Food & Drink

The 11 Best Burgers in Austin Right Now

Published On 08/27/2015 Published On 08/27/2015
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1. Burger Bar 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701 (Congress District)

Burgers, fries, and shakes, are the core of the menu at this Downtown spot. The counter-service spot is quick, easy, and tasty -- and the patio make a great spot for lunch.

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2. Vince Young Steakhouse 301 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

Vince Young Steakhouse is a subtly track-lit meat-feasting destination segmented by room-dividing wine racks, brass chain curtains, and snaking brown & dark burnt-orange booths. Along with its melt-in-your-mouth perfect steaks, Vince Young Steakhouse has a killer wagyu brisket burger with cheddar, house-made pickles, and hand-cut fries. With the perfect atmosphere for a romantic evening, this place is only open for dinner and closed on Sundays. We recommend stopping by for their happy hour, where you can get some of their delicious yet pricey entrees for a discount.

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3. Billie Jean's Burger Pub 6501 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78745 (South Austin)

This family friendly, South Austin burger spot has some incredible eats -- we can't get over the Moroccan Burger, an 8 oz Angus patty cooked medium, baby spinach, over-easy Vital Farms egg, goat cheese, and harissa sauce, on a fresh-baked semisweet bun.

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4. Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar 507 Pressler St, Austin, TX 78703 (Clarksville)

Houston-based Liberty Kitchen has a comfort-food-meets-seafood brunch menu, with a Bloody Mary that belongs with Austin’s best. The 20oz drink features house-made Bloody Mary mix, Dripping Springs vodka, a fried oyster, fried okra, and pickled veggies. Food offerings include a menu chock-full of treats such as oysters (fresh roasted or fried), Shanghai fried lobster, as well as an extensive selection of burgers, sandwiches, tacos, and pasta. Be sure to try the Thrashed at Maverick's burger, mad with mustard-sizzled onion-jalapeño-pickle, bacon jam, Stubb’s-RO hickory sauce, and pimento cheese.

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5. Odd Duck 1201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

Communal seating, an expansive patio, and an open kitchen (the view is best from the bar) abet in the casual atmosphere at Odd Duck -- a second concept from the team behind Barley Swine -- on South Lamar Boulevard. Antithetical to its atmosphere, Odd Duck's menu features upscale, intricate dishes inspired by the daily pick at the local farmer's market, and thus the menu shifts with the Texan seasons. Odd Duck features craft cocktails, craft beer, and wine to pair with its flavor- and ingredient-forward dishes. If you happen upon the pimento cheeseburger, get it.

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6. Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile 3235 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

Boasting a number of Southern-inspired menu items -- such as shrimp and grits, family-style braised greens, and pork confit fritters -- Jacoby's Mercantile is the perfect spot for al fresco with friends, offering a view of the Colorado River most people have never seen. Must-try items include the Muskoka Smash (Bulleit Rye, blackberry, basil, & lemon), and for "supper" a Bone-In Ribeye with a side of Mac-n-Cheese (made with sour cream and Roggenbier).

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7. Hot Mess 1308 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78702 (East Austin)

This food truck parks at The Historic Scoot Inn and has a killer crave-worthy menu. Try the Chipotle Burger — in addition to bacon, fiery chipotle sauce and secret sauce, it’s comes with a unique, griddled cheddar cheese for a nice crunch. Bonus: it's open 'til 2am.

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8. Lonesome Dove Western Bistro 419 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

As if ordering a huge bloody steak wasn’t enough of a carnivorous venture, celeb chef Tim Love took it several steps further with wild game options at Lonesome Dove Western Bistro. At Lonesome Dove, you can have your steak, boar, elk, and buffalo with a tasty side of rabbit-rattlesnake sausage. And, if you’re up for the challenge, check out the hand-cut wagyu tomahawk steak served with serrano lime butter. The gamey menu and woodsy decor give the place a definite destinct atmosphere, and make it a place to go for a very different meal than you would get anywhere else.

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9. 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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10. Elizabeth Street Cafe 1501 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

The brainchild of barbecue and seafood masters Perla and Lambert, Elizabeth Street Cafe serves up Vietnamese dishes with French accents. Try a "Shaking" Steak & Eggs with Niman Ranch ribeye, sauteed spinach, spicy caramel, and toast, or a peach galette with homemade puff pastry and chia ice cream, slathered in ginger peach compote.