Big Al’s Gourmet Butter-Made Burgers – Atlanta, GA

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I’ve seen Big Al’s Gourmet Butter-Made Burgers several times, as I was going by.  The time that stuck in my mind the most was during the Peachtree Road Race – they’re on the left, just as you get ready to hit the steepest part of “Cardiac Hill”.  I really thought about stopping and getting one that day, rather than going on in the rain, but we kept walking.  Instead, I stopped in on this  rainy Thursday night, when traffic was miserable heading into town on Peachtree Street.  There were only two tables (technically one was a couple at the bar) in the place waiting on their meals when I arrived, so it was fairly empty.  I studied the menu on the wall beside me. 

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Then I studied it some more.  And a little more.  Actually a lot more – it took forever to be waited on.  The lady told me that she’d be with me a couple of times and, 8-9 minutes after I walked in the door, I eventually ordered.


I chose the double version of Big Al’s Smoke Burger, which I had with hickory-smoked bacon, American cheese, cherry peppers and Al’s gourmet sauce (I held the lettuce, grilled onions and pickles), with a drink and a side of their hand cut fries.  (Al’s gourmet sauce is oddly reminiscent of Russian dressing, but not as thick.)

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They cook all of their burgers medium, which is fine with me.  According to the menu, the burgers are cooked in their hand-churned gourmet butter and are made from 100% natural, hormone- and antibiotic-free certified Angus beef.  The “butter burger” is a mid-western creation (the grand daddy of these burgers is, apparently, Solly’s in Milwaukee, who has made these for more than 80 years) that hasn’t had a proponent in this city, other than the excellent burger at the Optimist.  After the patty is flipped, a scoop of their gourmet butter is placed on top and allowed to melt into the patty as it finishes cooking.  

This definitely made for one of the juiciest / messiest burgers that I’ve eaten in a while. And among the priciest: this combo rang up at almost $16.00.  A single would have cut the price by $2.70 and, while that would have still been on the high price end of the fast casual burger spectrum, it would have placed their pricing more in line.  It was a good burger – I’ll have to go back and try a single simple cheeseburger and re-think where they fall in my personal rankings. 


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