Best Burgers in New Orleans

Hot off the grill
July 21, 2016
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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."
Cowbell
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."
Buffa's
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."