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The 10 Best Burger Places Near San Marcos

Updated: August 7, 2022

In the mood for a pure beef patty? Or a butter bean burger? Take your pick from these San Marcos burger joints. We assessed top review sites and incorporated millions of diner and critic reviews for the best buns San Marcos has to offer. If you want a gourmet burger piled with goodies or a quick burger on the run you will find what you need here.

Find the perfect Burgers spot

The Bellows

American, $$$, San MarcosAmerican, $$$San Marcos
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

If you travel further

Water Shack

$, Vista$Vista
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5

H Brothers

American, $, EscondidoAmerican, $Escondido
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

Burger Bench

American, $$, EscondidoAmerican, $$Escondido
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Pegah's Kitchen

American, $, EscondidoAmerican, $Escondido, South Tulip
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

When Pigs Fly BBQ - Downtown Vista

American, $$, VistaAmerican, $$Vista
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater, 2020

    42 North County Restaurants With Takeout and Delivery Options

    Eater, 2020

Plan 9 Alehouse

American, $$, EscondidoAmerican, $$Escondido
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Farmer Boys

American, $$, EscondidoAmerican, $$Escondido
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Islands Restaurant

American, $$, VistaAmerican, $$Vista
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5

Swami's Cafe

American, $$, EscondidoAmerican, $$Escondido
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 3.5

Why these restaurants?

Finding the best Burgers spots in San Marcos can take way too long. We pored over ratings for 10162 restaurants on Yelp and Google, 823905 restaurant reviews in San Marcos and 624 top lists and articles. We paid extra attention to what Eater had to say, and applied our boam magic sauce. The restaurants you see have been featured in Eater - 42 North County Restaurants With Takeout and Delivery Options. Every option we show has been verified as open and offering key services when we recommend it, thanks to our real-time updates. Every restaurant shown earned its spot fair and square. With boam, money never makes the list. Don’t sleep on the restaurants in this list.

Most common questions

In-N-Out Burger, The Bellows, and Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers are the highest-rated burger spots for lunch in San Marcos.

In-N-Out Burger, The Bellows, and Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers are the highest-rated burger spots for dinner in San Marcos.

Tom's Famous Family Restaurant 22, Hooters, and Jack in the Box are the highest-rated spots for burger delivery in San Marcos.

Sublime Alehouse - San Marcos, Tom's Famous Family Restaurant 22, and Hooters are the highest-rated burger spots for take-out in San Marcos.

In-N-Out Burger, The Bellows, and Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers are the highest-rated burger spots to get a quick lunch in San Marcos.

Drink pairing tips for Burgers

  • The perfect complement to turkey cheese burger


    Experts recommend pairing a turkey cheese burger with a glass of Pinot Noir, a popular red wine.

  • Pair Cabernet Sauvignon with beef burger

    When considering what goes best with beef burger, we recommend a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon, it truly complements the dish as it matches the beef due to its structure and tannins.


  • Pair Viognier with veggie burger

    If your food palns include Burgers, then you should consider helping it along with some white wine. We find that a Viognier, with its hits of fruit, serves as the best pairing to the dish.

Factoids about Burgers

  • The most expensive hamburger

    Ever wondered how much the most expensive hamburger ever sold for? The sale price reached $5,000, in Corvallis, The United States in 2011.

  • A long-held tradition

    If you take a trip to hamburger, then the well-known, tasty hamburger should be on your radar! It is a local classic.

  • Celebrating Burgers

    Calling all the Burgers lovers! Did you know that there is an annual festival for Burgers in The United States? We are already planning our next trip.

Parking info

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