Buckhead, Atlanta is one of the most beautiful, modern, and chic areas in the country. Home to the governor’s mansion, several financial and legal headquarters, and extremely wealthy residential neighborhoods, it’s an experience just to drive around it. Renowned for its stylish, upscale malls and shopping districts, fashion-forward lifestyle, lavish restaurants, various nightclubs, and fantastic bar scene —Buckhead is quite the party.
Actually, imagine everyone stopped attending Gatsby’s parties, moved south, started laying out by the pool, and built an architectural masterpiece of a downtown city center and there you have it.
As far as 50BurgersATL is concerned, this was a difficult area to limit to five burgers. There are so many wonderful chefs and extravagant restaurants that I probably could have tried 20 burger stacks and still missed a couple. I’ve consolidated this list of five burgers to include some upscale dining spots and some “burger joints” for diversity’s sake. But what better place to start than the most famous Atlanta burger…
The acclaimed Holeman & Finch Burger. Easily one of the most popular “best burgers” of Atlanta, and for good reason. First of all, it was famously limited to 24 burgers per night, and eventually, people were lining up for several hours just to have a chance at it. Secondly, it’s actually just delicious. It’s one of those burgers that’s just flat out good. The perfectly seasoned, cheesy double stack delivers the appropriate crunch from a nicely seared bun, and it’s complemented by the house-made bread and butter pickles and diced red onion. Nothing on it is overpowering, but everything works well together. A classic comparison in the “A” is between the H&F Burger and the Bocado Burger Stack, featured in the West Midtown section. Regardless, the H&F Burger is without a doubt a must-try Atlanta burger, and you won’t be disappointed. Enjoy one with a little more ease, but a little less flare at either Ponce City Market or the SunTrust Park locations.
“We serve 24 [burgers] a night. The grill is only big enough to fit 48 patties, so we serve 24 at brunch, 24 at lunch, 24 at dinner…” — Hostess
This particular burger was actually recommended to me by an Uber driver. I’ve tried to not just use other top ten lists as my only source of intel for 50BurgersATL and this is a testament as to why. I didn’t see this burger on anyone’s list, but it definitely deserves to be on all of them. Big Al’s Gourmet Butter Made Burgers boasts hand churned butter and fresh, never frozen angus beef, and it’s much appreciated. I kept things simple with the double butter made burger, and it was everything I needed. This is the perfect Buckhead spot for a quick, affordable double stack. Even Buckhead needs “burger joints.”
“I mean, you gotta get the double Butter Made…” — Cashier
I can’t believe the first time I went to Bone’s was for a burger, but it was so scrumptious that it actually makes sense in retrospect. By now, ya’ll know that I prefer a double-stack smash burger, but this half-pound patty practically changed my mind. The Bones Burger comes with Bibb lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles, and you pick your cheese — and with the class of a staple steakhouse, they serve ketchup, mustard, and mayo on the side in ramekins. You may not think of Bone’s as a work-week lunchtime spot, at least on a regular human salary, but the burger was served pretty quickly and wasn’t over-priced, despite its prime quality of meat. It’s pretty easy to see why this burger ranked so high in Atlanta Magazine’s 20 Best Burgers.
“The pecan pie here — I’ll tell ya what… in 10 years you’ll think it’s better than sex…” — Bartender
The Double US Burger from US Cafe delivered on all fronts. Fast, casual, affordable, and tasty. Again, I think it’s pretty easy to get caught up in the fine dining of Buckhead and you get used to putting a white linen napkin on your slacks — but sometimes, you just want a quick, cheap pile of deliciousness. A day may come when I’m too wealthy to be seen holding the likes of a lunch tray with a paper liner, but not as long as US cafe keeps serving up double stacks like this bad boy. So place your order at the register, listen for your number, and enjoy the toasted sesame seed bun, angus beef, melted cheese and the freshest ingredients of your choice.
“Was it good? I’ve wanted to eat there so many times, but never have!” — the girl next door (to the restaurant)
As one of the better, more exciting fine dining spots in Buckhead, American Cut never ceases to impress. My old fashioned glass was placed on a torched and smoked hickory wood slab while my server concocted my favorite cocktail. We were pampered from start to finish. This was another restaurant where I just wanted to order everything, and was almost sad that I was there for a burger, but then I was brought to life when I took my first bite. The beer cheese is made with Miller High Life and melted to an almost-liquid state. The caramelized onions are fried with a little Jack Daniels and are prevalent but not overpowering. The Cut Burger works perfectly after a fancy night out when you’re looking to wind down and come back to earth but still give your tastebuds a treat.
“Obviously the steaks are great, but you can’t go wrong with that burger…” — Server
Believe it or not, this not only wraps up the Buckhead burger scene, but also ALL 50 of the best burgers in Atlanta! This is the last blog of 50BurgersATL — I plan on doing one more to summarize and get them all in one place. My hope is to eventually be available to anyone who googles “best burgers in Atlanta” or “best burgers in [some area that I’ve covered].”
Thank you all for reading and putting up with my social network sabotage. Keep reading, eating, and exploring.