Food & Drink

The 11 Best Burgers in Austin Right Now

Published On 08/27/2015 Published On 08/27/2015
Courtesy of Hot Mess ATX

If eating burgers in Austin has taught us anything it's that eating burgers in Austin is really, really fun. If it's taught us two things, then it's that the beef-wich scene here changes at an alarmingly rapid pace. Never fear though, because we did the tasty research to bring you a fresh, updated rundown of the best burgers in the city right this moment...

Burger Bar ATX

Big Mouth burger

Burger Bar (address and info)
The towering new JW Marriott offers a lot more than sweet digs for out-of-towners. It's home to the street-level walk-up Burger Bar (in addition to the fantastic Osteria Pronto and Corner Restaurant) and we’re loving the Big Mouth burger with double meat, blistered peppers, candied jalapeños, bacon, and cheddar.

Courtesy of Hopdoddy

K-Town Belly burger

Hopdoddy (address and info)
Multiple locations
Inspired by LA’s Koreatown, the delicious K-Town Belly burger features gochujang ketchup-glazed, grass-fed beef, topped with braised pork belly and Korean rice crispies, and nestled on a bed of homemade kimchi and fresh basil. Then, it’s finished off with an egg bun and gochujang mayo. It’s only available through September 6th, so go now!

Courtesy of Vince Young Steakhouse

Wagyu brisket burger

Vince Young Steakhouse (address and info)
Vince Young Steakhouse is serving a burger that lives up to its reputation for quality. The Wagyu brisket burger is made with high-quality beef cooked to a perfect medium rare that's topped with cheddar cheese and house-made pickles, and served on a brioche bun alongside hand-cut fries. What else do you need to know? The burger is half off during happy hour, Mon-Fri, 5-7pm.

Aidan Carpinelli

Moroccan burger

Billie Jean’s Burger Pub (address and info)
South Austin
Family-friendly burger spot Billie Jean’s opened its doors this spring much to the delight of South Austin residents. We can’t get over the Moroccan burger, an 8oz Angus patty cooked medium, baby spinach, an over-easy Vital Farms egg, goat cheese, and harissa sauce, all on a fresh-baked semisweet bun! It’s about time South Austin got some love.

Liberty Kitchen ATX

Thrashed at Maverick’s burger

Liberty Kitchen ATX (address and info)
West Sixth
One look at this burger is enough to incite extreme hunger. Liberty Kitchen’s Thrashed at Maverick's burger comes with mustard-sizzled onion-jalapeño-pickle, bacon jam, Stubb’s-RO hickory sauce, and…(ready for this?) pimento cheese! Oh boy.

Richard Casteel

Lunch menu burger

Odd Duck (address and info)
South Lamar
If you get the chance to hit up Odd Duck for a weekday lunch, try the burger. It’s made with brisket/chuck eye roll from Richardson Farms, bacon pimento, and heirloom tomato on a house-made bun, and it is delicious.

Jacoby's ATX

Pimento cheese burger

Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile (address and info)
East Cesar Chavez
Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile (which recently celebrated its one-year anniversary) is open for lunch Tuesday though Saturday from 11am-2pm. The new menu has five standout burgers made with the resto's own dry-aged Jacoby Brand beef. We’re really into the pimento cheese burger right now; it’s a half-pound beef patty stacked with house-made pimento cheese, roasted tomato, crispy shallots & arugula.

Hot Mess ATX

Chipotle burger

Hot Mess ATX (address and info)
East Fourth
New food truck Hot Mess opened recently at the Historic Scoot Inn and it's got a killer munchie-worthy menu. We’ve got our eye on the chipotle burger -- in addition to bacon, fiery chipotle sauce, and secret sauce, it comes with a unique griddled cheddar cheese for a nice crunch.

The Lonesome Dove Western Bistro

Buffalo burger

Lonesome Dove (address and info)
Warehouse District
Lonesome Dove is the restaurants’s second flagship location by the very charismatic, Chef Tim Love. Aside from a nostalgic name, and a menu full of wild game, it's offering a mean buffalo burger. It’s made with house-ground buffalo (bison) meat and topped with Muenster cheese, butter lettuce, and tomato.

Al Sapo ATX

El San Antonio

El Sapo (address and info)
Manor Road
So this burger isn’t new or available for a limited time, BUT it is delicious and incorporates always-delicious Tex-Mex flavors. El San Antonio is a black Angus beef patty topped with refried black beans, fire-roasted jalapeños, lettuce, tomato, red onion, mayo, mustard, AND crunchy tostadas.

Elizabeth Street Cafe

Secret brisket burger

Elizabeth Street Cafe (address and info)
South First
Elizabeth Street Cafe is known for its stylish atmosphere and modern take on French Vietnamese cuisine, but... it has a killer off-menu burger. The super Asian-inspired secret brisket burger comes with griddled ham, cucumber kimchi, iceberg lettuce, Kewpie mayo, a sesame-seeded brioche bun, and a shrimp chip.

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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.