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Atlanta's Best Burgers: OTP Edition

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A good burger is always worth the trip. And while there has been much hullaballoo regarding in-city options like those dished up at 10PM (or out of a shack on Memorial Drive), pilgrims in search of Atlanta's best burgers no longer have to be confined by the boundaries of I-285. Where's the beef? Turns out it's OTP.
—Brent Harrison


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Lucky's Burger & Brew

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1140 Alpharetta St
Roswell, GA 30075
(770) 518-5695
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Four-legged compatriots rejoice! Just off historic Canton Street, you’ll find a watering hole dedicated to “man’s best friends,” so there’s no need to leave Rover at home when that beefy craving hits you. Bring him along for treats and water bowls on the patio while you quench those hunger pangs.

2. Muss & Turner's

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1675 Cumberland Pkwy Ste 309
Smyrna, GA 30080
(770) 434-1114
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There’s only one burger on the Muss & Turner’s menu, but diners speak about it in hushed and reverent tones. Grilled on a Big Green Egg and topped with a house-made cilantro aioli, it’s a serious contender—and well worth a trip just outside the perimeter.

3. The Red Eyed Mule

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1405 Church Street Extension
Marietta, GA 30060
(678) 809-4546
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Now famously known as the home of Alton Brown's favorite burger, this dive-ish joint serves its ground chuck patties with build-your-own toppings on Texas toast. They're cheap, too, with burgers starting at $3.95.

4. Local Republic

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225 W Crogan St
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
(678) 205-4782
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Several burgers grace the menu at this Lawrenceville gastro pub, but diners in the know go straight for The Sink. What’s on The Sink? There’s no telling. Cheese, bacon, and egg are guaranteed, but beyond that, it depends on whatever the kitchen feels like throwing on the bun when you order.

5. Bite

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11500 Webb Bridge Way
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 754-5500
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With all the fuss over lobster rolls, patrons could be forgiven for overlooking the burger on Bite’s menu— but that would be a grave mistake. This melty double stack comes topped with bacon and house-made pickles and can hold its own against Atlanta’s heavy hitters.

6. Rhea's Take out Foods

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1210 Canton Street
Roswell, GA 30075
(770) 992-8638
Sometimes simplicity is best, especially when it comes to burgers. Rhea’s features a streamlined menu of no-fuss burgers topped with tomatoes, lettuce, chopped onions, and American cheese smashed between two slices of French bread. No pretense. Just honest beef for around $5.

7. Scratch Fresh

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12872 Alpharetta Hwy
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 393-9059
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Tucked away in an unassuming strip mall near Windward Parkway, this family-owned restaurant dishes up completely customizable burgers with a tantalizing selection of toppings and handmade condiments. Want ‘em all? No problem. But you might want to loosen the belt a notch or two first.

8. Moxie Burger

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255 Village Pkwy NE, Ste 120
Marietta, GA 30067
(770) 627-3201
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Families shouldn’t be relegated to clown-themed fast food chains to get their burger fix. At a friendly neighborhood place like Moxie Burger, kids are welcome too. As a bonus, they’ll learn valuable lessons like how to mop up that burger juice after it’s dripped down their elbows.

9. Stax Burger Bar

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690 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Roswell, GA 30076
Roswell, GA 30076
(770) 992-2229
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Beef burgers are just fine, but this modern burger bar allows adventurous eaters to choose from a mind-boggling variety of alternative patties. There’s chorizo, scampi, salmon, and even a veal option called saltimbocca. All pair well with the right glass of wine.

10. Kozmo Gastro Pub

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11890 Douglas Road #105
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(678) 526-6094
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Owner Oswald Morgan set out to create a “sexy” destination with the sophisticated appeal of a big city restaurant and creative food to match. He may have succeeded, but diners say the burger is so good that it’s hard to try anything else on the menu. That’s not necessarily a problem.

11. Oak Street Cafe

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45 Oak St
Roswell, GA 30075
(770) 594-1300
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It’s a great brunch spot, sure, but when that hankering for beef hits hard, it’s the Oak Burger that’s going to scratch the itch. Eight ounces of all-natural beef topped with all the fixins. (If you really want French toast, you can always order that on the side.)

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1. Lucky's Burger & Brew

1140 Alpharetta St, Roswell, GA 30075
Four-legged compatriots rejoice! Just off historic Canton Street, you’ll find a watering hole dedicated to “man’s best friends,” so there’s no need to leave Rover at home when that beefy craving hits you. Bring him along for treats and water bowls on the patio while you quench those hunger pangs.
1140 Alpharetta St
Roswell, GA 30075

2. Muss & Turner's

1675 Cumberland Pkwy Ste 309, Smyrna, GA 30080
There’s only one burger on the Muss & Turner’s menu, but diners speak about it in hushed and reverent tones. Grilled on a Big Green Egg and topped with a house-made cilantro aioli, it’s a serious contender—and well worth a trip just outside the perimeter.
1675 Cumberland Pkwy Ste 309
Smyrna, GA 30080

3. The Red Eyed Mule

1405 Church Street Extension, Marietta, GA 30060
Now famously known as the home of Alton Brown's favorite burger, this dive-ish joint serves its ground chuck patties with build-your-own toppings on Texas toast. They're cheap, too, with burgers starting at $3.95.
1405 Church Street Extension
Marietta, GA 30060

4. Local Republic

225 W Crogan St, Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Several burgers grace the menu at this Lawrenceville gastro pub, but diners in the know go straight for The Sink. What’s on The Sink? There’s no telling. Cheese, bacon, and egg are guaranteed, but beyond that, it depends on whatever the kitchen feels like throwing on the bun when you order.
225 W Crogan St
Lawrenceville, GA 30046

5. Bite

11500 Webb Bridge Way, Alpharetta, GA 30005
With all the fuss over lobster rolls, patrons could be forgiven for overlooking the burger on Bite’s menu— but that would be a grave mistake. This melty double stack comes topped with bacon and house-made pickles and can hold its own against Atlanta’s heavy hitters.
11500 Webb Bridge Way
Alpharetta, GA 30005

6. Rhea's Take out Foods

1210 Canton Street, Roswell, GA 30075
Sometimes simplicity is best, especially when it comes to burgers. Rhea’s features a streamlined menu of no-fuss burgers topped with tomatoes, lettuce, chopped onions, and American cheese smashed between two slices of French bread. No pretense. Just honest beef for around $5.
1210 Canton Street
Roswell, GA 30075

7. Scratch Fresh

12872 Alpharetta Hwy, Alpharetta, GA 30004
Tucked away in an unassuming strip mall near Windward Parkway, this family-owned restaurant dishes up completely customizable burgers with a tantalizing selection of toppings and handmade condiments. Want ‘em all? No problem. But you might want to loosen the belt a notch or two first.
12872 Alpharetta Hwy
Alpharetta, GA 30004

8. Moxie Burger

255 Village Pkwy NE, Ste 120, Marietta, GA 30067
Families shouldn’t be relegated to clown-themed fast food chains to get their burger fix. At a friendly neighborhood place like Moxie Burger, kids are welcome too. As a bonus, they’ll learn valuable lessons like how to mop up that burger juice after it’s dripped down their elbows.
255 Village Pkwy NE, Ste 120
Marietta, GA 30067

9. Stax Burger Bar

690 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Roswell, GA 30076, Roswell, GA 30076
Beef burgers are just fine, but this modern burger bar allows adventurous eaters to choose from a mind-boggling variety of alternative patties. There’s chorizo, scampi, salmon, and even a veal option called saltimbocca. All pair well with the right glass of wine.
690 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Roswell, GA 30076
Roswell, GA 30076

10. Kozmo Gastro Pub

11890 Douglas Road #105, Alpharetta, GA 30005
Owner Oswald Morgan set out to create a “sexy” destination with the sophisticated appeal of a big city restaurant and creative food to match. He may have succeeded, but diners say the burger is so good that it’s hard to try anything else on the menu. That’s not necessarily a problem.
11890 Douglas Road #105
Alpharetta, GA 30005

11. Oak Street Cafe

45 Oak St, Roswell, GA 30075
It’s a great brunch spot, sure, but when that hankering for beef hits hard, it’s the Oak Burger that’s going to scratch the itch. Eight ounces of all-natural beef topped with all the fixins. (If you really want French toast, you can always order that on the side.)
45 Oak St
Roswell, GA 30075

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