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American Burger

738 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-1010 (Formerly La Familia)
831-373-7573
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Ranked #26 of 258 restaurants in Monterey
Price range: $8 - $15
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
Description: American Burger was started in August of 2009 by the Miguel family. Prior to this, the Miguels ran a Mexican restaurant before recognizing the need for a high-quality, easy-going burger joint on Lighthouse. Proud immigrants from El Salvador, they named the new restaurant "American Burger" in honor of their own pursuit of the American entrepreneurial dream
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English first
Monterey, California
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

In previous years this location has had several different owners and offerings of food. The present owners have topped all the previous businesses with great food on their menu. Parking is out front. The exterior looks pretty simple, however when you enter there is sort-of an old fashioned malt shop look. The owner-cook serves up the best tasting real burgers... More

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San Francisco, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I was staying in Monterey with my friend and heard about this burger from someone- It appeared like every other burger joint, but I was really surprised how much I liked this 'crazy burger'. It had jalapeños, peanut butter, grilled onions, and was cooked perfect! I have spent forever trying to find a place that has a similar burger, but... More

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Had a great burger, yummy fries and played checkers but sadly I was beat. Although, my husband won an ice for beating me ;-), so he thought it was great. I would recommend this place to friends! :-) Be back again next time we're here.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I have to be honest - if I hadn't read reviews on here first, I would have driven right last this place. But...so glad we didn't! One of the best burgers I've had in a long time and the chips were perfection! As for the milkshake...I could of just had that for my dinner and I'd have been one happy... More

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Monterey, California
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

American Burger satisfies just about all your needs for your visit to Monterey. You and your wallet will leave full. Though my burger didn't have much flavor, the remaining items took care of that (I will note the bland taste of my burger isn't a bad thing. Burgers are like pizza, no matter what everyone has their own preferences). No... More

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San Jose, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

My daughter, 3 grandsons and I stopped after our visit to the Monterey Aquarium. Was the best burger I've had in a long time. My grandson visiting from Washington loved the jalapeno burger, I had the burger with an egg (forgot he name) OMG good. My youngest grandson had a grilled cheese and he loved that too (he is a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I were searching for something fairly priced and different from our usual. After hours of searching, we agreed that American Burger sounded decent enough. It was completely empty, So my husband and I snagged a little table with two comfy chairs and played chess while we waited. The Oreo milkshakes were surprisingly delicious, the burgers were big,... More

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013 via mobile

Nothing special to look at from the outside but don't let that deter you. The calamari was unbelievable, the best I have ever had!!! The burgers were also excellent, great quality beef and cooked to perfection. It was great that they left all the burger fillings on the side so you can just add the extras you like.....handy as I... More

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Inyokern,CA
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

Not much to look at from the outside, but the action is inside. Great place to enjoy the all American burger. A real good selection and very good service. If you're looking for a great hamburger at a reasonable price give American Burger a try.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

This place doesn't look like a lot from the outside (or the inside for that matter), but the food is terrific! I ordered a Bacon Avocado Burger and my wife ordered a Turkey Burger. I switched from regular to seasoned (curly) fries and my wife got the sweet potato fries. Both of the burgers were outstanding, juicy and flavorful and... More

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