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11 Iconic Atlanta Burgers

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Burger Week continues! Here's burger correspondent James Martin, co-founder of the Burger Coalition, on the most iconic meat and bun offerings in Atlanta.

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Burgers are a big part of the American upbringing. From family dinners to summer cookouts and post-game celebrations, this is a dish that brings people together. Atlanta in particular has all kinds of great options, from places that most people may know about to establishments tucked away in neighborhoods. No doubt, there are fine new additions to our city, but what makes Atlanta so great is the story behind old standbys and their diversity. We've got burgers that demand attention and some that are more reserved. Fine dining burgers and burgers from dives. Burgers that call for one patty and others that demand a stack. Make no mistake that there will be a burger here that you won't be able to stop thinking about. Below, 11 options from all parts of town that are held together by two things: they are delicious and they are home.
James Martin


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1. Bocado

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887 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 815-1399
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Enjoy a double stack where the cheese acts as a sauce and the portion and taste align perfectly. Along with a side of fries, this burger will initiate some serious cravings.

2. The Vortex Bar & Grill

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438 Moreland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 688-1828
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The Vortex's vibe is evenly matched with its burger selection. Try from a wide range of mixtures (but easy on the customizations) or just go crazy with the triple bypass burger served with three patties, three eggs, 14 slices of American cheese, and 10 slice of bacon between two grilled cheese sandwiches.

3. Ann's Snack Bar

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1615 Memorial Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30317
(404) 687-9207
Just be polite, wait your turn, and enjoy the Ghetto Burger by smashing the two-patty mammoth the best you can before inhaling. This is just one of those things you have to experience for yourself.

4. George's Bar & Restaurant

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1041 N Highland Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 892-3648
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Get the burger and taste a little bit of the classic that 51 years of making burgers can bring. Feel free to add cheese or try one with some other sorts of toppings, but know that nothing beats a good old fashioned burger.

5. Holeman & Finch Public House

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2277 Peachtree Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 948-1175
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When a place only makes 24 of them a night, they become even more delicious. You’ll have to have a couple cocktails while you wait for this double stack with housemade ketchup and pickles to arrive at 10 p.m., and you’re totally cool with that.

6. FLiP Burger Boutique

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1587 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 352-3547
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When you’ve got celebrity chef Richard Blais hanging out in your city making it possible for you to try innovative burgers and liquid nitrogen milkshakes, you’ve got to take advantage.

7. Cypress Street Pint & Plate

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817 W Peachtree St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 815-9243
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A burger using Sublime Doughnuts as the bun? That’s crazy to some but delicious to most. It’s worth the calories, but if it’s not your style, don’t fear. There’s no penalty for swapping the glazed doughnuts for something more traditional.

8. Smith's Olde Bar

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1578 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 875-1522
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With a solid selection of burger options from the classics you’re used to to more modern approaches including pimento cheese and bourbon bbq, Smitty is sure to take care of you.

9. YEAH! Burger

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1168 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 496-4393
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Yeah! Burger’s natural and organic ingredients, toppings, and sides changed the burger game in Atlanta. Build your own and be sure to include one (or more) of their housemade sauces.

10. Little's Food Store

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198 Carroll St.
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 963-7012
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If you’re after history, then check out this 84-year-old Cabbagetown establishment. You can’t go wrong with their list of classic-style selections, including the Natural, which may remind you of a backyard burger with local beef, onion, tomato, and lettuce.

11. Corner Tavern

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464 Edgewood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 577-2310
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Corner Tavern may be a pub to most, but their food comes with thought. The Carpetbagger, for instance, redefines the burger by deep-frying a patty stuffed with blue cheese and smothering it with buffalo sauce

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1. Bocado

887 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318
Enjoy a double stack where the cheese acts as a sauce and the portion and taste align perfectly. Along with a side of fries, this burger will initiate some serious cravings.
887 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318

2. The Vortex Bar & Grill

438 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
The Vortex's vibe is evenly matched with its burger selection. Try from a wide range of mixtures (but easy on the customizations) or just go crazy with the triple bypass burger served with three patties, three eggs, 14 slices of American cheese, and 10 slice of bacon between two grilled cheese sandwiches.
438 Moreland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

3. Ann's Snack Bar

1615 Memorial Dr., Atlanta, GA 30317
Just be polite, wait your turn, and enjoy the Ghetto Burger by smashing the two-patty mammoth the best you can before inhaling. This is just one of those things you have to experience for yourself.
1615 Memorial Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30317

4. George's Bar & Restaurant

1041 N Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
Get the burger and taste a little bit of the classic that 51 years of making burgers can bring. Feel free to add cheese or try one with some other sorts of toppings, but know that nothing beats a good old fashioned burger.
1041 N Highland Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

5. Holeman & Finch Public House

2277 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
When a place only makes 24 of them a night, they become even more delicious. You’ll have to have a couple cocktails while you wait for this double stack with housemade ketchup and pickles to arrive at 10 p.m., and you’re totally cool with that.
2277 Peachtree Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

6. FLiP Burger Boutique

1587 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
When you’ve got celebrity chef Richard Blais hanging out in your city making it possible for you to try innovative burgers and liquid nitrogen milkshakes, you’ve got to take advantage.
1587 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

7. Cypress Street Pint & Plate

817 W Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30308
A burger using Sublime Doughnuts as the bun? That’s crazy to some but delicious to most. It’s worth the calories, but if it’s not your style, don’t fear. There’s no penalty for swapping the glazed doughnuts for something more traditional.
817 W Peachtree St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30308

8. Smith's Olde Bar

1578 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
With a solid selection of burger options from the classics you’re used to to more modern approaches including pimento cheese and bourbon bbq, Smitty is sure to take care of you.
1578 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

9. YEAH! Burger

1168 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Yeah! Burger’s natural and organic ingredients, toppings, and sides changed the burger game in Atlanta. Build your own and be sure to include one (or more) of their housemade sauces.
1168 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

10. Little's Food Store

198 Carroll St., Atlanta, GA 30312
If you’re after history, then check out this 84-year-old Cabbagetown establishment. You can’t go wrong with their list of classic-style selections, including the Natural, which may remind you of a backyard burger with local beef, onion, tomato, and lettuce.
198 Carroll St.
Atlanta, GA 30312

11. Corner Tavern

464 Edgewood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
Corner Tavern may be a pub to most, but their food comes with thought. The Carpetbagger, for instance, redefines the burger by deep-frying a patty stuffed with blue cheese and smothering it with buffalo sauce
464 Edgewood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30312

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