BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — An all-American classic: the juicy burger. It’s easy to find one just about anywhere, but some are clearly better than others.
From hole-in-the-wall burger joints to restaurants with extensive and extensive menus, this list will show you where to visit the best, top-rated spots for a decadent burger in Kern County.
- Banderas Burger Grill
Address: 101 North Chester Ave Bakersfield, California.
With 80 reviews and 4.5 stars, this place has proven to be a fan favorite. Many rave about the quality of the food, especially for the price.
“My alternative to the long lines at in-n-out. The fries beat them too. This food truck serves affordable grilled gourmet burgers. It’s located inside a parking lot with parking dedicated, shaded seating, and quick, friendly service. Definitely worth a visit and the family loves it,” Yelp reviewer Brett B. wrote.
Only one review spoke negatively about the quality of the food, saying the burgers were too greasy and not hot enough.
2. moo Dairy
Address: 4885 Truxtun Ave Ste B Bakersfield, CA.
With over 2500 reviews and 4 stars, burger lovers praise this place for having some of the best burgers in town.
“For our entrees, we both ordered The Moo Burger with fries. My fiancé asked for a double patty and an avocado to complement his burger. He didn’t regret it at all. It was huge LOL but looked so juicy and tasty. The moo sauce had a kick, but it went well with my burger and fries. We both baked our Medium Well patties and it was PERFECT,” Yelp user Debbie C. wrote.
Most of the negative reviews have focused on the service rather than the taste of the food. The restaurant is often crowded and customers find the servers struggling to keep up with demand.
3. Local farm-to-table restaurant
Address: 1727 18th St Bakersfield, California.
This new restaurant quickly earned 4.5 stars from over 600 reviews. The restaurant prides itself on using locally sourced organic and sustainable ingredients.
“I always wanted to make my way here. Glad I finally did. I love the place, the decor, the outdoor seating and the people. I ordered an all American burger and it hit the spot. I simply loved it. Plus the fries with that dip they give you are so good,” said Scott B of Bakersfield.
Most of the negative reviews complained about the slow service and the personality of the servers.
4. Super Tom’s Burgers
Address: 9531 Rosedale Hwy Bakersfield, CA
This northwest spot is a hit with burger and fries lovers from all over town and those who stop by for a visit. Those looking for something classic, nothing fancy, can satisfy their burger cravings here. It earns extra points for its freshness.
“This place is the best local burger spot. Better than frosty king chains around town. The fries are seasoned unlike other places and the burger was delicious. I can’t find any fault!! Definitely eat here if you’re hungry,” said Luis F. of Littlerock, Calif.
Some reviewers said it was their favorite place in town, praising the flavor, freshness, price, service, and overall atmosphere.
5. Leo’s burgers
Address: 4501 Ming Ave Bakersfield, California.
Reviews of this establishment are a little more mixed. With 284 reviews, Leo’s Burgers is rated 3.5 stars. While their menu serves up all the classics, it’s their customer service and speed that affects the quality of the food and the overall visit.
“The food isn’t bad. Service is however. Employees have a hard time taking orders and making the ordered items. We gave it 3 visits… each time the order was incorrect in one way or another. We live 20 minutes away and go there because they have a turkey burger on the menu. We order it a certain way…but don’t get it that way,” wrote Austen G. of Calimesa, Calif.
If you want to try Leo’s Burgers, it may be best to visit at a time of day when the place isn’t overwhelmed with customers.
6. Burger Pops
Address: 2821 Taft Hwy Bakersfield, CA.
This place has an extensive menu but knows how to do an old fashioned burger better than most. With 88 reviews, Pops Burgers has a solid 4 stars. Claiming they don’t make it until you order it, customers can taste the freshness.
“Short story? See you at Pop’s! Long story? home because, DANG, Pop’s Burgers are good,” said Chase R. of Bakersfield.
This hidden gem isn’t luxurious, but they focus on the quality of their food and their customer’s experience. Some people have quoted incorrect orders, but the staff kindly refund them and give them their order to take home.
7. Happy Jacks burger and pie
Address: 1800 20th St Bakersfield, CA.
This downtown gem has 4 stars with almost 200 reviews. This is the perfect place to enjoy a classic burger.
“The best burgers in Bakersfield. The Ortega burger is an explosion of flavors! Try it. The burger meat actually tastes like a real and amazing burger. Not the cardboard hockey pucks we are used to,” wrote Carla M. of Bakersfield.
Some of the downsides include being a cash-only establishment and the high price of basic, albeit tasty, food.
8. Carousel Drive In
Address: 901 Woodrow Ave Bakersfield, California.
If you’re looking for a quality burger with no fuss or frills, this is the place to go. With 31 reviews, this joint ranks at 4 stars. Most customers love the simplicity and nostalgia of this classic drive-in.
“This is the only place so far I can find in Bakersfield that has the best old fashioned burgers I’ve seen on the other side of town and I can’t find a place here that has the same taste like this,” Jo-Ann T. of Bakersfield wrote.
On the other hand, some feel that the simple items on the menu are nothing to write home about and the prices don’t reflect the quality of the food.
9. Burger Shack
Address: 1112 19th St Bakersfield, CA.
This mom and pop shop is small but mighty. Guests here love the value-for-money food and cozy atmosphere. Customers also notice the passion and dedication to quality.
“Excellent burgers, handmade and fresh, not frozen meat. Great customer service. This place is a big one man operation. He takes the meat out of the fridge, puts it on the grill and cooks it perfectly. The patty is a perfect size, not like the little frozen puffs you get at most independent (or chain) places. It was just caramelized enough and still juicy,” wrote Cheryl G. of Bakersfield.
A bacon cheeseburger combo is only $7.69, on par with a chain like McDonalds.
ten. juicy burger
Address: 1201 24th St Ste D130 Bakersfield, CA.
With 215 reviews, this local burger spot has a solid 3.5 stars. Many customers sing their praises and confirm that this company lives up to its name.
“Love the Juicy Burger BYO!! I really like being able to customize my burger by being able to get it as a wrap or a salad, that’s something I look for when choosing a place to eat,” wrote Christina P. of Bakersfield.
Like all other establishments, most of its bad reviews are critical of customer service and management.