Ten Great Burgers in Orange County

7. Original Mike's

We don't talk about the vintage-style building on the corner of First and Main very often, but they've got a good rendition of the standard American cheeseburger, thick and juicy and just salty enough. Just avoid the weird cole slaw and get more fries instead. 100 S. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 550-7764; originalmikes.com.

6. TK Burger

Gustavo Arellano

Orange County's real homegrown fast-food burger place, with stereotypically OC locations like PCH in Huntington Beach and 19th Street in Costa Mesa, where the booths are covered over with surf and skate stickers and band advertisements--and the combo is cheap and great. 110 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, (714) 960-3238; also at 2119 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach, (949) 673-3438; 2966 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, (714) 662-2572; 615 19th St., Costa Mesa, (714) 548-2858; 24902 Chrisanta Dr., Mission Viejo, (949) 588-7200; 5701 E. Santa Ana Cyn. Rd. #P, Anaheim, (714) 282-7400. tkburgers.com;

5. Haven Gastropub

Dave Lieberman

The first of the gastropubs to open, Haven's burger is of the arugula-and-roasted-pepper variety, salty and resolutely medium-rare. Paired with a glass from their well-curated beer list, it's a nice meal in Old Town Orange. 190 S. Glassell St., Orange, (714) 221-0680; havengastropub.com.

4. Slater's 50/50

Dave Lieberman

OC's homegrown answer to the Counter allows you to create your own burger from a long list of crazy ingredients, but the best burger isn't even the famed 50/50 half-beef-half-bacon patty; it's the Peanut Butter and Jellousy with an all-beef patty cooked medium-rare. 6362 E. Santa Ana Cyn. Rd., Anaheim, (714) 685-1103; also at 8082 Adams Ave., Huntington Beach; 714-594-5730; slaters5050.com..

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