Hamburgers are delicious always but even more so when you can save a few bucks (which you’ll inevitably spend on... more delicious burgers). When looking for cheap eats, sure you could stay glued to value menus OR you could dig into this handy list of the seven best budget burgers around town.
Happy hours are a good thing, especially when such happy hours include food -- real food. Appetizers are good to snack on and all but sometimes you need sustenance in the form of a half-priced burger day at Quarter Bar every Saturday from 12-6pm. Order the green chile jalapeño bacon burger with Beeman Ranch Akaushi beef, pepper Jack, green chile salsa, lettuce, tomato, and mayo. Wash it down with a half-priced tapped local brew.
Imagine for a minute what it would be like to consume burgers all day long and pay only half-price? Okay, so maybe that outlook doesn’t look so good for your intestinal tract, but you can do exactly that at Jack Mack’s Swill & Grill on Wednesdays where burgers are half-off all day long. Order the Basic Burger topped with American, cheddar, Jack, blue, or goat cheese. Just refrain from actually eating them all day. Contrary to recent headlines, DiCaprio is the only one who can pull the “dad bod” off because he is, in fact, DiCaprio and sadly, you’re not.
Lee Harvey’s is known for its dog-friendly patio and laid-back atmosphere but what it’s not known for are its most excellent happy hours. Come in any Tuesday from 3-10pm and get a half-priced burger and fries if you order a drink. Oh yeah, there are drink specials too, $3 wells and domestics from 3-7pm. This is what is referred to as a "win-win” situation. The same cannot be said for the person the bar is named after.
The best burger deals don’t have to be about price. How about value? If you want the best burger value in Dallas then this is your bet. There are not any burger specials at CHB and that’s because they are well underpriced at $5.95, about the same as a McDonald’s value meal. Order the original Chop House Burger with Certified Angus, black summer truffle sauce (yes, the mushroom that is expensive and super hard to find), shaved red onion, vine-ripened tomato, and green leaf lettuce. On the upside there's a daily happy hour from 5-7pm which will save you a buck on beer and wine, so go ahead and indulge yourself, you’ve earned it.
It’s not every day you get to try the appropriately named “Best Burger in Texas," unless that day is Sunday and it’s brunch at The Grape. The burger is $14 but before you snarkily question why this is a burger deal, allow us to explain... remember the $5 milkshake from Pulp Fiction? Vince Vega said it was "a pretty good fucking milkshake!" You pay for what you get and what you get is $14 of pure ecstasy. The burger comes equipped with 10oz of fresh-ground patty, house-made peppered bacon, Vermont white cheddar, horseradish sour pickles, and Dijonnaise, all on a toasted bun au lait with house-made frites.
Every Tuesday after 4pm stop into Three Sheets and get half-off burgers. Order the "Prima Donna" Burger specifically in the Uptown location, especially if you’re on a date with an actual prima donna. Don’t worry, she’ll never know you paid half-price since you’ll be footing the bill anyways. Besides, she’ll be too enamored with the blend of beef and pork with caramelized onions, Prima Donna cheese, and crispy romaine lettuce.
Order the Hangover Burger which is half-off any Tuesday. It comes loaded with a sirloin patty topped with bacon, grilled jalapeños, cheddar cheese, and a fried egg served on a bun with habanero mayo. After you finish your burger you can break the news to your mom that instead of pursuing your PhD you just ate a Hangover Burger at a restaurant called PhD and you have an actual hangover. Sorry mom.
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1. The Quarter Bar3301 McKinney Ave, Dallas
2. Jack Mac's Swill & Grill19009 Preston Rd , Dallas
3. Lee Harvey's1807 Gould St, Dallas
4. Chop House Burger1501 Main St, Dallas
5. The Grape2808 Greenville Ave, Dallas
6. Pour House Dallas1300 W Davis St, Dallas
7. Three Sheets3113 Ross Ave, Dallas
A dive bar with an outdoor patio and killer happy hour specials, all from the food geniuses at Bread Winners Bakery & Bistro.
If you're a fan of burgers, pizza, paninis, beer, or rhyming, you'll definitely come back to Jack Mac's.
The combo of "Lee Harvey" and "Dallas" isn't recalled fondly in a historical sense, but this joint is certainly doing well to give itself a good name. There's just something incredibly relaxing about sitting around a fire pit with a cold beer on a warm night (especially with live music) and that's Lee Harvey's finest asset. And if you can't find a sitter for Rover, bring him too. They're dog-friendly as long as yours is.
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.
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
Pour House Dallas finally earned its PhD in boozology: the hitherto BYOB sports bar's now serving beers (Magic Hat #9, Velvet Hammer, Rahr Rocktoberfest...) & 'tails to go with bar-food like smoked brisket quesadillas, jalapeno cheese sticks, chicken fried steak, a bleu cheese 'peno burger, and a buffalo chicken sandwich, which like a Buffalo Bill chicken sandwich, is served skinless. Gross.
Uptown's Three Sheets is a delightfully odd combination of neighborhood grill, sports bar and library. It offers up gourmet takes on American and Italian favorites like chicken parm sandwiches, angus burgers and pizzas, and the simple brunch menu is chock full of Southern staples like breakfast tacos, full country breakfasts and chicken and waffles. If there's a game on, head straight to the patio (that's where the televisions are along with foosball and pool tables). Otherwise kick back in the library lounge, full of worn leather sofas and fully stocked book shelves.