In preparation for the upcoming National Hamburger Day – December 21 – we figured we highlight some of the top quick burger options on the peninsula (just wait for our round-up of all-time favorites!). One of the benefits of being banished to the suburbs of San Francisco is the prevalence of chain hamburger restaurants. Given the better burger phenomenon trend, which we very much support, and the availability of quality burgers at places like Pearl’s Deluxe, Umami and Roam in the city (all places that we like frequent), some people might not consider this a benefit, but sometimes I just want a fast food burger. There, I said it. And in San Francisco there aren’t currently a lot of options beyond the In’N’Out at Fisherman’s Wharf, and who wants to go all the way there for a burger? No one who isn’t a tourist.
So in an ode to the suburbs, here I am bragging about our access to cheap and fast hamburgers. My top picks (yes, they are all obvious, but isn’t that point of chains?):
Five Guys – The fries at Five Guys are definitely my favorite. I wish they had more size options as I can usually polish off a regular size by myself, but that is really my issue. I love the topping options, like barbeque sauce and jalapenos, and the quality of the burgers is just plain good.
The Habit – The Habit has the most variety of the places in this round-up, so if you are in the mood for onion rings or sweet potato fries or (gasp!) a salad, The Habit can help you out. It also offers chicken sandwiches, pastrami and more if for some reason you want something other than a burger. The fries leave a little to be desired, but I like the sweet potato option.
In’N’Out – Yes, there is one in the city, but the great part about the suburb version (besides less tourists) is the drive-thru. Sometimes you want a burger, but don’t want to get dressed for real, and this is a great option. I recommend the animal-style fries and adding whole grilled onions to your burger.