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Hamburger Heaven

Austin’s Best Burgers

What makes a burger the best? Juiciness? Toppings? Bun? Originality? These are the things you must decide for yourself, but to help you make an informed opinion, here’s a list of a few places that are devoted to providing a hospitable habitat for burger-lovers to thrive.


Iconic Burger Joints

Dirty Martin’s
In the heart of campus, this beloved burger joint has been enjoyed since 1926! And it still stands as a campus classic for greasy, delicious burgers.

This little burger hut has been hidden away in the heart of downtown since 1939, dishing out the best of the best! They offer a good traditional burger as well as exotic breeds.


Phil’s Icehouse
Pick a burger named after different neighborhoods of Austin, and then head next door and pick your favorite flavor or two of Amy’s Ice Cream. Doesn’t get more local than that!


Top Notch Hamburgers
Ever wondered what it takes to be featured in a movie? Step into Top Notch and take notes because this joint was featured in the movie Dazed and Confused. Their charcoal-grilled burgers pair well with the charm of this old-fashioned diner.

Sandy’s Hamburgers
If you’re a true Austinite, you’ve been to Sandy’s more than once. This classic drive-thru has been offering delightful burgers, heavenly custard, and plenty of smiles since the 1940s, and they’re still going strong.


Nationally Acclaimed

Hopdoddy Burger Bar
The line might be out the door, but for good reason. If you’ve never tried these burgers that Rachael Ray has deemed one of the best burgers in America, you need to get yourself in line!


Second Bar + Kitchen
According to Texas Monthly in 2016, this burger is one of the top 5 burgers in Texas! You’ll have juice dripping down your chin with every bite–a good sign of a great burger.



Counter Café
The Food Network’s show, Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, visited this place and gave it two thumbs up! They were really loving their curry chicken burger, which is made from scratch and packs in a big punch!


The Jackalope
The Chipotle Bacon Cheeseburger was featured on The Food Network’s Best. Burger. Ever. So with that said, it’s one of the best burgers in Austin and is worth the try!


Casino El Camino
This classic burger joint, located in the heart of downtown, was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives as one of the best burgers in Austin, specifically the Amarillo Burger. You’ll be coming back for more.


Food Trucks

Cow Bells
Hop on over to their burgerville, located in the South Shore Eatery, and eat one of the best burgers you’ve ever had—at least that’s Cow Bells’ goal, so give them a shot.


Luke’s Inside Out
Luke’s Inside Out is known for their quirky and uncommon sandwiches, and according to Guy Fieri on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, they’re good. It’s one of the only places you’ll find a sandwich-spun hamburger.


Local Chains

P.Terry’s Burger Stand
You won’t find many drive-thru burger joints in America that make their patties, baked goods, and shakes from scratch EVERY DAY with the freshest ingredients. That’s what P. Terry’s has been about since 2005. These days you can grab a fresh bite from one of their stands just about anywhere in Austin.


Dan’s Hamburgers
Since 1973, Dan’s has been dishing out some old-fashioned goodness. They have a few of their classic, family-owned diners throughout Austin so you can experience the Austin tradition for yourself no matter where you live.

Under the Radar

Black Star Co-op
Never been to a co-op before? Read more about what a co-op is here, and then go try out this burger, made with locally sourced, irresistible brisket!


Wholly Cow Burgers
These burgers are booming with flavor! They pride themselves in having local, grass-fed beef. If you live the paleo life, check out “The Fit Cross” burger, which replaces the burger buns with portabella mushroom caps.

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