Founder Theo Tzavaras started California Burgers in 2009, taking inspiration from LA’s cult-like burger bars such as In-N-Out Burger, food trucks and the vibrant food cultures.
After many years of trial and error, planning, recipe development and perfecting the menu, California Burgers was launched in 2009 as a secret menu in Theo’s souvlaki shop.
The next step was in 2012 when the California Burgers released its menu to an online ordering service. Although it was criticised by the operator for having a small menu, the mystery burger bar was a massive success.
After several years of a less-than-conventional start, California Burgers officially opened its doors in 2014 and the brand’s phenomenal popularity has continued to soar. California Burgers’ concept is all about less is more, offering a small menu of classic burgers, traditional-style tacos, chicken and souvlaki all complete with fries.
Each burger is inspired by an area in LA, ensuring there’s something for all burger preferences. The California classic burger is the quintessential burger experience, with a smashed beef patty, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, pink mayo and ketchup.
California Burgers makes every burger to order, using freshly prepared ingredients from open until close. Every beef patty is handmade and hand-smashed, the popular pink sauce is house-made and the brioche buns are delivered fresh every day.
California Burgers is open from 5pm to 2am Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and from 5pm to 4am Friday to Saturday.
California Burgers is located on Chapel Street Windsor, Melbourne and is also available via UberEATS and Deliveroo.
The venue has plans to open an additional Melbourne store and a Sydney-based pop-up store in late 2017.