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Mar 2, 2010 01:27 PM

Need Hamburger Recommendation After Long Road Trip: Anywhere from Brownsville to Houston

Hi all,

In June, we will be driving from Southeast Mexico all along the Gulf coast, before crossing the border in Brownsville. After that, we will be pushing on to Houston, but the first thing I would like to do on arriving back in the US is to get a really, really great burger. Where is the first place I should go?

Thanks for your suggestions!

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  1. If you can hold out for a little bit and wait until you're north of Corpus, you should definitely stop by Crofutt's. I haven't been there in years, but they have a killer burger and great baked goods.

    You can't go wrong with Whataburger. It's a Texas tradition.

    And once you get closer to Houston you have to stop at Prasek's Hillje Smokehouse for the best Turkey Jerky you will have in your life. I've been eating there on road trips to Houston for as long as I can remember.

    Have fun!

    1. Whataburger is not a bad suggestion even though it's a chain, provided the local franchisee runs it right; I've found they vary a lot.

      Here's a website listing burger places in Brownsville:

      Looks like it's mostly chains but there's a couple of interesting places and it's a long drive to Corpus.

      You might want to go out of your way a little and check out what's available in Port Isabel and South Padre; I had a good burger once at a place right near the bridge in Port Isabel but I don't remember the name.

      1. I can't speak to anything is South Texas, but Houston is a burger destination.

        Becks Prime (local chain): big thick burger, top notch quality, will cook medium rare.
        Tornado Burger in Stafford: fast-food style burger (thin patties); spicy
        Hubcap Grill: Thin burger, everything is made in-house; philly cheesesteak burger is my pick for best burger in Houston
        Lankford Grocery: huge burger
        Christians Totem: medium sized, fast food style burger; solid
        Stanton's City Bites: large, hand formed patties

        Houston also has been invaded by the higher quality national chains (smashburger and five guys).

        1. Have no idea as to your schedule, but if you're way down in the Valley anytime around noon, the absolute best hamburger on the border, and maybe in all of Texas, is at Gonzales Burger in Donna. But they're only open at lunchtime.

          Here's a link to some RVer's talking about it (complete with photos):