Though Congress no longer stands next to Second Bar & Kitchen, we like to think this monument of a burger pays homage to the iconic namesake fine-dining restaurant. Brisket and chuck are fresh ground and oozing with Gruyère and a smear of a shallot confit. Diners can customize their orders with the usual toppings (lettuce, tomatoes and pickles) or go all out with pork belly or seared foie gras.
In Texas, we sure love meat tucked in a bun, which is why the best burgers in Austin are seldom farther than a sniff away. Walk around downtown and you’ll see patrons getting their hands saucy at a steakhouse, flip-flop it eastside and the trailers and patios have them doing the same out in the open air, and it goes without saying that no backyard barbecue or festival is complete without a patty washed down with beer. Over time, Austin’s become more inclusive, not just to people of all identities (yay!) but also to all diets, and you’ll find that healthy mushroom, bean and grain burgers sit pretty alongside the stuff that’ll skyrocket those cholesterol levels (Your body, your choice, eh?). No matter what your tastes, we’ve uncovered ATX’s top restaurants for all kinds of burgers, and if you want to go all out, be sure to check out our best Austin BBQ list too—that’ll give you the meat sweats for sure.