With burgers, there’s good, and then there’s really good. These Sacramento-area burger joints have been the focus of national food shows and the reason behind many a local food addiction.

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Squeeze Inn

5301 Power Inn Rd.
Sacramento, 95820
545 Industrial Dr.
Galt, CA 95632
106 N. Sunrise Ave.
Roseville, CA 95661
916-783-BURG (2874)
If I say hamburgers and you think Squeeze Inn, you’re not alone. It’s long been regarded as one of the area’s best burger joints, and was featured on Food Network’s “Guy’s Diners, Drive-ins And Dives”. The burgers contain almost as much cheese as meat, which is spread out it in its signature bubbling cheese “skirt”. It’s a little pricey, but the portions are huge. It’s open Monday-Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; closed Sunday.

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Flaming Grill Café

2319 El Camino Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95821
(916) 359-0840
A quick glance at the menu and you realize this is no ordinary hamburger joint. With meat choices such as buffalo, ostrich, and venison, you know this place is different. Even customers who were hesitant to try an exotic burger come away happy. The Bacon Cheddar Buffalo Burger is highly recommended. And for you vegetarians, their veggie burger is good as well. It’s open Monday-Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., Saturday from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m., and closed Sunday.

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Nationwide Freezer Meats

1930 H St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 444-3286
It started almost 50 years ago as a butcher shop, and from the outside in, it’s still just about as industrial as you can get. The core business changed when the original owner, Frank Gonzales, started making burgers for friends to try, and the rest is history. Try the ground steak French Burger With Cheese.  About 95% of their sales are hamburgers, but they also have roast beef and steak sandwiches on the menu. It’s open from Tuesday 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., Wednesday & Thursday from 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday from 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m., and Saturday 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

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2415 16th St.
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 444-2006
5050 Arden Wy.
Carmichael, CA 95608
(916) 488-5050
When you walk in and see paper towel dispensers attached to the walls, you know it’s going to be an experience. These juicy burgers come in two varieties: the Hammer, which is their family of hamburgers, and the Slammer, which are their chili burgers. Willie’s opened over 17 years ago when the owner, an L.A. transplant, wanted to make a burger joint that could stay open late. It used to stay open until 1 a.m. on weekdays and until 3 a.m. on weekends, making it a favorite with bartenders. The times have changed, however. It’s open from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 9 a.m.-midnight on Friday and Saturday.

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Hefty Burgers

1640 West Capitol Ave.
West Sacramento, CA 95691
This place knows how to do hamburgers and fries right. Known for its Hefty burger with cheese and pastrami, they also make great fries. This place is about as stripped down as you can get at a burger joint. The husband and wife team makes your food to order, so it’s not fast, but well worth the wait. And it’s a little pricier than other burger joints. Expect to pay upwards of $9 for a combo. In a hurry? Avoid the drive-through window.

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Suzie Burger

2820 P St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 455-3500
If it looks familiar, it should. Suzie’s is the old Orbit gas station on 29th and P streets. It’s got a car hop feel to it, and if there were skating servers, you’d swear it was 1955. The Haines brothers, who are behind 33rd St. Bistro and Riverside Club, used to frequent the old location near Land Park and brought the classic back a few years ago. The burgers and philly cheesesteak sandwich are big sellers, and you can’t beat their handmade Lemon Squeeze.