Over the last couple of weeks, I've eaten a couple of "high end" burgers in Austin. The most recent was at Granite Cafe. It was great. Medium rare meat as requested, topped with Chihuahuan cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion, with an interesting mayo/emulsion on the lower bun. It was supremely juicy, meaty and rich, with an accompaniment of sort of cottage fries, also perfect. The okra pickles along the side had too much cardamom for me but that's pretty minor.
A couple of weeks ago, it was at Ranch 616. I had a "Framed Burger," stuffed with bacon and blue cheese. It was pretty good, but here's what was memorable. The waiter offered me fries, a salad or onion rings with the burger. I chose the rings, my friend chose the fries. They were both dramatically underdone. The fries were a little green inside and the rings were nothing more than a mess of sliced onions, sprinkled with a little cornmeal and dipped in warm grease. I made a comment to the waiter and left them untouched, so he didn't replace them and he charged me an extra buck and a half. Yes, that's what you just read. I sent an email to the management and got no response.
At this point, I'm going to have to say stick to Granite Cafe. Both meals were memorable, but only one pleasantly so.