7 healthy burgers in the San Francisco area

A handful of Bay Area chefs are reinventing fast food. Here's where you — low-carb dieters and vegetarians included — can find a quick, healthy meal

Weezy's burger basket and fries

Happiness in a basket: burgers and sweet potato fries at Weezy’s Grass Fed Shed in North Bay.

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Weezy's Burger Staff

"Slow food faster" is the motto at Weezy's Grass Fed Shed burger shack in San Rafael.

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Super Duper Burger

Want more meat? Order a double set of Super Duper Burger's thin Niman Ranch beef patties in San Francisco.

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SliderBarCafe in South Bay

Organic and hormone-free sliders are served up with a side of the thumping music at SliderBarCafe in South Bay.

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Where to find great burgers in and around San Francisco:

NORTH BAY

Weezy’s Grass Fed Shed 

“Slow food faster” is the motto at this charming San Rafael roadside shack, opened last fall.

SAN FRANCISCO

Super Duper Burger 

This cute reinvention of an old-fashioned diner in the Castro may look like it’s all about the style, but Adriano Paganini, who also runs Starbelly and Beretta in San Francisco, is serious about his burgers.

4505 Meats 

Ryan Farr once headed up the kitchen in a Michelin-starred restaurant, but ​he gave that up for a farmers’ market stand that promotes the love of hot dogs and what he—and ​a whole lot of other people—calls the Best Damn Cheeseburger.

Roam Artisan Burgers 

Who says a burger has to be made from beef? At this new spot, you can also get turkey, bison, or a housemade veggie version.

EAST BAY

Flame Gourmet Burgers 

It’s easy to miss this un-­assuming storefront on Elmwood’s busy College Avenue, but that would be a shame. As the name says, these burgers are cooked over an open flame, which gives them an unmistakable smoke-kissed flavor.

Trueburger 

Greg Eng and Jason Low cooked at some of San Francisco’s best-known restaurants, including Jardinière, Absinthe, and Delfina, but turns out what they really wanted to do was sell a great burger at an affordable price. And that’s exactly what they’ve accomplished at their spiffy Oakland diner.

SOUTH BAY

SliderBarCafe 

Earlier this year, a burger bar with a thing for healthy food elbowed its way into Palo Alto’s restaurant row. In the sleek, narrow space, mix-and-match platters of fist-size sliders come out fast and furious to the beat of the thumping music.

Jan Newberry is the food editor at San Francisco magazine.

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