In a new segment called “Mike’s Likes” I’m going to keep track of my favorite of Austin’s whatever. This is NOT a list of the best but rather a list of my favorite. I want to be clear that I cannot possibly say “This is the Best [fill-in-your-food-item here]”. I have not had ALL, or even most, not to mention personal tastes make it a completely silly conversation. As this list evolves, I’ll update it with my new favorites. With that said, let’s get into my favorite burgers!
The top of my burger list goes out to the Butcher’s Burger at Salt & Time Butcher Shop. It seems like they have an unfair advantage with their access to fresh, whole cows that they break down in-house and can use to grind up for their burger patties. On top of that, they add a secret ingredient (which will remain nameless so as not to reveal trade secrets) to take the flavor up to 11. Topped with Swiss (upcharge), pickles, and aioli, and slid into a locally-baked toasted bun, it’s served alongside simple, thick-cut fries. Note, for
better or worse, it’s a dinner-only endeavor.
Holding in second place is a recent addition to my list, and that’s the Pan Roasted Hamburger at Clark’s Oyster Bar. Yep, a seafood restaurant. A recent revisit with family in town opened my eyes to how great this burger is. Topped with Gruyere and a fancy mayo called Sauce Gribiche, it’s a stunner. It doesn’t hurt that it comes with the most addictive matchstick fries I (or probably you) have ever had.
And in the third spot is Oak Grilled Wagyu Cheeseburger at Lambert’s Downtown Barbecue. The real story here is that it’s half price during happy hour at the bar. But the smoky flavor from the wood grill makes it worth full price. Topped with LTO, mayo, mustard, and a side of outstanding waffle fries, it’s one of the best deals in town. Grab one at the bar on a weeknight, but be patient as the bar can get crowded sometimes.
And that’s where my rankings will end. Beyond top 3, the rest are very good to great. A few recent, noteworthy burgers that should be ordered if given the chance are below in no particular order.
Others that don’t get a picture come from drink.well., The Roaring Fork, and Hopfield’s. Got a favorite burger in Austin you think just HAS to be on this list? Let me know in the comments!