The burger is truly an American icon. It's the perfect go-to meal for hungry kids and busy parents, from the bakery-fresh bun to the juicy, meaty patty grilled just the way you like it. When you've got a craving that only a burger can cure, head to one of the best burger spots in Mission Viejo, California.

Pub Thirty Two

burger with lettuce, tomato, and cheese on a plate with fries

Pub Thirty Two is a terrific farm-to-fork establishment that serves up local, organic, and seasonally fresh fare. Located in the Gateway Shopping Center on Alicia Parkway, this rustic-chic gastropub features over 150 whiskeys and a menu filled with terrific choices like the smash burger. The chef tops it with grilled onions, cheddar cheese, and house-made pickles. 

Add a bit of spice to your life with the house burger. It arrives at your table smothered with Gruyère and crumbled jalapeño bacon. It's the perfect accompaniment to your burger. Bring your appetite to this friendly neighborhood spot, whether you're meeting a colleague for lunch or you're looking for somewhere to hang out with friends.

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TK Burgers

Where can you get burgers, shakes, beer, and breakfast under one roof? At TK Burgers, of course. This small regional chain has five spots in the O.C., each one unique with its surfer theme. Mission Viejo's location on Chrisanta Drive offers diners a spacious patio, an upbeat vibe, and great food at lower prices than at other eateries.

The cooks at TK have been making burgers since the '80s, and they know how to do it right. They stick to their roots and prepare everything on-site and fresh to order. You'll appreciate the quick, quality service, and relaxed atmosphere of this old-school burger joint. Peruse the menu until your eyes settle on the famous Big Bargain Special. It features a fresh charbroiled burger drizzled with TK's secret sauce and a heaping side of seasoned fries.

A's Burgers

With two locations near Mission Viejo, A's Burgers aims to please. Angelo Vardakostas founded this family-owned and operated eatery in the early 1970s. Situated on Camino Capistrano in nearby San Juan Capistrano, A's Burgers serves a delicious variety of food, including mouthwatering burgers for lunch, dinner, or any time the mood strikes you.

Each sandwich is piled high with fixings such as lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, and mayonnaise. Depending on your hunger level, you can opt for a single or double patty, American cheese, and bacon; you can also select from a long list of other scrumptious choices like guacamole. Ask the cooks to add a serving of french fries, fried zucchini, or onion rings.

Jerry's Deli

Head over to Crown Valley Parkway on Puerta Real next time the carnivore in you demands a big, beefy patty smothered in fixings. While this popular deli may be a surprising place to grab a burger, its classic hamburger will exceed your every expectation. This isn't your bargain-burger, drive-thru kind of place, but you can get a quality cheeseburger for under six bucks. It's one of the best values in Orange County when you've got a hunger a big as the Pacific. 

Surfin Souvlaki

If you think Greek restaurants in Mission Viejo are all about falafel, try Surfin Souvlaki on Marguerite Parkway. Burger lovers like you can indulge in the quarter pounder hamburger or the super colossal gyro burger with feta cheese, gyro meat, tzatziki sauce, red onion, lettuce, and tomato. 

Get out of the burger box with a salmon option. It's a wild-caught filet covered with chipotle, sprouts, Brie cheese, onion, tomato, and lettuce, all perched atop a brioche bun. It has to be the best seafood burger in Southern California.

If mom and dad are looking for Greek and the kiddos want burgers, never fear. Surfin Souvlaki has you covered. Gobble up a gyro and get junior a pint-sized burger with lettuce, tomato, and red onion. Make it a combo with a small portion of fries and a small fountain drink.

Angelo's Drive-In Burgers

Hop in your new Volvo and head to nearby Anaheim. It's home to Angelo's Hamburgers on South State College Boulevard. This hot spot has a fun, '50s-era vibe and a terrific patio. Order from a menu filled with subs, shakes, and burgers. There's also plenty of cold beer on tap, a video arcade, and over 20 TVs, so you can catch the game while devouring your sandwich.

Hit up this casual, family-friendly diner any time you want to bite into a big, juicy, ground-beef patty with a pile of crispy tater tots. Save some dough with all-day specials like Monday's beer-and-a-burger for less than $5. A carhop will even deliver your meal on skates, just like the good ol' days. Angelo's only accepts cash, so drive through the ATM on your way.

Jim's Super Burgers

Jim's Super Burgers on West Ball Way in Anaheim is famous for its outstanding service, attentive staff, and the kind of lengthy menu a classic American burger joint should have. Jim's has everything — and we mean everything — from chicken-strip baskets to a grilled ham and cheese. 

Give yourself a few minutes to scan the burger section on the menu. It's pretty extensive, ranging from an avocado burger to a colossal beefy version. Jim's makes everything fresh to order, so it's hot and delicious the moment it hits your tongue.

If you've got a hungry family to feed or a backyard get-together, order the Party Special. It comes with five hamburgers, three orders of fries, an order each of onion rings and fried zucchini, and drinks for under $25. Remember to ask for a container of ranch sauce to bring home. It's house-made, and rumor has it, it's the best in the city.

Well, there you have it! The good folks over at Volvo Cars Mission Viejo just shared some of the best burger spots in the area with you. What did you think of our picks? Did we miss your favorite local burger joint? Let us know if we did, so we can add it to our list.

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