Best Burger Joints in Austin TX

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Hey there, burger aficionados and foodie explorers! Ready to sink your teeth into the very best of Austin's burger scene? Oh, we bet you are! 

Deep in the heart of Texas, Austin is most famous for its live music, eclectic art scene, and tech startups. But this is Texas, baby, so it also sizzles with a phenomenal food scene. And we’re not talking BBQ and brisket today!

It's an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord of mouthwatering deliciousness where the humble cheeseburger has risen to an art form. The city's vibrant culinary landscape has redefined what it means to enjoy this American classic, from high-end dining to roadside food trucks.

We're venturing from the pulsating heart of 6th Street to the hippest hangouts on the South Side. We'll explore joints where the grill sizzles with traditional Angus beef patties and imaginative vegan options. We're here to find the places where the bun (brioche bun, please!), burger, and fixings unite to create a symphony of flavor that'll have you saying, "Yee-haw!"

Loosen that belt, grab a handful of napkins, and let's roll. The city's best burgers are waiting, from the artisanal to the gloriously greasy. Bring your appetite…remember that everything is bigger than Texas.

1. Hopdoddy Burger Bar: Where Creative Burgers Meet Craft Brews

Start your burger odyssey at Hopdoddy Burger Bar, where burger ingenuity is elevated to new, delicious heights. Hopdoddy's isn't your average burger joint. Since its establishment, Hopdoddy has been a beacon of burger brilliance, attracting locals and tourists alike. 

This meaty delight distinguishes itself from other classic burger bars and joints with their eccentric, exciting flavors! If you're bored by the usual suspects — lettuce, mustard, ketchup, pickle, and maybe a red onion if you're feeling wild — this should be the next stop on your list. These ain't your mama's burgers!

But wait, there's more…Hopdoddy's didn't halt their innovative spirit once they crafted a menu of flavorful, taste-bud-tingling burgers. They also changed the game when it comes to sides, which is why we say: don't forget about their crispy truffle French fries. They're so decadently good that they could cause a scandal.

Pair all this with a frosty local craft brew, and you've got yourself an Austin-style feast.

2. Casino El Camino: Dive Into Flavortown on 6th Street

Next stop, Casino El Camino! While its name may leave you wondering whether you're about to gamble or chow down on some Mexican tacos, the great burgers are the star of the show here. 

This rockin' joint in the heart of 6th Street is as much about the ambiance as it is about the chow. Bathed in neon lights, this haven of heavenly burgers has been slinging deliciousness for decades and even caught the eye of Guy Fieri himself.

Their signature is the monstrous three-quarter pound chargrilled burgers, customizable with an array of toppings. Fancy some roasted Serrano peppers or avocado? You got it! Feeling spicy? Try the Buffalo Burger smothered in hot wing special sauce. It's a top-notch flavor explosion, guaranteed. 

No matter what you choose, this is one casino that won't be a gamble — you're guaranteed a delicious burger no matter what.

3. P. Terry's Burger Stand: Fast Food, Austin-Style

From dive bar decadence, we whisk you away to P. Terry's Burger Stand, where fast food gets an Austin-style makeover. P. Terry's Burger Stand focuses on all fresh, never frozen, and all-natural burgers that are as satisfying as they are…not actually that bad for you! 

When paired with one of their sweet-tooth-busting milkshakes, you'll get that drive-through experience without any of the regret afterward.

Founded by Austinites for Austinites, P. Terry's believes in supporting the local community. So, not only do you get a top-notch fantastic burger, but you're also doing your part to keep Austin weird — and wonderful. For a quick bite that doesn't skimp on quality or flavor, this is the place to be. 

4. Dan's Hamburgers: A Beloved Austin Tradition

Allow us to whisk you away to a place where time stands still, and the hamburgers reign supreme. Welcome to Dan's Hamburgers, an Austin restaurant that's been serving up honest-to-goodness burgers since the 1970s. 

One look at the branding or the actual building will send you flying back in time to a world of nostalgia and honest, good food. A visit to Dan's is like stepping into a nostalgic dream where simplicity is key, and the burgers are as classic as a pair of cowboy boots.

No bells and whistles here, folks — just fresh, flavorful, and insanely satisfying burgers. A juicy patty, crisp lettuce, ripe tomatoes, onions, and the ever-important pickle…all between two fluffy buns. It's a purist's dream come true. 

Don't forget to save room for dessert! Their homemade pies will have you singing like a nightingale on a warm Texas evening.

5. Arlo's: Vegan Burger Bliss for All

Ready for something a little different? Buckle up, honey, because we're steering this burger mobile towards Arlo's — the food truck putting a vegan spin on the classic American burger. Non-vegans, don't you dare scroll past this! Arlo's burgers are so mouthwatering and satisfying you won't even miss the meat. 

Their star attraction? The Bac'n Cheeze Burger, a 100% plant-based patty stacked with house-made seitan bacon and melted “American cheese,” served on a bed of fresh fixings. 

It's a veggie-packed punch of flavor that'll have even the most die-hard carnivores asking for seconds. Plus, with food trucks scattered across the city and late-night service, Arlo's ensures that a tasty vegan burger is never too far away.

6. Wholly Cow Burgers: Where Conscious Eating Meets Comfort Food

Let's mosey on over to Wholly Cow Burgers. This is where conscious eating meets comfort food. Wholly Cow is all about locally sourced, organic ingredients, so you can enjoy your burger feast without any of the guilt. 

Their menu? Oh, it's a veritable feast of creative and delicious offerings. Try the "Heavenly Double with Cheese," featuring two grass-fed beef patties and melty cheddar cheese, or go primal with the "Fit Cross Burger" — a juicy patty nestled between two portobello mushrooms. 

Wholly Cow Burgers' commitment to ethical and sustainable sourcing doesn't stop at their burgers, though. Even their sides, from sweet potato fries to zucchini sticks, are locally sourced and oh-so-delicious. 

In the city of ATX, Wholly Cow Burgers stands out, earning recognition on multiple "Best Of" lists. And with these honors, they make a statement of what the humble burger can be when we care about the where, the what, and the how of our food. A visit here is an absolute must on your Austin burger adventure.

7. Whataburger: A Texan Treasure Worth Savoring

Ready for a love story, y'all? Let's go back to Texas in 1950. Harmon Dobson had a vision of a burger so grand, you'd need two hands to hold it — a burger that, after one bite, would make you exclaim, "What a burger!" Thus, Whataburger was born. 

It's not just a fast-food chain; it's an enduring Texas legend. Like bluebonnets in the spring and Friday night football, Whataburger holds a special place in the Texan heart — and stomach! More than just a burger joint, it's a nostalgic nod to simpler times and a testament to the power of a well-made burger. 

At Whataburger, everything is bigger and better. Honey, their burgers don't just talk the talk; they walk the walk! Try the original Whataburger, a 100% pure beef patty lovingly adorned with all the classic fixings, cradled in a five-inch bun. That's a handful of happiness right there!

You could get lost in the array of specialty burgers, each a tribute to classic Southern flavors. The "Green Chile Double" will add a little fire to your meal, or go all out with the "Sweet & Spicy Bacon Burger" — it's like a Texas hoedown happening right in your mouth! 

And let's not forget those late-night cravings. After dancing the night away or cheering on your favorite band, nothing hits the spot like a Whataburger Patty Melt, available 24/7. Here's the thing about Whataburger — it's more than just delicious food. It's a Texas-sized serving of comfort, familiarity, and a sense of coming home. Because in the Lone Star State, home isn't just where the heart is…it's where the Whataburger is.

Honorable Mentions

  • Salt & Time
  • Clark’s Oyster Bar
  • Pool Burger
  • Jewboy Burgers 
  • Butcher’s Burger

Beyond the Bun

One thing's for sure — Austin sure knows how to make a mean burger! From Hopdoddy's craft brew-infused creativity and Casino El Camino's colossal beef burger patties to P. Terry's fast-food reimagined and Dan's down-home classics…There's a burger spot for every craving in this town. 

Each fabulous joint adds unique zest to Austin's culinary scene, making the humble burger an unforgettable experience. Whether you’re craving a fried egg on your smash burger or caramelized onions and garlic aioli, you’ll leave satisfied.

Whether you're a lifelong Austinite or a curious visitor, we've provided you with the juiciest, most delicious starting points. It's time to hit the town, sample these delights, and find your perfect bite. Who knows? Your next favorite burger might be waiting at one of these Austin hotspots. 

The best food adventures always start with an open mind and an empty stomach…So, what are you waiting for?


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