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The 10 Most Underrated Casual Dining Burgers in NOLA

10 casual dining burgers to try now in New Orleans.

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McClure's Barbecue and High Hat burgers.
McClure's Barbecue and High Hat burgers.

In honor of Burger Week 2015, Eater NOLA now turns its attention to the best all-around burgers in New Orleans. While the burger heatmap shows the hottest burgers of the moment—including a slew of casual dining faves including Company Burger and Cowbell—it's equally important to recognize the city's everyday burger stalwarts.

We've already looked at the best fine dining burgers around town, and tomorrow we'll look at great pub burgers and icons.  But now, it's time to talk casual burgers in New Orleans.

These burgers all are relatively inexpensive, often overlooked, and can be enjoyed any day of the week by coworkers, blind dates, or even the entire family. Here are ten you should definitely mark off your burger bucket list next time you step out for a casual lunch or dinner.



Pitmaster Neil McClure's big juicy burger with a hint of smokiness has almost amassed the same cult following that his barbecue has at his Uptown haunt on Magazine Street.

High Hat Cafe

This Freret street favorite serves up all things Delta-related, so it's no surprise pimento cheese sometimes ends up on the burger, which definitely has a cult following here.

[Photos: McClure's/High Hat]

Bayou Burger

Yes, that is a grilled cheese stacked inside a dang burger (on the right) called the Ultimate Cure. At this French Quarter burger hub with a decent beer selection, insanity ensues, with these two burgers as evidence. When you order an Engine 29 (shown on left) $1 is donated to a local firehouse.

Photo courtesy of Bayou Burger


On the edge of the LGD and Irish Channel, this spot features an epic Kobe Beef burger with Thomasville Tomme cow's milk cheese, Abita Root Beer caramelized onions, sautéed shrooms, house made praline bacon, sun-dried tomato aioli, arugula, and tomato on a Hawaiian sweet bun. Charcoals also has venison, bison, salmon, and veggie burgers and then some.

[Photo: Facebook]

Mint Modern

This Freret Street Vietnamese hotspot's kimchi burger made waves last year  when Brett Anderson selected it as one of the best burgers in the city.

[Photo: Yelp/Linda L.]

Sammy's Food Services & Deli

Often referred to by critics as one of the best burgers in the city, this St. Roch favorite is home to The Godzilla, a burger comprised of 24 ounces of fresh ground chuck on a Leidenheimer bun and a Pastrami Burger, among other favorites.

[Photo: Official Website]

Sugar Park

Down in the Bywater, this pizza hub actually makes a solid pub-style burger, served with huge crispy wedge cut fries (dip them in the garlic aioli). Best to order a pint and a plate of artichoke Yum Yums too.

[Photo: Official Website]


Susan Spicer's Lakeview restaurant is home to a menu that has a little something for everyone, and with that, something for the burger lover, a juicy burger and perfect handcut fries that pair well with a soda, beer, or any of the fine wines available here.

[Photo: Facebook]

Foodie Call

The Vendy Award winning food truck has been known to create a monstrous cheeseburger, including their brunch version which features fried egg, bacon, caramelized onion, cheddar, house ketchup and pickles.

[Photo: Facebook]

Phil's Grill

Though the Camp Street location of the the Phil's Grill empire has closed, the mothership in Metairie is a paean to customer choice, where you select what kind of meat, bread, sauce, toppings, and sides.

[Photo: Facebook]