September 17, 2015
By Matthew Odam
Summer has just about run its course, so it’s time to let someone else do the grilling. That’s one reason I’m rolling out my list of the Top 15 burgers in Austin — plus a few more. That and, well, who doesn’t love hamburgers? They’re one of my favorite things to eat. You have meat, veggies, carbohydrates and dairy all in one self-contained beauty.
What makes a great burger? You need juicy fat, expressive seasoning, crunch, creaminess, tang and balance — and a bun that can stand up to all of it. This list focuses on restaurants that consistently feature a hamburger on the menu, whether that be at lunch or dinner or both.
8. Swift’s Attic
315 Congress Ave. 512-482-8842, swiftsattic.com
You have to get there early on a Monday night to get one of executive chef Zack Northcutt’s eccentric hamburger creations (foie and beef patty with truffled brie on a croissant bun); but the everyday Bowling Alley Burger ($11) at Swift’s Attic should not be considered settling. Press the toasted housemade bun, and the coarse-ground chuck almost melts inside its robe of salty fontina cheese. Homemade pickles spears snap in puckering complement. You can do your own Northcutt impression by adding Calabrian peppers, oxtail, pork belly and more to your burger.