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Austin's 9 Best Burger Bargains

Published On 04/23/2015 Published On 04/23/2015
Natalie Seeboth

Anytime you're eating a burger, life is pretty good. You know when life is even better? When you're eating some fancy, classy burger that you scored at a delicious discount. These nine Austin burger deals bring the beef at a reduced rate, and as a bonus, most also have accompanying drink specials! SCORE.

Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile 

East Cesar Chavez
Jacoby’s burger is made with beef raised at the Jacoby family ranch, which is never given hormones or antibiotics and is dry aged over 21 days to ensure tenderness and flavor. This high-quality bovine is served as a half-pound patty on a house-made bun and comes with fries. The happy hour price is only $10 (normally $16), Tuesday-Saturday from 5-6pm. Of course, you could always apply your savings to some additional house bacon or summer sausage.

The Jackalope

The Jackalope

Sixth Street
Check out Half-Price Burger Night, Wednesdays from 5pm-close, when you'll have some fine options. For example, the Black and Blue Cheeseburger (a 9oz blackened patty, bleu cheese crumbles, pickles, and bleu cheese dressing) with the deal is only $4.25! Combine this with The Jackalope's daily happy hour from 2-7pm, which includes $2 tall boys and $2 wells.

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Parkside

Sixth Street
Parkside is famous for its generous happy hour (Mon-Fri, 5-6:30pm) which offers half-off all beer, liquor, and bar food, which, most importantly, includes the very popular cheeseburger & Parkside fries cooked to your liking (as you're also liking the fact it only set you back $7 instead of $14).

Hut's Hamburgers

Hut's Hamburgers

West Fifth
Grab an iconic Hut’s burger on Wednesdays from 6-10pm when burgers are 2-for-1. All the burgers at Hut's (priced from roughly $6-$10) are simple but tasty variations on a classic cheeseburger -- try the Fats Domino Burger (lettuce, pickles, chopped tomatoes, mayo & mustard, jalapeños, onions, grated cheddar cheese, AND spicy New Orleans seasoning) for a taste of old-school Austin.

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Little Barrel and Brown

South Congress
Take a stroll down South Congress and try to end up at LB&B, because a burger and fries is only $8 (down from $11) at happy hour (daily from 5-7pm; all night on Sunday). Important note: in addition to the classic toppings, this beefy beauty comes with "marrownaise," which is something you want in your life/stomach. Make sure you grab the discounted beverages, too -- $3 bottled beers, $5 wine, and $5 select cocktails.

Peché

Peché

Warehouse District
The half-pound burger (normally $16) at Peché is half-off during happy hour, which is all day Sunday and Monday, and 4-7pm Tuesday-Friday. It comes with house-cured bacon, Gruyére, and whole-grain mustard on a potato bun, plus Peché’s highly addictive pommes frites. AND the side of ketchup has Lone Star in it!

Vince Young Steakhouse

Vince Young Steakhouse

Downtown
This one will almost make you feel as though you've stolen something. A Wagyu brisket burger with house-made pickles and two-year-aged Vermont white cheddar cheese on a brioche bun that typically costs $23 is only $10 during happy hour, weekdays 5-7pm. Thanks Vince!

Trace

TRACE

Downtown
TRACE’S Branch Ranch Butcher Burger is served with Tillamook cheddar, crispy bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, Dai Due yellow mustard, house-made ketchup, mayo, and pickles on a brioche bun -- live a little, and add a fried egg. It’s $11 (down from $14) during happy hour (Monday-Friday from 5-7pm, and Saturday-Sunday from 3-5pm) and conveniently, TRACE’s drink menu is heavily discounted. Try the jalapeño & cucumber lemonade for only $5.

Searsucker

Searsucker

Warehouse District
The "Sir Searsucker" burger is served at lunch and brunch, and is made with house-made baconaise (mayo with bacon drippings!), Gruyère, and onion jam on a buttermilk bun. Every Monday night, the hip Downtown restaurant serves up one of its "two handed" burgers with a pint of beer for $15.

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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 (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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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 (Market District)

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 (Warehouse District)

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 (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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8. Trace 200 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

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 (Warehouse District)

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.

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