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Best Burger

Atlanta

We asked for Atlanta's best burger, and you weren’t shy to tell us. In our search for the perfect patty, one thing became clear: Perhaps the only thing folks from the A like better than burgers is to argue about which ones achieve perfection. From the trendy, chef-driven double stack to the humble grilled diner burger, this top 10 offers a few old standbys, a number of surprises…and a whole lot of hungry.

Ratings are out of 30. Key to ratings

Hamburgers are rated in three categories — flavor, ingredients and value — on a 30-point scale.

26–30Extraordinary to perfection
21–25Very good to excellent
16–20Good to very good
11–15Fair to good
0–10Poor to fair

Ratings have been rounded to the nearest whole number, but the top burger rankings are calculated using the non-rounded scores.

  • Overall
  • Flavor
  • Value
  • Ingred.
  • Ingredients
  • Illegal Food

    The Hank

    • 28
    • 29
    • 26
    • 29
    #1

    Served out of the back of arcade bar Joystick on Edgewood Avenue, The Hank ($11) is a remarkably juicy burger with gooey American cheese, sweet onion, iceberg lettuce and special sauce. Make it a double for another $3.50. Sit tight and stay tuned, ATL. Illegal recently left Joystick and is seeking a new home. Read more about Illegal Food on Zagat.

    www.facebook.com/illegalfood

    Photo by Christopher Hassiotis

  • Bocado

    Bocado Burger Stack

    • 24
    • 27
    • 21
    • 25
    #2

    "This is the only one that I ever truly crave," says one reader. This Westside spot's Burger Stack ($12) offers two patties griddled until crisp yet still packed with flavor. American cheese oozes between, while housemade pickles cut the richness. And can we get some more sesame buns out there, ATL? Read more about Bocado on Zagat.

    bocadoatlanta.com

    Photo by Christopher Hassiotis

  • One Eared Stag

    The Meatstick

    • 24
    • 26
    • 21
    • 25
    #3

    The Meatstick ($12) uses grass-fed chuck and a small percentage of smoky bacon for its double thin patties, which are served atop french fries — the better to soak up drippage — with Kraft Singles, onion and bread-and-butter pickles. You don't technically need the knife that holds this beast together…but hey, why not? Read more about One Eared Stag on Zagat.

    oneearedstag.com

  • Argosy

    Plancha Burger

    • 24
    • 24
    • 23
    • 25
    #4

    This EAV winner is the newest entry in the city's double-stack-with-American-cheese craze. "It's a true destination meal for me," says one surveyor. The caramelized onions on the Plancha Burger ($10) provide a sweet, soft counterpoint to the H&F bun and perfectly seared, just-crisp-enough patty. Read more about Argosy on Zagat.

    argosy-east.com

  • Moxie Burger

    The Moxie

    • 24
    • 23
    • 22
    • 26
    #5

    The highest-placing non-double-stack on our list, this burger ($7.50) from the northern suburbs packs a lot of flavor into a modest 6-oz. Angus patty. It's topped with crisp bacon, a tangy fried green tomato, craveworthy special sauce and a slather of pimiento cheese. Read more about Moxie Burger on Zagat.

    www.moxieburger.net

  • The Red Eyed Mule

    Jake's Sloppy Slaw Burger

    • 22
    • 23
    • 23
    • 21
    #6

    Surveyors call this Marietta "hole-in-the-wall" a "guilty pleasure," but where's the guilt in enjoying a delicious burger? The Sloppy Slaw Burger ($5.50) comes sandwiched between two slices of Texas toast, mounded with creamy coleslaw and a Sloppy Joe-like mixture of beef, tomatoes and spicy chorizo. Read more about The Red Eyed Mule on Zagat.

    www.theredeyedmule.com

  • Holeman & Finch Public House

    The H&F Burger

    • 22
    • 25
    • 18
    • 25
    #7

    What's arguably Atlanta's most iconic burger ($10) — only a limited amount are prepared each night — comes in at a surprising No. 7. A housemade bun holds two patties, pickles, onion, mustard and cheese. It may be "the gold standard," but it's "in danger of becoming a teacher surpassed by its students." Read more about Holeman & Finch Public House on Zagat.

    holeman-finch.com

  • Grindhouse Killer Burgers

    The Dixie Style

    • 22
    • 23
    • 21
    • 22
    #8

    "The pimiento cheese and fried green tomato set this burger apart from the rest," raves one surveyor about the juicy Dixie Style ($6.49), available at Grindhouse's Sweet Auburn Curb Market and Piedmont locations. Carolina coleslaw cools down the spice from the chipotle ranch sauce. Make it a double for an extra $1.50. Read more about Grindhouse Killer Burgers on Zagat.

    www.grindhouseburgers.com

  • Steinbeck's Ale House

    The Double-Double

    • 21
    • 22
    • 19
    • 22
    #9

    "Small place, great food." That's what surveyors have to say about this Oakhurst spot that often flies under the radar despite its elevated, quirky pub grub. With its sesame bun, rich cheese, crisp shredded lettuce and tangy "Million Island" dressing, the Double-Double ($10) pays homage to both the Big Mac and In-N-Out. Read more about Steinbeck's Ale House on Zagat.

    www.steinbecksbar.com

  • Muss & Turner's

    The Burger

    • 21
    • 21
    • 18
    • 23
    #10

    Muss & Turner's comes at its burger ($10.93) from a Southwestern angle. One solid, meaty patty is charcoal-grilled on a Big Green Egg and topped with Cabot cheddar, roasted poblano pepper and red onion. Cilantro mayo on a toasted challah bun balances the heat. "It's unforgettable!" Read more about Muss & Turner's on Zagat.

    www.mussandturners.com

Ratings are out of 30. Key to ratings

Hamburgers are rated in three categories — flavor, ingredients and value — on a 30-point scale.

26–30Extraordinary to perfection
21–25Very good to excellent
16–20Good to very good
11–15Fair to good
0–10Poor to fair

Ratings have been rounded to the nearest whole number, but the top burger rankings are calculated using the non-rounded scores.

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