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Atlanta’s 7 Best Under-the-Radar Burgers

Published On 04/09/2014 Published On 04/09/2014
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Sebastian Davis/Thrillist
Sebastian Davis/Thrillist
SEBASTIAN DAVIS/Thrillist
Sebastian Davis/Thrillist
Sebastian Davis/Thrillist
Sebastian Davis/Thrillist
Sebastian Davis/Thrillist
Sebastian Davis/Thrillist
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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.

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