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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
404-815-9243
www.cypressbar.com
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
404-875-1667
438 Moreland Avenue, Atlanta
404-688-1828
www.thevortexbarandgrill.com
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
404-262-3336
www.poorcalvins.com
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
404-522-3444
www.grindhouseburgers.com
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
404-437-7845
1168 Howell Mill Road, Suite E, Atlanta
404-496-4393
www.yeahburger.com
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.

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Ssam's "kimcheese" burger

6. Ssam Burger
2072 Defoors Ferry Road, Suite F, Atlanta
404-609-5533
www.facebook.com.ssamburger
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

keith brown

January 24th, 2014
10:55 am

please try the Mixed Up Burger at Mixed up truck stop on Boulevard near the corner of Memorial Dr

Disappointed Sloth

January 24th, 2014
11:04 am

I just tried the Mixed Up Burger at Mixed up truck stop on Boulevard near the corner of Memorial Dr and I must admit I was disappointed.
The bun was soggy and flavorless and most of the meat had large globs of that weird pink stuff they put in school lunch burgers.
I bit into something that was simultaneously hard and soft with a chewy middle and tasted like rhubarb but left a strange metallic taste in my mouth and nose and left my throat feeling tingly and tight.
I’m headed over to this Emory Clinic now to make sure I’m okay.
Such a disappointment. Thanks, Keith Brown.

CLEMSONDUDE

January 24th, 2014
12:07 pm

I was disappointed with the Mixed Up burger as well. I saw them on the Food Network and thought what cool guys. The burgers looked yummy. Must been a bad day for them when I visited them the one and only time.

coach ant

January 24th, 2014
12:11 pm

the best burger in atlanta goes to Argosy in east atlanta hands down

BLOW ME

January 24th, 2014
12:16 pm

I can’t believe Holeman and Finch was not listed on here for one of Atlanta’s best burgers. That’s probably the best burger I have had in life!

justmy2cents

January 24th, 2014
12:40 pm

Try the burgers at Red Eyed Mule!

Denise

January 24th, 2014
12:45 pm

SMH…wouldn’t know a good burger if it slapped you in the face. Since when does gourmet burgers become the better burger??? Forget the fluff…a good burger is plain and simple and doesn’t need fancy bread and all that other stuff. And it doesn’t have to cost $15 to $20 to be better.

Blast Off!!!!

January 24th, 2014
12:48 pm

The Ghetto Burger from Ann’s Snack House………

Hands Down

January 24th, 2014
12:52 pm

Hands down, the wood-fired honey smoked bacon fried pickle burger at The Hearthbrickery in the Overlook Towne Place at Stonemont Shopping Pavillion in East Johns Creek Heights is by far the best fried pickle burger in N.Metro .Hands down.

David Jenkins

January 24th, 2014
12:52 pm

the Juicy Luicy at The Spence, is my new favorite, cheese cooked inside burger….

john

January 24th, 2014
12:56 pm

I’ve tried Yeah Burger’s turkey burger and chicken burger. Both were awful, simply awful. Maybe they have improved since I last tried them, but fool me once….

Elissa

January 24th, 2014
1:16 pm

Hands down the best burger in A-Town goes to The Ghetto Burger from Ann’s Snack House………
Just make sure you act like you have manners or Ms. Ann will toss you out really quick…

Daryl-Atlanta

January 24th, 2014
1:21 pm

I always enjoy the “Hangover Burger” at the Elbow Room on Pharr Road.

Managing Director

January 24th, 2014
1:29 pm

I like to keep it simple. The Super Cheeseburger on wheat from US Cafe on Spring Road.

joe

January 24th, 2014
2:01 pm

Vortex and actually the BBQ Bacon Cheddar burger from Taco Mac (don’t laugh, its goooodddd)

vista7

January 24th, 2014
2:17 pm

We ate at Yeah burger a few weeks ago and it was awesome. They have a really good bison burger. Grindhouse burger was good but not great. Vortex is always good. Another place not mentioned that has a great burger is 6ft Under. That has received the Creative Loafing best burger a few times. Then if you make it out to the Smyrna area, U.S. Cafe has a great burger.

Trae

January 24th, 2014
2:17 pm

I’ve had a few good burgers in Atlanta…

Didn’t get the Ghetto Burger and Ann’s, but I did try the double bacon cheeseburger and it was very good.

The Holeman and Finch burger was also very good.

I tip my hat to Village Burger up in Dunwoody as well. They also have the dignity of serving the best turkey burger I’ve ever bought.

I wasn’t impressed with Vortex..

Vampire Bill

January 24th, 2014
2:33 pm

I’ll have to try that US Cafe burger Joe, only a mile or so from my house.

Stacey

January 24th, 2014
2:37 pm

the title of this article is “Burgers that Surprise” not “Best Burgers in Atlanta”

Retired Deputy Sheriff (Butts Co., GA)

January 24th, 2014
2:44 pm

You haven’t lived until you have tried the creamy butt milk fried steak burger at Pinewood.
I got their recipe from Chef Gorge.
For the 1/2 pound pure beef chuck patty:
1/2 cup buttmilk
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more as needed
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
2 (8- to 10-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup vegetable oil, for frying

batter and fry in a hot skillet with EVOO.

Delicious!

Stacy

January 24th, 2014
2:46 pm

the title of this article is “burgers that Surprise” not “Best Prolapsed Uterus in Atlanta”

Elvis Prez

January 24th, 2014
2:51 pm

1. Bahn Mi burger at Joystick bar
2. Harpers Station
The Earl in EAV also do a good burger. The H&F burger is good, but a little overrated.

Elvis Prez

January 24th, 2014
2:53 pm

No shi* Stacy. Thanks for pointing that out.

Stacy

January 24th, 2014
3:09 pm

Dear Elvis:
It’s spelled banh mi, you uncultured buffoon.
Next time I see you in EAV I’m gonna put you in the trunk of your volvo and drop you off in Vinings where you belong.

Rocking Burgers

January 24th, 2014
3:22 pm

Mix’d up Truck Stop has Rocking Burgers…..That lamb burger is the best and the garlicky fries makes me want to go old school and lick my fingers. This list of Burger Joints aint complete with this place.
Alexa you got to try them…….

Rocking Burgers

January 24th, 2014
3:26 pm

correction….the list aint complete with out the Mixd UP Burger….delicious

Lucious Brown, Principal, APS

January 24th, 2014
3:41 pm

@Rocking Burgers:
Mr. Burgers – you will do well to bear in mind that anyone entering the premises of any Atlanta Public School facility and attempting to lick the fingers of any student will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I would suggest that you restrain your perverted lifestyle to the privacy of your home.

Not Stacy

January 24th, 2014
3:43 pm

Stacy, it’s “keep EAV weird”, not “keep EAV full of jerks”. Take your awful skinny jeans, obligatory tats and hipster wannabe attitude elsewhere.

I went to Mix’d Up once and it was just ok. Too many weird choices. If they would offer some “normal” burgers like a mushroom/swiss, I’d be going there a few times/month. I’m not motivated to go there, even though I pass by it daily. Too bad. “Surprise” is not always a good thing.

Rocking Burgers

January 24th, 2014
3:45 pm

Also, this is my food truck. Free advertising! Gotta love it! You gotta try it…….

Atlantan

January 24th, 2014
4:03 pm

Yeah Burger – I’m surprised how bad their hamburger is – very grisly… However, their California burger is good.

@Keith Brown

January 24th, 2014
4:23 pm

Mr. Brown: I have eaten at your food truck several times, and I do think the Mixed Up Burger is above average.
But I do have one question: why do you and your employees not keep the truck sanitary or wash your hands after using the restroom?
Hepatitis A is serious business. It can cause liver failure in adults, and many people who are exposed to the disease may not show signs of infection for up to six weeks.
Please look into this matter and take our health and safety more seriously.

Leggs

January 24th, 2014
4:37 pm

I’m so glad to see Yeah Burger on the list. On my first visit I was blown away by my hamburger that I sought out the manager simply to shake his hand! True story. Love Yeah Burger burgers!

Leggs

January 24th, 2014
4:39 pm

Guess I should have shaken the cook’s hand.

John

January 24th, 2014
5:02 pm

Let’s run the poll here: http://bit.ly/HuMzTI

needabailouttoo!

January 24th, 2014
5:45 pm

………where can I get some buttmilk?

vahighlander

January 24th, 2014
10:43 pm

If you order the turkeyburger at Yeahburger- you must order sauteed mushrooms on top to give it a meaty flavor. Add Yeah sauce with jack cheese. Top it off with lettuce & tomato. Trust me.

Paul Lee

January 24th, 2014
10:53 pm

Try the burgers at McDonald’s on Cheshire Bridge Rd…….they are the best I have found in ATL!

BeeGee

January 25th, 2014
5:37 am

The Best burger in Atlanta is at… my home! No kidding folks, with cheddar and blue cheese, yum smack your lips.

Terrance Ellis

January 25th, 2014
6:30 am

Try stillhouse burgers as well. They’re very delicious. I had the PB&J burger from them. Two beef patties, peanut hummus, fig jam, fresh sliced peach, blue cheese and pecans. They also have moonshine cocktails.

Eric

January 25th, 2014
7:05 am

Interesting article, but I’ll take a burger from Longhorn anytime over these.

Hunter

January 25th, 2014
7:07 am

How has no one mentioned Bacado? It’s hands down the best burger in the city!

berry steve

January 25th, 2014
7:46 am

Retired Deputy Sheriff……….your recipe for the burger from Pinewood had me hooked till the very end. What do you do w/ the chicken breasts? It didn’t indicate that maybe you needed to grind them up and add to the beef. Pls explain, I would like to try it.

Baltisraul......

January 25th, 2014
8:07 am

Eric…The Longhorn burger is very good. Outback has a great burger also. I know these are both chain places but they have things that do qualify as worthy of mention.

When you make a burger at home there is one game changer that will make a huge difference. Mix in some ‘Ted’s Montana Grill Seasoning’ to your beef. (recipe found on the internet) You can thank me later!!

Bhorsoft

January 25th, 2014
8:36 am

Folks, this wasn’t about the Best Burger in Atlanta. This was about unusual burgers in Atlanta. All the ones mentioned sound very unusual and probably not to my taste. The lamb and the pico de gallo ones might be ok, but donuts, figs and goat cheese are a little too out there for me. I think I’ll stick to more or less traditional buns and toppings.

Spexis

January 25th, 2014
9:10 am

Both unusual and the best tasting burger is at Big Kahuna (downtown, on Pecachtree Center Avenue)
West Coast Meets East Coast BBQ
Gloriously topped with chipotle citrus bbq, wicked pimento cheese, mom‘s pickles. Add thick brown sugar bacon.

Brad

January 25th, 2014
9:19 am

So only places in the inner city have a good burger. Ok right.

Baltisraul......

January 25th, 2014
10:01 am

Bhorsoft…the interpretation of the article is much broader than your narrower view, I think. Any discussion of burgers is always a welcome subject. I don’t believe any of the readers were offended or put out by expanding the discussion.

art

January 25th, 2014
10:22 am

Whataburgers are very good and I’m SURPRISED that they have never migrated to ATL. The #4, jalapeno and cheese is amazing! Ahh to be near Piney Z, right Balt?

Baltisraul......

January 25th, 2014
12:11 pm

art……Their burgers are so large and juicy. I like their new addition of a hamburger topped w/ avocado slices. Had one a couple weeks ago in Tallahassee when I went back to see my Dr after knee replacement surgery by the FSU team Doc’s. That’s my 2nd replacement in 9 mons. And those FSU guys are great and play way beyond the curve in their profession. Sorry, got off track there for a moment. And yes, we need a Whataburger in the ATL.

Ned Ludd

January 25th, 2014
12:25 pm

Lots of great suggestions and information-burgers are certainly a popular topic but something that I don’t want to be surprised by. Don’t see how it could get any better than a brew and burger at George’s. My respect and admiration for those who who try to accessorize or improve a classic, and it’s just my opinion but, if it ain’t broke……….

Ned Ludd

January 25th, 2014
12:47 pm

Balt—–Heal Quickly!

art

January 25th, 2014
1:00 pm

Baltisraul......

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!

Baltisraul......

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.

Sanjay

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.

Edward

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.

Kimbo

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.

Lizzy

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.

Baltisraul.....

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.