Given the area's penchant for protein, it's no surprise that DFW is home to some damn fine burgers. But when you're talking about the best, the same names tend to come up quite a bit. Your Maple & Motor. Your Off-Site Kitchen. The accolades those spots have received are well-earned, but there's more meat out there! Here are eight under-the-radar spots you won't find on any list from the Dallas Observer or Central Track or Crave DFW.
Stephen Pyles (info and address)
Stephen Pyles isn’t exactly a name you would think of as synonymous with "under the radar", however, did you know that one of the best burgers in Dallas is here on their lunch menu, and you will only pay $12 for all of its Wagyu beefy goodness?! That’s right, one Hamilton plus two Washingtons equals you experiencing one of the finest burgers you'll encounter anywhere. It is hickory-grilled and served with house-made pickles, plus your choice of French fries, spicy onion strings, or chili lime chips.
Jack’s Burger House (info and address)
Jack’s is your prototypical down-home, like dad used to grill it, meaty, greasy, flavorful, old-school hamburger. If you’re the kind of person who appreciates a good routine, Jack’s will be your place. They do things consistently and you’re not going to see any frills like foie gras or balsamic glazed mushrooms, but you are going to get a textbook burger that takes you back to a simpler time.
Flaming Burger (info and address)
Look at the picture above… LOOK AT IT! Flaming Burger will make you hot with the kind of burning passion that will make you want to... eat burgers there often. With fresh-made poppyseed buns that are grilled before teaming up with their perfectly seasoned burger, plus bacon, cheese, and maybe some jalapeños to keep the hot theme going, it has the potential to be habit forming.
The Varsity Grill (info and address)
Varsity Grill keeps it real, as they say -- it’s a clean little burger joint that doesn’t try to thrill you with 493 flat screens and 131 beers on tap. It just serves up a fantastic burger with a fluffy bun that’ll satisfy any beef craving. But, we all know man cannot live on burgers and bread alone. Pair yours with a side of their cinnamon-dusted sweet potato fries.
Stroker’s Ice House (info and address)
Sticking with the biker theme, Stroker’s will be your next stop to get toughened up and maybe earn some chest hair. This is the place to go if you’re into bikes, babes, live music, and cold beer (America!). There are no bald eagles flying around the bar, but they wouldn't feel out of place. They serve up a classic (as if you expected anything else) burger, though if you want to up the ante, get the Goose Combo Burger, which is a cheeseburger with a grilled hot link on top.
JO 24 (info and address)
Any place where you can get pancakes and burgers at any given time that is also BYOB is already a winner. Jo makes its patties by hand (in fact, they hand-make just about everything). Their sausage gravy is certified incredible, so you may just want to get a side of that for dipping, or get the chicken fried steak burger which comes with it -- either way, get some.
Mixed Up Burgers (info and address)
Mixed Up Burger has a few advantages and quirks -- the first of which is that you get dinner and show, as it sits next to the airport, allowing you to mow through your delightfully greasy burger as you observe the miracle of human flight. Also, as their name suggests, they will mix their toppings (everything from pineapple to green chiles to teriyaki) into the meat rather than just lay them on top. The possibilities are pretty endless, so you should probably just try a bunch of them.
Stampede 66 (info and address)
Stampede 66 is another one of those, "duh, we’ve heard of this place" spots, but again, not known for its burger, which it really should be. Loaded with two patties, pimento cheese, fried pickles, and bacon, it's a stunning combination of seemingly everything that tastes good on this planet.
1. Stephan Pyles1807 Ross Ave, Dallas
2. Flaming Burger11255 Garland Road, Dallas
3. The Varsity Grill9310 Forest Ln, Dallas
4. Strokers Ice House9324 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas
5. JO 241905 Greenville Ave, Dallas
6. Mixed Up Burgers3116 S Great SW Pkwy, Grand Prairie
7. Stampede 661717 McKinney Ave, Ste 100, Dallas
8. Burger House6913 Hillcrest Ave, Dallas
A fine dining joint from the big-wig chef/owner of the same name, SP's got a ceviche bar and entrees like their Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin, with yucca-huitlacoche (corn smut, you filthy boy!) hash, blackberry mole, and pickled blackberries.
Just east of Jupiter, this stark and purposeful burger joint's run by an area-raised guy who spent a decade learning burger-ing from Jake Keller (Jake's Uptown). Poppyseed buns, sweet potato fries, plus a perfectly seasoned burger, bacon, cheese, and maybe some jalapeños will keep you happy while you're here.
Varsity Grill is a great spot to get yourself a solid burger, sandwich, or some of the most delicious wings around. The name may sound like your average loud, dirty sports bar, but inside is clean, uncluttered, good food (and still two flatscreens if you want to watch the game).
Sporting a biker theme, Stroker's is the spot for bikes, biker babes, live music, cold beer, and burgers. Turn things up a notch (or loosen your belt a notch) with the Goose Combo Burger, a cheeseburger that's topped with a hot link.
JO 24 in Lower Greenville will keep you in pancakes and burgers all day (JO 24, get it??), and is also BYOB. The burger patties are hand-made (along with most of the menu), the french fries are crinkle-cut, and the sausage gravy is worth the trip alone.
Mixed Up Burgers is a fun spot where you can enjoy some hearty food and cheap beers while watching a game with some friends. The real spotlight is on the burgers, though -- choose your own toppings (everything from jalapeños to pineapple to A-1 Sauce) and they will blend your patty together, so every bite has all of the flavors you've asked for.
This Uptown spot of like the classier brother of your favorite southern steakhouse franchise, and it's so Texas it hurts (in the good way). Hanging longhorns, cowhide seating, highway signs, and sculptures from well-know artists in the state are merely a backdrop for food that's equally Texan. Southwestern staples and American takes on Mexican fare like chicken tamales, tacos topped with beef brisket and fried oysters, and (of course) top-notch bbq offer up a new experience that manages to maintain that familial feeling one can only get in Texas.
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?