Remember that scene in ATL when T.I. was like, “What kind of name is New New, anyway?” And then Lauren London was all, “I’m New New ‘cause I always rock the new, new shit, like Thrillist’s list of the latest burgers in Atlanta. Thank you.” Or something like that. Anyway, here is said list of the eight best new burgers in the ATL.
The 8 Best New Burgers in Atlanta
Pijiu Belly (address and info)
Open since December 2014, the casual and cool Pijiu Belly serves up incredible Asian-inspired bar food alongside an impressive beer and cocktail selection, but don’t miss the deliciously greasy Pijui Burger, a beast topped with cheese, house-made kimchi, and a fried egg. While it comes with great hand-cut fries, take it from us: opt for the Thai tater tots instead. You’re welcome.
Atlas (address and info)
At $29, it’s pricy, but it’s worth it. Located in the St. Regis Hotel, Atlas is swanky, but not stuffy. Its menu celebrates seasonal and European cooking, but its burger is one delicious piece of Americana: once you get a handle on the two, thick, freshly ground dry-aged beef patties topped with rich, aged American cheese on a brioche bun (alongside a dill pickle and fries), don’t let go, or you’ll struggle to regain your grip.
Republic Social House (address and info)
Think turkey burgers are inferior to beef? One bite of the new Republic Burger from Republic Social House’s recently revamped menu will make you a devout believer in poultry-as-a-burger. A thick and juicy ground turkey patty topped with sautéed spinach and mushrooms and smooth, creamy goat cheese, it’ll make you feel almost sophisticated when you stuff your face.
Bourbon BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger
The Whelan (address and info)
Occupying the space formerly used by Corner Tavern, the brand-spanking-new Whelan serves up traditional bar eats in a cozy industrial space. While it offers several burgers, the Bourbon BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger really crushes the others thanks to its thick, 100% hormone-free Black Angus patty topped with pepper jack, caramelized onions, bacon, and house-made secret bourbon BBQ sauce.
Killer Diner Burger
Hi-Five Diner (address info)
From the genius who brought you Grindhouse Killer Burgers comes Hi-Five Diner and its Killer Diner Burger: two incredibly juicy, hearty beef patties with an addictively crisp sear, LTO, and special sauce between a sesame seed bun. Oh, and you're likely to be even MORE satisfied if you add on some bacon.
Southbound (address and info)
Burger perfection is hard to achieve, but the SB Burger’s unbelievably juicy double grind of brisket, short rib, and chuck really hits the mark. Served with all the classic fixin's -- rich cheddar, LTO, pickle, and all house-made condiments -- this burger is nearly a religious eating experience, which means you should definitely get a piece of salted pistachio chocolate chess pie as well. You know, just in case it’s your last supper.
The Pastured Pig burger
Farm Burger (address and info)
Farm Burger recently elevated its already solid game by changing up the way it cooks: it's now rendering the tallow from its own fatty meat scraps and using it to cook. Why do you care? It results in the juiciest, richest burger imaginable. Try its newest addition, the Pastured Pig: a pasture-raised pork creation smothered in Chinese BBQ sauce, pickled bok choy, and fried & pickled jalapeños, all balanced perfectly with the bite of creamy paprika mayo.
Lusca (address and info)
Taking a cue from the much-ballyhooed burgers at Holeman and Finch, each Friday and Saturday from 5-7pm, Lusca serves up double-patty behemoths with cheddar and American cheeses, a savory special sauce, and pickle. It’s only available at the bar and raw bar, and there are only about 20 available each day, which means this meatwich’s already explosive flavor is no doubt enhanced by its exclusivity, and helped Lusca get praise from GQ, Bon Appétit, etc.
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1. Pijiu Belly678 10th St NW, Atlanta
2. Atlas Buckhead88 W Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta
3. Republic Social House437 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta
4. The Whelan1133 Huff Rd NW, Atlanta
5. Hi-Five Diner903 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta
6. Southbound5394 Peachtree Rd, Chamblee
7. Lusca1829 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta
The Korean Ramyun bowl at this new Westside location crams more ingredients in front of you than an all-the-way hash brown order at WaHoo. Bacon, carrots, fried eggs, and anything else they can find cover velvety noodles and a deliciously dark broth before inevitably finding their way to your belly.
It's dinner-only at this mocha leather-heavy Buckhead base to the St. Regis, where the wine buckets, white tablecloths, and fine cutlery should tell what you should expect to pay... and what they expect you to wear. And if it doesn't, there's the 35-day aged ribeye, venison tenderloin, lamb loin, and a $25 burger.
Enjoy food (think creative sandwiches, appetizers, and classic brunch options ) and drinks alongside carnival-style games. Grab a pint and play ring toss, Jenga, and beer pong at this Grant Park favorite, which also boasts weekly menu specials and relaxing rooftop patio.
The Whelan serves up an American tavern menu, but with a South-Africanized twist. For beer there's 28 drafts and 60+ bottles ranging from Hell or High Watermelon wheat to La Fin Du Monde tripel. For food there's the likes of red curry chicken w/ veggies over jasmine rice and pan-seared crimson red snapper. It is all definitely worth stopping by for.
This breakfast-all-the-time place is also all an all-day lunch and dinner place for when you want something a little more crafted and substantial than the standard scattered, smothered, and covered. A full espresso and cocktail bars keep you stimulated, relaxed, or whatever combination of both you need.
People might not be used to peanuts boiled in pork broth or using avocado as a base for their chicken salad, but they better start liking it soon because Southbound is all about soul food with a twist.