Column: Baby’s Badass Burgers


Photo credit: Lily Miro

“The American Girl” burgers stacked on top of each other. This burger is the most classic one on the menu and the closest you will find to an original cheeseburger.

By Lily Miro, Columnist

With a new year comes endless food truck possibilities and no time to choose the perfect one. However, this month’s truck came to me by chance. While scrolling through my Instagram feed I saw a picture of the queen herself, Paris Hilton, and obviously, I was immediately intrigued. She was standing in front of a bright pink truck wearing huge sunglasses and sporting a smile. 

At first, the truck’s brightness didn’t surprise me in the slightest; where Paris Hilton goes, hot pink follows. However, on closer inspection, I realized that the bright pink truck wasn’t Paris’ newest purchase or a prop for the pictures — it was a food truck. Not just any food truck though, this truck was Baby’s Badass Burgers — the original “girlbosstruck.

Baby’s Badass Burgers (BBB) is a product of two powerful female entrepreneurs: ex-New Yorker restaurateur Erica Cohen and celebrated event planner Lori Barbera. The truck was born out of Cohen’s quest to make the perfect cheeseburger, which turned into what is now “The Original Beauty” on their menu. Once this burger was formed, Barbera put the word out to all of her clients from the entertainment industry and, boom: dozens of hot pink trucks made perfectly to sell delicious burgers and become a backdrop to Paris Hilton’s paparazzi photos dominated the west coast. 

BBB has trucks all over Southern California and is consistently busy with private events, so it’s crucial to check the truck schedule on their website to see if you are lucky enough to have a truck near you. I visited the truck parked near Century City — a very convenient location for me — making this my shortest food truck adventure yet. 

I went with both of my parents, and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I definitely didn’t think we would come away from the truck with a total of seven burgers and five orders of fries. Every time I looked at the menu I saw something new I wanted to try (hence the large order), and I couldn’t wait to taste everything. 

I started with a bite of “The Original Beauty,” a classic burger topped with swiss cheese, grilled onions, sautéed mushrooms and baby’s special sauce (their version of the famous In-n-Out spread). While the burger itself was decent, it could have done with fewer mushrooms and a little more onion. Not my favorite, but definitely original and a beauty. 

Next, I tried the “She’s Smokin,” which has smoked cheddar, BBQ sauce, crispy onions and bacon. The smokiness of the bacon and cheddar, combined with the sweetness of the BBQ sauce and the crispiness of the onions, made for a delicious burger. She was definitely smoking.

After my trip to burger heaven with “She’s Smokin,” I tried the “All American Girl.” This was basically your classic cheeseburger. It contained smoked cheddar, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and baby’s special sauce. It was a solid burger, but nothing special. Nevertheless, if you’re looking for a classic, “All American Girl” is the way to go.

The last burger I tried was “The Good Wife,” which contained smoked cheddar, lettuce, tomato, bacon, baby’s special “spicy” sauce, and fried egg over easy. Now, what this badass burger lacks in cleanliness (pro-tip: eat this bad boy with at least twenty napkins or surrender your pride and use a knife and fork), it makes up for in taste. The juicy sweetness of the egg yolk mixes perfectly with the rest of the burger, and the bacon only adds to the flavor party. While I prefer my eggs and bacon before 11 a.m., this burger might be the only exception to my strong hatred of breakfast foods for dinner. “The Good Wife” is definitely good. 

Last but not least, “The Babys 10-spice chili and cheese fries.” I am not a huge fan of chili cheese fries, but these ones were pretty tasty. They are very rich and come in large portions, so they are a great food for sharing. The regular fries, on the other hand, were a slight disappointment. While they contained all the right spices, they weren’t very crispy and flavorful. If you want a side with your burger, I suggest the sweet potato fries, which retained a lot more flavor than the regular fries. 

Altogether, Baby’s Badass Burgers brought a meal of highs and lows. Solid burgers with clever names, but the sides were nothing special. Nevertheless, the truck is bright pink, the workers are incredibly nice and they even have vegan and vegetarian options. The truck is definitely worth at least one visit. 

  • Food
  • Convenience
  • Service
  • Enjoyment
  • Ambience


Baby’s Badass Burgers is a one-time visit truck. The burgers are good, but not amazing. The truck itself is the main attraction, with bright pink designs and lettering, it definitely calls attention to itself. If you can find a good location on their website, then it’s very convenient as they have a ton of trucks around SoCal. Overall if you want good burgers from a cool place, go to BBB.