Burgers are a staple of the Austin food scene, and we're celebrating the classic dish with a special category in our 2017 CultureMap Tastemaker Awards. Take a bite out of the Best Burger nominees — the winner will be revealed at our big event on April 19.
Casino el Camino Bar & Grill
Everyone loves this Sixth Street burger joint. Three-quarters of a pound of juicy Angus beef with your choice of toppings — including chili and cheese, if you’re feeling it — and piles of crispy fries make this meal a hearty indulgence. The eclectic atmosphere and full bar will keep you entertained while you wait for your food.
The burger at this South Congress Hotel restaurant has been recognized by Texas Monthly as one of the best in the state. On a brioche bun sits a thick patty with cremini mushroom butter, cheddar, and peppered bacon, served with thick-cut house fries.
Contigo channels ranch vibes, so ordering the burger is a no-brainer. A juicy patty and house-cured bacon is accompanied by the standard lettuce, tomato, and pickles on a house-made challah bun smeared with aioli. It may be simple, but that allows the flavors of the fresh ingredients to stand out.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
The line outside any Hopdoddy location is a pretty strong indicator the homegrown chain is doing something right. They pride themselves on fresh ingredients and humanely raised beef, which they craft into burgers that explode on the palate. From the Magic Shroom (mushrooms and goat cheese) to the Primetime (brie, caramelized onions, arugula, and truffle aioli), there's something for everyone.
With dry-aged prime Wagyu serving as the patty, the meat alone will knock your socks off. It's cooked medium rare, which allows the rich flavor of the high-quality beef to shine. The flavors of cambozola, caramelized onion, and caper mayo create a mind-blowing burger experience.
Nau's Enfied Drug
The burgers at Nau's are straightforward and classic, transporting you back to the 1950s. The made-to-order burger is topped with the essential lettuce, tomato, onion, and mayo, and the bun is grilled on both sides to add a nice crunch.
Another no-fuss option, P. Terry's takes delight in serving fresh, natural ingredients. All-natural beef, locally sourced produce, and a touch of special sauce make their burgers simple but delicious — and 14 Austin-area locations make it just as convenient.
An uncomplicated burger structure allows the flavors of this beefy Texas patty to take center stage. The Parkside cheeseburger (which can be found on the bar menu) is served with garlic fries and, at just $7 during happy hour, it's a can't-miss deal.
Big Ass Burger Night is every Monday at Swift's Attic, and each week features a different themed dish. You may not know what to expect, but it's guaranteed to be tasty. Past creations have featured everything from taco to cordon bleu flavors — and when they say "big ass," they mean it.