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GoNOLA Tops: Best Burgers

Beignets, boudin, boils… and burgers. See which restaurants are serving up the best, most boss burgers in New Orleans.

Company Burger uses a premium, all natural beef for their patties, their own house-made toasted buns, and you won't find wilted (or any) lettuce or tomatoes as garnishes on their griddled hamburgers. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

New Orleans might be the town known for its beignets, boudin, and boils. But that’s no reason to discredit the good old American hamburger (or cheeseburger) on the menus at some of the city’s most beloved fine dining and neighborhood eateries. The patties are beef, but the toppings range from basic shredded cheddar to fancy-schmancy Zinfandel, bacon, and onion compote. So before you fire up your grill at home, consider sinking your teeth into one of these fantastic local burgers that are as unique as the Crescent City itself.

Boss Burgers in New ORleans

Balise

The juicy, flavorful burger at Balise comes on a toasted brioche bun. (Photo via Balise on Facebook)

640 Carondelet St. 

Chef and owner Justin Devillier keeps things simple yet sophisticated at this Warehouse District eatery with his take on the classic cheeseburger featuring a buttery brioche bun layered with comeback sauce (the South’s version of Thousand Island dressing), sharp cheddar cheese, caramelized onions and house-made bread and butter pickles.

Or, try his famous La Petite Grocery version with onion marmalade, arugula, grain mustard, aioli and gruyere cheese. A win/win either way, especially with the side of hand-cut fries.

TruBurger

8115 Oak St. 

Oak Street’s one-stop shop for great burgers, fries, and shakes. Build your own with one or two patties and choice of Swiss, cheddar, or American cheese along with toppings like avocado, grilled onions, and a fried farm egg. And if it’s not hot enough outside for you, spice things up with “The Heat,” one of their specialty burgers topped with Sriracha mayo, jalapeños, and pepper jack cheese.

Susan Spicer digs in to the jalapeño cheeseburger at Truburger. (Photo: Martine Boyer)

Company Burger

4600 Freret St.; 611 O’Keefe Ave.

Chef and owner Adam Biderman serves his burgers the same way he’s loved them since he was a kid: griddled with American cheese, pickles, and softened red onion. Various types of house-made mayonnaise, like chipotle, garlic, or basil, are awesome on the burgers but even better as a dipping sauce for the tater tots, onion rings, or sweet potato waffle fries. Now with two locations: Downtown and on Freret Street.

Don’t forget to try the tots at Company Burger. (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

Port of Call

The burger from Port of Call. (Photo via Instagram user @joshmasc)

838 Esplanade Ave. 

This popular restaurant on Esplanade is where folks from all walks of life gather to enjoy great steaks, burgers, and loaded baked potatoes. Their all-beef, hand-formed patties come topped with a mound of shredded cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and sliced Vidalia onion on a sesame seed bun. This is the kind of place where you come for the burgers and stay for the drinks.

High Hat Café

4500 Freret St. 

High Hat Cafe. (Photo: Anna Marie Babington)

If you live Uptown, chances are you’ve wrapped your hands around the pimento cheese burger from this Freret Street neighborhood gem. As an ode to the Mississippi Delta, High Hat melts house-made pimento cheese on top of their grilled burger and serves it with hand-cut fries. Talk about turning the ordinary into extraordinary…

Cowbell

8801 Oak St. 

Cowbell makes the juiciest local burger with perfectly seasoned crispy fries. (Photo via cowbell-nola.com)

Chef and owner Brack May keeps things simple with his “Locally World Famous Cowbell Burger” – a grass-fed, all-beef burger on a toasted potato roll with lettuce, tomato, and red onion. But he gets fancy with his signature ketchup and agogo sauce made from sambal chilis, roasted garlic, and honey. Also, Zinfandel, bacon, and onion compote, along with homemade pimento cheese are optional toppings.

McClure’s

3001 Tchoupitoulas St. 

McClure’s is located inside the NOLA Brewing Tap Room on Tchoupitoulas Street. (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

Stop in the NOLA Brewing Taproom on Tchoupitoulas for a pint of local brew and one of Neil McClure’s awesome, 1/3-pound Two Run Farms all-beef burger with cheddar, smoked onions, lettuce, and tomato. The hardest part is choosing between the four-cheese macaroni, molasses-stewed collard greens, or roasted corn and jalapeño cornbread from the list of sides. Not to mention the six different optional sauces that span the Southeast barbecue flavor preferences from Alabama to North Carolina.

Mondo

900 Harrison Ave. 

The lush outdoor space at Mondo is an ideal setting to enjoy their sumptuous cheeseburger. (Photo via Mondo on Facebook)

Acclaimed chef Susan Spicer’s popular Lakeview hangout is family-friendly and has a burger that’s just fancy enough for white cloth napkins. Mondo’s version comes standard with griddled onions and french fries. Add white cheddar, gruyere, or Point Reyes Blue, bacon, and sautéed mushrooms for a few dollars more. Steering clear of fried food? Sub brussels sprouts for the fries for just $2 more.

Toups’ Meatery

845 N. Carrollton Ave. 

Toups’ Meatery. (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

Chef Isaac Toups is a cured, roasted, braised, and grilled meat genius. So it should come as no surprise that the man who started serving Jameson shots down a bone marrow cavity and into his customer’s mouths would come up with a stellar burger. His pork and beef patty is topped with pickled squash, cheddar cheese, bacon, and an herbed aioli. Super hungry? Go big or go home with the Chef’s Lunch of 3 boudin balls, the burger with house-made potato chips, and a pint of local beer for $22.

Sammy’s

3000 Elysian Fields Ave. 

A peek inside local favorite Sammy’s. (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

You’ve seen their sandwiches at local food festivals (did someone say “Ray Ray Po-boy”?) but the only way to get your hands on a Sammy’s burger is to visit the Elysian Fields restaurant yourself. The burgers are 3/4-pound and served on fresh Leidenheimer bread — and they’re all $9 and under. Unless, of course, you want the Godzilla, a modest 24 ounces of ground chuck topped with melted cheddar and dressed for $12.99.

Emily Smith is a native New Orleanian and Uptowner who loves sharing her passion for food with others. When she’s not blogging about culinary adventures, she can be found snapping food photos, running alongside the streetcars on St. Charles Avenue, or hovering over a steaming hot bowl of phở at her favorite Vietnamese restaurant. She also firmly believes that nothing says, “I love you” like a dozen... donuts. Follow her on Instagram at @fleurdelicious_nola

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