Food & Drink

The best burgers in 15 Austin neighborhoods

Published On 08/13/2014 Published On 08/13/2014
Best Burger by Neighborhood ATX
Mike Cortez
Mike Cortez
El Sapo
24 Diner
Black Star Co-Op
Jasper’s
Yelp/Ed Uyeshima
Mike Cortez
Vino Vino
Big Daddy's Burgers and Bar
Mike Cortez
Opal Divine's Marina
Billy's on Burnet
HomeField Grill
Black Sheep Lodge
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1. Bartlett's 2408 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757 (Allandale)

Giant steaks, burgers (veggie and otherwise), delicious desserts, and more await you at Bartlett's.

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2. El Sapo 1900 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722 (Cherrywood)

This roadside haunt in Cherrywood serves Tex-Mex inspired diner bites (there's a lot of queso involved). Between a sunny patio, delicious and creative burgers, and whole bunch of cocktails, there's almost too much to like about El Sapo. The generous 3-7pm daily happy hour deal on margaritas and brews is just the cherry on top.

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3. Freddie's Place 1703 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

Whether you're here for breakfast or dinner, snacks or live music, meatloaf or vegetarian cheesesteaks, Freddie's is a South Austin institution. Surprise yourself with the Nouveau South Austin Burger: house-made hummus, avocado, sprouts, and pepper jack cheese combine for a real treat.

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4. 24 Diner 600 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703 (Downtown)

Open 24 hours nightly, which fits well with the name, 24 Diner has food that is head and shoulders above what you would normally expect from such an establishment; this is a greasy spoon gone swanky. Order up some delicious chicken and waffles topped with maple syrup and hot sauce and see what we're talking about. Bonus points for 24's grilled cheese!

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5. Black Star Co-Op 7020 Easy Wind Dr, Austin, TX 78752 (North Central)

Black Star Co-Op is a not-for-profit neighborhood brew-pub and eatery entirely owned and run by its members. Beyond house-brewed beers, bar food, and a pet-friendly patio, Black Star employs power-to-the-people policies and promotes a democratic workplace through end-of-year profit redistribution and living wages for all members. You don't have to be a member to enjoy Black Star's bounty, but you're encouraged to go to show support for the small, local businesses of Austin by drinking a beer or several.

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6. Jasper's 11506 Century Oaks Terrace, Austin, TX 78758

An easy getaway for Domainers, the second concept from Iron Chef contestant and Texas culinary hero Kent Rathbun offers a welcoming outdoor patio for taking down locals like Austin Amber and Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout, as well as concoctions like the Global Warming Martini (Beam, DeKuyper Mango Liqueur, Triple Sec, house sweet & sour, fresh lime, mint) and the Savvy Vodka/ olive juice O.D.B., which you won't be able to afford if your baby's still got your money.

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7. The Jackalope 404 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701 (Dirty 6th)

Many dive bars have burgers, but few have burgers this epic: flame grilled and piled high on a toasted bun with premium toppings like smoked bacon, brie cheese, and carmelized onions, they're plenty sizable and a good bang for your buck ($10). Cheap signature shots, tunes from the house DJ, and a giant jackalope that you can mount merely sweeten the deal.

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8. The Silo on 7th 1300 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702 (East Austin)

The Silo has super affordable burgers and brews (like Deep Ellum) that you can enjoy on their rooftop.

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9. Vino Vino 4119 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78751 (Hyde Park)

Giving life to Austin’s historic Hyde Park neighborhood, this casual and comfortable wine bar with its low-lighting and warm wooden interior is fit for a romantic rendezvous. Vino Vino gives hope to winos seeking a global selection focused on old world, small production vineyards and features 21 by-the-glass options and over 350 bottle selections.

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10. Big Daddy's Burgers & Bar 9070 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78757 (North Central)

The beefchild of three longtime Nutty Brown Cafe dudes, Big Daddy's is a hardwood, flatscreened Man v. Food-style palace dedicated to pushing America's favorite sandwich to its absolute limits, although they do draw the line at bun-to-bun.

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11. Cow Bells 1620 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78741 (Oltorfeast Riverside)

Cow Bells is a stationary truck on the East Side that strives to put as much love into your burger as possible. Ingredients grabbed daily from the local market combine to make your burger as fresh and delicious as it is likely to stop your heart -- check out the Spare Tire: two thick fresh-grilled patties, double cheddar, bacon, and fried pickles.

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12. Opal Divine's Marina 12709 N Mopac Expy, Austin, TX 78727 (Lamplight Village)

Opal Divine's has great happy hour specials, a solid draft list, and delicious burgers to boot.

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13. Billy's on Burnet 2105 Hancock Dr, Austin, TX 78756 (Rosedale)

Billy's is an ATX institution -- this Brentwood dive bar and burger joint is a great example of local bar scene, with its extensive craft beer menu, generous well pours, and friendly neighborhood clientele. You'll find sweet happy hour deals, games like darts and pool, plus bar quality eats like wings, burgers, and nachos.

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14. HomeField Grill 2000 S IH-35, Round Rock, TX 78681

Smack in the heart of Dell country, HomeField's a massive, upscale sports bar boasting a daringly creative menu and the largest beer selection in Williamson County, plus thematic touches split between the hyper-local (memorabilia from state-winning area sports teams dating back to the 70s) and the ADD: 15 flat-screens, themed rooms like the UT hoops-styled, blonde wood-floored Field House, and an arcade complete with athleisure like Nascar Racing sims, Golden Tee, and Pop-a-Shot, also damn near a new nickname for Gilbert Arenas.

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15. Black Sheep Lodge 2108 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

South Lamar's mistiest patio is a venerable HQ for sports fans, with all the games shown on their armada of flatscreens and accompanied by Sunday specials like a $3 sangria or Bloody.

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