The Best Burgers in Austin

The OpenTable Team

Austin is known as the Live Music Capital of the World, and for good reason: it's the birthplace of the legendary ACL music television series and the SXSW music festival. If there’s one thing that rings true, those musicians love their food, especially burgers. From veggie burgers to burgers topped with more meat, there’s plenty of options in ATX. But which restaurants are serving up the freshest and most exciting burgers? We’ve tapped our local tastemakers, the people who know the ins and outs of eating in Austin, to find the top spots they recommend. Here’s where to eat when you’re hankering for the best burger in this Texas town.

Restaurants:Dai Due, Perry's Steakhouse & Grille - Downtown Austin, True Food Kitchen - Austin
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, Steakhouse
Neighborhoods:East Austin, Downtown

Dai Due

$$$$·American·
East Austin
988 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
Ranked as one of the best restaurants overall by OpenTable customers, Dai Due is lauded for having “Texas-centric” cuisine. And that means meat, meat, and more meat! But one won't Read more
95% recommended
Best Service in Austin
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Perry's Steakhouse & Grille - Downtown Austin

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
6,302 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Looking for a fancy night out? Have a special occasion on the calendar? Perry's Steakhouse and Grill, located in downtown Austin, is just the place to go, and an additional locatioRead more
93% recommended
Steakhouse in Austin

True Food Kitchen - Austin

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,529 reviews
  • Healthy
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch
The True Food Kitchen — set to open in the Domain district in the spring of 2019, though there are other locations throughout Austin — wins with its healthy food choices. In additiRead more
91% recommended
Healthy in Austin

The Salty Sow

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
East Austin
2,660 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Happy Hour
The Salty Sow touts itself as an American gastropub that's “mindfully sourced.” With a catchy tagline of “swine, wine, and beer,” The Salty Sow is far from a hipster-type joint, anRead more
95% recommended
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Fixe

$$$$·Southern·
Downtown
1,763 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Comfort Food
Fixe markets itself as having the “soul of the South,” while taking a modern twist on Italian cuisine. And that's thanks to the influence of Chef James Robert and his team, who areRead more
93% recommended

Eberly

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,436 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
The location that now houses the Eberly was once a print shop in the formerly industrial area on South Lamar. Today, however, this restaurant has one of the best atmospheres for daRead more
91% recommended
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Josephine House

$$$$·American·
Central Austin
366 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Brunch
The trendy, cost-efficient Josephine House is the so-called “sister” restaurant to the upscale Austin hot spot, Jeffrey's, making it the perfect choice for the budget-conscious. NoRead more
94% recommended
Great for Brunch in Austin

Geraldine’s

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Downtown
1,079 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Live Music
  • Fit for Foodies
Geraldine's is a restaurant with views that are just as notable as its menu. It overlooks the gorgeous Lady Bird Lake (named for former First Lady “Lady Bird” Johnson) and providesRead more
97% recommended
Hot Spot in Austin

Stella San Jac

$$$$·American·
Downtown
795 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Brunch
  • Special Occasion
The only thing more popular than burgers in Austin is craft drinks, and Stella San Jac makes their own “spirited” cocktails in this vein. In addition to complete lunch, dinner, andRead more

Juniper

$$$$·Italian·
East Austin
1,043 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
Juniper is a restaurant that one has to see to believe. In addition to offering “all-American” fare, Juniper is pleased to provide a modern twist on old-world Italian cuisine. TheyRead more
92% recommended
Notable Wine List in Austin

Parkside

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
1,591 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Happy Hour
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
The rise of the gastropub has revitalized the entire Austin culinary scene, and there's no better example of that than the Parkside Grill. Specializing in contemporary American andRead more
Romantic in Austin

III Forks - Austin

$$$$·Steak·
Downtown
2,786 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
This award-winning steakhouse is considered the “Crown Jewel of American Dining,” and for good reason. III Forks is located in downtown Austin, at the corner of Cesar Chavez BoulevRead more
94% recommended
Steak in Austin

Caroline Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Downtown
481 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
Of all the restaurants on this list, Caroline Restaurant has, perhaps, one of the most extensive burger menus in Austin. Whereas most restaurants only offer a burger for lunch — anRead more
83% recommended
Great for Brunch in Austin
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ALC Steaks (Austin Land & Cattle)

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
1,852 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
ALC stands for “Austin Land and Cattle,” and it's a restaurant that definitely lives up to its name. Featuring a wide array of seafood, poultry, and chicken dishes, ALC is perhaps Read more
90% recommended

Ranch 616

$$$$·Southwest·
Downtown
1,036 reviews
  • Fun
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
One might not expect to have a Mexican fusion restaurant in the heart of Austin to have a full burger menu, but not only does Ranch 616 have a delectable choice of burgers to choosRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Austin

Bob's Steak & Chop House - Austin

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
1,509 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
A more elegant offering on this list, Bob's Steak and Chophouse features some of the finest dining in all of Austin. In addition to an extensive steak, seafood, and prime meats offRead more
92% recommended
Steakhouse in Austin

June's All Day

$$$$·Contemporary American·
South Austin
480 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Restaurateurs from the McGuire Moorman Hospitality team consider June's All Day Restaurant their luckiest restaurant ever, as it's the seventh in their portfolio. And, even though Read more
100% recommended
Best Ambiance in Austin

Lambert's Downtown BBQ

$$$$·Barbecue·
Downtown
1,510 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
Consider a stop at Lambert's Downtown BBQ for one of the best burgers in Austin. Located in the 2nd Street district and housed in a beautifully restored historic building, Lambert'Read more
89% recommended
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Chez Zee

$$$$·American·
Northwest
3,681 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
What happens when a Paris bakery meets an American bistro? Chez Zee, of course! Casual, comfortable, and affordable, Chez Zee believes in simplicity over trendy, and that's evidentRead more
97% recommended
Great for Brunch in Austin

The Hightower

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Central Austin
202 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
Located in the heart of the oft-forgotten East Austin district, The Hightower Restaurant specializes in “New Texas” cuisine, which is a modern take on several all-American classicsRead more
86% recommended
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