Austin’s Hat Creek Burgers: Giving Back Tastes Better
published on May 19, 2013
Hat Creek Burger Co., founded for Austinites by native Austinite Drew Gressett, was born out of a pure passion for fresh cheeseburgers and great fellowship.
You may have been introduced to Hat Creek burgers by the Hat Creek Burgermobile (food truck) at SXSW, the UT Stadium’s Red McCombs Food Court, the Cystic Fibrosis 5K, or the Bon Jovi concert. Maybe you celebrated a big day at the Burnet location with close family, watched your kids play on its fantastic playscape, or met a good friend for burgers and sweet potato fries.
But – chances are, you’ve either heard of Austin’s Hat Creek Burger Co. or already have eaten there. No one-hit wonder, it now has three beautiful locations, each built upon two great founding principles – fellowship and fresh cheeseburgers – and Austinites are tasting the difference.
“We define fellowship as ‘an association or gathering of people with similar interests and tastes.’ In this case, fresh cheeseburgers,” explains Taylor Bixby. “We like to have fellowship with each other, our employees, and with our customers, and with the community.”
Taylor Bixby is the manager of the new Hat Creek Burger Co. location in Westlake. Westlake home-owners fondly remember the location as typically and traditionally adorned with telltale pink flamingos, at the corner of Bee Cave Road and Capital of Texas (aka 360) Highway. (This also happens to be just a hop, skip, and a jump from the new Bee Cave Road Regent Property Group office.)
HCBC also has made a home for itself in Central Austin within UT stadium, and well as just south of Koenig on Burnet Road.
When it comes to the idea of fellowship and doing good in the community, Hat Creek Burger Co. really does mean business. In June, HCBC will serve as Host Sponsor of the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s “Over the Edge” event. They also work extensively with Mobile Loaves and Fishes and their volunteers in serving the hungry.
But that’s not all. In February, Hat Creek Burger Co. celebrated National Heart Month by organizing “Hat Creek Heart Day” and donating 20% of sales to the American Heart Association. By participating in the “Give 5% to Mother Earth” campaign, it was able to support seven local non-profits, including Hill Country Conservancy, TreeFolks, Austin Parks Foundation, and Clean Water Fund. This is a company committed to making a local difference!
And what does HCBC mean by “fresh cheeseburgers?” It means this locally-owned do-gooder doesn’t scrimp on taste, either. Juicy and delicious, all-natural, and always double meat, its burgers use only the freshest possible ingredients. Bixby explains:
“We use 100% fresh, never frozen, hormone and antibiotic free beef, turkey, and fresh all-natural chicken. We make our chicken flashers in-house from scratch, and they are gluten-free! We hand-cut our fries daily and make our shakes with only Blue Bell ice cream.” Hat Creek Burger Co. even makes all of its dressings and sauces.
With its fresh take on fellowship and finely crafted cheeseburgers, this local Austin company’s rising success is no surprise. Gressett’s motto, “One of the greats!” has quickly become a perfect example of self-fulfilling prophecy.
Congratulations, Hat Creek Burger Company! The REALTORS® at Regent Property Group applaud local businesses committed to doing good while helping make Austin a wonderful place to live.
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