Everyday Eats: Best Downtown Burger Deals

Where to grab a cheap burger in San Diego

Fleming's Prime Burger


The "5 for 6 until 7" menu at Fleming's has five cocktails, wines by the glass, and appetizers for $6 until 7 p.m. -- plus one addition that seems to be added as an afterthought: the Prime Burger. Six bucks buys you a whole lot of burger, made from steak trimmings and topped with pepper bacon and cheese. The burger comes with an array of toppings, including thousand island, ketchup, and Dijon mustard, plus two oversized onion rings and the standard veggie roughage. You also get a generous portion of house-made potato chips. Considering the quality and the size, it's a contender for the very best burger deal downtown.
380 K St.

McCormick and Schmick's

Leave it to a seafood spot to have one of the most screaming burger deals in town. During happy hour (3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mon-Fri), you can get a classic cheeseburger and fries for $3.95, aka: about the same as a happy meal, but much, much better (and from a place that also serves cocktails). The only catch: happy hour burgers come medium-well by default. 
675 L St.


The J-Wok burger is one of eight lunch options for $8. The grilled, half-pound Angus beef patty is topped with peppers and Asian mayo and served with fries. It comes with a soft drink, or you can upgrade to a fruity flavored ice tea for a little bit more.
744 Market St.


It would be wrong to talk downtown burgers without mentioning Hodad's, one of San Diego's most notorious beef and bun emporiums. Their daily special comes with a cheeseburger, fries, and a drink for $8.25. Add-ons include bacon, blue cheese or chili, or get your onions grilled at no extra charge. The original location may have the best atmosphere, but the downtown digs rarely have a line.
945 Broadway

Mini Cheeseburgers

Morton's and The Palm both serve hand-formed mini burgers made from steak trimmings at a discount during happy hour. Morton's minis come three to an order for $7 and are served with the standard toppings (cheese, lettuce, tomato, and red onion). You can also add extra minis for $2.50 each. At The Palm, mini burgers are $5.50 and also come three to an order. They come topped with the standard veggies, plus bacon and a creamy pesto aioli. Both places will cook your burgers precisely to order.
Morton's: 285 J St., The Palm: 615 J St.

About the author: Erin Jackson is obsessed with finding the best cheap and tasty eats in San Diego. Keep up with her other food finds on her food blog, EJeats.com.

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