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Best Burger in San Antonio?

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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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    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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    1. re: simply_victoria

      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...

      1. re: Scott

        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.

        1. re: simply_victoria
          Reynolds Mansson

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

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      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.

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

        1. Chris Mardrid's - not to be missed.

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          1. re: Matt

            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.

          2. 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

              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.

            2. 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!

              1. 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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                1. re: jonny111

                  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.

                2. 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

                  1. 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.

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

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                      1. re: Emilykb

                        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.

                        1. re: saeyedoc

                          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.

                      2. 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

                        1. 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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                          1. re: liz.eats10

                            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.

                          2. 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. 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