San Francisco's Top 5 Gourmet Burgers

Who doesn't love a really great hamburger? No fork needed, just two hands and a napkin or maybe even two.

San Francisco has a myriad of great burger joints but we've decided to share Zagat's list of the top 5 gourmet burgers in San Francisco. If you're in the mood to splurge, tantalize your tastebuds with one of these high-end hamburgers.

1. Nopa

Nopa serves 'rustic, simple, urban food' created with seasonal ingredients and sourced locally. Their grass-fed burger is grilled over a wood fire and is served with pickled onions and a side of fries. At $17, this 'perfectly cooked, upscale burger' is worth every penny.

Location: 560 Divisadero at Hayes, San Francisco

Hours: Brunch: Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 2:30pm, Dinner served nightly from 6pm to 1am

Nopa's grass-fed hamburger.

Nopa's grass-fed hamburger.

2. Epic Steak

The only thing better than a great burger is enjoying it while overlooking gorgeous views of the Bay. Epic Steak offers both with their Wagyu burger and stunning vista of the Bay Bridge. Grilled to perfection, this $15 juicy burger is even better topped with aged cheddar or blue cheese.

Location: 369 The Embarcadero, San Francisco


Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 11:00am - 2:30pm. Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30am - 2:30pm

Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday 5:30-pm - 10:00pm

3. 4505 Burgers & BBQ

4505 is renowned for their Best Damn Grass-Fed Cheeseburger, a dry-aged beef burger on a sesame scallion bun with Gruyere cheese and secret sauce. This $8 burger has been a fan favorite for years.

Location: 705 Divisadero at Grove Street, San Francisco

Hours:  Sunday through Thursday 10:30am to 10pm; Friday and Saturday 10:30am to 11pm

4505's Best Damn Grass-Fed Cheeseburger

4505's Best Damn Grass-Fed Cheeseburger

4. Marlowe

Established just 6 years ago, Marlowe was listed among the top 100 Bay Area restaurants from 2012 through 2016 by the San Francisco Chronicle. This New American bistro has a met-centric menu and their Marlowe burger has been stated to be "the best burger in the City." AT $16, this carnivores delight is topped with caramelized onions, cheddar cheese, bacon and horseradish aioli.

Location: 500 Brannan Street on the corner of 4th, san Francisco


Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:30am-2:30pm

Bar Menu: Monday-Friday: 2:30pm-5:30pm and Saturday-Sunday: 2pm-5:30pm

Dinner: Sunday-Wednesday: 5:30pm-10pm and Thursday-Saturday: 5:30pm-11pm

Brunch: Saturday-Sunday: 10am-2pm

Marlowe Burger

Marlowe Burger

5. Umami Burger

Umami is a term that originated in Japan that embodies a fifth 'taste' that is savory, bold and flavorful. This taste can be amplified with time as well as specific cooking techniques. And that is what makes Umami burgers on the top 5 list. With over a dozen different burgers to choose from, there is something for everyone at Umami. Their $16 signature Umami burger is a combination of Parmesean frico, Shitake mushrooms, roasted tomato, caramelized onions and house ketchup. 

Locations: In the Marina: 2184 Union Street, San Francisco

Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 11:30am-10pm, Friday-Saturday: 11:30am-11pm

SOMA: 242 King Street, San Francisco

Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 11am-10pm, Friday-Saturday: 11am-11pm

The Umami burger line up.

The Umami burger line up.

Do you have a favorite gourmet burger that isn't on our list?