Food & Drink

The best burger in 18 Dallas neighborhoods

Published On 08/06/2014 Published On 08/06/2014
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
Jack's Burger House
Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House
Yelp/Hubert D.
Record Grill
Uncle Uber’s
The Porch
La Burger
Village Burger Bar
Olive Burger
Square Burger
Maple and Motor
The Grape
Grub Burger Bar
Liberty Burger
Keller’s Drive-In
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1. Chop House Burger 1501 Main St, Dallas, TX 75201 (Downtown)

There’s something to be said about a restaurant born from a burger. Chop House’s sister restaurant, Chop House Burger, is one of those places. Serving lunch and dinner every day but Sunday, the Downtown burger bar is bustling with people craving their high-quality prime patties. Non-beef alternatives are strong: the fried chicken sandwich, tuna burger, falafel burger, and ground turkey burger are there to sate the palate of those avoiding red meat. Go for the burger, don’t leave without a milkshake.

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2. Hopdoddy Burger Bar 6030 Luther Ln , Dallas, TX 75225 (University Park)

The process is simple. Walk through the door and step into line. Order a drink at the line-side bar. Order one of their delicious burgers of the simple or complex variety. Grab a ticket telling you what table you're at. Get your food and sit down. Eat. Repeat.

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3. Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House 1154 Peavy Rd, Dallas, TX 75218 (East Dallas)

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?

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4. Boulevardier 408 N Bishop Ave, Ste 108, Dallas, TX 75208 (Bishop Arts Dist)

This French-inspired Bistro uses its wood-fired grill to reinvent some classic dishes from across the pond. In addition to the grub, there's an expansive wine selection that includes more than 120 American and French varietals, as well as a large array of liquors including Whiskeys, Armagnacs and Cognacs.

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5. Off-Site Kitchen 331 Singleton Blvd, Dallas, TX 75212 (West Dallas)

With a passing glance at Trinity Park's Off-Site Kitchen, which on the outside appears to be any hold abandoned, vine-covered house, you'd be stunned to find its modern, lofty interior and mural-lined back patio that puts others to shame with its bar game selection. Locals stay for pitchers of domestic drafts and a game of pool, but the reason they flock in the first place is for a bite of the cheap "Murph-style" burger, an angus patty stacked with jalapenos, bacon relish, cheese, and the ultra-secret house sauce.

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6. Record Grill 605 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75202 (The West End)

The Record Grill does simple, fast food-style treats right, with everything from slammin' breakfast burritos to killer bacon cheeseburgers and fries, all on the cheap.

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7. Uncle Uber's Sammich Shop 2713 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226 (Deep Ellum)

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.

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8. The Porch 2912 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206 (Lower Greenville)

With a reputation for mac 'n cheese that precedes its name, The Porch dishes up classic and modern Southern cuisine to Lower Greenville patrons' delight.

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9. LA Burger 10045 N MacArthur Blvd, Irving, TX 75063 (Irving)

Korean eats and burgers have come together in a wonderful union at last! Brothers Ben and Jon Lee were inspired by the Korean fusion food trucks in their native Los Angeles and decided to open up their own concept in Texas. Try the K-Town burger: a patty is marinated in all sorts of amazing Korean spices, grilled to a perfect medium, and topped with spicy cabbage and teriyaki.

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10. Village Burger Bar 12300 Inwood Rd, Dallas, TX 75244 (North Dallas)

Hit up Village Burger Bar for an array of delicious burgers and fries with your choice of crazy-delicious sauces, like jalapeño mayo, artichoke aioli, Champagne mustard, and more.

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11. Olive Burger 451 W Arapaho Rd, Richardson, TX 75080 (Richardson)

Gyros, jalapeño ketchup, and of course olive-laden burgers fill out Olive Burger's ample, delicious offerings. For a "healthier" option, try some of their fried zucchini instead of fries.

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12. Square Burger 115 N Kentucky St, McKinney, TX 75069 (Mckinney)

Square's helmed by a pair of Goodhues vets, one of whom diverted to SF and LA to sous chef at Myth & Spago before returning to help convert this 81-year-old art deco landmark's interior into a modern, gourmet-burger-and-more tap house.

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13. Maple & Motor Burgers & Beer 4810 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75219 (Oak Lawn)

Known for celebrating “low class cool,” Maple and Motor distills American comfort cuisine into a ten-item food menu comprised of burgers and sandwiches built upon foundations of bologna, brisket, and bacon. The burger is the menu’s gem; it’s a half-pound of ground beef flat grilled in its own juices, dressed in traditional Texas fashion with mustard, lettuce, red onion, and a dill pickle. Add a side of beer-battered onion rings and a brew, and you’re set. The space is bare bones-cool, with a few black leather booths and photographs in simple black frames lining the walls. The Maple and Motor team doesn’t pretend to be anything other than red meat-loving Americans and we dig it.

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14. The Grape 2808 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206 (Lower Greenville)

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

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15. Grub Burger Bar 4925 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206 (Upper Greenville)

Grub Burger Bar is the place to go for super inventive burgers topped with everything from peanut butter to absinthe sauteed mushrooms. Pair these creative bites with a Spiked Milkshake, draught cocktail, or a Grub 'Rita.

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16. Liberty Burger 5181 Keller Springs Rd, Dallas, TX 75248 (Far North Dallas)

This family-owned joint beloved by Texans brings burgers and booze together to form the tastiest of unions in a million different variations. Beef and bison sit atop thick multigrain buns in creations like the chipotle bbq Wild West and the double decker Baby Bella, while lamb bases the classic Jackie O and The Traitor sticks to grilled chicken. The indulgence doesn't end there -- creamy concoctions of rich custard and Parton meld in boozy shakes like the coffee-flavored Lebowksi.

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17. Keller's Drive-In 6537 E Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75231 (Northeast Dallas)

In true 1950s fashion, Keller's serves up everything from it's short menu to the comfort of your driver's seat for no more than a few bucks. One doesn't come here for variety or to be met with many options -- everyone walks away with some variation of meat on their signature poppyseed bun. Beef, chicken or ham is chosen, and from there's it's all a matter of piling it up with cheese, bacon, and sauces.

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18. Burger House 6913 Hillcrest Ave, Dallas, TX 75205 (University Park)

In Dallas, Burger House is like the a burger consumer's Mecca. Their secret salt recipe is even sold in different sizes (just get the big one, who are you kidding?). Their french fries have won like, an insane number of awards -- so also get a big order of those. To bring you back to your childhood, they're whipping up old-fashioned malts and milkshakes. Are you convinced yet?