Food & Drink

The Best Burgers in Austin for Takeout/Delivery

Craving a little comfort food?

The Cavalier Burger
The Cavalier Burger | Allison Narro
The Cavalier Burger | Allison Narro

Some folks are making the best of our current situation, leaning into activities generally reserved for homesteaders, making bread from scratch, growing vegetables, even canning. But if you're in the camp of people who are over the grind of shopping, cooking, and cleaning -- all day, every day -- join the club.

Luckily, there are plenty of meaty (and cheesy) ways to defeat our dietary doldrums -- like working your way through this guide to the best burgers in Austin. All are available right now for pickup and delivery, from both tried and true burger joints and fancy spots who have temporarily shifted gears.

Contigo
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Contigo

East Austin
We know you probably miss dining al fresco at ranch-inspired Contigo, but luckily you won’t have to miss the hearty fare, which now includes five burgers. Our absolute favorite is the Smash Burger, a manageably sized, fast food-style burger that packs a flavorful punch with double meat, double cheese, sauteed onions, shredded lettuce, pickles, and special sauce. And, don’t skip the fries. Or the beer. 
Order online for pickup, Wed-Sat, 4-8:30pm

The Cavalier

Webberville Boulevard
With friendly owners and staff, actual cocktails, and great Southern-inspired food, there’s a lot to love about The Cavalier. We are fans of The Cavalier Burger -- or Cajun veggie burger -- with a brioche bun and topped with white American cheese, house pickles, and house mayo. And, every Monday is Burger Night when the crew will feature an over-the-top burger special (think Frito Pie or fried goat cheese!) 
Order online or call 512-696-4318 for curbside pickup

Hopfields

Hyde Park
Hopfields’ Pascal Burger, with its toasted brioche bun, Camembert cheese, cornichons, whole grain mustard, caramelized onions, with pommes frites and aioli, is the answer for those in search of the ultimate bougie burger. And, Hopfields has one of Austin’s best beer selections so be sure to grab a growler to-go!
Order online or call (512) 537-0467 for curbside pickup. Available for delivery through Favor, Postmates, and Grubhub

Better Half Coffee and Cocktails
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Better Half Coffee & Cocktails

West Fifth Street
Better Half’s menu of all-day goodness is not only available but… they deliver! We suggest you try their insanely good cheeseburger -- 44 farms ground beef, Dijonnaise, American cheese, LTO (lettuce, tomato, onion) -- with the option of a chicken or veggie patty. Happy hour happens every day from 1 - 4 pm with $5 burgers and $1 Pearl beer. 
Order online or call (512) 645-0786 for pickup and delivery or order stay in your car for carhop service

Pitchfork Pretty
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Pitchfork Pretty

Holly
Pitchfork Pretty, one of Austin’s best restaurants, is known for fresh and modern Hill Country-inspired dishes. They’ve switched gears a bit, now offering a pared-down selection of elevated comfort food, including a burger that should not be missed. The double cheeseburger has two “smashed” beef patties on a homemade bun with cheddar cheese, lettuce, pickled turnips, Dijon mustard, and herb mayo. 
Order online for curbside pickup or through the Favor app for delivery

Dai Due Butcher Shop & Supper Club
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Dai Due Butcher Shop & Supper Club

Manor Road
Once a Tuesday-only special, Dai Due’s decadent cheeseburger is now on the menu every day. The dry-aged Wagyu double is made with two 4-ounce Wagyu beef patties, Stryk cheddar from Stryk Jersey Farm in Schulenburg, white onions, pickles, and sauce “especial.” 
Order online for pickup at the order window located at the back of the restaurant

Hopdoddy Burger Bar
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Hopdoddy Burger Bar

Multiple locations
The menu at Hopdoddy has been shortened to focus on favorites such as the Llano Poblano made with Angus beef, steakhouse bacon, pepper jack cheese, seared poblanos, and chipotle aioli. Feeling charitable? Get the spicy Goodnight/Good Cause burger, a portion of proceeds is donated to Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. Feeling frugal? Hopdoddy is offering the Share The Love burger with fries for just $5. 
Order online for curbside pickup at all locations from 11 am - 9 pm. Hopdoddy’s patios and dining rooms are now open with limited capacity. Also available for delivery through Favor, Postmates, and Uber Eats.

Kalimotxo
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Kalimotxo

Downtown
Kalimotxo, Hestia’s casual Basque-inspired sister restaurant, is now offering their hearty Kali Burger -- 44 Farms beef, Pedro Ximénez onion, mushroom aioli, Mahon cheese, and house-made bun served with patatas bravas or salad for takeout. And, cocktails, burgers, sandwiches, as well as a pre-fixe menu are being served on their patio.
Order online for pickup or place a reservation by calling 512-333-0737 for patio dining. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Nightcap
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Nightcap

West Sixth Street
It’s no secret that Nightcap makes gorgeous good--in both flavor and aesthetics--and their burger is one of Austin’s most swoon-worthy. The decadent stack includes a 4 oz Ranger Cattle Wagyu ground beef patty, special sauce, house-made pickles, American cheese, sesame bun, and a side of fries. But you don’t have to just dream about this burger, order it today with one of Nightcap’s craft cocktail kits. 
Order online for curbside pickup and delivery

The Peached Tortilla
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The Peached Tortilla

The Peached Tortilla’s signature Asian fusion flavors shine in their JapaJam burger -- savory tomato jam, a 6oz all-beef patty, pepper jack cheese, fried egg, tempura onion strings, and Chinese BBQ sauce served with fries. 
Order online for pickup and delivery. Delivery is also available through Favor, Postmates, and Uber Eats

Launderette austin best burger
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Launderette

East Cesar Chavez
Your move is simple at this former laundromat: order the Plancha burger, which mixes beef with a bit of bacon, and is served on a soft challah bun with a mayo-based “secret sauce” and a side of house pickles.
Order online, call 512-382-1599 for pickup, or delivery through Favor

Kinda Tropical
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Kinda Tropical

East Seventh
East Austin market and cool kid hangout, Kinda Tropical, has its menu available again for convenient takeout. We love the eatery’s incredibly fresh, colorful fare, and the burger (beef or vegan patty, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo) is no exception. Make yours “kinda tropical” by adding grilled pineapple. For $65, get two burgers, curly fries, sesame salad, and a bottle of Yannick Pelletier L'Oiselet red wine. Happy hour deals: Tuesday, $2 tacos; Wednesday, half off wings; Saturday, half off frozens; and Sunday, half off bottles of wine. 
Order online, call ahead at 512-373-8430 or order curbside

pool burger
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Pool Burger

Lake Austin Blvd
Pool Burger, the breezy burger-and-tiki joint near Deep Eddy Pool is a summer-y dream. Step up to the vintage airstream trailer for The Deep End: a Triple Pool Burger (quarter-pound patties) with Swiss cheese, bacon, fresh jalapeños, and Dijonnaise. Be sure to wash it down with a frozen Hurricane, the frosty cocktail is half price from 3-5 pm. 
Order online or by calling 512-334-9747 for curbside pickup. Available for delivery through Favor.

luke's inside out
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Luke’s Inside Out

South Lamar
South Lamar trailer Luke’s Inside Out makes, hands down, one of the best burgers in Austin. The intense flavor packed into this thing is undeniable, with juicy beef, house-made pimento cheese, Roma tomatoes, baby spinach, bacon, and “love sauce” (mayo, mustard, barbecue sauce, and ketchup) between two not-too-thick buns, which allow you to get a taste of every component with each bite.
Call 512-589-8883 or order at the trailer for pickup. Also available for delivery through Postmates.

Arlo's
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Arlo’s 

East Sixth & other locations
This vegan food truck has burgers that are so ridiculously packed with flavor, it’s easy to forget you’re not actually eating meat. Get the munchie-worthy Bac'n Cheeze Burger, which has a house-made soy & gluten-free patty, house-made seitan “bac'n," melted “cheeze," vegan mayo, ketchup, and veggies. You’ll find Arlo’s trucks at Cheer Up Charlies, The Grackle, and Spider House, each of which serves this tasty burger.
Order online for pickup and delivery. Also available through Postmates.

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Anastacia Uriegas is a food and drink writer at Thrillist as well as lead scientist at “Anastacia’s Burger Institute & More." Follow her to learn what “More” is at: @anaurie.