Austin Burgers

Burgers near Downtown Austin, roughly in order of best to worst. Factors include price, convenience to me, and of paramount: quality.

Second Bar + Kitchen

$$$ Patty – A, Bun – A, Atmosphere – Restaurant
One of the most expensive burgers, but worth it.

Last tested: 2015-03

Frequency: about 3 times a year

Counter Cafe

$$ Patty – B, Bun – A, Atmosphere – Diner

I suggest a side other than getting fries.

Last tested: 2015-07

Frequency: TBD

Jos Cafe

$$ Patty – B, Bun – B, Atmosphere – Cafe

Great flavor combinations and excellent attention to detail.

Frequency: not enough

P. Terry’s

$ Patty – B, Bun – C, Atmosphere – Fast Food
There’s something magical about these.

Last tested: 2015-06

Frequency: about 8 times a year

Svantes Stuffed Burger

$$ Patty – A, Bun – C, Atmosphere – Food Truck

Space Jam

Last tested:

Frequency: about twice a year

Peached Tortilla JapaJam Burger

$$ Patty – B, Bun, B, Atmosphere – Food Truck

Great flavor combination. If you’ve ever been to Umami Burger in LA, this is like that, but better.

Last tested:

Frequency: not enough

Texas Chili Parlor

$$ Patty – C, Bun – C, Atmosphere – Texas Chili Parlor
My raw ratings aren’t that good, but they make a damn good burger. They don’t have fries on the menu.

Last tested: 2014

Frequency: about once a year

Pluckers

$$ Patty – B, Bun – B, Atmosphere – Bar
Another place you normally wouldn’t go to get a burger. This wing joint has a good basic burger. Patty is better than average, the bun is sometimes an A.

Last tested: 2015

Frequency: about twice a year

Bacon

$$ Patty – C, Bun – C, Atmosphere – Cafe
The bacon… is ok, but you can customize it and try different kinds of bacon. Note: the house bacon usually isn’t that crispy because it’s so thick.

Last tested: 2014

Hopdoddy

$$ Patty – B, Bun – A, Atmosphere – Diner
Quality burger. Avoid the “premium” meats as they are overpriced. Good shakes. Not worth waiting in line for.

Last tested: 2015

Frequency: about 4 times a year

Whataburger

$ Patty – C, Bun – C, Atmosphere – Fast Food
If you’re in the mood for Whataburger, nothing else will satisfy it.

Last tested: 2015

Frequency: about 8 times a year

┬áSullivan’s

$$ Patty – B, Bun – B, Atmosphere – Steakhouse
I remember this being good. Needs to be re-tested.

Annie’s Cafe & Bar

$$$ Patty – B, Bun – B, Atmosphere – Cafe
I remember this being good. Needs to be re-tested. I also remember the duck fat fries being good.

Roaring Fork

$$ Patty – B, Bun – B, Atmosphere – Steakhouse
They only have one burger, the Big Ass Burger. It is great. Strong, basic ingredients (thick bacon, melty cheese). The establishment is really more a restaurant than a steakhouse, but the atmosphere is steakhouse. Update: I think the quality has gone downhill. My last Big Ass Burger was kind of terrible.

Last tested: 2015-02

Frequency: about twice a year

Parkside

$$ Patty – B, Bun – D, Atmosphere – Restaurant
Good burger, overrated. Would be one of the best patties, but mine had too much gristle.

Last tested: 2015-03

Iron Cactus

$$ Patty – C, Bun – C, Atmosphere – Restaurant
The patty is a little unusual. It’s a nicer fast food patty: fine grind and molded. The fries are lightly battered and great.

Last tested: 2013?

Wendy’s

Pretzel: $ Patty – C, Bun – B, Atmosphere – Fast Food
Not bad. Was lured here by the marketing for their pretzel bun.

EZ’s

$$ Patty – C, Bun: C, Atmosphere: Diner
Decent. Okay shakes, they definitely used to be better.

Dirty Martin’s

$$ Patty – C, Bun – C, Atmosphere – Diner
Needs to be retested. I haven’t been here in over a decade.

Camino El Casino

$$ Patty – C, Bun – D, Atmosphere – Bar
Better when drunk.

Hut’s

$$ Patty – C, Bun – C, Atmosphere – Diner
Overrated. Avoid. I haven’t been here in probably six years, but including them for completeness.

24 Diner

$$$ Patty – C, Bun – C, Atmosphere – Diner
Avoid the burger, just get the $20 chicken and waffles. Shake was weak too.

Last tested: 2013


 

Other places I like but aren’t “central”

Phil’s Ice House

$$ Patty – B, Bun – C, Atmosphere – Fast Food

Last tested: 2015-06

Frequency: about 3 times a year

Places to try

Elevation Burger


 

No longer open near downtown

Wholly Cow

$$ Patty – C, Bun – C, Atmosphere – Diner
Convenient. Local ingredients. Too bad they cook the hell out of ’em.

Player’s

$ Patty – C, Bun – C, Atmosphere – Diner
Get ’em while you can, UT owns the land under them and has the option to kick them out with six months notice. You can get a comically large shake here.

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