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Best Burger in Napa: Wine Country’s Top 10 Burgers

by | Apr 7, 2024 | North America | 15 comments

Are you looking for the best burger in Napa? Then this post is for you. Napa is the best place for foodies, and this post takes a closer look at the top 10 burgers in Napa Valley.

The Best Burger in Napa Valley

Napa Valley is known for producing world-class wine and being home to many Michelin-starred restaurants. Some of the most famous restaurants in the world can be found here, the French Laundry, the Restaurant at Auberge and Press. These restaurants will deliver dishes and meals that some may consider to be once-in-a-lifetime experiences. But sometimes, there is only one dish that will truly satisfy a craving, a juicy, cheesy, messy, perfectly cooked burger. I have been to Napa several times, and while I do enjoy a fancy pants meal (or two, or three), there are many times after a long day of wine tasting when you just need to sink your teeth into a good ole burger. This post is all about where you can find the best burger in Napa.

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Where to Find the Best Burger in Napa Valley: Keeping it Casual

Gott's Roadside Cheese burger is one of the best in Napa

There are so many fantastic restaurants in Napa, and there is only so much time. When I visit, I try to do a different type of cuisine for every dinner and then keep my lunch stops more casual or even picnic style. I tend to keep dinner pretty casual on my first night. After a long day of travel and a few wine tastings, the last thing I want to do is get dressed up for a fancy dinner. A classic burger with fries is my go-to meal. Below are my recommendations for super casual but incredibly delicious burgers in Napa.

Boon Fly Café

For me, a trip to Napa is not complete without a stop at Boon Fly Café. It’s a small lively restaurant located on the Carneros Resort property. Locals and in-the-know visitors, head to Boon Fly for rustic cuisine that’s served with a modern flair.

Their Akaushi Kobe Beef Burger is a must! It’s served on a house-made brioche bun and served with a side of fries or baby greens. You have the option to add extras like avocado, bacon, mushrooms and your choice of cheese. Just talking about it has me planning my next trip to Napa!

The burger is available during their daily brunch or dinner. If you do go during brunch, I highly suggest ordering their famous Boon Fly Donuts to start. They are bite-sized pillows of perfection, especially with the chocolate sauce.

Location                 

4048 Sonoma Hwy
Napa, CA 94559

Andies Cafe

What started as a food cart with a quest to bring the best burger to wine country, has turned into a local favorite. Andies Cafe is one of the hidden gems that visitors are slowly starting to find and with good reason. The burgers (well everything really) are incredible!

All burgers are 1/3 lb of fresh ground chuck. The meat is ground fresh daily, and every burger is cooked to order. One of the most popular burgers is the Marin. The juicy burger is topped with mushrooms, avocado, jack cheese, mayo, mustard, ketchup, lettuce, tomato, pickles and red onion. Served between a toasted potato bun. Are you drooling yet? I am.

I can’t come here and not go all out, and it’s too hard to decide between fries and onion rings, so I always get the Frings. Yep, frings a mix of fries and onion rings. Life is too short to decide. And don’t forget to add a milkshake or a root beer float, I promise you won’t regret it.

Location

1042 Freeway Drive
Napa, CA 94559

Gott’s Roadside

Gott's Roadside in Napa Valley has one of my favorite cheese burger in Napa

Gott’s Roadside is a staple in Napa. It was founded in 1999 by Joel and Duncan Gott. They are committed to local sourcing in everything from the ingredients they use to the wines and beers they offer.

My go-to order is a classic burger with American cheese. But if you prefer to be more adventurous, they have an extensive menu with options like the Kimchi burger. The Kimchi burger is topped with a fried egg, American cheese, bacon and spicy gochujang mayo. The menu is more than just burgers. Hot dogs, salads, tacos and other sandwiches are also available.

Stopping at Gott’s for dinner on my first night in Napa has become a tradition. It’s one of the best places for a high-quality meal without a high price tag.

Napa Locations:

St. Helena
933 Main Street
St Helena, CA

Downtown Napa

Oxbow Public Market
644 1st St
Napa, CA

Big D Burgers

If you are looking for a true fast-food style burger (you know, the old-fashioned kind served on a sesame seed bun?), then Big D’s is the place. While the burger patties are thin, they are full of flavor. And there are a bunch of different options for toppings! Everything from smoked ham, pineapple, and mozzarella on the Hawaiian to bacon, American cheese, and grilled onions with BBQ sauce on the Big D Burger.

If you want burger delivery, Big D’s is on DoorDash, which makes it super convenient.

Location

1005 Silverado Trail
Napa, CA 94559

Red Rock Cafe

I’m a St. Louis gal who’s been living in Kansas City for over 15 years. It’s safe to say, I have my opinions on BBQ. Red Rock Café, which turns into Back Door Barbeque at 4:30 pm daily, exceeds all expectations. It’s not often I crave BBQ when I’m outside the Midwest, but if the mood strikes in Napa, there is only one place I’m going- Red Rock Café.

For me, the sauce is the most important part of any good BBQ spot and the sauce at Red Rock is on point. All burgers are topped with Dijonaise, tomato, lettuce, pickles, and chopped red onions. To mine, I added American cheese, bacon, grilled onions, chilies and of course BBQ sauce. A lot of BBQ sauce. It was a mess, but the best kind of mess. Juicy, saucy, cheesy, a little spicy and so good. My best piece of advice for eating at Red Rock, wear sweats and make sure they’re not white.

Location

1010 Lincoln Ave
Napa, CA 94558

The Best Burger in Napa: A Bit More Upscale

Downtown Napa has some fabulous restaurants and some of the best burgers in Napa

Sometimes the mood for a great burger strikes when you have plans for a meal that is a bit more upscale. Good thing Napa Valley is home to many fabulous restaurants where a burger lover is bound to find the burger of their dreams. Keep reading for where to find the best upscale burger in Napa.

Norman Rose Tavern

Norman Rose Tavern has an upscale atmosphere and a full bar. It’s a popular place for locals to come and unwind after work, so you know it’s gotta be good! The menu is full of familiar favorites, Buffalo Wings, Beef Chili, Beer Battered Fish and Chips, and of course burgers. They do have a classic burger, the NRT Premium Burger with your choice of cheese. But you have to try the Lamb Burger with garlic spinach and herbed goat cheese. Oh. My. Stars. If you’re a fan of goat cheese, you’ve got to give it a try!

I mentioned it had a full bar so it’s a great place for a cocktail, but when in Napa, I go for the wine. The wine list is impressive. With over 40 wines offered by the glass, it’s easy to find the perfect pairing for the delicious Lamb Burger.

Location

1401 1st St
Napa, CA 94559

Farmstead at Longmeadow Ranch

The menu at Farmstead is described as “American Farmhouse cuisine.” It features estate-grown produce, like beets, micro-greens, kale, and more. Other ingredients on the menu are sourced from the farm as well. This includes oil made from olive trees, honey, eggs, and even beef. It’s an elevated farm-to-table dining experience, which happens to be my favorite kind.

The grass-fed beef adds depth and richness to the burger making it oh-so juicy. The patty is topped with white cheddar, peppery arugula, and house-made pickles and served with a side of crispy potatoes. It’s simple and decadent on its own, but if you are feeling gluttonous, add crisp bacon and creamy avocado. Pair the burger with a glass of Napa Cabernet, and now we’re really talking! Honestly, I’m booking a ticket to Napa now.

Location

738 Main Street
St. Helena, CA 94574

Compline

Compline is a wine shop and tasting room in downtown Napa. Their wine list features over 500 handpicked wines, many of them local. In addition to great wine, they also have really fabulous food. The menu is small and everything is delicious. It features small bites like yellowfin crudo and lamb meatballs, as well as more substantial options like spaghetti carbonara and the Compline Burger.

The Compline Burger is topped with balsamic onions and aioli and served on a sesame seed bun from the famous Model Bakery. It’s fabulous on its own, but you HAVE to pair it with the duck fat fries. The fries and the burger together are epic, and a not to be missed Napa foodie experience.

Location

1300 1st St #312
Napa, CA 94559

R+D Kitchen

Yountville is the mecca of fabulous dining in Napa. It is also where you can find R+D Kitchen. The last time I was in Napa, I stopped here for lunch between tastings. It was the perfect spot to soak up the Napa sunshine, hydrate, and enjoy a leisurely lunch. The menu is pretty extensive. From sushi to meatloaf there is something for everyone. Even the burger lovers.

Their burger, the Honor Burger, is fresh ground chuck, melted cheddar cheese, and tomato. But then it’s topped with coleslaw. I had never had a burger topped with coleslaw, and to be honest, I’m not a coleslaw person usually, but it adds a nice crunchy creaminess. As a person who values texture in her meals, I thought this was a nice touch.

Location

6795 Washington St.
Yountville, CA 94599

Goose & Gander

Goose & Gander is one of my favorite places in Napa. It’s the perfect spot for a romantic wine country dinner. What I love most is that while it does have a more upscale vibe, it’s not stuffy, quite the opposite, it’s very welcoming.

The menu is seasonally driven and takes gastropub fare to the next level. The burger is no exception. Made from grass fed beef and then topped with a layer of Gruyere cheese and bacon. A delicious remoulade is spread on the homemade brioche bun, and it’s finished off with Manhattan pickles. Duck fat fries are served alongside the delicious burger. Oh, but if that’s not enough, you can add a perfectly cooked duck egg or bone marrow! Yes, bone marrow on your burger. It’s something you should try, at least once. But I know for me, there is no going back, a bone marrow burger is the perfect burger.

Location

1245 Spring Street
St. Helena, CA 94574

Best Burger in Napa: Final Thoughts

Boon Fly Cafe has one of my favorite burgers in Napa

Napa knows great food and there are many fabulous restaurants to choose from. If you are in the Napa area, and looking for a great burger, there is no shortage of options. Whatever your taste buds desire, from old-fashioned bacon cheeseburgers to an impossible burger and even lamb burgers, there are plenty of delicious options. I’m curious what do you think is the best burger in Napa?

Where to find the best burgers in napa valley

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15 responses to “Best Burger in Napa: Wine Country’s Top 10 Burgers”

  1. Angelia Avatar

    All of these spots look great! I am in Temecula (SoCal wine country), and we are planning a trip to Napa. This post will be helpful! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Olga Avatar

    I think I have to go to Napa Valley because I love wine and burgers! Thank you for the recommendations; sometimes it is hard to find a good place to eat.

  3. Catherine Kay Avatar

    If I ever go to Napa Valley I’ll know which places to go to for good burgers! Thanks for the list!

  4. Jasmine Avatar

    All these burger places sounds incredible and delightful! I was salivating reading about each one 😂 I’ll have to book a trip to Napa! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Jacqueline Debono Avatar
    Jacqueline Debono

    I’d love to visit the Napa Valley especially for the wines but the burgers sound good too! The Farmstead sounds really worth a visit!

  6. Tiffany Avatar

    Napa Valley is such a beautiful place! Love this round up of burgers in the area… they all sound so good!

  7. Karen Kasberg Avatar

    Napa is on my bucket list of places to visit. Now I have some great recommendations where to find the best burger while there! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Anthuwin cupido Avatar
    Anthuwin cupido

    Every burger is a masterpiece in its own right and it looks like Napa Valley has no shortage of it! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Layla Pond Avatar

    That kimchi burger with the fried egg sounds amazing, I’m definitely visiting Gott’s Roadside next time I’m in Napa!

  10. Rylee Muir Avatar

    My sister is living in Napa, I can’t wait to share this with her. Thanks for such a detailed post!

  11. Debbie Avatar

    Napa is on my travel list. I’m always up for a good burger when traveling.

  12. Elizabeth Avatar

    Ah, the humble burger in the midst of gourmet paradise! This post perfectly captures the essence of indulging in a juicy, satisfying burger amidst the backdrop of Napa Valley’s culinary excellence. After a day of exploring vineyards and savoring fine wines, sometimes all you crave is that comforting, familiar taste of a perfectly cooked burger. I’m eager to discover where to find the best burger in Napa and add it to my must-try list. Thanks for shining a spotlight on this delightful dining experience!

  13. Julie Avatar

    I’m glad to find out there are great places to eat in Napa since we are non-drinkers! I’m bookmarking this post to save to my bucket list! I’m always looking for tasty burgers!

  14. Hannah Avatar

    I’m always down for a burger! These spots all sound delicious! I’d especially love to visit Norman Rose Tavern – sounds yummy! Thanks for the great guide!

  15. Michael Taylor Avatar

    I absolutely LOVE the California Wine Country, and on my last trip home (I live overseas) I visited three regions: Napa Valley, Sonoma County, and Livermore. Beautiful scenery, great wine, and fabulous food! As your list illustrates, you don’t need to restrict yourself to Michelin starred fine dining restaurants!

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