The burger is one of the most classic food items in America; you see burger places on every corner. And Austin is no exception, burger joints line Burnet, Lamar and Guadalupe, each of them offering a different “secret sauce” or cheese option. We’ve rounded up our top five burger places in Austin so you can try them all.
By: Hayden Pigott
Phil’s Ice House
5620 Burnet Rd (multiple locations)
The self-proclaimed Happiest Burger Joint in Texas, Phil’s Ice House, is the perfect spot for families. Bring your kids and let them play on the playground while you grab a drink and wait for your burgers. Served on, quite possibly, the best sourdough buns in Texas, the burgers are named after famous places in Austin or Texas. Get the 78704 burger (topped with Monterey Jack cheese, jalapeños, grilled onions, sliced avocado, and chipotle mayo) and you won’t regret it.
Dirty Martin’s Place
2808 Guadalupe St
Known for their “Kum-Back” burgers, Dirty Martin’s Place has been serving burgers since 1926. It is the ultimate greasy burger joint and is loved by Austenite’s and tourists alike. Have a cheeseburger with a side of tater tots and eat out on their patio to watch the traffic on Guadalupe go by. If it’s game-day sit in their dining room for huge flat screen TVs with every game going on.
7525 Burnet Road
“Alright, alright, alright.” Those famous words spoken by Matthew McConaughey were uttered at Top Notch on Burnet where to this day you can still get car hop service. Pull in and order one of their classic charbroiled burgers, a side of fries and a chocolate malt that may take you back in time. If you’re feeling adventurous have their fried chicken two-piece dinner which some people say is amazing. Watching your figure? Have the 1971 Weight Watcher Special – it comes with two broiled beef patties, wheat bread and a side salad.
807 West 6th Street
Sixth Street isn’t just for partying. You can go just to have a really good burger at Hut’s Hamburgers. Their burgers are all natural, never frozen, Texas raised beef from Johnny G’s Meat Market in South Austin. Sometimes there can be a crazy wait so make sure to get there early (especially on Fridays). The Alan Freed Burger (with BBQ sauce) is a testament to the freshness of their meat. If you like your burger overloaded, get the Fats Domino Burger (lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, mayo, mustard, jalapenos, onions, cheddar cheese, and spicy New Orleans seasonings).
344 Airport Blvd. (multiple locations)
Dan’s Hamburgers is has been an Austin tradition since 1973. The burger joint is still family owned and operated serving the freshest ingredients possible. Their burgers are simple but delicious and come in “small, medium and large” sizes – plus they are extremely cheap for how good they are. Get their homemade onion rings or curly fries on the side and a milkshake to round out your meal.