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Austin

Austinites are almost as serious about burgers as they are about barbecue. While some high-end options made the cut, voters confirmed that fast-food-type joints satisfy just as well, especially when they use all-natural beef and local ingredients. A few old-school favorites like Casino El Camino didn’t impress, while others, like Hut’s, remain prime beef. From newish spots to classic joints, here are Austin's top 10 burgers, based on your votes.

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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  • Flavor
  • Value
  • Ingred.
  • Ingredients
  • Mighty Fine Burgers Fries Shakes

    The Classic with Cheese

    • 25
    • 25
    • 24
    • 25
    #1

    An elevated version of the ultimate fast-food burger, the classic with cheese ($6.79) comes with standard yet fresh fixings and juicy beef. One voter says, “my mom, who doesn’t eat red meat, wants to eat there every day when she’s in town.” Read more about Mighty Fine Burgers Fries Shakes on Zagat.

    mightyfineburgers.com

  • Hopdoddy Burger Bar

    Primetime

    • 24
    • 26
    • 19
    • 26
    #2

    As if Texas Akaushi beef wasn’t enough to entice, the hopping spot piles on Brie, caramelized onions, steak sauce and — wait for it — truffle aïoli, making the $12 burger, in one voter’s words, “quite possibly one of the best burgers on the planet.” Other voters confirm that it is “worth the ridiculous wait.” Read more about Hopdoddy Burger Bar on Zagat.

    www.hopdoddy.com

  • P. Terry's Burger Stand

    Double with Cheese

    • 22
    • 21
    • 25
    • 21
    #3

    The local fast-food chain uses hormone-free, antibiotic-free, vegetarian-fed beef, which is so good that we recommend doubling up on the patty for a burger that clocks in at $3.80. One voter digs the “'50s space-age vibe,” while another says the spots “have my heart in their hands, emotionally and nutritionally speaking.” Read more about P. Terry's Burger Stand on Zagat.

    www.pterrys.com

  • Contigo Austin

    Burger with Cheese

    • 22
    • 25
    • 18
    • 23
    #4

    The challah bun ranks almost as high as the juicy patty ($13) at this open-air spot that specializes in high-end ranch-style food. “It’s not too big, just enough to fill you up,” said one reader. “Served with kick*&@ fries.” Read more about Contigo Austin on Zagat.

    www.contigotexas.com/austin

  • Counter Cafe

    Counter Burger

    • 22
    • 23
    • 21
    • 22
    #5

    Make sure you’re ready to pack in like a sardine at this refurbished diner, where the flagship burger ($11) entices the entire city, it seems. As one voter says, “I love their burgers and the sweet buns.” Quality ingredients like all-natural beef, thick-cut cheddar and organic Bibb lettuce raise the burger to the next level. Read more about Counter Cafe on Zagat.

    www.countercafe.com

  • Second Bar + Kitchen

    Congress Burger

    • 22
    • 25
    • 15
    • 25
    #6

    The sister restaurant to fancy-pants Congress, Second Bar serves high-end bar food like this monster ($14) with house-ground brisket and chuck topped with Gruyère, shallot confit and horseradish pickles. One voter says it’s “juicy fresh hot off the grill,” and with seared foie gras on top, it’s even more so. Read more about Second Bar + Kitchen on Zagat.

    www.congressaustin.com

  • Wholly Cow Burgers

    Pure Single with Cheese

    • 20
    • 19
    • 19
    • 22
    #7

    The fast-food-type joint distinguishes itself with local, grass-fed beef and fresh, no-frills ingredients, plus sweet Hawaiian rolls ($6.99). As one voter points out, “the grass-fed beef and farm-fresh tomatoes and lettuce make every bite as pure as its name, providing a flood of memories of eating real food.” Read more about Wholly Cow Burgers on Zagat.

    www.whollycowburgers.com

  • Phil's Icehouse

    The Brentwood Burger

    • 20
    • 21
    • 17
    • 21
    #8

    One voter hits straight to Phil’s heart by saying, “I love the local names.” The Brentwood burger ($8.49), named for the Austin neighborhood, pairs a thick burger patty with bacon and cheddar cheese on a delightfully sweet sourdough bun. Read more about Phil's Icehouse on Zagat.

    www.philsicehouse.com

  • Hopfield's

    Pascal Burger

    • 20
    • 22
    • 16
    • 21
    #9

    Though the menu at the rustic French gastropub boasts rib-eyes and fish stew, many of us keep coming back to that juicy burger ($13) topped with Camembert, cornichons, whole-grain mustard and caramelized onions. One voter put it succinctly: “Cool bar, solid burger.” Read more about Hopfield's on Zagat.

    www.hopfieldsaustin.com

  • Hut's Hamburgers

    The Wolfman Jack

    • 19
    • 20
    • 19
    • 17
    #10

    It’s always hatch chile season at Downtown’s classic burger joint, where one voter says they find a “consistently tasty, messy burger.” Sounds like they have a friend in this two-handed burger ($7.29), with sour cream, green chiles, Jack cheese and bacon. Read more about Hut's Hamburgers on Zagat.

    www.hutsfrankandangies.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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