If you love burgers, you’ve already got it: a solid mental image of the ideal burger with your perfect toppings. The bun. The cheese. The beef (or turkey; we don’t discriminate). At McCray’s Tavern, we’ve got a few ideas of our own about what sets great burgers a few steps above the rest.

McCrays Tavern Cheeseburger

The Meat

Good burgers feature hot, juicy, well-seasoned meat.

Great burgers go one further; they use fresh, never frozen beef, seasoned with a proprietary blend of spices perfected by McCray himself. Great burgers don’t skimp on the meat, either. Great chefs recognize that in great burgers, the patty is the star of the show, and should never be dwarfed by other burger accessories.

The Cheese

Good burgers include some tasty, melty cheese, or some approximation of cheese.

Great burgers feature your choice of the mouthwatering, high-quality, real cheese of your choice. Pepper jack? Sharp cheddar? Smoked gouda? Whatever you prefer, a great burger showcases it with panache.

The Bun

Good burgers have decent buns that mostly hold their contents without falling apart.

Great burgers have toasted, buttered buns that taste like the homemade bread fresh from your grandma’s oven. They’re always warm and soft, with a substantial enough finish to maintain their texture and hold juicy, burgery contents together beautifully.

The Whole Package

Good burgers have the basics you need for life and happiness. You know, the burger staples. Some good burgers go overboard with a ton of delicious stuff that doesn’t necessarily jive.

Great burgers keep it simple, featuring tried and tested and 100% reliable flavor combinations. Great burgers don’t throw 84 different savory flavors at you in the hope that they’ll impress you by their improbable profuseness. McCray’s burgers are all favorites. Some feature fancy combos like our Tavern Grizzly, with an onion ring, bacon, and cheddar cheese, or our Matador, with smoked Gouda, Guiness BBQ sauce, and pickled jalapeños. But every combination is a longtime favorite.

Experience a great McCray’s Tavern burger for yourself at our Smyrna, Lawrenceville, or midtown Atlanta locations today.  Check out our other menu items as well!