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Farm Burger

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I have a crush, friends, and it’s a real doozy. It’s not a full-scale obsession, it’s more just a bit of a pining, a longing, a feverish rush. And it’s for a hamburger joint.

That’s right. Farm Burger recently opened an Asheville location (they’re based out of Atlanta) and Glenn, Huxley and I have been crushing hard ever since that first fateful bite. As you can see from the top photo, this isn’t your run-of-the-mill burger & fries place. Far from it. Farm Burger is committed to sourcing from local purveyors, seeking out the freshest, most sustainably-raised and grown beef, pork, chicken, produce, eggs, and dairy available in the area. It’s mission statement gives you a clear indication of their business philosophy and commitment to ethical, responsible eating:

Farm Burger is defined by its mission, its farms, its team, and its community. We depend on local farmers, ranchers and land stewards to make your burger as good as it is. From our beef to our tomatoes to our compostable containers to our owners, Farm Burger is sustainable, local, humane, and helping to reroute our food system to function more like an ecosystem than a corporation. Our goal is to connect soil, animal, plant, rancher, butcher, chef & you…all in a simple wire basket.

Not only is it exceedingly delicious, it’s super creative, too. Where else can you get things like house made pickles, smokey paprika mayonnaise, oxtail marmalade (fer serious), apple slaw, a farm fried egg (!!!), pork belly, beer-battered onion rings, and aged smoked gouda on your burger? Or have a side of seasonal slaw (since we’ve been going, it’s been a kale-based slaw that is marinated in a mayo base to perfection), deviled eggs, boiled peanuts, or bone marrow (as in, marrow, inside a bone) as a side dish? Or slurp up a chocolate milkshake (topped with creamy, freshly whipped cream) that transports you to your happy place in seconds flat? Or offer your child pasture-raised chicken “lollipops” with honey mustard? See what I mean? You can read the full menu here.

We’ve been going a good deal since they opened. In addition to delectable eats that are served quickly at open, communal seating, the place has a comfort and informality to it that invites easy dining. I’ve met friends there to celebrate one of their birthdays, stopped in with my sister when she was visiting last month, and popped in with Glenn and Huxley for meal that meets all of our culinary preferences, and then some. There’s even an indoor bocce ball court, that, when no one is using it, makes for a perfect setting for 2 1/2 year-olds with energy to burn to run free in.

You’re crushing a little bit too now, aren’t you? It’s alright. I’m not jealous. We’re not exclusive, me and Farm Burger. I’m happy to share.

11 Responses to Farm Burger

  • John says:

    I read this as I sat down to my lunch, which while delicious in its own right didn’t hold a candle to this. It made me very much want to visit here. It’s comforting to know that you can have “fast food” or a burger joint and do it the right way.

  • Noel @ the Shepherd's farm says:

    Oh, wow! I’d love to try that place out!

  • Jessie : Improved says:

    So great to hear that you guys have Farm Burger up there! I’d have to say it’s the best darn burger down here in the ATL, hands down! :-)

  • camille says:

    I was so psyched to read about this place! My family and I are heading to Asheville for a super quick trip in May and I’m researching local attractions/restaurants/parks/etc. Anything you consider a Must-Not-Be-Missed event in Asheville? Any recommendations for resources for folks traveling to your neck of the woods? Any leads would be heartily appreciated!

  • Sarah says:

    I went there shortly after it opened, after a very long hike when I was desperate for some junk food. I got the vegan burger and it was oh so marvelous, with fab fresh flavors, but not exactly the ‘burger’ I was hoping for. But the fries were fabulous, especially the ones with pimento cheese!

  • jen says:

    We love it, too! Especially because we can walk there from our house in about 15 minutes. Such great burgers and fun atmosphere – love that they offer great outdoor seating as well.

  • Katie says:

    Oh yes, I’m crushing! I’m reading this and staring at the photos while I wait for the timer to go off letting me know that dinner is ready. Here’s hoping they make it to Nashville.

  • Deborah Lambeth says:

    I need to go there–always seems like when I think about it, there isn’t convenient parking…but I’ll keep at it! LOVE THE PICS OF HUXLEY!! That one of him and Glenn is adorable!

  • Debra says:

    wow! I would give anything to find a place to eat like this! And living in Nevada and having lived in CA where you see pastures full of cows, it seems like someone should be doing this! Maybe we need to be the change that we wish to see in this world! Way to go Farm Burger!

  • Molly says:

    I love this place too! Want to get there a little more and try more menu items. I think it is the best burger I’ve ever eaten.

  • mandi@herbanhomestead says:

    Oh you and all of your fantastic, nearby restaurants! This one looks amazing! If we ever make it back to your part of the world (crossing my fingers that we indeed do!), this is on the list. Fo shizzle.