The best burger in Austin? That's a highly debated topic. Today, we'll defer to The Daily Meal, who has named a couple of Austin burgers among the best in the country. On its list of the 101 Best Burgers in America, two local burgers get a nod: one represents the old guard of Austin food, one a trendy newcomer that's no stranger to long lines.
Coming in at No. 42 on the list is the Hut's Favorite from downtown's Hut's Hamburgers. The simple burger — served with mayo, lettuce, tomatoes, bacon and American cheese — is available for a reasonable $6.95.
Hut's Hamburgers has been an Austin institution for more than seven decades, its current home an icon among an influx of high-rises. "Homer 'Hut' Hutson opened the original Hut's Hamburgers in 1939," says The Daily Meal, "and though it's now in a different location with different owners, the spirit of the place hasn't changed a whole lot since then."
At No. 77 on the list is Hopdoddy Burger Bar's Classic Burger. The Daily Meal suggests adding cheese and bacon (we're sensing a trend here) to the Classic's standard Angus beef, red leaf lettuce, white onion, ripe beef steak tomato and Sassy Sauce.
"No corner is cut at Hopdoddy Burger Bar in Austin," writes The Daily Meal, "where hormone and antibiotic-free black Angus beef is ground in-house, buns are baked from scratch, and only the freshest vegetables are allowed anywhere near their burger creations."
Hut's and Hopdoddy are new to the annual list, which grew from 40 burgers to 101 this year.