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The Best Burgers in Atlanta

Atlanta is one of the hottest spots in the United States. With a booming economy, a diverse population, plenty of tourist attractions, and even a hit television show named after it, ATL is a city on the cutting-edge of American culture. And the city's burger scene is just as exciting. Atlanta's restaurants meld traditional country influences with the best in Southern barbecue and modern flavors to create a burger scene that is all their own. But which restaurants are serving burgers better than the rest? We tapped local Atlanta tastemakers within our network to see the best burger places they’re loving these days. Here’s their list of the must-try spots.

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The OpenTable Team
8 Restaurants
Updated January 29, 2021
Restaurants:King + Duke, Longleaf Restaurant, Catch 12
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:American
Neighborhoods:Buckhead, Midtown, Downtown
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King + Duke

$$$$
American
Buckhead
4.6
3304 reviews
Good-time Southern atmosphere is all over the place at Buckhead's King + Duke. This Atlanta favorite gets its name from classic characters in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. There's a large 24-foot open hearth in the dining area to provide some unbeatable ambiance for diners. The menu includes inventive cuisine with Southern touches. Start with the warm popovers or wood-roasted Georgia shrimp before the main course. Patrons craving burgers should try the American double stack burger. It includes grilled onions, mustard, and pickles alongside fries. Stop in at dinnertime for The Duke burger. This burger includes house-ground meat, bone marrow, and black onions.

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Longleaf Restaurant

$$$$
American
Midtown
4.3
1584 reviews
The Longleaf Restaurant boasts one of Atlanta's most incredible views, within the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Stop into the Longleaf for a filling meal after a day exploring the fauna of Georgia and the American Southeast. This elegant space with plenty of green views offers a grass-fed beef burger with American cheese, riddled red onion, and B&B pickles.

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Catch 12

$$$$
American
Downtown
3.6
787 reviews
Twelve Downtown is one of the finest modern hotels in all Atlanta, and inside the hotel reside some the best burgers in Atlanta in the cosmopolitan Room at Twelve restaurant. The Room at Twelve boasts a barbecue turkey burger with cheddar cheese, lettuce, and barbecue sauce. There's also a double cheeseburger with melted onions and Duke's mayo on a sesame seed bun. Before the burgers, try the flash-fried calamari or the edamame tossed with salt.

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South City Kitchen Midtown

$$$$
Southern
Midtown
4.7
6041 reviews
The South City Kitchen is a centrally located jewel for Atlanta diners. Off of the buzzing Crescent Avenue, the Kitchen features some of the best views in the entirety of Atlanta. There are plenty of Southern specialties at South City Kitchen. Start with the fried green tomatoes or Gulf shrimp. After the appetizers, grab the Pimento cheeseburger with house-made pickles, mayonnaise, and red onion. Finish off the meal with the Southern-favorite banana pudding.

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5Church - Midtown

$$$$
Contemporary American
Midtown
4.3
2823 reviews
The dining at 5Church Atlanta comes close to being a religious experience. Right off of Peachtree Street, 5Church's vibe is hip and modern. Grab a table or saddle up to the elegant bar for a meal or a drink. The 5Church Lamb burger is on the list for the best burger in Atlanta. Made up of ground lamb, the burger also boasts red onion marmalade, gorgonzola fondue, and a "secret sauce" on a sesame bun. Grab one of the 5Church cocktails alongside the lamb burger, including the spicy Verde or Viper drinks. 5Church also features a fine selection of Georgia craft beers.

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AG, Modern Bar and Steakhouse

$$$$
Steakhouse
Downtown
4.6
810 reviews
The AG Modern Bar and Steakhouse is on the second level of the Ritz-Carlton hotel in downtown Atlanta. The restaurant features all the classic steakhouse vibes alongside plenty of Southern charm and culinary influences. Before the burger, try the classic fried green tomatoes or the brussels sprouts made with bacon and sorghum. For a fine burger experience, try the AG burger with Nueske's bacon and Asher blue cheese. There is also the prime melt with caramelized onion and Swiss cheese.

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Rowdy Tiger

$$$$
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Midtown
4.1
549 reviews
Found in Midtown Atlanta, Community Smith is an acclaimed contemporary eatery with a relaxed vibe and modern atmosphere. There is a long craft beer list for thirsty diners. The selections include both international and local Georgia favorites. Community Smith features fine Southern appetizers like crawfish hushpuppies and sweet Georgia peppers hummus. Those can go with the Smith's Signature burger. This burger includes short rib, aged cheddar cheese, barbecue sauce, and Wickles Pickles.

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Murphy's

$$$$
American
Virginia Highland
4.7
4416 reviews
In the heart of the Virginia Highland neighborhood, Murphy's Restaurant is a prime spot for excellent Southern cuisine. There's a creative menu of small plates to start a meal. Begin with the charred goat cheese or the avocado toast. From there, grab the Murphy's Burger, which includes avocado mayo, Swiss and smoked bacon. The menu also features a chicken, pesto, and spinach burger. Murphy's features fine bakery selections, so be sure to save room for dessert. Try the Tollhouse Pie or the Bourbon Pecan cheesecake.

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