L.A.’s 21 essential burgers

An augmented reality check on our favorite burgers

by the L.A. Times Food team & Creative Technologists

See the burger
Spin the burger
Eat the burger
Click or tap on burgers with AR or 360 markers to view extra 3D content


6:16 p.m. July 11, 2019: An earlier version of this article incorrectly described one of the ingredients in the Oui Burger from Banh Oui.
12:07 p.m. July 11, 2019: An earlier version of this article misstated the year The Apple Pan opened.
10:48 a.m. July 11, 2019: An earlier version of this article misspelled the name of the Jucy Lucy burger from The Golden State.

Let’s split a Big Mec

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A note on augmented reality

“Augmented reality,” or AR, refers to the placement of virtual objects into the real world around you. The technology is built-in on newer iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, so there’s no need to download a specific app for it. You can tap one of the burger images with an AR marker above to get the full AR experience.

We’ve done our best to replicate the size and appearance of the burgers in AR. If everything works like it’s supposed to, you’ll be able to put a virtual burger on your kitchen table, the hood of your car or maybe even your surfboard. Tag us in your pictures with #ARBurgers!


Genesia Ting
James Tyner
Daniel Kawalsky
Alex Li
Nani Sahra Walker
Kevin Tsukii for The Times
Kraig Fujii for The Times
Special thanks to
Max Lu, Andrea Roberson, Sean Greene, Ben Welsh, Priya Krishnakumar, Swetha Kannan, Len DeGroot, Martina Ibanez-Baldor, and Lauren Lee