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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 (http://www.bobbyjsburgers.com/) 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.

                              2. A recent article in the Wall St. Journal about one writer's nationwide quest for the best burger mentioned Dirty Martins and P Terrys in Austin.

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                                1. re: itsonlyfood

                                  That WSJ writer needs to do more research. I don't think either Dirty Martin's or P. Terry's serves the best burgers in Austin, let alone the state.

                                  I don’t have a state-wide favorite, but I like a lot of the burgers mentioned elsewhere in this thread (Kincaid's, Lankford's, Casino El Camino) and look forward to trying several of the others that were recommended.

                                  Since it hasn't come up yet, I'll put in a plug for the burgers at Snapka's Drive Inn in Corpus Christi. I just had one again last week, with onion rings and a shake. Just delicious.

                                  1. re: MPH

                                    Well hello! Can you describe Snapka's burger? Char grilled or griddled? Cooked to order? What did you get on it? How's the bun? This might fit the bill for a fast road trip I'm taking to Kingsville!

                                    1. re: saticoy

                                      Hello! Snapka's burgers are flame-grilled to well-done, kind of like the ones at Top Notch in Austin, but with a wider, thicker beef patty and more flavorful meat. They get a nice char on it, too, which I love. The bun is nothing special, but it's not bad. I usually go for the 1/4-pound burger (or cheese, bacon, or barbecue burger), with the usual toppings (lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, mayo or mustard). Their shakes are pretty good, too. The french fries are of the frozen crinkle-cut variety (like Ore-Ida), but their tasty thin-cut onion rings, with a thin layer of batter, can be substituted for fries at no charge.

                                      In-the-know locals swear by their cheesy enchiladas drowned in chile con carne: Even someone I know who was raised in El Paso (and usually hates this dish) indulges in them. Personally, I haven’t tried them, but to me this suggests potential good things about their other Tex-Mex items, too.

                                      They have a couple of locations in town (that I know of). Here's a link to a menu:


                                      Hope this helps!

                                      1. re: MPH

                                        As long as we're driving all over the state for great burgers let us not forget to stop in Spicewood and have a Hatch Chile Bacon Jack Burger at Poodies....seared in a fresh pat of cow's butter and washed down with an ice cold can of Pearl...it doesn't get any better.

                                        1. re: scrumptiouschef

                                          I'm with you. Poodies is the bomb.
                                          But for those further north, don't forget to check out the funkiness that is Herd's Burgers in Jacksboro. A pile of wonderful ground beef sizzles away on the grill. As burgers are ordered, Claude scrapes off a burgerly amount with a brick trowel and forms the patty, which is then grilled to perfection. Sounds strange, but ya gotta try it!

                                          1. re: Grubber

                                            I can't believe someone else knows about Herd's!!! I will drive 4 hours to get a Herd's or two or three! I grew up on them, as did my mother and grandparents!! Sittin' on the coke bottle carriers, eating some Funyuns and drinking a coke (one of the last restaurants that you could get a coke in the glass bottle, although they don't do that anymore). My grandfather drove for Mrs. Bairds and delivered their buns for many many years. I will be having my "fix" of Herds on the weekend of the 20th and my mouth is already watering. Thanks for the mention Grubber! It is definitely the BEST anywhere.

                                            1. re: BWILLIAMS64

                                              Well, I got you beat. I drive from California to get one:) Actually, we visit Texas a lot and had Herd' recommended to us by a local. Boy did he steer us straight (or Strait as the case may be).

                                              I HAVE to go to Herd's anytime I'm reasonably close. Just not on Sunday or Monday (closed)

                                              I love the fact that they don't even have a telephone in the place.

                                              1. re: Grubber

                                                Over a year since this post, but just heard that Herd's closed. Can anyone confirm?

                                                1. re: Grubber

                                                  I was there two weeks ago, it was open then

                                    2. re: MPH

                                      Speaking of Corpus, I loved the burgers at the BelAir drugstore. I don;t even remember where in Corpus it was, but it was a tasty drugstore greasy burger.

                                  2. I like Lankfords Grocery, Pappas Burger and Southwells here in Houston. BUT my very favorite is Miller's Cafe on N. Shepherd right now the road from me. YUM

                                    1. Best burger in Texas is at Kincaid's in Ft. Worth as many have mentioned.

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                                      1. re: SFL

                                        Kincaids in Ft Worth
                                        Christians Houston
                                        Stantons Houston
                                        Casino El camino Austin
                                        Cant miss with any of these.

                                        1. re: jscarbor

                                          There is a very small chain in East Texas (I think there is one in Longview and one in Tyler, each owner operated) named Jucy's that serves giant to die for burgers and, of course, cheeseburgers, cooked on a large griddle. The meat is ground fresh every morning and the french fries are made from scratch. Their onion rings, also handmade, are also the best around. When in Tyler give the place a try.

                                          1. re: bhoward

                                            I second Jucy's. Certainly near the top of my list, alongside Kincaid's in Fort Worth.

                                            While not quite as good as the Longview location, there is a Jucy's in Mesquite for those of you in the DFW area that find it hard to make it east. It is one of the better burgers in the metroplex, in my opinion at least.

                                            1. re: DFWGuy

                                              Juicy's in E TX is good.....but, the "Blue Store" as the locals call it is a Chrevron station between Tyler and Lake Palestine is the best....old school griddle with toasted (greasy) bun, fresh toppings.....

                                            2. re: bhoward

                                              Some relative in the Jucy's family opened up Burgers Only in Overton--has anyone tried it yet? Does it measure up to Jucy's?

                                              (If all else fails, AJ's in Overton makes a darn fine burger, IMHO. Maybe not the best in the state per se, but it's a definite surprise in Overton.)

                                              1. re: bhoward

                                                they use to have one of these in dallas not sure if it is still open or not though...i am from tyler and you are right their burgers are delicious and so is the chix fried steak sandwich.

                                            3. re: SFL

                                              Agreed. Kincaid's serves it like it should be! and the whole grocery store vibe adds to the experience.


                                              1. re: SFL

                                                I have yet to try Kincaid's, But I also hear it's a great burger.. .... MUST...GET ..... TO.... KINCAIDS......

                                              2. Kincaid's (the original on Camp Bowie) Ft Worth
                                                Dairy Palace, Canton
                                                Chip's, Dallas
                                                Blue Sky, Amarillo

                                                1. Hut's in Austin (I can't believe no one's mentioned it yet) is probably the best overall in town, and possibly in the state. And I say that as a loyal Dirty Martin's fan. And the aforementioned Casino El Camino is certainly a winner as well.

                                                  Beck's Prime in Houston was also quite lovely when I had one last (7 years ago).

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                                                    1. re: Knoblauch

                                                      I would have to agree with that assessment.

                                                  1. Ausin E's - approximately 4 miles east of Fredericksburg, Texas.

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                                                    1. re: carousel

                                                      carousel, are you thinking of august e's? haven't been, but the menu looks pretty tempting.

                                                      1. re: ktown378

                                                        August E's may have supplanted The Grape as my favorite burger I've ever had.

                                                        I took a tour through the Wine Country over the weekend and will be writing a report of everything I did, but suffice to say the burger at August E's is ABSOLUTELY WORLD CLASS.

                                                        Here's a tease: Mesquite grilled filet trimmings (oh my god) topped with grated cheddar cheese and bacon. The bacon is not as good as that on The Grape's burger, but the patty is even better.


                                                        1. re: Epicurious Esquire

                                                          My favorite hamburger I have ever had was from Jim's Hamburger in Arlington. It was a nice size burger with grilled onions and their special asian sauce. Man, that burger was so juicy I had to wash my elbows after eating that burger. Jims closed down and big building was built in its place shortly after. I dont know what ever happened to them or if they opened a new location. If anyone knows if they have another location, please let me know.

                                                          I also have to agree that Lankfords Grocery in Houston was also a very good burger. Their chicken fried steak was also very good.

                                                          1. re: jaime24g

                                                            I remember Jim Burgers.. Fantastic.. you can still get you fix by going to Jackson Grocery, Its at the corner of Fielder and Park Row. not the same exactly but close and Tasty.

                                                    2. Well after my inagural trip to Mooyah (just opened in Plano) I might have to add them to the mix. Overall I think the burger was better quality than Kincaids. I can say this with some certainty since I ate at Kinkaids over the weekend. The only downside of "mooyah" is the fact that they only have fries and no onion rings.

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                                                      1. re: irodguy

                                                        I'd say Mooyah would be one of the better fast-food style burgers, and I'd put it in the same league as In-N-Out. Though, the place really reminds me of Chipotle, except with burgers.

                                                        My favorite place in Houston is probably Beck's Prime. I also used to really enjoy Pappa's Burger, but unfortunately the quality of service and food there has gone downhill.

                                                        Ever since moving to Dallas, I've neard nothing but amazing things about Kincaids and Keller's, so I'll definitely check them both out ASAP.

                                                        1. re: irodguy

                                                          I love Beck's Prime in Houston too! But when I lived in LA I never understood why everyone raved about In-N-Out when Fat Burger was, in my humble opinion, way better! When I get a hankering for buffalo burgers I go to Sweet Mesquite. They are killer when ordered on the sourdough bun.

                                                        2. The best I have had was at Kincaid's in Fort Worth, followed very closely by Christian's Tailgate Bar on Washington just off I-10 W in Houston (I haven't been to the mid-town location but haven't heard good things).

                                                          I also love the burgers at Dan's on N. Lamar in Austin - small, double-meat, double-cheese, atw. My craving for one of those is just as strong as my craving to hit one of the BBQ emporiums in Luling or Lockhart when I'm up that way. I tried the Dan's on Manchaca once and thought it was no where near as good.

                                                          1. Casino El Camino, Austin
                                                            Tap Room, San Marcos
                                                            Centerpoint Station, San Marcos

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                                                            1. re: achtungpv

                                                              The best burger in Texas died in Hurricane Rita. Brad's Place-Beaumont, TX

                                                              Runner's up:
                                                              Casino El Camino
                                                              Newton's Burger Shack-Bolivar Peninsula-3:00 AM

                                                              1. re: El General

                                                                Chalk up one more vote for Chris Madrid's in San Antonio. Oh so good!

                                                            2. In no particular order:
                                                              Kincaid's - Ft. Worth
                                                              Bailey's 1st and Ten - Dallas (the Point Cheeseburger)
                                                              Health Camp - Waco (Double - Double)
                                                              Chris Madrid's - San Antonio (Cheeseburger, with chedder)
                                                              Nau's Drug Store - Austin (Cheesebuger)
                                                              Jack's Burger House - Dallas (Double - Double)
                                                              Dairy Palace - Canton (Cheesebuger)
                                                              Keller's Drive-In - Dallas (No. 5, plus onion)

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                                                              1. re: Mister F.

                                                                I'm pretty partial to Storm's. They have an all-texas beef burger at their drive-ins in several small towns in the Texas Hill Country. (and they grind their own beef)

                                                                I've eaten at several of their locations but have had the best burgers at the one in Lampassas.

                                                                1. re: jmbzinedotcom

                                                                  storm's is decent, next time you are in lampasas go across key st. to brad's burgers. awesome burg.

                                                                  1. re: geat

                                                                    For what it is worth, I judge the quality of any meal that I eat in terms of taste, freshness of ingredients, and balance.

                                                                    Crumpet's in San Antonio has been around awhile catering to middle aged or older upper middle class customers, who want a nice meal that is not too pricey. They have their own bakery.

                                                                    Francois, the chef/owner started out as a restaurant butcher. At lunch, he serves the best hamburger "meal" I have ever had.

                                                                    First, he not only toasts the bun, he makes the bun. Second, he not only cooks the burger, he selects and grinds the beef. The french fries are made from scratch, daily. The tomatoes are fresh and tasty, and the lettuce is fresh iceberg. The mustard is dijon.

                                                                    So, if you want a traditional hamburger, and not a trip to the moon - Crumpet's is the place. And, where else can you get a high quality burger with a house french pastry for dessert?

                                                                    For the record, Chris Madrid and I graduated from high school together. He is very good to his customers. And, if you want a high-grease cholesterol sandwich for a meal, his is the place to go.

                                                                    I would rather have a great hamburger.

                                                              2. Best burger I've had in Dallas is hand's down at Ben's Half Yard House on Greenville. They make a nice thick burger with an excellent char-grilled taste.

                                                                1. In Dallas I love the burgers at the Lakewood Landing & Angry Dog.

                                                                  1. I just dont see it. I dont. I went last week for my first visit to Kinkaids in FW and ordered my burger with fries. It looked juicy and flavorful and it was the total opposite. That patty was so dry and flavorless. Do they even season their meat? Thank goodness for tomatoes, lettuce, pickles and mustard. I will give this place another try to make sure I didnt catch them on a bad day but it will not be any time soon.

                                                                    I also tried Chris Madrids during my trip to Fiesta in San Antonio this past weekend and this establishment was just ok for me. I ordered the bean burger and it was not very good. The flavor of the beans overpowers the flavor of the burger patty. The fries were soft and soggy. I also tasted the jalapeno burger and that was much better. I would say the jalapeno burger was better than average. If I do happen to visit San Antonio again soon, I would only stop by if Im in the neighborhood.

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                                                                    1. re: jaime24g

                                                                      If your in the neigborhood skip CM and go to Blanco's Cafe instead. You want to go to the Blancos just about 2 blocks from CM. The best old school tex/mex I have had. Chili can carne was fantastic.

                                                                      1. re: jaime24g

                                                                        if you don't specify, then they cook them pretty well-done. Could that have been the problem? Regarding seasoning, If there is any, it is very limited, but I've always thought the beef itself just tasted so great.

                                                                        1. re: kindofabigdeal

                                                                          I had requested medium but it did almost come out well done. I have had well done burgers that still come out somewhat juicy though. Next time I'll take my spices from my kitchen and lets see if that helps out the flavor part of the problem.

                                                                          Jscarbor: Thanks for the reco on Blancos. I'll give them a try.

                                                                          1. re: jaime24g

                                                                            sorry they messed yours up. My first time there I foolishly didn't specify, and i concur that a well-done kincaids is like, "ok, so what." That's what I felt like at Tommy's recently where my medium-rare came out with only a slight pink in the very middle... and pretty plain. It also came out very quickly and the cashier said, "Here, we already had some meat going." Uhhh... yeah, so did McDonald's.

                                                                        2. re: jaime24g

                                                                          I would to know what burgers you do like for comparison.

                                                                          1. re: jaime24g

                                                                            You've had the exact same reaction to Kincaid's as I have. Did I just catch them on a bad day? Is this really the burger so many rave about? After 3 more visits and getting the same bland burger, it's clear; No matter how they cook it, Kincaid's just isn't very good.

                                                                          2. Chris Madrid's for sure - S. Antonion TX
                                                                            Wallbangers - Corpus Christi, TX

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                                                                            1. re: sweetwankle

                                                                              casino el camino -austin

                                                                            2. Without a doubt, Casino El Camino in Austin.

                                                                              1. HOUSTON -- Questing for the best hamburger in the hood is a hobby of mine:
                                                                                I go with flow (of traffic) and have a few scoped out.
                                                                                Galleria area– Champs – one of my favorite places especially during baseball season. I like to watch the afternoon game while eating a burger.
                                                                                Upper Kirby – Cahills – the Hammerburger and fries will fix any burger-crave.
                                                                                West U – Skeeters – mesquite grilled, need I say more.

                                                                                Note_ as you can see, my radius is limited. I don’t venture too far from the 610 loop. I am currently working downtown Houston, and so far – Otto’s in the tunnels is the leading fave.

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                                                                                1. re: Grill chef22

                                                                                  San Antonio: Chesters Hamburgers (juicy, flavorful beef), Longhorn Cafe (great joint-style grease burger, get some cheese tots on the side), Chris Madrid's (overrated, especially on this site. Not bad, but patty is always thin and usually kinda dry, nice party place.)
                                                                                  Amarillo: Blue Sky Texas (easily the best burger west of the Pecos - although it might actually be east of it, families make weekend trips from New Mexico just for this burger, I plan my ski trips to colorado so that I'll hit amarillo at lunch time, also try the fried jalapeno and green chili strips.)

                                                                                2. Kinda' late in this trail, BUT...

                                                                                  Houstons in Dallas (2 locations - Belt Line Rd. near Montfort in Dallas OR Northwest Hwy. near Preston). They have other locations. Food is great and consistent. Burger is amazing.

                                                                                  Keller's and Snuffer's in Big D kick butt too!

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                                                                                  1. re: blissandvinegar

                                                                                    I know this was posted in May, but I just read it and I'm actually going to Houston's tomorrow (9/5/07)... I heard they have great burgers so thats what I'm going for.. Although I've never set foot in the building, It kinda seems like an upscale kinda place.. Is there any truth to my assumption?.... Just curious...Cg.

                                                                                    1. re: chrisgo76

                                                                                      It's kind of in a weird place, as far as upscale vs. casual atmosphere goes... The Mister and I have gone before plays/events and have been dressed up, which doesn't feel weird, but there are always people there in jeans and flip flops. It strikes me, given the food and the atmosphere, as somewhere in between. I usually err towards overdressed, though.

                                                                                      Give their pork chop a go some time, it's delicious!

                                                                                      1. re: eurotrashwonton

                                                                                        Well, I went to Houston's. And I cant say that it was the best burger i've tasted. The place itself was nice, but I'm not there for the atmosphere. I just want a good burger. I ordered the regular buger and my son had the Hickory. They were both 12 bucks a piece. My wife had the Ribeye. It was 27.00. It was ok I guess. But if I go back it'll be for the pork chop you mentioned, not for the burger....... But at least I did run into Emmit Smith as he was walking out....

                                                                                  2. Herd's Burgers in Jacksboro, Texas is the absolute best hamburger. The paties are loose leaf so they just melt in your mouth. It is probably one of the oldest one's too because it opened in 1928.

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                                                                                    1. re: Legion32390

                                                                                      can't disagree herd's is awesome

                                                                                      1. re: Legion32390

                                                                                        I don't know if anyone else has tried Herd's burgers but they are some great tasting burgers. They are not real big in size but huge in taste and texture. And the way he makes them is something to watch in itself....Aside from the burger, the experience for me was great because I haven't had one since I was around 5 yrs old when I used to live there (left soon after). I'm 31 now, live in Mckinney and drive through Jacksboro to visit my parents in Graham. In all the times I've been through there, I never got a chance to stop by because of the time of day I would roll through. Well, this past weekend I rode my motorcycle through there on a Sat and thought it to be a perfect opportunity to finally stop by. As I heard people's orders being called, a few names sounded familiar so I asked who a few of the people were. It turns out a few people in there knew me because of my parents. They started telling me stories from "way back when".
                                                                                        Anwyway, I just thought it was neat to eat a wonderful tasting burger and reunite with people I havent seen since my childhood.......FYI - The cooks/owners are retiring at the end of June. The son and family will be taking over and they assured me that he has been trained and knows the ropes. Thanks for reading..... Cg

                                                                                      2. i like christian's tailgate in houston.

                                                                                        1. There is a place (for the life of me I can't remember its name) west of Collage Station, in a tor-up building, a gas station joins its parking lot, that has the best steaks and hamburgers I'd ever had. You can get a 1# rib eye steak with sides for less than $10.00. I mean it! I wish I could remember its name. The inside is clean but the chairs and tables have been around a few centuries. It's a little scarey looking but has great steaks.

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                                                                                          1. re: texme0

                                                                                            Are you talking about the Country Inn in Somerville, it's also called Sodolak's? It's been a few years, but the small chicken fried steaks were served on their own plates, with sides on a separate one the large was on two plates. Very good food for absurdly cheap prices.

                                                                                          2. Wingfields - S. Dallas/Oak Cliff - 2615 S. Beckley Ave, Dallas, TX 75224 - 214-943-5214. Might want to call before you go or when you get close the wait is pretty lenghty b/c all the locals know about it. The burgers are huge and fresh and cooked on a well seasoned grill. There is no eating are and the place is small and somewhat hard to find but this place is by far worth the trip. Kincaids is a puny burger compared to Wingfields and Wingfields is a better bargain too. The burgers/cheeseburger range from $3.85 (plain burger w/ all the trimmings) to $5.25 (double meat, cheese and bacon). This is by far the best burger I have had with the exception of the Buffalo burger at Meirs in Oklahoma (Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge - Lawton, OK).

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                                                                                            1. re: soulslinger

                                                                                              Wingfield's V Kincaids it not fair in my opinion. Wingfields only does well-done. If by puny you are referring only to size, then yes, 1/2 lb is more than 1/3 lb, but the ability to have a medium rare burger almost always trumps the best well-done burger for me. To be sure though, I think Wingfield's is an excellent burger and, were I in Dallas, would not make a special trip to Ft. Worth for Kincaid's with Wingfield's nearby.

                                                                                              1. re: soulslinger

                                                                                                I don't guess anyone reads these anymore but anyway....
                                                                                                I recently went to Wingfield's because of this site. The burger are huge and taste great. I got a double meat and let me tell ya.. these guys are gonna make cows go extinct... It only 30 mins from my house and I will definitely go back. This time I'll try the triple just for the fun of it. I doubt I'll finish it.
                                                                                                One more thing... They must have gone up on the price cuz I ordered 2 double meats with cheese (one with bacon), 2 orders of fries and 2 drinks and it was 21.00. Will gladly pay again though....

                                                                                                1. re: chrisgo76

                                                                                                  Glad you liked the burger! I have been meaning to go back soon...perhaps this weekend will be my chance! It is worth the drive from Lewisville! If you would like I can send you a list of the best burger places in Texas that has been mentioned on this thread. I left out Angry Dog after my horrible experience with their burger last time. Dry, no seasoning, and puny.

                                                                                                  1. re: soulslinger

                                                                                                    Sure. I'll take that list. I've been wanting to go try the Angry Dog. Sorry about your experience. I've heard it was pretty good so I'm going to give it a try. I also get tips from that texasburgerguy.com. There are so many places I have yet to try. Have you heard of that one place in Denton where they had a huge burger for free if you ate it in 15 mins. I forgot what it was called but the owner passed away not too long ago. I wonder if they're still open.....

                                                                                                    1. re: chrisgo76

                                                                                                      RJ's Old Fashioned Homemade Hamburges....was in Denton...Roger Johnson passed away last November and the restaurant has not opened back up. His wife knows the recipe for the burger but I don't think she wants to get back into the biz after her husband passed.


                                                                                                      1. re: soulslinger

                                                                                                        Yeah, that's the place. That's too bad about him passing and the place closing down. I would have loved to try that.. Well, if you have anymore suggestions on burger that resembles Wingfields in size and taste. Let me know. Actually, tastey and juicey would be more important. I let you know how that one in Amarillo goes.

                                                                                              2. Trinity, Texas offers a great mom and pop restaurant on Lake Livingston, Harts Creek Landing. Absolutely the best homestyle burger in Texas. Have been to le tub in Florida, and no comparison. Give it a try.

                                                                                                1. When in Dallas I eat at Chip's on Lovers Lane. Their burgers are hot off the grill, tasty, great condiments. They use a poppyseed bun unlike most places and I have never been disappointed. Burger House on Mockingbird Lane is also pretty good.I will have to go back to Chris Madrid's in San Antonio. I had the refried bean burger and was greatly disappointed. Couldn't finish it. Also the service at Madrid's was very disinterested. As Maybe it was a bad day and maybe there is a better option. As far as fast food options: If your town has a Culver's give it a try. It is head and shoulder's above usual fast food fare.

                                                                                                  1. French Quarter in Temple, TX. An old fashioned 50's style restaurant. Their Heart stopper burger is massive. All their burgers taste homemade and the atmosphere is great.

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                                                                                                    1. re: joshj

                                                                                                      I heard they were good also where are they down here in Austin

                                                                                                    2. When I lived in Austin, the Frisco Shop always had the juiciest, tastiest burger (in addition to the best breakfasts). Is that still the case?

                                                                                                      1. Best burger I've ever had was in Lufkin at Ray's Drive Inn.

                                                                                                        1. Wunsche Bros Cafe & Saloon in Old Town SPRING, TEXAS.

                                                                                                          the burger melts in your mouth like nothing else!

                                                                                                          1. Christain's Tailgate in Houston, both locations, has a positively ethereal burger. Check the Houstonpress critic Robb Walsh's review on their website a year or two back.

                                                                                                            1. Dell's off of beltline its a hole in the wall but they have the best charcoal burgers. and homeade rootbeer! and its all affordable

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                                                                                                              1. re: xileas

                                                                                                                Where is Dell's? in Houston or Dallas?

                                                                                                                1. re: Maynerd

                                                                                                                  Dell's is just south of Main/Beltline in Richardson (Dallas).

                                                                                                                  1. re: simply_victoria

                                                                                                                    Thanks for the info simply__victoria. In your opinion, is it worth the drive from my loop 12 bubble? ;^)

                                                                                                                    1. re: Maynerd

                                                                                                                      To be honest, I've never stopped there. I was going to con a friend at work into going with me this week. Will report back!

                                                                                                              2. Well, I finally made it out to Kincaid's. And let me tell you. The burger's are great. I had to add alittle salt and pepper but that's just me. I thought I made a mistake by ordering the double cuz of how big the patties were. But I did end up eating all of it.....I didn't make it to the one in Ft. Worth but if it's anything like the one in Southlake, then i def. recommend it. I'll def. make another trip on my motorcycle to this joint again.

                                                                                                                1. Dallas folks have dissappointed (although I am going to check out the Grape this week-- thanks for the tip).

                                                                                                                  My 2 Favs (eat there at least twice a week):
                                                                                                                  1. Twisted Root- best burger and even better Buffalo burger
                                                                                                                  2. Angry dog

                                                                                                                  1. I must second the motion made earlier of Chips in Dallas, although the location I'm familiar with is on Cole ave just south of Knox. Try the Shoestring Onion Burger. By the way, if anyone wants more info on this subject, check out the blog of the Texas Burger Guy at www.texasburgerguy.blogspot.com. He does a great job, although the vast majority of his joints are located in the Houston area.

                                                                                                                    1. Try The Spot in Galveston. They are very good, and the buns are delicious. They have different sizes but the smaller one is fine for me. The condiments are served salad bar like, and the ingredients are very fresh. Here is a link:

                                                                                                                      Good crawfish, too! And it is on the seawall, so you can watch dolphins, pelicans and those pesky seagulls!

                                                                                                                      1. Big Al's in El Paso has a dang good mushroom burger. It's huge and as greasy as a hamburger should be. On a side note, they also have a "ghetto sandwich" which is tasty. It is a triple decker sandwich loaded with fried bologna, two chesses, sliced avacodo, sliced raw jalapenos, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and of course mayo. a gut buster that will send you to the lazyboy. But anyway, I was very impressed with the burgers.

                                                                                                                        1. Buck N Loons in Arlington have great burgers

                                                                                                                          1. There's a 3-table restaurant attached to a detailing service in Denton called RJ's that someone sent me to and that was one of the best I've had. Not a place to go if you want pretty but I need to get back there soon.


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                                                                                                                            1. re: dcfb

                                                                                                                              Man, I just went to the website you provided. I'm def. gonna be there for the "Famous burger challenge" they have. It says I have to eat it in 15 mins and it's free. Have you tried or seen it yet? I can eat pretty fast so we'll see how it goes......Thanks.

                                                                                                                              1. re: chrisgo76

                                                                                                                                I have not seen it happen. I think my brother had a friend try once and fail. It's supposedly like 10 lbs or something. I'm all for a challenge but, um, no for me.

                                                                                                                                But the burgers are darn good. A bit spicy to some, but not me.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Grubber

                                                                                                                                    Man I can't believe he died. That's terrible.........
                                                                                                                                    I called to see if they were still open but all I get is an anwering machine. Does anyone know if they're still making burgers. I posted a comment about going and trying the challenge burger but that was before I knew it was 5lbs.... Dang that's a lot of meat. Oh well, if they're still open I'm gonna try it. I'll post about it if and when I do it.....

                                                                                                                            2. I love Chip's too. However, I think Twisted Root Burger Co. has the best overall burger in Dallas.
                                                                                                                              Great buffalo burger too. I also love their home made ice cream and "special" ice tea like their, watermelon ice tea.

                                                                                                                              1. I am a big fan of the burgers at the Coppell Deli in Coppell (Dallas suburb). The Village Burger Bar in Dallas is pretty good (mainly just for their sweet potato fries though) and Twisted Root is worth trying. Kincaids from Ft Worth is overrated. I know someone from Texas shouldn't say it, but Five Guys (East Coast place) has the best burger I have ever had.

                                                                                                                                1. I see a fair amount of "famous" burger places getting a lot of love here. Here's one that's a bit off the beaten path though. In Burnet TX, just south of town on US 281 is Delaware Springs golf course.

                                                                                                                                  Their snack bar has one of the best burgers going. Real onions and lettuce and tomato.

                                                                                                                                  On Friday and Saturday they have REAL deviled eggs. I have non-golfing friends who go there just for the burgers.


                                                                                                                                  1. Bracken Store in Bracken. The burgers are just plain 1/2 pound burgers. Not always the same but always good. It is a short distance northeast of San Antonio. They have a web site with directions.

                                                                                                                                    1. Best Burger hands down!! Love Shack in Fort Worth Cowtown...owned by Tim Love (from Lonesome Dove around the corner) from Iron Chef fame.

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: greta01

                                                                                                                                        greta01, Love Shack rocks!!! The Dirty Love Burger is the best burger I've had yet. There are a few burger places I want to try that have been recommended to me, like Kincaid's, but so far Love Shack is at the top of my list. Their Dirty Love Burger, with the "Love sauce," bacon, cheese, and quail egg is amazing. The beef seems to be very high-quality. I suspect it's ground from the leftover high-end steaks at Tim Love's nearby upscale restaurant, Lonesome Dove. And I never eat runny egg yolks, ever, but I trusted that anything Chef Love creates is good and tried it ... out of this world! The added bonus there is that the people watching is really fun; there are plenty of inebriated tourists and plenty of local folks who fancy themselves cowboys.

                                                                                                                                      2. Houston- Christians is by far the #1 burger in Houston, Lankford #2
                                                                                                                                        Corpus- Hurb's- Best burger I've ever had (could have to do with the fact I just left Dr.Rockets Bar next door).
                                                                                                                                        San Antonio- Chris Madrid's tostada burger is one of a kind.
                                                                                                                                        Dallas- You won't find the best burger in Texas at The Grape.

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: GTBURGER

                                                                                                                                          Best burger in Dallas is at the Angry Dog. Hands down.

                                                                                                                                        2. Bracken Cafe...all the way. It's just outside of San Antonio near Schertz and Universal City. You have to know it's good when the crowds start forming early on a weekday. Bring cash because they don't take credit.

                                                                                                                                          1. There are several places in Dallas that I like. I usually order a jalapeno cheese burger. For me the test of a good burger is without mustard....I put mustard on flavorless meat. I will also use a little mayo on really dry meat. If the burger is juciy enough and the bun is toasted (with a slight smear of butter or mayo...to maintain bun integrety not to flavor) a good cheese burger needs no mustard or mayo.....I get enough vinegar flavor from the pickled japs and a few pickle slices...

                                                                                                                                            that being said....

                                                                                                                                            I like Chips, Adairs, The Loon and Club Schmitz in Dallas

                                                                                                                                            I've been to Chris Madrid's pretty neat....kincaids...has been hit or miss, their burgers are a bit too lean....

                                                                                                                                            There is a website by a guy in or outside of Houston....he tries to hit all the best places. His reviews are fun to read....I think it is the Hamburger Guy....something like that. Should not be hard to find if you google.

                                                                                                                                            I do beleive a good cheese burger can be sublime...when you find one that's just right...they are hard to beat.

                                                                                                                                            good luck in your quest.

                                                                                                                                            1. Way off the beaten path is Alamo Springs Cafe in Alamo Springs. Just outside of Fredericksburg on the way to the old train tunnel to watch the bats fly out. Alamo Springs is down the dead end road. Great burgers hand made and juicy.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: JMark

                                                                                                                                                Where exactly is Alamo Springs? I have driven the old road that goes through
                                                                                                                                                Bankersmith,Grapetown,etc.which ends up in Cain City and US Hwy 290.
                                                                                                                                                I know near the train tunnel, there was a planned resort community of Mount Alamo,but there is I guess a few buildings or homes still around,left from the 1900s. Curious,cause I might like to try to go up there one day for vacation.
                                                                                                                                                Also Bracken Cafe has good burgers.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: HollyDolly

                                                                                                                                                  Just ate at Alamo Springs Cafe and loved it. The burgers are wonderful and you can even get green chiles since the owner is from New Mexico. The crusty fries are great, too. Directions: from Fredericksburg, go east on Highway 290 about 3 miles. Look for the TXDOT brown sign that says "Old Tunnel Wildlife Area". Turn right (south) onto Old San Antonio Road. Go 10.5 miles. The Old Tunnel WMA will be on the left at the top of the hill; turn left there at Alamo Road. Alamo Springs General Store and Cafe are located right next to the bat cave.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: BabsinTX

                                                                                                                                                    We ate at Alamo Springs Cafe Thursday for lunch and that was the first time I've ever in my 57 years had to eat a hamburger with a fork. It was a juicy mess of goodness. The battered fries were okay, the onion rings were delicious but you have to eat them while they are hot, they go limp and greasy pretty quick. Their onions are so sweet and wonderful. My husband had the green chilies on his burger and said they were excellent.

                                                                                                                                                    From I-10 heading west, take exit 524 (US87). Go into Comfort on 87 and take a right on FM473 - heading west. In a little under 5 miles you'll come to Old #9 Highway, take it north. In about 8 miles you'll come to Alamo Road. Take a right and it's just a hop, skip and jump on your right. It's a twisting, turning, slow road in a big truck but it's worth the visit.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: texasredtop

                                                                                                                                                      love this place. just proves that If You Make It, They Will Come. couldn't be farther from anywhere, friendlier, or more consistently over-the-top. WARNING: if you order the Fried Stuffed Avocado (roughly the size of a small football) you will be finished before the burger gets there, which serves you right for being so silly.

                                                                                                                                                      Alamo Springs General Store & Cafe
                                                                                                                                                      107 Alamo Rd, Fredericksburg, TX 78624

                                                                                                                                              2. Tookie's Seabrook - order the Stomp's Ice House Special double meat w/cheddar. Classic!

                                                                                                                                                1. Butcher Boys in Nacogdoches has the best burger in Texas. They have a meat market and grind their hamburger fresh! YUM!

                                                                                                                                                  1. Still darn hard to beat the Dairy Palace in Canton. It's amoung the best of it's type of burger.

                                                                                                                                                    1. Ameli Cafe on Harper Rd. 4 miles north of I-10 exit 505 (Kerrville)

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                                                                                                                                                      1. For all of the replies stating Kincaid's, please please PLEASE go to Buck N'Loons Cafe. The burgers there awesome. I went to Kincaid's yesterday for the first time from all the hype and was disappointed by the hype. Don't get me wrong, I definitely wasn't disappointed in the burger, which was very delicious (bacon cheeseburger & onion rings). My girlfriend got the chili cheeseburger and fries which was also delicious (I had to ask for a bite).

                                                                                                                                                        But please, for anybody that says Kincaid's is the best, travel just a few more miles to Arlington and try Buck N'Loons Cafe. I would recommend the Shannon Burger (2 1/2lb patties, 2 slices of cheese, 6 strips of bacon. amazing).

                                                                                                                                                        Buck N'Loons has only been mentioned once in this year long thread, and it deserves to be tried by all food enthusiasts like all of you. :)

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: dannydrift

                                                                                                                                                          >>I would recommend the Shannon Burger (2 1/2lb patties, 2 slices of cheese, 6 strips of bacon. amazing).<<

                                                                                                                                                          How could a burger with ONE POUND OF MEAT be enjoyable for anybody but a competitive eater? Never mind the additional cheese and bacon too!

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Scagnetti

                                                                                                                                                            I know it is a little outrageous. I had a bet going if I could finish it so that's the only one I've tried. My girlfriend tried the guacamole burger and she said it was good. Another friend that came along had a burger that came with thousand island dressing. Not all burgers are 1lb. They do have 1/2lb burgers as well. The patty is so hot and juicy. Because I'm bad at persuading people to try new things, I would really like for someone to try this place out and let others know what the thought.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Scagnetti

                                                                                                                                                              darli', it's texas. gotta remember, too much is NOT enough!

                                                                                                                                                            2. re: dannydrift

                                                                                                                                                              Man, the burger sounds great. I'm gonna have to get out there as soon as I can. 2 1/2 pounds.. Man that's awesome. It reminds me of the burger at Wingfield's in Oak Cliff. I'm in McKinney but I'll definitely ride out that way for this burger you talk about.. I'll let you know what I think...

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: dannydrift

                                                                                                                                                                Say, I went to the website and found nothing about a Shannon Burger. Nor did it say they have 1/2 pound patties. All their burgers are 1/4 pounders.. I was excited to go try this thing, but unless I really feel like riding my motorycycle from McKinney on a good weather day, I don't think I'll make that trip........ Here's the website if you want to check for yourself... http://www.bucknloons.com/

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: chrisgo76

                                                                                                                                                                  It doesn't say anything about the Shannon Burger on the site and I don't know why. The website is lacking a lot. If you call them and ask, they'll tell you they still serve it. When I was told about this place, I did the same thing; so I went ahead and called and they told me they do serve it. The burger is honestly the best burger I've ever had, and I have tried a lot of delicious recommended burgers (Kincaids, Dirty Martins, Chris Madrid's, and Mooyah's in Plano to name a few). It is a long drive for me also, I'm in Carrollton; but it's so worth every mile. Every single person I've taken to try this burger has agreed that it's the best they've ever tried.

                                                                                                                                                                  I'm going to try out this attach a photo feature to post a crappy picture I have of it.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: dannydrift

                                                                                                                                                                    The burger looks pretty good. If they do serve it, I'll have to make a motorcycle trip out that way to try it. I don't mind doing that on the weekends....
                                                                                                                                                                    I've heard good things about Mooyah's as well. I'll have to try that one too. I know it might be far for you, but if you ever have the chance you should try the double meat bacon cheeseburger at Wingfield's in Oakcliff. It is the best "BIG" burger I have ever tried. I've tasted regular size burgers that were mighty tasty, but I like a combination of both huge, juicy and tasty... So this one top them all for me... Let me know if you try it.. You won't be disappointed. I promise.....

                                                                                                                                                              2. Over the Easter holiday my wife, parents and I all were on our way to Waco and I have heard a little buzz about this place in Grandview, TX. For any of you who are not familiar with this town....there is not much going on. With a brief drive around "downtown" Grandview we headed west down CR 916. We stopped a gas station that seemed to be the "hangout". They had a hamburger deal of $3.99 with chips and a drink, resonable but I did not try. I had another place in mind. With the help of the locals we headed just about a 1/2 mile further west down CR 916. And then we spotted it...Burgundy Pasture Beef. This place is one of the few that is "close" to the metroplex and has all natural pasture beef. They also use the same beef in their hamburgers. The group all order just a plain hamburger no cheese with all the veggies. We sided the burgers with a bag of Kettle brand chips (Spicy Thai flavor was a winner) and a root beer (a bit sugary). After waiting about 5 mins we all dug in to our huge burger. The burger looked to be 3/4 lb patty. The rolls "buns" were freshly made and the veggies were garden fresh as the ripe tomatoes were deep fire engine red. The burger was excellent and the grill left the burger well done on the outside and perfect on the inside. The burgers were hard to finish as they were quite large. If you are ever on I-35 heading south I would definitely recommend this place for partured beef, lamb or pork and their awesome burgers ($4.99 plain, $5.99 with cheese), it will be well worth your trip off the highway!


                                                                                                                                                                I also noticed that there are two coffee shops in this small town (non-chain). I don't drink coffee but perhaps a coffee guru can try it out (Java Taza and one just at the end of downtown next to Granny's Restaurant). Also Antique Alley is coming soon


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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                                                                                                                                                                  1. The tostada burger at Chris Madrid's in San Antonio.
                                                                                                                                                                  2. The Big Skinny at Skinny's in Weatherford.
                                                                                                                                                                  3. J.C.'s in Plano.

                                                                                                                                                                2. Kincaid's is a classic, no frills burger.

                                                                                                                                                                  But my current favorite burger in Crazy Fort Worth has to be at Dutch's, near TCU. The buns make the burger, even though that probably should not be allowed as a determining factor of a burger's greatness. But just try one, you'll see. The green chile chicken sandwich is also a winner as well as their black pepper batter for the tender onion rings. Yum!

                                                                                                                                                                  Loveshack is reminiscent of Dyer's in Memphis, small, greasy and yummy.

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: cpjon446

                                                                                                                                                                    Has Dutch's seemed inconsistent to you at all? I had one and it was really quite the hockey puck. I asked for MR, but I'm not sure if they honor cooking requests or not. Others have said they're hit and miss. I do agree that the bun is good... but the Mrs. Baird's buns on Kincaid's and the Love Shack have their own appeal.

                                                                                                                                                                  2. Texas has a ton of great hamburger joints but if I had to choose just one I would have to go with the Kincaid's Grocery in Ft. Worth. Been eating there since I was a kid and it's changed very little in the last 30 years. FYI - Anybody that wants to have a burger at the original store on Camp Bowie will have to do it before mid-august. The bldg. was sold and the new owners wanted to triple the rent so Kincaid's have to decided to find a new location in the same general area.

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: MickR

                                                                                                                                                                      It actually has changed quite a Bit....It use to be standing only, Butcher Paper was provided and you placed it on top of the grocery shelves, its all tables and booths now....Still not Bad, Fred's is Better

                                                                                                                                                                    2. Legends Bar & Grill in Brenham - Fantastic, juicy with thick slices of bacon and gooey cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                      Roaring Fork - Big Ass Burger. Served only at lunch. Huge and awesome.

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: hnewburn


                                                                                                                                                                        Where is Roaring Fork located?

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                                                                                                                                                                          Roaring Fork is the cafe in the Stephen F. Austin hotel in Austin. They serve their Big Ass Burger at happy hour, too. It's decent and huge, but I've had tastier. They need to season their beef.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. In Dallas-Keller's Hamburgers & Club Schmitz
                                                                                                                                                                        In Mineola (East Texas)-East Texas Burger Company

                                                                                                                                                                        I grew up around Rockwall, TX-the BEST Burger I ever had was from "Boots Burger"-this little burger joint a family ran out of their house-I don't think they are still open but their burgers were LEGENDARY.

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: shannydiva

                                                                                                                                                                          Boots Burger is ABSOLUTELY still open :) We had it for lunch today. Tasty, tasty burger. My boss's husband went to pick them up, and he had to walk 2 blocks to the pickup window. 17 cars in a line, waiting!

                                                                                                                                                                        2. It doesn't look like anyone has mentioned the Fat Bob at Hill's Cafe in Austin yet. It's my favorite in town. It's a half pound, and they do ask you how you'd like it cooked, and they get it right every time. The Fat Bob has bacon, american cheese, and fried egg on it and they serve it on their kolache buns, which are enormous. If you aren't interested in the bacon, egg, cheese combo, any of their other burgers are good as well. They season the meat and cook it perfectly.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. Kincades in FW is a Great Burger, But theres a place not as well known Called Fred's, Near the Mont Ward Building..Blows Kincades away.

                                                                                                                                                                            Both are delicous but both are far too messy, Kincades falls completley apart before finishing and Fred's stays together just a tad longer....

                                                                                                                                                                            The Winner of Best Burger in Texas IMO is Chaps, 2 locations in FW, I usuaully went to the one off Hulen st, N Of I-10....It is a PERFECT buger

                                                                                                                                                                            Runner Up:

                                                                                                                                                                            Bobs Frontier Bar B Q, Conroe TX...(they may be closed now)

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: GccTxs

                                                                                                                                                                              Goff's Hamburgers in Dallas, on Lovers or Preston. Their chili, cheese and onions is soooooooo good. Had one last night. Good fries also, order extra crispy. Love the low key atmosphere.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: alittlezaftig

                                                                                                                                                                                sorry , but could not disagree more about the lousy burgers at Goff's....had one 2 days ago , and it is almost impossible to describe , but let's start with a question: how do you make a cold hamburger ? They cooked a patty while I waited , assembled the burger and gave it to me , and it was cold.....and I don't mean cool....impossible , right ?

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: pinotho

                                                                                                                                                                                  Skinny's in Weatherford, TX.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Try the "Big Skinny"!!

                                                                                                                                                                            2. I agree that Chris Madrids is great but I think the best burger in Texas is at Chester's Hamburgers in San Antonio. We don't live there any more we live in the Dallas area but we have been know to drive their from Dallas for a burger. A great burger spot in Dallas in Mooyah. All they do is burgers.

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: burgerhound

                                                                                                                                                                                Ate at Chester's a month ago while in SA. Very disappointed. Their food's gone downhill since I lived there. Mooyah's in Austin is getting good press but they're up against quite a few great burger joints. They're good but not as good as Casino El Camino (can't take kids there though) or Fuego's.

                                                                                                                                                                              2. Even though this may be my first post, it doesn't mean that I don't know what a good burger is. I am in the Dallas area and I think Primos has one of the best burgers in town. It has a nice steakhouse flavor (I believe it's ground sirloin), the cheese is very oozy and comes on a fantastic bun. They give you a mayo or mustard choice ala Sonic and I tend to just dip in Ketchup. The fries are good too. I've always though Primos had mediocre tex-mex fare at best, but their burger is one to definitely try.

                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks to this forum I know have myriad of joints to check out, thanks for all the opinions, I love this site!

                                                                                                                                                                                1. Okay top hamburger places in NRH hills area. Colleyville : Market Street Grocery Store. Johnny Bs Burger in Southlake. Kinciads in Southlake

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: maverick81

                                                                                                                                                                                    Do you know of any good burgers in north richland hills hills itself?

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I actually had the chance the other night to try G's Burger Den (odd combo for a restaurant Burgers and Funnel Cakes) in Lewisville, TX (suburb of Dallas) and the burgers are very comparable to Wingfields in S. Dallas. Not quite as big as Wingfields but the flavor of the meat is superb, fresh veggies, nicely griddle toasted bun, and made to order. Prices are higher than fast food but the burger just alone is worth the price. My wife and I got a combo meal and could not finish it. Definitely second best in Dallas from what I have tried!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                                                                                                                                                                                      I've had a burger at G Burger twice at least a year ago now. The first time I went, it was delicious, really juicy and tasty. Perfectly buttered and toasted bun. The second time I went, it just wasn't the same. I was very disappointed the second time so I haven't been back since. I may have to try it again soon. I really don't like their idea of refills. Both times I went, you had to pay $.50 per refill. Do they still have this policy?

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: dannydrift

                                                                                                                                                                                        I never drink soft drinks so I can't help you there. We had water.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                                                                                                                                                                                          Hey LewisvillHounder, if G's Burger is 2nd in Dallas... does that mean Wingfield's is your 1st?.... I happen to think so... I'll have to look G's up since I'm not too far away for that one.....Thanks... I'll let you know how it goes.....

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: chrisgo76

                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes Wingfields is still my number one in Dallas. I think most people get their orders to go at G's (similar to Wingfields). G's is probably crazy busy on the weekdays during the lunch hour as they have sing that state no more than 4 orders per ticket and no phone orders during the lunch hour. At night they aren't as busy. The decor is scant but the burgers are excellent (especially for a Denton County burger place). Also you can tell the burgers are going to be great if 1) the owner takes your order and 2) the same owner is slicing tomatoes with a knife not a mandolline for your burger!

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                                                                                                                                                                                              Stopped at G's today for lunch (12:30). They were taking phone orders - asked me if I had called in my order. Probably about 20 minutes total to get in and out with my bacon cheeseburger and fries and there was a line backing up behind me, but a phone in order of 8 meals was being prepared when I got there. There's a sign that says refills are 50 cents, not sure if they enforce it though. This was my second visit, and it's by far the best burger in the area. The fry seasoning was a little heavy, I'll probably try onion rings next time.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: hobbes404

                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks for the update on the soda refill information. I need to try this place again. I don't remember it being a 2nd place burger.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. I hear the hamburger at Mercury (Dallas) is made of tenderloin and is supposed to be incredible. Has anyone had it?

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I'm a burger purist. I don't want high end ingredients; I want a burger!!!! That said, Bellaire Broiler Burger is awesome. In San Marcos try Centerpoint Station. They take a long time but are worth it. Grin's also gets a nod but they sold out on being just a burger joint in the early eighties. In Austin Mike's on Seventh is probably the greasiest burger I ever ate and the proprietor: George is Mike, is absolutely vile. Just what you want in a seedy dive of a burger joint. "What do YOU want?!" Is a likely greeting as he eyes you from head to toe and back to eye level.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. I tried Kincaid's on Camp Bowie in Ft. Worth last Monday, June 30, 2008. The burger was a really good old fashioned hamburger with plenty of juicy meat. I will probably never go out of my way to go there again, though. The french fries were frozen crinkle cuts (I happen to like getting a cup o' fries like these at carnivals) and the banana pudding was nothing special.

                                                                                                                                                                                            I much prefer the Chris Madrid cheddar burger and fresh cut fries in San Antonio. Now that's worth the drive!

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Oh, I also thought the Kincaid's burger, while good, was a little expensive. I mean, that's about what I pay for a cheeseburger in any of our steak houses here in San Angelo, but the fresh cut french fries (not frozen crinkle cuts like at Kincaid's) come with it in the steak houses. The burgers taste about the same as Kincaid's. I'm talking about a cheeseburger from Zentner's Daughter, Lowake, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. I like burgers medium to medium rare... Ball's, Chip's, and the Loon in Dallas all make em good this way.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: prikay

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Keller's and Angry Dog have never let me down, and between the two, I'd probably give the edge to Keller's. If they had a sitdown room, I'd probably frequent it more -- I hate eating in the car -- but obviously that's not what they're going for.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  That said, I haven't found any burgers here that can beat the Shake Shack burger in New York or the number of spots in SoCal: Father's Office, In N Out, Fatburger, Island's, and (when I really want to punish my body) Tommy's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: FiveDanFive

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I love alot of the burgers already mentioned in here, so I'll try and add a couple that I haven't seen yet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    In Dallas I love the Midway Point's burgers. Little bar right off 635 and Midway in the parking lot where the Neighborhood Market is at.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    and maybe my favorite place on earth is Fugler's on 154 in Nesbitt just outside of Marshall. Big and greasy, but it's the best sick feeling you'll ever have.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I saw someone mention Le Tub in Hollywood,FL earlier and I've tried it 5 or 6 times because of the hype and walked away every single time disappointed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. I'm on the same page with someone up above about classifying burgers into the "old fashioned" thin patty burger or the thicker patty burger or the monsterous "gourmet" burger.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I've yet to find a good one that falls into the latter category, but for thin, you can't beat Al's in Arlington. I don't think there's anything particularly special about them other than they know how to cook the patty "dun" w/o it becoming a crispy-critter hockey puck. I always have the chili version - great taste with a small amount of heat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  For a thicker burger - and some may categorize it gourmet because of the creator - Love Shack in Ft. Worth is my go to place. Good greasy burger mix of tenderloin and brisket with housemade pickles and chipotle mayo. Unfortunately, you sit outside, so the weather limits when to go, but weather permitting......

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: CocoaNut


                                                                                                                                                                                                    Three monsterous burgers...not sure if they are gourmet but they are definitely big.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wingfields in OakCliff on Beckley just south of Illinois. Yes it is very worth the trip

                                                                                                                                                                                                    G Burger Den in Lewisville on 35 & Corporate (West side)

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Burger Island several locations - Irving on Story & 183 (north side), Carrollton at 35 & Belt Line (East side), and the original in Richardson

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks for the heads up! Yesterday, I saw the above reference to Wingfield's. I've never heard of it, but I have a list of want-to-trys in Oak Cliff, so a great burger place is now on my list!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      G Burger is easily accessable so will try to remember it when I get my next burger hankering.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: CocoaNut

                                                                                                                                                                                                        New kid on the block Nick Badovinus at Neighborhood Services on W. Lovers has a KILLER BURGER. KILLER.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: CocoaNut

                                                                                                                                                                                                          G's Burger Den in Lewisville is now out of business

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Rudyards in Houston has an amazing burger

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: LeftyJonno

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have seen some very worthwhile mentionable's about the best burgers in texas... Wingfield's , the Grape, etc...

                                                                                                                                                                                                        BUT $ for $ and pound 4 pound, the best in Texas is the "Incredible-Double" @ Buck and Loons in Arlington on Cooper st. This must be the best kept secret in Texas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        It is the perfect thickness, texture and taste. and it come with tornado fries(or Chips as they call them) Moist, tender, juicy, cheesy, flavorful.. it is the best ...BAR-NONE!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        a custom bun, a custom(secret) grind of rib-eye, sirloin, etc... Best hamburger / cheeseburger ... 1 lb of meat, yet it is still very manageable.. rookies might need to cut it in half

                                                                                                                                                                                                        and their fried pies are to die for...

                                                                                                                                                                                                        best of all they have a variety of other things your date can order!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I have seen some very worthwhile mentionable's about the best burgers in texas... Wingfield's , the Grape, etc...

                                                                                                                                                                                                        BUT $ for $ and pound 4 pound, the best in Texas is the "Incredible-Double" @ Buck and Loons in Arlington on Cooper st. This must be the best kept secret in Texas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        It is the perfect thickness, texture and taste. and it come with tornado fries(or Chips as they call them) Moist, tender, juicy, cheesy, flavorful.. it is the best ...BAR-NONE!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        a custom bun, a custom(secret) grind of rib-eye, sirloin, etc... Best hamburger / cheeseburger ... 1 lb of meat, yet it is still very manageable.. rookies might need to cut it in half

                                                                                                                                                                                                        and their fried pies are to die for...

                                                                                                                                                                                                        best of all they have a variety of other things your date can order!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I would have to say that Burgers and Billiards in Graham, Texas has the best burgers around...... The "Captains Burger" is my favorite. It is a 3/4 pound burger with swiss cheese and shaved ham on it..... Its so good,, Plus you can play pool for free while you wait. I live in Wichita Falls, Texas and there are a few great burgers to be had there. Genes Tasty Burger, Ronnies Burger, Scotts Drive in, and The glass kitchen...... All worth a try,,,

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. I went to try G's today and it's closed (maybe only temporarily, but call before you go next time). Sign on the door indicated financial obligation issues.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            So, I next drove to Ed's Deli to find that it too has closed. By now, I'm only a hair from starving so relunctantly, I went across the parking lot to Goff's Hamburgers. Once a favorite - when Harvey owned it and was located on Lover's - it has gone into steady decline under the leadership of the new owner. The chili cheese burger was not even a shadow to the original; cold patty, colder cheese and watery, lumpy chili. What a shame.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jeisenhardt

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Having read this post and contributed several times, I will have to say I was dissapointed by Lankford's Grocery in the Montrose area of Houston. My wife and I went the Monday after Christmas and the place was packed we quickly grabbed the only table left inside as it was "cold" for Houston weather. We had limited funds so we only ordered two cheeseburgers with everything one with the mayo nixed with two waters. We quickly realized that the tater tots were a highly requested item but they were out that day. Our burger arrived and it looked great. Took the first bite and quickly realized that the burgers while thick were a bit overcooked and dry. I would forgoe the warning of raw meat to have a juicy burger than to have a dry overcooked patty. Maybe it was just the day but I would not make it down to Lankford's again. My next trip to Houston will give Bubba's Burgers close to the Galleria a try. Looks like a shack but have heard it has a decent burger. Still my favorite still stands....Wingfields in Oak Cliff (Dallas Zoo area) in Dallas

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                                                                                                                                                                                                                lankfords is the most inconsistent place in town. but when they are on, the burger is great. when they arent, it can range from still good to underwhelming. it looks like you got the wrong end of that this time, which is unfortunate. ive also found them consistently incapable of dressing a burger, either to order, or with a not obscene amount of one ingredient, say onions or half a jar of mustard, or whatever it happens to be that day. it really is amazing, like theyve never heard of quality control. even still, i still like going there because half the time the burger is wonderful, or if im in the mood for spice, the habanero burger is outstanding.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                you didnt miss anything special with the tots. they are just tots, which are better than fries, but nothing you havent had many times before. the fried peppers and onions (i forget what the menu calls them) are a nice change of pace.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                on a side note, if you are a tater tot connoisseur, get thee to hickory hollow immediately. the hot tots are awesome little fried balls of jalapeno-mashed potatoes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                bubbas burger shack is indeed outstanding. i get the buffalo, sometimes the double buffalo, because the beef is actually too fatty. this is a really really good burger. like you said, its in the shack underneath the highway at westpark and sage.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: bpdhlbrg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My husband hates to drive 10 minutes outside our neighborhood to try anything new, so I had to beg to get him to go to Lankfords to try the burgers. What a bummer! We also got dry burgers, even though I specifically asked for them to be medium. I'd like to try again, just for the heck of it, but . . . Now if I can figure out a way to get him to go to Bubba's! I had a Buffalo Burger close to Lake Houston a couple years ago that was phenomenal but for the life of me I have no idea the name of the place.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The double meat cheeseburger at Little Bitty Burger Barn (Houston) is really great. Ask for it medium. They have good tots, but not flavored. Hand cut french fries, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Are the tots at Hickory Hollow actually jalapeno flavored? I never tried them. I love those tots.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: danhole

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the hot-tots at hickory hollow arent your normal tater tot. i dont even know if they are technically tater tots. what they are is a little ball of jalapeno mashed potatoes briefly fried. just barely crispy enough to hold their shape. the potatoes arent so much jalapeno flavored as they are just mashed potatoes with minced up jalapenos in them. these go very well with bbq sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. With the unseasonably warm weather that Sat. brought, I decided to try out Fred's Texas Cafe in Ft. Worth. I shied away from the hand patted signature ¾ # Diablo Burger dressed with chipotles and the usual other condiments and instead opted for a ¼ # blue cheese burger with hand cut fries. For those who are afraid of grease, this is not the place for you. Everything from bun to fries had a slick coating of the stuff. The smaller patty only filled about 2/3 of the bun and just didn’t have much flavor, although admittedly, the pungent blue cheese possibly overpowered whatever other tastes may have been there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              The inside seating area was small and cramped with a low hanging ceiling. And it was packed, in spite of the beautiful weather and available seating outside. For me it was a no-brainer to opt for the picnic table seating on the patio which was enclosed by a stockade type fence, lashed together with wire. A rail car was off to one side and appeared to be a storage area for supplies. Beer signage, primarily Lone Star, was the décor of choice and hung around the perimeter and also adorned the outside “cantina”. Patrons ranged from young to golden oldies, bikers, rockers, and one parent with kids in tow (afternoon). There was a small stage at one end where local bands play throughout the week. And for the chilly moments, there were propane heaters tucked away in one corner. I like the place just for the honky-tonkish atmosphere, but for a better Ft. Worth burger, I’d have to give the nod to Love Shack.


                                                                                                                                                                                                              915 Currie Street
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Fort Worth, Texas
                                                                                                                                                                                                              (817) 332-0083

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Bubba Texas Burger Shack is the best that i've ever had. It literally is a shack under the freeway on Westpark (by the Galleria in Houston). I just went there today and found out that they won the best burger in Houston for 2008 by Citysearch. Their buffalo burgers are to die for!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. My top three, in no particular order:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Chris Madrid's, San Antonio. Especially fond of their Cheddar Cheezy burger. Can't eat the macho, have to order the smaller size.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Casino El Camino, Austin: loving their Amarillo burger. Hell, love all their burgers. Since they were featured on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives they have been busier but still fantastic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fuego's, Austin: This is a Mexican mom & pop place in a strip mall but their Fat Burger is cranking damn fine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Kaya_n_Austin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wow, I'm so glad to find all these Houston burger suggestions. I've footnoted every one, in my phone book restaurant section. Best burgers I ever had in my life were from two places both in the Clear Lake (NASA) area. Sadly, both Jalapeno Tree and S.W. Tootie's are now gone. That leaves Dallas-based Mooyah, Austin-based Burger Tex and local Burger House about the best we have left in CL. But here are some in Houston that y'all didn't mention:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    C & D, 10606 Fuqua (haven't tried it yet, but it gets high marks from reviewers).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Shuttle Burger, 8405 Almeda-Genoa at Monroe (outstanding - pineapple on their signature model is great).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Blake's BBQ, 2916 Jeanette (supposedly has great burgers too).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5 Guys, Rosenberg (don't know about it).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Guy's Meat Market, Old 90A in SW Houston (smoked, but get it early before it dries out).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Smashburger, Main and Kirby (read reviews, but haven't tried yet).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cheeburger Cheeburger, 106 Vintage Pk Blvd (ditto).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fuddrucker (not as good here as they are in SoCal - Burger House is a copy of them).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    In So Cal, where they have lots of great chili and hot dog haunts (and why is it we don't?), there aren't many gourmet burger joints, but the franchises are better than ours. Among them, I had to have these at least once a week or so:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fatburger (available with Oklahoma chili on it).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    In N Out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tommy's (their signature model has chili on it).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Pirate Paul

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Best Houston Burgers -- Updates

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      After posting the above list, another dozen or so "finds" have been added to the original list, with comments from a few readers. To see them all and follow the comments, see Mashtronauts.com, click on "MashtroForums," then look for the topic "Food Recipes w/ Beer." Inside that topic is a header for best Houston burger joints. The list grows.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. The burger at The Porch is perfect, with a foie gras bun, bacon, and a fried egg!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: OCNC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Is that the newly rebuilt "The Porch" on 99 Heights Blvd at Washington, formerly the Cosmos Cafe and next door to Hickory Hollow Barbecue?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Pirate Paul

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Paul - OCNC is from Dallas, and the place on the Heights is The Porch Swing Pub, serving bar food like corn dogs and phillies. Doubt they would have any foie gras ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I saw your list on Mashtronauts. You really need to get Mytiburger off that list. I can make a better burger, from frozen which is what they use, in my kitchen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Let me qualify that a great burger to me is juicy with a tender, soft and lightly toasted bun where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. I prefer the 1/4 to 1/3 pound thinnish patties charred on the outside and juicy on the inside. I don't really go for a humk of meat that looks like the ground up a brontosaurus and put in between two buns. If I want more meat I'd rather get two thin patties than the one big fat one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In Houston:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Smashburger - my current favorite. 1/3 pound with cheese and egg bun had just the right amount of meat to chesse to bun to grease ratio. Reminds me of the best burgers I had as a kid growing up in Odessa which were at the snack bar inside Medical Center Hospital. Yes, I used to go to the hospital just for the food! I know its a chain, but they are doin it right at the one in Houston. I get it to go and let it sit in the box for a bit so it steams the bun a little more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Annie's on Post Oak had a pretty good burger if you are in the area as well. Could be a little jucier on some occasions but good overall.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Christian's on I-10 - I can't recommend these burgers. I read the hype and the wife and I tried them and were very disappointed. Maybe we just went on a bad day, but we won't be going back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lankford Grocery - great atmosphere but marginal burger in my opinion. Better than fast food burgers but that's not saying a lot. Could have been a LOT better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In Texas: The absolute best burger I ever had in my life was in the mid 70's at a place named Benoit's in McCamey, TX. They had a burger that was literally the size of a big dinner plate, both the meat and bun. It had to be at least a pound of meat. Back then they catered to mostly oilfield hands like my dad who needed a substantial meal. I haven't been back in years, but I googled them and they still list a Benoit's in McCamey. I'd be interested in know if they are still serving that huge hanburger and if it is still as good as I remember it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I enjoy going to Hole In The Wall for a great burger. Big, Juicy and come with anything you could desire. I have been known to throw down once in a while in the evenings there where they feature some truly tasty blues as well. The name lives up to what you will find, do not be put off. Located at Harry Hines and Forest in Dallas.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: DallasDude


                                                                                                                                                                                                                            So far some great posts! I was curious if you have tried Wingfield out and if so how does Hole In The Wall compare. I know exactly where HITW is (used to be the Sam Moon shopping center caddy corner to it). IMO I still haven't found better than Wingfields in Texas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: DallasDude

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              How much has change in just over a year. The burger climate has altered greatly in Dallas. Hole in the Wall doesn't exist after many, many years on Harry Hines. The inundation of the chef-driven burger phenom has speared through the city. Wonderful regional outlets have come or are coming to Dallas (INO most notable), Twisted Root has taken over the city with many locations, but the quality isn't the same as we once experienced when this thread was first thriving.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We seem to definitely love our burgers in North Texas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Also to throw in an update, Twisted Root's location on 75/Campbell is now open!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. we did a burger sampling in Dallas last week....cheeseburgers from Wingfields, Club Schmitz, and Kellers. In order of finish, it Wingfields, by far. The best burger I've had in Dallas. BTW, they're huge. When I looked at their menu, they offered singles doubles, and triples. Seeing that, I assumed that they were thin-ish patties, and ordered a double. Yoikes. We had to split it into two burgers, and eat them open faced.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Club Schmitz was good, and the grilled onions were a nice touch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I was somewhat dissappointed in Kellers. Everything about the burger looked great, but it just didn't have any flavor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                next weekend will be Midway Point, Adairs, Dairy-ette, Bakers Drive In, Lee Harvey's, and Hole in the Wall.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  How would one join you in such a quest next weekend?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. You must try Kilburns' burgers. They are the best in Houston. Not a popular place since it is on teh outskirts but worth the drive for me and my husband (we live in town and 30 mins away). The burgers are always consisent no matter the the time of day, day of the week or the toppings. Juicy, great bread, and as a bonus- good beer! www.kilburnstavern.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. KINCAIDS in FW is one of the best burgers in Texas, whenever I"m down that way I make it a point to stop regardless of the time of day or if I'm hungry or not. But beware they opened another kincaids in Southlake. I have only tried it once and was really disapointed, the burger was dry as shoe leather. I was watching the man making the patties no two were the same size and he was making them while chatting with all the people around him, and not having any plastic gloves on his hands. and I don't know where those hands were, well i do he touched every thing i sight. So Kincade's in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      FW is one of the best but stay away from the one in Southlake. BL


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: blewistex

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Haven't been to the FW location, but couldn't agree more about the SL location. Based on the long standing FW reputation, I've tried SL twice, maybe three times with the same dry, flavorless results. To my surprise, the weekly Grapevine paper just published their "Best Of" list (covering Grapevine, SL and Colleyville) and Kincaid's took a top spot in burgers. Oh my....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. You all will kill me. I have to do this...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        As a child, my family would on occasion camp in the Wichita Mountains, not far from Lawton, Oklahoma. This is home to Fort Sill. The old structures were built by Buffalo Soldiers, and a prison there housed Geronimo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If you visit a spot in the road called Meers, you will see the only residents and their tiny restaurant and home to the world famous Meersburger. This plate sized burger is enough to share, but a hungry 12 year old could finish one and look eagerly for his next.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        25 years later, I still take a trek there once in a while. The burger is simply as large as I remember it. Tasty, juicy and made with their own longhorn cattle, 97% lean cooked medium well. They have added to their simple menu over the years, and now even do a micro brew. Such is progress.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have driven 5 states to try a barbecue sandwich only to eat and turn around (hole in a wall in West Memphis). I could see myself getting worked up and dashing off to Oklahoma for a burger. It's that good.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: DallasDude

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Try the Meersburger after an all day climb at Wichita Mountains...tastes even better...and coming up over a hill in the park on your way to Meers almost colliding with a herd of buffalo about 100 strong...priceless. That day will be always ingrained in my mind the burger was awesome and sipping a beer down even better but to get out of you car and wait about 30 mins while the buffalo graze on by to their next spot was an awesome sight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          After a hard days climb you can finish the burger!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. I"ve eaten at a very large number of the "joints" in this thread. A lot of very good burger places have been mentioned. There are also "best burger hands down" posts that I consider to laughable, but then again everyone is allowed to have their opinion. I'll admit I haven't wandered around west Texas looking for burgers, so places like Boondocks in Amarillo are out of my scope of knowledge. But my real question is how did this thread get to be 215+ entries and not one mention of any place in Bryan/College Station?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Sam's Diner in Houston, TX. Just off I-10, really, really extraordinary

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Beck's Prime is the Best that I have had here in Texas. I just wish that they had more locations. I have tried Otto's in and out of the Tunnel, and for my taste Beck's is the winner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The best ever regardless of state has been Ted's Montana Grill in Georgia. Ted's is owned by Ted Turner and it is tremendous.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: JesseCornel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I have been to the Ted's in Wichita. Turner is supposedly the largest bison rancher in the world with a major lot in Kansas, and owns more land than any American (sans the catholic church). I have been to 'Ted's'. There is not a Ted's in the great state of Texas. ted's is not a good restaurant by any stretch. It is similar to a Chili's, but honestly not as good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                He has the slightest redeeming quality by divorcing hanoi jane, but that doesn't make a burger taste better, just makes me question any of his judgements.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Tried: Burger House, Burger Island, Christian's Totem (HOU), Dairy-ette, Del's Charcoal, Five Guys, Fuddrucker's, Houstons, Jakes, JG's, JC's, Kincaid's, Mooyah, Red Robin, ScottyPs, Snuffer's, Twisted Root, Who's Who, Wingfield's, and some more chains/sports bars (all average/bad). To compare I order cheeseburgers with the usual fixings. Variety is nice but this is a good baseline.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wingfield's is by far my favorite in DFW and yes, after seeing the single patty you're going to laugh remembering the triple on the menu. It's one of the better values around as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Second would be Christian's Totem in Houston. I had a fantastic burger right at opening which says something about off-peak consistency. Not a fan of the chili burger though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'd go back to Del's (convenience) and Dairy-ette (taste). I won't be returning to the rest. Some were downright disappointing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: amokscience

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I find that depending on the location, generally speaking, quality of food and service can vary greatly when talking about chains - which is why I don't like to generalize when speaking of them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  However, something that doesn't change in the starting point of franchise ingredients. That said, Mooyah's, Freddy's and Steak n Shake's onion-skin-paper-thin-grease-laden patties should be outlawed as food. Nastiness on a bun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  On the other hand, over 4-ish years, I've had a couple of burgers at the Harwood Rd/121 Buger Street location and it's been one of the better burgers that I've had - drive-thru or other. I wouldn't call it the "best", but far from the worst.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: CocoaNut

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have fond memories of burger street, but haven't been there in so long. I'm not sure if it is as good as it is in my memory, but I know for sure that it always stood apart from other fast food burgers. I seem to remember more raw onion and a healthy dose of mustard and perhaps a slightly upgraded bun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: CocoaNut

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I would have to agree about Burger Street. They actually take pride in their product. I used to know their comptroller and he always talked about the fact that all of the corporate folks loved burgers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. My husband and I have been on that quest ourselves. We recently read the list from Texas Monthly for the 50 best burgers in Texas. The Grape was listed at the top, if not number one. We have eaten at a few of the places on the Texas Monthly list. The best one so far that we have had is a little combo grocery store/gas station in Ellinger, Texas called Hruska's. FANTASTIC good old fashion burgers with great flavor. They also make some killer kolaches (both sausage and fruit). Hruska's knows what they are doing for sure. It is on Hwy. 71 North about 5 miles if you exit from Interstate 10. Don't blink or you will miss the little intersection where it is.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I have eaten Kincaids several times and they make a great burger but it doesn't compare to Herd's Burger in Jacksboro. I have had several friends tell me where the best burgers are and after I take them to Herd's they always change their minds.I saw a post of someone describing a burger made of a ground tenderloin with some fat mixed in. No offense, but I wouldn't grind up a tenderloin to make a burger. That's just wrong.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Without a doubt, OC Burger near Ft Worth/Mid-Cities. They don't have many, but they are worth the drive.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Esteemed food writer Calvin Trillin once wrote that anyone who doesn't think the best hamburger in the world comes from his/her own hometown is a sissy. (Quoted recently in The New Yorker when asked about hamburgers Trillin had eated in Texas recently again he said, "I once wrote that anybody who doesn’t think the best hamburger in the world is in his hometown is a sissy.") Since I moved to Fredericksburg TX two months ago, I've had the "3rd best hamburger" in TX at Alamo Springs and "the best hamburger in town" (Charlie's Putt Putt)-- but none of them hold a candle to the hamburger of my childhood at Heaton's Drug Store, Tyler TX. The burger wars are getting tiresome, and it would be thrilling to eat someplace that doesn't tout its custom burger as the world's best. Thank you, Mr. Trillin, for keeping things in perspective.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. I'll nominate Gonzales Burger in Donna. This started as just a mom (Berta) and her daughter selling burgers in their home and that's still pretty-much all it is.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It's definitely an "insider joint." You have to just know about it. In fact, not only does Gonzales Burger not "tout its...burger as the world's best," they don't tout them at all. They never advertise, there's no sign on the building, their hours are extremely limited, and it's kind of hard to find, definitely "off the beaten path," in a residential area. Still, the lines are often out the door.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Here's a link to some RVers talking about it, complete with photos:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Any Maid-Rite. There's one in Arlington.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kindofabigdeal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I knew that would get a rise out of somebody. Sure it's a burger, just not a very tight one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: waistedinkerrville

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      oh, in that case, my favorite is the cochon de lait po' boy at Mahoney's in New Orleans.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Dallas has to be Snuffers, Chips, and Houston's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Houston..Becks, Roznofsky's,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  San Antonio...Chris Madrid's, Chesters, Lindy's

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I can't find anything about Lindy's in San Antonio. Do you have the address or website?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I love the burgers at The Four Season's in Austin. It is just so good, simple ingredients of the highest quality. Only my own are better!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    98 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX 78701

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: David in Texas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      How about Pappas Burgers in Ft Worth? They ground he left over steak from here steak hoiuse.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ScottTeaux

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Pappas Burgers here in Houston on Westheimer makes a wonderful burger. The fries are awesome too. Pappas also owns Dot's Coffee Shop on I-45 S in Houston and they make a really good burger. It's a little different than the Pappas Burgers burgers but very good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. This is an old and long thread, but no one seems to have mentioned the Southern Flyer Diner, at the Brenham airport. The burgers (at least a half-pound, but not too big to finish) are fresh and prefectly well-done, with very fresh toppings and a nicely toasted bun. The French fries are crisp and well-seasoned. The milk shakes (Blue Bell, of course) are like the ones I fondly remember from childhood. A little gimmicky, but cute (50's theme with waitresses in poodle skirts), with a nice deck; fun to watch the small planes land and take off. I highly recommend it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I can almost guarantee that no one will agree with me, but MY favorite burger in Texas is from a dive diner in El Paso called The New Clock. Their basic cheeseburger sells for, I think, $3.25, but is the absolute epitome of a diner burger, greasy and delicious. It's one of the very few things I miss from El Paso.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Snuffers-Dallas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Griffs -Mesquite
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kammans- Caney City
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Martins Mill Store -Martins Mill
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Moores store in Ben Wheeler (my favorite)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. There's a little dive in central Lubbock called Alex's that's been around since at least the late 60s, and they make an excellent, classic Texas burger. Friendly foks and low prices, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            For the thick, gourmet burger, Home Cafe in Lubbock is sheer murder.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lubbock also has a branch of Blue Sky, and they make a very nice green chile cheeseburger.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            PS--Whataburger has gotten downright expensive. They've now priced themselves right out of what I'm willing to pay for burgers and fries.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Burgers & Brats
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              6100 Long Prairie road #300
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Flower Mound, TX 75028

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Voted best burger in 2010

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. I can't believe that Wingfields in Dallas hasn't been mentioned.