Food & Drink

Dallas's 8 best under-the-radar burgers

Published On 04/09/2014 Published On 04/09/2014
Under the radar burgers DAL
Stephen Pyles
Jack’s Burger House
Flaming Burger
The Varsity Grill
Stroker's Ice House
Yelp User Eric N.
Mixed Up Burgers
Stampede 66
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1. Stephan Pyles 1807 Ross Ave, Dallas, TX 75201 (Design District)

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.

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2. Flaming Burger 11255 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218 (East Dallas)

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.

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3. The Varsity Grill 9310 Forest Ln, Dallas, TX 75243 (Northeast Dallas)

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).

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4. Strokers Ice House 9324 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75235

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.

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5. JO 24 1905 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206 (Lower Greenville)

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.

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6. Mixed Up Burgers 3116 S Great SW Pkwy, Grand Prairie, TX 75052 (Arlington)

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.

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7. Stampede 66 1717 McKinney Ave, Ste 100, Dallas, TX 75202 (Uptown)

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.

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8. 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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