The classic hamburger is an American staple, capable of a wide spectrum of simple to complex flavor profiles and creative spins. Everywhere from your backyard barbecue to Gordon Ramsay’s Michelin-star restaurants have a combination of meat, bread and toppings that they call “their” burger.
Chefs across the city have crafted their own version of the classic hamburger, experimenting with different meats, breads, toppings and sauces to stand out in the competition. Here are just a few examples of what they have come up with:
Holeman & Finch | H&F Burger
Holeman & Finch’s coveted H&F burger is iconic for its simplicity and it’s gimmicky history, once serving only 24 per night starting at 10 p.m., and only to the first lucky customers to claim them. The burger features two American cheeseburger patties made from Southeast Family Farms brisket and chuck on H&F’s famous home-baked bun and topped with red onion and house-made pickles. The original location now serves 24 burgers for brunch, 24 for lunch and 24 for dinner, but you should still get there early to reserve yours. You can also find the burger at H&F Burger’s Ponce City Market location or either of their SunTrust Park locations during Braves season.
Holeman & Finch: 2277 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta
Ponce City Market: 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta
SunTrust Park: 755 Battery Avenue Southeast, Atlanta
Grindhouse Killer Burgers | Hillbilly Style
Grindhouse is a hip spot for affordable and delicious burgers, hand-ground on site and prepared to order in one of a modest but thorough number of styles. The Hillbilly Style covers their angus beef patty (turkey and veggie options are also available) with brisket chili and pimento cheese, topped with red onion and jalapenos for an added twang. Of course, you can also design your own burger and wash it down with a milkshake.
Sweet Auburn Curb Market: 209 Edgewood Ave, Atlanta
Piedmont: 1842 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta
Memorial: 701 Memorial Dr., Atlanta
Decatur: 433 North McDonough St., Decatur
Wrecking Bar Brewpub | The O.G. Burger
Wrecking Bar is known as much for their food menu as they are for their craft beer. The O.G. Burger is a grass-fed beef patty topped with Wisconsin cheddar, lettuce, tomato, vidalia onion and house-made wreck sauce. Add cured bacon and pair with their rich Jemmy stout to balance the complex smokey and sweet flavors.
292 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Yeah! Burger | Yeah! Veggie Burger
Yeah! Burger is all about organic and locally sourced meat and toppings, with an impressive range of vegetarian and vegan-friendly options that are about as healthy as a burger can be. You can design your own burger from several different patty options including bison, turkey, crab and four different non-meat options, choose a whole wheat, gluten free or vegan bun, regular or vegan cheese, and an array of organic toppings. The Yeah! Veggie burger is made from a housemade veggie patty topped with pimento cheese, hydroponic Bibb lettuce, an onion ring and garlic aioli.
West Midtown: 1168 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta
Virginia Highland: 1017 North Highland Ave NE, Atlanta
Ssam Burger | Kimcheese Burger
The Korean food craze has extended beyond tacos and into burgers at this small Korean burger joint. The Kimcheese Burger is exactly what it sounds like: an angus beef patty topped with provolone cheese, Korean barbecue and fermented cabbage. The burger is finished with a signature spicy Ssam sauce and served with a side of fries, Korean sweet potato chips, lotus chips or onion rings.
2072 Defoors Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta
Mix’d Up Burgers | Rockin Hero Bite
Anyone who goes to outdoor events, beer festivals or food truck parks in Atlanta has smelled the Mix’d Up Burgers truck overwhelming the air with its smoky grilling aromas. The mediterranean-inspired Rockin Hero Bite is a gyro-style lamb burger complete with Tzatziki sauce, lettuce, tomato and feta cheese.
East Lake: 2371 Hosea L. Williams Dr., Atlanta
Grant Park: 313 Boulevard SE, Atlanta
Food Truck schedule: Find the truck on their website
The Vortex | Coronary Bypass
This burger is not for the faint of heart. To start off, the buns are actually two grilled cheese sandwiches with bacon on them. Between these two, full-sized bacon grilled cheese sandwiches rests everything that is bad for you, including an 8-oz ground sirloin patty, 10 slices of American cheese, nine more bacon strips and a fried egg. Served with a side of both fries and tots, covered in cheese. You should really stop there but if you’re still hungry, you could exponentially multiply the toppings by ordering a Double or Triple Coronary Bypass. Brave thrillseekers may try to finish the more than 9,000-calorie Quadruple Coronary bypass, which is available as an eating challenge.
Little Five Points: 438 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Midtown: 878 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309