Camp Anawanna, we hold you in our hearts. And when we think about you, it makes us want a burger. Preferably in the Dallas area. It might even help if you had five of them and ranked 'em 5-1.
No. 5: The Nooner
5211 Forest Ln; North Dallas; 972.239.2100
Friends will high-five you when you tell them you're heading out for a nooner; they'll be disappointed when you tell them it's a burger, but they'll high-five you again when you tell them what's on it: cheese, bacon, ham, hash browns, and a fried egg.
No. 4: The Chicken Fried Burger
Haystack Burgers & Barley
100 S Central Expwy, Ste 17; Richardson; 972.479.9424
If you're from Texas, the four staples in your diet are burgers, chicken fried steak, fajitas, and steaks. Until someone invents the chicken fried steak fajita burger, this is as close as we're gonna get to hitting everything in one go. Bonus: jalapeno cream gravy!
No. 3: The Loretta
Goodfriend Beer Garden & Burger Bar
1154 Peavy Rd; East Dallas; 214.324.3335
Most things on Goodfriend's menu could make this list, but there's just something about the way the onion-bacon jam goes with the bleu cheese. To die for. And from.
No. 2: The Do It Murph-Style Burger
2226 Irving Blvd; Irving; 214.741.2226
Nick Badovinus is well known as one of Dallas's staple culinary folks, so it's not really a surprise that when Off-Site Kitchen opened up, it shot to the top pretty quickly and stayed there. Roasted jalapenos & smoked bacon relish? Good. Secret sauce? Better.
No. 1: The Cheeseburger
Maple & Motor
4810 Maple Ave; Oak Lawn; 214.522.4400
What, you expected something else? Dallas's top burger place keeps it simple, which is a very good thing. Get the cheeseburger, add bacon; if you can handle it, get the fried egg on top, too.
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.
A burger joint serving up everything from the not-so-healthy Haystack Burger with onion strings, bacon, and BBQ sauce, to the practically deadly Chicken Fried Burger which is exactly what it sounds like.
They say that a good friend is hard to find. But in this case, you just need a GPS or a fairly decent sense of smell. This beer garden and burger joint is everything its name says and more because who says you can't put a buddy between buns and devour him?
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.