Top Burger Restaurants
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.
These burgers are grass-fed, locally-raised and made in-house. They offer beef, quinoa and chicken patties and hot dogs.
What to Order: Build-your-own burger with toppings such as paprika mayo and aged, smoked Gouda. The “Lil Farmers” menu includes fried chicken lollipops, hot dog (Decatur only), cheeseburger or a grilled cheese with fries and a drink.
Locations: Buckhead, Decatur, Dunwoody and Grant Park
Five Guys’ Burgers, hot dogs, fries and toppings are all fresh – none of the restaurants have freezers. Peanuts are served in bulk, so guests can snack while waiting.
What to Order: Tons of custom burger or hot dog combinations, and the Cajun-seasoned fries are super. Smaller versions of burgers and fries are available for kids.
Locations: 25+ metro locations
An Emory alumni created this tasty burger spot complete with classic favorites and new flavor combinations.
What to Order: Beef, bean and quinoa veggie patties topped with brisket chili, black bean spread, pimento cheese, Carolina coleslaw and chipotle ranch sauce. “Rugrats Meals” include a hot dog or mini burger, fries and a drink.
Locations: Five metro Atlanta locations
If you attended an Atlanta Braves game in Turner Field, you most likely had a bite of these buttery, juicy burgers. No worries, they are available in SunTrust Park, too!
What to Order: Try the double cheeseburger and a side of fries. Kids can try the Mighty Jr. with a single patty (Ponce City only). They also offer hot dogs and great milkshakes, malts and floats.
Locations: Ponce City Market and SunTrust Park
Lucky’s, named for the owners’ beloved golden retriever, serves build-your-own burgers and canine-themed combos.
What to Order: Try the Memphis Blood Hound with red onions, cheddar cheese, candied bacon and mango barbecue sauce. Kids can order a burger, chicken fingers or hot dogs as well as mac and cheese. Kids’ meals come with fries and a drink.
Locations: Brookhaven, Emory Village and Roswell
This neighborhood burger joint founded by a Marietta native has creative combinations and classic bites.
What to Order: Moxie Burger with bacon, fried green tomato and pimento cheese or build-your-own burger with toppings such as avocado, fried egg or goat cheese. Kids can try the ‘lil burger, puppy dawg or a grilled cheese, which comes with fries and a drink.
Locations: Marietta and Roswell
Famous for its corn dog, hand-dipped and fried in the batter of your choice (traditional, pepper or cheese), this eclectic joint offers delicious hot dogs and burgers as well. The old-fashioned soda fountain is a sweet treat at the end.
What to Order: Try the chili cheese dog with red or green chili or the P’Ville cheese, a burger with pimento cheese on top. Kids can opt for the corn dogs or burgers with toppings of their choice.
Location: 17 N. Avondale Rd., Avondale Estates
SmashBurger serves freshly-cooked burgers with classic toppings, and out-of-the-box choices.
What to Order: Top your burger with cucumber, guacamole, sautéed mushrooms or bacon. Smash Fries are seasoned with rosemary, olive oil and garlic. Kids’ options include burgers, hot dogs or chicken strips.
Locations: Buckhead; Kennesaw; Johns Creek; Alpharetta
Open since 1928, and serving everyone from loyal fans to celebrities, The Varsity is the premier place to bliss out on a hot dog.
What to Order: Hot Dog (chili and mustard) or Naked Dog (plain) and crispy onion rings, washed down with an F.O. (Frosted Orange)
Locations: Original in Downtown Atlanta. Others: Kennesaw; Athens; Dawsonville; Norcross
Dunwoody’s original neighborhood burger restaurant features lots to choose from, plus the grand finale of the meal is either chocolate or vanilla frozen custard with more than 10 topping options.
What to Order: Try The Village (two beef patties) or The House Burger (a single) with sides such as pickle chips or onion rings. Kids can choose from turkey or beef burger, grilled cheese or hot dog.
Locations: Dunwoody, Johns Creek and Tucker
Yeah Burger’s motto is “keeping it real,” which means local, organic, all-natural food.
What to Order: Choices include veggie, bison, turkey and grass-fed beef patties, cheeses, veggies and sauces like bacon jam and sriracha mayo. Kids’ menu includes turkey or beef burger, hot dog, chicken tenders or grilled cheese and choice of drink and side.
Locations: West Midtown and Virginia Highland