The Best Burgers In Atlanta (2022)

ATLANTA’S BEST BURGERS

The Vortex has been referred to as the Godfather of Atlanta burger joints because we grill up the best damn burgers in Atlanta, offer a huge selection of beer & spirits, and serve some ridiculously indulgent bar food – and we’ve been doing it all since 1992! This is exactly the kind of place your momma warned you about. It’s good to be bad. We’re here to help.

●DOWNLOAD OUR FOOD MENU

CLICK HERE to view or print The Vortex Food Menu.

CLICK HERE to view our weekend *Brunch offerings.
*Brunch is available from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM Saturday and Sunday. Our regular menu is also available during brunch hours.

WEEKLY SPECIAL

● Triple Decker Nacho Burger

This week, we’re grilling up 3 diner patties and adding nacho toppings (salsa, cheese, lettuce, tomato, guacamole, roasted jalpeño, tortilla strips) to create the Triple Decker Nacho Burger.

TAKE-OUT SERVICE

The most important things you need to know about take-out from The Vortex are; 1) Our “dine-in” guests are always our first priority, so we may suspend take-out orders during peak periods, and; 2) Always double-check your order before leaving, because we will NOT be responsible for ANY errors or missing items after you leave our premises. You can CLICK HERE for more valuable information about take-out orders. You can also order via DoorDash for pick-up via the links below.

DELIVERY SERVICE

We are now delivering with DoorDash. To order from our MIDTOWN location, click here. To order from our LITTLE 5 POINTS location, click here.

●MENU CONTENT DISCLAIMER

Any complimentary menu provided by The Vortex is done so as a courtesy to our patrons. It is NOT an advertisement of products, nor a contract of any kind. While we do our best to keep our reference materials up-to-date, please be aware that all information contained within our menus, including, but not limited to, individual menu items, descriptions, prices and company policies, are subject to change without notice. Further, The Vortex takes no responsibility or liability for menus posted on third-party websites or provided in any other manner where we have no control over content.

APPETIZERS

These Group Snacks are the perfect way to get the party started by sharing them with your friends. Or you can be a big glutton and order one all for yourself. That’s okay. We’re not about judgment, unless it’s bad judgment.

CHEESE BALLS O’ GLORY™

These battered, deep-fried dollops of cheese curd and jalapeño bits might be the tastiest balls you ever put in your mouth. Served with jalapeño ranch for dipping, this bounty of balls is perfect for sharing.

DISCO TATERS

A big ol’ plate full of tots (or fries) topped with our homemade white sausage gravy, shredded cheese and crumbled bacon bits. It’s our take on Canadian poutine, but we actually turned it into some real Southern kick-ass!

MAC ‘N’ CHEESY-CHANGA™

We fill a flour tortilla with macaroni ‘n’ cheese and barbecued pulled pork, and wrap it up like a burrito. Then we deep-fry it, slice it into four pieces, top it with a drizzle of our famous cheesy-cheese goo, and serve it with a side of spicy honey BBQ sauce. It’s like a whole damn barbecue is happening inside your mouth.. – SERVED “AS-IS” ONLY

MUTHACLUCKIN’ CHICKEN ROLLS™

Shredded flame-grilled chicken, cheese, onions, cilantro and a blend of seasonings, all stuffed inside a flour tortilla and deep-fried. It comes sliced into four rolls for sharing (or not). Served with jalapeño ranch dressing.. – SERVED “AS-IS” ONLY

FRIED PICKLES OF LOVE™

Crispy, crunchy dill pickles that are battered, breaded and deep-fried to perfection. Served with a side of jalapeño ranch for dipping. Just like your sweet old Mee Maw used to make. Bless her heart.

BAD ASS BUFFALO WINGS™

Five deep-fried chicken wings served with celery and a side of blue cheese (or ranch) dressing. You can also add a side of french fries or tater tots for an additional charge.
Choose your flavor from the sauce selection below:

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    • ORIGINAL BUFFALO SAUCE – (Standard Heat)
    • SPICY HONEY BBQ SAUCE –(A little Spicy)
    • ATOMIC DEATH SACUE –(*Hot as Hell)

*WARNING: No returns for crybabies.

BORRACHO NACHOS™ – Nachos made your way

These are the four ingredients you will find in the basic, stripped-down version of our Borracho Nachos:

  • TORTILLA CHIPS
  • CHEESY-CHEESE GOO™
  • SHREDDED LETTUCE
  • RED SALSA

But you can customize them to create your own perfect version. We’ll add pickled jalapeños by request, and we’ll substitute the chips for tots for a small additional charge. You can also choose additional “toppers” from the list of options below for additional charges.

SERVED ON TOP

    • SOUR CREAM
    • BACON BITS
    • GRILLED or FRIED CHICKENBREAST –Diced
    • FRIED CHICKEN BREAST– Diced
    • VEGGIE BURGER PATTY– Diced
    • SIRLOIN BURGER PATTY– Cooked Medium & Diced
    • BBQ PULLED PORK– Shredded
    • IMPOSSIBLE BURGER PATTY*– Diced

*NOTE: While the Impossible Burger patty is technically vegan, please be aware that The Vortex does not employ vegan cooking practices.

SERVED ON THE SIDE

  • ROASTED JALAPEÑOS– Chopped
  • PINEAPPLE SALSA
  • ATOMIC DEATH SAUCE
  • GUACAMOLE
  • SPICY BEEF CHILI
  • TASTY TURKEY CHILI

CHILI, SOUP AND SALAD

We whip-up stock pots of love from scratch every day. Our chili is served with homemade cornbread, and can be topped with shredded cheese, diced onion and/or sour cream. Our soup comes with crackers. Extra cornbread or crackers available for an additional charge.

SPICY BEEF CHILI

Made with ground sirloin, chipotle peppers, cayenne pepper and a secret combination of seasonings, but not a single bean. It’s mighty meaty and mighty spicy, so don’t order it if you can’t take the heat.

TASTY TURKEY CHILI

Made with ground turkey, fire roasted tomatoes, green chiles, jalapeños, black beans, onion and cilantro, all cooked in a seasoned cream stock. Slightly smoky with a little bit of spiciness.

50/50 CHILI

A half-serving of Spicy Beef Chili and half-serving of Tasty Turkey Chili all mixed together in the same cup or bowl.

KILLER TOMATO SOUP

This smooth and savory soup is not vegan or vegetarian because it contains cream and chicken stock, which is why it’s so damned delicious.

HOUSE SALAD – Salad made your way

These are the six toppings that we add to a big bowl of mixed greens in order to create our Vortex House Salad:

  • BACON BITS
  • MUSHROOMS
  • DICED TOMATO
  • DICED RED ONION
  • SHREDDED CHEESE
  • CROUTONS

Let your server know if you DON’T want any of those items, otherwise you’ll be getting all of them. You can further customize and upgrade your salad by adding any of the “toppers” from the list of options below for an additional charge.

SALAD TOPPERS

    • GRILLED or FRIED CHICKEN BREAST– Diced
    • VEGGIE BURGER PATTY– Diced
    • SIRLOIN BURGER PATTY– Diced
    • BBQ PULLED PORK– Shredded
    • IMPOSSIBLE BURGER PATTY*– Shredded

*NOTE: While the Impossible Burger patty is technically vegan, please be aware that The Vortex does not employ vegan cooking practices.

Salads come with one dressing on the side. Additional dressings are an additional charge – 3.25-ounce serving.

DRESSINGS:

  • BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE
  • BLUE CHEESE
  • CREAMY RANCH
  • HONEY MUSTARD
  • JALAPEÑO RANCH
  • THOUSAND ISLAND
  • OIL & VINEGAR

SIDE DISHES

All of our Sandwich and Burger plates come with a side item. Some are provided for free, and others are available for a small up-charge. So choose your side item from the two lists below.

SIDE ITEMS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • FRENCH FRIES
  • TATER TOTS
  • LOADED POTATO SALAD– shredded cheese & bacon
  • FRIED PLANTAINS
  • Bag of ZAPP’S VOODOO POTATO CHIPS – 1.5-ounce Bag

SIDE ITEMS AVAILABLE FOR A SMALL UP-CHARGE

  • SOUPorChili– Cup
  • SIDE SALAD – Side Portion
  • MAC ‘N’ CHEESE
  • ONION RINGS
  • FRIED ZUCCHINI
  • FUNNEL CAKE FRIES – Add a side of Very Berry Sauce for a $1

SANDWICHES

All our Sandwiches are delicious. Choose a Side Dish to go along with it from the list above.

YANKEE REUBEN

Corned beef, Swiss cheese, caraway sauerkraut and thousand island dressing served on griddled swirl rye bread. This is a pretty damned delectable Reuben for a burger joint in Atlanta.

HAVANA EN ATLANTA

A traditional cuban sandwich filled with roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese, mojo marinated pickles and spicy brown mustard – griddled nice and flat. Great with a side of fried plantains. – SERVED “AS-IS” ONLY

HOT SOUTHERN MESS

A deep-fried chicken breast topped with a fried egg and bacon, all covered with our delicious white sausage gravy, and served on Texas Toast. It’s slap yo’ mama good!

BIG NAKED WEENIE

We flame-grill a big, thick 9-inch beef weenie and serve it naked on a butter-griddled bun. You can add sauerkraut, diced raw onions, relish and/or sautéed onions at no additional cost. You can also add shredded cheese and beef or turkey chili for an additional charge.

GRILLED CHEESY MOFO

Pepper jack, provolone, cheddar and BACON on buttergriddled, parmesan encrusted sourdough. If you can’t handle this Mofo, then order “Mom’s Grilled Cheese” instead – it’s totally normal.

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BUFFALO BOMBER

A battered, deep-fried chicken breast, topped with three slices of bacon, ranch dressing and original buffalo sauce, all served on a big ol’ hoagie roll. Basically a boneless buffalo wing sandwich.

ATL CHOPPED CHEESE

Inspired by the NYC classic, we cook chopped blackened ground sirloin with grilled onions. Then we top it with American cheese, tomatoes, shredded lettuce and secret sauce and serve it on a griddled hoagie.

VORTEX SLIDERS

-SERVED “AS-IS” ONLY
Choose two sliders. They can be the same or different.

  • MINI BURGER – A mini griddled Vortex Burger topped with American cheese and diner relish.
  • MINI BBQ PORK – A mini pulled-pork BBQ sandwich topped with barbecue sauce and mac ‘n’ cheese.
  • ADDITIONAL SLIDERS – You can order additional sliders with this plate for an additional charge.

THE BASIC BURGERS

From the very start our Award Winning Vortex Burgers have always been made with big, fat, juicy half-pound patties of 100% Premium Ground Sirloin, because that’s how we like it.

PLAIN OL’ HAMBURGER

No frills, no nonsense. We’ll cook it to your preferred temperature and top it with lettuce, tomato, red onion and dill pickle slices. A selection of condiments is on the table, so you can dress your burger however you want.

ORIGINAL CHEESEBURGER

Choose either American, Cheddar, Provolone, Swiss, Jack or Pepper Jack cheese (2 slices), OR a big scoop of Whiskey Pimento Cheese, Chipotle Cream Cheese or Blue Cheese Spread. (LTOP)

ADD BACON: You can add 3 strips of bacon to ANY of our burgers for an additional charge.

*CHOOSE YOUR TEMPERATURE

The Basic Burgers (above) and Signature Burgers (below) are cooked to temp. So tell us how you want your burger cooked.

  • RARE = Cool Red Center
  • MEDIUM-RARE = Warm Red Center
  • MEDIUM = Hot Pink Center
  • MEDIUM-WELL = Slight Pink Center
  • WELL-DONE = No Pink – USDA recommendation of 160°

*MANDATORY GOVERNMENT ADVISORY STATEMENT: The consumption of raw or undercooked food such as meat, poultry, fish, shellfish and eggs which contain harmful bacteria, may cause serious illness or death.

or SUB YOUR MEAT

Would you rather have a non-beef option? Choose one from the list below for an additional charge.

    • GRILLED CHICKEN BREAST
    • FRIED CHICKEN BREAST
    • VEGGIE BURGER PATTY
    • IMPOSSIBLE BURGER PATTY*

*NOTE: While the Impossible Burger patty is technically vegan, please be aware that The Vortex does not employ vegan cooking practices.

SIGNATURE BURGERS

Our Basic Burgers are great, but we designed the unique Signature Burgers below to help expand your horizons. All burgers noted with “(LTOP)” are also topped with Lettuce, Tomato, Onion and dill Pickle slices.

ALPINE STEAK HOUSE

Topped with sautéed onions and mushrooms, Swiss & cheddar cheese, and super-secret steak sauce. (LTOP)

BBQ BACON MAC ‘N’ CHEESE

Burger topped with gooey mac ‘n’ cheese, spicy honey BBQ sauce and bacon.

BLACK & BLUE

Blackened and topped with our creamy homemade blue cheese spread. It’ll knock you out. (LTOP)

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BLUE SHROOM

Topped with a scoop of mind-expanding blue cheese, sautéed mushrooms and bacon. You’ll see God. (LTOP)

CLASSIC BYPASS™

Topped with a fried egg, 2 slices of American cheese, and 3 slices of bacon. It’ll give you palpitations. (LTOP)

FAT ELVIS

Slathered with a King-sized helpin’ of smooth peanut butter, topped with bacon and fried plantains.

FOUR HORSEMEN

A blackened patty topped with horseradish sauce, grilled onions, sautéed mushrooms & jack cheese. (LTOP)

FREAKY TIKI

Topped with grilled ham, pineapple salsa, bacon and jack cheese. It’s a luau for your mouth. (LTOP)

HELL’S FURY

Pepper jack cheese, Atomic Death Sauce, habanero relish, and a roasted jalapeño. Not for sissies. (LTOP)

HOLY GUACAMOLE

Topped with jack cheese and a big glob of our freshly made guacamole. Burger divinity. (LTOP)

KA’MANA WA’NA LEI’YA

A scoop of chipotle cream cheese, 3 slices of bacon and spicy pineapple jalapeño jelly on Texas toast.

LONE STAR TEX MELT™

Topped with cheddar cheese, spicy honey BBQ sauce, and crispy onion rings, served on Texas toast.

PICKLE RICK

Topped with fried pickles, whiskey pimento cheese, bacon and house-made Szechuan sauce. I’m Pickle Rick!

REBEL OUTLAW

Covered with barbecued pulled pork, cheddar cheese, bacon, and spicy teriyaki outlaw sauce. (LTOP)

SWISS & MUSHROOM

Topped with Swiss cheese and tasty sautéed mushrooms. What else would it be? (LTOP)

ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE™

Barbecued pulled pork, spicy honey BBQ sauce, pepper jack cheese & two eggs over-easy on Texas toast.

OLD-SCHOOL BURGERS

This classic American burger style is a tribute to vintage neighborhood eateries, coffee shops and local diners across the country. The patties on these burgers are griddled nice and flat and cooked until they’re done.

RETRO DINER BURGER

Two 4-ounce griddled sirloin patties topped with white American Cheese, shredded lettuce, tomato and sliced dill pickles on a burger bun, all slathered with homemade Vortex diner relish and wrapped in wax paper.

ULTIMATE PATTY MELT

Two 4-ounce griddled sirloin patties served on grilled marble-rye, topped with Swiss and cheddar cheese, grilled onions and sliced dill pickles, all slathered with our secret burger sauce.

CORONARY BYPASS BURGERS

You can order the “Single” anytime, but all the other Coronary Bypass Burgers have specific restrictions described below.

SINGLE CORONARY BYPASS™

We use two bacon grilled cheese sandwiches as the top and bottom buns of this big-ass burger. Total ingredients include 4 slices of white bread, an 8-ounce flame-grilled sirloin patty, 10 slices of American cheese, 9 strips of bacon, one fried egg and 4-ounces of mayonnaise. This burger is served with french fries and tater tots topped with Cheesy-Cheese Goo,™ sprinkled with bacon bits. – Estimated Calories with side: 3,707

***LIMITED AVAILABILITY: MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, FROM 2:00 UNTIL 5:00 PM ONLY NO HOLIDAYS – NO TAKE-OUT – NO SUBSTITUTIONS (SIDES TOO) – BEEF COOKED “MEDIUM”***

DOUBLE CORONARY BYPASS™

We use two griddled patty melt sandwiches as the top and bottom buns of this epic burger. Total ingredients include 4 slices of Texas toast, two 4-ounce griddled ground sirloin patties, one 8-ounce flame-grilled sirloin patty, 12 slices of American cheese, 2 fried eggs, 12 strips of bacon, grilled onions, diner relish and mayonnaise. Served with 10-ounces of fries & tots topped with Cheesy-Cheese Goo™ and bacon bits. – Estimated Calories with side: 4,541

TRIPLE CORONARY BYPASS™

We use two griddled patty melts, and a bacon-grilled cheese sandwich as the 3 buns that shape this beast. Total ingredients include 4 slices of Texas toast, two slices of white bread, two 4-ounce griddled sirloin patties, two 8-ounce flame-grilled sirloin patties, 18 slices of American cheese, 3 fried eggs, 18 strips of bacon, grilled onions, diner relish and mayonnaise. Served with 20-ounces of fries & tots topped with Cheesy- Cheese Goo™ and bacon bits. – Estimated Calories with side: 7,160

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QUADRUPLE CORONARY BYPASS™

We use 4 griddled patty melts as the top, bottom and (2) middle buns of our Super-Stack.™ Total ingredients include 8 slices of Texas toast, four 4-ounce griddled sirloin patties, two 8-ounce flame-grilled sirloin patties, 28 slices of American cheese, 4 fried eggs, 27 strips of bacon, grilled onions, diner relish and mayonnaise. Served with 20-ounces of fries & tots topped with Cheesy-Cheese Goo™ and bacon bits.
– Estimated Calories with side: 9,606

**THE SUPER-STACK IS AVAILABLE AS AN “EATING CHALLENGE.” CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS.***

CARNIVAL DESSERTS

Everything is better when it’s deep-fried, and our desserts are certainly no exception. If you agree, then we highly recommend finishing your meal with one of these captivating carny-approved confections.

FUNNEL CAKE FRIES

It’s a “funnel cake” in french fry form. Perfect for sharing. They’re dusted with powdered sugar and served with Very-Berry sauce for dipping.

DEEP-FRIED CHEESECAKE

Creamy cheesecake, rolled up in a pastry shell and deep-fried, served with raspberry jam, sugar glaze, cinnamon sugar and whipped cream. Sweet!

SOFT DRINKS

The price listed on all soft drinks (and alcoholic drinks) includes the tax. Fountain drinks are served in a big 32 ounce tumbler. When dining in-house all fountain drinks, tea and coffee will include free refills.

  • COCA-COLA
  • COKE ZERO SUGAR
  • DIET COKE
  • SPRITE
  • GINGER ALE
  • DR. PEPPER
  • HI-C PINK LEMONADE
  • FANTA ORANGE SODA
  • POWERADE MOUNTAIN BERRY BLAST
  • SWEET TEA
  • UNSWEETENED ICED TEA
  • COFFEE – It comes black, hot and caffeinated. If you want more than that Starbucks® is just down the street

BOTTLED & CANNED BEVERAGES

  • ABITA ROOT BEER (12 ounce bottle)
    Add a shot of Vanilla Vodka to the bottle for an additional fee – tastes like a Root Beer Float
  • IZZE SPARKLING GRAPEFRUIT JUICE (12 ounce bottle)
    Add a shot of Gin and Lime to the bottle for an additional fee – tastes like a Greyhound
  • MEXICAN COKE (12.5 ounce. bottle)
    Add a shot of Irish Whiskey to the bottle for an additional fee
  • TOPO CHICO(12.5 ounce. bottle)
    Add a shot of Silver Tequila and Lime to the bottle for an additional fee – tastes like a Ranch Water
  • 1821 GINGER BEER – Produced Locally (12 ounce cans)
  • FIJI ARTISAN WATER (16.9 ounce bottle)
  • RED BULL ENERGY DRINK (8.4 ounce can)
    Available in Regular, Sugar Free or Yellow
  • SAM ADAMS JUST THE HAZE NON-ALCOHOLIC IPA (12 ounce can)

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR LIQUOR DRINKS? Our Booze Menu is awe-inspiring. Click HERE to view it.

TAKE OUT ORDERS

The Vortex is a neighborhood bar. It is not really a “take-out” restaurant, so our “dine-in” guests will always be our first priority. That’s why we may suspend take-out orders during our peak business periods. Sorry, but when we’re really busy in-house, that’s just the way it has to be. Don’t cry. Don’t throw a fit. That won’t change anything, and it’s just going to make you look like a spoiled little whiner.

TAKE-OUT SIZE & FEE

If you plan on ordering an extremely large take-out order you should really consider contacting a caterer as our take-out service is not meant for party planning. A 5% packaging fee will be added to all take-out orders.

WHEN THE PHONE KEEPS RINGING

If we can’t even answer the phone, that’s a pretty good indication that we’re too busy to accept any Take-Out orders at the moment.

ORDERING AT NIGHT

After 8:00 pm nightly, take-out orders can only be placed in-person, at the bar.

MENU CONTENT DISCLAIMER

Any complimentary menus provided through The Vortex website, or by other means, are provided solely as a courtesy to our patrons. They are not an advertisement of products or services, nor a contract of any kind. While we do our best to keep our reference materials up-to-date, please understand that all information contained on our website, and within our menus, including, but not limited to, individual menu items, descriptions, prices and company policies, are subject to change without notice.

GOVERNMENT ADVISORY

The consumption of raw or undercooked foods such as meat, poultry, fish, shellfish and eggs which contain harmful bacteria, may cause serious illness or death.

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