In an effort to bring fresh content to this blog, I’m starting a new series called “local eats” reviewing local eateries in the Los Angeles area. The food scene is booming here, especially in Hollywood, Westside/South Bay and Koreatown, where I live. Hopefully, the readers that live in Southern California or have plans on visiting will enjoy this series, in lieu of Yelp reviews.
I’m going to kick off the local eats series showcasing my visit to Burgerim, an Israeli-based restaurant chain offering gourmet mini burgers in Los Angeles. Burgers are a dime a dozen in this town (so are sliders, for that matter.) But is Burgerim worth the try? Keep reading for photos and my personal thoughts…
The restaurant centrally located, and easy to find. Inside, it’s very clean and spacious. I arrived at 2 pm after the lunch hour rush. The service was friendly, and I didn’t have to wait long for my order, despite there being two customers ahead of me. Randomly, the soda fountain reminded me that we are fully entrenched in the future.
What I Ordered
Since it was my first time visiting, I played it safe and ordered the Duo – a signature combo featuring two 2.8 oz mini burgers, fries, and a drink. I chose beef and lamb as my proteins, topped with bacon, lettuce, avocado, cheddar cheese, grilled onions, mushrooms, and special sauce. You’re allowed as many toppings as you want, at $0.50 each. Besides mini-burgers, the restaurant also serves chicken wings, strips, salads, and sandwiches.
The beef burger was good, but not necessarily stand out – I can get one anywhere in LA. The lamb burger was far better – I felt like I should have tried one of the more interesting proteins like merguez (spicy beef) or chorizo. The fries are incredibly satisfying, they’re basically potato chips but thicker.
Fast-casual moments, lunch, dinner, or takeout. Burgerim delivers to nearby areas via Seamless, Grubhub, and Postmates – perfect for moments when you feel like ordering in.
Parking is tight – look for a spot in the nearby neighborhood. There is metered parking on the main street, but you might have to circle the block a few times. It can get pretty congested near Melrose & Western, pay attention to street signs to avoiding parking tickets and towing.
5001 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Phone: (323) 848-4848
Hours: Sunday through Wednesday 11 am – 10 pm; Thursday through Saturday 11 am – 12 am.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary meal in compensation for this post. All opinions expressed here are my own.