Food & Drink

Atlanta’s 7 Best Under-the-Radar Burgers

Published On 04/09/2014 Published On 04/09/2014
Sebastian Davis/Thrillist

Ever notice how the same few burgers -- the Holeman & Finch Burger, the Bocado Burger Stack, the Ghetto Burger, etc. -- make everyone's "best burgers" lists, even though there're, like, eleventy-million different meat discs in the ATL? There must be some under-the-radar burgers that've slipped through the cracks then, right? Right?! Right. Here're seven great options you won't find on Atlanta Magazine's, Eater's, or even our "best of" lists, but that you'd be lucky to find on your plate:

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Bibimbap Burger

Milano Bakery & Cafe (address and info)
Buford Highway
Leave it to the melting pot of Buford Highway to deconstruct a classic Korean dish, make it into a burger, and serve it in a joint named after an Italian city. Layers of shredded veggies gently support a juicy beef patty, which is then smothered in chili sauce and draped with a fried egg. You just won most exotic lunch, monsieur. Errr... signor? Nevermind.


Taco Burger

Taco Pete (address and info)
East Point
This little East Point stand slings meat in tortilla form all day, but the pro-move is this beef & bun option that boasts a spicy sauce, a sprinkling of cheddar, and assorted greenery, though, at just $2.75, it hardly costs you any of the latter. 

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Kimcheese Burger

Ssam Burger (address and info)
Just like kissing that girl with braces at the Sadie Hawkins dance freshman year, this beef-/kimchi-based number confuses your tongue, thanks to a Sriracha sauce that brings serious heat, and a sweet bun that balances it out.

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The Spur

The Elder Tree Public House (address and info)
East Atlanta
This Scottish burger-remix starts with lamb on a brioche bun, then adds meaty grilled portobellos, onions, bleu cheese, and a mustard that's made with what you'll be if you eat too many: stout.

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Fat Elvis Burger

Vortex (address and info)
Little Five Points
Known widely for its burgers, The Vortex’s most indulgent is a too-often-overlooked number made just the way Mr. Presley would have wanted: fried bananas, peanut butter (!), bacon (!!), and some primo beef make this The King of burgers.

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Joy’s House Burger

Burger Joy (address and info)
Grant Park
This gas station/ Chinese delivery place lives up to its name by joyously combining a half-pound of meat, fried chicken, and a ton of veggies, and then bringing it to your house 'til 3am. 

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BBQ Burger

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q (address and info)
Candler Park
It starts with buttery, chopped brisket that's topped with pimento cheese, then comes the bacon, jalapeno mayo, and, finally, a few veggies that -- just like any "best burgers" list without this sucker -- are presumably just for show.

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1. Milano Bakery & Cafe 5268 Buford Hwy NE, #C, Doraville, GA 30340 (Doraville)

This Buford Highway bakery and cafe serves up delectable breakfast/lunch items like smoothies, egg sammies, and their famous Bibimbap Burger, which comes with chili sauce and a fried egg.

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2. Taco Pete 2957 Main St, East Point, GA 30344 (East Pointcollege Park)

This little East Point stand slings meat in tortilla form all day, but the pro-move is their beef & bun option that boasts a spicy sauce, a sprinkling of cheddar, and assorted greenery. Don't miss their classic Mex go-tos like tacos, nachos, and even... hot wings? Yes.

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3. Ssam Burger 2072 Defoors Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 (West Atlanta)

This Asian-fusion joint blends together Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, and even American cuisines to bring you mega-meals like their Kimcheese Burger, which comes loaded with Sriracha and potato wedges.

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4. The Elder Tree Public House 469 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 (East Atlanta)

This Irish public house offers up traditional pub fare utilizing items like house-cured bacon, fresh salmon, and more. Their crowning achievement is perhaps their Spur burger, which comes with blue cheese, portobella mushrooms, and onion.

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5. The Vortex 438 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Little 5 Points)

This sibling-owned bar and restaurant in Little Five Points is a self-proclaimed "Official Idiot-Free Zone," and they're notorious for kicking out rude or high-maintenance customers to create a laid-back and fun crowd (they're usually pretty young, too). It's hard to imagine why anyone here would be picky with their food when they've got such a massive selection of whopping, diverse signature burgers like the Hawaiian-themed Freaky Tiki and the Holy Guacamole (self-explanatory), along with a hefty selection of local draft beers (and beer cocktails), cocktails and shooters.

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6. Burger Joy 371 Boulevard SE, Atlanta, GA 30312 (Grant Park)

Little known fact: ask nicely, or if that's impossible, just tell them you've got money, and the BJ team will stack any meat/side from the Chinese half of their menu (fried crab sticks, homemade chicken nuggets...) on top of that giant, 1/2lb-pattied, American-covered burger of theirs, which's exactly why it just earned a spot in our Favorite Five.

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7. Fox Bros Bar-B-Q 1238 Dekalb Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Dekalb)

An Atlanta institution serving up solid BBQ fare like pulled pork and beef brisket sandwiches, Frito pie, and burnt ends. We think that Fox Bros Bar-B-Q serves up some of the best BBQ in town, but you'll have to stop by and see for yourself.