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Sep 6, 2006 05:52 PM

Looking for good grilled burger in Austin

I'm familiar with most of the traditional Good Burger spots in Austin, but am hoping there are some I have overlooked. What I seek is a cheeseburger, for you old time Austinites, that is like the one made by the legendary (in my mind) GM Steakhouse that used to be on the drag (not the one on Lamar). They made the Perfect Cheeseburger: grilled 1/2 lb patty with a mound of sharp cheddar. The closest I have found is probably Houston's. That's a good cheeseburger. Any other places that fit the bill? Requirements:

*Burger must be grilled (not griddle-cooked, sorry Fuddruckers)
*Cheddar cheese must be available
*Burger must be at least 1/3 lb (no thin patties need apply, sorry Top Notch)
*Burger must be available medium rare (Chili's is out)

I have nothing against griddle burgers (Fuddruckers is good, tho too expensive) or thin burgers (love Top Notch), but I looking for something very specific here.


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  1. I hope I'm not stating the obvious but until you've had a burger at Casino el Camino you have not had a burger....12 ounces and charred up with real fire.Wear Khakis and a pink polo if you're feeling sporty,friend.

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    1. re: scrumptiouschef

      So 12 oz is 3/4 lb, right? Are you sure their burgers are that big? Cause I eat them all the time and never thought it was that big. Sometimes I can even eat two.

      They are griddled, though.

      It may be tough to find grilled burgers. If you find any, please let us know.

      1. re: Kent Wang

        holy smokes, Kent! Damn boy, you can eat! We had a guy that usually when he comes and visits me he cleans me out of house and home and even HE couldn't finish a CeC burger! I'm wholly impressed!

    2. FINALLY had my first CeC burger! Holy cow, that's an amazing burger! Gi-normous! Had the serrano burger and let me tell you, they don't mess around. Huge rare/med rare flavorful patty, LOTS of sliced serranos and a yummy white serrano cheese sauce. love-love-loved it!

      ...but isn't it griddled?

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      1. re: amysuehere

        I have heard of CeC, but haven't been there to try a burger. I do think they are griddled. Also, 12oz is toooo much burger.

        1. re: cstrombe

          Yes, it is too much meat. I overstuffed myself (I couldn't stop, it was sooo good) but still barely finished a third at best.

          1. re: cstrombe

            casino grills their burgers. and check it out, the precooked meat patties are the size of softballs:

        2. A couple of years ago, I ordered the burger at Texas Land and Cattle, medium rare. It resembled the one at Houston's in appearance. I remember thinking it was great. I've not ordered it since, though, so there must have been something off.

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