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Best Burger in Austin

I like to eat. I love to eat burgers. Every other meal I consume consists of some sort  of meat n bun combo. That’s why I have decided to take up the difficult quest of finding the best burger in Austin.

Currently, I am starting with the café / fast food/ drive through burgers.  Over the next few months I will be going around town and ordering the same thing :a double meat cheese burger with bacon, fries, and an unsweet iced tea.

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I will then bracket the best and together, we will vote and decide. Please nominate the places I should try (keep in mind these should be in the category of quick, cheap take home burgers that are not giant chains such as McDonalds).

My ‘contest’ will come to an end just in time for National Burger Day in Austin.


Places Tried:

P. Terrys

Good burger for the price. The line moves swift and the food is always hot. The patties are small but the special sauce and good buns make up for that. The fries are  good but nothing special. Iced Tea is on point! These serve as a good middle of the road burger. 4/7

The small restaurant off of Cameron road makes a great burger for a cheap price (and there is rarely a wait). I do not like the thick, soggy fries and the tea is hit or miss (though sometimes really good). The burger itself makes up for it. Bacon tastes freshly cooked and is the perfect crispness (I feel most places microwave, or make a lot of bacon early in the day and reheat to order). The patties are thick and juicy, the lettuce is crisp and the tomatoes are plump. Price and expericine wise, I have not found a place that can beat them! 6/7
The tea is vernally good and comes in a large to-go cup. The fries are so far my favorite as you can taste the chicken grease they are cooked in. The burger itself is small but filled with taste. Also a good price with little to no wait. 4/7 

Places to Try:



Mighty Fine

Hat Creek



Top Notch


Shake Shack


Five Guys

Future Categories: 

Best Dive/Pub Burger
Examples: Casino El Camino, Jackalope, Tap Room (San Marcos)
This type of burger is typically found at your neighborhood bar, gas station, small restaurant or dive. They usually have a typical burger, made very simplistically. They often have a house or specialty/exceptionally unique burger as well.

Best Gourmet Burger/Restaurant Burger
Examples: Hopdoddy, Parkside, Max’s Wine Dive, Twin Peaks, Five Guys
This burger would be found at a nicer, sit down bar or restaurant. It’s usually a little more expensive but still unique compared to chain restaurants etc.

Best Drive Through, Cafe or Fast Food Burger
Examples: P Terry’s, Fran’s, Dan’s, Whataburger. Mighty Fine, Short Stop
If you don’t always have time to dine in and it only takes a matter of minutes to get your burger -then this is the place you go.

Wild Card

This includes food trailers and restaurants not know for burgers that make a mean one. 

Other Random Categories:
Best Overall-
Best Mushroom Swiss-
Most Unique Burger-
Best Veggie Burger-
Best Undiscovered Burger-
Best Side-

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