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Apr 6, 2010 09:39 PM

"I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today ": Best Hamburger in Austin

I reckon burger season is almost upon us.

After reading the following article off the "A Hamburger Today" blog-

about Fran's and Dan's rival burgers I'm compelled to revisit the question that's been debated for years in Austin.

Everyone has their favorite whether it be an old school burger with Miracle Whip from Mike's Pub or a fancy lad version from Mulberry or some other pinky hoisting wine bar around town.

Where do you stand on the Dan's vs. Fran's debate?

What's your favorite old school burger?

Where do you go when you want an aged balsamic this n that fancy burger?

What went wrong with Casino's burger? Did a hippy buy the bar or did Casino himself just get old and faded?

Any good burger and fry combos for under 5 bucks in town?

What place gives you the least bang for the buck a la Dirty's egregious overpricing?

Mike's Pub
108 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701

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    1. re: tom in austin

      Yep, that post had a good year+ long run and I harvested a lot of good info off of it.

    2. Funny you should bring this up. I just recently had a Dan's hamburger for the first time in a long time, and it occurred to me that I liked it better than either Mighty Fine or Hat Creek. Skinny burger, grease that soaks into the bun, and meat that actually just tastes like meat instead of 15 herbs and spices. Given the current burger craze, I'm surprised the old-school guys don't get more credit. The Mrs. insists that Fran's makes an even better sandwich than Dan's, so we'll probably test that out on another occasion.

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      1. re: gilintx

        There is a difference. In fact, I believe there's even a difference from the Dan's south to the Dan's north. In general, Dan's are much greasier. Frans has that nice bit of grease that soaks into the butter-basted bun. DO NOT - repeat - do not go for the "new" sourdough or jalapeno bun. They detract from the burger and stick to your teeth (yuck).

        1. re: amysuehere

          OMG, the jalapeno bun makes the burger even better. This is a Sheila Partin bun. The same bun at Hill's and the Roadhouse in Bastrop. Both named the best buns in their town. You have got to at least try them. The sourdough is good but I like the jalapeno bun better. Thousands of people cannot be wrong..

      2. I've been heading to the Black Sheep Lodge for burgers lately. Nice half pound patty cooked to your liking and a side for $7. They do charge extra for bacon, cheese, etc so you can add a couple dollars to price if you like lots of things on your burger. I always get tater tots for the side and have never tried the fries.

        Pros: Good burgers, nice beer selection and a comfortable vibe.
        Cons: Parking is absolutely terrible.

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        1. re: ssouth

          I had my first P Terry's burger last week. Pretty tasty for not much $$. For fancy, I like what they serve at The Roaring Fork.

        2. i gotta stand by burgertex. those koreans are something else...

          went to your moms burger off c chavez... not too impressed. was indie as all get out tho, must give em that

          aint frans and dans pretty much the same? dans off manchaca gets pretty swamped tho....

          mikes pub is pretty good, def cheaper and less wait than casino. and if casino has gone downhill then i weep a tear for humanity.

          i wish i knew a place that gave you burger and fries for under 5. dun dawgs does burger fries and drink for 5, that might almost be the same thing

          also scrumptious i plan on doing the riverside crawl soon, i just need to get the pockets right! also plan on checkin out bay seas, if its in the 23 i must learn about it! tho i havent hit up palacio yet either...

          1. tried the Smokey Goat burger at Red's Porch on monday. Goat cheese, bacon, fried onion strings. half lb burger that was PINK inside, didn't even have to ask for it that way. very tasty, although i was already a bit full from the awesome amazing goat cheese stuffed jalapenos, really like this place. they have several other weird-topped burgers, and then the "old reliable" for ppl who prefer the basic.

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            1. re: NirvRush

              Border burger at Red's is just like Casono's...only hotter. Seriously, hubs and I like it h.o.t. hot and this thing blew the tops of our heads off...but we ate every bite. This is a place where I'd say go for the sourdough or better yet jalapeno bun and upgrade to o-rings (although the fries are pretty darn good, so if you each got one and shared, that'd be the bomb)

              1. re: amysuehere

                Where is Red's? I love HOT and can't wait to try that Border burger!

                1. re: Chicago Wine Geek

                  Red's Porch. It's on South Lamar almost to Ben White across from the Golden Corral (sorry for that reference, but you'd never find it otherwise). There's a field with a Chicago hot stand on the same side of the road just south of it. It's behind a bank and the bank's parking lot. There's a big red sign out front, but otherwise no indication it's there. Upper porch is no smoking and parking is HORRIBLE, but the view up top is wonderful.


                  1. re: amysuehere

                    Thanks so much! I am back in Austin next week and can't wait to give it a try.

                    1. re: Chicago Wine Geek

                      went to Red's again today. Hubs tried out the Border burger (although he forgot to add guac to it, friend's recommendation). that sucker was HOT! he ended up having to scrape some of those serranos off. pretty tasty, i could see the guac tempering the heat a bit. i got the Fancy SOB burger (smoked mozz, carmelized onions, mushrooms) and subbed goat cheese for the mozzarella. YUM!!!! loved it. i got mac and cheese for my side, don't bother. it was bland and un-cheesy. but those stuffed god they'e amazing. it's Russian roulette on whether you're going to get a hot one. 3 were blazing, 2 not so much. only other grievance besides the sub-par mac/cheese was that the burger was requested med-rare, but it was medium. still juicy and good though, i heart Red's. oh yeah, bloody mary is spicy and good as well.

                2. re: amysuehere

                  We went yesterday. He had the border burger and LOVED it. He let me try it and it was juicy, delicious and H.O.T! I doubt I could have finished it but I liked it. It was worth the drive from CP.