To discover the best burgers in New Orleans, for the love of gumbo, don’t trust whatever pops up on Google.
For this Punch List, we enlisted the foodie expertise of our fearless founder’s husband, aka Mr. Milk Punch.
From aprés-Saints game hankerings and morning-after grease cravings to fancy brunches, it’s always a good idea to order a burger in New Orleans.
After several years and counting, we declare with salivating confidence the TOP 5 BURGERS in New Orleans.
- 1The Company Burger
Old-school thin patties (plural) with homemade pickles, onions and humble American cheese with a soft housemade bun. The signature burger here is hands-down Hue’s Nola favorite. “Nothing else compares. It’s solid in the way I imagine hamburgers at dairy bars in the ’50s tasted like—real hamburgers.” The Company Burger is a pop-in, fast casual burger and fries joint, but there’s beer and a handful of craft cocktails. “It’s just unbelievably good.”
The Company Burger
Uptown: 4600 Freret Street, New Orleans
- 2John T Edge Burger
Chef team and Southern food writer burger collab originally developed in Memphis with some onion business, American cheese, shredded lettuce and yellow mustard. The John T Burger at Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman’s Nola outpost inside the Ace Hotel needs no introduction to burger enthusiasts. “I’m partial to thin patties. It’s just really, really spectacular.” It’s on the Lunch menu; pair with a whiskey drink.
Josephine and Estelle
600 Carondelet inside Ace Hotel, New Orleans
- 3LPG Cheeseburger
Dressed up but none too stuffy with gruyere, Creole mustard, onion marmalade and arugula, oozing with aïoli on brioche. “Ho-lee, moly. OK, that’s on the list.” Bonus points for the hand-cut fries with Old Bay aïoli for dipping. While the shrimp and grits and other brunch specialties at La Petite are outstanding, this is a white tablecloth burger everyone at the table will envy.
La Petite Grocery
4238 Magazine Street, New Orleans
- 4Doris Burger
Steakhouse burger with high dry-aged beef expectations—and it makes the cut! Next-level succulence comes from grinding tenderloin, striploin, ribeye, Wagyu beef fat and bone marrow. Dressed for a classic Friday lunch in Nola with black garlic aioli and smoked gouda and Gorgonzola. “Decadent with a glass of Cabernet and those truffle fries.”
620 Chartres Street, New Orleans
Friday lunch and Happy Hour, Monday-Thursday, 5 to 6pm
- 5Fharmacy Burger
Hamburger hangover-cure central where they pride themselves on being burger purists, blending brisket, chuck and short ribs with salt and pepper. “Exceptional. The meat was the best part. I only wish the bun had been heated. I’m going to have to lay down now.”
2540 Banks Street, New Orleans