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Pick 6: Burgers that Surprise

Recently there has been some buzz about Atlanta’s burgers. The Varsity’s burger was voted by TIME as one of the most influential burgers for coining terms like “all the way” and “walk a steak.” As iconic as the Varsity is, we think a bite into one of these burgers is hiding a celebration of flavors between the bun. We didn’t say these were healthy, but they sure will fill you up.

Cypress Street's "Sublime" burger

Cypress Street's "Sublime" burger

1. Cypress Street Pint & Plate
817 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta
Imagine a burger sandwiched between two donuts. There you have it. The “Sublime” burger. It happens to be the only way you can eat glazed Sublime donuts. Oh yeah, there’s bacon and cheddar stuffed in there too. The food coma will come later.

2. The Vortex
879 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta
438 Moreland Avenue, Atlanta
The “Fat Elvis” will make you have to shake those hips to burn off all the calories from this burger slathered with peanut butter, bacon and banana. If you’re skeptical consider the basic ingredients: peanut butter and banana is a winning pair, beef and buns are classic and bacon is always welcome.

3. Poor Calvin’s
510 Piedmont Avenue NE
Bringing together three cultures, the lamb burger is a fusion of flavor. Take Mediterranean lamb, top it with American blue cheese crumbles and pimento, and cushion that between two rice cakes with Thai curry sauce. Bam.

4. Grindhouse Burger
209 Edgewood Avenue, Atlanta
As if tacos were not enough for pico de gallo sauce, the “Gringo Style” serves up a hunk of beef with a refreshing punch of jalepeno, tomatoes and onions. This one is sure to fire up your mouth with a spicy habanero Diablo sauce. Good thing you have bread to tame the flames.

5. Yeah! Burger
1017 North Highland Avenue, Atlanta
1168 Howell Mill Road, Suite E, Atlanta
Bon Appetit’s praised these guys as one of the best burger joints. If you are one of those people that enjoys a fancy burger, the “Fig and Goat Cheese” is straight off the farm. Give your turkey burger a little spunk with tangy local goat cheese, hydroponic arugula and sticky fig jam.


Ssam's "kimcheese" burger

6. Ssam Burger
2072 Defoors Ferry Road, Suite F, Atlanta
We’ve seen Asian fusion in barbeque and tacos, but behold! Its come to burgers. Ssam has a few eye-brow raising options like the “Kimcheese” burger that pairs smoky provolone cheese with a refreshing kimchi kick.

-By Alexa Lampasona for the Food & More blog

61 comments Add your comment

Ned Ludd

January 25th, 2014
12:47 pm

Balt—–Heal Quickly!


January 25th, 2014
1:00 pm


January 25th, 2014
1:38 pm

Thanks, guys. Doing my rehab like a teenager!

Ned Ludd

January 25th, 2014
1:50 pm

Assuming that type of rehab consists of large quantities of Justin Bieber!


January 25th, 2014
2:28 pm

Ned…..just the name, Justin Bieber makes my knee hurt like hell, thanks, pal! lol Bieber has the testosterone of a serving spoon.


January 25th, 2014
5:14 pm

Worst burger in Atlanta is at saltyard. It’s like biting into a patty of grease and vinegar. Has little to No meat and is all bread.


January 25th, 2014
8:07 pm

Of the burgers mentioned, the Cypress St. Sublime burger is my favorite. It is simply sublime. And it is always easy to pick out the hipster d-bags in a group, they are the ones mentioning the “ghetto burger” from Ann’s.


January 25th, 2014
11:02 pm

The Cypress St. Sublime burger is amazing. It reminds me a lot of the Vandross burger from Gravity Bar which is no longer around. Definitely try it if you have not!

The Elvis burger from the Vortex is ridiculously good. I actually accidentally bit myself twice while eating this thing because I couldn’t get it into my mouth fast enough. Errr, I had had a few drinks before eating it, though, so that may have factored into it a little…

berry steve

January 26th, 2014
8:52 am

I don’t know what a “ghetto burger” is and never heard of Ann’s; but if it ever comes up in conversation, I ain’t going. Thanks for the heads up, Edward.


January 27th, 2014
9:44 am

I’m glad I’m not a food snob and have to miss out on quality food that “chains” serve. Houston’s burger is in a class of its own for superior taste and Houston’s is a classier place to eat than many of the trendy, hipster joints around ATL.


January 27th, 2014
12:17 pm

Lizzy, nice call on Houston’s! Longhorn & Outback burgers fit nicely right behind what Houston’s serves. Chain stores don’t have to be dirty words. You just have to pick your spots.