No. 29: Cheeseburger at TK Burgers

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As I note here about every third sentence, I'm an Anaheim boy, which means I never experienced TK Burgers until enrolling at Orange Coast College in the late 1990s. The burgers of my youth and teens, then were spent between Carl's (back when they could grill a mean steamed ham) and In-n-Out, with an occasional foray to Brea's Best. But ever since I first had a TK cheeseburger, I've never stopped eating them.

My ultimate write-up for the chain (yeah, and it's a chain, but it's still ours, damnit) is here, so let me just add this: the bun. Crispy, eggy, solid, yet soft. Soaks up their secret sauce and the juices of the patty. Grilled just so. This is not a gourmet burger--it's a chain burger, which means you'll get it quick. And yet that little detail makes TK my favorite burger in the county, and one of the few places I visit twice a week. The others? Details to come...

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The list so far this time around:

No. 30: Peanut Butter and Jealousy Burger at Slater's 50/50
No. 31: Beef Noodle Soup at Twin Dragon at the Block
No. 32: Bun Cha Hanoi at Pho Quang Trung
No. 33: Blintzes at Moscow Deli
No. 34: White Pizza at La Rocco's
No. 35: #4 at Pieology
No. 36: Veggie Special with Chicken at Chicken Dijon
No. 37: Foie Gras Nigiri at AnQi
No. 38: Short Rib Grilled Cheese at A Restaurant
No. 39: Garlic Artichoke Croissant at Blackmarket Bakery
No. 40: Nuco Mia at New Duc Huong
No. 41: Mantu at Chili Chutney
No. 42: Dipped Italian Beef Sandwich at Portillo's
No. 43: Spicy Wontons at A & J Restaurant
No. 44: Saffron Rice Pudding at Wholesome Choice
No. 45: House Special Pork with Sauteed Kimchi at Koba Tofu Grill
No. 46: Seared Artichokes with Lemon Aioli at Il Garage
No. 47: Green Curry With Pork at Papaya Thai Bistro
No. 48: Mongolian Hot Pot at The Red Pot
No. 49: Beef Rolls at 101 Noodle Express
No. 50: Tlacoyo at El Borrego Sagrado
No. 51: Hard-Shelled Taco at Avanti Cafe
No. 52: Special-Events Grilled Cheese Sandwich at Old Vine Cafe
No. 53: A Big Ol' Plate of Rice With Must-o-Musir at Wholesome Choice
No. 54: Pork Souvlaki at Kentro's Greek Cuisine
No. 55: Toum at Sasoon Chicken
No. 56: Bacon Hash Dog at Berkeley Dog
No. 57: Blueberry Donut at M & M Donuts
No. 58: Tempura Fried Poached Egg at Break of Dawn
No. 59: Mulitas from Tacos Y Mulitas Ruben Truck
No. 60: Pho Ga from Pho Quang Trung
No. 61: Panuchos from Conde Cakes
No. 62: Sandwich and Egg Cream from Benjie's
No. 63: Margherita from TJ's Woodfire Pizza
No. 64: Macaroon at Disneyland
No. 65: The Sputnik at Rick's Atomic Cafe
No. 66: Corn Dog from Disney California Adventure's Corn Dog Palace
No. 67: Bacon Fried Rice at The Loft Hawaiian
No. 68: Charcuterie and Cheese at SideDoor
No. 69: Burger (With Duck Confit) at Watermarc
No. 70: Korokke Pan at Cream Pan
No. 71: Chorizo and Quail Egg on Toast at Sol del Sur
No. 72: Fried Brussels Sprouts at 320 Main
No. 73: G-Style Fries at G Burger
No. 74: Fried Cuttlefish at Benley
No. 75: Roti at Bangok Taste
No. 76: Wet Burrito at 301 Cafe
No. 77: Pork Curry at Miyabi-Tei
No. 78: Bánh Tieu at Bánh Mì So 1
No. 79: Any Sandwich at the Crosby
No. 80: Fish Pho at Pho Vinh Ky II
No. 81: Quesadilla Chilanga at Alebrije's Grill
No. 83: Nem Nuong Cuon at Nem Nuong Khanh Hoa
No. 84: Wild Boar Balinese Sausage at Valhalla Table
No. 85: Comida Corrida at Taquería La Raza
No. 86: Breakfast Burrito at Troy's Drive-In
No. 87: Mandoo at L&M Liquor and Deli
No. 88: Chicago Dog at Chicago Harv's
No. 89: Sweet Potato Tater Tots at Pee Wee's Famous
No. 90: Kaya-Stuffed French Toast at Chomp Chomp
No. 91: Egg Breakfast at Rick's Atomic Kitchen
No. 92: Sticky Rice With Chicken at Quan Hy
No. 93: Beef Koobideh at Hen House Grill
No. 94: $5 Fish Bento at Bentoss
No. 95: Milanesa Sandwich at Piaggio's Gourmet on Wheels
No. 96: Samurai Burrito at Wafu of Japan
No. 97: Carnitas Gordita at Bodega R Ranch Market
No. 98: Spam Musubi at k'ya Street Fare
No. 99: Tortilla Andorra at Anepalco's
No. 100: Lemongrass Chicken, Extra Spicy at Vietnam's Pearl

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TK Burgers

2966 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA

Category: Restaurant

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Kuya Gustavo, is there any way you can edit this post to expunge your (admittedly bad) iPhone photography skills and replace the image with something more representative of the very appetizing burgers served by TK?  I mean, really, the one in this pic looks as flat as that gal I dated from Bolsa Avenue before she went to that smiling Persian surgeon.  The meat is barely visible, you can't see the dressing, and the bun has a crack in it that could render it perceived as being stale. 

Dial the Weekly's Photo Librarian, or steal a pic from that Monster Munching blog. 

Christian Z.
Christian Z.

Little known fact but I was the first customer ever at the first TK Burgers ever and it was totally unplanned and I think it was in the mid-1990s so I don't think you missed it by much.


I'm curious, was the first one the one in Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, or the Costa Mesa one on 19th Street?   My recollection is it's one of the Beach-es

Christian Z.
Christian Z.

The one across PCH from the HB Pier. I was down there for some reason and needed a bite to eat and thought about going to the Dairy Queen (might still have been the Jack in the Box then) but saw a smaller hamburger shop next to it so I walked into there. Whoever was working there said, "Whoa, how did you even know to come here? We just opened and it's our first day and you're our first customer." It wasn't something I was planning on doing.


Actually, the one in Newport near the pier is the first TK's.

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