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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Burgers, American
Counter service

Daily 11:00am–9:00pm

Features Outdoor dining, veg-friendly, Wi-Fi
Bar None
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx


2525 W. Anderson Ln.
Austin, TX
(512) 608-4054

9828 Great Hills Trail
Austin, TX
(512) 608-4054
Elevation Burger
A progressive burger stand attitude that still allows for old-fashioned American gluttony

This is the age of burger joints with a “Philosophy” page on their websites, often full of specious claims. But in a Venn diagram of successful conscientiousness—one circle representing how good it is for the earth; the other how good it is for the human body; and the third circle representing actual deliciousness—Elevation Burger, better than any other, occupies the overlapping intersection between all three.

Healthiness and eco-consciousness notwithstanding, Coke Zero devotees are thrilled to find it on tap here. Shakes are made with your choice of add-ins; the customer is not always right, as you’ll quickly find if you order a coffee-and-almost-anything-else combination. Skin-on fries cooked in olive oil have been crispy and rockin’ at recent visits.

Patties are of the thinnish, cooked-through variety, yet are beefy-juicy; best, with mild cheddar melting into their nadirs. Caramelized onions and “hot” pepper relish (actually quite sweet) add great flavor. There are even two veggie burgers: “Fire-Roasted” mimics the flavor of beef as best it can, while the other celebrates the taste of good vegetables. The double-stacked “Elevation Burger” is delicious, but a “Vertigo Burger” that lets you stack three, four, even ten patties on top of each other? Surely, at that rate, even Omega-3-rich, grass-fed beef takes its toll. It’s the very picture of too much of a good thing.

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