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H&F Burger at Turner Field

photo (3)If there is one thing that has come to define Holeman and Finch – and I still think it overshadows the greatness of the rest of their menu restaurant – it is the famous 10 o’clock burger. Well, Tuner field decided to step their game up this year, and Linton Hopkins brought H&F Burger to Turner Field. Actually, he brought 3 of them.

I’ve been very interested to see how the burger would translate to a fast-paced, high volume environment, but I hadn’t gotten the chance to make it down to Turner for a game this season. Given that part of the allure is the limited quantities served every night at restaurant, would it lose its luster if they are readily available? Would there be a loss of quality if they churn out hundreds in a night instead of just 24 crafted by the chefs at Holeman & Finch?

Well, I finally made it out to a game this week and H&F Burger was my first stop.

The first thing that I notice when I approach the stand is the sheer number of patties in progress. The griddle is slammed edge to edge with sizzling beef. I place my order, and $12 gets me an H&F burger and a side of fries.

From what I could tell, or at least while I was there, the burgers are cooked to order. So, after my friends and I order ours, 3 more patties squeeze onto the cooking surface and we wait. There was no line when we arrived, but by the time our burgers come up there are a good twenty people lined up behind us.

The presentation of the burger isn’t up to the same standards as the original, but given the fast-paced, assembly line style and the volume, that is easily overlooked. And come on – we are at a baseball game, so who really cares if your bun is a little squished? If you do, get over yourself.

What does matter is – how does it taste?

The good news is that the answer to that question remains “fantastic.” My burger is every bit as good as the original, but without having to stay hungry until 10 p.m. (or going to Sunday brunch.) The only real complaint that I have is with the fries. I’m not sure if it was a timing issue or not, but the fries arrive on the soggy side, and don’t have the same crisp, straight out of the fryer taste I hoped for. And, a few extra dashes of salt would have gone a long way; mine are on the bland side.

But, they don’t call it H&F Fries…I was there for the burger and in that regard, I think the addition of H&F to Turner Field was a great one.

What do you guys think? Have you tried the burger at a game?

- By Jon Watson, Food & More blog

36 comments Add your comment

Art

June 21st, 2013
1:50 pm

Amazingly close to the “real” thing and head and shoulders better given the relative ease with which one can obtain one.

The Walrus

June 21st, 2013
2:00 pm

Exactly my sentiments, Jon! Burger = still excellent. Fries = not quite.

asv

June 21st, 2013
2:14 pm

Had the burger..it’s a burger, tasty and overpriced with an obnoxious “chef” and crappy fries. Don’t wait 30 minutes in line,waste of time. Perfect for the Yuppy in Atlanta, (”the allure is limited quantities…”)—–dingbat offering…… Go get your seat..yell at BJ and Uggla for striking out (AGAIN) and avoid wasting your money on this product…..you WILL thank me….you’re welcome…

Sheriff John Brown

June 21st, 2013
2:26 pm

@ASV have you had anything to eat today, cause u sure are grumpy!

CG

June 21st, 2013
2:26 pm

This is the best burger I ever tasted. I paid $15 for a burger, fries, and coke I ordered at another venue. It was cold and tasteless. I will stand in line at H&F. Go Brave!

Hotel Gitmo

June 21st, 2013
2:41 pm

I tried one on Tuesday @ the day game and was thoroughly unimpressed, also I did not get fries with mine? A burger and a coke were $14.50, ouch. The burger had to much cheese on it and was overcooked for my liking. In response I will not be purchasing another one of these burgers again!

Matt

June 21st, 2013
2:47 pm

It was delicious. Also, with the season ticket holder discount I only paid $8.

jebbery

June 21st, 2013
2:50 pm

I had one Tuesday…the flavors were great but I wished the patties weren’t so well done. 3-4 minutes less time on the grill & it would’ve been fantastic.

BIRD DAWG

June 21st, 2013
3:04 pm

Absolutely crave-worthy. Can’t wait to get another. I’m sure you can shop around other restaurants and dine -in to get a better one, but keep in mind how terrible ball park or amusement park food usually is.

Matt

June 21st, 2013
3:05 pm

I’d rate the H&F Burger at the Ted at 7.5/10. I guess my rating is skewed by the fact that after having Bocado’s Burger Stack a number of times, the H&F Burger just doesn’t measure up anymore.

If you haven’t tried Bocado’s yet, do yourself a favor. It’s almost a carbon copy, but the flavor is even better, and you don’t have to go to Turner Field or Buckhead at 10pm to get one.

Beezer

June 21st, 2013
3:25 pm

Stood in line (willingly) for 20 minutes, was completely seducoed by the smells, got my burger swimming in grease with cold fries. Ate the burger, dumped the fries. Had a stomach ache for a day. Never again!

Oggie

June 21st, 2013
3:37 pm

FYI:

Only the H&F locations in the plaza area (next to the Braves Clubhouse Store) serve fries.

Also, as the AJC reported back in April, the H&G stand on the 100 level behind home plate does not have a deep fryer to serve fries. If you ordered there but did not get fries or only saw potato chips as an option, this is likely why.

bkinkennesaw

June 21st, 2013
3:43 pm

I have tried it and it is awesome! Makes me want to go try the original at the restaurant.

Oggie

June 21st, 2013
3:51 pm

I also found the extra-small-for-the-price portion of fries I have received with my exceptional burger to be overly soggy, almost like try to eat wet noodles with my bare hands.

Lorenzo

June 21st, 2013
3:59 pm

Thanks for “taking one for the team.” I’ve been more inclined to go to a Braves game now that there is a good burger option.

jcb

June 21st, 2013
4:09 pm

What kind of “burger” do ya’ll eat!? I had one opening day, with cheese, and the ‘patties’ (not a ‘burger’ in sight!) were way too greasy to enjoy. I tried again last week at the stand that replaced McCann’s burgers at 104, this time without cheese and it was much worse! It’s obvious the cheese hides the gnarliness(sic)/gristle of the chuck meat. How ’bout a REAL hamburger with sirloin…THAT might be worth the $12 tab!!

Kristin

June 21st, 2013
4:59 pm

jcb, it is interesting that you had one without cheese last week as I was told they will not customize the burgers in anyway a couple weeks ago. It’s either with cheese or no burger. Maybe it is because I asked at the outfield one. Since I have dairy issues, the choice is either pick something else or have stomach problems during the game. Something else it is!

Opening Day, I had a burger and they were able to not put cheese on it and it was decent. Not worth the price again, though. I am a season ticket holder, so it was $8 – par for the course of any meal in the stadium, but still not something I will do again.

Paula Deen

June 21st, 2013
5:51 pm

This H&F burger at Turner Field is so good, it makes me want to call a spade “A Spade.”

fes

June 21st, 2013
7:02 pm

I’ve had it twice. It’s a decent burger, but the fries were undercooked both times. The register stations need a tray area to sit things down so you can pay. It’s quite an inconvenience.

Braves fan

June 21st, 2013
11:31 pm

H&F burger is just ok. What struck me was the amount of grease. $12 price not bad considering what everything else costs at Turner Field.

Baltisraul.....

June 22nd, 2013
8:53 am

Even high $ for ball park food. But think of it this way; when the payroll deductions(that usually gets folks attention) for some of the Braves players tops $450,000 per mon, who do you think is going to help pay this payroll. Teams must be creative and they need suckers to help them. H&F is just trying to get their little piece.

Edward

June 22nd, 2013
9:09 am

I do love the original H&F burger at the restaurant, but it has become increasingly difficult to get one, even at Sunday brunch. I’m not going to line up an hour before opening and then wait another hour, two hours total, just for a burger, any burger. I’ll ride my bike up to Farmburger and get something delicious and be back home before those hipsters ever get served at H&F.

Dawn

June 22nd, 2013
9:22 am

“Tuner” Field? Really? Do you guys even proofread at all?

Just sayin'

June 22nd, 2013
9:49 am

Tasty burger, cold and soggy fries. Not worth regular price, but okay with season ticket discount. Not sure I would stand in a long line for it. Your family and country are “to die for” but not food.

Baltisraul......

June 22nd, 2013
12:19 pm

Good call Edward. I know it is fast food, but if you need a quick burger & coke, try What-A-Burger. For my $. it is the best of the ‘chain’ joints.

Lindy

June 22nd, 2013
12:51 pm

Had the burger last Wednesday and thought it was delicious! I have never tasted the one from the restaurant so I was happy to hear your comparison. I bought mine without fries for $11.00.

Art

June 22nd, 2013
2:36 pm

Balt, What-A-Burger is really good. Where’s the nearest one?

jim

June 22nd, 2013
5:39 pm

The nearest WhataBurger is 16 hours drive away. For those who have never had one- it is kind of like Wendy’s used to be IMO

They are also something like 4$ for a burger, but really delicious

Whataburger

June 22nd, 2013
7:53 pm

@Jim there are a few Whataburgers in the Destin, FL area only 6 hrs away

Paula Coon

June 22nd, 2013
8:06 pm

Don’t they have WhataBurger locations in Birmingham, only 2 hours away?

FDNH

June 23rd, 2013
8:05 am

What makes one burger better than others–is it the cut of beef used to make the burger, or what? is it the fat percentage–which would mean a cheaper cut is best; or the seasonings? What?

One juicy patty

June 23rd, 2013
8:55 am

If you could get the patties cooked “medium” instead of “well done” the burger would rock – two dry patties is a lot to choke down

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Theresa

June 24th, 2013
7:33 am

@Paula King Jr.: Really don’t appreciate your racist comment.

Baltisraul......

June 24th, 2013
7:37 am

Had a Whataburger twice last mon. One in Birmingham and one in Tallahassee. There are a ton of these places around. Wish they would open a couple in the Atl area.

jim…..like Wendy’s used to be is a good way to put it. Wendy’s has not been good in many years!

asv

June 24th, 2013
4:14 pm

Looks like Smithfield dropped paula , …YES..the Chinese are quite well known for their liberal acceptance of all cultures and ideas………..nod nod wink wink