More often than than not, when someone asks me “What are you in the mood for?”–and I get asked that a lot–it’s hard to envision anything I will enjoy more than a medium rare cheeseburger with the freshest bun and various fresh toppings accompanying them. I LOVE BURGERS, I crave them, I think of them constantly, they make me happy. So it is now time to put my own burger list out in the universe……I give you Steak Tips: the Top Ten Burgers That Matter Most in my Life Right Now. These are the spots that immediately jump in my head when I know it is time to get my burger on! Listed below in alphabetical order.
Ann’s Snack Bar
While Miss Ann has passed on, the city’s obsession with this burger spot has not even come close to subsiding. Think about the “Ghetto Burger” they talk about around the globe. It’s bacon, onion, cheese in a double stack with bacon and it is messy and aggressive and beautiful.
When we write the history of great burgers in Atlanta, Bocado will always hold their own chapter. The Westside spot where they understand the simplicity of two deliciously grilled patties with American cheese and pickles is all you need to reach burger nirvana.
You can indeed look forward to a tedious business lunch when you know the reward is the classic “Club Burger” at iconic Chops in Buckhead. What do they do great? The burger blend of chuck, brisket and short rib with Wisconsin Cheddar, drop the mic.
Chef Todd Ginsberg is truly “the burger whisperer” with his keen sense of what the ideal burger should look and taste like and at Fred’s he delivers again. In a place where the cheesesteak steals the headlines the burger takes no back seat. Double stack, sesame bun, moist and juicy and in the friendly confines of Krog Street Market.
There is no top burger list in Atlanta that should ever exist without H&F on it.
I don’t care that you can get them many more places than the original concept on Peachtree when only 20 of them came off the grill each night. it is forever the Hall of Fame burger in Atlanta for the meticulous manner in which chef Linton Hopkins created them.
The hottest burger in our city is coming out of a Chevron gas station in Dunwoody and yes the hype is real.
Owner Billy Kramer researched the hell out of burgers and then delivered a knockout punch with his double and triple cheeseburgers topped with American cheese, pickles, mustard and “sassy” sauce, trust the “burger scientist” here.
Before there was a hundred great burger spots in Atlanta there was only one, The Vortex.
Folks come from near and far for the insane combinations of specialty burgers or just the standard Vortex burger that is always perfectly cooked along with their signature tater tots to make sure that the stars are indeed still aligned.
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