National Burger Day falls smack dab in the middle of Memorial Day Weekend and Steak has your insider guide to the best burgers around town.
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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 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.

1. Bocado

2820 Old Milton Pkwy, Alpharetta, GA 30009

When we write the history of great burgers in Atlanta, Bocado will always hold their own chapter. This Avalon spot where they understand the simplicity of two deliciously grilled patties with American cheese and pickles is all you need to reach burger nirvana.

6290 Halcyon Way Suite 610, Alpharetta, GA 30005

Cattle Shed is where you want to go for not only one of the best OTP burgers, but best burgers flat out. Black Angus beef on a bun and topped with muenster, gribiche, and crispy shallots. It’s a mess and it’s perfect.

4320 Powers Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30342

I don’t claim to be a cool person but when I’m at THE CHASTAIN in Buckhead, I feel like one. And once you eat their perfectly simple cheeseburger — with those two crispy patties…American cheese…caramelized onion aioli…and oh yeah, those fries — you’ll feel like the coolest person around.

70 W Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305

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.

2011 Hosea L Williams Dr Atlanta, GA 30317

The double cheeseburger is an Atlanta Eats staff favorite. It’s served only on Sundays and the cheeseburger is made totally from scratch, from the buns to the pickles to the aioli. People will straight-up start lining up outside Evergreen Butcher & Baker around 12:30pm on Sundays before they start selling them at 1pm. They sell out often because they’re just that good.

99 Krog St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

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.

Multiple Locations

There’s a reason this restaurant has become one of the great burger stories in Atlanta history. They deserve it. I hammer the double patty with Swiss cheese and grilled onions along with those perfect crinkle cut fries and know that all is right in the world.

33 Georgia Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Summerhill is fast becoming a go to spot for areat grub, and they’ve got a donut/sandwich joint that’s serving up burger perfection. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. I typically go for their classic burger but the dad burger with pepper jack, spicy mayo and bourbon bacon jam also hits it out of the park.

675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE

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.

Multiple Locations

This Austin-based burger joint has made its way to Atlanta with a bang. I can’t get enough of the Double Bacon Jam, with tomato bacon jam, mustard grilled onions, and a whole lotta cheese. I’m also digging the Primetime, with a brisket-short rib-chuck patty made with caramelized onions, truffle aioli, arugula, and steak sauce. Toss in some of their awesome fries and that full-service and you’ll be a happy camper.

Multiple Locations

There is no finer run restaurant group than the folks at Houston’s and the burger speaks to what they’re all about. Not a lot of fanfare, just the finest quality beef with the softest bun and a level of consistency that is unrivaled. I dare you to walk by the grill while they’re cooking them and not order one yourself.

Multiple Locations

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge dog lover and you’ve got to love a place where you can bring even your 100 lb Rottweiler to come sit with you on their patio while you enjoy some burgers and beers. Lucky’s is just that place. The patio at their Roswell location is huge in particular, and my favorite burger is their Georgia Dawg Pounder topped with a fried pimento cheese ball and spicy pepper jelly.

1675 Cumberland Pkwy SE Suite 309, Smyrna, GA 30080

A trip to Smyrna always makes sense when the destination is Muss and Turner’s and their burger is in play. The folks at M&T’s know about great ingredients and their grass fed burger with white cheddar, onions and poblano pepper are living proof of just that.

14. NFA Burger

5465 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338

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.

Triton Yards

There’s no place doing a fully loaded burger like Paige’s Bistro & Pastries, a food truck that’s usually posted up at Triton Yards Food Truck Park. When I am really really starving only their Jacked Up On Mac Burger slathered with Mac and cheese and BBQ chicken will do. It is truly life changing.

Multiple Locations

Yes, I’m normally all about the real thing but the magic that Pinky Cole brings to the table is undeniable. After trying Slutty Vegan, I can say that I would not in a million years know that her burgers were vegan. The sauces are what set her vegan burgers made with Impossible “meat” apart from the rest, and the fries are also killer.

17. The Vortex

Multiple Locations

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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