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The Hank at Illegal Food.
The Hank at Illegal Food.
Todd Brock

The Hottest Burgers in Atlanta, 2015

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The Hank at Illegal Food.
| Todd Brock

Atlanta has a strong burger scene, with nationally recognized options and under-the-radar favorites that have been around for a while. But this isn't about those old standards. This is about the relatively newer burgers to take a foothold in the local scene. Here now, in honor of Burger Week 2015, a look at five of the hottest burgers in town.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Fred's Meat & Bread

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99 Krog St NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 688-3733
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From chef Todd Ginsberg, who has plenty of burger experience at Bocado and The General Muir, the double-stack at this Krog Street Market stall is a hit. Dressed simply with housemade mayo, American cheese, and bread-and-butter pickles, it's a tasty homage to a burger one might find at a roadside shack. [Photo via Fred's Meat & Bread]

2. Hi-Five Diner

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903 Peachtree Street Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 347-3335
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Owner Alex Brownstein transformed Villains into Hi-Five Diner earlier this year, and it's no surprise that the man behind Grindhouse has come up with another tasty burger. The two patties come with lettuce, tomato, onion, and "special sauce," and available add-ons include grilled onions, various cheeses, avocado, roasted green chiles, bacon, and a fried egg. [Photo: Hi-Five Diner]

3. Illegal Food

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1044 Greenwood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 254-2141
Made popular at a pop-up inside Joystick Gamebar, "The Hank" is now available at Illegal Food's full-service Virginia-Highland restaurant. The house-ground, burger is topped with American cheese, shredded iceberg lettuce, Vidalia onion, housemade dill pickles, and Illegal Food's version of "special sauce." [Photo: Sarah Dodge]

4. Lusca

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1829 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 705-1486
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It's not always on the menu, but the burger at Angus Brown and Nhan Le's Buckhead restaurant is worth an order when it's available. A single chargrilled patty comes with cheddar, American, and onion, and it's cooked to medium rare. [Photo via Lusca]

5. Shake Shack

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3035 Peachtree Rd NE, Ste A146
Atlanta, GA 30305
(470) 809-9201
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Yes, it's a chain. But Shake Shack is in the running for the most popular burger chain in America. The standard ShackBurger is topped with lettuce, tomato, and "ShackSauce," and it's available as a single or a double. [Photo]

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1. Fred's Meat & Bread

99 Krog St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
From chef Todd Ginsberg, who has plenty of burger experience at Bocado and The General Muir, the double-stack at this Krog Street Market stall is a hit. Dressed simply with housemade mayo, American cheese, and bread-and-butter pickles, it's a tasty homage to a burger one might find at a roadside shack. [Photo via Fred's Meat & Bread]
99 Krog St NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

2. Hi-Five Diner

903 Peachtree Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30309
Owner Alex Brownstein transformed Villains into Hi-Five Diner earlier this year, and it's no surprise that the man behind Grindhouse has come up with another tasty burger. The two patties come with lettuce, tomato, onion, and "special sauce," and available add-ons include grilled onions, various cheeses, avocado, roasted green chiles, bacon, and a fried egg. [Photo: Hi-Five Diner]
903 Peachtree Street Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30309

3. Illegal Food

1044 Greenwood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
Made popular at a pop-up inside Joystick Gamebar, "The Hank" is now available at Illegal Food's full-service Virginia-Highland restaurant. The house-ground, burger is topped with American cheese, shredded iceberg lettuce, Vidalia onion, housemade dill pickles, and Illegal Food's version of "special sauce." [Photo: Sarah Dodge]
1044 Greenwood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

4. Lusca

1829 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
It's not always on the menu, but the burger at Angus Brown and Nhan Le's Buckhead restaurant is worth an order when it's available. A single chargrilled patty comes with cheddar, American, and onion, and it's cooked to medium rare. [Photo via Lusca]
1829 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

5. Shake Shack

3035 Peachtree Rd NE, Ste A146, Atlanta, GA 30305
Yes, it's a chain. But Shake Shack is in the running for the most popular burger chain in America. The standard ShackBurger is topped with lettuce, tomato, and "ShackSauce," and it's available as a single or a double. [Photo]
3035 Peachtree Rd NE, Ste A146
Atlanta, GA 30305

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