Joyce “Mom” McLaurin opened Mom’s Burgers over three decades ago to bring simple yet immensely satisfying fast-food style fare to the neighborhood. Stroll up to the window to place your order, and then wait for a gentle tap on the Plexiglas window to signal when it’s ready to be picked up.
Waits can be a bit long since everything is made to order, so call ahead for a curbside pickup or better yet, bump to the slow jams blasting from the speakers or partake in an impromptu game of chess. Both work up an appetite quite nicely. Once the goods are in hand, grab a seat at one of the stools along the counter or at the umbrella-shaded tables hidden beside the building.
The shop’s most popular burger and my personal favorite is “The Chronic,” a double patty situation with thick-cut bacon and a fried egg in addition to the regular cast of toppings—shredded iceberg lettuce, chopped white onions, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, pickles, and a slice of tomato. The bun is of the squishy commercial variety, while the meat is hand-formed and well-seasoned with salt and coarse-ground pepper. Griddled on a flattop, the patty is cooked through and beautifully caramelized.
The Chronic’s flavors and textures come together like few others can, flooding each mouthful with cheesy, savory, and tangy satisfaction. Mom’s Burgers never fails to hit the spot.
336 West Alondra Boulevard
Compton, CA 90220
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