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Mar 19, 2007 02:25 PM

Absolute best burger in Texas?

I must find the best burger in Texas! Can you tell me where I would find it by listing the name and city? Thanks.

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  1. Try Chris Madrid's in San Antonio. Their known for their bean burger (topped with refried beans) but their burgers are incredible. They were voted one of the top 5 burgers in the country on a Citysearch survey recently...

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    1. re: redy2die4food

      Kincaid's in Ft. Worth (also a new loc in Southalke) has got to be up there with the big boys.

      1. re: redy2die4food

        another vote for Chris Madrid's. love the macho burger.

        1. re: mfindfw

          Chris Madrid's is definately number 1!

        2. re: redy2die4food

          see i like bigz's in san antonio (there beer braised onions), and bobby j's ( in Helotes. 13247 Hwy 16
          Helotes, Texas 78023 northside san antonio chris madrid's is my third

        3. There is absolutely no question whatsoever that The Grape on Lower Greenville Avenue in Dallas has the best burger in Texas.

          Most people don't even know The Grape has a burger.

          They do, and it's only served at lunch.

          What makes it special is the patty. The chef hand trims the filet for the dinner menu and then grinds it.

          He told me it was about 80/20, so it's juicy and has an unbelievable, steakhouse flavor.

          Top it off with applewood smoked bacon and sharp white cheddar from Vermont and you have the best burger in all of Texas.

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          1. re: Epicurious Esquire

            Really I had no idea they were even open for lunch. Do they have this on the weekend as well?

            1. re: Epicurious Esquire

              Absolutely great call Epicurious. I had the burger today and it was as good as advertised. Please share some more tips. What other meals in town do you like?

              1. re: snatex

                Irodguy, they're not open weekends.

                Snatex, that could take hours. But I'll tell you my most recent food fetish.

                It's a cheap, hole in the wall sushi joint.

                Yeah, sounds disgusting.

                But K-Tokyo on Lower Greenville has fresh, large slices of fish at very reasonable prices and it's BYOalcohol.

                And every time I walk in, I can't help but laugh at how "goofy" the place is.

              2. re: Epicurious Esquire

                I'll assume it's a good burger, but it's hard to tell when they run out of BUNS! To add insult to injury, they delivered a basket of bread to my table before the meal arrived. When I ordered the burger (the sole reason for going across town at lunch) the waitress advised me after consulting with the chef, they were out of the bread for the burger. So I ordered it anyway without the bun.
                The meat was quite good, but the atmosphere was ruined (sitting outside) by the whiny co-ed at the next table arguing throughout the meal with her boyfriend in front of her parents and a sibling or two. It was so bad that when they left, the mother came over to my table and apologized!

                1. re: Maynerd

                  Jake's uses a poppy seed bun, that's oh so good after all the juices from the burger has leached into it. They wrap the whole thing in a piece of wax paper to hold all the juiciness in. My diet doesn't appreciate that they have moved in 2 blocks away. I'm definitely headed there again today. The outdoor patio is the bomb.

                2. re: Epicurious Esquire

                  Because of this thread, I went to try The Grape's burger. Spot on. This is great burger. Thanks for the suggestion.

                  1. re: Epicurious Esquire

                    I take it The Grape is no longer open for lunch, according to their recording and website listing their hours as dinner only :(

                    1. re: Epicurious Esquire

                      "He" was the head chef at the TPC Craig Ranch until he opened the Grape.
                      And I agree, his dishes are AWESOME! Especially everything related to beef...

                      1. re: Epicurious Esquire

                        Went to The Grape on a recent trip to Dallas just for the burger. For the life of me I cannot fathom what the big deal is about. Yes, it was big, yes it was juicy, man was it hot. When I eat a burger I like to taste and savor the taste of meat, good meat, not the Asiago cheese they put on it. The rest of the menu which my wife and daughter ordered from was much better. By the way, if you go for dinner bring a miner's lamp so you can see what you're eating.

                        The Grape
                        2808 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75206

                      2. I'll divide burgers into two categories: Thin, classic, griddle-fried patties, and larger, thicker, more gourmet patties.

                        For the thin, classic burger, nothing beat's Dan's Hamburgers in Austin. Fran's is essentially the same - the locally-owned group split in half when the couple divorced. Another great burger of this style is 2-M's on Main in Rosenberg.

                        For a thick, gourmet burger, the best are at Casino El Camino on 6th Street in Austin (it's a bar). A full pound of beef, superbly seasoned and cooked, with great fresh toppings. Other gourmet burgers worth trying are Jasper's in Dallas and the Woodlands, and Farrago in Midtown in Houston.

                        If you want to go nuts, Tony's in Houston can be talked into grinding up any of their steaks into a hamburger. I'd imagine that their prime filet, ground and cooked rare, seasoned with truffle butter and topped with an artisan cheese would be pretty darn good.

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                        1. re: tiger_in_houston

                          I'm with you on Dan's/ Fran's. Here in town I've found it hard to beat Christian's Tailgate on I-10 and Washington.

                          1. re: tiger_in_houston

                            2 M's has fallen far, far down on my burger bucket list. The restaurant is not too clean and the last beef patty from there (18 months ago?) was obviously NOT hand formed and was NOT 100 % all beef. Can anyone say bread crumbs? The last straw was the absence of a yummy crusty exterior...the meat was actually GREY. Sad, sad, sad. Used to be my fave. Great chocolate malts, tho.

                          2. I love, love, love that Health Camp/Health Hut (I can never remember) burger in Waco, Texas. Old school grill, the place is a dump, and their tater tots are magnificent. It's the style of burger that is very flat, has a greasy bun and is just so good with a shake!

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                            1. re: shelbyk

                              I second the Health Camp nod. There's probably some fancy gourmet burger place out there that I'd like better for burgers, but as far as greasy guilty pleasures--Health Camp.

                              The sides--namely the tots and the shakes/malts--make the meal, IMHO.

                              1. re: rollledspleen

                                I saw this guys site as well. He's the one that lead me to drive to Houston from Dallas just to try the burger at Lankford's Grocery. I wasn't dissapointed. The burger was one of the best I've had.... Cg.

                                1. re: chrisgo76

                                  I went back home for the 4th of July and did a little midtown excursion, Lankford's was one of a few places I stopped to check out in the area. They definitely lived up to the hype! I had a bacon cheeseburger, and one of my friends decided to try out the soldier burger, so that'll be the next thing I have whenever I go back. It's a cheeseburger that has a fried egg on top and looked quite tasty. Tater tots and onion rings were delicious too, I just wish they'd have some milkshakes.