When people argue about what makes a perfect burger, it all boils down to one’s preference. Some believe that the flavor of the beef and its fat-to-meat ratio are the essential components, while others feel that the freshness of the bun and the toppings make a lot of difference.
Despite varying opinions, connoisseurs all agree that a perfect burger should have a patty that is seared on the outside to lock in all the beefy goodness, the bun must be nicely toasted to hold up the meat, and the toppings should complement rather than overpower the meaty taste. With this in mind, we have made a list of the best burgers in or near Orangevale.
1. Crepes and Burgers
While you can never go wrong with any of their 12 burgers, we suggest that you first try one of the crowd’s favorite called the “Impossible Burger,” which is a vegetarian burger that perfectly captures the beefy goodness and is topped with mozzarella, tomatoes, lettuce, mayo, pickles, and onions.
But if you’re into something spicy, why not try the Habanero Burger, which is topped with Fiscalini habanero Jack cheese, apple-wood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayo. However, if you’re looking for something a bit milder, a good choice is the BJ Burger which contains jalapeños, lettuce, cheddar, apple-wood smoked bacon, tomato, and mayo.
Aside from a wide variety of burgers, the restaurant also offers crepes, sandwiches, pastas, eggs, salads, soup, desserts, and a kids’ menu.
8000 Auburn Blvd, Citrus Heights, CA
Contact number: (916) 735 – 5143
6720 Madison Ave, Fair Oaks, CA
Contact number: (916) 241 – 9567
Operating hours: every day between 9 am and 8 pm
2. That Dam Place
The restaurant is known for its wide selection of sinful and hearty meals, ranging from Bavarian pretzels and crispy pork in Korean sauce to Cajun and creole rice dishes and fusion sandwiches. However, the crowd’s favorite is their burger, especially the “Death Sentence,” which is made of two grilled 6-ounce burgers with mayo, tomato, beer cheese, bacon, lettuce, and fried onion rings—all held together by a brioche bun.
You may also want to try their vegetarian burger called “Good Behavior,” which is a grilled chipotle-black bean burger with lettuce, mayo, avocado, and tomato on a brioche bun.
Meanwhile, all their sandwiches and burgers are served with fries or salad. Or, if you’re really into a hearty meal, just add $2 to enjoy a side dish of salad of the week or onion rings.
1013 Riley, Folsom, CA, 95630
Contact number: (916) 790 – 8182
Tuesday – Sunday, between 11:30 and 8 pm
3. Hot Off the Griddle
If you’re into the traditional taste, your best bet is their “Classic Cheeseburger” with a perfect meat-and-fat ratio seared to perfection to lock in all the beefy goodness, or the “Applewood Bacon Cheeseburger,” which is the more sinful version.
Another interesting burger rendition is the “California Cheeseburger” that perfectly combines avocado, mushroom, bacon, and jack cheese.
But for anyone who craves something spicy, “Chili Burger” is a must-try with its open-faced beef patty topped with house-made chili, red and green onion, and cheddar cheese.
8800 Greenback Lane
Orangevale, CA 95662
Contact number: (916) 988 – 1201
Monday to Sunday, between 7 am and 2 pm
4. Samuel Horne’s Tavern
This local beer joint, which is located on Sutter Street in the Historic Old Town of Folsom, has become the local favorite thanks to its laid-back ambiance and a wide selection of draft beers and bottled beers.
While most of their patrons visit them because of their American craft beers, it doesn’t mean that their food, especially their burger “rendition,” is less worthy of their visit.
All their burgers have patties made of over 1/3 pound of hand-pressed, homemade Angus beef (FYI, never frozen) served with a generous portion of shoestring fries or tater tots. You may want to start first with their bestseller called “Johnny Cash,” which is topped with cheddar, onion straws, bacon, and bourbon espresso barbecue sauce.
Other must-try burgers are the “Quinoa Burger” that has a quinoa garlic patty complemented by sun-dried tomatoes, feta cheese, onion, lettuce, and basil aioli; “Veggie” Burger that uses brown rice as its patty; and “House Sliders” that has pork-and-beef patty topped with crumbled bacon, cheddar, and basil aioli.
719 Sutter Street
Folsom, CA 95630
Contact number: (916) 293-8207
Monday – Friday, between 11:30 and 2 pm
Monday – Friday, between 4 and 6
Thursday – Saturday, 9 to close
5. ROCK N FIRE
This unassuming restaurant is arguably one of the best venues for avid foodies in and around Orangevale with its wide variety of toppings and meat options. Diners can even create their own burger, pizza, and salad with multiple choices of patties, cheese, buns, toppings, and condiments.
Despite the wide variety of their burger renditions, one thing is “consistent”–all their beef patties have this perfect blend of sirloin, chuck, and brisket to ensure an ideal meat-and-fat ratio.
And for those who want to deviate from the usual beef patty, there are delectable options like sushi-grade Ahi tuna, veggie burger, ground turkey, and grilled chicken breast.
1010 Riley Street
Folsom, CA 95630
Contact number: (916) 673-9474
Sunday – Thursday, between 11 am and 9 pm
Friday – Saturday, between 11 am and 10 pm