Best Burger Menagerie San Francisco 2013 - Belly Burger (Pork), Fins on the Hoof (Lamb), Fivetenburger (Beef)
It used to be that burgers only came from one animal: cow. And while beef still dominates the meat-on-bun genre, a few food truck chefs have pushed the burger into new territory without losing the essence of the all-American meal. At Belly Burgers, chef Tom Pizzica grinds fresh pork belly to create a Classic Belly Burger ($6 for one, $10 for any two; pork belly patty, fried pobalno and serrano pepper aioli, tomatillo relish, cotija cheese) that is so good you'll want to order them two at a time. While lamb can be a little funky in a burger, Fins on the Hoof chef Todd Middleton makes an exceptional grass-fed lamb burger ($10, salsa verde, feta, red onion, arugula, spicy mayo) that possess a textbook crust on the juicy meat patty. If you're looking for more for classic, chef Roland Robles' Fivetenburger shows how good a beef burger can be when proper attention is paid to both the bun and patty. The masses agree: Long lines are par for the course, but those in the know will wait anyway.