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Atlanta's Best Burgers By Neighborhood

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The first Burger Week map comes from burger correspondent Jason Dominy. Dominy is the outreach coordinator for Batdorf & Bronson, which means he's all about good food, good drinks, and good people. He knows Atlanta, and here, he breaks down our city's best burgers by neighborhood.

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Little's Food Store. [Photo: Streets of Atlanta]

Next read: Eater.com's America's 21 essential hamburgers.

Few would deny the importance of a local burger spot. Atlanta may be coming out of the "burger trend," but cravings are inevitable, and thankfully, there are great places all around the city that serve the need. Below, a map of the best burgers in Atlanta by neighborhood. Some are ITP and some are OTP, but don't let geography deter you from visiting— you may not only find a new favorite burger but also discover some of the exciting things happening about town.
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Little's Food Store

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Cabbagetown: Little's has been quietly making delicious burgers “since 1929.” They’re ground in-store using either Angus or grass-fed beef and come on top of local H&F buns. One of their best burgers, “The Natural,” is a 1/3 lb. White Oak Pastures organic grass-fed burger, topped with raw onion, lettuce and tomato. They also make their own veggie patties in house.

George's

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Virginia Highland: George's opened in 1961 and it's got an old-school neighborhood pub-feel. It’s warm and welcoming, a great spot to enjoy a burger, a beer, and a Braves game on one of the televisions overhead. You may have passed this spot, located in the heart of busy Virginia Highland, a hundred times and never known there were "famous" burgers being served inside. The burger is hand-pattied 100% ground chuck that’s charbroiled with melted cheese and topped with red onions, lettuce, and tomato. It’s served on a whole wheat bun and comes with tater tots.

Cypress Street Pint & Plate

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Midtown: Cypress Street is a perfect little gastropub with an awesome deck outside, complete with firepit, big tables, and an amazing beer selection. They’ve also got something else that’s pretty special: Sublime Burger. Take a Sublime glazed doughnut, cut it in half, and throw it on the grill. Then slap a half-pound patty, melted cheese, and bacon between the “buns,” and there you have it, the Sublime Burger. It’s rich, it’s decadent, and it has a great salty-sweet balance. Oh, man, oh, man.

The Vortex Bar & Grill

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Little Five Points: Yep, the place with the giant red lit-up skull that marks the entrance. Featured on Man vs Food, this spot is a burger lover’s paradise— at last, for those who can deal with the smoke. One of the best is the Yokohama Mamama, a ground sirloin burger with teriyaki glaze, grilled pineapple, and Jack cheese, but the most popular has to be the triple patty with bacon, cheese, and fried egg sandwiched between two grilled cheese sandwiches.

YEAH! Burger

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Westside Provisions District: Entrepreneur Erik Maier created Yeah! Burger to be a healthy burger joint. Choose between patties like grass-fed beef and pasture-raised bison and add toppings such as organic veggies, cage-free fried eggs, and house-made sauces. They’ve even got gluten-free buns and fries. Consider opting for the Triple B, which is a bison burger with bacon jam, blue cheese crumbles, and grilled onions.

Farm Burger

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Decatur: Farm Burger burst on the scene in Decatur, and has since also opened in Buckhead, Dunwoody, and even Asheville. The 100% grass-fed beef comes from cows they own and raise as well as partner ranches as the company has grown. They source local veggies from farms and believe in full sustainability. The popular Farm Burger includes aged Vermont white cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, and Farm Burger sauce. The local Pine Street bacon add-on is worth it.

US Cafe

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Smyrna: The original location of US Cafe is just off S. Cobb Dr. and worth the trip down 285 for its burgers and wings. The burgers are made with freshly ground Angus beef from Creekstone Farms. Opt for the Super Burger, a half pound of beef with lettuce and tomato. A true hidden gem, their cheeseburger is known to be one of the best in Atlanta. They also hand cut their own fries and don’t use frozen or pre-packaged ingredients.

Lucky's Burger & Brew

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Roswell: Roswell has developed quite the reputation for having great restaurants, and Lucky’s Burger & Brew is no exception. A family-owned neighborhood joint and another hidden gem, they’ve got a dog-friendly outdoor deck and ground beef burgers like the Memphis Blood Hound, which has marinated red onions, shredded cheddar cheese, candied bacon, and spicy mango barbecue sauce.

Holeman & Finch Public House

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Buckhead: Holeman & Finch dishes up only 24 burgers each night, signaled with a roar at 10 p.m. The burgers— known as much for their scarcity as their taste— are sold out well before the “Burger Time” call. Argued to be one of the, if not the singular, best in Atlanta, they have two well-seasoned four-ounce brisket and ground chuck patties topped with Kraft American singles, julienned onions, and pickles and are served atop Holeman & Finch buns with house-made ketchup and mustard.

Howell Mill: The Bocado double stack is the favored burger of many Atlantans. Created by the restaurant’s former executive chef, Todd Ginsberg, it’s made with a blend of grass-fed chuck, brisket, and short rib and is topped with melted American cheese slices and bread and butter pickles.

The General Muir

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Emory: Todd Ginsberg brought the his renowned double stack over to the General Muir when he opened its kitchen in January, and while there are similarities, this one has enough Jewish deli influence to stand up on its own. It’s topped with shaved onion, cheddar cheese, pickles, lettuce, and Russian dressing and is served on an onion roll.

Miller Union

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West Midtown: Miller Union is well known for chef Steven Satterfield’s way with local and seasonal produce and sustainable meat, so if there’s going to be a burger on the menu, it has to stand up to the reputation. The Daily Grind cheeseburger features fresh ground White Oak Pastures organic grass-fed ground chuck with red onion, Romaine lettuce, tomatoes (only if they’re in season), sharp cheddar cheese, and house-made mayo and ketchup.

Ann's Snack Bar

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East Atlanta: Heralded as the Atlanta must-visit burger joint, Ann’s is a little shack with some very important rules. Read up on them before you go, then get there early and expect a wait, as there are only a handful of seats at the counter and outside. Miss Ann cooks the burgers herself, and she will yell at you if you’re out of line. Try the feature of the house, the Ghetto Burger, with ground chuck, chili, onions, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, ketchup, mustard, and mayo. It’s worth the drive. [Photo]

Seven Lamps

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Buckhead/Lenox: Seven Lamps recently opened in the Shops Around Lenox and has made a quick name for itself with its innovative dishes and cocktails. One thing you won’t find on the menu, though, is the secret burger, a wood-grilled top round and brisket blend with caramelized onions, bread and butter pickles, cheese gratin, and Thousand Island dressing. The house-made cottage fries shouldn’t be missed either.

Grindhouse Killer Burgers

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Morningside/Lenox Park: Grindhouse on Piedmont has a great patio and a slew of burgers that stand up to the space. Pick your patty and toppings (and a spiked shake to match) or choose from their burger styles like the Dixie Style, which includes pimento cheese, fried green tomato, Carolina coleslaw, and chipotle ranch sauce. Check the original location at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market too.

Muss & Turner's

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Vinings: This popular spot in Vinings is known for the sandwiches and the little speakeasy in the back, but it also does burgers well. The Burger, specifically, is cooked on a Big Green Egg. It’s a grass-fed beef patty with roasted poblano peppers, melted cheddar, red onion, and a housemade cilantro aioli.

The Red Eyed Mule

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Marietta: Ask Alton Brown what his favorite burger is, and he’ll tell you it can be found at the Red Eyed Mule. This hole-in-the-wall has a great breakfast with big ol’ cathead biscuits (you know, biscuits the size of a cat’s head), and for lunch, it has burgers like the Sloppy Slaw Burger, which the Food Network’s Brown, a Marietta resident, claimed was the best thing he’d ever eaten.

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Little's Food Store

Cabbagetown: Little's has been quietly making delicious burgers “since 1929.” They’re ground in-store using either Angus or grass-fed beef and come on top of local H&F buns. One of their best burgers, “The Natural,” is a 1/3 lb. White Oak Pastures organic grass-fed burger, topped with raw onion, lettuce and tomato. They also make their own veggie patties in house.

George's

Virginia Highland: George's opened in 1961 and it's got an old-school neighborhood pub-feel. It’s warm and welcoming, a great spot to enjoy a burger, a beer, and a Braves game on one of the televisions overhead. You may have passed this spot, located in the heart of busy Virginia Highland, a hundred times and never known there were "famous" burgers being served inside. The burger is hand-pattied 100% ground chuck that’s charbroiled with melted cheese and topped with red onions, lettuce, and tomato. It’s served on a whole wheat bun and comes with tater tots.

Cypress Street Pint & Plate

Midtown: Cypress Street is a perfect little gastropub with an awesome deck outside, complete with firepit, big tables, and an amazing beer selection. They’ve also got something else that’s pretty special: Sublime Burger. Take a Sublime glazed doughnut, cut it in half, and throw it on the grill. Then slap a half-pound patty, melted cheese, and bacon between the “buns,” and there you have it, the Sublime Burger. It’s rich, it’s decadent, and it has a great salty-sweet balance. Oh, man, oh, man.

The Vortex Bar & Grill

Little Five Points: Yep, the place with the giant red lit-up skull that marks the entrance. Featured on Man vs Food, this spot is a burger lover’s paradise— at last, for those who can deal with the smoke. One of the best is the Yokohama Mamama, a ground sirloin burger with teriyaki glaze, grilled pineapple, and Jack cheese, but the most popular has to be the triple patty with bacon, cheese, and fried egg sandwiched between two grilled cheese sandwiches.

YEAH! Burger

Westside Provisions District: Entrepreneur Erik Maier created Yeah! Burger to be a healthy burger joint. Choose between patties like grass-fed beef and pasture-raised bison and add toppings such as organic veggies, cage-free fried eggs, and house-made sauces. They’ve even got gluten-free buns and fries. Consider opting for the Triple B, which is a bison burger with bacon jam, blue cheese crumbles, and grilled onions.

Farm Burger

Decatur: Farm Burger burst on the scene in Decatur, and has since also opened in Buckhead, Dunwoody, and even Asheville. The 100% grass-fed beef comes from cows they own and raise as well as partner ranches as the company has grown. They source local veggies from farms and believe in full sustainability. The popular Farm Burger includes aged Vermont white cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, and Farm Burger sauce. The local Pine Street bacon add-on is worth it.

US Cafe

Smyrna: The original location of US Cafe is just off S. Cobb Dr. and worth the trip down 285 for its burgers and wings. The burgers are made with freshly ground Angus beef from Creekstone Farms. Opt for the Super Burger, a half pound of beef with lettuce and tomato. A true hidden gem, their cheeseburger is known to be one of the best in Atlanta. They also hand cut their own fries and don’t use frozen or pre-packaged ingredients.

Lucky's Burger & Brew

Roswell: Roswell has developed quite the reputation for having great restaurants, and Lucky’s Burger & Brew is no exception. A family-owned neighborhood joint and another hidden gem, they’ve got a dog-friendly outdoor deck and ground beef burgers like the Memphis Blood Hound, which has marinated red onions, shredded cheddar cheese, candied bacon, and spicy mango barbecue sauce.

Holeman & Finch Public House

Buckhead: Holeman & Finch dishes up only 24 burgers each night, signaled with a roar at 10 p.m. The burgers— known as much for their scarcity as their taste— are sold out well before the “Burger Time” call. Argued to be one of the, if not the singular, best in Atlanta, they have two well-seasoned four-ounce brisket and ground chuck patties topped with Kraft American singles, julienned onions, and pickles and are served atop Holeman & Finch buns with house-made ketchup and mustard.

Bocado

Howell Mill: The Bocado double stack is the favored burger of many Atlantans. Created by the restaurant’s former executive chef, Todd Ginsberg, it’s made with a blend of grass-fed chuck, brisket, and short rib and is topped with melted American cheese slices and bread and butter pickles.

The General Muir

Emory: Todd Ginsberg brought the his renowned double stack over to the General Muir when he opened its kitchen in January, and while there are similarities, this one has enough Jewish deli influence to stand up on its own. It’s topped with shaved onion, cheddar cheese, pickles, lettuce, and Russian dressing and is served on an onion roll.

Miller Union

West Midtown: Miller Union is well known for chef Steven Satterfield’s way with local and seasonal produce and sustainable meat, so if there’s going to be a burger on the menu, it has to stand up to the reputation. The Daily Grind cheeseburger features fresh ground White Oak Pastures organic grass-fed ground chuck with red onion, Romaine lettuce, tomatoes (only if they’re in season), sharp cheddar cheese, and house-made mayo and ketchup.

Ann's Snack Bar

East Atlanta: Heralded as the Atlanta must-visit burger joint, Ann’s