Best Fast Food Burger in Austin
Its no secret Austin is small business friendly. Whether your looking for restaurants, a new coffee shop or book store, you’ll find something unique here. Though you still have big chains like McDonald’s, Burger King and Starbucks, you also have your pick of Austin neighborhood joints that are often better.
Austin’s Best Fast Food Burger Winner: P. Terry’s
If you live in Austin and haven’t tried P. Terry’s, you are missing out. I call it fast food because it is ready quickly – but it doesn’t taste greasy or give you that sick feeling you have when you leave a major fast food chain. That may be because all of their ingredients are fresh (fries are hand cut) and they cook in 100% canola oil with no trans fats or hydrogenated oils. Their tomatoes are organic and locally grown and their beef is all natural and hormone free.
How Are the Fries?
I don’t know about you but if they have french fries on the menu, I order them. Though P. Terry’s fries don’t look like the type of fries that would be melt in your mouth good – they are a great example of don’t judge a book by its cover, or a potato by its appearance. Served in a folded wax bag, their hand cut fries are surprisingly tasty. (Who would’ve thought fresh cut fries with no fillers and preservatives could be that good!?)
Where is Austin’s Best Fast Food Burger?
P. Terry’s has 3 Austin locations:
- Downtown/South Austin – Barton Springs and S. Lamar
- Central Austin – 32nd and Lamar
- South Austin – MoPac and William Cannon
The Downtown/South Austin location is a stand. They have a drive thru and walk up window so most take their food to go. But, if you’re in the mood to “eat-in” don’t rule it out – they have several picnic tables in a garden setting on the side of the restaurant. As long as its not 110 degrees outside or pouring rain, this is a great spot to eat.
The South Austin location is a traditional restaurant style shop with a walk up counter and several tables. They also have a drive thru, so if you want to pick something up on the way home, you can.
How Expensive is Austin’s Best Fast Food Burger?
For the quality of ingredients, you’d expect to pay a few bucks, right? Well not at P. Terry’s. Meals are around $5 and a burger is just $2. Where can you get a decent burger for $2?
Closest Comparison to Austin’s Best Fast Food Burger?
I would most closely compare it to In-N-Out Burger – a burger chain originally started in California. While I used to say In-N-Out was my favorite fast food burger, I now reserve that spot for P. Terry’s.
Tried P. Terry’s? What Do You Think?
I’d be curious to learn what other Austin residents think about P. Terry’s. Like it? Hate it? Have a better spot? Tell us in the comments section.