5 over the top burgers on Atlanta menus right now

12:57 p.m Saturday, March 11, 2017 Atlanta Food & Drink

The burger has, at this point, nearly taken over as the official mascot of Atlanta. From the original H&F Burger to Grindhouse to The General Muir, we have rethought everything about the backyard burger most of us grew up on. But what happens when you take the humble burger and just throw everything but the kitchen sink at it? You get these truly over the top and epic burgers in Atlanta.

You cannot talk about over-the-top burgers in Atlanta without mentioning The Vortex. They earned their place on any and all lists with their Triple Bypass Burger - you know, the one with grilled cheese sandwiches as buns? Well, somehow, they have upped their game with their line of OMFG Burgers. And right at the top of that list is the Carnivorgasm. Two grilled sirloin patties, pulled, smoked pork, bacon, sliced ham, turkey, cheddar cheese and whiskey pimento cheese, all covered in Vortex barbecue sauce and somehow contained by two buns. A meat lover's dream!

Dessert plus burger with a little breakfast thrown in? Yes! For the last few years, this Midtown watering hole has hosted the world famous Sublime donuts in one of the most delicious burgers our town has to offer. A half-pound beef patty topped with cheddar, caramelized onions and healthy heap of bacon, between two Sublime glazed doughnuts. Double bonus - Cypress is the ONLY place where you can get Sublime's glazed donuts.

Ok, sure, you can get a traditional double patty, American cheese, bacon burger. Or, you can combine your love of Korean fare with an all-American treat. The Pijiu Burger is prepared with kimchi, fried egg and Sriracha-mayo. It's meaty without being greasy, with a bite of spice and a tang of sour. Pair it with one of the best curated beer lists in town and you'll be doing a happy dance in your seat. We won't judge.

How do you like your burger? Medium well? Rare? Tartare? Well, if you're in the latter category, we've got just the thing for you! Richard Blaise's burger boutique is now serving their gourmet burgers in three states. Here in Atlanta, you can get a burger made with raw steak. It's an irresistible combination of beef tenderloin, capers, fried egg, cornichons, frisee, pickled shallots, and smoked mayo.

Inside the mind of Jarrett Stieber, Eat Me Speak Me chef and owner. (Erica A. Hernandez/AJC)
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