Food & Drink

Austin's 10 best under-the-radar burgers

Published On 04/09/2014 Published On 04/09/2014
Best Under The Radar Burgers ATX
Mike Cortez
Mike Cortez
Mike Cortez
Wholly Cow Burgers
Mike Cortez
Red's Porch
Black Star Co-Op
Mike Cortez
Peached Tortilla
Lard Have Mercy
Uncle Billy’s Brew & Que
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1. 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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2. 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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3. Wholly Cow 3010 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

Operated out of a tiny Star-Grill Food Mart by a trained opera singer from New Braunfels who helped start up San Antonio's Rudy's BBQ, Wholly pushes patties of grass-fed beef sourced directly from his family's farm in Fredericksburg.

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4. 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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5. Red's Porch 3508 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

With a mix of Southern, Tex-Mex, and Cajun influences, Red's Porch brings flavors like the South Austin Po-Boy and Coffee Rubbed Brisket Tacos together under one roof (or onto one porch).

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6. 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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7. Lard Have Mercy 603 W Live Oak St, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

As the name might suggest, bacon's in nearly everything at Lard Have Mercy, from the cheese-stuffed Juicy Lucy burger (topped w/ hickory-smoked bacon, served alongside bac-flavored fries), to chicken strips wrapped in hog's gold before getting deep-fried and served as Foghorn Leghorns, to a strip-wrapped 1/4lb hot dog called the Pig Sty.

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8. Uncle Billy's Brew & Que 1530 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704 (North West)

What's better than a microbrewery or a BBQ joint? A microbrewery AND a BBQ joint! This place offers everything from pints to kegs, depending on your needs, and the beer available's award-winning. What more do you need?