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Palm Springs’ Best Burgers

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From the perfect cut of beef to the perfect toppings—and let’s not even get into buns—there is a seemingly infinite number of ways to make a good burger. Here are four of the best burger joints to be found in Palm Springs, with options that will satisfy even the pickiest of cravings for a delicious burger:

Tyler’s:
For an all-American hamburger with a whole lot of flavor and the perfect grease-to-bun ratio, head to Tyler’s. Their burgers are local favorites because of their generously thick patties, equally thick slice of cheese—no processed cheese slices here—and customizable fixings that can barely be contained in a white or wheat bun, all served by a friendly wait staff.

Tyler’s has both indoor and outdoor seating, and it’s not uncommon to wait 20 minutes to be seated. Don’t worry—it’s worth it. Sit outdoors to enjoy the warm desert weather and people watch as you enjoy a juicy burger cooked to order.

This Palm Springs burger restaurant proves simplicity is the key to perfection. The menu offers just a handful of savory burger options, and really, it’s all you need.

While the burgers are delicious on their own, no meal is complete without an order of Tyler’s homemade potato salad. Try a cheeseburger with your choice of cheddar or Swiss—you really can’t go wrong—and add a side of their fries or homemade coleslaw or soup. Still hungry? Finish your meal with an old fashioned malt shake.

Before you go, make sure you have cash and check the time. Tyler’s is a cash-only establishment and is open Monday through Saturday from 11 am and 4 pm.

Woody’s Burgers:
This diner may not look like much from the outside, but Woody’s is home to some of the juiciest burgers in Palm Springs. Complete with friendly service, affordable prices and the best sweet potato fries in the desert, this burger establishment serves some of the finest Angus beef patties in Palm Springs.

The menu has seven beef burger options, ranging from the basic hamburger and cheeseburger, served with Woody’s signature house sauce, to more adventurous choices like the jalapeno burger, a spicy option served with a triple threat of jalapenos, jalapeno pepper jack cheese and spicy sauce.

Try the blue burger, served with blue cheese crumbles and blue cheese sauce, or the mushroom burger, served with—you guessed it—mushrooms and a creamy mushroom sauce. Alternatively, you can choose three burgers to enjoy with a slider sampler. And don’t forget the sweet potato fries, served with a light glaze of maple syrup.

The atmosphere is always lively at Woody’s, as this diner is rarely empty and has live music several nights a week–mostly jazz and blues.

Grind Brgr Bar:
With a second floor outdoor patio overlooking South Palm Canyon Drive, Grind Brgr Bar is a double threat serving fresh, natural food with a gorgeous view of downtown Palm Springs.

What sets Grind apart is the grass-fed beef used in all of their burgers. Your server will happily explain the benefits of grass-fed beef if you’re not sure what the fuss is about.

Try the “Da Kine Hawaiian burger,” with teriyaki glaze and pineapple, or the Artemis Lamb Burger, a Greek-inspired burger topped with tzatziki, hummus, feta and olives.

Complete your meal by indulging in the truffle parmesan fries—a must if you’re going to dine at Grind. And for the ultimate experience add one of the beers on tap. Go during Grind’s nightly happy hour for drink and food specials.

Hamburger Mary’s:
Hamburger Mary’s is an open-minded establishment, with kitschy décor and a fun atmosphere. From the brightly-painted Mary statue that greets you at the entrance to the various Mary-themed posters on the walls, Hamburger Mary’s makes for an enjoyable meal in the heart of downtown.

Burgers are made from 100 percent ground chuck, which makes for a tender patty. While the beef hamburgers here are delicious, the real appeal of Hamburger Mary’s is their wild meat selection that includes ostrich, kangaroo, buffalo, antelope and wild boar.

The burgers at Hamburger Mary’s easily require two hands and a few napkins. Try the Proud Mary, a monster of a burger with a 2/3-lb beef patty, or the Ostrich Wild Boy, a moist ostrich patty topped with your choice of sauce.

Don’t eat red meat? Hamburger Mary’s can substitute a chicken breast, turkey patty or veggie patty in any burger for a minimal charge.

If you can’t decide on one choice of meat, order a set of sliders—you can choose up to three different kinds of meat, each individually paired with a complimentary sauce, grilled onions, pickles and cheese.

For dessert, try the warm chocolate chip cookie with ice cream, served in a cast iron skillet.

What & Where

Tylers (149 S. Indian Canyon; 760-325-2990)
Woody’s Burgers (317 N. Indian Canyon Dr.; 760-230-0188)
Grind Brgr Bar (262 S. Palm Canyon Dr.;760-325-5200)
Hamburger Mary’s (415 N. Palm Canyon Dr.; 760-778-6279)

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Marissa Willman
Marissa Willman is a freelance writer who specializes in travel, health and lifestyle writing. Based in the Southern California desert, Marissa’s chronic case of wanderlust has taken her across Asia and the West coast. She spent two years living in South Korea as an ESL teacher and holds a journalism degree from California State University, Fullerton. Her work has appeared in USA Today Travel Tips, 10 Magazine, The Desert Sun and 52PerfectDays.com. Marissa’s portfolio can be found on www.marissawillman.com.

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  • http://twitter.com/TheHogga Lindsay Hogg

    Jesus that looks delicious! NOM NOM NOM.

  • Hootie

    Grind has the best burgers hands down. They actually grind their meat onsite, and even toast the buns. I have researched grass fed beef, and that is the way to go!