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New Orleans’s Best Old-School Burgers

A classic is a classic for a reason

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A Company Burger double
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What defines a kick-ass burger? For starters, it’s balance in a bun, just the right combo of toppings, sauce, and juicy meat, all working in harmony to deliver a perfect version of one of America’s most iconic dishes. The good news is, that when it comes to burgers, New Orleans has a lot to offer. From haute steakhouse blended burgers to chef-driven hamburger joints to a plethora of iconic greasy spoons and neighborhood spots, this town serves up a mean patty.

Now, Eater knows that there are fancy burgers out there, riffing on everything from barbecue to banh mi. That isn’t what this list is about. Instead, all-American burgers lead this charge, a cross-section of some of the best old-school beefy burgers that the city’s grills have to offer.

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1. Atomic Burger

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3934 Veterans Memorial Blvd
Metairie, LA 70006
(504) 309-7474
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A fast-food-style burger from local burger pros Nick and Joe Spitale hits the spot at this Metairie hub. The classic is as advertised, with high-quality produce and ingredients making the $7 price tag even sweeter. Or try the green chile, mushroom, and swiss or bacon onion jam topping. Order with a liquid-nitrogen chilled milkshake and fries, or a healthier side of edamame.

A silver tray holds a foil wrapped burger with cheese, lettuce, and tomato, and a side of fries
The Atomic Burger
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2. Rum and the Lash

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4801 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 265-8997
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Chef Michael Gulotta’s Rum and the Lash pop-up is happily in residence at Mick’s Irish Pub, with an exceptional menu of better than you expect bar food. Alongside MoPho-style wings (it’s the nuoc mam caramel ginger garlic goodness that is mind-blowing) Rum and the Lash griddles up a tasty burger, served dressed and offered with a slew of $1 add-ons, from caramelized onions and bacon marmalade to pimento cheese and Swiss. This burger gets it right.

Rum and Lash burger
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3. Toups Meatery

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845 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 252-4999
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Isaac Toups is known for his amazing charcuterie, cracklins, and basically all things pork at his Mid City Toup’s Meatery go-to. His lunchtime burger is all about the beef — the chef uses wagyu beef and tops it with pickled squash, cheddar, bacon, and herbed aioli on a sesame seed bun. Worth every bit of that hard-earned $16.

Toups Meatery’s burger
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4. Zea Rotisserie & Bar (Multiple Locations)

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5080 Pontchartrain Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 885-5555
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Zea’s, a Louisiana-based and locally owned chain, does a bang-up job with its burgers with certified Angus, juicy and tender meat topped with a choice of pepper jack, blue, or cheddar cheese on a buttered and toasted brioche bun. It comes with one side: Choose the corn grits. With lots of locations through Louisiana, it’s easy to find one nearby.

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5. Beachcorner Bar & Grill

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4905 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 488-7357
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Love this no-frills neighborhood bar, perfect for watching the game with good grub and beer. The list of toppings is impressive at Beachcorner, from homemade barbecue sauce to blue cheese and mushrooms — there’s even a burger of the month. The restaurant serves late and there’s a bunch of other good belly-busting eats too.

Beachcorner’s burger of the month, June 2021
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6. Brown Butter Southern Kitchen and Bar

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231 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 609-3871
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Mid City’s Brown Butter restaurant has three burgers on its menu, but the back-to-basics Brown Butter burger is divine, thanks to a blend of short rib and brisket in the patty. It comes on a brioche bun and gets topped with pimento cheese. Classic fries and garlic aioli come on the side — or sub out for outstanding truffle fries or Brussels, worth an extra $3. Brown Butter is well worth a visit for much of its extensive menu.

7. Bub's NOLA

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4413 Banks St
New Orleans, LA 70119

Born out of the pandemic, Bub’s is a pop-up-turned-restaurant that opened in Mid City in June 2021. Aaron Amadio, Tristan Moreau, Peter Prevot, Josh Richard, and Ron Richard started their smash burger pop-up in June 2020, quickly gaining a loyal fanbase for their expertly crisped patties and savory house sauce. Cheese fries, sides, and a chicken sandwich round out the offerings at Bub’s, open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

8. Junction Bar & Grill

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3021 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 272-0205
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Railroad-themed Junction serves plenty of grass-fed burgers named for rail lines. For example, the New York & Atlantic is a classic steakhouse burger with garlic and black pepper butter, pepper jack cheese, and fried onion strips. But all those specialty burgers start with the classic “boxcar burger,” a six-ounce patty of grass-fed, hormone-free ground beef from St. Amant, Louisiana, cooked medium and served on a brioche roll from Dong Phuong bakery. Lettuce, tomato, and onion come on the side. There are plenty of tasty toppings to dress it up, though it’s hardly necessary, and 40 beers on tap, which are very necessary.

9. Who Dat Coffee Cafe

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2401 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 872-0360
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This sidewalk breakfast and lunch cafe across from the Hotel Peter and Paul boutique hotel stays busy and with good reason. Head over to Who Dat Coffee and order Da Who Dat burger, a juicy, half-pound patty cooked to order — love the jalapeno cheddar bun — and dressed, with fries, salad, or potato salad on the side. Open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, with a full bar and super bloody Marys.

Da Who Dat Burger
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10. Pepp's Pub

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706 Franklin Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(985) 326-1975
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This dog (and human) friendly Marigny pub on Franklin doesn’t have a kitchen, but that doesn’t stop Pepp’s from making sure customers don’t get hangry. The owners partnered creatively with The Franklin down the block for a short menu of sandwiches and fries that get delivered by kitchen staff — a win-win for all concerned. All priced under $10 and served Tuesday through Saturday evenings, the burger is a juicy two-fister.

11. Port of Call

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838 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 523-0120
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There are other things besides burgers on the menu at this French Quarter institution, but come on, really? Port of Call draws throngs who line up for mammoth burgers topped with unmelted shredded cheddar, loaded baked potatoes, and a big, pinkish, extra-boozy cocktail called the monsoon. The decor is cheesy nautical but no matter, Port of Call has been holding down the burger fort in New Orleans for more than 50 years.

Port of Call burger with shredded cheese and mushrooms
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12. Desi Vega’s Prime Burgers and Shakes

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1640 Hickory Ave
Harahan, LA 70123

Harahan won big time when New Orleans’ revered Desi Vega’s Steakhouse opened a burger spot there. The menu at Desi Vega’s Prime Burgers and Shakes dishes more than the traditional burger and shake theme. There are lots of options to build your own burger or go with one of the specialty burgers, but the classic, served with lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickle, and American cheese, for $11 is a steal. The toppings list is absurdly big and the milkshakes keep that classic thing going. Adult shakes with booze take things to the next level.

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13. Fharmacy Nola

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2540 Banks St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 324-6090

Chefs Nhat and Bobby Nguyen imbue their menu with Southern-meets-Southeast-Asian pluck, bold flavors that mine a global culinary lexicon. But they don’t fuss, as Fharmacy’s classic cheeseburger will attest. Eight ounces of house-blended beef get topped with American cheese and pickles, served on a brioche bun with fries on the side. Off-topic, but the lemongrass chicken tacos are worth an exclamation point.

14. Cowbell

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8801 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 866-4222
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The “Locally World Famous” burger at Cowbell has more to tout than its clever name; and it's in this classic burger that Cowbell’s longtime commitment to high-quality, locally sourced meat and produce shines through. At its heart is the meat — a house blend of grass-fed, natural angus chuck, short rib, and brisket that adds up to perfect. Topped simply with crisp lettuce, tomato, white onion, and house versions of ketchup and mustard, it’s old school at its best, but you can also choose to add bacon, cheeses, and other burger upgrades. Like most on this list, it’s not cheap — but happily, you are paying for some of the best ingredients in town at this lively corner eatery in the Riverbend.

Cowbell’s Locally World Famous burger
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15. Peacock Room

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501 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 571-1818
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Chef Chris Lusk is killing it at the sexy new Peacock Room lounge in the newly opened Kimpton Hotel Fontenot in the CBD. His goal was to cook food that he’d want to eat after some time drinking at a bar — and that mission is accomplished in spades. Add his haute burger to the fancy chef-driven winners in town, an ample house-ground patty topped with bacon, Boursin cheese, crispy shallots, and tomato jam on a brioche bun.

16. GB's Patio Bar & Grill

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8117 Maple St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 655-1573
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Attached to Madigan’s in the Riverbend, GB’s is known for giant burgers made to order served with crinkle fries and onion rings and is great for family-friendly patio dining.

17. The Camellia Grill

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626 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 309-2679
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A truly classic, no-frills diner burger, Camellia Grill’s highly salted six-ounce patty topped with plenty of crisp, cold iceberg lettuce and mayo can hit the spot. Priced at $8.99 for a basic beef burger, add-ons include lettuce, tomato, mayo, and bacon, or make it a double for another three bucks.

18. The Company Burger

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4600 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 267-0320
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Adam Biderman’s homage to the simple burger — thin patty, American cheese, fresh ground meat, no lettuce, no tomato — blew the burger scene in New Orleans wide open when Company Burger opened in 2011. Since then it’s won local and national raves and awards from all directions and is in residence on busy Freret Street Uptown. The menu has a few other sandwich options well worth a try, like that tasty fried chicken sandwich.

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19. La Petite Grocery

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4238 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 891-3377
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Justin Devillier's signature LPG burger is a hot commodity when it comes to New Orleans burgers. Topped with onion marmalade and gruyere, the burger is then set off with mustard, mayo, arugula, and housemade pickles. It preceded the burger boom and was one of the first truly local elevated burgers.

1. Atomic Burger

3934 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, LA 70006
A silver tray holds a foil wrapped burger with cheese, lettuce, and tomato, and a side of fries
The Atomic Burger
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A fast-food-style burger from local burger pros Nick and Joe Spitale hits the spot at this Metairie hub. The classic is as advertised, with high-quality produce and ingredients making the $7 price tag even sweeter. Or try the green chile, mushroom, and swiss or bacon onion jam topping. Order with a liquid-nitrogen chilled milkshake and fries, or a healthier side of edamame.

3934 Veterans Memorial Blvd
Metairie, LA 70006

2. Rum and the Lash

4801 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70119
Rum and Lash burger
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Chef Michael Gulotta’s Rum and the Lash pop-up is happily in residence at Mick’s Irish Pub, with an exceptional menu of better than you expect bar food. Alongside MoPho-style wings (it’s the nuoc mam caramel ginger garlic goodness that is mind-blowing) Rum and the Lash griddles up a tasty burger, served dressed and offered with a slew of $1 add-ons, from caramelized onions and bacon marmalade to pimento cheese and Swiss. This burger gets it right.

4801 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70119

3. Toups Meatery

845 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
Toups Meatery’s burger
Toups Meatery/Official Photo

Isaac Toups is known for his amazing charcuterie, cracklins, and basically all things pork at his Mid City Toup’s Meatery go-to. His lunchtime burger is all about the beef — the chef uses wagyu beef and tops it with pickled squash, cheddar, bacon, and herbed aioli on a sesame seed bun. Worth every bit of that hard-earned $16.

845 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

4. Zea Rotisserie & Bar (Multiple Locations)

5080 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70118
Zea’s burger
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Zea’s, a Louisiana-based and locally owned chain, does a bang-up job with its burgers with certified Angus, juicy and tender meat topped with a choice of pepper jack, blue, or cheddar cheese on a buttered and toasted brioche bun. It comes with one side: Choose the corn grits. With lots of locations through Louisiana, it’s easy to find one nearby.

5080 Pontchartrain Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70118

5. Beachcorner Bar & Grill

4905 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119
Beachcorner’s burger of the month, June 2021
Beachcorner Bar & Grill/Facebook

Love this no-frills neighborhood bar, perfect for watching the game with good grub and beer. The list of toppings is impressive at Beachcorner, from homemade barbecue sauce to blue cheese and mushrooms — there’s even a burger of the month. The restaurant serves late and there’s a bunch of other good belly-busting eats too.

4905 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70119

6. Brown Butter Southern Kitchen and Bar

231 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

Mid City’s Brown Butter restaurant has three burgers on its menu, but the back-to-basics Brown Butter burger is divine, thanks to a blend of short rib and brisket in the patty. It comes on a brioche bun and gets topped with pimento cheese. Classic fries and garlic aioli come on the side — or sub out for outstanding truffle fries or Brussels, worth an extra $3. Brown Butter is well worth a visit for much of its extensive menu.

231 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

7. Bub's NOLA

4413 Banks St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Born out of the pandemic, Bub’s is a pop-up-turned-restaurant that opened in Mid City in June 2021. Aaron Amadio, Tristan Moreau, Peter Prevot, Josh Richard, and Ron Richard started their smash burger pop-up in June 2020, quickly gaining a loyal fanbase for their expertly crisped patties and savory house sauce. Cheese fries, sides, and a chicken sandwich round out the offerings at Bub’s, open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

4413 Banks St
New Orleans, LA 70119

8. Junction Bar & Grill

3021 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

Railroad-themed Junction serves plenty of grass-fed burgers named for rail lines. For example, the New York & Atlantic is a classic steakhouse burger with garlic and black pepper butter, pepper jack cheese, and fried onion strips. But all those specialty burgers start with the classic “boxcar burger,” a six-ounce patty of grass-fed, hormone-free ground beef from St. Amant, Louisiana, cooked medium and served on a brioche roll from Dong Phuong bakery. Lettuce, tomato, and onion come on the side. There are plenty of tasty toppings to dress it up, though it’s hardly necessary, and 40 beers on tap, which are very necessary.

3021 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

9. Who Dat Coffee Cafe

2401 Burgundy St, New Orleans, LA 70117
Da Who Dat Burger
Who Dat Coffee Cafe/Facebook

This sidewalk breakfast and lunch cafe across from the Hotel Peter and Paul boutique hotel stays busy and with good reason. Head over to Who Dat Coffee and order Da Who Dat burger, a juicy, half-pound patty cooked to order — love the jalapeno cheddar bun — and dressed, with fries, salad, or potato salad on the side. Open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, with a full bar and super bloody Marys.

2401 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA 70117

10. Pepp's Pub

706 Franklin Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

This dog (and human) friendly Marigny pub on Franklin doesn’t have a kitchen, but that doesn’t stop Pepp’s from making sure customers don’t get hangry. The owners partnered creatively with The Franklin down the block for a short menu of sandwiches and fries that get delivered by kitchen staff — a win-win for all concerned. All priced under $10 and served Tuesday through Saturday evenings, the burger is a juicy two-fister.

706 Franklin Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

11. Port of Call

838 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116
Port of Call burger with shredded cheese and mushrooms
Port of Call/Facebook

There are other things besides burgers on the menu at this French Quarter institution, but come on, really? Port of Call draws throngs who line up for mammoth burgers topped with unmelted shredded cheddar, loaded baked potatoes, and a big, pinkish, extra-boozy cocktail called the monsoon. The decor is cheesy nautical but no matter, Port of Call has been holding down the burger fort in New Orleans for more than 50 years.

838 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116

12. Desi Vega’s Prime Burgers and Shakes

1640 Hickory Ave, Harahan, LA 70123
Desi Vega’s Prime Burgers and Shakes/Facebook

Harahan won big time when New Orleans’ revered Desi Vega’s Steakhouse opened a burger spot there. The menu at Desi Vega’s Prime Burgers and Shakes dishes more than the traditional burger and shake theme. There are lots of options to build your own burger or go with one of the specialty burgers, but the classic, served with lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickle, and American cheese, for $11 is a steal. The toppings list is absurdly big and the milkshakes keep that classic thing going. Adult shakes with booze take things to the next level.

1640 Hickory Ave
Harahan, LA 70123

13. Fharmacy Nola

2540 Banks St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Chefs Nhat and Bobby Nguyen imbue their menu with Southern-meets-Southeast-Asian pluck, bold flavors that mine a global culinary lexicon. But they don’t fuss, as Fharmacy’s classic cheeseburger will attest. Eight ounces of house-blended beef get topped with American cheese and pickles, served on a brioche bun with fries on the side. Off-topic, but the lemongrass chicken tacos are worth an exclamation point.

2540 Banks St
New Orleans, LA 70119

14. Cowbell

8801 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118
Cowbell’s Locally World Famous burger
Cowbell

The “Locally World Famous” burger at Cowbell has more to tout than its clever name; and it's in this classic burger that Cowbell’s longtime commitment to high-quality, locally sourced meat and produce shines through. At its heart is the meat — a house blend of grass-fed, natural angus chuck, short rib, and brisket that adds up to perfect. Topped simply with crisp lettuce, tomato, white onion, and house versions of ketchup and mustard, it’s old school at its best, but you can also choose to add bacon, cheeses, and other burger upgrades. Like most on this list, it’s not cheap — but happily, you are paying for some of the best ingredients in town at this lively corner eatery in the Riverbend.

8801 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118

15. Peacock Room

501 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Chef Chris Lusk is killing it at the sexy new Peacock Room lounge in the newly opened Kimpton Hotel Fontenot in the CBD. His goal was to cook food that he’d want to eat after some time drinking at a bar — and that mission is accomplished in spades. Add his haute burger to the fancy chef-driven winners in town, an ample house-ground patty topped with bacon, Boursin cheese, crispy shallots, and tomato jam on a brioche bun.

501 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130

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16. GB's Patio Bar & Grill

8117 Maple St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Attached to Madigan’s in the Riverbend, GB’s is known for giant burgers made to order served with crinkle fries and onion rings and is great for family-friendly patio dining.

8117 Maple St
New Orleans, LA 70118

17. The Camellia Grill

626 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

A truly classic, no-frills diner burger, Camellia Grill’s highly salted six-ounce patty topped with plenty of crisp, cold iceberg lettuce and mayo can hit the spot. Priced at $8.99 for a basic beef burger, add-ons include lettuce, tomato, mayo, and bacon, or make it a double for another three bucks.

626 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118

18. The Company Burger

4600 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Adam Biderman’s homage to the simple burger — thin patty, American cheese, fresh ground meat, no lettuce, no tomato — blew the burger scene in New Orleans wide open when Company Burger opened in 2011. Since then it’s won local and national raves and awards from all directions and is in residence on busy Freret Street Uptown. The menu has a few other sandwich options well worth a try, like that tasty fried chicken sandwich.

4600 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115

19. La Petite Grocery

4238 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Justin Devillier's signature LPG burger is a hot commodity when it comes to New Orleans burgers. Topped with onion marmalade and gruyere, the burger is then set off with mustard, mayo, arugula, and housemade pickles. It preceded the burger boom and was one of the first truly local elevated burgers.

4238 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

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