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Chevy's Diner in McDonough was the readers' pick for best burger in and around Atlanta. It might be a surprise winner for those who've never been, but Chevy's fans are passionate about this Henry County spot. Photo courtesy Chevy's Diner.

Chevy's Diner in McDonough was the readers' pick for best burger in and around Atlanta. It might be a surprise winner for those unfamiliar with it, but Chevy's fans are passionate about this Henry County spot. And doesn't that burger look tasty? Photo courtesy Chevy's Diner.

1. Chevy’s Diner
You say, “Chevy’s Diner in McDonough makes the best burger! Old Blue Eyes is a half pound of awesome-ness with two pieces of thick cut bacon and bleu cheese crumbles.. There’s something about the seasonings they use in the freshly made patties, y’all. It’s just the best burger I’ve ever had!” and “Fantastic hunks of beef on enormous buns with fresh everything — This is the kind of hamburger that you crave and nothing else will do until you can get back over to Chevy’s.”

2. US Café
3. The Vortex
4. Farm Burger
5. George’s
6. Grindhouse
7. Ann’s Snack Bar

Sometimes the simple pleasures are the best. That's what you'll get with Bocado's classic burger, elevated by the finest ingredients. It's our critic's pick for best burger in and around Atlanta. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

Sometimes the simple pleasures are the best. That's what you'll get with Bocado's classic burger, elevated by the finest ingredients. It's our critic's pick for best burger in and around Atlanta. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

1. Bocado
The AJC dining team’s Popular Eats specialist Jon Watson says, “Chef Todd Ginsberg’s burger at Bocado, a double stack of house-ground farm-raised beef, American cheese and house-made pickles served on an H&F bun, stands out amongst the many contenders for Atlanta’s best burger. Ginsberg’s simple preparation and attention to quality ingredients makes this the strongest offering of its kind in town.”

2. Holeman & Finch
3. Muss & Turners
4. Farm Burger
5. Grindhouse

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pig out

February 2nd, 2012
11:10 am

Georges in Virginia Highland.


February 2nd, 2012
12:11 pm

I really enjoyed the Crazy Bob @ Einsteins in Midtown.


February 2nd, 2012
1:13 pm

Easily the greatest is at Miller Union, though it’s only at lunch. Truly delicious.


February 2nd, 2012
3:16 pm

Local Three! The McDowell! It’s like a BigMac, but 10000000000 times better!


February 2nd, 2012
4:31 pm

Sprig Restaurant…hands down!


February 2nd, 2012
4:59 pm

2. Ted’s Montana Grill
3. Five Guys
4. Fuddruckers
5. Sonic

George H.

February 2nd, 2012
5:53 pm

Head on down to the Southside for some excellent burgers and beer from Chevy’s Diner in McDonough!

George H.

February 2nd, 2012
5:58 pm

UGA – It’s called loyal customers. If you won’t go because they have a loyal following…..fine – more for us and it does get crowded in there. But you are missing out….


February 2nd, 2012
11:17 pm

The Marlay in downtown Decatur–with blue cheese, yum!


February 3rd, 2012
7:57 am

Atlantic Grill in Atlantic station has the best burgers in town. Also great homemade chips, fries and rings. My former and traditional pick is Atkins Park.

Nichole M

February 3rd, 2012
10:09 am

Chevy’s in McDonough not only are the burgers AWESOME, all the sides are AMAZING too!!


February 3rd, 2012
10:40 am

My new fav is Burger Tap in Virginia Highlands. Yes they are small but the meat has a great tast and you can always get two. (They are not that expensive)

Alison N.

February 3rd, 2012
11:17 am

Love Chevys in McDonough, GA. Any burger there is absolutely delish!!!!


February 3rd, 2012
11:59 am

I look forward to trying out all the restaurants I haven’t tried yet!

David Erickson

February 3rd, 2012
12:08 pm

I nominate Chevy’s in McDonough. They have a great selection of burger and they are all awesome.


February 3rd, 2012
12:54 pm

Chevy’s in McDonough….Old Blue Eyes….the best burger around!

Love Veggie Burgers

February 3rd, 2012
1:03 pm

I can’t wait for the veggie burger list. I’ve had the veggie burger at Grindhouse and it is pretty good. They should work on the sides, however. J Alexander’s has a great veggie burger.

Yeah Burger’s veggie burger is just okay and I’ve heard the same of its meat burgers.

Many have recommended Farm Burger and I’m intrigued. However, since moving here, I’ve found that Atlantans seem to care more about hype or where everyone else goes than good food.

I was tricked into Taqueria Del Sol for the barely decent fish tacos. Pappasito’s fish tacos are much better. Heck, I’ve had better at the mediocre Susi’s Tacos.


February 3rd, 2012
1:21 pm

Has anyone had the burger at Cinebistro? As good as any burger I have had…not the cheapest but tender and flavorful. Haven’t had everything on the list, but this is my vote!!!! Extra points for being a movie theatre…


February 3rd, 2012
2:01 pm

eric…thanks for reminding me of the gem at Cinebistro…really a great burger. I hate the well-done burgers everyone is recommending in these posts…5 guys sucks…tastes like condiments and cheese more than meat. Flip is the worst…pre-cooked an held in oil…gross! The meat does stand out at Cinebistro…ps…girl had the veggie burger…it was also very good. wish we picked the movie as well as we did our food…


February 3rd, 2012
5:01 pm

George’s in Virginia Highland
The Porter in L5P


February 3rd, 2012
5:31 pm

Mr Obvoius, it is unfortunate for you that you have never been to Kaleidoscope and had their burger. I do not own or work for the restaurant and I am not necessarily friends with the owner except to say the he comes by the table to say hello because he recognizes me as a regular. I went there to try their burger because they won the Battle of the Burgers competition in Virginia Highlands right before they opened in 2010 and ever sine then I have been hooked…


February 3rd, 2012
6:14 pm

The 5 Napkin Burger at 5 Napkin Burger is the best burger in the city!


February 3rd, 2012
7:58 pm

Chevy’s in McDonough… You won’t regret it


February 3rd, 2012
8:02 pm

And btw, Mr. Obvious, Chevy’s is locally owned, and you clearly have no idea what you are talking about.


February 3rd, 2012
10:41 pm

I don’t hate the cliched Internet phrase “hands down” as much as I hate the british invasion of “spot on.” I really hate that affectation.


February 3rd, 2012
10:42 pm

Stuffing the ballot box for my favorites Atlantic Grill and Atkins Park.


February 4th, 2012
12:57 am

I agree with the “spot on” objection. Tons of good burgers. Blue Cheese Burger at Blue Ridge Grill is fine, as is the basic Angus Cheeseburger w a salt skin Baked Potato from Garrisons in Vinings.

J R Walker

February 4th, 2012
8:13 am

Big easy grille


February 4th, 2012
10:11 am


February 4th, 2012
10:14 am

Five Guys Burgers – Anywhere

Allie F.

February 4th, 2012
10:16 am

Vortex (both locations), Roxx,…haven’t tried Farm Burgers yet, but on my list. Grindhouse are good, too.


February 4th, 2012
10:25 am

Vortex….. Period!


February 4th, 2012
10:26 am

I have flipped for Flip! Farm Burger is a close second.


February 4th, 2012
10:34 am

Village Burger in Dunwoody… great meat and love the Village Sauce!

Rosa Fagg

February 4th, 2012
10:52 am

Joe’s Tavern at Midtown and it was besttttttttttttt burger and Asian wrap. Yummyyyyyyyyyy


February 4th, 2012
10:53 am

Ms. Ann still have the best burger. You can’t beat a big, handmade and juicy Ghetto burger.

Lamar Hill

February 4th, 2012
10:59 am

Meltons App&Tap in Decatur


February 4th, 2012
11:04 am

Lucky’s burgers and Brew – Roswell
The burger itself has a moist, delightfully meaty flavor that tastes much more like a burger than the ones at The Counter (The Counters seem dried out and missing that umami spark to me).

The toppings are varied and flavorful but nothing I’ve had overpowers the flavor of the burger itself, just compliments.

steve h

February 4th, 2012
11:12 am

Locos Grill & Bar


February 4th, 2012
11:14 am

1. Miller Union
2. JTC
3. Murphy’s


February 4th, 2012
11:15 am

that would be JCT…


February 4th, 2012
11:16 am

It may seem boring but the burger at Houston’s is great. And, no, I don’t live in the burbs.
I’ve lived in various areas of the city since 1997.
The bar at the Houston’s on P’tree between P’tree Battle and Bennett Street is a good place to pick up lonely housewives from Gwinnett County.
I’ve been to all the places mentioned here, and I like Flip and the Vortex. I went to Yeah Burger and asked the server to recommend something; she suggested I try the chili dog. Ha ha, ‘nough said about the burgers. I think the chili dog was probably good, but can’t say for sure because I had just left Bistro Niko after having about a dozen vodka tonics (I wasn’t driving).
Don’t drink and drive (especially if you go to Hal’s).

Mangrove Swamp

February 4th, 2012
11:23 am

I agree with Atlantan about JCT. I love to sit at the bar upstairs and get the beet salad, burger and parmesan truffle fries. Skip the oysters; they’re always freezer burned (no, I don’t keep ordering them; friends do, and I always try one just to reassure myself that it wasn’t a fluke). The atmosphere is great.
If you want to be annoying, and trust me it’s all I really care to do, ask for the lamb burger. They used to have one and it was (I’m not using “hands down” here although the force is strong) truly the best burger in town. I guess they switched to beef because it is somehow less of an affront to someone and they seem sensitive and in denial of the fact that they ever served lamb burger. I play it for the awkwardness, but that’s just me.


February 4th, 2012
11:23 am

Wow – Chevy’s must be giving out BOGOs or a free app if you post about their restaurant. I’m going to get mine today… Either they have a ton of loyal customers who all go on the blog together or some employee is in the back posting how great it is over and over and over. Maybe it is good, but I’m only in Henry County when I’m passing through on my way to the beach.

Long Ago

February 4th, 2012
11:30 am

First, please do not use “turkey” and “burger” in the same sentence. That said, Manuel’s was good in the late 70’s and hasn’t changed. I’ve tried others on my return visits, but I stick with the tried and true! Flip is good but I hope the novelty doesn’t wear off.


February 4th, 2012
11:36 am

Lucky’s in Roswell!


February 4th, 2012
11:39 am

Red Robin….nearly every burger they have is yum-o, but I the one with the fried egg on it is the best !

dooley wood

February 4th, 2012
11:40 am

im gonna go out on a limb “high end” burgers, theyre overrated at best. give me meat, give me bread, give me mayo and a few other accoutrements. that being said heres my list: five guys, the vortex, (let the scoffing begin) hardees steakhouse thickburger.yep, thats right, i said it….

the essentials are good bread and good meat. all three of these have it.


February 4th, 2012
11:40 am

Hands down, Franks at the Olde Mill, Fayetteville

Tree Rollins

February 4th, 2012
11:44 am