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The brisket cheeseburger at LeRoy & Lewis.
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17 Iconic Burgers in Austin

Charcoal-grilled classics, new-wave sensations, plenty of cheeseburgers, and everything in between

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The brisket cheeseburger at LeRoy & Lewis.
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Austin's burgers might not ever be as closely associated with the city as tacos or barbecue, but there are still plenty of options both old and new to celebrate, available in the city right now.

With that in mind, here is Eater’s guide to the city’s essential burgers. There are beloved upscale cheeseburgers from Salt & Time, the cheesy meaty dry-aged wagyu cheeseburgers from Dai Due, fast-casual takes from P. Terry’s and Dan’s Hamburgers, brisket-based ones from LeRoy & Lewis, vegan and vegetarian options, and much more.

As with all businesses right now, be sure to call ahead to make sure each restaurant/truck is still open or if there are updates on current offerings and service models, as things are changing constantly. Be sure to wear a mask, tip well, and, if you’re ordering delivery, try to order directly from the restaurants/trucks themselves.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Top Notch

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7525 Burnet Rd.
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 452-2181
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A trip to Top Notch, opened by Ray and Frances Stanish in 1971, is a trip back in time when burgers were still charcoal-grilled. It might look familiar as the joint from Dazed And Confused. Orders can be placed online for pickups, in-person, or over the phone for to-go orders through its carhop. The restaurant has reopened for indoor dine-in service.

A burger with a meat patty and shredded strings of yellow cheese and ketchup in front of a red background,
A burger from Top Notch.
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2. Buddy's Burger

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9001 Cameron Rd Ste 101
Austin, TX 78754
(512) 401-3325
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The North Austin fast-casual drive-thru spot serves up excellent smash burgers based on recipes from co-owners twins Zain Fidai and Isha Fidai, and cousin Saad Fidai. The result is Angus beef patties layered with lettuce, tomatoes, and a house sauce on a potato bun. There are also spicy and cheese variations. Takeout orders can be placed through the drive-thru or over the phone. There are indoor and outdoor dining areas.

Two cheeseburgers in a stack next to a plastic glass of orange liquid.
Burgers from Buddy’s Burger.
Buddy’s Burger

3. Dan's Hamburgers

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5602 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 459-3239
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The burgers at the 49-year-old local chain Dan's are quick and solid and are paired with great curly fries. To-go orders can be placed through the drive-thrus, over the phone, or in person. The locations have indoor dine-in services.

4. Sala and Betty

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5201 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 645-0214
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A perfect crispy burger can be found at the North Loop fast-casual restaurant, served on challah buns. There’s an array of options from cheese to sauces to vegetables, as well as variations with salmon and a vegetarian-friendly sweet potato-navy bean patty. Pickup orders can be placed online. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

5. JewBoy Burgers

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5111 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 291-3358
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For his Allandale Jewish-Tex-Mex food truck-turned-restaurant, owner Mo Pittle draws on his El Paso upbringing for the unkosher menu, resulting in beef patties (onions are grilled onto the patties), plus additions such as hatch green chiles, grilled pastrami, and, yes, latkes. To-go orders can be placed in person or online; the restaurant offers indoor and outdoor dine-in service.

A cheese-oozy burger.
A burger from JewBoy Burgers
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6. Hopfields

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3110 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 537-0467
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For a burger slathered in camembert cheese and mustard, look no further than the French gastropub’s dinner-only Pascal burger. There’s also a solid veggie burger made with a black bean patty. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services available.

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The Pascal burger at Hopfields
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7. Crown & Anchor Pub

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2911 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 322-9168
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The cheeseburger at Crown & Anchor is a reader favorite, and who can disagree? There is real greatness in burger simplicity. Takeout orders can be placed in person or over the phone. The bar is open for indoor and patio dine-in services.

8. Dai Due

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2406 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 524-0688
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Previously only available on Tuesdays, Dai Due’s cheeseburger is thankfully now available daily. It comes with two dry-aged wagyu patties topped with cheese, pickles, and tangy sauce. Pickup orders can be placed online; there are indoor and patio dine-in services.

A double-cheeseburger with melty yellow cheese and pickle slices.
Dai Due’s wagyu cheeseburger
Dai Due

9. Pool Burger

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2315 Lake Austin Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 334-9747
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The West Austin burger spot offers a variety of burgers, including the refreshing Blue Hawaiian which comes with a thick griddled pineapple slice. Pickup orders can be placed online; the restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

A burger in paper wrap and fries in a tray on a blue picnic table.
Double burger from Pool Burger
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10. Better Half Coffee & Cocktails

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406 Walsh St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 645-0786
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Better Half’s cheeseburger is a solid, simple one: a high-quality beef patty topped with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, Dijonnaise, and, yes, cheese. There are chicken and veggie versions too. It’s available for pickups placed online and the restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services. The restaurant reopened its patio for dine-in service. Find more burgers at next-door sibling spot Hold Out Brewing, with smashed patty iterations.

11. Delray Cafe

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1133 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 987-4294

The Detroit-style food trailer parked at favorite bar Nickel City is slinging those classic sliders (don’t let the name mislead you: the sliders aren’t small) are available, plus a double-patty version, and for those who want more, a three-pack order. Pickup orders can be online. The bar is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

12. Salt & Time

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1912 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524-1383
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Salt & Time's Butcher's Burger is an essential: a massive hunk of house-ground beef sourced from leftover steak trimmings of the day, plus beef-fat fries. Add the house-made bacon for maximum meat. Pickup orders can be placed online. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services. The butcher shop/restaurant also offers a delivery-only service dedicated to the burger through third-party app Caviar.

13. P. Terry's

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404 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 473-2217
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No discussion of Austin burgers is complete without touching on this beloved home-grown chain. With numerous locations around town and in Texas, Austinites have easy access to an affordable and quality fast-food burger. Takeout orders are available through all drive-thrus and respective online stores. All locations feature indoor and outdoor dining areas.

A double-patty cheeseburger with lettuce and tomato.
A burger from P. Terry’s
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14. Sandy's Hamburgers

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603 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 478-6322
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Sandy's is a Barton Springs Road icon, serving no-frills burgers and great frozen custard made with a hearty helping of nostalgia. Orders can be placed in-person for to-go orders, and it only accepts cash.

15. Odd Duck

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1201 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 433-6521
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The New Texan restaurant’s stellar dry-aged wagyu burger often changes its accompaniments, which are currently pimento, braised greens, and chicharrones. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

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A burger from Odd Duck
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16. Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile

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3235 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 366-5808
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Jacoby’s sources its meats straight from the family ranch in Melvin, so the burger is very fresh. It comes with a half-pound of beef, topped with cheese and optional bacon, avocado, mushrooms, or a fried egg. To-go orders can be placed online. The restaurant is open. forindoor and outdoor dine-in services.

17. Leroy & Lewis

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121 Pickle Rd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 945-9882
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Barbecue burgers, please. The new-school truck makes use of smoked brisket in its patty, topped with melty sliced cheese, grilled onions, pickles, and sauce on a potato bun. To-go orders can be placed in person. Host site Cosmic features indoor and outdoor seating.

1. Top Notch

7525 Burnet Rd., Austin, TX 78757
A burger with a meat patty and shredded strings of yellow cheese and ketchup in front of a red background,
A burger from Top Notch.
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A trip to Top Notch, opened by Ray and Frances Stanish in 1971, is a trip back in time when burgers were still charcoal-grilled. It might look familiar as the joint from Dazed And Confused. Orders can be placed online for pickups, in-person, or over the phone for to-go orders through its carhop. The restaurant has reopened for indoor dine-in service.

7525 Burnet Rd.
Austin, TX 78757

2. Buddy's Burger

9001 Cameron Rd Ste 101, Austin, TX 78754
Two cheeseburgers in a stack next to a plastic glass of orange liquid.
Burgers from Buddy’s Burger.
Buddy’s Burger

The North Austin fast-casual drive-thru spot serves up excellent smash burgers based on recipes from co-owners twins Zain Fidai and Isha Fidai, and cousin Saad Fidai. The result is Angus beef patties layered with lettuce, tomatoes, and a house sauce on a potato bun. There are also spicy and cheese variations. Takeout orders can be placed through the drive-thru or over the phone. There are indoor and outdoor dining areas.

9001 Cameron Rd Ste 101
Austin, TX 78754

3. Dan's Hamburgers

5602 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751

The burgers at the 49-year-old local chain Dan's are quick and solid and are paired with great curly fries. To-go orders can be placed through the drive-thrus, over the phone, or in person. The locations have indoor dine-in services.

5602 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78751

4. Sala and Betty

5201 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751

A perfect crispy burger can be found at the North Loop fast-casual restaurant, served on challah buns. There’s an array of options from cheese to sauces to vegetables, as well as variations with salmon and a vegetarian-friendly sweet potato-navy bean patty. Pickup orders can be placed online. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

5201 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751

5. JewBoy Burgers

5111 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
A cheese-oozy burger.
A burger from JewBoy Burgers
JewBoy Burgers/Facebook

For his Allandale Jewish-Tex-Mex food truck-turned-restaurant, owner Mo Pittle draws on his El Paso upbringing for the unkosher menu, resulting in beef patties (onions are grilled onto the patties), plus additions such as hatch green chiles, grilled pastrami, and, yes, latkes. To-go orders can be placed in person or online; the restaurant offers indoor and outdoor dine-in service.

5111 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751

6. Hopfields

3110 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
A paper-lined basket of a cheeseburger and fries.
The Pascal burger at Hopfields
Hopfelds/Facebook

For a burger slathered in camembert cheese and mustard, look no further than the French gastropub’s dinner-only Pascal burger. There’s also a solid veggie burger made with a black bean patty. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services available.

3110 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705

7. Crown & Anchor Pub

2911 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78705

The cheeseburger at Crown & Anchor is a reader favorite, and who can disagree? There is real greatness in burger simplicity. Takeout orders can be placed in person or over the phone. The bar is open for indoor and patio dine-in services.

2911 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78705

8. Dai Due

2406 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
A double-cheeseburger with melty yellow cheese and pickle slices.
Dai Due’s wagyu cheeseburger
Dai Due

Previously only available on Tuesdays, Dai Due’s cheeseburger is thankfully now available daily. It comes with two dry-aged wagyu patties topped with cheese, pickles, and tangy sauce. Pickup orders can be placed online; there are indoor and patio dine-in services.

2406 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

9. Pool Burger

2315 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
A burger in paper wrap and fries in a tray on a blue picnic table.
Double burger from Pool Burger
Chad Wadsworth

The West Austin burger spot offers a variety of burgers, including the refreshing Blue Hawaiian which comes with a thick griddled pineapple slice. Pickup orders can be placed online; the restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

2315 Lake Austin Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

10. Better Half Coffee & Cocktails

406 Walsh St, Austin, TX 78703

Better Half’s cheeseburger is a solid, simple one: a high-quality beef patty topped with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, Dijonnaise, and, yes, cheese. There are chicken and veggie versions too. It’s available for pickups placed online and the restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services. The restaurant reopened its patio for dine-in service. Find more burgers at next-door sibling spot Hold Out Brewing, with smashed patty iterations.

406 Walsh St
Austin, TX 78703

11. Delray Cafe

1133 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702

The Detroit-style food trailer parked at favorite bar Nickel City is slinging those classic sliders (don’t let the name mislead you: the sliders aren’t small) are available, plus a double-patty version, and for those who want more, a three-pack order. Pickup orders can be online. The bar is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

1133 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702

12. Salt & Time

1912 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702

Salt & Time's Butcher's Burger is an essential: a massive hunk of house-ground beef sourced from leftover steak trimmings of the day, plus beef-fat fries. Add the house-made bacon for maximum meat. Pickup orders can be placed online. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services. The butcher shop/restaurant also offers a delivery-only service dedicated to the burger through third-party app Caviar.

1912 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

13. P. Terry's

404 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
A double-patty cheeseburger with lettuce and tomato.
A burger from P. Terry’s
P. Terry’s/Facebook

No discussion of Austin burgers is complete without touching on this beloved home-grown chain. With numerous locations around town and in Texas, Austinites have easy access to an affordable and quality fast-food burger. Takeout orders are available through all drive-thrus and respective online stores. All locations feature indoor and outdoor dining areas.

404 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

14. Sandy's Hamburgers

603 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78704

Sandy's is a Barton Springs Road icon, serving no-frills burgers and great frozen custard made with a hearty helping of nostalgia. Orders can be placed in-person for to-go orders, and it only accepts cash.

603 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78704

15. Odd Duck

1201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
A tall burger that is tilted.
A burger from Odd Duck
Odd Duck/Facebook

The New Texan restaurant’s stellar dry-aged wagyu burger often changes its accompaniments, which are currently pimento, braised greens, and chicharrones. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

1201 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

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16. Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile

3235 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

Jacoby’s sources its meats straight from the family ranch in Melvin, so the burger is very fresh. It comes with a half-pound of beef, topped with cheese and optional bacon, avocado, mushrooms, or a fried egg. To-go orders can be placed online. The restaurant is open. forindoor and outdoor dine-in services.

3235 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

17. Leroy & Lewis

121 Pickle Rd, Austin, TX 78704

Barbecue burgers, please. The new-school truck makes use of smoked brisket in its patty, topped with melty sliced cheese, grilled onions, pickles, and sauce on a potato bun. To-go orders can be placed in person. Host site Cosmic features indoor and outdoor seating.

121 Pickle Rd
Austin, TX 78704

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