Bite Into the Desert’s Tastiest Burgers

Chomp first, use your napkin later



Poor old pizza: You’re a delicious mainstay, but there’s another favorite getting a lot of attention lately — the burger. The Coachella Valley’s best restaurants are taking the burger and making it a legendary meal that rivals sophisticated entrées. Order yours any way you want, using our guide to the desert’s best.

What: Vodka Burger
Where: Eureka! Burger

74985 Hwy. 111, Indian Wells.
760-834-7700; eurekarestaurantgroup.com

Why it’s a winner: It’s soaked with mellow vodka, then grilled to steaming perfection. The Havarti–topped slab of beef comes with peppers, garlic, capers, onion, and prosciutto. This culinary behemoth is a gourmand’s dream sandwich.

What: Blue Burger
Where: Woody’s Burgers

317 N. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. 760-230-0188; woodysburgersps.com
Why it’s a winner: Blue cheese is an acquired taste for some. However, this ingredient shines atop the searing-hot goodness of a thick Angus beef patty. Woody’s completes its masterpiece with a toasted bun, lettuce, tomato, and blue-cheese sauce.

What: Angus Sliders
Where: Cork & Fork

47875 Caleo Bay Dr., La Quinta. 760-777-7555; corkandforkwinebar.com
Why it’s a winner: This fierce little competitor packs a mighty big punch. Executive Chef Andie Hubka decorates it with aged cheddar, garlic mayo, and sinful cabernet onions for a sophisticated big-city twist on a small-town favorite.

What: Surf & Turf Burger
Where: Hamburger Mary’s

415 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. 760-778-6279; hamburgermarysps.com
Why it’s a winner: Forget about fast food chains. We love Mary’s delicious popcorn shrimp on top of this half-pound monster. It’s dressed with Monterey Jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayo dressing.

What: Vegetarian Portabella Burger
Where: Smokin’ Burgers & Lounge

1775 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Ste. 220, Palm Springs. 760-883-5999; smokinburgers.com
Why it’s a winner: It’s a thick and juicy vegetarian contender. The mushroom is firm and tender. Its flavor is enhanced by the coolness of basil, garlic, and pine nuts in its pesto sauce. Red onion, avocado, provolone, lettuce, and balsamic glaze round out its attributes.

What: Dracula’s Dilemma Garlic Breath Burger
Where: Grill-A-Burger

73091 Country Club Dr., Ste. 2, Palm Desert. 760-346-8170; grill-a-burger.com
Why it’s a winner: It’s a stinking rose and we love it. This delicious stunner comes with roasted garlic, caramelized onions, roasted red peppers, garlic-herb cheese, sliced black olives, and garlic mayo on a toasted sourdough bun.

Pair yours with our list of the best fries at www.palmspringslife.com

Add your comment:
Desert Guide

Related Articles

Explore Palm Springs: Beating the Heat Before Air Conditioning

Summers in Palm Springs before air conditioning meant finding creative ways to try and stay cool.

10 Things to Do in Palm Springs This Weekend

Palm Springs Life helps plan out your weekend in Palm Springs and the desert resort cities with concerts, events, restaurants, nightlife, clubs and the world of entertainment only found in the desert.

Desert Staycations

The Palm Springs area is filled with resorts offering packages in the summer months to help people unwind and have fun.

Lisa Vanderpump Achieves Star Status in Palm Springs

Lisa Vanderpump, one of the stars of the 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills', will receive the 372nd star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars July 30.

Il Corso Creates Authentic Italian Experience in Taste, Look

From its 100-year-old flooring from an Italian farmhouse to its authentic menu, Il Corso in Palm Desert has created a slice of Italy at its El Paseo location.

Promotions + Contests

90 Days of Summer Romantic Palm Springs Getaway 2014

90 Days of Summer Romantic Palm Springs Getaway 2014

Experience the beauty, romance and excitement of the Palm Springs area when you enter to be the lucky winner of this romantic couple’s getaway
90 DAYS OF SUMMER Instagram Contest 2014

90 DAYS OF SUMMER Instagram Contest 2014

Win a fabulous Palm Springs weekend!

Win a fabulous Palm Springs weekend!

Each month, a first place winner will be selected to win a fabulous Palm Springs weekend!And, each month, three additional runners up will be selected to win a wonderful Palm Springs area Dining certificate!
2013/14 Best of the Best

2013/14 Best of the Best

Palm Springs Life’s annual Best of the Best. Readers tell us who their choice is for the “Best of the Best” of the Coachella Valley in over 40 categories.
Cartoon Caption Contest

Cartoon Caption Contest

Each month, we provide a vintage 1950’s cartoon illustrated by Alice Rovinsky. You are invited to submit a caption or vote for your favorite caption.
Pets on Parade 2014 Photo Contest

Pets on Parade 2014 Photo Contest

Enter your “Cutest Pet” photo in the Pets on Parade 2014 Photo Contest. Online users will be able to like the Cutest Pet photos from six (6) categories.