Food & Drink

Austin's 9 Best Burger Bargains

Published On 04/23/2015 Published On 04/23/2015
Natalie Seeboth
The Jackalope
Sweet Louise Photography
Hut's Hamburgers
Matt Lankes
Vince Young Steakhouse
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1. 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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2. The Jackalope 404 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

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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3. Parkside 301 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

Right on Sixth Street, Parkside is a relatively upscale gastropub known for its raw bar and wine selection. Though the oysters are sourced from all over the country and the wine menu is more than two pages long, don't think it's just a wine and oyster bar. The menu features protein entrees, a knockout cheeseburger, and Texan craft beers.

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4. Hut's Hamburgers 807 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703

The fine people at Hut's Hamburgers try to keep a balance of old and new Austin in their style and menu, but the classic burgers are (and will always be) the main draw. Current owners added 20 burgers (all named after music legends) to Hut's original 1939 menu. Now, with more than 30 burger/sandwich options, enormous onion rings, and classic milkshakes, this old-school burger joint is serving great eats with a side of nostalgia.

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5. Little Barrel & Brown 1716 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Housed in the former Woodlands space, Little Barrel and Brown is serving up some seriously good fried chicken, thanks to some brining, some hot sauce, and a little buttermilk. Be sure to try the Texas Free Range Buttermilk Fried Chicken on the dinner menu.

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6. Peche 208 W 4th St, Austin, TX 78701

Consciously attempting to recreate the European art of mixology that was largely lost in America as a result of Prohibition, Peche is a genuine cocktail paradise, and it's the only place in Austin that you can experience absinthe "in its true form".

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7. Vince Young Steakhouse 301 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701

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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8. Trace 200 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701

Trace, located in downtown Austin, is an American resto serving up farm-to-table fare. Get creative and try out some antelope loin or venison sausage.

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9. Searsucker Austin 415 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701

A steakhouse from San Diego's Chef Brian Malarkey (of Top Chef and The Taste), Searsucker'll have you sucking on bone marrow and gnawing on Tomahawk ribeyes.