A new burger place opens in Atlanta about as frequently as you want to eat a burger: everyday. But the sheer number of legitimately sweet meat-wiches can make it hard to know which's best, so we scoured the city for the most delicious, juicy, and grilled-up pieces of meat between two buns, and created this power ranking of the ATL's best burgers for you. You're welcome!
No. 5: The Ghetto Burger
Miss Ann's Snack Bar
1615 Memorial Dr; Kirkwood; 404.687.9207
Even its name is gangster, and that's exactly how "Miss Ann" will act if you cross any of her eight rules for ordering one of these double-patty delights. Its full of all things awesome that the body needs: bacon, chili, cheese, onions, lettuce, and tomato.
No. 4: The Cowboy Style
Grindhouse Killer Burgers
1842 Piedmont Ave NE; Buckhead; 404.254.2273
The Sweet Auburn Curb Market burger house is turning out a pile of greasy goodness called the Cowboy Style, which is topped w/ thick cut bacon, cheddar cheese, BBQ sauce, a crispy Vidalia onion ring, and presumably chaps... or maybe a 10-gallon hat.
No. 3: The Hank
427 Edgewood Ave SE; O4W; 404.525.3002
Although this O4W burger stop nestled inside Joystick Gamebar might be new to the game, they're veterans when it comes to covering their proprietary grass-fed beef blend w/ melty American, pickles, lettuce, sweet onion & "special sauce" on an H&F bun.
No. 2: Bocado Burger Stack
887 Howell Mill Rd NW; West Atlanta; 404.815.1399
This accolade-heavy burger is all about simplicity: another proprietary beef blend w/ more American & house-made B&B pickles on an H&F bun.
No. 1: The Holeman & Finch Burger
Holeman & Finch Public House
2277 Peachtree Rd NE; Buckhead; 404.948.1175
You've probably already seen this one coming... Holeman & Finch's double-patty'd thing of beauty has been celebrated throughout the country for its undeniable awesomeness, at least part of which is probably due to the fact there're only 24 available each night at 10p on the dot. Pro Tip: you can get unlimited stacks during brunch on Sundays.
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The burgers at Ann's snack bar, some of the best in Atlanta, could qualify the Kirkwood spot as the eighth wonder of the world. The voluptuous, hand-pressed Ghetto Burgers bring chili sauce, bacon, a super-secret seasoning, fat pieces of onion, and fried bacon together in a burger that's admittedly difficult to eat but so worth the mess (you've just gotta dive right into this one). There isn't ample seating, but after a short wait you can sit along the bar and watch it get made right in front of you, which, trust us, will work up an appetite large enough to tackle it on your own.
Grindhouse Killer Burgers is kind of like the reading a 'Choose Your Own Adventure' book, but it's better because there's food involved. Orders are customized from scratch from the meat (beef/turkey/veggie) to the size of the patties to the toppings (of which there are a dozen), but if you aren't feeling creative, there are a handful of burger "styles," like the Hillbilly with brisket chili and the bleu cheese-heavy Yankee. A lot of folks drop by and get theirs to go, but they miss out on the kung fu movies that are always playing on the flatscreen tvs.
Crime doesn't pay, but it does eat. Specifically: late-night jelly-filled doughnut burgers at O4W's Illegal Food housed inside Joystick Gamebar.
Bocado's burger -- two patties of blended short rib, brisket, and ground chuck, topped with American cheese and butter pickles -- is one of the best in Atlanta. You may very well come here for the burger but end up more than satisfied with the rest of the contemporary dishes, like deviled eggs that'll rival your grandmother's, a grilled cheese & bacon sandwich that's near impossible to recreate at home, and a lobster roll special that'll transport you to Cape Cod on first bite.
Let's be honest: you're coming to this contemporary gastropub for the famous Holeman & Finch cheeseburger, which, you should know, is now permanently on the menu, day and night (it used to be a secret of which only the lucky few knew, exclusively served when the clock struck 10pm). One of the best in the country, it's a double patty on a house-made bun with melty cheese, pickles, onions, and a side of fries. They have other quality dishes like shrimp & grits and lamb sweetbreads, but seriously, order the burger.