The 5 Best Places to Get a Burger in Oceanside

Where’s the beef in Oceanside? From top grade ground chuck to secret sauces to buttery buns, here’s our roundup of not-to-miss restaurants blending quality ingredients with originality in their mouthwatering, inspired burger creations.


The Cheesesteak Grill

1771 S Oceanside Blvd, Oceanside, CA

Loyal customers flock to The Cheesesteak Grill for its authentic style cheesesteaks made with imported Amoroso rolls from Philly and fresh cut meats. However, chef/owner Mark Stoner makes a mean namesake Stoner Burger. Sandwiched in a pillowy bun from local San Diego bakery Bread & Cie, the ½ pound Angus beef burger topped with crunchy onion ring, bacon, lettuce, tomato and American cheese gets a spicy kick from a dollop of house made Sriracha mayo. Upgrade to garlic fries for added goodness.


The Draft Restaurant And Sports Bar

4225 Oceanside Blvd, Oceanside, CA 92056

The casual dining room at east Oceanside’s The Draft Restaurant & Sports Bar houses lounge seating on one side and more family-oriented booth seating on the other with entertaining flat TV screens all around. Out of the eight Angus burgers on the menu served with steak fries, customers crave The Draft Burger with three indulgent cheeses, house BBQ sauce, bacon, onion rings and fried egg. Another winner, the Chili Cheeseburger comes generously slathered with scrumptious chili and a choice of melted cheese.


PCH Sports Bar And Grill

1835 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054

Relaxed neighborhood hangout PCH Sports Bar & Grill in South O offers eight specialty burgers made with 100% Angus beef and a build your own option all served with crispy fries. The go-to PCH Burger beguiles with its towering stack of crispy bacon, melted cheddar cheese, onion rings, lettuce, tomato and signature PCH sauce—an intoxicating blend of Thousand Island dressing and chipotle. Enjoy PCH’s rotating selection of ale and beer on tap featuring great San Diego brews.


Ty’s Burger House

515 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, CA, United States

Downtown’s family-friendly Ty’s Burger House serves an astounding variety of good home-style burgers. The adventurous can sample wild game burgers such as boar, venison or elk. Ty’s hand forms all burger patties and makes sauces in house fresh daily. A fan favorite celebrates comfort food: the Bacon Mac & Cheese Burger combines Angus beef, Applewood bacon and creamy house made mac and cheese for burger nirvana. Popular sides include the sweet potato fries and beer battered onion rings.


Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen

626 South Tremont St. Oceanside, CA 92054

The Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen started the farm-to-table trend in town and their signature CAB Burger exemplifies their focus on quality, ingredient-driven food. The juicy half pound 100% Chuck Angus beef burger char-grilled to perfection cosmically balances with house made whole grain mustard aioli, sweet caramelized onion, tangy blue cheese, fresh arugula and a soft brioche bun. Add a fried egg for an extra heavenly experience. Only open for dinner, find the “Pig” just off Hwy 101 on Tremont Street in a warm, welcoming funky converted garage space.


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Local Tap House & Kitchen

308 S Coast Hwy Oceanside, CA 92054

For a fantastic vegetarian choice, savor Local Tap House & Kitchen’s House Made Quinoa Burger. The antithesis of a cardboard veggie patty, healthy quinoa embellished by house made red onion marmalade, blue cheese, avocado, arugula, garlic aioli and a brioche bun explodes with captivating flavors. An Oceanside hotspot, “LTH” sources locally for its ever-evolving seasonally driven menu. Enjoy a full bar and industrial chic vibe at their buzzy venue.


Mission Ave Bar and Grill

Also hugely popular, Mission Ave Bar and Grill attracts patrons with its laid back atmosphere, amazing selection of California beers, whiskies from around the world and homemade Southern influenced cuisine. For a fun dish to share, try a duo of delectable sliders served with fries. Choose from bison, crab, sausage, pork or the bestselling grass-fed beef topped with yummy bacon, cheddar, lettuce and house made chipotle BBQ sauce.



About the Author

Jolee Pink is an Oceanside-based writer, designer and artist. She runs the popular Eat Drink SD Facebook group and is also the organizer of North County’s premier, annual culinary arts event: Foodie Fest. Her Wabisabi Green lifestyle blog focuses on art, design, food and travel. For more information, please visit

Published: March 8, 2017

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