Best Burgers in New Orleans

Hot off the grill
July 21, 2016
by Zagat Staff

From simple sliders to sizzling slabs of beef decked out with bacon or Brussels sprouts, here are New Orleans must-try burger restaurants.

Toups Meatery
Cajun · Mid-City · $$
Food 4.7 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.3

"If you're a carnivore, this is your restaurant" rave fans of this rustic Mid-City meatery, where chef/co-owner Isaac Toups' contemporary Cajun menu features "fantastic" house-cured charcuterie, some of the "best" cracklin's around and other "Flintstones-sized" hunks of meat – "it's so good you could eat it all, just not on the same day" ; paired with a cocktail pitcher or a beer from the "mostly local" selection, everything "tastes like happiness."
The Company Burger
Burger · Freret · $
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.1

"When burger hunger hits" , fans head to these hip joints for "perfection on a bun" : two "melt-in-your-mouth" beef patties, housemade butter pickles and condiments from a "pick-your-mayo bar" (which includes cool "alternatives" like "basil aïoli" ); "swift" service and a "laid-back vibe" also make these "dangerously tasty" destinations a "great place to grab a beer" – or nurse a "hangover."
Port of Call
American · French Quarter · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.9

Locals and tourists weigh anchor at this "dark and funky" French Quarter "dive" for "legendary" , "humongous" burgers and "mouthwatering" "loaded baked potatoes" ; there's often "a long wait" , but once you've downed a few "super-big, super-sweet" (and super- "potent" ) monsoons, you'll be raring for either a "clumsy night on the town or a long nap."
American · Carrollton · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.0

This "old, converted filling station" in Carrollton lures "students, families and hipsters" with "creative" New American takes on comfort food, including "grown-up grilled cheese" and "some of the best burgers in New Orleans" topped with "housemade ketchup" , plus "delish" cocktails; though parking can be "tight" and the "joint" is "always crowded" , a happy staff puts diners "in a good mood from the minute they sit down."
District Donuts Sliders Brew
American · Lower Garden District · $
Food 4.2 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.0

The name of these "cozy" counter-serve cafes says it all: the "limited" menu stars "huge" "gourmet donuts" with "innovative" flavors, "delicious" sliders and "mind-bogglingly good" coffee and espresso to wash it all down; although some call out the donuts as "pricey" , most of the "young, trendy crowd" that hangs out in the warehouse-chic confines "cannot stop raving."
Bar · Faubourg Marigny · $$
Food - · Decor 3.6 · Service 4.1

In a city with "stiff competition for quality dives" , this "outrageously divey" Marigny "original" is a standout thanks to "cheap drinks" and "above-average" grub like "fantastic burgers" , served 24/7 by "bartenders who will party along with you" ; the "smoke-free back room" hosts "live music Wednesdays–Sundays" and an "amazing jazz brunch" ( "get there early" for a seat) amid a "locals'" scene with "just enough edge to make it interesting."