The Top 5 Award-Winning Burger Restaurants in Atlanta
Get ready, burger-lovers. We’ve scoured the highest-rated burger joints in Atlanta to come up with a comprehensive list to help you find the juiciest joints in town. Plenty of local publications create their own lists, taste-testing dozens of patties around the city; so rather than compete in an already saturated market, we’re corralling all of the number one winners all in one place (we did the same thing for the best pizza in Atlanta, in case you missed it). Though there are literally dozens of delicious options around town with incredible burger reputations, like The Vortex (whose signature burger uses grilled cheeses as buns), Miller Union, The Pinewood, Corner Tavern, Muss & Turner’s, One-Eared Stag, Farm Burger and FLiP Burger Boutique, our list only includes the Top 5 steady winners guaranteed to satisfy your burger craving. Click through the slideshow for the full list of Atlanta's best burgers.
Story by Savanna Sturkie
Holeman and Finch Public House
Chef Linton Hopkins, one of the pioneers of fine-dining in Atlanta, created the most iconic burger in Atlanta when he opened H&F. Not only is his signature double patty with American cheese, onion and pickles all on a house-made bun incredibly delicious (the patties are made from a blend of grass-fed brisket and lean chuck and topped with homemade ketchup), but Hopkins’ marketing tactic undoubtedly put it in legendary status. When the burger was first introduced, they were only available at 9 p.m. and only 24 were made. It was a show as much as a meal, as a server would blow a bullhorn to signal burger time and they often sold out in under a minute. No surprise the burger has been ranked in the top 10 burgers in the entire country by The Daily Meal the last three years in a row, not to mention sitting in the number one best burger in Atlanta by Thrillist (in addition to plenty more accolades). These days, the burgers are always on the menu, not to mention their patties have moved beyond their Buckhead brick and mortar and into the Braves’ stadium and Ponce City Market.
Westside’s Bocado, an industrial-chic neighborhood hangout where in-season ingredients calls the shots, is home to the highly acclaimed “Double Stack” burger: two charred patties of house-ground meat are topped with gooey American cheese and plenty of pickles and sandwiched between locally-made H&F burger buns. The Double Stack was ranked number one by Creative Loafing in 2010 and “Burger Above the Rest” by the Atlanta Journal Constitution in 2011—no surprise they sell 600 a week.
The General Muir
This Jewish-meets-Southern delicatessen has taken Atlanta by storm since opening in Emory Point in January 2013. Chef-owner Todd Ginsberg, a two-time James Beard semifinalist and the original creator of the legendary Bocado burger, has created a signature dinner burger that Creative Loafing named the very best in their Ultimate Burger Smackdown last year and that Eater National included on its 21 Essential Hamburgers in America. Simply called “The Burger,” this is a double patty made from ground brisket and short rib featuring Gruyere, tangy Russian dressing and pastrami all sandwiched between handmade buns made by former H & F Bread maker Rob Alexander.
Ann's Snack Bar
A true burger joint, Ann’s Snack Bar’s historic “Ghetto Burger” was not only named Atlanta Eater’s #1 Most Iconic Atlanta Burger, but also awarded the Best Burger in America by The Wall Street Journal in 2007 (not to mention the newspaper called Atlanta the best city for hamburgers). The indulgent burger is made with two crumbly, hand-formed patties topped with crispy bacon, chili and melted cheese between two toasted buns. Though the original operator, Miss Ann, passed away earlier this year, her legacy, which began in 1971, lives on in the burgers and her quirky house rules, which include no-cursing and no leaning on the counter.