The Hank is one of those burgers you can't put down, for two reasons. One, you know you'll never get a decent handle on it again if you try to reposition it. Two, it's that outrageously spectacular.
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The 'Influential' Burger (That Influences You to Order Chili Dogs Instead) at The Varsity in Atlanta
Two chalky-brown industrial patties wedged between a flattened bun that hadn't even been fully split, with cheese that's not really melting so much as drooping with sadness at being exiled to this travesty of burgerdom. How is this "influential"?
Ink & Elm is pretty up front about wanting to be both "casual" and "comfort-driven," yet "refined" and a "destination." That can be a tough twofer to pull off under one roof. So it's not surprising that Ink & Elm's signature burger has a little Jekyll-and-Hyde thing going on, too.
I enjoyed the food at Stax Burger Bar very much, but there's a residual odor that permeates this restaurant to the point that I can't just ignore it. My next visit will be in warmer weather so my nose can seek refuge on the sizable outdoor patio.
While a quick glance may have you thinking that Stillhouse is a flash-in-the-pan gimmick destined to shut down once the next big thing comes along, there's actually quite a lot to like, for burger lovers and hooch heads alike.
The burgers at this hip neighborhood spot in Savannah show promise, but the pretzel bun has got to go.
This burger spot beloved by locals has a well-earned reputation for greatness (and is supremely affordable, too).
Unless you're a diehard Big Mac fanatic, Zesto's Big Mac-like Chubby Decker would probably win a blind taste-test because it was cooked for you instead of just assembled. Otherwise, the food doesn't always live up to the legend; most who've grown up with Zesto give it something of a pass based on sheer nostalgia.
Order the Meatstick and you'll get a pretty excellent hidden gem of a burger that, while not perfect, certainly has the foundation to be included in any conversation about this city's great burgers.
Beerhounds can go nerd out over ABVs and IBUs all day long, but this little gem of a brewpub I hadn't even heard of is cranking out some excellent burgers that are among the best I've found recently.
A glass case of hand-cut steaks greeting you at the door, a tableside bucket of peanuts in the shell, the occasional yee-haw rising up from a far corner of the restaurant: what's not to love about Texas Roadhouse? Well, as it turns out, the burgers.
Lucky's didn't win any Best of Breed awards in my burger book, but they do some solid pub grub in a canine-friendly atmosphere that's fun for two- and four-legged friends alike.
You may not consider Waffle House a burger place, but I submit that theirs is actually better and a much better bargain than what the clown, the king, and the pigtailed girl are handing out. Hot, steamy, melty, with real grease dripping off of it—this is fast food without everything that makes fast-food cringeworthy.
You could argue that an exceptional burger was programmed into The General Muir's DNA from the very beginning. Both burgers here are so good that you'll find yourself scrabbling after all the bits and pieces of shrapnel. Just remember to add the poutine.
I know. It's a burger on a waffle. Surprisingly simple in its construction. But Dad's Waffle is superb in its execution. I didn't expect to be blown away by burgers at a brunch place, but Buttermilk Kitchen's did just that.
The our-burgers-are-so-extreme-that-we-have-to-serve-them-with-a-steak-knife-plunged-through-the-center schtick is way overdone, but on my next visit to Wild Wing Cafe, there's a very good chance I'll do another burger.
The hip Buckhead hotspot has a "secret" burger on the menu that's worth looking into, but judging by how many I saw walk out of the kitchen during my recent lunch visit, the 50/50 Burger may not technically qualify as a secret at all.
Hits include tasty Angus beef cooked beautifully, superb buns, and a few of the more conventional $3 slider varieties. But there are misses, too: limp fries, chewy onion rings, and some of the experimental snack-sizers...but that may depend on your opinion of beef tongue.
While I don't keep stats on such things, I'm fairly sure I set a personal speed record for inhaling this fantastic burger.