Nothing beats sinking your teeth into a good, juicy burger. From simple to creative, some New Orleans burger joints get it right every time. Here's a list of places that will make your mouth water when you're craving a true all-American sandwich.
The Company Burger
This critically-acclaimed burger joint usually lands at the top of most best burger lists, and the proof is in the burger. Behind all the accolades comes a serious attention to detail and a passion for quality. From the selection of beef to customized condiments, this local favorite knows how to master a good burger. Chef/owner Adam Biderman also shared with us some tips to craft the perfect turkey burger.
Port of Call
Sitting at the edge of the French Quarter, this popular destination for both locals and tourists cranks out one of New Orleans’ signature burgers. The formula here is simplicity and consistency — and a signature of shredded cheese in place of sliced. Their half- pound charbroiled burger is thick and juicy. And don’t forget the loaded baked potato piled mile-high. Newbies, prepare for a wait. Photo courtesy: Port of Call
Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro
If you love Port of Call, but can’t stomach the wait, Snug Harbor is the local’s secret for a great burger. Since the two restaurants have strong ties, the similarities between the two burgers might make diners do a double-take. But that’s a good thing. Take a stroll a few blocks away to Frenchman Street in the Marigny for some good grub and drinks in a relaxed setting. Throw in some live jazz music, and there’s your road map to the perfect night.
If you’re over in Metairie, don’t miss the opportunity to try this fast food-style burger that has caught the attention of many food critics. In addition to their namesake “Atomic Burger,” the spot also has some mouth-watering healthier options. Their “Portobello Sandwich” seems so steak-like, it might even sway the burliest of meat-lovers. Throw in a side of sea-salted edamame — if you can get past their hand-cut fries. Try them with one of their special sauces like truffle mayo. Go decadent with one of their cool, liquid nitrogen-injected “Atomic Freeze Milkshakes” in flavors like salted caramel. It’s totally worth the trip.
The eclectic Oak street eatery is known for putting out some melt-in-your-mouth burgers with creative combos. There are options to dazzle their burgers with extras like a Zinfandel, bacon and onion compote. Aside from the”Locally World Famous Cowbell Burger,” pay attention to Cowbell’s specials like the “Red Fish Burger,” stuffed with shrimp and topped with lump crab meat. Yum. Photo courtesy: Cowbell
Beachcorner Bar & Grill
Head over to this laid back Mid-City sports bar tucked near the cemeteries. Here you can grab a 10 oz. burger to die for…for less than 10 bucks. That just might be one of the best deals in town. This hidden gem provides a bar-like atmosphere with burgers that rival many in the city. Like the décor, the burger isn’t flashy. If a shot of Jack Daniels and a perfectly cooked, medium-rare hamburger is what you’re looking for, you found it. You must be 21 to enter, so leave the kids at home.
Tackle your burger craving at this neighborhood joint in Lakeview. The spot keeps it classic with a throwback burger style similar to Port of Call. Bite into a good, thick patty topped with bacon, mushrooms, cheese or all of the above. While you’re there, make sure to try out the crispy-battered onion rings. And with a menu full of other options, there’s pretty much something to keep anyone tagging along on your burger quest happy. Photo courtesy: Lakeview Harbor
Number Four: Those two words will grant entry into a deliciously guilty food-world of charbroiled goodness. Most diners at Bud’s Broiler don’t order by ingredient, rather a number. A “Number Four” consists of meat, grated cheese and chili or hickory sauce (heck, get both). If vegetables are your thing, then go with a “Number Five” – it has lettuce and tomato. The burgers are simple. But it’s that simplicity that transforms them into a magical delight at 3 a.m. after enjoying a night of New Orleans culture. One more tip, skip the fries and order a hot dog with chili. There’s something about that charred mystery meat that will make your mouth water. Photo courtesy: Bud’s Broiler