Burgers Never Say Die is also keeping the dream alive with plans to open a Silver Lake restaurant.
Burgers Never Say Die
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Burgers Never Say Die really isn’t saying die.

The underground burger stand, which routinely saw hour-plus waits during its run of Sunday afternoons under a tent in an East Hollywood backyard, was shut down in January after it had become exceedingly popular. But Burgers Never Say Die has found a restaurant space in Silver Lake and plans to open there this summer.

In the meantime, Burgers Never Say Die’s smashburgers will be served during a two-night pop-up at Animal on March 28 and 29. This is classic, no-frills comfort food: two smashed patties, American cheese, minced onions, pickles, ketchup and mustard on a soft buttery bun. And now it will be at Animal, a restaurant that is run by Food & Wine 2009 Best New Chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo and has hosted pop-ups with everybody from Zahav’s Michael Solomonov to Franklin Barbecue’s Aaron Franklin.

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Between Burgers Never Say Die and HiHo in Santa Monica, 2017 was really a year that L.A. went gaga over odes to classic Southern California burgers. But while HiHo uses 100-percent grass-fed New Zealand wagyu, Burgers Never Say Die became a social-media sensation while making patties with freshly ground beef from a nearby grocery store, as Eater L.A. reported,

Burgers Never Say Die isn’t in any way about fancy ingredients. It’s about the magic that can happen when you have the right grill setup and every intangible is perfect. It’s a similar formula to what Bill’s Burgers has been offering in Van Nuys for more than 50 years. It’s a reminder that L.A. will go out of its way to embrace simple food when that food is made with love and care.

Burgers Never Say Die’s pop-up is $55 per person and will include burgers plus salad and sides from the Animal crew. Guests can also purchase keg beer and “chuggable wine.” Reservations are recommended.

Animal, 435 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, 323-782-9225