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The best burger in 18 Dallas neighborhoods

Published On 08/06/2014 Published On 08/06/2014

The simple pleasure of a great burger is one of life's, umm... simplest pleasures. That being the case, it's critical to make sure you're never too far from one. Luckily, we broke down the best offerings in 18 Dallas neighborhoods to make sure you never have a problem in that regard.


Chop House Burger (address and info)
What you're ordering: Chop House Burger (clearly)
Starting from humble beginnings within a menu of much fancier fare, the Chop House Burger was born in the kitchen of the Dallas Chop House. The burger was so popular on that menu that it demanded a restaurant all its own. At Chop House Burger, they take pride in offering local produce, local craft beer, and certified Angus beef. Keep it simple with the namesake burger, topped with LTO and black Summer truffle sauce.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar


Hopdoddy (address and info)
What you're ordering: The Llano Poblano
Hopdoddy is a burger place from a little town to the South of us called "Austin", which of course, in German, means, "a whales…". Anyway, back to burgers. Hopdoddy has absolutely exploded in DFW in the year and a half(ish) that it’s been here, starting with one location and now having opened one more with another in the works. They simply do things right -- grind their own meat, hand cut their fries, bake their own bread, and churn their own ice cream! This place is the real deal, as you can probably tell if you have ever had to wait all the way outside due to the lunch line.

Jack's Burger House

University Park

Jack’s Burger House (address and info)
What you're ordering: Double Cheeseburger With Bacon
Jack’s has had its cooktop going since 1951, so you can assume it’s better than average to have survived in Dallas (where you can eat a burger at most restaurants in the city) for this long. Old-school, fresh burgers cooked before your eyes and delicious, crispy fries and onion rings that deliver every time make Jack’s an enduring burger institution.

Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House

East Dallas

Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House (address and info)
What you're ordering: Pepper Bomb
This East Dallas gem has a spot-on beer selection, carefully crafted cocktails, and waffle fries that'll make you want to hug a stranger. That being said, it's still about the burgers here. While it's tough to make a bad call, if you can handle some heat (and this is Texas, so that shouldn't be an issue), get the Pepper Bomb, covered in spicy house harissa, roasted tomatoes, and chipotle cheddar. If you have chronic heartburn or something, the onion-bacon jam & bleu cheese Loretta isn't a bad alternative.


Bishop Arts

Boulevardier (address and info)
What you're ordering: Tate Farms Grass Fed Burger
In a sea of dishes like beignets, escargot, and a Berkshire grilled pork chop that might change your life, it’s easy for a simple burger to get lost in the mix. Don't let that happen! House bacon, Gruyere cheese, Nathan's pickles, and caramelized onions sit atop the perfectly seasoned namesake patty, all nestled between a buttery pain au lait bun (it's French for delicious!) and served with hand-cut fries.

Yelp/Hubert D.

Design District

Off-Site Kitchen (address and info)
What you're ordering: The Murph
When you go to Off-Site Kitchen, there is a good chance you will fall in love with a guy named Murph. Well it's more of a burger than an actual guy (though if you meet an actual dude named Murph, just roll with it). Anyway, the Murph you're guaranteed to meet involves roasted jalapeño, smoked bacon relish, and some type of secret sauce. The greasy spoon ambiance here is also part of the charm, so belly up, grab a beer, and enjoy.

Record Grill

West End

Record Grill (address and info)
What you're ordering: Bacon Cheeseburger
Cheap. Greasy. Fast. When you're in a certain mood, these can be highly desirable burger qualities. Record Grill isn't going to blow you away with fanciness, but it will deliver a high-quality, fast food-style burger for less than a Lincoln. Also, you're getting it with bacon, because, well... bacon.

Uncle Uber’s

Deep Ellum

Uncle Uber’s (address and info)
What you're ordering: A Double, However You Like It As Long As There's Habanero Ranch
Mostly known for their sandwiches, Uncle Uber's draws in patrons that can easily overlook their burgers. This is a mistake! You could go single or triple, but the double is just right. Top it as you see fit, but for serious, see to it that you make their habanero ranch part of your game plan. Trust us.

The Porch

Knox Henderson

The Porch (address and info)
What you're ordering: Stodg Burger
The Porch's popularity is news to no one (well maybe Steve, but he just moved here, give him a break okay?). One reason for said popularity is this magnificent burger, what with its house-ground, locally grass-fed beefiness, and also its Tillamook cheddariness, fried egginess, and applewood-smoked baconiness. Okay, enough invented adjectives. There's also a foie-buttered bun. Why haven't you eaten this burger yet? Acceptable answer: you were busy with the mac & cheese.

La Burger

Las Colinas/Valley Ranch

LA Burger (address and info)
What you're ordering: The K-Town
LA Burger is so good it's borderline dangerous. Get the K-Town burger: a big ol’ hunk o’ beef that is marinated in all sorts of amazing Korean spices, grilled to a perfect medium, and topped with spicy cabbage and teriyaki. Of course, if you want to bring some cheese and a fried egg into the mix, no one will think less of you.

Village Burger Bar

North Dallas

Village Burger Bar (address and info)
What you're ordering: Something Saucy
The meat here is outstanding, but truth be told the thing that really sets Village Burger Bar apart is the amazing sauce selection: jalapeño mayo, artichoke aioli, Champagne mustard, and more. The complicated topping choices don't stop there: dried cranberries, fire-roasted chilies, bourbon caramelized onions... you have some work to do. Whatever route you choose, we'd be remiss not to mention that you can get sweet potato fries tossed in honey and cinnamon.

Olive Burger


Olive Burger (address and info)
What you're ordering: Olive Cheeseburger
There are many fine options here, but try your burger topped with their namesake accoutrement... even if you don't think you like olives. We also hypothesize there might be some kind of addictive substance incorporated into their grilled-to-order patties. Note: their fries are on point, but the fried zucchini is as well if you feel like mixing things up/giving a feeble attempt at appearing healthy.

Square Burger


Square Burger (address and info)
What you're ordering: Bacon & Smoked Cheddar BBQ Burger
You're probably looking at a solid trip to get to Square Burger. It's worth it. This is another spot with many a fine choice -- though it's worth noting that the Bacon & Smoked Cheddar BBQ Burger involves six year-aged cheddar, Old Rasputin BBQ sauce, and a mound of their excellent onion strings. Do with that info what you will. Also... this isn't really an article about dessert, but they have beignet-like donut bites dusted in cinnamon sugar and served with house-made chocolate ganache. We would not have felt right omitting that information.

Maple and Motor

Oak Lawn

Maple & Motor (address and info)
What you're ordering: Cheeseburger With Bacon
Okay, this isn't technically Oak Lawn, but it's damn close, and this list needs the tastiness of both Maple & Motor AND Off-Site Kitchen. If you have lived in Dallas for more than 17 seconds, someone has told you about Maple & Motor. If not, you have fallen in with the wrong crowd and need to consider new friends. There's not much more you need to know except that you should go to Maple & Motor, get a burger, put cheese on it, put bacon on it, take a bite, and know happiness.

The Grape

Lower Greenville

The Grape (address and info)
What you're ordering: Classic Cheeseburger
This is another much-ballyhooed burger that lives up to the hype. The patty is flavored perfectly, with a gloriously crusted exterior and thick, juicy interior, and partnered with homemade peppered bacon, Vermont white cheddar, Nathan's horseradish half-sour pickles & Dijonnaise on a toasted pain au lait bun. It's only flaw might be the fact that it's only available Sundays and Mondays.

Grub Burger Bar

Upper Greenville

Grub Burger Bar (address and info)
What you're ordering: Something You've Never Had
One of the more eclectic menus on this list belongs to Grub Burger Bar, with offerings like Thai Peanut, which comes with creamy peanut butter, roasted peanuts, cilantro lime coconut flakes, and a sambal mayo. Then there's the VooDoo Mushroom that comes crowned with Absinthe sautéed mushrooms, Swiss cheese, and Tabasco mayo. Basically, this is not the place to play it safe. But don't mistake their exploratory spirit with gimmickry: Grub bakes their own bread and grinds their own brisket and chuck blend each morning.

Liberty Burger

Far North Dallas 

Liberty Burger (address and info)
What you're ordering: The Austin Blue Burger
Their motto is, "Give me Liberty or let me starve". Please choose Liberty. After you've made that call, pick a burger. The Austin Blue offers Dr. Pepper barbecue sauce, fried pickles, and red onion on a brioche bun. So yeah, that's a pretty good pick. Of course the queso blanco and 'shroom-covered Baby Belly that's topped off with a huge onion ring and basil garlic aioli also exists, so take that into consideration.

Keller’s Drive-In

Lake Highlands

Keller’s Drive-In (address and info)
What you're ordering: The Number 5
Known for their poppy seed buns and hot, fresh food cooked to order, Keller’s Drive-In makes it feel like you are stepping back in time/onto the set of Leave It To Beaver. Keller’s is so old-school in fact, that when you drive in, you turn your hazards on to signal that you want to order (and yes, they'll bring you beer!). Needless to say, they're cash-only. Another thing that will take you back in time are the prices -- outside the new trend of double-digit burger prices, Keller’s will get you a burger, fries, and a shake for around five bucks. Speaking of the number five, get a Number 5 (double meat) on a poppy seed bun and make sure you get plenty of sauce.

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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?



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