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Atomic Burger with fries is an essential on Vets Blvd.
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New Orleans' Essential Burgers

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When it comes to burgers, New Orleans has a lot offer. The city hopped on the modern burger restaurant chain a few years ago, heralded by fine dining chef-driven hamburger joints with locally sourced ingredients, but The Big Easy is also home to a plethora of iconic greasy spoons and neighborhood spots that serve up a mean patty.

On this map you'll find lots to choose from. This is by no means the be-all and end-all of New Orleans burgers, but a great guide to the most popular spots.

On this map, you'll find thick charcoal-grilled pub burgers, fancy fine dining burgers,  fast food style burgers, and even a sweet and savory food truck variation. There's a little something for everybody, with toppings for everyone from chipotle-lovers to tomato-haters...but sorry, no turkey or veggie burgers here—we're talking meaty, beefy burgers only.

There are established favorites that continue to dominate the game, and newcomers that have made big names in the recent years.  Note: Ever tumultuous French Quarter peanut butter burger hub Yo Mama's appears to be shuttered.

These burgers are not ranked, but simply arranged by neighborhood. Don't see a burger that deserves to be called a New Orleans essential? Leave a comment or send Eater NOLA a tip. As always tips are greatly appreciated, and tipsters always remain anonymous.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Atomic Burger

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3934 Veterans Boulevard
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. Order with a liquid-nitrogen chilled milkshake and fries, or a healthier side of edamame.

2. Lee's Hamburgers

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Metairie Road
Metairie, LA 70005
The original Lee's dates back to 1901, when it operated next to the Roosevelt in the CBD. This franchised version of the classic burger joint still offers the great onion-filled burgers the icon has been known for for over 100 years.

3. Bud's Broiler

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500 City Park Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 486-2559
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A local chain of cheap goodness at pretty much any time - the flagship location on City Park Ave is open 24 hours. Nothing fancy, just a good burger at a good price.

4. Junction

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3021 Saint Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
At this Bywater favorite, the crew behind Molly's At the Market and 13 on Frenchmen serve up creative takes like the City of New Orleans burger topped with a fried green tomato, remoulade, and greens and the spicy New Mexico Rail Runner with roasted green chilies, cheddar cheese, and chipotle aioli.

5. Port of Call

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838 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 523-0120
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Port of Call is a French Quarter and New Orleans institution. Internationally known for huge burgers topped with shredded cheese and accompanied by a baked potato and their signature drink, the monsoon, the Port of Call has been holding down the burger fort in New Orleans for more than 50 years.

6. Clover Grill

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900 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 598-1010
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This 24 hour dive diner on Bourbon Street can be a blessing at 3am when you stumble in full of nothing but Hand Grenades. You'll be greeted by sassy service and you will order a steamed burger cooked under a hubcap. And you'll like it.

7. Lüke

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333 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 378-2840
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Chef John Besh's CBD bistro is home to the best oyster happy hour in town, but the Lüke Burger also has a cult following and for good reason, it's topped with Emmenthaler (swiss cheese) and Benton's bacon, along with caramelized onions and tomato. Plus, the fries are some of the best in town.

8. 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 by mustard, mayo, arugula and housemade pickles.

9. 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 it opened in 2011. Since then it's won local and national raves and awards from all direction, and opened a booming second location in The Paramount (611 O'Keefe Ave).

10. The Camellia Grill

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626 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 309-2679
The landmark diner perched right where St. Charles bends into South Carrollton has one long twisty counter for diners to perch upon stools to chat with the bow tied waiters and watch them make the food. Get the cheeseburger, and if you're hungry after that, the pecan pie, which is slapped on the grill to warm right before your very eyes.

11. Trūburger

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8115 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 218-5416
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Along with Cowbell and Company Burger, TruBurger was one of the pioneers of the chef-driven casual burger joint, with Patois' Aaron Burgau behind the concept. Don't let the pedigree fool you into thinking it's hoity-toity - this is a straight up delicious burger, dog, fries, and shake emporium with something for everyone.

12. Cowbell

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8801 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 866-4222
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Chef Brack May's Oak Street staple is known for crazy (and crazy delicious) burgers, including specials like a Hawaiian-inspired burger and the Uncle Loren, which comes topped with pastrami, swiss, and slaw.

13. SoBou

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310 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 552-4095
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The always fun street-food inspired eatery from the Commander's team does a mean pan seared Hudson Valley foie gras burger in the Quarter. It comes topped with a sunny side up yard egg, duck bacon and foie gras mayo on caramelized onion brioche, and it's served with pork cracklin, a mini Abita root beer and foie gras ice cream float. For those putting off the impending gout, SoBou also has a smaller 1/4 lb. burger with no foie involved.

14. Toups Meatery

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Carrollton
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 252-4999
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Rayne, LA native Isaac Toups is known for his amazing charcuterie, cracklins, and basically all things Cajun and meat, hence the name of the restaurant. The burger here kicks butt with a blend of pork and beef with pickled squash, cheddar, bacon, and herbed aioli on a sesame seed bun.

15. Food Drunk

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Napoleon
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 265-9963
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Chef inspired, alcohol influenced cuisine is what comes off this food truck, highly regarded for its Mardi Gras-themed sweet and savory king cake burger, which is also done up during Saints season with black and gold sprinkles on top.

16. Lakeview Harbor

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911 Harrison Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 486-4887
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This family-friendly Lakeview classic is home to a hand-formed beef patty, loaded baked potato, and crazy strong mystery drinks named after weather phenomenons.

17. GB's Patio Bar & Grill

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8117 Maple St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 861-0067
Truly a local's spot, GB's is a neighborhood eatery Uptown that's great for patio dining and also rocks a gigantic burger made to order. Get it with crinkle cut fries or a baked potato.

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1. Atomic Burger

3934 Veterans Boulevard, Metairie, LA 70006
A fast food style burger from local burger pros Nick and Joe Spitale hits the spot at this Metairie hub. Order with a liquid-nitrogen chilled milkshake and fries, or a healthier side of edamame.
3934 Veterans Boulevard
Metairie, LA 70006

2. Lee's Hamburgers

Metairie Road, Metairie, LA 70005
The original Lee's dates back to 1901, when it operated next to the Roosevelt in the CBD. This franchised version of the classic burger joint still offers the great onion-filled burgers the icon has been known for for over 100 years.
Metairie Road
Metairie, LA 70005

3. Bud's Broiler

500 City Park Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
A local chain of cheap goodness at pretty much any time - the flagship location on City Park Ave is open 24 hours. Nothing fancy, just a good burger at a good price.
500 City Park Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

4. Junction

3021 Saint Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117
At this Bywater favorite, the crew behind Molly's At the Market and 13 on Frenchmen serve up creative takes like the City of New Orleans burger topped with a fried green tomato, remoulade, and greens and the spicy New Mexico Rail Runner with roasted green chilies, cheddar cheese, and chipotle aioli.
3021 Saint Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

5. Port of Call

838 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116
Port of Call is a French Quarter and New Orleans institution. Internationally known for huge burgers topped with shredded cheese and accompanied by a baked potato and their signature drink, the monsoon, the 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

6. Clover Grill

900 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116
This 24 hour dive diner on Bourbon Street can be a blessing at 3am when you stumble in full of nothing but Hand Grenades. You'll be greeted by sassy service and you will order a steamed burger cooked under a hubcap. And you'll like it.
900 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70116

7. Lüke

333 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
Chef John Besh's CBD bistro is home to the best oyster happy hour in town, but the Lüke Burger also has a cult following and for good reason, it's topped with Emmenthaler (swiss cheese) and Benton's bacon, along with caramelized onions and tomato. Plus, the fries are some of the best in town.
333 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

8. 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 by mustard, mayo, arugula and housemade pickles.
4238 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

9. The Company Burger

4600 Freret St., New Orleans, LA 70115
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 it opened in 2011. Since then it's won local and national raves and awards from all direction, and opened a booming second location in The Paramount (611 O'Keefe Ave).
4600 Freret St.
New Orleans, LA 70115

10. The Camellia Grill

626 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118
The landmark diner perched right where St. Charles bends into South Carrollton has one long twisty counter for diners to perch upon stools to chat with the bow tied waiters and watch them make the food. Get the cheeseburger, and if you're hungry after that, the pecan pie, which is slapped on the grill to warm right before your very eyes.
626 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118

11. Trūburger

8115 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118
Along with Cowbell and Company Burger, TruBurger was one of the pioneers of the chef-driven casual burger joint, with Patois' Aaron Burgau behind the concept. Don't let the pedigree fool you into thinking it's hoity-toity - this is a straight up delicious burger, dog, fries, and shake emporium with something for everyone.
8115 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118

12. Cowbell

8801 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118
Chef Brack May's Oak Street staple is known for crazy (and crazy delicious) burgers, including specials like a Hawaiian-inspired burger and the Uncle Loren, which comes topped with pastrami, swiss, and slaw.
8801 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118

13. SoBou

310 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130
The always fun street-food inspired eatery from the Commander's team does a mean pan seared Hudson Valley foie gras burger in the Quarter. It comes topped with a sunny side up yard egg, duck bacon and foie gras mayo on caramelized onion brioche, and it's served with pork cracklin, a mini Abita root beer and foie gras ice cream float. For those putting off the impending gout, SoBou also has a smaller 1/4 lb. burger with no foie involved.
310 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130

14. Toups Meatery

Carrollton, New Orleans, LA 70119
Rayne, LA native Isaac Toups is known for his amazing charcuterie, cracklins, and basically all things Cajun and meat, hence the name of the restaurant. The burger here kicks butt with a blend of pork and beef with pickled squash, cheddar, bacon, and herbed aioli on a sesame seed bun.
Carrollton
New Orleans, LA 70119

15. Food Drunk

Napoleon, New Orleans, LA 70118
Chef inspired, alcohol influenced cuisine is what comes off this food truck, highly regarded for its Mardi Gras-themed sweet and savory king cake burger, which is also done up during Saints season with black and gold sprinkles on top.
Napoleon
New Orleans, LA 70118

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16. Lakeview Harbor

911 Harrison Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124
This family-friendly Lakeview classic is home to a hand-formed beef patty, loaded baked potato, and crazy strong mystery drinks named after weather phenomenons.
911 Harrison Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124

17. GB's Patio Bar & Grill

8117 Maple St, New Orleans, LA 70118
Truly a local's spot, GB's is a neighborhood eatery Uptown that's great for patio dining and also rocks a gigantic burger made to order. Get it with crinkle cut fries or a baked potato.
8117 Maple St
New Orleans, LA 70118

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