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10515 N. Mo-Pac Expressway #205
Austin TX
524-2400

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About Mighty Fine Burgers

New (opened 12/2007) local burger restaurant run by the Rudy's BBQ folks. Focus is on a simple menu (burgers, fries, shakes, chili dogs) and fresh ingredients.

Elsewhere Online

Chowhound Review
This is where I first heard of the existence of Mighty Fine. Good review and input here. Most concur that the Mighty Fine burgers are bland and dry.
Yelp Reviews
Several mostly positive reviews: "it tasted like a burger made on a backyard grill and very fresh" (not sure how a griddle-cooked burger can taste like it was made on a grill, though), "My cheeseburger was great".
Burning.Hammer.Press review
Good pix, quick review.
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Staff Reviews (Your Reviews Below)

Mighty Dry Burger

Reviewer: Chris

Original Review Date: 12/11/2007

Rating: +1/+3(Not bad)

I had very high hopes for this place. All the right pieces are there--they use fresh "all-natural" beef, ground on-site, hand-formed into burgers (you can even watch the hand-forming in progress via large picture windows into the "beef room"), fresh-cut fries. But I think there is one fatal flaw in this burger concept--they cook them on a griddle. I think using a grill would result in much more flavorful burgers. As it is, the burger I got was very dry and pretty bland.

I ordered a Jr. Hamburger and fries. As mentioned, burger was dry. It was a nicely-formed plump patty (not your usual razor-thin fast food patty), but was dry as a bone, prompting a request for more mayo. Fries were good--very thin crinkle-cut.

On the plus side: I like the setup of the place--quick counter service, big bright clean space, lots of seating. Fresh ingredients. Reasonable price. Two-way mirror in men's room (very odd sensation). Coke instead of Pepsi. Decent toasted bun.

Negatives: dry burger, griddle-cooked, no cheddar cheese (only American), no onion rings.

They also offer chili dogs, but apparently not hot dogs (at least they don't appear on the menu).

All-in-all, it's worth checking out. I'll go again and see if I can request the burger medium or medium rare. But I think the Griddle Problem is a killer.

Website note: Their website is very 1990's, with the store-as-site metaphor interface, reminiscent of Southwest Airlines' original homepage design.

Doneness Update: Went by there again today, 6/3/08, after stocking up on some Brampton Chardonnay at Spec's, and was more pleased with this visit. I made two new discoveries this time: there is an automated hand washing machine just outside the restrooms ("a jacuzzi for your hands"), which is kind of entertaining; and to get a juicier burger, ask for it to be done medium. I asked, and they asked if I minded waiting about 10 minutes, which I was (mighty) fine with. I then asked the woman behind the counter if they cook the burgers medium well by default, and she said yes. I suspect they have lots of burgers sitting on the griddle, cooked to medium well or well done (and drying out more by the minute), and those burgers are scooped off as needed to fill orders.

The medium burger was a tad pink inside. It was still kind of dry, but definitely better and jucier than the burger on my first visit (although it required the addition of more mayo on the bare top bun, as well as some salt--still kind of bland if you don't salt them). There were even visible drippings of burger juice on the paper wrapper halfway through the burger!

And I enjoyed the fries this time as well--not greasy, nicely crisped.

So, I'd go back if I were in the neighborhood, but the lack of cheddar and the use of a griddle means I won't go out of my way to eat a Mighty Fine.

Your Reviews (add a review)

No, More Like Mighty Bad

Reviewer: Max

Review Date: 04/29/2012 01:29AM

Rating: 0/+3(Ho hum)

All of my friends told me this place was soooooo great. My grandparents told me this place was soooooooooooo great. My teachers told me this place was sooooooo great. What are all these people? WRONG!!!! This was probably the worst burger place in history. Don't get me wrong, the fries are delicious, nice and seasoned,while being nice and soft inside (though they can be overcooked sometimes). The shakes were absolutely wonderful and that's what i'll come back for (if I come back at all). The chocolate is the best, just so creamy and delicous.
Best shakes ever! Then there is the burgers (more like the hurlgers). The portions are huge (and overpriced)! So u think like "I'm getting a lot of (unedible) patty!" Yeah! But they are wayyyyyyyyy to dry! U have a lot of meat but it is all to dry and unedible. It looks juicy on the outside, but on the inside it is anything but. I had indegestion all night long nd got like 4 hours of sleep on a school night (therefore I flunked my exam)! Some of u will listen to me and stay away from this place (theres a carls junior right nextdoors, u want a burger, THERE!), and there are others who take instructions from no one (GOOD LUCK ON UR EXAMS!) and will suffer dearly for this unfortionate decision. Like I said, great shakes, awful burgers (if u can even call them that). I give them a 2 out of 10 (don't bother).

Mighty Mediocre

Reviewer: Jaime Fernandez

http://www.georgetownhomesforsale.net

Review Date: 03/09/2012 06:56AM

Rating: 0/+3(Ho hum)

If you want an average burger, an average experience, and nothing special to rave about, Mighty Fine is the place for you. Pretty disappointing after all of the funny advertisements with the Gorilla. I suppose that was the best this place had to offer. It's not a bad burger joint, but not a mighty fine one either. Just average.

overpriced, overly loud, and uncomfortable

Reviewer: walt

Review Date: 08/16/2011 06:39PM

Rating: 0/+3(Ho hum)

$8.03 for a jr bacon cheeseburger, fries and a water (ticket #2052, Aug 1 2011, Domain location). Pretty much the most expensive burger joint in Austin. I won't return because I don't believe a burger joint should charge anything for jalapenos (cardinal sin). On top of that, weekday lunchtime is so loud with some guy yelling people's names every dew seconds that it is impossible to have a normal conversation, and the yelling gets on your nerves big time. If you like sitting on uncomfortable fold out metal chairs at long tables elbow to elbow with complete strangers and their kids, then this place is for you. Otherwise be prepared for your butt to be as uncomfortable as your ears as your wallet. It is a good burger, I'll give them that, but I go out to eat for more reasons than the food and on those fronts this place is simply unpleasant. Too expensive, too loud, too uncomfortable, not to mention the traffic in and out of that place is a pain.

Loved the burger

Reviewer: mark

Review Date: 05/31/2011 06:41PM

Rating: +3/+3(Great)

My daughter took me there for the first time and I have to say I was surprised at how good the burger was and the strawberry lemonade was off the hook... I really have no idea why so many people are giving this place such bad reviews they must be workers from other local burger joints that are fearing mighty fine burger

Over rated Copycat Burger Joint

Reviewer: Ken K

Review Date: 07/30/2010 05:50PM

Rating: 0/+3(Ho hum)

...July 2010...Finally, 1st visit to Mighty Fine Burgers (Domain) and was literally shocked when first walking in-thought I was at Rudy's barbeque....They must have copied their layout almost identically....Got to Counter to Order and options, addons & extras were extremely limited-almost nothing! Prices: Comparable to Fuddruckers but this was not FUDD'S!! The Big Test-The Burger itself-Got a 1/2 Pounder w/ bacon & fries...Bun was ordinary stock hamburger bun from package, Burger was dry, not juicy and had no flavor. Fries were oily (peanut) and heavily salted...Bland & Ordinary. The major Chains do better than this.... Very disappointed. Pricing-1/2 pound with bacon, about $5.50, Fries $1.80, Drink $1.60 with tax about $10....Bottom Line: Overpriced & bland. Not worth a second trip! Best Burger in Austin-Still Fuddruckers!!!!

Great experience

Reviewer: Thelma

Review Date: 11/29/2009 09:05PM

Rating: +3/+3(Great)

We went to Austin this weekend and came across Mighty Fine Burgers. It looked interesting from the outside and so decided to give it a try. We were very impressed by the polite staff, cleanliness of the place and the awesome burgers. We totally fell head-over-heels for the shakes made from fresh ice cream. The fries were great also. I would definitely come back here on my next visit to Austin.

Nothing Special Burger Place - Overpriced

Reviewer: Sam Austin

Review Date: 08/14/2009 11:39PM

Rating: +1/+3(Not bad)

Was curious about the place and finally stopped in for a cheeseburger and fries. Was surprised at the prices of everything, very proud of there food, but come on....a burger is a burger unless its from Houston's or Sullivan's. The cheeseburger and fries was nothing special. Felt like I would get just a good meal at Short Stop for the price. Dan's and/or Fran's, Wally's all outshine this corporate slick place for taste and price.

Unappetizing

Reviewer: Barbara Red

Review Date: 06/19/2009 06:12PM

Rating: 0/+3(Ho hum)

This was my first (and last) trip to Mighty Fine Burgers. We ordered a regular burger & fries & a Junior burger with a lemonade & a strawberry lemonade.

First of all, both lemonades were so sweet and powdery tasting that we didn't even drink half of each before we threw them in the trash. The hamburgers were "okay" but not worth the price. As somone else mentioned, Dan's hamburgers are better. The fries were greasy & tasteless. Not crisp and they were mostly little remnant pieces.

Now it didn't help things that somone had thrown up from the bathroom all the way to the order station (or vice versa). Judging from the amount and the color, they had already eaten a mighty fine burger & strawberry lemonade.

Thumbs down I will never go back.

Mighty Expensive and bland

Reviewer: Gil

Review Date: 04/26/2009 07:24AM

Rating: -1/+3(Crap)

First, let me reply to the ignorant bigot who posted the following:

I really don't want to watch a person of questionable citizenship(or anybody for that matter) mash out the patties, either.

Assuming you are not a racist, why not simply put you don't want to see the burger patties made would be sufficient. Would you rather see a a Hynee in that back window, we all know all Fritz can't be illegal aliens. Why don't you go take a history lesson on who occupied this land first you idiot.

Back to the review, the burger is way to expensive for what you get, ground chuck? Wow, that just makes me salivate, ground chuck, how much is ground chuck at the local store. I would rather go to steak n shake or Freddy's steakburger, at least they use better cuts of meat. There is nothing great about this place, I can make better burgers at home, the fries are absolutely terrible. If you like eating french fries chips then you'll love this. I prefer fries thicker so they can retain some moisture and not be so dry. If you want to spend $10 for a bland, dry meal then try this place otherwise head to whataburger where you can get a better meal for under $6.00.

Not so mighty fine

Reviewer: Dave Bedrich

http://myspace.com/swingsters

Review Date: 02/07/2009 12:28AM

Rating: 0/+3(Ho hum)

Some people rave about Mighty Fine; I just don't get it, but then I don't like Rudy's either. For starters, $3.55 for a small "Jr" burger is just too much. period. This cost them about $1.00, tops. I really don't want to watch a person of questionable citizenship(or anybody for that matter) mash out the patties, either. I don't care if it's natural, organic, etc. It doesn't taste any better than the average fast food burger. $1.85 for the REALLY LOUSY CRINKLE CUT fries is highway robbery. I'd rather not eat fries than have to eat these. The Chili- hot dog -mystery mash is a thumbs down as well. There are no kid friendly(read cheaper items) P Terry's smokes Mighty Fine in quality and price. I'm sure the lemings will flock, regardless.

Not bad, but not outstanding either

Reviewer: magicflavorcrystals

Review Date: 05/21/2008 01:51AM

Rating: +1/+3(Not bad)

Tried this place today for the first time, as a coworker had heard good things about it and was only going to go out to lunch if we went to that place. I was initially put off by the long line and the crazy amount of people seated and eating their meals (proof positive that we need more restaurants in the Mopac-Braker-Parmer corridor), but the line moved pretty quickly. I had the junior cheeseburger with bacon, an order of fries and a soda. The food was served fast and relatively hot.

The burger was decent, reminiscent in taste of Red Robin. The bun was nice and maintained its structural integrity throughout. The fries were indeed tasty, but I ended up eating them in fingerfuls as opposed to individual fry units because they were more like tiny fry pieces and not long, individual, discrete potato straws (I hope that's clear). I would judge the fries more soggy than crispy on the whole. They needed more salt.

I won't spoil the surprise, but a certain design feature of the men's bathroom might just give you an unexpected shock when you first notice it. I laughed heartily when I saw it.

Those who haven't tried it, give it a go. You probably won't mess yourself over it, but it was still a decent lunch.

Rock and Roll!

Reviewer: Bartonxiv

Review Date: 05/20/2008 07:24PM

Rating: +3/+3(Great)

My wife and I absolutely loved it! We're going back and I have send a communique to some folks at Dell. Watch out whomever holds the, "Best Burger In Town," award.

We dug it and looking forward to my next one.

This place has flair!

Reviewer: K

Review Date: 04/29/2008 08:05PM

Rating: 0/+3(Ho hum)

Instead of ketchup, mayo, and mustard, it's red, white--and not yellow--but yeller! Isn't that a hoot? LOL!

As for the food, they should rename this place "Boring Burger."

Rather have Fuddruckers

Reviewer: josh

Review Date: 03/24/2008 02:57AM

Rating: -1/+3(Crap)

Burger was too dry, just like the first time we tried this place, could have saved $38000.00 on that french fry crinkle cut machine. DO NOT ORDER the chili cheesedog er, thingy! It probably tastes ok, but it looks like red food colored flesh mixed with dog food. I want my shakes after my hamburger, not before, why can't they get that concept? We would rather have Fuddruckers, or even Sonic now that I think of it.

Well let's talk!!!

Reviewer: Bob Pietrasik

Review Date: 03/20/2008 02:16AM

Rating: +1/+3(Not bad)

OK after reading review I tried it, i asked for the burger to be medium rare since they tend to be dry, wow it came medium rare so it was juicy!! Burger was good,
but as stated else where the fries were over cooked and I didn't eat many of them.
Very nice and clean place. I will go again if my friends choose to go there.

Decent - but Frenetic

Reviewer: Kevin Jolly

http://www.kevin-jolly.com

Review Date: 03/12/2008 03:12PM

Rating: +2/+3(Goooood)

Took me three trips to decide about this place. I'm not sure that the pack'em in three high kind of ambiance, and the over-cafeinated "Mighty-Fine" that the line folks yell every six milliseconds is in keeping with the proper sense of decorum that a burger place should have, but I've decided the burger is pretty good.

I've order the same thing all three trips - the burger with mustard. First trip the burger was dry, but well dressed. Good mustard, good pickles, well put together, decently seasoned. The last 2 trips the burger was much better, juicy, good beef flavor, not too tightly packed. Good non-interruptive bun.

I was on the fence about the fries - not often do you get hand cut wavy fries - but they've grown on me. Medium crispy, not well salted, but there is both Lawry's and sea salt on the tables, so I guess that's ok.

My personal view that for Austin, Fran's and Dan's have the best griddled burgers, Top Notch is tops for charcoal grilled. I'd put Mighty Fine just below Dan's as far as the burger - somewhere down around the DPS driver's license office for ambiance.

Good burger, bad fries

Reviewer: WSZsr

Review Date: 02/24/2008 12:59AM

Rating: +1/+3(Not bad)

Love the burger but the bun was so so. Really prefer the bun at Phil's Ice House or The Tavern. The fries were a disaster. Under cooked and greasy. The concept is good but the execution needs to imprive.

Not very impressed

Reviewer: Blueberry

Review Date: 02/11/2008 07:16AM

Rating: +1/+3(Not bad)

After hearing all the hype, I decided to try Mighty Fine burger. The place was very busy, which is a good sign usually. I made the mistake of ordering a chocolate milkshake for $4. I waited a long time for my food, and the milkshake wasnt ready. It took them over 10 minutes to finally make my milkshake. They did apologize but at that point I was pretty thirsty while eating my hamburger, they could of atleast offered me a soda or water. They have too many people working and bumping into you and I really dislike that about restaraunts like Rudys. I hate waitstaff running over or barrelling over you, or sweeping next to you. mighty fine had no shame and I wasnt very impressed with their service.

the burger itself wasnt bad. i wish it was a little larger, i thought it was somewhat small. also, theyre not fire grilled which is a shame. A place like rudys has plenty of fire for their bbq, why not grill your burgers?

the worst part of Mighty Fine burgers it the FRIES. i dont understand how anybody could like these things. if you like these fries you must eat really crappy food. the fries are SMALL, overcooked and way too salty. i could not believe how horrible the fries were, i was hoping they would have fries like fatburger, BIG HUGE STEAK fries. overall Rudys team really let me down. Im not a huge Rudys fan either, but I figured Mighty Fine would atleast be better than Fuddruckers but its not.

What also caught my attention is that the walls are painted BLUE, but the picnic tables are RED. Very horrible decorating idea, I think the picnic tables should be BLUE to match the walls. Rudys should be RED, the burger place should be BLUE. They should get better fries, less retarded teenage waitstaff and start grilling those burgers over flames. then it would be a great burger joint. why does California have the better burger places? Why cant we get something as reliable as fatburger or in-and-out?

This place sux

Reviewer: Jay

Review Date: 01/29/2008 04:39PM

Rating: 0/+3(Ho hum)

Rudy's has all the money in the world, and you would expect that any venture they would pursue would be excellent. This place is TERRIBLE--the burgers have no flavor, but the fries are good--but not as good as Wally's on Mesa Drive in Austin.

The tomatoes are mushy, the pickles are serrated but have no taste, and, believe it or not, to sort of mimic the "Cutter Cam" of Rudy's, there are two guys behind a glass partition that WEIGH EACH BURGER!!!! (WHO THE HELL CARES IS MY BURGER IS 6 OUNCES OR 6.3 OUNCES, RIGHT?)

Try it once and you won't go back!

GOOD TASTING CHEESEBURGER, SUCKIEST BATCH OF FRIES EVER MADE !!!

Reviewer: BRENT

Review Date: 12/28/2007 07:29PM

Rating: +1/+3(Not bad)

MY SECOND TRIP INTO MIGHTY FINE BURGER WASNT AS GOOD AS THE FIRST TIME PROLLY CAUSE I KNEW WHAT TO EXPECT. THE CHEESEBURGER WAS PRETTY TASTEE BUT THE FRIES WERE SORRY AND OVERCOOKED( THEY LOOKED LIKE THOSE DRIED WORMS YOU FIND OUT ON YOUR DRIVEWAY AND SIDEWALK, AND PROLLY TASTE THE SAME FOR THAT MATTER). KINDA SEEMED LIKE THE USED A BLOWTORCH TO COOK THEM OR SOMETHING I CANT REALLY DESCRIBE THEM EXACTLY.

Mighty OK

Reviewer: anonymous

Review Date: 12/21/2007 05:13PM

Rating: +1/+3(Not bad)

I was a bit disappointed.

Price performace was poor. Seems like the concept (or system) was better than the burger.

I want a better burger man!

IT WAS TASTY, BUT NO IN-N-OUT BURGER (BUT I`M BIAS FROM CALIFORNIA )

Reviewer: BRENT

Review Date: 12/19/2007 09:31PM

Rating: +2/+3(Goooood)

MADE A TRIP OVER TO MIGHTY FINE BURGER AND GOT A TO-GO ORDER FOR WORK. ARIVED AT THE RESTAURANT TO FIND A CLEAN INVIRONMENT AND FRIENDLY COUNTER HELP. ORDERED A CHEESEBURGER WHICH THE PRICE WAS PROLLY ABOUT AVERAGE AND AN ORDER OF FRIES. RECIEVED MY ORDER PRETTY QUICKLY AND ATE IT BACK AT WORK. THE CHEESEBURGER WAS GOOD SIZED NICE AND THICK REMINDED ME OF A HOMEMADE BAR-B-QUE BURGER PERHAPS AND THE FRIES WERE GOOD ALSO WITH KETCHUP. I THINK I WOULD MAKE ANOTHER TRIP OVER TO MIGHTY FINE IF IN THE MOOD. OVERALL A AVERAGE/GOOD EXPERIENCE.

Mighty Fine Nails It

Reviewer: craig pritchard

Review Date: 12/15/2007 07:14PM

Rating: +3/+3(Great)

Had lunch there Friday with two co-workers. The placed was packed but the line moved really fast. The menu is simple with only burgers,fries,shakes and chilli dogs. My cheeseburger was the best I have had in Austin and maybe anywhere. It reminded me of Kincaid's in Ft Worth who also grinds their meat fresh daily. The fries were perfect and the hand squeezed lemonade was fantastic. I did not try the chopped chili dog or shake by my co-workers did and loved them. You can taste quality in every item on the menu. The price is not bad for what you get. If you think the only way to get a good burger is at a hole in the wall that is a well kept secret, you will not care for Mighty Fine. If you appreciate fresh great quality food with quick service in a clean enviroment Mighty Fine will not dissapoint.

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