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Pie 'n Burger

Burger Joint$$$$
South Lake, Pasadena
  • Ranked #9 for burger joints in Pasadena
  • The folks at LA Weekly and Epicurious like this place. Would you agree?
    • LA Weekly
    • Epicurious
  • Scott K.
    "Love the thin pancakes!"(3 Tips)
    TV Food Maps
    "Check out Pie N Burger as seen on Burger Land"(2 Tips)
    "Food Network's Top 5 Best Burgers: #3 - All American Cheeseburger"(10 Tips)
    The Daily Meal
    "homemade Thousand Island dressing and Kraft mayo"(2 Tips)
88 Tips and reviews
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  • pies
  • cheeseburgers
  • pancakes
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  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 3, 2014
    The burger is a thing of beauty; the bun is toasted on the griddle, the layers of iceberg lettuce and pickle chips accentuate the sear of the patty, and the dab of cool Thousand Island dressing. Read more
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyJanuary 14, 2016
    Breakfasts are great and greasy as well, such as the omelet with little cubes of ham and squares of American cheese cooked perfectly and accompanied by house-made salsa. Read more
  • PureWow
    PureWowJuly 15, 2016
    Because we're fools for the old school: Since 1963, Angelenos have been coming to this Pasadena diner to enjoy Thousand Island dressing-slathered burgers, syrupy soda and an apple pie. Read more
  • Marc
    MarcMay 28, 2013
    CNN Burger List: tiny, family-owned diner produces consummate old-school, small-scale, traditionally orthodox hamburger: salted, griddled beef, capped w/Amrcn cheese & nestled on a squishy white bun
  • Jonathan T.
    Jonathan TashimaApril 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask for some of the amazing homemade dressing added if ordering the party melt. Also the fries are available in a half order if alone. This is the best old school burger in L.A. Period!
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksJanuary 14, 2016
    Let Jimmy Buffet's "Cheeseburger In Paradise" play in your head as you take part in Pasadena Cheeseburger Week. Over 40 locations are participating, such as Pie 'n Burger's burger combo. Read more
  • Diego Z.
    Diego ZavalaFebruary 22, 2015
    Eggs and Bacon are a simple and light choice. They make it quick & quality. Even at a full house, they dishes my order out in a jiff. As a side tip, their malts aren't too bad either.
  • First We Feast
    First We FeastAugust 3, 2014
    If you'd like to take a glimpse of what Pasadena looked like 50 years ago, mosey into Pie 'n Burger and grab a seat at the all-wood counter. Read more
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyJanuary 14, 2016
    There are the classically simple burgers, juicy and satisfying, smeared with thousand island and served on a thin, buttery bun. Read more
  • Foothill Connections
    If you're here for the burgers - not the pies - go with the classic cheeseburger. Perfectly done beef patty w/ american cheese, crisp lettuce, grilled onions & Pie 'n Burger sauce. Yum!!!
  • Marc
    MarcJanuary 4, 2016
    Eater "21 Essential Hamburgers of America" '15: Old-school counter serves burgers w/lettuce, cheese, pickles, then drenches bottom in house-made 1000Island dressing "made w/recipe provided by Kraft"
  • Jason C.
    Jason CookMay 20, 2012
    Get a cheeseburger (phenomenal), skip the fries (meh) thereby saving room for pie (classic). Sky-high meringue on the coconut cream has been my go-to for about three decades now.
  • Shil P.
    Shil PaMarch 31, 2016
    Hands down best. Burger. In town. So moist and flavorful. Took about half an hour tho before food came out. Still, so tasty it's worth it for a leisurely day
  • Dacotah
    DacotahMarch 7, 2016
    It's not the food, it's the charm of sitting in such a throw-back diner, but a slice of warm pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream makes it worth the visit.
  • Offbeat L.A.
    Offbeat L.A.January 28, 2016
    Opened 1963. 1960s diner with wood paneled walls, a long laminate lunch counter and colonial revival counter stools.
  • Teresa B.
    Teresa BartonMay 7, 2014
    Service great , thin pancakes yum!! Oh then there is lunch with burger and pie! Can't go wrong...they now have a food truck for catered events! What Fun
  • Kokopuff
    KokopuffJune 9, 2012
    For Breakfast: Short stack fluffy, hash browns well done, side of bacon a must and will leave full and happy!!
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealJune 23, 2011
    The quarter-pound patties at Pie’N Burger are served topped with a homemade Thousand Island dressing and Kraft mayo, the same way they have been served for more than 35 years. Read more
  • Joseph D.
    Joseph DembnerAugust 7, 2014
    Best old-school cheeseburger/hamburger around. Giant delicious pies for dessert. Real fountain soda.
  • raul g.
    raul gutierrezAugust 19, 2011
    Hate the location in busy semi-fancy downtown Pasadena, but love the burger and the the pie. Hard to go wrong with this old fashioned burger.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 23, 2010
    It must be hard competing with In-N-Out, but this restaurant has been holding its own since 1963. Waitresses who know you by name and a perfectly seared patty indicate precisely why.
  • Diana V.
    Diana Van de KampAugust 18, 2010
    Greatest Hamburger in all of Pasadena, order it with grilled onions for an extra kick. The chili is also fantastic. The pie and vanilla ice cream are delightful.
  • Catherine T.
    Catherine TAugust 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I love, Love, LOVE the pie. Their Butterscotch pie and Peanut Butter pie are the best.
  • Robert H.
    Robert HernandezMay 6, 2012
    The burger and vanilla malt were awesome. Classic pair. The pancakes are also good. Enjoy!
  • Matt W.
    Matt WhiteApril 3, 2011
    Hate to be an elitest. But read the menu off the wall its classic and wonderful. The table menus are the problem, makes your eyes want to bleed. Its a design nightmare.
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelApril 1, 2013
    Can’t decide what to order? George Motz, host of Travel Channel’s Burger Land, recommends the ‘double-double’ burger.
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyJanuary 14, 2016
    Walking into Pie 'n Burger feels a little like walking into a time machine. Read more
  • David B.
    David Bills3 weeks ago
    Pies are fantastic. Not sure why the burger is so popular. Pretty boring and thin. Fries were undercooked and extremely greasy.
  • bryan c.
    bryan cookJune 5, 2011
    patty melt is amazing!! fresh blackberry pie had a weird jello thing going on. the dutch apple pie rules!
  • Zachary P.
    Burgers good. Pies good. If you need more convincing, don't take up a seat.
  • Craig C.
    Craig ChrisneyMay 30, 2011
    Cheeseburger, grilled onions, fries, root beer, and wash it down with a piece of boysenberry pie...heaven!
  • Evan M.
    Evan MAugust 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Breakfast is the best, straight forward American brekky in town. Lunch and dinner? Add bacon.
  • Anthony N.
    Anthony NguyenAugust 18, 2016
    The pancakes are stellar, the burgers and pies are equally magnetic.
  • Irina @.
    Best thin, airy pancakes in town.
  • Simple F.
    Simple FoodieMarch 24, 2015
    Great honest burger and killer pies. Great crust.
  • Jason J.
    Jason JooDecember 22, 2011
    The lady worker here is a beezy! She'll give you lip for no reason. Lucky for them the pies are good!
  • Mandy J.
    Mandy JonesMarch 6, 2015
    Best bacon cheeseburgers ever! Their lemon meringue pie is amazing. Cash only.
  • Neal U.
    Neal U.June 11, 2015
    Pie. Burger. And really good, amazingly spicy salsa.
  • GeauxDC F.
    GeauxDC FoodieApril 17, 2015
    Forego the food and stick to the pie. The burger is an overpriced and not worth it. Chili is not much better than a can. I sampled 4 pies all delectable. They need to stick to the pie business.
  • T P.
    T PrsntApril 16, 2016
    Awesome diner-style burgers, but a little expensive. The pies are overrated. Cash-only
  • N.
    Thin pancakes for the win!!!! So fluffy and delicious with salted butter and honey. :)
  • whiteboxerdogs w.
    I love this place its a old mom and pop type place and the burgers are only here
  • Natalie L.
    Natalie LansNovember 14, 2010
    The burgers are sooooooooooo good and the banana creme pie is awesome. The cheesecake is great too.
  • megan
    meganJuly 21, 2010
    An amazing throwback. Everything is great, including the chili! Also breakfast! Best toast eva'!
  • Shawn H.
    Shawn HermesNovember 16, 2011
    Their burgers and their pies are both worth the trip.
  • Charles A.
    I had the rhubarb pie. Nice to see an unusual menu item
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Bryant Ng, chef of The Spice Table, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Cheeseburger. Read more
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Juan P.
    Juan PerezApril 2, 2010
    Go with a group of at least 4 people and order different flavored slices of pie and share!!! ...OMG so good
  • Marc
    MarcJune 16, 2015
    Food Network's Top 5 Best Burgers: #3 - All American Cheeseburger
  • Kathryn D.
    Kathryn DaughertySeptember 26, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The pies are so good, especially the fresh peach, that that's all you need to order.
  • Chana Ladybug F.
    Chana Ladybug FireflySeptember 7, 2013
    Very racist establishment. I use to come here a lot but one-day it all changed When I was treated like dirt. Food served wrong burnt and thrown down at me on the table. I never will come again
  • Kristopher K.
    Kristopher KachurakNovember 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best burger in Los Angeles. Order with cheese.
  • Jeff H.
    Jeff H.December 10, 2011
    Don't get a turkey burger. Don't get a merlot. Get a burger and fries and milkshake.
  • Nicol C.
    Nicol CabeJuly 8, 2015
    Sounds like it would be an awesome hipster diner. But alas, it's just a diner.
  • LA Home & Style
    LA Home & StyleMarch 10, 2013
    Andrea says this pie will ruin you for all the others. Plus soda that uses old school syrup.
  • Jerry
    JerryOctober 12, 2012
    Been here once before with family, nothing special about the place. Once is more than enough.
  • Todd S.
    Todd SeligmanApril 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get your onions grilled. And come by for breakfast some time.
  • Roland
    RolandJune 7, 2015
    The pies and burgers are good, of xourse
  • Angel T.
    Angel TorresJuly 1, 2013
    They use the best crushed ice in their drinks!
  • David G.
    David GriffinJuly 7, 2010
    Pies and Burgers are amazing. Cash only, so stop by the ATM before heading over there...
  • Joomyung L.
    Joomyung LeeDecember 10, 2010
    Must have this beef hamburger with cheese! I can tell you, it's legendary~!!!!
  • Taylor G.
    Taylor GreenDecember 27, 2012
    I recommend the pie and the burger.
  • Jamie
    JamieSeptember 21, 2016
    This is my favorite burger of all time.
  • Nicholas A.
    Nicholas AbouzeidAugust 11, 2013
    Banana merengue pie is to die for
  • ha3rvey
    ha3rveyJanuary 20, 2016
    Good burgers, although the pie crust was flavorless.
  • Mike S.
    Mike SJanuary 28, 2013
    Total dive. Pies are ok but overpriced. But hey, that's pasadena for you. I've had better at blueberry hill in Livingston, ca.
  • Ron A.
    Ron AbramsMay 19, 2010
    Cash only. Also, the fries is enough for 2 people. You've been warned. Ha
  • Scott K.
    Scott KrantsAugust 10, 2013
    Love the thin pancakes!
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 2, 2014
    Check out Pie N Burger as seen on Burger Land Read more
    STEFCON 1April 24, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Sodas are from a fountain (perfect Cokes).
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyFebruary 24, 2011
    Featured in LA Weekly's "30 Burgers In 30 Days" Read more
  • Michael R.
    Michael RomoJuly 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great, great old school kind of place!
  • John K.
    John K.September 27, 2010
    This and The Apple Pan are considered the legends in LA burgers.
  • Duke D.
    Duke DispoSeptember 8, 2013
    Good food, a little pricey.
  • Michele
    MicheleJuly 1, 2013
    Perfect cheeseburger!
  • Lizette S.
    Lizette SanchezJuly 18, 2013
    Awesome malts.
  • Vic E.
    Vic EverettSeptember 11, 2011
    The chocolate shake is like "Whoa!"
  • Gene C.
    Gene ChuangNovember 19, 2009
    good pie, overrated burger (try in-n-out for cheaper original)
  • Bridget T.
    Bridget TettehAugust 15, 2014
    Nice place to be
  • Carlos G.
    Carlos GomezMarch 13, 2010
    Don't forget to ask for tomato's on your burger they only add em if u ask :(
  • Matthew G.
    Matthew GoldmanJanuary 18, 2013
    Cash or check only
  • Nate T.
  • Alan D.
    Alan DeFevereDecember 19, 2015
  • Michael R.
    Michael RomoNovember 8, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Toast anywhere!
  • Truck T.
    Truck TJanuary 10, 2011
    I can't decide whether I should shoot a porno here or start a fight. Burgers are great though.
  • Loren B.
    Loren BerzsenyiMarch 12, 2010
    get the turkey burger with a glass of merlot
  • GlassToke ..
    GlassToke .February 27, 2012
    they don't credit cards
  • TJ K.
    TJ KearneyJanuary 27, 2011
    FAIL!!! burger was ok. Overpriced and the pie was horrible and runny! Never going here again!
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