There are a countless number of places to grab a burger in Austin. The hard part is finding a burger that tastes good without the bun or all the extra things they put on a burger to make the meat taste better. Being on SCD I cannot have any processed sugar, and a long list of things. So I usually get to eat my burgers with nothing to hide. I thought I would add a review of the burgers I have tried around Austin to help any other people on the SCD diet that wants a good burger.
Red Robin: 13000 North IH35 SBFR, Building 5 Austin. This is a good representative of a big chain restaurant, and one of the only I will put in my review. The standard and cheese burgers are good as long as you remember to have them leave off the mayonnaise. You can get fruit cup substituted for the fries, but I think the fruit is packed in syrup so if you are SCD you may want to skip that as well. The burger itself is passible and makes it a safe burger in a pinch.
Elevation burger: Great Hills Market 9828 Great Hills Trail. This is a good tasting patty. Well worth the trip. You can taste the seasoning without being overpowered by it. The menu has a lettuce wrap burger that can actually be eaten as a lettuce wrap. The cheese has that Sharp cheddar tang. If you go, check out the cinnamon orange ice tea it is an added bonus.
NxNW: 10010 Capital of TX Hwy N Austin, TX 78759 This is where I fell in love with burger salad. If you go, order the angus burger, cheddar cheese, no bun. Ask them to substitute a side garden salad for the fries. Place the burger on the salad and enjoy life. This is my favorite place to grab a burger for lunch. I can get more than just a burger for lunch.
Huts: 807 W 6th St Austin, TX 78703, I could not have done a burger review without stopping by Huts Hamburgers. I had “Arnold’s Best” burger. It certainly looked tempting from the menu, bacon, jack cheese and guacamole. Of course I had it without the bun. The Longhorn beef was excellent, and prepared well. The guacamole left a little to be desired. Luckily it was on the side and not on my burger. The bacon was there, but very thin and had very little taste. I would tell you that longhorn beef is worth the try, just try another burger.
HopDaddy Burger Bar: 2438 A WEST ANDERSON, AUSTIN, TX 78757. I am going to anger a lot of people but I do not like Hopdaddy. Hopdaddy is a great place if you can have a burger with a bun, and all the extra special sauces. But if you are eating just a burger, “The Classic Burger”, you may be disappointed. I have been there a couple of times and both times left me unimpressed. The burger looked like it was a pressed grey piece of meat. It was overcooked and had no flavor. I tried this twice because so many people love HopDaddy’s.
Wholly Cow Burger. original location is located inside the new ZEN Food Mart Convenience Store at 3010 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78704. This is a bun less burger treat. I eat at the original location and have “The Fit Cross”. This is a burger between two grilled portabella mushrooms, grilled onions, bacon and mustard. It is a mess to eat, but grab some napkins and deal with it. This is worth the mess.
Phil’s Ice House: 5620 Burnet Rd # B, Austin . Phil’s are located next to Amy’s ice creams. I had the Swiss mushroom burger. The patty was a little dry and it had overall average taste. Nothing to write home about, but a great change of scenery to allow your eating companion to enjoy some of the other items on the menu.
The Tavern: 922 W 12th St Austin, TX 78703. This is a quaint little bar on Lamar in the downtown area. I was looking for a burger and did not feel like Huts, and just had Counter Café a couple of days ago. I had the PattyMelt. A burger with Swiss cheese, grilled mushroom and onions, no bun. I was pleasantly surprised to have this be one of my top burgers. The meat was cooked well and you could taste the meat without all the extra things that some places put in their burger meat to make it taste different. This burger qualifies as comfort food on Lamar.
Counter Cafe: 626 N Lamar Blvd Austin, TX 78703. If you are next to Whole Foods and you have a burger craving, this is the place to go. This is a great little hole in the wall burger place with a great burger. The Counter burger is a simple good tasting burger. When you order it with the side salad it makes the perfect burger salad. The cheddar cheese on top is a perfect medium cheddar. The meat itself has all the taste of a burger that’s not afraid of having a little fat. There are no extra special spices to hide a bad burger taste. Because this burger has a great taste
Ross’s café: 11800 N Lamar Blvd Ste 6 If you are up in the north part of town and want to try a good burger you must stop by Ross’s. This is a little mom and pop burger place that has a great classic cheese burger. Their salad is fantastic for making a burger salad. The small shop atmosphere is relaxing.
I’ll keep trying burgers around town. Let me know your suggestions for a good burger with no grain no sugar and no gluten I will make sure I put it on my list to eat. If I get enough to write about there will be an Austin bunless burger review II.