The Big Easy is certainly a culinary hub serving up some of the best soul food, Cajun and Creole dishes in the South. If you do break from local fare, however, visit one of these restaurants for the best burgers in New Orleans.
Best burgers in New Orleans
Set in a former gas station, Cowbell turns out gourmet burgers with a range of sides like salads, soups and crisp fries. The eclectic diner doesn’t scrimp on quality and pours a mean cocktail too. Try their grilled cheese for a vegetarian-friendly option.
Locally famous for more than 50 years, this dive is known for its burgers with a loaded baked potato on the side. Don’t forget to order a cocktail–a bloody mary is a great choice–and a few quarters for the jukebox.
Fharmacy NOLA is known for its international spin that packs a lot of flavor into their burgers. The menu also offers tacos, wraps and sandwiches too. Expect a fresh, cooked to order meal here. The restaurant grinds their meat and prepares homemade sausages fresh daily.
Though it is becoming easier, finding great vegetarian and vegan restaurants in the South is difficult, but the Sneaky Pickle is the perfect answer in New Orleans. Order the burger with a side of hand-cut fries or the vegan mac ‘n’ cheese. Carnivores, there is still a meat option on the menu to suit everyone.
It’s currently closed due to a fire (as of August 2019) but should be back soon!
For a smaller burger meal, head to this haunt for their gourmet sliders. Everything is made to order, and even the buns are made fresh daily. Though the donuts make a delicious end to the meal, you may not have room. Order a slider pack that includes both the double cheese burger and the fried chicken slider for a bit of southern flare thanks to the spicy pimento cheese.
This stylish counter-service joint flips classic thin patty burgers as well as a few alternative options like turkey or lamb burgers. Topped with homemade condiments like tomato jam, chili mint glaze, or pickles, the restaurant also houses a condiment bar to make your burger just how you like it. When hand-cut fries are on the side too, The Company Burger is a no-brainer when it comes to a great burger.
If you don’t quite want to bypass all of New Orleans southern flare with your burger, The High Hat Cafe is a great option. Though they also have fried catfish, cornbread, po’boys and pimento cheese on the menu, the easy-going cafe serves killer burgers and cocktails. Start with a cup of gumbo and move on to the High Hat burger (which is slathered with pimento cheese) with a side of okra and tomatoes for a truly southern take. Go with an empty stomach; their pimento mac ‘n’ cheese is great too.