definitely give them a try.

What to order? Either one of their burgers will satisfy you. I love the Smosh Town Classic and hubby can’t get enough of O’s Ways with added bacon. Their seasoned curly fries are amazing.

Smosh Town | 250 N Hill Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106 (Google Map It) | Instagram

9. Jake’s Trustworthy Burgers

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Classic 1947 Burger and hand-cut fries from Jake’s Trustworthy Burgers

Right in the center of Old Town and along Route 66, you’ll find Jake’s. A burger establishment that opened in 1947 as one of the first burger stands in Pasadena, recently reopened in its original spot.

Now the real question is… are Jake’s burgers trustworthy? Yes! If you just want a simple, classic, and delicious burger, you’ll find it at Jake’s.

What to order? The classic 1947 burger is the way to go. Don’t forget some of those fat-sized beer-battered onion rings on the side.

Beyond patty is available.

Jake’s Trustworthy Burger | 38 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105 (Google Map It) | Menu

10. The Stand

The Onion Stack Burger

The Stand is a franchise that made a home in the Playhouse District of Pasadena some years ago. Their American Classic burgers are too good not to add to this list. I like to call it “gourmet fast-food” as their unique burger combinations are made with top-quality ingredients. You can choose from their menu or build-your-own.

What to order? There hasn’t been a burger we haven’t tasted that we didn’t like. But, upon the first bite of their Big Blue burger, you’ll feel like you’re eating at a fancy restaurant.

Impossible burgers are available.

The Stand | 36 S El Molino Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101 (Google Map It) | Menu

11. Slater’s 50/50

This family-friendly spot is a popular burger franchise in Old Town Pasadena. What makes Slater’s 50/50 special is their build their own burger menu. You can stack your burger with as many as many ingredients as you want.

The best part is when they bring out the burger with a knife stabbed into it because you will need to cut it in half to fit it in your mouth.

What to order? When they hand you that slip with all the options… go to town! Add your favorite ingredients to the burger. Don’t forget the beer cheese. If it’s too overwhelming, order something off their regular menu, the peanut butter and jellousy burger may surprise you.

Vegetarian options are available.

Slater’s 50/50 | 61 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103 (Google Map It) | Menu

As burger lovers, we are always on the hunt for the best burgers in Pasadena. Bookmark this post to return to it later as I update it with future finds.

Where do you love to get burgers in Pasadena? What do you order? What’s your least favorite burger joint?

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