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6. Marcel

Available for lunch or, best of all, late at night on Friday and Saturdays, the loosely-ground double stack is all juice and sear, with extra thick-cut bacon and a soft buttery bun

One Eared Stag’s Robert Phalen has been to 287 Phish concerts

One Eared Stag's Robert Phalen discusses Charleston, culinary school, and why he named his burger the meatstick.

Local couple sets out to eat Atlanta’s 20 Best Burgers

For two months I plowed through burgers across metro-Atlanta, driving as far as Lawrenceville and testing as many as five a day. Ranking something as loved and as universally appealing as the hamburger is bound to ignite (and re-ignite) discussions, and I’ve enjoyed the feedback as the list makes its way around the Internet and into mailboxes. But nobody, as far as I know, has gotten as serious as Amy and Chad Gregory.

17. US Cafe

The best of the fast-casuals first opened in Smyrna in 1986, decades before a fancier wave of joints crashed down on us.

3. The Optimist

There’s more to Ford Fry’s nautical seafood temple than fresh Georgia shrimp. Available only at lunch, the squat six-ounce burger is two thin patties made out of skirt steak trimmings ground with frozen butter (for real).

10. Shake Shack

Danny Meyer’s international burger empire arrived in Buckhead Atlanta last fall.

16. Wrecking Bar Brewpub

Wrecking Bar puts as much effort and thought into its food as its beer list.

11. Pinewood Tippling Room

Decatur turned out to be a disappointing zone for burgers—save for this cozy cocktail bar.

13. The General Muir

Pastrami is the new bacon, at least according to Todd Ginsberg, who showers chunks of it on top of fries soaked in gravy, stuffs it between soft bread, and crowns his burger with it.

15. Muss & Turner’s

The people of Smyrna show allegiance to one burger—one so cheesy and juicy, you might need a bib.

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