The Best Burgers in Central Texas: A Guide to the Best Drive-Thrus

In Austin, even our self-service is a source of culinary pride. Going to Sandy's Hamburgers is like taking a trip back in time to 1963, with its classic neon sign advertising frozen custard and root beer, and its menu featuring corn sausages, hamburgers, French fries and milkshakes. Prices are also surprisingly affordable compared to other fast food restaurants. Sandy's Hamburgers is an Austin treasure that will be around for many years to come.

Another great spot for self-service is Strawberry on North Lamar. This place is mostly known for its delicious Mexican-style Chicken Al Carbon, but it's the Strawberry garnishes that really make it special. Mexican street corn, grilled beets, and grilled cauliflower make this a worthwhile experience for both drive-thrus and dine-ins. Flyrite Chicken is another great option for a fast and tasty chicken sandwich.

Chick-fil-A may claim they invented the chicken sandwich, but Flyrite Chicken has perfected it. Plus, you can purchase a mug or a six-pack of beers to take with you while you're there. Hat Creek Burger Company is a must-visit for anyone looking for a delicious cheeseburger. This self-service restaurant specializes in simple yet scrumptious cheeseburgers with the most popular dressing being spicy sauerkraut.

They're also open early in the day for breakfast, making Hat Creek an ideal spot to stop off on the way to work. For those who want an elevated experience, Driskill Grill offers one of the best burgers in town. With options of hamburgers, chicken burgers, and veggie burgers that can be served on a bun, without a bun, or in a lettuce wrap, there's something for everyone here. The hamburger includes a double hamburger FULL of beef glazed with marinade and topped with very low potatoes, special achara sauce, Swiss cheese and roasted onions with bacon.

The Hopdoddy Burger Bar is the king of hamburgers in Texas and an attraction in itself for out-of-town visitors. With locations in Georgetown to San Antonio and 16 branches in Austin, it's easier than ever to get your hands on one of their delectable burgers. Top Notch was inaugurated by Ray and Frances Stanish in 1971 and is still going strong today. It's the perfect place to get an old school burger cooked on the grill.

Austin burgers may not be as iconic to the city as tacos or barbecue, but there are still plenty of old and new options to enjoy right now. Little Wu is located in the modern Fareground food hall in downtown Austin and specializes in authentic Chinese Lamain noodle bowls brimming with meats and vegetables. If you're looking for a burger with Camembert cheese and mustard, look no further than Pascal burger from the French gastropub for lunch or dinner. At 1946 Burger Stand you can get more than just burgers and sausages - they also serve malts, milkshakes, ice cream and dipped cones - perfect for cooling off after a swim! Haus Burgers are made with 100% genetically tested and humanely raised Black Angus meat without hormones or antibiotics in unique creations.

Pattie Passaro
Pattie Passaro

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