The Burgerlords come by their name honestly. Fred Guerrero and brother Max are the sons of The Oinkster founder Andre Guerrero and run the popular #BURGERLORDS Tumblr, “the only online burger index that has ever mattered.” Now the brothers, who also own Slow Culture in Highland Park, run a fast-casual burger window in L.A. Chinatown‘s Central Plaza, complete with wood picnic tables, black and white benches, and sharp branding.
Burgerlords has an ultra-focused menu that’s limited to burgers, cheeseburgers, and veggie burgers. I opted for Double Cheese ($7), which the Guerreros based on In-N-Out, with thin patties, molten American cheese, crisp lettuce, sliced tomato and onion, and Thousand Island dressing. Patties weigh three ounces apiece and are crafted from a custom blend of chuck, brisket, and short rib. My favorite part of their Southern California style burger is that the thin patties are seared, but not overcooked. The brothers have enough sense to pull patties from their chrome flattop before color gets past pink in the middle.
Bump up your order to a Combo (add $3) and be rewarded with crispy frozen skin-on fries revived in rice bran oil, and a choice of soda. I’d suggest lime Topo Chico mineral water.
Burgerlords also make a vegan patty with mushrooms, eggplant, leeks, cashews and barley, which sounded good, though that burger will have to come on a later visit.