In the nearly two years I have lived in Austin, one of the things I have always looked forward to most is a chance to try new places. Originally, I didn’t have a very exotic palette, but when there are an ample amount of opportunities to venture out, you’d be crazy not to! That being said, I find it equally satisfying to just find a place that makes a good classic, like a cheeseburger! Burgers are one of my all-time favorites and here are the three best burgers I have discovered:
Called “Anti-Fast Food” by Austin Monthly, P.Terry’s can be found in just about every corner of the city. The first stand opened in 2006 and it has since become a beloved icon with 5 locations across the town. The charm of these burger joints is their 50’s-diner atmosphere and burger simplicity with an Austin-style twist: a vegetarian burger on the menu, hand-cut in-store fries, and locally-grown tomatoes! I haven’t personally experienced the veggie burger, but I have a couple of close friends who are either vegetarian or prefer the option, and they rave about it. On top of that, their combo meals range from $5-$7 so you can enjoy all of the great food and a Maine Root soda for a deal!
Hut’s has been a favorite in Austin for nearly 75 years. Both the business and the building originated in 1939, but after a number of changes in location and taste respectively, the two came together in 1969. While that’s plenty interesting, the building’s colorful history itself can stand on its own. Beginning as Sammie’s Drive-In and then going from a lounge to the Picante Mexican Restaurant before finally becoming Hut’s. You can even see a section of Eli’s Lounge wallpaper at the entrance. The menu is pretty extensive, sporting 20 hamburger types, 14 sandwich varieties, comfort food favorites, salads, and of course, dessert. I’ve been with fairly large groups every time I’ve gone and everyone has always enjoyed their meal. I personally enjoy the Boodieburger, which has Sour cream, mushrooms, Swiss cheese, and I always have them add grilled onions. Like P. Terry’s, Hut’s also has a diner-style atmosphere, but an authentic, historical one that makes it one of Austin’s oldest favorites.
The extreme opposite in the realm of burgers, Hopdoddy is known as Austin’s gourmet burger bar and it couldn’t be more true. Located on the popular SoCo Ave. and featuring an array of exotic, artistic burgers, you’ll feel sophisticated eating just the “Classic” burger. To give you an idea, their Primetime is comprised of Texas Akashui
Beef, Brie cheese, Truffle Aiolo, Argula, caramelized onion, and steak sauce. They also have a Magic Shroom burger (my favorite) consisting of angus beef, texas goat cheese, field mushrooms, mayo, and basil pesto. In addition to complex beef-based burgers, Hopdoddy also has sandwiches starring bison, lamb, turkey, sushi-grade tuna, and a hemp seed veggie patty (cleverly named the Janis Joplin and pictured at the top of this article). The biggest thing I can’t stress enough about these burgers is their size. The burgers themselves range in price from $5.50-12 and you really get a burger that is easily a full meal in itself so you’re either getting your money’s worth or a total steal.
When you walk into the restaurant, you are greeted with a large overhang highlighting the great care Hopdoddy takes to ensure that everything they serve is as good as it can be. All of their buns (choose from challah-style, seeded wheat, or non-gluten) are baked fresh twice daily, all beef is ground in store, shakes are made with only whole dairy and churned daily, draught beers are all from local, small batch, artisanal breweries, and they have a Maine Root soda fountain. The list goes on as every part of their food arsenal comes from a source
that is carefully chosen. The small downfall to Hopdoddy is the line. it can literally wrap around the building. The solution? Visit their new location up North that is easily twice as big. All things considered, Hopdoddy is my favorite and arguably the absolute best burger in Austin. What great burgers places are must sees in Austin?
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