Burger Bonanza

September 5, 2013 | By Chris Fleck

Satisfy your burger craving right now— here are the answers to “Where’s the beef?”

Sure we get it, Waikiki is an island paradise with seafood options galore. But, when the juicy, beefy calling of a hearty burger comes rumbling, Waikiki has plenty of options to satisfy that, nothing-beats-a-burger craving. Scouring the neighborhood for Waikiki’s best burger, we were able to narrow our choices to a select few. From the classic and traditional burger to the slightly more exotic and unexpected, the burgers of Waikiki should not go overlooked.

Lulu's Magnum P.I. Burger

Lulu’s Magnum P.I. Burger


You really can’t go wrong with the drink or food menu at Lulu’s Waikiki. From breakfast to burgers, Lulu’s has just about anything for both adults and children. The view isn’t too bad either. Iconizing the legend that is Thomas Magnum, private investigator, played by Tom Selleck in the 80s television drama Magnum P.I., Lulu’s has dedicated to their menu the Magnum P.I. Burger. Starting with a classic burger patty, the Magnum P.I. also has guacamole, crispy bacon and your choice of Cheddar, Pepper Jack or Swiss cheese.

“Many people like the Magnum P.I., because who doesn’t like bacon on their burger and the guacamole is just a bit unique,” says manager Rich Li.

Lulu’s Waikiki
2586 Kalakaua Ave. [C:11 Waikiki Map]
(808) 926-5222

Teddy's Monster Double

Teddy’s Monster Double


If you couldn’t guess by the name, Teddy’s kind of specializes in burgers. Whether you’re looking for a burger for lunch, dinner or to cap your evening off with, Teddy’s is the burger joint in Waikiki. With a 50’s diner theme, Teddy’s has plenty of burger choices to select from, but their signature has to be the Monster Double. Made of two nine-ounce burgers both with your choice of cheese, the Monster Double is stacked with Teddy’s super sauce, lettuce, tomato and onion.

Teddy’s Bigger Burger
134 Kapahulu Ave. [C:11 Waikiki Map]
(808) 926-3444

CF's American Cheeseburger

CF’s American Cheeseburger

I can’t lie, glancing over the menu at Cheesecake Factory can be quite the chore. There are so many choices. If you’re in the burger mood though, you can skip right to their Americana Cheeseburger.

“When developing this particular burger, our intention was to create the world’s best “home-style backyard Bar-B-Que” burger,” says executive chef Bob Okura.

Using only 100-percent-certified Angus beef, you may top your burger with a choice from over a dozen cheeses. Making this burger a standout, Cheesecake Factory adds crispy potatoes and their homemade 1,000 Island dressing.

“With fun and enjoyment being the order of the day in Waikiki, this is the perfect burger to keep that level of energy going for visitors of all ages. And with the large number of international tourists, this burger offers a memorable taste of what American culinary culture has to offer,” adds Okura.

Cheesecake Factory
2301 Kalakaua Ave. [C:8 Waikiki Map]
(808) 924-5001

Moose's Big Kahuna

Moose’s Big Kahuna


A staple of Waikiki, Moose McGillicuddy’s has that island-style energy that’s perfect year-round. The bartenders and servers keep the attitude fun, while their live music and colorful d├ęcor makes you consider pushing back that return flight. On top of that, their Wednesday Burger nights keep your tummy happy. Every Wednesday evening, Moose’s offers $6.95 burgers, including their Big Kahuna burger. The Big Kahuna is a six-ounce patty topped with a tangy teriyaki sauce and sweet pineapple. If you’re looking for something to wash the Big Kahuna down with, bartender Webster Blackmon strongly recommends Kona Brewing Co.’s Long Board Lager.

Moose McGillicuddy’s
310 Lewers St. [C:7 Waikiki Map]
(808) 923-0751

El Diablo Burger from Jimmy Buffet's

El Diablo Burger from Jimmy Buffet’s


A perfect place for the beach bum in all of us, Jimmy Buffet’s at the Beach-comber matches that island-style vibe musician Jimmy Buffet has always embraced in his music. When the sweet rays of a beach day get your appetite stirring, Jimmy Buffet’s has the burger cure. The El Diablo Burger, which drifted its way from the Glendale, AZ location, is a 7 oz. burger topped with Tabasco Fried Onions, roasted Poblano peppers, Monterey Jack cheese, Sambal Olek Chili paste and Chipotle ketchup with shredded lettuce on a toasted bun.

Jimmy Buffet’s at the Beachcomber
2300 Kalakaua Ave. [C:8 Waikiki Map]
(808) 791-1200