Eating Out: The Burger Bunch

Whether you’re in the mood for a quick weeknight bite or a big family dinner, we’ve rounded up some reader faves for burger joints around the metro area.

by Jennifer Haslam

Yeah Burger

Quick and Casual

Five Guys Burger and Fries
More than 30 restaurants in Atlanta
fiveguys.com
Five Guys offers more than 250,000 custom burger combinations. Burgers, hot dogs, fries, and toppings are all fresh. Peanuts are served in bulk, so guests can snack while waiting. Smaller versions of burgers, drinks and fries are available for kids.

Yeah Burger
1168 Howell Mill Rd., Atlanta
404-496-4393; yeahburger.com
Other location: North Highland Ave.
Yeah Burger’s motto is “keeping it real” which means local, organic, all-natural food. Choices include veggie, bison, turkey and grass-fed beef patties, cheeses and veggies, and sauces like bacon jam and sriracha, along with the basics. Hamburgers, chicken tenders, and Applegate Farms hot dogs fill out the kids’ menu.

SmashBurger
2625 Piedmont Rd., Atlanta
404-237-2374; smashburger.com
Other locations: Roswell Rd., Windward Pkwy., Ernest W. Barrett Pkwy., Medlock Bridge Rd.
SmashBurger serves freshly cooked 100 percent Angus beef burgers with classic toppings, and choices like fried egg, guacamole, grilled mushrooms or bacon. Gourmet Smash Fries are seasoned with rosemary, olive oil, and garlic (yum!). Kids’ options include burgers, hot dogs, or chicken strips, along with shakes, malts and floats.

Lucky’s Burger and Brew

Family Dinner Out

The Counter
850 Mansell Rd., Roswell
678-461-9661; thecounterburger.com/roswell
Everyone gets a clipboard with an order sheet at The Counter to complete the five-step build-your-own-burger process. The restaurant rarely makes the same combination in a day. Options include beef, chicken, turkey, bison, or veggie patties along with locally sourced cheeses, toppings and buns, or a bunless burger in a bowl. Little ones can eat mini-sliders or grilled cheese, and sip shakes in flavors like birthday cake.

Grindhouse Killer Burgers
209 Edgewood Ave., Atlanta
404-522-3444; grindhouseburgers.com
Other locations: Piedmont Ave., S. Lumpkin St. (Athens), Hartsfield-Jackson Airport (D Terminal)
Grindhouse offers beef, turkey, or bean and quinoa veggie patties. Toppings include jalapenos, brisket chili, black bean spread, and even pimento cheese, Carolina coleslaw, and chipotle sauce. Rugrats Meals have hotdog or mini-burger selections.

Hamburger Mike’s
1533 Jodeco Rd., Stockbridge
678-814-4525; hamburgermikes.com
Other location: Hwy 155 South, McDonough
This hamburger joint serves Angus beef, smoked turkey or black bean patties that you can top off with cheese (no extra charge) and everything else you want at the condiment bar. The Mini Mikes menu for kids includes burgers, mini-hotdogs, chicken nuggets and corn dogs. Mikes offers a Family Meal for $23.99 that combines two regular meals (priced at $8.99) and two kids’ meals. 

Lucky’s Burger and Brew
1144 Alpharetta St., Roswell
770-518-5695; luckysburgerandbrew.com
Lucky’s, named for the owners’ beloved golden retriever, serves beef, turkey and black bean burgers in canine-themed combos including the Memphis Blood Hound (red onions, cheddar cheese, candied bacon, and mango barbeque sauce.)  Children can order a burger, chicken fingers, chicken breast, grilled cheese or hot dogs. The non-burger section of the menu includes chicken and fish sandwiches. The patio is dog-friendly!

Moxie Burger
255 Village Pkwy., Marietta. 770-627-3201; moxieburger.net
A neighborhood burger joint founded by a Marietta native aims to please the whole family with options like the Moxie Burger, made with bacon, fried green tomatoes and pimento cheese. Build your own burger with topping choices like avocado, fried egg or fried green tomatoes. Salads, Hebrew National hotdogs and chicken nuggets are also on the menu.

Village Burger
1426 Dunwoody Village Pkwy., Dunwoody
770-522-1600; villageburger.com
Dunwoody’s neighborhood burger restaurant features The Village (two beef patties), The House Burger (a single), BLTs with avocado, and turkey and veggie burgers. Children can order hamburgers, hotdogs, grilled cheese, turkey burger or a chicken sandwich. The grand finale of the meal is either chocolate or vanilla frozen custard with more than 10 topping options.

Date Night

Flip Burger
1587 Howell Mill Rd., Atlanta.
404-352-3547; flipburgerboutique.com
Other locations: Roswell Rd., N. Highland Ave.
Flip Burger has a hip atmosphere with an even more hip burger menu. Plan to be adventurous with dishes created by Top Chef Richard Blais. Some burger combinations start with a patty made from salmon or brisket and include toppings like soy truffle vinaigrette and red wine jam. Sip a gourmet cocktail with your meal, but save room for a Krispy Kreme or a Nutella and burnt marshmallow milkshake.

The Vortex
878 Peachtree St., Atlanta.
404-875-1667; thevortexbarandgrill.com
Other location: Moreland Ave.
The Vortex Bar and Grill is an adult-only restaurant known for signature beef burgers that come with outrageous toppings (Triple Bypass, anyone?). Non-Beef options (veggie, chicken, and turkey burgers) are available as well, along with a huge menu of adult beverages.

The Earl
488 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta
404-522-3950; badearl.com
The Earl is popular not only for burgers, but also as a music venue for many indie bands. Patty options include Angus beef, black bean or turkey burgers and the menu offers a variety of sandwiches and salads.