The 15 Best Burger Joints in Atlanta
From the meaty to the meatless.
Atlanta is unarguably a burger town. Whether you like your burgers thick and juicy or thin and slightly crispy, there’s a hamburger cooked and lovingly prepared with your name on it somewhere in the metro Atlanta area. Fortunately, most of Atlanta’s restaurants are open for dine-in now so no need to worry about that burger getting cold on the way home (though that’s still an option at many outposts if you want it). From the meaty to the meatless, here’s where to get a juicy burger in Atlanta.
Yes, these burgers are found in a Dunwoody gas station and that’s exactly why you need to go. Owner Billy Kramer and his team don’t allow you much flexibility. There’s one burger option: The classic burger. It’s a double patty with pickles, American cheese, and “sassy sauce” on a potato roll. There’s a single patty kids option if you’re not that hungry, and you might want to keep an eye out for specials. Don’t forget a side of tots.
If you find yourself in Dunwoody, Tucker, Johns Creek, or Cumming with a burger hankering, you’ll want to find the nearest Village Burger. Choose a double or a single patty (beef is the best choice here but you can do turkey or veggie, if you’d like) and then customize it. There are plenty of free toppings to choose from (grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, etc.) and some extras like bacon and chili.
Hero Doughnuts and Buns
Yes, Hero is a donut shop first, but did you catch the “bun” part of the name? Those buns have the option to hold burgers. And the burgers are delicious. Not too big but still juicy and fresh-tasting. But you should also get a donut.
Is it even an Atlanta burger list without H&F Burger? If you’ve been in Atlanta long enough, then you remember when Holeman & Finch’s burgers were the hottest, IYKYK ticket around. Then they spun off this burger concept, and, well, it’s still awesome even though they’re cranking out way more than 24 per evening. Expect a patty with a slightly crispy exterior that’s been topped with American cheese, bread and butter pickles, and red onion.
Whiskey Bird is best known for its delicious Asian-fusion, but the veggie burger became a sleeper hit of the pandemic menu. The meatless burger is topped with sharp cheddar, red onion, pickled carrots, WB sauce, takoyaki, and served on an Alon’s bun.
The Vortex Bar & Grill
The Vortex’s irreverent ambiance can once again be enjoyed in its full glory. You could go for one of their famed Bypass burgers…but maybe take it easy. The Pickle Rick is delicious and probably won’t land you in the ER. At a heavenly $10 price point, the burger comes topped with fried pickles, whiskey pimento cheese, applewood smoked bacon, and an unforgettable Szechuan sauce.
How to order: Pickup by calling 404.688.1828
Wrecking Bar Brewpub
The fact that you’re grabbing a burger from a place that brews its own beer is alluring enough, but let’s get into the specs. It’s made using grass-fed beef from White Oak Pastures, whose juiciness and flavor mix perfectly with Vermont cheddar, vine-ripe tomatoes, onions, lettuce, and Wreck Sauce. If this sounds perfect as is, wait until they add the bacon slices.
How to order: Curbside pickup by calling 404.221.2600
Fred's Meat & Bread
Chef Todd Ginsberg created the burger stack at Bocado. He left in 2012 and opened The General Muir, where he created an updated version. Now at Fred’s, one of Ginsberg’s Krog Street Market stands, you can get a faster (but still delicious) double-pattied burger of crispy seared ground beef on bread from his TGM Bread company -- in four to seven minutes -- simply accented with American cheese, mayo, and bread & butter pickles.
Burgers don’t have to be a red meat fest, and while some of the most unique burgers -- lamb, blended chicken, etc. -- aren’t available due to restaurant closings, Slutty Vegan is still here for those who desire a plant-based burger. Enter the One Night Stand, a plant-based wonder featuring vegan bacon, vegan cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, all on a vegan Hawaiian bun. And you can forget their signature slut sauce.
Grindhouse Killer Burgers
We love the Cowboy Style, but the truth is that the Apache Style is Grindhouse's current champ. The Apache comes with pepper jack cheese, grilled onions, New Mexico green chiles and lettuce, and you can get it double-pattied for $9.24 -- or keep it at a junior (which is enough) for a more reasonable $7.49. Temporary hours and ordering methods vary location to location, so be sure to check Grindhouse’s site for the most up to date information.
How to order: Pickup via Grindhouse’s app
Muss & Turner's
The way the white Cheddar cheese lays between the shiny French bun and a single 6-ounce patty of grilled Riverview farm beef reminds you of the security blanket you grew up clinging to for happiness in your youth. Then you feel the burn of the poblano pepper underneath the beef, which is coolly balanced by a layer of cilantro aioli. And you realize you’re a grown-up, and even happier with life than you were as a kid. This is the burger of adulthood.
How to order: Pickup by calling 770.434.1114
A lot of what I’ll call “burger farms” started popping up in ATL a few years ago, but few have survived and thrived like Farm Burger. They’ve got a few delicious variations, but the No. 1 is a strong standard, with its aged Vermont white cheddar, caramelized onions, and house sauce, which are all great as a group but are greater when you add local bacon for two bucks. If you need a second option, try the No. 3 made with pasture-raised pork.
You can't simply forget that Barleygarden, being a beer garden and all, also enlists Chef Kevin Outz of The Spotted Trotter charcuterie and butcher shop. His flavorful opus of a burger, the Braut Burger, is sadly not on the quarantine menu, but the double patty BG SteakBurger isn’t anything to scoff at either. Also remember there are plenty of taps flowing, and being that it's the Hop City gang choosing the brews, you should grab a growler and have a global awakening before your food coma.
How to order: Pickup by calling 678.266.6218
The Local Three/Muss & Turner's gang is known for pulling off highbrow and lowbrow dining experiences at the same time. The McDowell is a nod to the famous Mickey D's knockoff from Coming to America, and in this burger, L3 makes its rendition of a Big Mac. There's no ridiculous three-floors of bread, but there are two quarter-pound beef patties with a special sauce, American cheese, pickles, onions, and iceberg lettuce. Of course, this version is approximately 10,000 times better since the ingredients are super fresh and the beef is Angus, but you'll still want to crack a burger-in-cheek joke about “the golden arcs” after your first and final bites.
How to order: Call 404.968.2700 for delivery
Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q
It’s technically what the name suggests, although it’s also so much more. See, Fox Bros. already had a brisket sandwich, but it figured it would flip the format by offering a “burger” that’s actually made of chopped brisket (thus the quotation marks). Then Fox added bacon, tomato, red onion, pickles, melted pimento cheese and jalapeño mayo. You’ll probably start putting everything you say in air quotes -- Virgil Abloh style -- after you eat it, in hopes that such grammar tricks will magically reveal that everything is possibly made of brisket.
How to order: Pickup by calling 404.577.4030