Burgers are one of the most iconic American dishes, right up there with apple pie. Burgers have gotten endlessly creative in the last few years, and you can find patties made with everything from salmon to beets. The Atlanta food scene doesn't disappoint and has plenty of places to grab a juicy burger.
Fred's Meat & Bread
Part trendy food market and part neighborhood burger spot, Fred's Meat & Bread gained national attention in 2015 when Bon Appetite gave it a glowing write-up. The classic sandwiches, hand-cut fries, and old-school sodas are part of the homey charm. The "Burger Stack" is as textbook as it gets with mayo, bread and butter pickles, and American cheese. Take it up a notch and add applewood smoked bacon. The house veggie burger is made with chickpeas and topped with house slaw, pickles, avocado, tomato, and aioli. There's even a kid-sized burger for "little Freds."
Grindhouse Killer Burgers
Grindhouse Killer Burgers is an Atlanta-based chain with a near cult-like following (it even has its own app). It served its first hungry customers in 2009 and quickly began piling up "Best of" accolades from local publications. Much of the menu remains the same across all of the locations. Build your own burger (beef, turkey, veggie, Impossible) and then load it up with cheese, sauce, veggies, and other extras like New Mexico green chilies or crispy onion rings. If all of the choices prove too much for you, grab one of the house specialties. The "Hillbilly Burger" gets creaminess from pimento cheese and spice from jalapeños, Texas-style chili, and red onions. The "Yankee Burger" is topped with blue cheese, applewood smoked bacon, grilled onions, and mixed greens. Any burger on the menu comes in as either a junior or double patty size.
Get a babysitter for the kids on National Burger Day because The Vortex is 21 and up. Both locations churn out great burgers and booze to hungry Atlanta residents. There are 16 burgers on the menu stacked high with outrageous toppings. Turn up the heat with "Hell's Fury" with pepper jack cheese, Atomic Death sauce (sounds mild...not), habanero relish, a roasted jalapeño, LTO, and pickles. This one is not for the faint of heart. "Fat Elvis" honors the king and is slathered with a hearty portion of smooth peanut butter, bacon, and fried plantains. Don't forget "Pickle Rick" topped with fried pickles, southern-style pimento cheese, bacon, and a house-made Szechuan sauce.
Wrecking Bar Brewpub
With ample patio space and exposed stone interiors, Wrecking Bar Brewpub is a relaxing spot to grab a burger with fully vaccinated friends. The food is locally sourced, the bar program is extensive, and there's a long list of craft beers to go with your burger. "The OG Burger" is made with White Oak pastures, grass-fed beef, Vermont cheddar, onions, lettuce, and Wreck sauce. For a little extra flavor, add bacon for an additional charge. Vegetarians have their own burger made from garlic and cumin Sea Island Red Pea falafel with local lettuce, sambal aioli on a sesame bun. Pair the "OG" with a "Breaking Bob" Kolsch and the falafel burger with "Juice Willis: Just A Love Machine" IPA.
Flip Burger Boutique
At Flip Burger Boutique, you'll find a lot more than just beef patties. The grill masters are making burgers out of lamb, bison, turkey, shrimp, a falafel. The shrimp burger is made from blackened ground shrimp before being topped with tempura fried lemon, lettuce, tomato, and cajunaise. Stay meat-free with the "Fauxlafel" with its chickpea patty topped with arugula, cucumber, pickled beets, red onion, and tangy tzatziki. But, if you're just looking for a good, classic, meaty burger, the "Flip Stack" is for you. Two smashed beef patties with American cheese, melted onions, lettuce, tomato, bread and butter pickles, and 1000 island dressing.
Farm Burger believes that the best burgers come from the highest quality ingredients. All of the beef patties are made with grass-fed beef. No antibiotics, no growth hormones, always humanely raised and handled. The menu changes with the seasons and whatever the local farmers are growing at the time. The house burger is perfect in its simplicity and cooked to perfection with aged cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, and the house secret sauce. Make your meal even heartier with a double bacon cheeseburger. The double patties consist of a 50/50 blend of ground beef and bacon grind. Top off that salty, rich goodness with Wisconsin cheddar, pasture-raised bacon, grilled onions, pickles, and dijon mustard.