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Skip the Whataburger vs. In-N-Out debate and dine on these local burgers instead

Rebeccah Macias
9/24/09 Addie Broyles/American-Statesman. For an Austin360 tab story on concession offerings at the Austin City Limits Festival. 1001xldine. Burgers being offered by P. Terry's Burger Stand. From left: veggie burger ($6), double cheeseburger ($6), hamburger ($4) ACL food

The Whataburger vs. In-N-Out debate is over — at least according to USA Today’s “Best Regional Fast Food” list.

Texas’ favorite ranked third on the list, two spots above No. 5, California’s In-N-Out.

It’s hard to tire of the common showdown, but if you’re looking instead for a local contender, that really holds its weight in this beef, we have some options:

Burger Tex(5420 Airport Blvd.): Located in North Austin, Burger Tex has been serving Austinites for more than 40 years. In addition to burgers, they serve sides like onions, fried mushrooms and fried okra.

Dan’s Hamburgers (multiple locations): This family-owned and operated Austin classic has been serving burgers since 1973.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar (multiple locations): The Austin born burger joint has won numerous awards including “The Best Burgers in America” by Food & Wine and received the No. 1 spot two years in a row on Business Insider’s list of “The 50 best burger joints in America.”

Mighty Fine (multiple locations): The Austin based company has been awarded nationally with the Malcom Baldrige Quality Award — the nation’s highest presidential honor for performance excellence.

P. Terry’s (multiple locations): Founded in 2005 by Patrick Terry and his wife, Kathy Terry, this burger restaurant uses all-natural beef and Idaho Burbank potatoes for their fries.

Top Notch (7525 Burnet Rd.): If you’re looking for old-school drive-in vibes, then look no further than Top Notch. The burger joint first opened in 1971 and was featued in the movie, “Dazed and Confused.”