Where's the Best Burger in Santa Barbara County?

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Where's the Best Burger in Santa Barbara County?
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By edhat staff

It's National Cheeseburger Day (September 18) and every meat eater is drooling at photos of melted cheese, a toasted bun, and a fresh meat patty. 

National burger establishments are definitely capitalizing on the day as well. Below are a few available offers compiled by USA Today

Burger King: Find ongoing specials at www.bk.com/offers and coupons in the chain's app.

Fatburger: If you’re in Los Angeles, get free delivery from one of the 35 Fatburger restaurants in the area with Postmates. The deal started Monday and goes through Sept. 23 with no minimum required. Open the Postmates app and look for the Fatburger collection

Habit Burger Grill: Through Sept. 30, make a donation to No Kid Hungry and get a certificate for a free Charburger with cheese to redeem on a future visit through Oct. 2.

IHOP: Here's a deal from the chain known briefly as IHOB.  From 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, get a free stack of two buttermilk or pumpkin spice pancakes with the purchase of any Ultimate Steakburger and another side.

McDonald's: With the fast-food chain's mobile app, find offers including a $1 McDouble, available once a day.

Wendy's: This deal last through Sept. 30. Get a free Dave's Single with any Wendy’s purchase with an offer on the mobile app, which is available for Apple and Android devices. This offer will refresh daily, the fast-food chain announced in a news release. One offer per customer per day. Registration in app is required.

Santa Barbara has no shortage of burger options from the Habit, to In-n-out, to Paradise Cafe. But who serves the best cheeseburger? Weigh-in below in the comment section.

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YepSB Sep 19, 2018 10:22 PM
Where's the Best Burger in Santa Barbara County?

Not scientific but at quick glance, Habit, Jalama, and Mesa Burger seem to be the most mentioned. We are lucky to live amungst cheeseburgers in paradise. Margarita, anyone?

SantaBarbaraObserver Sep 19, 2018 08:38 PM
Where's the Best Burger in Santa Barbara County?

Amazing! All these comments and barely a repeat in the bunch. Burgers and burritos, two topics that are guaranteed to bring out as many views and Santa Barbara offers. IMHO, the Habit double-char with cheese, bacon, grilled onions and avo... the perfect prelude to a mid afternoon nap.

a-1568526503 Sep 19, 2018 08:08 PM
Where's the Best Burger in Santa Barbara County?

I have traveled across the US and know my burgers from stem to stern. The best burger, in my informed opinion, is at Dave's Dogs at Turnpike and Hollister. Get an order of "Loaded Fries"....OMG...roll me home ...if you are in the mood for something unhealthfully good for your soul....get an order of FRIED cheese curds with your burger and loaded fries....I already am prepared for Calvary on Hope.

sblax Sep 19, 2018 07:25 PM
Where's the Best Burger in Santa Barbara County?

Check out the burger at Les Marchands, absolutely amazing delicious and cooked perfectly. Closest burger after may be Wine cask or Mesa, in a distant second. If you like burgers you need to sample Les Marchands.

JB86 Sep 19, 2018 06:21 PM
Where's the Best Burger in Santa Barbara County?

My latest favorite is Home Plate (behind 7-11 on Calle Real in Goleta). Try the mushroom-Swiss burger with grilled onions. The original Habit on Hollister remains very good, but some of their franchises, not so much. Cody's and the Nugget also make very good burgers. Lotsa choices!

CCHandyMan Sep 19, 2018 09:24 AM
Where's the Best Burger in Santa Barbara County?

In Santa Maria there's the Big Bear Diner where you can get a humongous burger called Bob's Big Bear Burger. It's not only BIG, but it's also a great burger served open face so you can put all the sides on it. Fresh tomatoes, leaf lettuce, onion slices and whatever else you like. Check it out at bigbeardiner.com

betsy920 Sep 19, 2018 09:22 AM
Where's the Best Burger in Santa Barbara County?

In the last two weeks I have had two marvelous burgers-At Kyles on Chapala and at Mesa Burger. Maybe there are better but in both these places the beef, ingredients, and bun were perfection.

alorsenfants Sep 19, 2018 08:54 AM
Where's the Best Burger in Santa Barbara County?

Think it's about time somebody spoke up for Tinker's! Also, because I am a green chile cheeseburger addict but don't get to New Mexico often enough, a good local fix can be found at Kahuna Grill --

a-1568526503 Sep 18, 2018 10:29 PM
Where's the Best Burger in Santa Barbara County?

I just ate at Little Kitchen this past weekend for the first time and agree with YEPSB. The coleslaw is amazing and the burgers at pretty much the best. I think The Habit would be 2nd and Jalama Beach store the 3rd. Worth the drive for sure.

Davidb Sep 18, 2018 08:40 PM
Where's the Best Burger in Santa Barbara County?

Habit Burger is my go-to burger place. For something upscale I like Cold Spring Tavern. I used to love the Kobe Beef burger at Jalama Beach Cafe in Lompoc - but it is no more.

a-1568526503 Sep 18, 2018 04:38 PM
Where's the Best Burger in Santa Barbara County?

While I love the Habit and Kyles, my favorite burger is Home Plate Grill hidden away at the far end of Calle Real in Goleta. The brisket cheeseburger with bacon and mango habanero sauce is amazing! A real best-kept-secret kind of place.

kids Sep 18, 2018 03:53 PM
Where's the Best Burger in Santa Barbara County?

Hitching Post II Burger night in the Bar!!! Only on Mon/Tue/Wed. SO worth the drive. Check it out. We were there last night. Would go again tonight if I could!

REX OF SB Sep 18, 2018 01:53 PM
Where's the Best Burger in Santa Barbara County?

(1) The Gold Miner's Basic from the Nugget. The Nugget seems to be the only place you can get a burger with that red relish stuff that's reminiscent of what they put on the hamburgers at Bob's Big Boy……………(2) Chubbie's on upper De la Vina Street. It's 1958 all over again. That's what hamburgers USED to taste like……………(3) The Spot on Linden Avenue in Carp. Like Chubbie's, the Spot serves burgers from another era.

a-1568526503 Sep 18, 2018 01:41 PM
Where's the Best Burger in Santa Barbara County?

An In-and-out cheeseburger with extra lettuce and tomato is pretty hard to beat for taste and value. After surfing, sitting in the sun with a Jalama burger can't be beat.

EastBeach Sep 18, 2018 12:59 PM
Where's the Best Burger in Santa Barbara County?

My favorite burger place (that I can easily get to) is Kyles on Hollister. Free range, grass fed, and no hormones. The Habit is also a favorite. For quick workday burgers, I also like FLIR Café.

Z Sep 18, 2018 12:44 PM
Where's the Best Burger in Santa Barbara County?

Habit's Santa Barbara Char would be a contender ifn they used a few lettuce leaves instead of the shredded stuff that falls out when you bite into the otherwise wonderful burger.

Flicka Sep 18, 2018 12:15 PM
Where's the Best Burger in Santa Barbara County?

They are not $1 burgers, but you can't beat Zookers in Carpinteria for the absolutely best. Made with grass fed beef and organic tomatoes, lettuce, etc.

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