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The best burgers in New Orleans, as recommended by the best chefs in New Orleans

Published On 10/23/2013 Published On 10/23/2013
The best burgers in New Orleans
Alejandro de los Rios
Alejandro de los Rios
The Besh Restaurant Group
The Company Burger
Alejandro de los Rios
Alejandro de los Rios
Alejandro de los Rios
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1. The Company Burger 4600 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115 (Uptown)

The Company Burger takes its burgers very seriously. Translation: the pickles and mayo are homemade, and the twin patties in the house burger weigh a grand total of 6.5oz. You'll leave feeling full and satisfied, after washing it all down with one of Company's American brews on tap, of course.

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2. La Petite Grocery 4238 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115 (Magazine St)

Converted from a historic grocery store, this bistro and bar features plates crafted by James Beard Award-winning chef Justin Devillier. The menu includes all-time hits like blue crab beignets, turtle Bolognese, and a gruyere cheeseburger. La Petite Grocery is true Louisiana, as evidenced by its 19th century Creole architecture and craft cocktails like the double rye whiskey Bee Hive.

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3. Port of Call 838 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116 (French Quarter)

First things first: Port of Call is famous for its burger. When the French Quarter restaurant opened in the 60s, it was primarily a steakhouse known for its filet mignon and ribeye, and the burger was an afterthought made from the entrees' scraps. The current iteration -- considered the original New Orleans-style burger, is reminiscent of the dive's steakhouse days: the huge patty is topped with shredded cold cheddar cheese and served with a hot potato on the side. Port of Call still serves steaks and chops, as well as beer and strong cocktails, but everyone is there for the burger. It's a must on any NOLA food tour.

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4. Lüke 333 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130 (Central Business District)

Although this may be a New Orleans restaurant at heart -- complete with white tablecloths and old world courses like crab and corn bisque and fried oyster salad -- they've certainly perfected the burger, which is made from chuck and brisket and comes on a buttered brioche bun. French, German, and Belgian brews are also available, including three that are custom-made in Louisiana.

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5. Trūburger 8115 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118 (Uptown)

It's all about the build-your-own burger at this counter-serve diner, where patty toppings range from avocado and grilled onions to house-made sausage patties and apple-smoked bacon. All burgers are made from in-house-ground beef, but there are veggie patties (and non-burger options like grilled cheese and fried jalapeño poppers) available for any vegetarians. Truburger keeps things fast and simple, and plates all orders in plastic baskets.

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