We tend to think that the best burgers come from the happiest and healthiest cattle. So it’s totally on-point that one of the tastiest burgers we’ve had in quite awhile comes from a restaurant that prides itself on sourcing beef (and other proteins) from animals that have lived a good life. The casual, quick-service Hopdoddy Burger Bar—a Texas transplant that recently opened locations in El Segundo and Playa Vista—works exclusively with farmers known for treating animals humanely and raising them without hormones or antibiotics. Most of the beef for the L.A. locations is sourced locally from California.
Burger-wise, you can choose from Angus, Akaushi (a Japanese Wagyu breed of cattle that’s high in heart-healthy oleic acid) or grass-fed patties. Not a beef eater? There are also chicken, turkey, lamb and wild-caught ahi tuna burgers, along with a vegan black bean-corn patty that can be subbed out in any of the burger creations.
You’ll taste the Texas influence in choices like the Goodnight/Good Cause burger ($9.25, $1 of which is devoted to a local charity) topped with caramelized onions, jalapeños and Austin-style BBQ sauce. But there are local touches to the menu, too, like the K-Town belly burger ($13) with pork belly, kimchi and house-made gochujang.
Gluten-free? Opt for the baked-in-house, no-gluten bun or add a patty to one of the salads incorporating organic greens and local produce, like the superb baby kale salad with watermelon and avocado ($9.50).
Portions are generous, so bring a “pardner” for this rodeo.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
830 S. Sepulveda Blvd. #116, El Segundo
12746 Jefferson Blvd. #1120, Playa Vista