Our Story

Hat Creek Burger Company is a dream of founder Drew Gressett that started in 2008.  Giving it his everything he opened a food trailer serving up amazing burgers, fries and shakes.  The rest is history!

If you know anything about Austin, you know it didn’t draw the short straw with food trucks and trailers, but our desire to serve mouthwatering perfection and never cut corners quickly set us out from the crowd. It’s all about simplicity. Fresh, never frozen, all natural beef served on freshly baked buns with fresh veggies and homemade fermented cucumbers (calling them pickles just wouldn’t do justice!). Over time additional items were added to the menu to satisfy the whole family as well as homemade sauces to top everything off.

After serving thousands of burgers from our beloved food trailer, we moved into the legendary Burnet Road location to bring our delicious foodstuffs to the masses. Soon enough, we were catering events all over town and in 2011 opened our flagship location in West Lake Hills. We were not only growing in reach but also in concept. Now, with two children, Drew’s focus on quality and serving the whole family was taken to the next level. Friendly and helpful service became our top priority (second only to food quality), play yards were added, and the fast-casual family friendly burger patio was born.

Our mission is to provide fellowship and fresh cheeseburgers to all who come in contact with Hat Creek and our goal is to become the best fast casual family friendly restaurant in the country. We have an entire team of professionals dedicated to making your visit the best it can possibly be. As we grow, these three things will never change. Hat Creek will always be a place for good food, good friends, and good fun. Its that simple.

Giving Back

Hat Creek is proud to partner with our friends at Mobile Loaves & Fishes and Austin Ridge Bible Church to provide hot and fresh meals to the less-fortunate of Austin. Everyday, we make 100 fresh cheeseburgers at our Burnet Road store, which are then delivered free of charge, by volunteers, to those in need around the city. We believe a hot meal speaks love, so that’s why we do it.

Mobile Loaves & Fishes is a social outreach ministry that empowers communities into a lifestyle of service with the homeless. Hat Creek is proud to partner with Mobile Loaves & Fishes in their mission to provide food and clothing because of the way in which these acts promote dignity to our homeless brothers and sisters in need.

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Back in 1998 Mobile Loaves & Fishes, Inc. began when the outreach’s initial five founding volunteers began delivering meals out of the back of their minivans to men and women they found living on the streets of Austin.

The sixth founder, formerly homeless himself, became the founder’s guide to the streets, and they began distributing 75 sack lunches a day to test their resolve in fulfilling God’s call. The first trip was in September of 1998, and by December of that year there was enough money to purchase a pick-up truck outfitted with a catering truck.

Now, everyday, teams of four or five load their Mobile Loaves & Fishes truck at our Burnet road store with burgers and other food items and head to areas of Austin where families and individuals are in need of a hot meal.

We love our community here at Hat Creek and so we want to give back with what we have, which is: love, fresh cheeseburgers and fellowship.