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Best Burger in San Antonio?

PFC Sevitts May 4, 2005 09:42 AM

Of course San Antonio has great mexican food. But I've been hungry for a really good burger lately. Anybody have any good suggestions? I also want to know if there is any place that has better BBQ than Rudys. If so, I haven't found it yet. But if any body else has a place worth a try let me know.

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    oldhippie76 Nov 15, 2010 08:16 AM

    Good Time Charlies on Broadway still has the best burgers in SA. Plus, last year they were voter the best chicken fried steak by the San Antonio Restaurant Assoc. (sic). From the outside it looks like a dive, but it has great service and food.

    Good Time Charlie's Bar & Cafe
    2922 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX 78209

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      loveburgers Nov 14, 2010 09:00 PM

      If you want to try the best burger in San Antonio you by far have to check out Acapulco Drive Inn on S. Alamo!!! Nothing beats a COLD beer and a burger made with love!!!!

      1. liz.eats10 Nov 12, 2010 01:21 AM

        Chesters for a big juicy burger with some great beer and fresh, fresh fries.

        Longhorn Cafe on Blanco Road (near 1604) for an awesomely greasy burger with handcut and very fresh fries an onion rings that are not to be missed. The outdoor seating in the courtyard is great on a cool day. m

        Blanco Cafe
        5525 Blanco At Oblate Rd, San Antonio, TX 78201

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          texasredtop Nov 12, 2010 04:10 AM

          I've eaten at the Longhorn out I-10 and wasn't impressed. It wasn't bad but not memorable either. I don't remember them having hand-cut fries either. Guess I'll need to make another stop there.

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          mac8111 Nov 4, 2010 04:44 PM

          I had a nice burger at Gourmet Burger Grill today. Higher quality ingredients and some interesting burger combinations that I enjoyed. Wasn't cheap, but I really enjoyed it. Very different from Chris Madrids/Longhorn/Chesters. They both have their place in this world.

          They also had some nice wine selections.

          Gourmet Burger Grill
          18414 US Highway 281 N Ste 116, San Antonio, TX 78259

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            Emilykb Nov 3, 2010 11:18 AM

            Chris Madrid's! I drive from Houston to eat that burger!

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              saeyedoc Nov 5, 2010 07:00 AM

              Went to Chris Madrid's yesterday after a failed attempt a few weeks ago (was too busy). There was a line, but it went quickly.
              The Tostada burger is really great, forgot how good it was.

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                texasredtop Nov 11, 2010 04:03 PM

                We stopped at Chris Madrid's last week and got a tostada burger and a bacon cheese burger. The bacon cheeseburger was hands-down the better burger. It was extremely messy. Fries were good but not salted and should have been because they were a little to long out of the fryer to salt properly. I like Chester's better and have eaten there many times with consistent results. Plus you can pick up a Chester's burger where it was almost impossible to pick up a Chris Madrid's burger. Chris Madrid's burgers did have an obscene amount of cheese on them.

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              SantoneBibi Nov 2, 2010 07:04 PM

              Don't forget about the Cove! Bison burgers! Lamb burgers! Every kind of beer you can think of and some you can't! Even the lowly old beef burger gets special treatment here.

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                xavier51 Nov 2, 2010 10:08 AM

                I love this little place called Fattboys. Its a hole in the wall kind of restaurant, but the food is great and the owner visited with me and my family too. You gotta try this little place. The buns are toasted just right and the toppings are hot and really good. I love the chili cheese dogs too!

                Fattboy Burgers & Dogs
                2345 Vance Jackson Rd, San Antonio, TX 78213

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                  jonny111 Feb 7, 2010 12:50 PM

                  Hey guys, though all these burger places are good, I think that the best burgers in town are at Timbo's. It is nestled off Broadway between the Pig Stand and Sam's. They have a burger there called 'The Yellow Submarine' which is a thick beef patty stuffed with cheese and jalepenos on the inside. It is huge and to die for. The cook who worked at Little Hips is the owner I believe.

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                    GiantJb Feb 26, 2010 08:58 PM

                    Any burger recommendation that is associated with the legendary Little Hips is not to be taken lightly. I nearly cried when that place closed down. Wish I still lived in San Antonio so I could try this place.

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                    TexasChowHound Sep 26, 2006 03:33 AM

                    New to chowhound, but i have to toss my vote for the best burger as FLIP burgers at the quarry. big flavorful burgers on a homemade sourdough honey bun with tons of melted cheddar. and the cheese fries are as good as snuffer's in dallas! full bar and the best patio in SA. i ate there again tonight!

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                      Lagniappe Jun 7, 2005 10:26 PM

                      Seems everyone has listed most of the great burger places in town but I'd like to add

                      Brenda's Burgers
                      3837 SW Military @ Carmel
                      M-Th 10-20 / F-Sa 10-21 / Su 11-20
                      Great burgers, inexpensive

                      Barry's Special: onions & Japs $2.95
                      Dbl Meat: $3.15 /w cheese&Japs 4.15
                      Lg Burger $2.15

                      From Lackland, just take SW Military S and when it turns E and crosses the railroad bridge ... it's there on your left.

                      Bobby J's in Helotes 695-4941
                      13247 Bandera
                      1.5 mi N of 1604
                      M-F 11-15 & 17-21
                      Sa 11-21? / Su closed
                      Burgers are greasy ... on a par w/ Chris Madrids ... both good and a different ambiance to the 2 places.

                      BJ's Piggy (Bacon & Amer Cheese) 1/3# $5.25 1/2# $6.25
                      Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese 1/3# 4.95 1/2# 5.95
                      Western(Onions, Amer Cheese, Bacon,Mayo,Pickles) 1/3# 5.25 1/2# 6.25
                      Hungry Tex 1# $7.25 w/ cheese $8.50..(NEEDS JAPS!)
                      Fries 1.25 or 3
                      Onion Rings 2.25 or 4
                      Beer 1.95 / Imports 2.50
                      Tea & Sodas 1.25

                      Chris Madrid's 735-3552

                      1900 Blanco @ W Hollywood
                      M-Sa 11-22 / Happy Hr M-F 15-19

                      This is where grease comes from all over the world to attack coronary arteries!

                      Cocktails, Margaritas & Beer
                      Porky's Delight w/cheddar 4oz $4.50 /8oz 5.50
                      Flamiing Jalapeno w/cheddar 4.45 / 5.45
                      Flaming Jalapeno Flamethrower 3.70 / 4.55
                      Tostada Burger w/frijoles & cheddar $3.99 / 4.99
                      Fries reg 1.35 / Macho 2.75

                      Buffalo Wild Wings 694-9464

                      deZavala 1 mi W of IH-10
                      Black & Bleu Burger w/ cajun seasoning $4.79
                      Happy Hr Pints $2

                      Cheesy Jane's

                      has a very fresh, old fashioned burger that you can identify all the ingredients on it :-) Maybe even a scoge better than Brenda's (but Brenda's is MUCH cheaper).
                      www.cheesyjanes.com ... they have a chain in SA

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                      1. re: Lagniappe
                        Lagniappe Jun 8, 2005 12:06 AM

                        Forgot Chester's
                        They are all over town:
                        google Chester's +"San Antonio"
                        Darned decent burgers ALONG WITH the best assortment of beers at a good burger joint (most just have a few beers, Chester's has probably 50 bottled designer beers). And most places w/ a great assortment of beers have 2nd rate food.

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                        Matt May 4, 2005 06:03 PM

                        Chris Mardrid's - not to be missed.

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                          PattheMan Mar 31, 2010 11:44 AM

                          OK, I have tried a lot of the suggestions and liked most of them but I have a new one for you. Big Bobs Burgers on Harry Wurzbach. Great burgers and when I say great, they are by far the best burgers I have ever eaten. That is not said lightly. I don't know what they put in them but I have started eating there at least once a week.
                          The place is kind of hard to find and sort of out of the way but it is worth the trip.

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                          JWilliams May 4, 2005 03:24 PM

                          Bob's BBQ on Fredericksburg road is good. For burgers, Chris Madris.

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                            Luv4FriedFood May 4, 2005 12:29 PM

                            For burgers, I would highly suggest either Luther's Cafe at 1425 N Main Ave, when I would go there, the cook was this 350 lb guy and I would tell him, to cook mine as if you were cooking for yourself, had it to go, grease dripping from bag, regular order of fries is enough to feed four, but I did it all alone and a nice nap (more of a passing out on the sofa) soon followed, or the Lord's Kitchen at 118 Seguin Rd. If you see the co-owner there, all questions will be answered........*sigh.

                            For bbq better than Rudy's, I would have to say Bob's Smokehouse at 5145 Fredericksburg Rd. They know how to do what they do so well, enuff said.

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                              simply_victoria May 4, 2005 11:05 AM

                              I was a poor college student in San Antonio years ago and lived off a healthy diet of hamburgers and tortilla's and queso. My old top favorites:
                              Tycoon Flat's - a bit collegy, but great outside seating
                              Chris Madrid's
                              EZ's - I know its a local chain, but I liked their black bean burger

                              I used to get burgers at the following. I liked them more for the atmosphere then the burgers actually. Fantastic people watching opportunities:
                              Bombay Bicycle Club - the one on St. Mary's. Wonder if they still have their most excellent black cherry margarita
                              Pig Stands - god I loved this place.

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                                Scott May 4, 2005 11:12 AM

                                The company that owns the Pig Stands filed under Chapter 11 last week. See the link to the article in the San Antonio Business Journal below.


                                Link: http://sanfrancisco.bizjournals.com/s...

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                                  simply_victoria May 4, 2005 11:46 AM

                                  Ohhhhh I mean yes its not the best restaurant in the world, but it was fun to get a late night pork sandwhich and watch the classic car guys bring in their newly tuned up 50s hot rods.

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                                    Reynolds Mansson May 30, 2005 11:42 AM

                                    How about Sam's for burgers and for a drive Bobby J's out in Helotes

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