The 13 Best Burger Joints in Dallas
Where’s the beef?
Dallas does many things well: steaks, tacos, losing in the first round of the playoffs. But the hamburger remains one of our most treasured outputs, providing countless locals and visitors with lunch, dinner, and late-night sustenance and ranging from old-school, no-nonsense patties to gourmet meat blends so gorgeous they might just warrant a second date.
Below are 13 of the best burgers in town, each available for dine-in or take-out and many available for delivery. Praise them, cherish them, love them—but most importantly, eat them, and don’t forget to seal the deal with a side of fries and a cold beer, AKA the perfect trifecta.
Hudson House is best known for its East Coast stylings, fresh-shucked oysters, and ice-cold Martinis, but don’t sleep on the burger. Two crispy-edged patties are layered with American cheese, minced onion, and signature Hudson sauce then served alongside an irresistible seasoned pickle. Snack on the latter for an acidic foil to the rich burger, and be sure to supplement your plate with an order of skinny fries, truffle-parmesan fries, or onion rings. (PSA: They also have salads.)
How to book: Reserve online, call your nearest location for take-out, or order delivery via UberEats.
Sure, there are fancier burgers in Dallas. And there are more expensive burgers in Dallas. But you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more compelling reason to eat in your car than a trip to Keller’s. As our intrepid burger critic discovered, this 71-year-old institution serves diner-style burgers from another era. Stay in your car, wait for the staff to take your order, then gobble down the fan-favorite No. 5 Special—this double-meat cheeseburger with all the fixings can be yours for less than $3.
How to book: Stop by for drive-in service.
There are countless reasons to visit the Joule Hotel. The coffee, the cocktails, and the rooftop pool are three, but no visit is complete without gorging yourself on burgers from in-house restaurant CBD Provisions. The two-handed CBD Cheeseburger comes topped with “fancy sauce,” beer mustard, grilled onions, and bread-and-butter pickles. It’s an antidote to a hard day. Or an exclamation point to a great one. What we’re saying is, you should eat this burger regardless of circumstance.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable, call 214-261-4500 for take-out, or order delivery via UberEats, GrubHub, and Postmates.
Sky Rocket Burger
The Sky Rocket menu is simple. Choose a single, double, or triple burger (each fresh beef patty weighs a cool quarter pound), or get the grilled cheese if you somehow missed the whole point of this exercise. Those are the only options. Throw on toppings like jalapenos, onions, and bacon, pick fries or tots, and voilà, congrats on another successful day on this planet.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating, call your nearest location or order take-out online (Deep Ellum), or get delivery via DoorDash.
Chef Nick Badovinus plied you with burgers for years at Off Site Kitchen. Those days are over, but you can still cop a Badovinus burger at his upscale Town Hearth steakhouse. Rather than a simple burger, however, here you’re working with a hefty $24 Wagyu cheeseburger befitting the chandelier-laden location. Add bacon and a fried egg for a few bucks more, and do your best to appear genteel as juices and yolk run down your chin.
How to book: Call 214-761-1617 for take-out and reservations.
Haystack Burgers & Barley
This family-owned joint opened in 2013 in Richardson with a focus on burgers and beer—a winning concept if we’ve ever heard one. So it’s no surprise they’ve since expanded to a few more locations, including Lakewood and Hillcrest Village. Get a burger and beer, obviously, but when you’re ready for a change, a handful of overstuffed sandwiches (the Reuben and Taos Chicken Sandwich are real winners) also deserves your attention.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating, call your nearest location for take-out, or order delivery via UberEats.
Zoli’s is a pizza place, but pay that fact no mind. Sometimes core competencies extend to more than one discipline, as witnessed with each bite of the O. D. Burger (Obligatory Dallas Burger). This delicious play on the Big Mac will have you diving head-first into a chuck-brisket-short rib blend, American cheese, cheddar cheese, horseradish pickles, and Zoli sauce—a mashup of mustard, mayo and ketchup. Not bad for a pizza place.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating, order take-out online, or get delivery via UberEats.
Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House
After a temporary take-out-and-delivery-only rebrand in March 2020, Goodfriend is back to its old self. Go there for a nine-strong burger menu featuring six-ounce smashed beef patties with classic toppings like American cheese and veggies, or try something special like the spicy Salazar Burger, topped with pepper jack, habaneros, and ghost pepper sauce.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order take-out online.
Walk into this historic home known mostly for craft cocktails and a lively happy hour, then do your patriotic duty and order the double-meat Bowen Cheeseburger that comes loaded with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, and pickles on a kaiser roll laden with ketchup and mayo. And don’t stop there: Treat yourself to a side of the killer house-cut fries.
How to book: Call 214-484-1385 for take-out and reservations.
With more than a dozen burger choices on the menu and the ability to customize each with your choice of ground beef, chicken, turkey, or an Impossible patty, it’s easy to pave your own path at Rodeo Goat. A surefire hit for Tex-Mex lovers is the Chaca Oaxaca, which adds avocado, pico de gallo, a fried egg, queso fresco, and Tabasco mayo atop a beef-chorizo patty. Tack on an order of Cheese Fries Surprise, which comes stacked with all the usual suspects plus brisket chili, and your hunger will be cured for hours.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating, call your nearest location for take-out, or order delivery via DoorDash and Uber Eats.
Chef John Tesar’s passion for beef knows no bounds, as evidenced by his steakhouse and an offshoot specializing in all things burgers. The best of the bunch is the Ozersky (named after late food writer and longtime friend Josh Ozersky), which applies classic stylings to the humble sandwich with only four components: a fresh beef patty, thinly sliced red onions, American cheese, and a squishy white bun.
How to book: Reserve via Resy or call 214-443-9339 for take-out.
Maple & Motor
A traditional, even-handed approach has secured Maple & Motor a spot on every local burger fan’s go-to list since opening back in 2009. You get two choices here: a burger or a cheeseburger. Sure, you can add chili, bacon, fried eggs, and griddled onions along with your choice of fromage, but it all starts with a half pound of ground all-American beef, flat-grilled in its own juices, then dressed up with mustard, pickles, lettuce, and red onion, plopped atop a toasted bun hot off the griddle.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating, call 214-522-4400 for take-out, or order delivery via Caviar.
Located in the AT&T Discovery District, this relative newcomer is dedicated to showcasing Texas-born products, so naturally the JAXON Cheeseburger fits that requirement. The meaty interpretation features Angus beef, shredded iceberg lettuce, tomato, pickles, red onion, and American cheese plus a smear of tangy housemade sauce for good measure. Wash it all down with any one of the spot’s 18 Texas-brewed beers on tap.
How to book: Reserve via Resy, call 214-838-1422 for take-out, or order delivery via DoorDash.