NFA Burger in Dunwoody, Georgia

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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.

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NFA Burger Hamburger House Party Countertop Sign
NFA Burger Hamburger House Party Countertop Sign

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.

NFA Burger at Hamburger House Party 2019
NFA Burger at Hamburger House Party 2019

Award-Winning Burgers

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.

NFA Burger w/Tots in Dunwoody, Georgia
NFA Burger w/Tots

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.

Kramer Family Coca Cola Machine in the Burger Beast Burger Museum
Kramer Family Coca-Cola Machine

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

NFA Burger Seasoning, available in Sweet & Sassy
NFA Burger Seasoning, available in Sweet & Sassy

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.

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