May 28, 2014
In a city where the Longhorn is a powerful, near-sacred mascot and the smell of smoke and firewood rises from the sidewalks, Texans do not take their burgers with a grain of salt. A line regularly winds down South Congress for Hopdoddy and the novelty of In-N-Out Burger still hasn’t worn off.
However, there are plenty of others to choose from, no matter what your preference. Here, we’ve rounded up 11 of Austin’s best burgers in celebration of National Burger Day.
Swift's Attic’s Monday night burgers When designing the burger for Swift's Attic’s lunch menu, Chef Matt Clouser looked to one of the team’s favorite burger memories for inspiration. Appropriately dubbed the Bowling Alley Burger ($11), this doozy of a Niman Ranch patty is cooked on a flat top and topped with griddled red onions and a melty layer of fontina cheese on a house-made sesame bun. The fries are cooked to a deep golden brunch and tossed with sea salt.
Can’t make it for lunch? Every Monday is "Burger Night," but Swift's only makes 12 specialty burgers each week. To enjoy, you must make a reservation by 5 pm that night and arrive by 8 pm to place an order. The burgers are served at 9 pm sharp. The lucky dozen get to nosh on creations like The Breakfast Burger (crispy prosciutto, hash browns, sunny side up egg and mayo), The Porkstrami Burger (house cred porkstrami, jalapeno kraut, Russian dressing, fontina), and The Rossini Burger (foie gras, seared cremini mushrooms, gorgonzola, wilted arugula, port demi-glace) — all for the price $10.