Best Burgers in Healdsburg
A burger in its simplest form consists of two main elements: a bun and a choice of meat. But what takes a burger to the next level? Is it the array of toppings that you can choose from—mustard, pickles, cheese, onions, tomatoes, bacon, avocado or lettuce? Or is it the level of juiciness, spice or greasiness that perfectly satisfies that burger craving when you need it most? In honor of National Burger Day, we decided to put our taste buds to the test to find the best burgers in Healdsburg. We hope this list will inspire you during your next burger quest. Leave us a comment below if we missed your favorite spot in town.
The BD Burger at Barndiva
As one of my favorite restaurants in Healdsburg, it’s no surprise that Barndiva’s burger makes the cut. Trust me when I say this: Barndiva doesn’t fool around when it comes to their famous BD burger. Complete with a special blend double patty, American cheese, bacon, caramelized onion, tomato, pickles, little gem and pale ale aioli, the BD burger meets all the criteria. All you need is a glass of Jordan Cabernet to finish off this extremely satisfying meal. Reservations required to enjoy outdoor dining in their gardens or enjoy it to-go when you just don’t feel like cooking.
Barndiva, 231 Center Street, Healdsburg, CA, 707-431-0100, barndiva.com
The JMC Bacon Burger at Journeyman Meat Co.
Located a block from the Healdsburg Plaza, Journeyman is an intimate, family-owned spot known for its butcher’s counter, woodfired pizzas and salumi. But the showstopper on the menu is owner Pete Seghesio’s JMC Bacon Burger–a house-made patty of ground beef and ground bacon served with lettuce, tomato, onions and aioli. Local tip: If you’re in the mood to grill out, you can purchase JMC Bacon Burger meat from the Journeyman butcher’s counter to cook at home.
Journeyman Meat Co., 214 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA, 707-395-MEAT, journeymanmeat.com
The Southwest Turkey Burger at The Wurst Restaurant
Founded in 2011, The Wurst Restaurant is a local staple if you’re looking for a roadside juicy burger, basket of fries and local beer on tap. With plenty of outdoor seating, The Wurst makes for a casual family-friendly experience just steps away from the Healdsburg square. I recommend their signature Smash Burger or try their Southwest Turkey Burger for a spicy twist. Topped with pepper jack cheese, sweet and hot peppers, avocado, caramelized onions and chipotle aioli, the Southwest Turkey Burger will keep your taste buds wanting more. All beef burgers are served with local J Brand Cattle beef Company on a seeded roll. Cleanse your palate with a soft serve ice cream cone to complete your Wurst is the Best experience.
The Wurst Restaurant, 22 Matheson Street, Healdsburg, CA, 707-395-0214, thewurst.com
The Smash Burger at Dry Creek Kitchen’s Spirit Bar
Take your burger to the next level with Chef Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen famous Smash Burger. Offered in the hidden courtyard behind Hotel Healdsburg, Spirit Bar serves this decadent burger on their happy hour menu. It’s topped with house made B&B pickles, animal sauce, lettuce, tomato and caramelized onion that makes it hard to put down. Add a side of crispy fries, a refreshing craft cocktail and let Spirit Bar’s courtyard atmosphere soothe your end-of-day stresses. Don’t let the happy hour’s “small bites” menu fool you; You’ll leave well-fed and perfectly satisfied.
Spirit Bar, 25 Matheson Street, Healdsburg, CA, 707-431-0330, hotelhealdsburg.com, drycreekkitchen.com
The Big Mac Magruder Burger at Campo Fina
There’s only one Big Mac I’ll eat these days, and it’s Campo Fina’s deliciously gourmet tribute to the OG from McDonald’s. Campo’s Big Mac Magruder Burger begins with a 7oz. Magruder Farm grass-fed beef patty and layers gruyere cheese, pickles, lettuce, Journeyman bacon, ketchup and a touch of Campo’s secret sauce—all packed between toasted brioche buns. With one of the best outdoor restaurant patios in town, it’s an ideal spot to catch up with an old friend, enjoy a delicious burger and sip a summertime Negroni. My kind of Happy Meal.
Campo Fina, 330 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg, CA, 707-395-4640, campofina.com
Spoonbar’s Smash Burger
It’s a battle of the Smash Burgers in Healdsburg, and spoonbar puts up a phenomenal fight. Topped with white cheddar, tomato marmalade and pickles, spoonbar’s signature Smash Burger satisfies the simple but equally unique burger bite. Bonus perk: Your order comes with a side of truffle fries that are dangerously addictive. Enjoy your decadent dish in their newly expanded garden seating as you sip, dip and indulge. Reservations required.
Spoonbar, 219 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg, CA, 707-433-7222, spoonbar.com