I’m so excited to share this guide to the 30 best burgers in Austin! Burgers are fun because nearly every city in America has GREAT burgers, and everyone loves them. I dove in wholeheartedly into the Austin burger scene to try all of the most popular burgers in Austin. For the past few months, I’ve been eating burger after burger after burger (oh, and some really good fries, too!) in order to compile the most complete list of the best burgers in Austin that you’ve ever seen.
Here’s how I found the best Austin burgers:
– I started with HUGE list of burgers. I asked you for your recommendations, talked to restaurants and PR firms, searched every single list that’s already out there, and took advantage of all of my years of living and eating in Austin to try dozens of different burgers.
I researched: what qualifies as a “good” burger?
– I read and ate and read and ate (articles here, here, and here were all helpful in describing the perfect burger) and found a few important things to look for in a burger: I always tasted a bite of the meat by itself (that fat ratio is important), considered the bun (because whether it’s a soft Martin’s potato roll or a heftier bun to hold up a more robust patty, the bun needs to be sturdy enough to not turn to mush in seconds), and the toppings (not as important as meat + bun, but bad pickles and cheese can definitely ruin a burger.)
– I tried burgers at every price point. Sometimes a $5 burger hits the spot, and other times you want to splurge on a $20 wagyu burger. Note: this guide has been updated to include the 30 best burgers, regardless of price point. As a result, there aren’t many burgers in the $5-10 prices range on this guide. My philosophy is that if you’re going to eat a burger, it should be the best godman burger you can find. Just pay for it and fully enjoy it.
-Was it eat-able? Some burgers are just so hard to eat…I’d take a bite out of one side, and all the toppings would slide out the opposite side and I’d end up using 8 napkins just to take a biet. A burger should be eaten with hands, not a fork and knife.
– This blog post is about beef burgers. I didn’t factor in veggie burgers, black bean burgers, lamb burgers, chicken burgers..it’s all about beef!
And here are my results. I’m going to share the 30 best burgers in Austin, starting with #30 and working down to #1. I’ll share a bit about the burger, the name of the restaurant, and the address and website link to each restaurant. I’ll also start with this handy map of the best burgers in Austin in case you’re simply looking for a burger near you:
30 best burgers in austin
30. Dirty Martin’s Place Kumbak Burger
Dirty Martin’s has been serving the same burger for about 100 years in Austin. And if it ain’t broke, you know? I’m starting with Dirty Martin’s Place because it’s the tastiest classic Austin burger I’ve tried. (There are lots of other classic old-times burgers, like Sandy’s, Dan’s, and Billy’s, but Martin’s wins.
These burgers are hefty and high-quality. The fries and onion rings aren’t included, but they’re hand-cut every day and definitely worth adding to your order. Dirty’s is a classic greasy spoon place in Austin right by UT campus. It’s a great option for lunch or tailgating before a football game, and one of the best burgers in Austin under the $10 price point.
29. Pool burger
Pool Burger is an airstream + cabana located right next to Deep Eddy Pool, and they serve tiki drinks and hormone-free burgers and soft serve. I’m including Pool Burger to my list of the best burgers in Austin with one caveat: you must go after a day in the sun at Deep Eddy pool. The burgers are fine, but the patties are a bit thin and the best burgers on the menu are the ones with all the froo froo toppings. (Meaning the meat doesn’t really stand on its own.)
But… (you knew there had to be a but, right?!), Pool Burger is all about those sunshine-y Austin vibes. Picture a hot summer day in ATX, sunscreen and floaties and splashing around in the ice cold water at Deep Eddy, and then a fresh cheeseburger and vanilla soft serve topped with rum soaked pineapple. It’s a fun burger ambiance, if that makes sense.
2315 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
28. The Texan Burger at TLC
The Texan Burger at TLC was the first time I’ve ever tried refried beans on a burger, and it worked so nicely. This is a really good Austin burger on its own (the seared beef patty is nice and thick) and would probably still taste fine without the toppings. But the fritos, refried beans, guac, and salsa make this a really unique burger.
TLC is a gulf coast seafood restaurant on South Lamar. It’s a really good spot to dine with a big group in Austin, and they have an amazing happy hour. In the past I had only visited for happy hour apps and drinks or for their seafood boils. But when I saw on their instagram page that they had a burger on the menu, I went in to try it right away. I’m glad I did! This is a really fun burger to try if you’re wanting something unique.
1100 S Lamar Blvd Ste. #1150, Austin, TX 78704
27. Phoebe’s Diner
If you’re looking for a great diner burger in Austin, try this one (Phoebe’s) or go to number 7 on this list. Phoebe’s Diner now has two locations in Austin, and their diner on Oltorf is one of my favorite places. Their Diner Double Burger is kinda messy, a bit drippy, and totally satisfying. It’s two ¼ pound patties, house pickles, spinach and tomato and onion, cheese, and special sauce on a potato roll.
I love stopping by Phoebe’s for a quick solo breakfast or lunch. The wait list is often long for a table, but if you’re dining solo you can grab a bar stool. It gives me all the Luke’s Diner vibes. Be sure to order the tater tots with this one, by the way!
533 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704
Loro’s burger is so fantastic. The patty is made of Franklin BBQ smoked brisket and bavette, topped with red onion jam and lettuce and muenster cheese, and I’m absolutely amazed by it. The only annoying thing about this burger is that it’s only available from 11:30-5 pm…but the good news is that from 2-5 it’s on the happy hour menu.
If you haven’t been to Loro yet, it’s a great place to go with out of town guests! It’s an Asian Smokehouse from Aaron Franklin (Franklin BBQ) and Tyson Cole (Uchi). It has a beautiful patio, delicious food and cocktails, and a fun and lively atmosphere.
2115 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
25. Lebowski’s Grill
Lebowski’s Grill is one of the burgers that old-timey Austinites will always mention! It’s a booth that’s inside Highland Lanes bowling alley, so if you want to try this one you can make an event of it and go bowling first and then grab a burger and tots.
The burger I’m picturing here is their Frito Pie burger. Isn’t it fun? It’s similar to TLC’s Texan, but it doesn’t have refried beans and it does have lots of jalapenos.
8909 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78757
24. Hopdoddy Burger Bar
Hopdoddy is usually one of the first restaurants someone visits upon visiting Austin. It originated in Austin, but it’s more a “Texas” thing now. Pretty much all of their burgers are fantastic, and the restaurant is always crowded.
1400 S Congress Ave Suite A190, Austin, TX 78704
23. Wholly Cow
If there was ever an authentically Austin burger joint, this is it: no frills, a little dated looking on the outside, and serving organic, grass-fed burgers before it was even cool. Wholly Cow’s burgers are a MUST for my list of best burgers in Austin.
The Pure Single w/ Cheese is less than ten bucks and a really fantastic burger. (Sweet potato fries here are good, too!) The high quality meat stands out at Wholly Cow, and this no-frills burger is one of the best in Austin in the less than $10 category.
3010 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
22. Josephine House Burger
The Josephine House Burger is perfectly pink and topped with melted grafton cheddar, harissa aïoli, and grilled red onion on a housemade bun…but the real kicker? Those amazing frites! Plus this one is 1/2 off during happy hour. A bargain!
1601 Waterston Ave, Austin, TX 78703
21. Pascal Burger at Hopfields
The Pascal Burger at Hopfields is a unique one with French flair! Camembert, cornichon, whole grain mustard, and caramelized onions on a brioche bun. Ooh, and those pommes frites and housemate aioli? Oui oui!
3110 Guadalupe St #400, Austin, TX 78705
20. Fat City Stacks
This is the only slider you’ll find on the 30 Best Burgers in Austin guide. While sliders are fun (and I honestly love the size of them), they often end up slightly dryer and less flavorful than full-size burgers. But Fat City Stacks is just wayyy too much fun to not mention on this list!
These burgers are very thin, chargrilled beef patties tucked inside a small soft bun. You’ll probably be able to eat 3-5 of them, depending on how hungry you are. They have all sorts of dipping sauces like sriracha ketchup, togorashi ranch, and (my favorite) the fat sauce.
Fat City Stacks is a walk-up window located outside Yard Bar, a popular fenced-in dog park + bar in north Austin. It’s a fun place to visit whether you have a dog or not! These are my favorite little sliders in Austin. (Psst: get the fries and soft serve, too.)
Fat City Stacks
500 E 51st St, Austin, TX 78751
19. 44 Farms Burger at Foreign and Domestic
Foreign and Domestic has a lovely burger made from 44 Farms beef. It’s a simple and delicious beef patty with pickled onions and cheese, and it’s best with a side of fries and saffron rouille.
A quick note about ambiance: Foreign and Domestic is the loveliest little neighborhood farm-to-table restaurant. It’s a calming and charming spot to go for a plate of fries and a burger and a glass of cab franc. The kitchen is open, and there’s a row of bar stools that overlook the chefs so you can watch all the action. I adore Foreign and Domestic (you’ll find it on this list of the 20 best restaurants Austin.)
Foreign and Domestic
306 E 53rd St, Austin, TX 78751
18. Sour Duck Market
This little neighborhood bakery has a GREAT burger and I’m so excited to add it to this list of the best burgers in Austin! Sour Duck Market (from the Odd Duck team) has a simple double cheeseburger on a housemade challah bun. I love that they keep things simple with a pickle, a slice of American cheese, and some special sauce, because the meat + bun are high quality here and don’t need a lot of sprucing up.
You’ll see Odd Duck’s burger on this list a little later, and while I adore that burger and think it’s one of the best in Austin, Sour Duck’s is a nice alternative from the same hospitality group. It’s a bit more of a classic burger.
Sour Duck Market
1814 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78702
17. Casino Al Camino
Casino’s burgers are OG and long-time Austinites call them the best. I, personally, think that some better ones have graced the scene in the past decade, but this one is still solid. For starters, it’s 3/4 pound (GASP!) and charbroiled over a well-loved grill, and topped with roasted serrano chiles, jalapeño jack cheese, and cilantro mayo. They’re cooked a little bit too well done (they won’t ask how you want it, so speak up) but as far as bang for your buck goes, this is it.
Casino Al Camino
517 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
16. Luke’s Inside Out
I’m happy to share this really good food truck burger in Austin with you! Luke’s Inside Out is a staple in our food truck scene. It’s been around for years and years. They serve really good Austin sandwiches, but let’s talk about the burger: it’s an 8 oz sirloin burger that’s juuust drippy enough. It’s a little bit of a messy one, so grab a few napkins and enjoy it all. This burger comes with chips, but sub for crinkle cut fries if you can.
15. JewBoy Burgers
Hot dang, y’all. There are very few burgers this good under $10. Mo (the owner) says his philosophy on burgers is high-quality meat and buns, cheap pickles and mustard, and it’s obviously working because these burgers will knock your socks off. 1/3 lb freshly ground beef with onion grilled into the patty, melted cheddar, lettuce pickles and mustard on a Martins Potato Roll. Oh, and def pay extra to get the latkes. SO darn good.
14. Odd Duck Burger
Odd Duck is one of the most popular farm-to-table restaurants in Austin, so there’s a very good chance you’ve already been. Have you tried their burger? It’s a dry-aged wagyu burger with pimento and bbq sauce and a beer-battered onion ring. It’s hefty. (And it has a hefty price tag to go with it…)
I typically dine at Odd Duck to share small plates and taste lots of locally-sourced food. But this burger is the expectation: I will order it and eat it all myself. It’s one of the highest-quality beef burgers you can find in Austin.
1201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
13. June’s All Day
This darling neighborhood café on South Congress not only has a phenomenal wine list, they also have one of the best burgers in Austin! When you’re in the mood for a perfect burger and frites paired with a glass of rosé, you must go to June’s.
The grass-fed beef burger is perfect with the warm, melty layer of American cheese on top. Two thick slices of pickles, some grilled onions and jalapenos, and a big pile of crispy fries on the side round it all out to one of my favorite evening meals.
12. Griddle Burger at Carpenters Hall
Carpenters Hall has received national recognition and the entire restaurant is phenomenal. It’s located inside Carpenters Hotel, and I really love the coffee shop and the pool and the patio and really ALL of it! The Griddle Burger at Carpenters Hall is super tasty. As I’m writing this, they currently offer the Griddle Burger on the lunch menu, and the Double Burger on the dinner menu.
It’s a thin patty with sweet onions, cheddar, and special sauce. The fries are soft on the inside and crispy on the outside and SO good. Carpenters Hall has a wonderful natural wine selection, and so this is one of my favorite places to pair my burger with a glass of wine.
400 Josephine St, Austin, TX 78704
11. Chargrilled Burger at Clark’s Oyster Bar
Oooh it is SO good! Clark’s Oyster Bar is well known for their delicious burger and teeny shoestring fries. The pan-roasted black angus hamburger is a big patty, seared perfectly with a bit of pink on the inside, and covered with a tangy and salty sauce gribiche and gruyere.
I recognize that this burger is fairly pricey, but it’s a popular happy hour spot in Austin because the burger is 50% off each day. Check their website for current details.
Clark’s Oyster Bar
1200 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703
10. Henbit Burger
When Henbit reopened at the Fareground food hall in downtown Austin, they introduced several new menu items. One of which was this delightful Henbit Burger, which is served as a single (which is actually two patties) or a double (three patties.)
Like many of the other best burgers in Austin, the patty is made with nearby 44 Farms beef. But what I really love about this burger is the extra flavorful white sonoran bun and the housemade shiitake aioli. You’ll also get American cheese, sour pickles, and fresh tomato/onion/red romaine on this burger.
111 Congress Ave #010, Austin, TX 78701
9. 40 North Burger
40 North is a neighborhood pizza restaurant, but they have a delicious burger on their menu. It’s a pretty widespread fact here in Austin that 40 North’s burger is one of the best ones in Austin, and most burger fanatics have tried it. (If you haven’t tried this one yet, go do it!)
It’s a patty of angus beef with a lot of melty American cheese. The mustard aioli is a little bit drippy and this burger is slightly messy to eat, but it’s nice and greasy and satisfying.
900 W 10th St, Austin, TX 78703
8. Dai Due Wagyu Burger
The Dry-aged Wagyu burger at Dai Due is for those of use who love eating local Texas food. The burger patty is prepared with wagyu beef and ground Dai Due bacon, and served with styrk cheddar and special sauce. The thick-cut fries served with homemade beet ketchup. It’s very different from traditional ketchup, if that’s what you’re used to eating, but it’s really good!
2406 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
7. Better Half Cheeseburger
Every time I eat this burger at Hold Out Brewery I’m amazed at how delicious it is. Haha! I know, I should only expect great things from this place, but it still wows me.
Smashed patties, ‘merican cheese, shrettuce, comeback sauce, French’s, dill pickles, diced onion. Not fancy, just delicious. It’s at a brewery, so this is the burger I go to again and again when I want a phenomenal classic cheeseburger paired with a pale ale.
Hold Out Brewing
1208 W 4th St, Austin, TX 78703
6. Counter Burger
Texas Monthly has called the Counter Burger the second best burger in the entire state of Texas, and I definitely agree that it’s one of the best burgers in Austin. The soft sourdough bun is what really makes it fantastic! The grass-fed burger and sharp cheddar cheese are perfect, and I love adding sweet potato fries to my order.
Just like Phoebe’s Diner (number 27 on this list), Counter Cafe is a casual Austin diner with a really good basic burger. It’s one of my favorites when I’m in the mood for a burger + fries in a casual environment.
1914 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
5. Jacoby’s Burger
Jacoby’s definitely has one of the best burgers in Austin. I love the beef patty here (made with Jacoby’s beef) and the grilled bun (soft with just a little bit of char on it.) You can choose to add special toppings to your burger like avocado, mushroom, bacon, or fried egg. While they’re all delicious, they’re definitely not necessary; this burger stands on its own.
Jacoby’s Restaurant and Mercantile
3235 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
4. Launderette Plancha Burger
So simple, yet so fantastic. American cheese, special sauce, pickles, and beef on a challah bun. Perfect. The bun on Launderette’s burger is my favorite burger bun in Austin. It’s a cloud! They make it in-house, and it’s always fresh and perfect.
But this meal is even perfect-er if you order the frites on the side. I’m not sure how they do it, but Launderette’s fries stay crisp for the entire meal. I ordered a bowl for the table, and we snacked on them throughout the meal. Even at the end of the meal I was paying my tab and snacking on the last few fries at the bottom of the bowl, they were still fresh and crisp and delicious.
2115 Holly St, Austin, TX 78702
3. Salt & Time Butcher Burger
Salt & Time is literally a butcher shop,, so it is no surprise that they have one of the very best burgers you can buy in Austin. It’s a ½ pound burger (yup) of daily steak trimmings. It. Is. So. Good. It’s served with mayo and pickles, and you can choose to add cheese (I like cheddar) and bacon. The brioche bun is the perfect companion to this all-star burger. It doesn’t overshadow the meat and just compliments it beautifully.
The Butcher Burger comes with beef fat french fries, which are just as delicious as they sound.
Salt & Time
Street, 1912 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702 TX 78704
2. Contigo Burger
The Contigo Burger is, hands down, one of the best burgers in Austin. Just like the Butcher Burger at Salt and Time, this is one of the few burgers made of a beef patty that could totally stand on its own without the bun or the toppings. Contigo uses beef from Windy Bar Ranch beef (a ranch in the Texas hill country that raises hormone-free and antibiotic-free cattle) and sears the patty with a salty layer. The result is a crisp and juicy burger that’s packed with flavor. Watch out: it’s pretty salty and you’ll probably need a nice cold beer to go with it. It’s all phenomenal.
2027 Anchor Ln, Austin, TX 78723
1. LeRoy and Lewis L&L Burger
Here we go…you ready for the #1 burger in Austin? Say hello to the L&L. It’s the perfect combo of BBQ + burger: a smoked and seared akaushi brisket patty, American cheese, pickles, grilled onions, and special sauce on a Martin’s potato roll. This burger is hefty and smoky and decadent, but still tastes like a regular burger (not too many crazy frills on it.)
There are a few reasons why this burger is in the #1 spot. It’s a fantastic burger. The patty is juicy and rich, and you should definitely taste the meat by itself when you order the burger. I love recommending LeRoy and Lewis to Austin visitors because it’s crosses a bunch of fun Austin-y things off your list all at once: it’s bbq, a food truck, and a fun outdoor beer garden vibe where you can get craft Texas beer. (It’s parked at Cosmic, a little coffee shop and cocktail bar that serves lots of local options.
And finally, I love the LeRoy and Lewis burger because it always satisfies that basic, primal burger craving that we get. They use a Martin’s potato bun, which is the best companion to a big, juicy burger. While a lot of Austin burgers are served on homemade buns, which are fun and even expected at a high-end farm-to-table restaurant, there is something so satisfying and craveable about a Martin’s bun. (Jewboy Burgers uses these buns too, and I think that’s part of what makes people regulars there. Jewboy is on this list at number 15.) The L&L Burger is that big, juicy, perfect Austin burger that you’re going to crave again and again.
LeRoy and Lewis Barbecue
121 Pickle Rd, Austin, TX 78704