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Atlanta - Best Burgers

Where can I find the best hamburgers in Atlanta?

Here is my list - so far:

- The Vortex - P'tree and 8th or Little 5 - wide range of choices here - and tasty tater tots to boot!
- Rheas - several locations around the Roswell / Alpharetta area - try the Rhea's special - fresh beef patty on grilled texas toast
- Downwind's Restaurant - at PDK - tasty burgers - partially precooked to handle the demand - but still very good
- Ann's Snack Bar - I haven't tried this place yet - but have tried a couple of times and was deterred by the long line...it's always a good sign

Where are the best burgers in town?

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  1. For the high end, I've had the burger from Food 101 in the Highlands a couple of times and liked it a lot. And for al fresco, The Treehouse in Peachtree Hills makes a consistently good one.

    1. Woodfire Grill makes the best one I have ever had.

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      1. re: Katj

        Just make sure Chef Tuohy is actually in the house when you order it. We were there several years ago on a Sun night- that burger was the worst one I've ever had. Or maybe second worst next to one at Virginia's when it was still on Virginia Ave ('cause that one was bad and served with a big side of attitude). That he wasn't there was the only reason I could come up with for the nasty burger and worse-by-miles-than-the-Vortex oil-sodden fries.

      2. A friend of mine claims the burger at lunch at Bacchanalia is the best he's ever had.

        1. Two beefy, flavorful burgers with great fries are found at One Midtown Kitchen and Muss and Turners. One Midtown is the better of the two since it is both bigger and on a better roll.

          1. Vortex. Has to be the L5P location.

            1. Muss & Turner makes great sandwiches in general, and I love the burger. I like Vortex burger too but it's not saucy enough for me. I'm more of a fan of burgers that have the restaurant's own special spread (mayonnaise/aioli/pureed condiments) on it. The burger they serve at Eclipse di Sol is delicious too...it's made the way I like them.

              I really want to try Woodfire Grill's burger.

              1. My hubbie says Joel has an out-of-this-world burger at lunch... can't remember the specifics of what's on it, but there was a very very delicious-sounding list.
                (Between the lines - bitter that I'm not invited to partake in this lunch!!)

                1. Most of the responses have yeilded a nice listing of gourmet burgers - (Joel, Bacchanalia, One Midtown, etc.)..Woodfire sounds hit or miss - have never eaten there - but hear it's incredible...Chef Tuohy has a great reputation of an organic purist...However, WHEN I finally do dine at Woodfire, I doubt I'll order the burger - but suppose it's still a viable option.

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                  1. re: Franklin Smith

                    FWIW, when we went and I had the awful burger at Woodfire, they had come out with a separate menu for the front area and they were offering 1/2 off on wines on Sunday. We went b/c they're in the neighborhood and we saw this as an option to enjoy it more often without expending a wheelbarrow of cash. It just didn't work out.

                    We ate in the main dining room at the end of the summer and had a great experience.

                    1. re: ted

                      I understand the menu changes based on seasonal and fresh ingredient availability...but are there are standout items you would recommend? Chef Tuohy has a great reputation in the realm of organics and bringing out the natural flavors of his ingredients...but thanks for the tip on the burger - I'm sure I'll look to other menu items at Woodfire.

                  2. You have honestly got to try the burgers at 5 Guys Hamburgers in N. Buckhead on Roswell Road. One of the freshest, tastiest burgers I've had in awhile. Definitely not gourmet, but really yummy (and the fries are incredible too).

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                    1. re: atlantachowhound

                      5 Guys is a welcome addition in Atlanta. This DC based chain has a basic, stripped down approach of using fresh ingredients and sticking to a short menu of items they prepare well...very reminiscent of In n Out Burger on the west coast.

                      1. re: Franklin Smith

                        Not a 5 Guys fan. Their buns are awful, way too doughy and chewy. Not a fan.
                        The Vortex is very good as is the Highland Tap. My favorite though is still Ann's Snack Bar by a mile.

                    2. Definitely try out the kobe beef burger at Repast, near Glen Iris Lofts. out of this world, especially with a little blue cheese. YUM!

                      1. George's in the Highlands i believe to be the best!

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                        1. re: strephking

                          Yes, it's been a while since having a burger at George's, but it is a very good "bar burger"

                          1. re: Franklin Smith

                            i agree that George's makes a great burger. the Highland Tap across the street also makes a good burger.

                          1. I would have to say it is Ann's by a mile. Not a gourmet burger, but it is the first to satisfy my craving in a long while. Here is a pic:

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                            1. re: The Blissful Glutton

                              OMG! That MUST be the famous ghetto burger!!!! I think I'll endure the line next time I try to eat there. Also - not sure if it was an ugly rumour - but I had heard Ann's was closing - say it isn't true! I hope it doesn't follow suit with the Silver Grill and shut down.

                              1. re: Franklin Smith

                                Ann was supposed to close in March or May of this year but decided to give us all a 1yr reprieve. From what I understand, she will be closing her door next year in the same time frame next year. It will be a sad day in Atlanta when I can no longer take the new staff to Ann's.

                                1. re: samlev

                                  funny - this is where i love to take my staff & the uninitiated for meals too! the first time i went i ordered the ghetto without seeing one first. ate 1/2 of it in one sitting & then it took me 3 more takes to eat the leftovers - HUGE! now i get the 'single' size chili cheese slaw burger and still take 1/2 home for later. amazing - definitely hands down best burger in the ATL. try 11am midweek for best chance at immediate seating. ann can be intimidating - bring your best manners. . .

                            2. Vortex is good and can't be beat for variety

                              I haven't eaten there often, but the burger I had a couple weeks ago at Dantanna's was pretty impressive.