20 Over-the-Top Burgers You Simply Can’t Miss

Amy Sherman
The A+ Burger from A+ Burger in Oakland.

Sometimes you want a burger, but an ordinary one just won’t do. These burgers put a new spin on the classic you already know and love. Get ready for toppings galore! These burgers include everything you can imagine including down home chili and cheese, fig marmalade and blue cheese, peanut butter and jelly, and even a glazed donut bun.

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San Francisco

Gastropub Burger

Barney’s Gourmet Burgers

Noe Valley, San Francisco

This Barney’s burger features bacon, a slice of provolone, a sunny side up egg, and house-made blackened potato chips piled on a pretzel bun.

Turkey Kimchi Burger

Gott’s Roadside

FiDi, San Francisco

Heat things up with a burger topped with two kinds of Korean heat—cabbage kimchi and spicy gochujang mayo—plus American cheese, a fried egg, and Zoe’s bacon on a toasted egg bun.

The Hot Wes


Mission, San Francisco

At his Mission ode to burgers, aficionado Wes Rowe offers a version with onion rings, queso, pickled jalapeños, and an optional (but why wouldn’t you?) add-on of bacon. 

Best Damn Grass Fed Cheeseburger with Add-Ons

4505 Burgers & BBQ

NoPa, San Francisco

One of the city’s most beloved burger is 4505’s cheeseburger, with its perfectly seared patty and melt-in-your mouth bun. Add avocado, bacon, and a fried egg to make it next level.

Can You Handle It?

New Spot on Polk

Russian Hill, San Francisco

Heat things up with a burger topped with four kinds of heat: pepper jack cheese, habanero salsa, chipotle aioli, and shaved red onions.

East Bay

The 405 Traffic Jam

310 Eatery

Solano Hill, Albany

The 405 Traffic Jam burger starts with a 1/3-pound patty of boneless short rib blended with bacon. Then it gets topped with a breaded Portobello mushroom, crispy onions, dipped pastrami, jalapeños, and kalbi aioli.

Gold Rush Burger

Broderick Roadhouse 

Walnut Creek

Strike gold with an Angus beef burger topped with bacon mac and cheese, applewood-smoked bacon, garlic aioli, and fried onion crisps.

A+ Burger

A+ Burger

Fairview Park, Oakland

The signature certified Angus beef burger comes glazed with Jack Daniel's honey bourbon, plus bacon, cheese, and a surprise—fried eggplant!


Batch & Brine


An Angus chuck burger gets the French treatment with bacon, onion jam, brie, and arugula. Ooh la la!

First Base Burger


San Pablo Gateway, Oakland

A ground chuck burger gets some love with slices of griddled beef tongue, pickled onion, sesame aioli and Kennebec chips.

28 Day Dry-Aged Bone Marrow


Downtown, Berkeley

An Angus burger gets the gourmet treatment with bone marrow shiitake butter, charbroiled onion, horseradish-mustard aioli, and roasted Roma tomato.

South Bay

Enlightened Barbecue Bison Burger

BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

North Blaney, Cupertino

This lean bison burger is dripping with BJ’s Peppered BBQ sauce, then topped with seared Hatch chiles, pico de gallo, and Santa Fe dressing on a toasted Parker House bun.

Vampire Slayer Burger

Brown Chicken, Brown Cow


Vampires don’t stand a chance when it comes to a burger dressed with green garlic butter, triple creme brie, crispy garlic chips, and roasted garlic mayo.

Wine Country

Brew City Grill

Central Campbell

The Wine Country burger goes gourmet with fig marmalade, baby arugula, blue cheese crumbles, and hickory-smoked bacon.

PB&J Burger

Lazy Dog

North Blaney, Cupertino

Yup, you heard right. A grilled 1/2-pound beef patty topped with peanut butter and grape jelly, plus candied bacon and havarti in addition to the classic fixings.

Paleo Burger

Burger Lounge

Union, Campbell

Start with a grass-fed beef burger, then add nitrate-free Applewood-smoked bacon, fresh avocado, grilled zucchini, grilled tomato, daikon sprouts, and lettuce. You’ll never miss the bun.


Pineapple Express

Kirk’s Steakburgers

University South, Palo Alto

A Kirk’s Steakburger topped with grilled pineapple, bacon, crispy onion, pepper jack, and juicy mango-habanero sauce.

Holay Guacamolay

Nom Burger

Washington, Sunnyvale

Take a trip south of the border with a beef patty topped with habanero jack, house-made guacamole, corn-bean salsa, and avocado cream.

Goodfella's Pepperoni Burger

Godfather’s Burger Lounge

San Carlos

A 1/2-pound burger gets an upgrade with a savory combination of grilled pepperoni slices, homemade crispy onion straws, and Godfather’s sauce.

Hangover Burger

Coco’s Famous Burgers

San Bruno

A full breakfast tops this burger with crispy hash browns, Applewood-smoked bacon, and a sunny side up egg, plus all the classic fixings.

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