I met NFA Burger‘s Billy Kramer a few years ago when he came to Miami for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival Burger Bash. He was solely writing about burgers under the name @BillysBurgers on Instagram at the time.
We hit it off instantly. I find that people with a burger obsession tend to get along well and behave as if they were long-lost friends or, in this case, burger brothers.
NFA Burger visits Miami, Florida
The next thing I knew, Billy was doing pop-ups in late 2018, where he was making burgers under the NFA Burger banner. So I invited him to participate in my Hamburger House Party event in April 2019.
I finally got my hands on one of his delectable burgers. It did not disappoint.
I ate and enjoyed that burger like it was my late meal. Billy nailed it.
He’s picked up a few great wins at competitions like Atlanta Food Wars People’s Choice Burger, World Food Championships Top 10 Signature Burger, and the Taste of Chamblee’s Best Burger.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution named NFA Burger the Best Burger in Metro Atlanta on May 26th, 2020.
Pop-Up + Book Signing in Atlanta
On the last couple of days for my book signing tour in May 2019, I was driving through Atlanta. Billy and I had wanted to collaborate on an event together.
He was doing one of his NFA Burger pop-ups at Big Sky Buckhead on my final night in Atlanta. Billy suggested we morph it into a pop-up slash book signing, so we did.
The Billy’s Burgers Classic is a smashed double-stack cheeseburger with American cheese, pickles, and mustard on a Martin’s Potato Roll with seasoned tater tots and Sassy dipping sauce.
I enjoyed one during the book signing and then another later with some of those tasty tots and Sassy sauce, just as good as I remembered it.
If Billy is doing one of his NFA Burger pop-ups, you better make sure you’re there supporting. In the court of Burger Beast, it’s a crime punishable by banishment from the burger community.
P.S.: NFA is an acronym for Not Fooling Around.
NFA Burger Update
NFA Burger is no longer doing pop-ups. Instead, they have a brick-and-mortar location (5465 Chamblee Dunwoody Road) in Dunwoody, Georgia.
A Gift to the Burger Museum
I was in the process of putting together the physical location for my Burger Museum in early 2016 when Billy mentioned an old Coca-Cola machine that his Mom had given to his father as a gift well over thirty years ago.
She would have the Coca-Cola company deliver Coke bottles to keep the machine well-stocked for the family to enjoy.
I’m a giant Coca-Cola fan, and I loved the story.
Billy donated the Coke machine to my museum.
Both of his parents had passed. He felt they would have loved the idea of the vintage soda dispenser finding a permanent home at a museum.
I was and am still speechless about this gesture.
Billy, thanks for thinking enough of me to take care of a piece from your family’s history.
NFA Burger Seasoning
I was visiting Billy’s hometown Atlanta, Georgia, when he gave me some of his new seasonings to try. It was so good.
It wasn’t a one-and-done kind of seasoning. Yes, you can season your proteins and homemade burgers, but it’s equally great on french fries or popcorn.
There are two versions, and I prefer the “Sassy” version with its more in-depth flavor profile.