Dallas is a burger force to be reckoned with. From casual gastropub to upscale dining establishment, restaurants that land here seem to know they better have a top-notch burger on the menu to please the carnivorous masses. We've come a long way from the days when the only burger option was Whataburger (not that non-stop Whataburger would be much of a problem), thanks to restaurants that turn out house-ground meat, artisanal buns, and all manner of chef-crafted toppings. Here are 11 places to discover the city's best meat patties.
The Best Burgers in Dallas
The "Uncle Herky" Burger
Luscher'sAddress and Info
It's a testament to our obsession with burgers that Dallas would go absolutely nuts over the cheeseburger at a joint meant to spotlight hot dogs and sausages. Considering chef/owner Brian Luscher also hatched a winning burger over at The Grape, though, we guess it's not too far-fetched a plot twist.
Liberty BurgerAddress and Info
North Dallas (& other locations)
Essentially breakfast on a burger, this sandwich stacks a morning serving of bacon, fried egg, hash browns, and ketchup on a patty, and delivers it hot and ready for a yolk-breakage Instagram shot. It's a toss-up whether you should pair it with beer or OJ.
Maple & MotorAddress and Info
Jack Perkins' old-fashioned burger shop griddles juicy patties (you decide if they're pink or not) on a decades-old flat-top, and keeps things simple from there, from toppings to crisp tater tots to real-sugar sodas on tap.
Henry's Marrow-Spiked Burger
Henry's MajesticAddress and Info
It's what's inside that counts, right? Well, the rich stuff from inside meat bones adds another level of umami to the burger at this Uptown gastropub. Find just the right IPA on the smart craft beer list to take your taste buds into the stratosphere.
Barley & BoardAddress and Info
Since its arrival on the exurb food scene in summer 2015, this burger has gained raves from Denton and Dallas diners alike -- and considering the trek for Dallasites, that's saying something! If sweet onions, house-made pickles, and good ol' American cheese don't set your tongue wagging, the brewpub's selections of beer and cocktails with which to pair the burger should.
TX Grassfed Cheeseburger
CBD ProvisionsAddress and Info
Texas-raised beef doesn't get more delicious than when served in a double stack with double cheese, as CBD's tribute to the In-N-Out classic is. When it's paired with the best Kennebec fries in town, there's no way you're leaving here without logging at least 500 calories.
Wingfield's Breakfast & BurgerAddress and Info
The surrounding neighborhood may not be the most prime corner of real estate, but one structure that's lasted for decades is this no-frills burger joint with hefty, two-handed sandwiches. Not that burgers are for the health-conscious in general, but note that the bacon here, should you order some as a topping, gets a dunk in the fryer for curly crispness. Your taste buds will thank you.
The GrapeAddress and Info
In case you haven't heard about this world-class bacon cheeseburger, it's 10oz of house-ground beef with sharp white cheddar and peppered bacon served exclusively at Sunday brunch, and the recipient of many local and state burger kudos. In a new development, you can now get a petite version of the classic at happy hour on Thursdays. Yay, pre-Friday!
The Double Delux
Off-Site KitchenAddress and Info
OSK's standard quarter-pounder Angus burger levels up with an extra patty, twice the American cheese, and twice the bacon, gets dressed in grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, and pickles, and is set on a Village Baking Co. bun. No room for russet fries or Carolina coleslaw? Surely a Moscow Mule or bourbon cherry cola can be accommodated...
Sweet & Lowdown
Easy Slider (address and info)
Yes, you'll have to catch up to this well-loved food truck to indulge in this burger treasure, but it's so worth the chase. Beef sliders get a schmear of goat cheese, strawberry jam, and bacon that unite into sweet, tangy, salty perfection in your mouth. That this only comes in slider size is almost too cruel.
Uncle Uber's Sammich ShopAddress and Info
Far from focusing only on sammiches of the turkey, roast beef and Cuban variety, this popular Deep Ellum spot gets much love for its burgers that come in single, double and triple stacks. As with most things in life, you'll never go wrong with cheese and grilled jalapenos added as extras.
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1. Luscher's2653 Commerce St, Dallas
2. Liberty Burger5181 Keller Springs Rd, Dallas
3. Maple & Motor4810 Maple Ave, Dallas
4. Henry's Majestic4900 McKinney Ave, Dallas
5. Barley & Board100 W Oak St, Denton
6. CBD Provisions1530 Main St, Dallas
7. Wingfield's Breakfast & Burgers2615 S Beckley Ave, Dallas
8. The Grape2808 Greenville Ave, Dallas
9. Off-Site Kitchen331 Singleton Blvd, Dallas
10. Uncle Uber's Sammich Shop2713 Commerce St, Dallas
The first installment of Luscher’s Red Hots (courtesy of Brian Luscher -- Chicago native and chef-owner at The Grape) is slinging gourmet, Chicago-style dogs with a slight Texas twist. They sport a poppy seed bun, the perfect blend of pork & beef, tomatoes, white onion, spicy brown mustard, piccalilli, and pickled sport peppers. So yeah, there are a few departures from the standard Chicago dog, but it's a fairly faithful interpretation with a slight Texas accent. For another Chicago variation, try the Depression Dog, which has fewer toppings but sports a mess of French fries piled right onto the dog.
This family-owned joint brings burgers and booze together to form the tastiest of unions in a million different variations. Local, fresh ingredients are used to bring menu items like the Ahi Tuna burger with Sesame Slaw and the South of the Burger with tortilla strips, avocado, refried beans & pico de gallo. Don't forget to pair your burger with an adult shake like the Lebowski, a concoction of rich and creamy custard mixed into Patron XO Café and topped with a sprinkle of coffee.
This Oak Lawn shack has an unassuming exterior appearance and a heavy-hitter presence in the Dallas burger scene. The off-kilter space, inside an old gas station wth dilapidated vintage decoration, sets the scene for a burger that's simple -- a medium-sized patty with a little crunch and a tender inside with basic fixings (tomato, lettuce, onions, pickles) -- but just plain, damn good. There's no fuss ordering one with a side of freshly fried onion rings and a local draft beer at this delightfully unpretentious spot.
At Henry's Majestic, you'll find a somewhat fancy-yet-welcoming ambiance befitting its Highland Park location, but more importantly, you'll find well-crafted, interesting cocktails like the Sanchez Gimlet (blanco tequila, fresh arugula, lime, lemongrass). Also important: the food you'll be enjoying with said cocktails. Look for maple bourbon meatballs with fennel slaw, a "marrow-spiked" burger, and bowls of Texas pho.
Housed in the Texas building in Denton, Barley & Board commands a hip and cool atmosphere, serving up equally trendy bites like truffled portobello fries, slow roasted tenderloin, and wicked gulf oysters. The city's first brewpub, beer-friendly eats are definitely in the spotlight, from curated cheese boards to salads, steaks and a burger that's been the buzz of this university town and beyond.
This handsome Downtown modern Texas brasserie, adjacent to The Joule Hotel, is dressed completely in wood, exposed brick, marble, and vintage lighting, with an attractive menu to match. Treat yourself to the family-style Wagyu Rib Steak or the Pig Head Carnitas, and pair it with something from their unique cocktail menu.
This simple yet cherished Cedars spot serves up some of the best burgers in the city from behind its humble blue counter. Ordering here is easily done -- a single, double, or triple patty burger topped with cheese and, if you insist, bacon -- and it'll never cost you more than 10 bucks. There isn't any seating here, but the yellow paper wrappers make them easy to carry with you or sit in the passenger seat until you reach your next spot (maybe the nearby Beckley-Saner park?).
Helmed by Chef/Owner Brian Luscher (of Luscher's Red Hots fame), The Grape was originally opened in 1972 and has served approachable, European influenced fare at affordable prices ever since. The menu changes monthly, though, so the Grape never feels stodgy or old-guard. The charming, bistro-like interior and homestyle fare (blueberry pancakes, shrimp and grits) make The Grape a great brunch option
Off-Site Kitchen, with a lofty, kitschy space on the edge of Trinity Groves, is an acclaimed and affordable burger and sandwich shop. Grab-&-go gourmet burgers don't get much better, all of which are topped with onions, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and mayonnaise. The sandwiches are equally as delicious, with a special shoutout to the 48hr brisket sandwich.
It's no surprise that one of the best sandwich shops in in the city is nestled in Dallas' historic Deep Ellum (they've got all the good stuff). Operating like an old-school deli, the bare-bricked Uncle Uber's serves up classics like the the Cuban, quirky specialties like the Veggie BunME, and downright deviously tasty stuff like shaved ribeye steaks and glutenous quarter-pound patty burgers. And no self-respecting Deep Ellum restaurant would be caught dead without a draft selection from the Deep Ellum Brewery.