Cuisine: Burger Joint
They use only Angus beef from cows that have been fed a 100% vegetarian diet with no artificial growth hormones or antibiotics. The sandwiches go on preservative-free, locally baked bread. The shakes are made by hand with Blue Bell ice creams. What else does one need to know?
12921 Hill Country Blvd., #105, Bee Cave 512/263-7300
They get their custom meat mix freshly ground from Bon Ton Meat Market right up the road, the sourdough buns are baked locally, and they feature a whole menu of droolworthy specialty burgers, as well as some seriously good sandwiches and salads. If you're hungry, the Kitchen Sink is the burger for you.
24801 IH-35, Kyle 512/585-0360
This neighborhood burger joint is a great place to enjoy hand-shaped patties and a wealth of fried sides. And yes, that guy or gal pulling the tap or handing you some serious Frito pie was in that punk band you saw the other night.
2105 Hancock 512/407-9305
Build your own burger at this longtime no-frills restaurant. Try the chicken-fried steak.
5420 Airport 512/453-8772
Build your own burger at this restaurant with a convenient location. Try its bulgogi burger, or if you are up for a challenge, take on the spicy bulgogi burger.
2912 Guadalupe 512/477-8433
Casino el Camino is famous for huge, juicy burgers with a variety of toppings and excellent hot dogs smothered in chili. Vegetarian options are available, and there's a fabulous jukebox, too.
517 E. Sixth 512/469-9330
5496 Hwy. 71 E., Del Valle 512/247-4600
Everything from Chef Jesse Griffiths' unassuming hotspot is local, even the tea. Expect the choicest cuts of meat, just out of the water seafood, and barely harvested vegetables. The service is as adept as the kitchen. Read our review.
2406 Manor Rd. 512/524-0688
One of several burger outlets operated by Austin's Hamburger King, Dan Junk, whose trademark has always been good, fresh food and friendly service.
2808 Guadalupe 512/477-3173
1004 Front St, Highway 27 at Highway 87, Comfort 830/995-2001
503 E Cesar Chavez St 512/476-7100
This is rock-solid Mexican fare at great prices, in the middle of nowhere. Fajitas are a big draw here, as well as anything made from fajita meat: Think burritos, quesadillas, tacos, nachos compuestos. They also feature a whopping, juice-dripping Mega Burger for just over $7.
2374 FM 20, Red Rock 512/303-5682
The cantina boasts an appealing selection of Texas craft brews and ciders on tap, complemented by burger-friendly Texas wines and a roster of spicy signature cocktails featuring Texas distilled spirits, tequila, or mezcal. The menu takes the the upscale burger, shake, and cocktail format and gives it a spicy Tex-Mex twist and clever Spanglish titles. Read our review.
1900 Manor Rd. 512/366-5154
9828 Great Hills Trail 512/608-4054
Although the hamburgers are very good, this place also serves up a plethora of chicken dishes, from battered-and-fried tenders to oven-roasted rosemary chicken plates.
3918 N. Lamar 512/302-1800
This friendly spot has great food and is located outside security, so if you find yourself at the airport without a boarding pass, you can still check out the game.
3600 Presidential 512/530-2233
Fresh ground beef is the base for big and little burgers, cheeseburgers, and bacon cheeseburgers, available with a wide variety of free toppings.
3208-B Guadalupe 512/452-4300