Austin Restaurants: Burgers

Burger from Crown and Anchor — Matthew Odam suggests the double with bacon and cheese.
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Burger from Crown and Anchor — Matthew Odam suggests the double with bacon and cheese.
Burger from Crown and Anchor — Matthew Odam suggests the double with bacon and cheese.

Burger from Crown and Anchor — Matthew Odam suggests the double with bacon and cheese.

Restaurant listings

Each week we’re offering a rotating list of places to eat right now. This week: Austin has long been known for having good burgers, and it seems like our options expand every day. More restaurants broken down by category here.

Black Sheep Lodge. 2108 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-707-2744, BlackSheepLodge.com. More than a dozen TVs and many more beers on draft, this pot is popular among service industry workers and sports fans who also have a hankering for a very good bleu cheese burger and mini-corndogs.

Black Star Co-op. 7020 Easy Wind Drive. 512-452-2337, Blackstar.CoOp. Quietly buzzing even on a Monday night, the cooperatively owned brewpub offers a robust roster of house and guest beers, as well as a menu of thoughtfully crafted pub food.

Bouldin Creek Cafe. 1900 S. First St. 512-416-1601, BouldinCreek.com. One of Austin’s true temples to vegetarian and vegan fare, even the most avid meat-eater will be impressed with dishes like portobello fajitas, zucchini migas and the Veggie Royale burger.

Casino El Camino. 517 E. Sixth St. 512-469-9330, CasinoElCamino.Net. All reds and blacks, this Sixth Street classic has a devilish attitude and serves up fat, peppery burgers off a grill, like a garden party along the River Styx.

Contigo. 2027 Anchor Lane. 512-614-2260, ContigoTexas.com/Austin. It makes sense that a restaurant inspired by a Texas ranch would serve one of the best burgers in town. A copious layer of white cheddar drapes this burger that bristles with a peppery crust that reveals a pink interior that gushes its juices at the press of a palm or squeeze of a jaw. Homemade bread and butter pickles and a rich aioli make for a fine balance of accoutrements on the tall burger served on pumped-up housemade challah bread.

Counter Café. 626 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-708-8800, CounterCafe.com. You can almost reach over and touch the grill at this shoebox café that turns out great burgers, crab cakes with poached eggs and curried peanut sauce, and all of the breakfast classics.

Crown & Anchor Pub. 2911 San Jacinto Blvd. 512-322-9168, CrownAndAnchorPub.com. The Crown and Anchor opened in 1987, and the gristle-edged burgers have a flavor that makes it possible the same flat-top has been in service for all 26 of the years. That’s a good thing. Get the double with bacon and cheese.

Culver’s. Multiple locations. Culvers.com. With a location up north and one down south, this Midwest transplant has the city surrounded with their “butter burgers” and exceedingly friendly service.

Dan’s Hamburgers. Multiple locations. Dans-Hamburgers.com. Dan and Fran split (or something, they like to keep us guessing what happened) and now Austin gets multiple burger joints. Sounds like a win. Dan’s has three locations, and one under remodeling, that serve breakfast, burgers and chicken-fried steak.

Dirty Martin’s Place. 2808 Guadalupe St. 512-477-3173, DirtyMartins.com. Greasy burger and a cold beer within a few steps of the UT campus. They’ve only been doing it for 87 years.

Drink.Well. 207 E. 53rd St. 512-614-6683, DrinkWellAustin.com. Refined bar food like smoked mushroom macaroni and cheese, a spicy kimchi Reuben and one of the best burgers at this smart little North Loop bar that makes exceptional cocktails.

Fran’s Hamburgers. 6214 Cameron Rd. 512-458-6007, FransHamburgers.com. They may not be in their original location on South Congress, but you can still get Fran’s ground chuck burgers in Northeast Austin.

Hat Creek Burgers. Multiple locations. HatCreekBurgers.com. This burger operation from former UT hooper Drew Gressett started in a trailer and now has locations spread around the Greater Austin Area.

Hopdoddy. 1400 S. Congress Ave., 512-243-7505; 2438 W. Anderson Lane, 512-467-2337. Hopdoddy.com. The payoff for what can often be a long wait is the choice of a dozen well-crafted burgers (that’s the doddy) and good beer (that’s the hop).

Hopfields. 3110 Guadalupe St. 512-537-0467, HopfieldsAustin.com. Who knows how much money I’d spend at this place if I were a UT college student? The French-inspired gastropub serves one of the city’s best burgers, topped with Camembert cheese, sweet and smoky caramelized onions and grain mustard.

In-In-Out. Multiple locations. In-N-Out.com. The California burger titan has opened a restaurant in Austin, and long lines at the drive-thru and out the front door are a regular occurrence. But the friendly staff moves things along quickly as they introduce Central Texans to the double-double.

Mighty Fine Burgers. Multiple locations. MightyFineBurgers.com. Four Austin-area locations for this family-friendly place with the open-kitchen that calls mustard “yellow” and ketchup “red.”

Nau’s Enfield Drug. 1115 W Lynn St. 512-476-1221, NausDrug.com. Wax paper burgers from a grill that features a classic soda fountain with a full pharmacy up front. It doesn’t get much more classic than this Austin institution that opened more than 60 years ago.

P. Terry’s. Multiple locations. PTerrys.com. Vegetarian-fed, hormone and antibiotic-free beed that doesn’t make you feel so bad for wanting a fast-food burger from a drive-through.

Phil’s Icehouse. Multiple locations. PhilsIcehouse.com. The Amy’s team brings the same family-friendly, always-smiling service and enthusiasm to the burger joint where kids (and adults) can be kids.

Salt & Time. 1912 E. Seventh St. 512-524-1383, SaltAndTime.com. This butcher shop sells sandwiches with fresh, quality meat and turns out magnificent charcuterie plates, a thick juicy burger and other specialties on their dinner menu. Try their burger with a nduja, a spreadable spicy pork sausage, on top of the patty.

Shady Grove. 1624 Barton Springs Road. 512-474-9991, TheShadyGrove.com. The family-friendly restaurant located amid the grove of pecan trees keeps the crowds coming in with green chile hamburgers, chicken fried steak and queso catfish.

Top Notch Hamburgers. 7525 Burnet Road. 512-452-2181, TopNotchAustin.com. New ownership was wise not to change the aesthetics at this classic car-hop spot that was featured in “Dazed and Confused.” The charcoal-grilled burgers have a unique flavor, and the fried chicken is always crispy.

Wholly Cow Burgers 3010 S. Lamar Blvd.619 Congress Ave. Grass-fed local beef makes for a tasty burger that won’t put a strain on your conscience.

Your Mom’s Burger Bar. 5001 Airport Blvd. 512-454-6667; 6705 W. U.S. 290. 512-891-6667, YourMoms.net. Big, fat stuffed burgers with attitude.


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