Best New Orleans Burger Guide
Fun Between the Bun
There’s nothing like New Orleans seafood but sometimes you just need a burger, and New Orleans’ finest restaurants don’t disappoint. Check out our favs and prepare to pass the ketchup.
You haven’t lived till you tasted the Foie Gras Burger at SoBou, served on a brioche bun with a sunny-side up egg, duck bacon, foie gras fondue and a mini Abita root beer and foie gras ice cream float. Your friends back home will ask you if you had gumbo on your trip, but you’ll want to talk about this.
Café Adelaide is home to the Adelaide BBQ Cheeseburger with buttermilk fried onions, bacon, and Manchego cheese on a toasted brioche bun, served with lemon-herb Parmesan fires. If there’s anything this place doesn’t do well, we haven’t found it.
There are eleven burgers on the Hard Rock Café menu and while we can’t vouch for them all, suffice it to say if you’re a burger lover you’ll be happy here. Add a shake and you’ll be positively giddy.
Nothing goes with beer like burgers! The Gastro Pub Burger at Gordon Biersch is topped with house-made bacon jam & bleu cheese sauce, mixed greens, tomato, gorgonzola cheese and caramelized onions. For a few dollars more, you can make it a ¾ lb patty or substitute Kobe-style Wagyu beef. Nummy.
The Cannon Hamburger Challenge can be summed up in three letters: OMG. The burger is comprised of seven patties, cooked medium well with cheddar cheese, tomatoes, onions, pickles with three fried shrimp on top, served with Cajun Hebert fries. If you complete the challenge, you eat for free (no sharing.)
This Metairie restaurant is famous for its Sicilian Burger, Grandma Marcello’s meatball recipe pressed into a patty and served on warm French bread. You can order it dressed or with red gravy and Mozzarella cheese. Either way, it's delicious and 100% New Orleans.
This Old Metairie restaurant has a Build-Your-Own Burger that gives new meaning to the phrase, "Have it your way." Along with lettuce, tomato and pickle you can have your choice of American, blue cheese crumbles, cheddar, Swiss and provolone. This places has a great Fried Green Tomato appetizer as well. That's what we like about the South!
Three More Serious Contenders
Port of Call
For more than 50 years, folks have been getting their burger fix at Port of Call, known for their huge, shredded cheese-topped burgers, served alongside a loaded baked potato.
The only thing wrong with this burger is they only serve it at lunch. The burger here is a blend of beef and pork with cheddar cheese, bacon, pickled squash and herbed aioli on a sesame seed bun. It’s melt-in-your-mouth fantastic. You’ll be so glad you’re not a vegetarian.
While the servers in the bow ties are charming, the real reason people line up to get in here is the cheeseburger, grilled up right before your eyes. If you can leave before sharing a piece of pecan pie, you’re better people than we are.