Lifting furniture and moving boxes torches over 400 calories per hour, so it’s no wonder our movers have big appetites. Between moves, the guys like to fill up at some of the best local burger joints in Austin. Here are some of our favorite restaurants where you can get a delicious burger for under $10:
Phil’s carefully crafted burger menu takes eaters on a tour of Austin neighborhoods. For a little south Austin spice, try the “78704”, oozing with Monterrey Jack, jalapenos, grilled onions, sliced avocado, and chipotle mayo, or for a little breakfast adventure, try the “Jollyville” burger, a patty piled high with bacon, egg, and cheese wedged between two pieces of French toast. All burgers come with a delicious mix of traditional and sweet potato fries. If you’re still hungry, head next door for Amy’s ice cream to top off your meal. Regular size burgers starting at $7.99.
2. Mighty Fine
If you’re looking for a simple, classic American burger, this is the place to go. With hand-formed all-natural beef patties and fresh fries cut right in front of you, Mighty Fine lives up to its name. Beyond striving to deliver high quality food, Mighty Fine prides itself on service with a smile and maintains immaculate facilities. Carb conscious burger lovers can ask about the burger bowl.With burgers starting at just $4.19, your wallet will be as happy as your stomach.
While this Northwest Hills establishment offers a variety of entrees, patrons especially love pairing one of their burgers with a pint while watching a game on the big screens. A great neighborhood sports bar, make sure to stop by on Mondays before 3 p.m. to snag their 2 for 1 burger deal. The basic Boulevard burger starts at $7.59, which makes the Monday burger special under $4 each.
Located off West 6th street in a vintage building that appears to be the lone survivor of downtown renovations, Hut’s has been serving Austin burgers since it opened its doors in 1939. The red and black checkered floors and college pendants adorning the ceiling contribute to a retro vibe that takes you back to an era when burgers were real, fresh beef, not the frozen hockey pucks now served up by big chains. Hut’s still makes burgers the old-fashioned way, with locally sourced fresh beef and buffalo. With burgers starting at $5.95, you won’t want to miss the 2 for 1 burger night on Wednesdays.
5. P. Terry’s
The original P. Terry’s is nestled on a small, narrow plot of land just off of S. Lamar and while it has no indoor dining, the outdoor patio invites patrons to sit in the shade with a fence of honeysuckle to shield them from the noisy traffic just on the other side. This location opened in 2005, leading the way for 11 other P. Terry’s in the Austin area, all bearing the distinctive teal and red “Googie” architectural design that blends retro with contemporary. P. Terry’s’ success has been enormous, and for good reason. These people know quality – cooks start their day at 1 a.m. preparing fresh ground patties from local beef, squeezing fresh lemonade, and baking fresh cookies. Consideration is given to every detail, which is evident in the simple but utterly delicious burgers and fries that result. Burgers start at just $2.35, and in fact, the most expensive item on the menu is the combo meal that comes with fries and a drink for just $6.90. This is an Apple Moving favorite for convenience, price, and quality.
Just off UT’s campus, Crown & Anchor has been serving up great drafts and equally great burgers since 1987. With pool tables, dart boards, big screens, and ample neon signs, this bar has everything you need to relive your college glory days including college student pricing – the “Class Burger” and fries combo is just $5.50. This place offers fantastic beer specials every day of the week, and you can be sure to find something that suits your taste, with over 30 beers on tap and 100 different bottles on hand.
7. Shady Grove
More than just a hamburger joint, the Shady Grove is an Austin icon. Just off of Barton Springs, close to Zilker Park, the Shady Grove embodies the Austin spirit with it’s laid back, inviting patio space tucked under a grove of pecan trees. While there are plenty of options to choose from, our favorite section of the menu is of course the burgers. In addition to the usual burger varieties, a must-try is the Green Chile Cheeseburger, spiced up with Hatch Green Chile sauce and topped with jack cheese on a mouth-watering brioche bun. The basic burger starts at $7.79, and it’s worth every penny for the food and dining experience.
While not exactly a local chain, (you can find a franchise as far away as Dubai), the Elevation Burger in Great Hills is a favorite lunch stop for the Apple Moving crew. EB takes burgers to a higher level with grass-fed beef and environmentally conscious restaurants. While burgers aren’t the healthiest food, EB strives to make them a healthier choice with higher quality ingredients. Grass-fed, organic beef has fewer calories and healthier fats than the beef found in most conventional patties. The 510 calorie, double-patty Elevation Burger rings up at just $5.39.
There’s a reason Hopdoddy usually has lines out the door – it is worth the wait. With fresh ingredients, ample portions, and mind-blowing burger recipes such as the Terlingua burger, topped with chili con carne, Fritos, Tillamook cheddar, and Hopdoddy’s own sassy sauce, you are sure to go home full and happy. Pair your burger with a thick and creamy milkshake such as the Nutella and pretzel shake (yum!) and prepare to loosen your belt a notch before slipping into a blissful food coma. Burgers range from $6.25 for the Classsic to $12.25 for the Ahi Tuna Burger.
10. Roaring Fork
While Roaring Fork is usually known for its finer dining, it does have a mean burger. The burger offered at lunch makes our list right at the $10 cap. Brimming with flavor, this burger is loaded down with mouth-watering poblano peppers, cheddar, and smoked pepper bacon. With 2 Austin locations, Roaring Fork offers an incredible dining experience with picturesque water views at the Stone Lake location and upscale yet cozy vibe at the downtown location. This is definitely the place to go if you have a little extra time and money to enjoy a fine burger experience.
We hope you’ll treat yourself to one of these amazing (and affordable) Austin burgers this week! Did we miss any of your favorites? Tell us in the comments below and give our moving crew somewhere new to try this week!