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Pool Burger

2315 Lake Austin Blvd.

Located in the heart of Austin near Zilker Park, Pool Burger is the spot for good vibes and even better burgers. Try The Loyal Forever, an homage to nearby Austin High School, which includes grilled onions, pickled jalapeños and ranch dressing. Don’t skip their tiki drinks and soft serve ice cream!


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Wholly Cow Burgers

3010 S. Lamar Blvd.

Wholly Cow is known for their local, organic, pasture raised, hormone and chemical-free beef patties, perfectly served on a King’s Hawaiian bun with all the toppings. They also offer gluten-free and Paleo options if that’s what you’re looking for.


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Casino El Camino

517 E. 6th St.

Located on East Sixth Street, Casino El Camino’s burger is a big one, with three-quarters of a pound of charbroiled Angus beef, cooked fresh with every order. The best part? They’re open until 2 a.m. for your late night cravings.


Phil’s Ice House

5620 Burnet Rd.

Phil’s Ice House comes from the team behind Amy’s Ice Creams, their next door neighbor in Allandale. Pro tip: get the Mini Burger Sample Basket for a variety of Phil’s most popular burgers, plus a mix of sweet potato and regular fries — and don’t forget the Amy’s milkshake.


Salt and Time

1912 E. 7th St.

Head to butcher shop Salt and Time for high-quality meat in their Butcher’s Burger, with a half-pound beef patty made from daily steak trimmings. Add bacon to make this a true meat lover’s dream. You’ll enjoy even more meaty flavor with the beef fat fries that come on the side.


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Clark’s Oyster Bar

1200 W. 6th St.

The pan-roasted black Angus hamburger at Clark’s Oyster Bar is juicy, crispy and full of beefy flavor. Don’t forget to order the generous helping of shoestring-style fries. This burger is a pricy one ($22), but head to Clark’s during happy hour to get it half-off. It’s worth it.


Hopdoddy

1400 S. Congress Ave.

Hopdoddy has now expanded nationwide, but the brand’s roots are in Austin, with its first restaurant located on South Congress. Their monthly features are always fun, but you can’t go wrong with The Classic. Looking for a vegan option? Swap out the beef for a Beyond Burger on any sandwich.


JewBoy Burgers

5111 Airport Blvd.

A diner that mixes owner Mo Pittle’s Mexican-American Border culture with his Jewish upbringing, JewBoy has a truly unique list of offerings. Burger options include the Yenta, topped with a crispy potato latke, and the Oy Vay Guey (Way), topped with roasted Hatch Green Chiles and covered with pepper jack cheese.


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Odd Duck

1201 S. Lamar Blvd.

Although the toppings often change along with the rest of the menu, Odd Duck’s dry-aged Wagyu burger is consistently a stand-out in town. Current toppings are pimento, braised greens, chicharron and pickled pepper mayo, but we recommend any option they’re serving up.


Fat City Stacks

6700 Burnet Rd.

Fat City Stacks is quickly becoming a local favorite with their Fat Stacks of sliders, which can be ordered with tater tots or fries. Located in the pet-friendly Yard Bar, they also serve canine meatballs and ice cream for dogs.


Dan’s Hamburgers

4308 Menchaca Rd.

Dan’s is an Austin staple that’s been serving traditional Angus burgers for nearly 50 years now. Complete your old-fashioned meal with their crispy curly fries or homemade onion rings.


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Foreign & Domestic

306 E. 53rd St.

This North Loop restaurant is a perfect date night spot. Their burger features cheddar, rouille, green tomato jam and pickled onion, with Texas-sourced, fresh beef from 44 Farms. A decadent, delicious and high-quality hamburger.