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Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

Best Hamburger BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Grant Park Market (Featured)

Best Hamburger BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Grindhouse Killer Burgers (5 ATL Locations)

Best Hamburger BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Grindhouse Killer Burgers (5 ATL Locations)
Grindhouse wins every year for a reason, it's f*cking delicious. We don't know what kind of crack Alex Brounstein puts on his grill, but we're totally addicted. Disclaimer: They do not serve crack it's just really good. Now that we've decided the Impossible Burger is like eating negative calories, you'llmore...
Grindhouse wins every year for a reason, it's f*cking delicious. We don't know what kind of crack Alex Brounstein puts on his grill, but we're totally addicted. Disclaimer: They do not serve crack it's just really good. Now that we've decided the Impossible Burger is like eating negative calories, you'll find us at the Grant Park location all the time. Looking for a shuffleboard partner if you're out there! less...

Best Hamburger BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Grindhouse Killer Burgers (5 ATL Locations)

Best hamburger BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Grindhouse Killer Burgers (5 ATL Locations)

Best hamburger BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Grindhouse Killer Burgers (5 ATL Locations)
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best burger BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Bread & Butterfly (Featured)
BREAD & BUTTERFLY’s altitudinous Burger Americain is irresistible. The layers of drippy ground beef, mayonnaise, mustard, caramelized onions, and Swiss cheese pack so many complementary sensory delights, you won’t mind the fantastic gooey mess that covers your plate, hands, and face by the time you’remore...
BREAD & BUTTERFLY’s altitudinous Burger Americain is irresistible. The layers of drippy ground beef, mayonnaise, mustard, caramelized onions, and Swiss cheese pack so many complementary sensory delights, you won’t mind the fantastic gooey mess that covers your plate, hands, and face by the time you’re finished with it. less...

Best hamburger BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Grindhouse Killer Burgers (5 ATL Locations)
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best hamburger BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Grindhouse Killer Burgers (5 ATL Locations)
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best hamburger BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Grindhouse Killer Burgers (5 ATL Locations)
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best burger joint BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Farm Burger (5 ATL Locations)
When Farm Buger first opened its Decatur location in the spring of 2010, people lined up, often waiting 30 minutes or more for a basket of ethical fast food. Three years and three new locations later, you can still find a queue spilling out of the true farm-to-table restaurant. Meat is sourced from Moonshinemore...
When Farm Buger first opened its Decatur location in the spring of 2010, people lined up, often waiting 30 minutes or more for a basket of ethical fast food. Three years and three new locations later, you can still find a queue spilling out of the true farm-to-table restaurant. Meat is sourced from Moonshine Meats, a collective of Georgia farmers and ranchers founded by Farm Burger partner Jason Mann. Most vegetables also come from area farms such as Crystal Organic, Love is Love at Gaia Gardens, and Riverview Farms. Complement the clean flavor of grassfed beef with offbeat burger toppings such as oxtail marmalade, roasted bone marrow, or Decimal Place Farms goat cheese. less...

Best hamburger BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Grindhouse Killer Burgers (5 ATL Locations)
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best hamburger BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
YEAH! BURGER (Permanently Closed)

Best place to get Atlanta's original double decker burger BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Zesto
The local fast-food institution Zesto has been around since 1949, serving burgers, onion rings, chili dogs, milk shakes, and more greasy comfort faves than you can shake a crinkle fry at. The eats are just fine, thank you, though you're not likely to see folks Instagramming photos of chicken tendersmore...
The local fast-food institution Zesto has been around since 1949, serving burgers, onion rings, chili dogs, milk shakes, and more greasy comfort faves than you can shake a crinkle fry at. The eats are just fine, thank you, though you're not likely to see folks Instagramming photos of chicken tenders or hot wings to their followers. And that's all right with us. This is where you come to re-group, refuel, and get a real taste of the people's Atlanta. The Little Five Points outpost is where we go to ponder life's big decisions over a Nut Brown Crown, sitting at the counter, watching the herky-jerky motion of Moreland Avenue traffic, and hoping for insight between bites of the hardened chocolate shell, chopped peanuts, and soft-serve vanilla. The newer diner and drive-thru location on Ponce de Leon Avenue is where we pull up in our newly slicked wheels after a stop at Cactus Car Wash. Seated at a roomy booth and munching on a cheesy Chubby Decker, we watch the school kids, errand-runners, and uniformed workers come and go, listening to our favorite cashier ask her regulars, "Hey, baby, where you been? Whatchu want?" Multiple metro Atlanta locations. less...

Best burgers BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Holeman & Finch

Best hamburger BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
The Vortex - Little Five Points

Best hamburger BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
The Vortex - Little Five Points

Runner-up: Farm Burger


4108 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-378-5077, www.farmburger.net

Best burger BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
The Vortex - Little Five Points

Runner-up: Farm Burger


410-B W. Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-378-5077, www.farmburger.net

Best burger BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Bocado

Best Burger BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
The Vortex - Little Five Points

Runner-up
Flip Burger Boutique
1587 Howell Mill Road, 404-343-1609, www.flipburgerboutique.com

Best burger BOA Award Winner

Holeman and Finch Public House

Best Hamburger BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
The Vortex - Little Five Points

Best Hamburger BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
The Earl (Featured)
THE EARL is frequently praised for its bar food, partly because of the now-legendary Earl Burger, which this past year earned kudos in a much-cited Wall Street Journal piece about Atlanta as America’s burger capital. The unce patty of Black Angus beef is perfectly prepared to order over an openmore...
THE EARL is frequently praised for its bar food, partly because of the now-legendary Earl Burger, which this past year earned kudos in a much-cited Wall Street Journal piece about Atlanta as America’s burger capital. The unce patty of Black Angus beef is perfectly prepared to order over an open flame. It’s never greasy, features fresh and perfectly proportioned dressings (leafy green lettuce, red onions, tomato, pickles), and is served on a buttered and toasted sesame seed bun. The optional wasabi mayo offers a nice change of pace and displays an attention to detail that allows the Earl Burger to sizzle to the top. less...

Best Hamburger BOA Award Winner

The Earl (Featured)
488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950 http://www.badearl.com THE EARL is frequently praised for its bar food, partly because of the now-legendary Earl Burger, which this past year earned kudos in a much-cited Wall Street Journal piece about Atlanta as America's burger capital. The unce patty of Black Angusmore...
488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950 http://www.badearl.com THE EARL is frequently praised for its bar food, partly because of the now-legendary Earl Burger, which this past year earned kudos in a much-cited Wall Street Journal piece about Atlanta as America's burger capital. The unce patty of Black Angus beef is perfectly prepared to order over an open flame. It's never greasy, features fresh and perfectly proportioned dressings (leafy green lettuce, red onions, tomato, pickles), and is served on a buttered and toasted sesame seed bun. The optional wasabi mayo offers a nice change of pace and displays an attention to detail that allows the Earl Burger to sizzle to the top. less...

Best Hamburger BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
The Vortex - Little Five Points
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Hamburger BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Ann's Snack Bar
Don’t make the mistake of setting your baby on the counter at ANN’S SNACK BAR, or you’ll probably be asked to leave, according to a sign at this 34-year-old, eight-stool restaurant. In fact, don’t speak at all until Ann Price asks for your order. She is too busy formore...
Don’t make the mistake of setting your baby on the counter at ANN’S SNACK BAR, or you’ll probably be asked to leave, according to a sign at this 34-year-old, eight-stool restaurant. In fact, don’t speak at all until Ann Price asks for your order. She is too busy for idle chat while making burgers the size of — well — a ghetto. The “Ghetto Burger” indeed fills a plate and is covered with chili. We prefer the double cheeseburger with just a touch of mayo. Fries are hot and crunchy. Actually, so are the deep-fried hot dogs. less...

Best Hamburger BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
The Vortex - Little Five Points
Two metro Atlanta locations in Midtown and Little Five Points. See their website at www.thevortexbarandgrill.com.

Best Burger BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
US Cafe
Diehard burger fiends in the know agree that the best versions of this most American of all meals can be had at U.S. CAFE EXPRESS. Beef burgers — available as hearty single combinations (with the usual topping suspects of lettuce, tomato, cheese and bacon) or as hefty, gotta-squash-’emmore...
Diehard burger fiends in the know agree that the best versions of this most American of all meals can be had at U.S. CAFE EXPRESS. Beef burgers — available as hearty single combinations (with the usual topping suspects of lettuce, tomato, cheese and bacon) or as hefty, gotta-squash-’em doubles — deliver pure red-meat gratification. But it’s the turkey burgers that are unexpectedly supreme. The thick, juicy burgers are as rich as their beef brethren and as satisfying to your meat-craving animal heart, but almost completely fat free. Until you slather them with mayo, that is. less...

Best Hamburger BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
The Vortex - Little Five Points

Best Hamburger BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
The Vortex - Little Five Points

Best burger BOA Award Winner

Holeman and Finch Public House

Best Hamburger BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
The Vortex - Little Five Points

Best Hamburger BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
The Vortex - Little Five Points

Best Hamburger BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Ted's Montana Grill
Who would guess that a chain restaurant would serve the best burger in town, but TED'S MONTANA GRILL has won us over. (Ted, of course, is Atlanta's own Mr. Turner, who started the chain with George McKerrow Jr., of Longhorn Steakhouse fame.) These snazzy burger joints have a warm, masculine vibe thatmore...
Who would guess that a chain restaurant would serve the best burger in town, but TED'S MONTANA GRILL has won us over. (Ted, of course, is Atlanta's own Mr. Turner, who started the chain with George McKerrow Jr., of Longhorn Steakhouse fame.) These snazzy burger joints have a warm, masculine vibe that feels cozy to settle into. The patty in question - choose from beef or bison raised on Turner's ranches - can be topped with infinite combinations, though our favorite remains the New Mexico burger with Anaheim chiles, guac and Jack cheese. Calorie-watchers can order a pious chicken sandwich, but really, Ted's is all about chowing down on a big ol' burger in style. "133 Luckie St., 404-521-9796, and other locations. www.tedsmontanagrill.com" less...

Best Hamburger BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
The Vortex - Little Five Points

Best Hamburger BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Ann's Snack Bar
You haven't lived until you feel like you're dying after eating a "ghetto burger" at ANN'S SNACK BAR, an eight-stool diner that's been in business almost 30 years. We content ourselves with a double cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato and a small amount of mayo ... and we still can't lie down comfortablymore...
You haven't lived until you feel like you're dying after eating a "ghetto burger" at ANN'S SNACK BAR, an eight-stool diner that's been in business almost 30 years. We content ourselves with a double cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato and a small amount of mayo ... and we still can't lie down comfortably for several hours after eating. Delicious, gigantic, cooked before your very eyes, any burger here is spectacular. Miss Ann has rules - like not putting your baby on the counter or expecting her to make your order before she's ready. A trip. "1615 Memorial Drive. 404-687-9207." less...

Best Hamburger BOA Award Winner

Ann's Snack Bar
1615 Memorial Drive 404-687-9207 Honestly, we keep looking for a burger we find as sloppily delicious as Ann Price's, but 27 years have given her the instincts of a ground beef goddess. Miss Ann throws the meat from the package on a hot grill, smashes it with onions and seasonings and then pilesmore...
1615 Memorial Drive 404-687-9207 Honestly, we keep looking for a burger we find as sloppily delicious as Ann Price's, but 27 years have given her the instincts of a ground beef goddess. Miss Ann throws the meat from the package on a hot grill, smashes it with onions and seasonings and then piles the huge thing on a toasted bun. We prefer the double cheeseburger with just a bit of mayo, but there is also a meat lover's hallucination called the "ghetto burger. Imagine a whole cow ground up and smothered in chili and bacon. less...

Best Hamburger BOA Award Winner

The Vortex - Little Five Points
438 Moreland Ave. 404-688-1828 and 878 Peachtree St. 404-875-1667 http://www.thevortexbarandgrill.com The Vortex isn't just hyping itself when it celebrates its mouth-wateringly juicy, generously proportioned hamburgers. The half-pound, chargrilled Original slakes the appetite of the most ravenousmore...
438 Moreland Ave. 404-688-1828 and 878 Peachtree St. 404-875-1667 http://www.thevortexbarandgrill.com The Vortex isn't just hyping itself when it celebrates its mouth-wateringly juicy, generously proportioned hamburgers. The half-pound, chargrilled Original slakes the appetite of the most ravenous burgermeister, while curiosity seekers will enjoy sampling variations like the Great Big Jerk, Pimento, Ragin' Cajun or even the veggie. less...

Best Hamburger BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Ann's Snack Bar
Ann Price has been cooking the perfect hamburger at this tiny diner for 27 years. You may not curse, you may not put your baby on the counter and you may not order until she's good and ready to cook for you. What you get is a gigantic burger cooked with onions and spices, served on a fresh bun. Althoughmore...
Ann Price has been cooking the perfect hamburger at this tiny diner for 27 years. You may not curse, you may not put your baby on the counter and you may not order until she's good and ready to cook for you. What you get is a gigantic burger cooked with onions and spices, served on a fresh bun. Although we prefer the merely huge double cheeseburger, you might want to try the infamous "ghetto burger," which is the size of a small farm animal, smothered in chili and bacon. less...

Best Hamburger BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Vortex Bar and Grill
Truly a burger joint, Vortex will suck you in with an impressive selection of original hamburgers, including teriyaki, Sante Fe and pimento cheese. The Western BBQ is particularly mouth-watering, topped with ham and cheese and smothered in BBQ sauce. If you seek a meatless meal, Vortex offers a numbermore...
Truly a burger joint, Vortex will suck you in with an impressive selection of original hamburgers, including teriyaki, Sante Fe and pimento cheese. The Western BBQ is particularly mouth-watering, topped with ham and cheese and smothered in BBQ sauce. If you seek a meatless meal, Vortex offers a number of scrumptious veggie burgers. The dish comes with a side, but the burger itself is a meal. The atmosphere, which has an eternal-happy-hour feel, is as much of an attraction as the food. less...

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