Vol. III Chef Crafted & Upscale

List updated 05/29/2017


If your appetite requires a little refined luxury in the quality of the burgers you consume, then you’re probably looking for much more than fast food or budget friendly menus have to offer.  Maybe you’re not overly sophisticated, but if you’re prepared to embellish in more than $14 for a single burger, then you’re definitely not looking for bargain-basement prices.  A wise person once said “Price is only important in the absence of value.”. There’s a lot of truth to that, especially when considering the quality of your choice of burgers.  If you’re willing to spend the extra dough, you’ll probably taste the difference.

Dining in a restaurant who’s menu contains phrases like “hand crafted brioche buns from Easy Tiger”, “house-made”, “chef-crafted”, “aioli”, “frisée”, “locally cured bacon”, “foie gras”, “Kobe or wagyu”, “wild-game”, “artisanal cheese”, or “dry-aged”, prepare to pull out a wad of cash or a credit card because you’ve most likely landed in an upscale restaurant that takes their burgers to an entirely different level.


Geraldine's cheese burger


605 Davis St, Austin, TX 78701

Geraldine’s launched their revamped lunch menu created by Executive Chef Stephen Bonin on Friday, May 12 featuring seasonally-inspired dishes, highlighting flavors that embody the city. The burger is beautifully loaded a local Akaushi burger, 5-year aged cheddar, baby green leaf, fresh heirloom tomato, sweet onion, dill pickle and bacon mayo.


Second Bar + Kitchen

200 Congress Avenue

Chef David Bull!  That’s pretty much all you need to know.  This is the mother of all gourmet American burgers made with ground brisket and chuck, pork belly, shallot confit, gruyère, fresh lettuce, tomatoes, house-made horseradish pickles and topped off with a fried egg.  It’s so delicious and full of insane flavor, you’ll rethink your existence in the universe and change your religion to David Bull-ism.


Parkside Burger


301 E 6th St.

Shawn Cirkiel should be given a status of nobility with his non-stop winning creations!  His cheeseburger is inspired from his grandmother’s old school hamburger steak combining two types of rich beef topped with white cheddar, adding to the rich flavor.  It’s just that simple, and apparently delicious enough to make us bow in Shawn’s presence.  Chef, the burger gods salute you!  Photo: Sweet Louise Photography


Trace - Burger


W Austin, 200 Lavaca St.

The Butcher Burger is an adventure for the avid culinary enthusiast that appreciates a great atmosphere and the flavor to match.  This burger is absolutely high class all the way with tillamook Cheddar, crispy house-cured bacon, fried egg, lettuce, tomatoes and pickles.  Photo: Hayden Walker



1200 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703

Clark’s burger is a mountain of beauty, beef and cheese. Nearly cooked as perfect as a juicy petite filet, it arrives covered in Gruyere cheese. Throw in a side of their famous shoestring fries and a pile of brussel sprouts and you’ll still be trendy enough for the West Austin society ($16 with fries or slaw; half-price from 3-6 Mon-Fri).  Photo: LAURA SKELDING / AMERICAN-STATESMAN


Photo: Matt Lankes

Little Barrel and Brown

1716 S Congress Ave

Think of this as the “Chicago meets Austin Burger”, stacked with marrow-naise, and your choice of fixins.  Owners Andrew and Matt Botticelli with partner Tim Brown have created a neighborhood spot on the famous S. Congress Ave. giving you a hint of a classic Chicago-vibe paired with the flavor of the house burger.  Photo: Matt Lankes




West Anderson Plaza, 2408 W Anderson Ln

If you journey up to North Austin to visit Bartlett’s don’t be surprised if it becomes your favorite burger in the city.  The daily ground in-house beef, shredded cheddar, on a buttery toasted bun and crispy shoestring french fries will make you a believer in Co-Owner and Executive Chef Arik Williams’s righteous creation.  Photo by Courtney Pierce



Roaring fork

Roaring Fork

North Austin: 10850 Stonelake Blvd |  Downtown: 701 Congress Ave

Holy moly!  If there was ever an appropriate name for a burger, it would be this one! The Big Ass Burger is exactly that and it’s incredible!  Stacked with poblano pepper, cheddar, smoked pepper bacon, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, & french fries it’s as big and bad-ass as it sounds!  Be prepared to tap out and beg for mercy, this burger is bold and delicious but it takes no prisoners.


Photo: Courtney Pierce

Vince Young Steakhouse

Downtown: 701 Congress Ave

The Wagyu Brisket Burger, is made using USDA grade beef topped off with house-made pickles and two-year-aged Vermont white cheddar cheese on a soft brioche bun. At $23, nearly all other steakhouse burgers are put to shame after it’s creation.  The beef so flavorful and juicy, as it melts in your mouth the way you’d expect choice Wagyu meat to taste.  Photo by Courtney Pierce
*Hot Tip: Go for happy hour where the burger is an even better deal at only $10!

Porter Ale House

3715 S 1st St

The Porter Burger is the quintessential “Gastropub Burger” of Austin.  The burger, features ground short rib, brie and pancetta.  It has received national attention from Eater National naming it one of the hottest burgers in the United States.  The casual ambiance breaths a convivial atmosphere in a high-end urban apartment setting that makes it a neighborhood favorite.  Photo: Porter Ale House Burger pictured with Jasmin Fine of @1FineCookie


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Swift’s Attic

315 Congress Ave

If burger-porn was ever considered to be a real thing, it would exist at Swift’s!  Featured as one of Thrillist’s 33 top burger spots in the country, Swift’s Attic’s is a burger lover’s dream come true!  “Artisan” doesn’t even begin to describe the level of burger greatness Swift’s has to offer, as Monday nights at 9 pm have become legendary featuring a new big ass burger every week.  Show up early to secure your burger! Photo: Natalie Paramore


Garbo's Burger

Garbo’s Restaurant

14735 Bratton Ln

Garbo’s makes a burger? You betcha! Garbo’s who’s been serving fresh lobster rolls straight from the shore to your door blew us away with Executive Chef Will Foden and Owner Heidi Garbo’s version of a burger stacked with grilled with gorgonzola, arugula, aioli & fries.  Don’t be shocked, but you’ll love it!   Photo by Hayden Walker


Hopdoddy LilBrat


West Anderson Plaza, 2438 W Anderson Ln. | South Austin: 1400 S Congress Ave

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably familiar with the infamous local favorite!  Hopdoddy is notorious for it’s long lines, but it’s rightfully so for a reason!  Every burger is generously prepared to order with nearly any topping you could ever want.  From beef, salmon and bison, Hopdoddy will have you coming back just so you’ll try everything in the menu. If you’re a serious burger lover, you’ll do just that!


The Stella Burger with White Cheddar, White BBQ Crispy Onions

Stella San Jac

310 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78701

The Stella Burger with White Cheddar, White BBQ Crispy Onions. I mean just look at it. It’s stunning in every way possible and it’s not safe around me.

Oasthouse Umami Burger


8300 N FM 620 e, Austin, TX 78726

In Chef Hajimaleki’s Umami Burger, he blends oyster mushrooms with high-quality Texas Wagyu beef for the patty. Once cooked, the patty is placed on a Hawaiian bistro bun and topped with the chef’s special Japanese Island Sauce and pickled bok choy, sliced cucumberand Delice de Bourgogne cheese from Antonelli’s Cheese Shop.  Photo by Hayden Walker

About The Author

Hayden Walker
Executive Editor | Co-Publisher

Hayden Walker is the Editor in Chief and Director of Operations for Austin Food Magazine

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