1. Grant Grill Burger
Grant Grill, San Diego
With it's unusual mix of ingredients, including a potato bun, aged goat gouda, onion marmalade and confit tomatoes, this burger is not to be missed. The toasted, crispy and gooey flavor of the goat gouda alone make the Grant Grill Burger something special. But sous chef Juan Cervantes also points out that it's not common to have confit tomatoes on a burger, and these tomatoes are cooked in duck fat until soft and just the right flavor -- a process that takes about three hours. It takes another two hours to make the onion marmalade that's on the burger and three days to make the house pickles that are also part of its final presentation.
So for $15, this burger -- with all the time its ingredients take to make, and the resulting flavor -- is quite the bargain.
"When you eat this burger, you have to take one big bite and get all the flavors," Cervantes says. "You get layers of flavor in your mouth."