The Best Burger in 21 Houston 'Hoods
Detention burger at Bernie’s Burger BusAddress and Info
Yes, every singular burger coming out of this big yellow school bus is pretty excellent. Yes, everything -- including daily ground Angus beef, chipotle aioli, and buttery buns -- are made fresh in-house. And yes, you don’t truly need two crispy bacon grilled cheeses sandwiching two dripping half-pound beef patties for lunch right now, but detention is not the time to get all weak on us.
Five Napkins/Grease & Weasel at The Shack Burger ResortAddress and Info
Fresh. Homemade. And sloppy as hell. That’s pretty much all you need to know about this beer garden’s crazy good burger creations. Oh, and that you better not come wearing tight jeans. We can’t resist the classic Five Napkins, oozing with egg, slab bacon, and cheddar. But if you’re feeling crazy (and aren’t you always?), go for the Grease & Weasel, because it comes with most of that but also two honey buns instead of bread. Yeah.
Hubcap Decker at Hubcap GrillAddress and Info
How you judge a burger just may be one of life’s most important questions. Is it by juiciness? By beef-to-bun ratio? By the choice toppings? Or perhaps it’s by all of the freaking above! Hubcap’s custom-made buns are specially crafted to catch all of that inevitable beef juice drippage. And accoutrements like shaved ribeye, grilled wieners, and crunchy peanut butter are all kinds of delicious. Go with your heart, but purists can take solace in the fact that the Hubcap Decker is the gold standard of double cheeseburgers in town.
The Cheech or Chong at Moon Tower InnAddress and Info
You’ll be one Sad Mac if you don’t try a Moon Tower half-pounder at least once in your lifetime (but probably more than once). The Cheech comes stacked with thick bacon, sambal mayo, and creamy goat cheese; while the Chong is a beauty dripping with sunny-side-up egg, thick bacon, house pickles, cheddar, and Creole mustard. Pro tip: go for Wednesday BOGO Burger Night so you can try both.
The Miss Piggie at Stanton's City BitesAddress and Info
This old-school burger joint has been busting Houstonian’s belt buckles since 1961. Hit the place in stretchy pants if you want any chance of finishing its monster double cheese burger, but even more so if you’re tackling the Miss Piggie. The massive sandwich is made with a duo of fresh ground beef and bacon patty, with even more candied bacon, hash browns, and cheddar piled on top.
The Zigalicious at Kenny & Ziggy’sAddress and Info
Imagine if life were hard and you had to choose between a juicy Pat Lafrieda short rib/skirt steak burger and Kenny & Ziggy’s housemade pastrami melt. Well it’s not and you don’t. So at least you have that going for you.
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The Rancor at Petrol StationAddress and Info
Star Wars fans and those who don’t get the reference are equally happy when this half-pound, egg-topped, smoked bacon- and cheddar-loaded beef bomb is presented before them. Buckle up and order some craft brews to wash it all down.
Buffalo chili cheeseburger at Bubba’s Texas Burger ShackAddress and Info
Revival burger at Revival MarketAddress and Info
You asked for it; they made it. The Heights favorite took their meat chops to the next level when they debuted this namesake burger earlier this fall. Now you can get a duo of aggressively seared and seasoned 3oz Augustus Ranch patties covered in cheddar and served with house pickle toppers and a crazy good crispy potato side whenever you damn please (or more accurately, during lunch).
The Texas at Jonathan’s The RubAddress and Info
Somehow, even mac and cheese topped burgers feel fancy at this homegrown American restaurant. Piled onto Sheila Partin sweet sourdough buns, the Hulk-worthy 10oz chargrilled burgers get rubbed with Jonathan’s secret blend and topped with things like ‘shrooms, caramelized onions, bacon, and TEXAS GRAVY. It’d be criminal not to try them.
A one-pounder at Christian’s TailgateAddress and Info
Christian’s flavor-packed burgers are local legends, so it doesn’t matter if you go bacon-bacon, chili cheese, or country-fried with your toppings, so long as you do go for the full pound patty.
The Grim burger at Lankford GroceryAddress and Info
Warning: do NOT come to this retro eatery if you are trying to watch your figure. The smells wafting from the flattop will have you gearing up for an insanely bad-for-you burger faster than you can change your Coke to diet. Since you went this far, you may as well go balls to the walls with the fatty bacon topped; sliced jalapeño, egg, and gooey macaroni & cheese-adorned Grim Burger.
The Clubhouse burger at Brooklyn Athletic ClubAddress and Info
We have sad news: the famed Porkobucco has been removed from BAC’s menu. We don’t know what they were thinking, but we do know the only silver lining in this cloud of crap is that now you don’t have to decide between that and their very worthy Clubhouse burger. With a freshly ground 44 Farms patty flawlessly seared to a beefy crunch and green tomato/jalapeño jam accompaniment, we’ll let this one slide.
Grilled half pound burger at Benjy’sAddress and Info
The Rice Village location of this beloved eatery starting offering brunch seven days a week earlier this year, so if you’re having trouble choosing between breakfast and their fantastic cheddar, house-pickle, and aioli smothered burger... just add an egg.
Chef’s Burger at Harwood GrillAddress and Info
When a place is known for beef, you know they’re gonna make a mean burger. This half-pound steak burger is made with fresh ground Akaushi, aged cheddar, honey baked Texas pancetta, and grilled onions, all on a daily-baked challah bun.
The Burger at Just BurgersAddress and Info
The buttery housemade pretzel buns are worth the trip to Spring alone. But the staff would probably look at your weird if you didn’t order a greasy, perfectly grilled burger to go inside, too. So do that and add avocado, pepper jack, and ancho mayo while you’re at it.
The Big Baby at Big Chief’s Old Fashioned BurgerAddress and Info
Formerly Chief’s Cajun Snack Shack in the Third Ward, Big Chief still doesn’t go light on the Cajun spices when seasoning his hand-formed burgers, meaning every bite bursts with lip-tingling beefy flavor. He also doesn’t go light on the patty itself, which is about three times the size of the bun that houses it.
44 Farms burger at Karbach Brewing CoAddress and Info
This brewhouse’s house-ground burger blend is badass. The charred, plump 44 Farms patty -- sandwiched inside a grilled eggy bun with a healthy amount of sharp white cheddar, pickles, and L+T -- is best taken down with a crisp Karbach brew. Just as it should be.
Royale with Cheese at The Queen Vic Pub & KitchenAddress and Info
This gastropub may channel London, but their man-sized burgers are U-S-A all-the-way. The Royale with Cheese -- in which house-ground beef gets loaded with Bhajia-style onion rings, a yolky fried egg, and a load of Gruyere cheese, all on a buttery brioche bun -- is fit for an American king.
The Imperial at Grafitti's at Union St.Address and Info
This barely year-old resto’ makes a burger that is worthy of a spot in Texas. Partially because the 100% Angus medium-well patties are on point; but also because the burgers are jaw-breakingly gigantic. Open wide to take in the stacked Imperial -- which has roasted poblanos, a fried egg, crispy onion strings, mac & cheese, and bacon chunks packed onto its half-pound short rib and brisket patty.
A build-your-own-burger at JerryBuilt Homegrown BurgersAddress and Info
With an emphasis on using humanely-raised, all-natural beef and chicken, and locally sourced ingredients, this burger stop pays a lot of attention to its product. Which can only mean you don’t have to pay any attention AT ALL when building your very own JerryBuilt burger. Whatever you do, add chili cheese fries.
1. Bernie’s Burger Bus Stop5407 Bellaire Blvd, Houston
2. The Shack16602 Cypress Rosehill Rd, Cypress
3. Hubcap Grill1133 W 19th St, Houston
4. Moon Tower Inn3004 Canal St, Houston
5. Stanton's City Bites1420 Edwards St, Houston
6. Kenny & Ziggy's2327 Post Oak Blvd, Houston
7. Petrol Station985 Wakefield Dr, Houston
8. Bubba’s Texas Burger Shack5230 Westpark Dr, Houston
9. Revival Market550 Heights Blvd, Houston
10. Jonathan's The Rub9061 Gaylord Dr, Houston
11. Christian's Tailgate Bar & Grill2820 White Oak Dr, Houston
12. Lankford Grocery & Market88 Dennis St, Houston
13. Brooklyn Athletic Club601 Richmond Ave, Houston
14. Benjy's2424 Dunstan Rd, Houston
15. Harwood Grill2300 Westheimer Rd, Houston
16. Just Burgers16724 Stuebner Airline Rd, Spring
17. Big Chief’s Old Fashion Hamburger4605 W Orem Dr, Houston
18. Karbach Brewing Co.2032 Karbach St, Houston
19. The Queen Vic Pub & Kitchen2712 Richmond Ave, Houston
20. Graffiti's at Union St2003 Union St, Houston
21. JerryBuilt Homegrown Burgers3501 W. Holcombe Blvd, Houston
Some of Houston's best burgers and fries come straight out of a big yellow school bus, otherwise known as the kitchen of Bernie's Burger Bus. Bernie's still has waiters and seating though, not to mention milkshakes, wines, and beers on tap. The gourmet burgers, all of which have school-themed names like "The Principal" and "Homeroom," are constructed from a blend of house-ground black Angus beef and served on locally-baked buns. Add in homemade condiments and you've got the best school lunch ever.
It's time loosen that belt a notch or two -- The Shack is a Houston favorite where the beef is fresh and local, and the burgers. Are. Stacked. Located in Cypress, this joint's got 18 signature beef burgers topped with everything imaginable from brisket to fried eggs to potato chips to spicy honey -- each creative combination provides the perfect blend of spicy, sweet, and savory, and the dropping grease is accompanied by just enough crunch. You're gonna need to make room if you're going to tackle one with a side of hand-cut fries or onion strings. You're also gonna need a beer -- there are dozens on tap from all over the Lone Star State.
Hubcap Grill, which has a couple of locations across Texas, is known for its burgers and sandwiches. When faced with one of its incredibly juicy, crispy seared patties, the logical next step is to get another. The counter-serve also pours craft beer, which you order at the window before taking your food out to the massive, colorful patio. The space features games like ping pong and horseshoes so you can burn off all that grease to the tune of the outdoor jukebox.
Awesome events like horror movie nights and growler giveaways, tons of craft brews from their wall of taps, and exotic hot dogs like a wild game sausage make Moon Tower Inn a unique and enjoyable hangout. Oh, and they have a backyard, too.
Serving Houstonians since 1961, Stanton's has an array of sandwiches, snacks, and sides that will, more often than not, stick to your sides. The former grocery store is especially known for its half-pound burgers topped with artery-clogging accouterments like deep-fried bacon, twice-fried onion rings, and house-fried pickles. The interior has a retro, almost cafeteria-like feel with plenty of tables and a counter for ordering.
Kenny & Ziggy's is a shining oasis of Jewish deli goodness right in Uptown Houston. Whether you get a sandwich, burger or knish, expect it to come in the kind of colossal portion only a Brooklyn grandmother would force on you. But that probably won't stop you from ordering sides of matzo ball soup and pastrami cheese fries, two too-good-to-ignore menu staples.
Petrol Station used to be exactly that: a gas station. Now, this refurbished counter-service spot is dishing up of the tastiest burgers in Houston. You'll also find a fantastic craft beer list that's divided into beginner, intermediate, and expert levels. Once you've made your burger and beer picks (a favorite is The Rancor, a 10-napkin burger topped with cheddar, smoked bacon, and a fried egg), you can enjoy your meal out on the patio.
Bubba’s is the "Home of the Buffalo Burger," which in turn means any of its excellent burgers can be made with buffalo meat, which in another turn means the patty has 70% less fat and 30% more protein, while remaining quite tasty... especially because you can feel better about piling things like chili, cheese, and bacon on top.
This craft butcher and cafe in The Heights offers breakfast, lunch and full-service dinner and even has an in-house charcuterie program. Most of what Revival sells is made in-house, from all of the butchered meats to bottled jams, pickled vegetables and condiments. What is not made from scratch is sourced from other local and artisanal vendors.
Although it's outside the loop, Jonathan's The Rub is more than worth a trip to the suburbs. This Italian steakhouse serves up dishes like seafood fra diavalo in addition to Houston staples like fried chicken & grits and bigger than your head bone in ribeyes.
Christian’s Tailgate is a Midtown sports bar that serves great burgers and beer. The flavor-packed patties come in three sizes: small (1/3lb), large (1/2lb), and giant (1lb), and are stacked with your choice of toppings, like green chili, crispy bacon, onion rings, and jalapeños. The menu has a whole section dedicated to shots that range in price from the $3 vodka peach Silk Panties to a $9 Jameson and Guinness combo.
This Houston institution on Dennis St has been in business since 1939, selling groceries to locals alongside old-fashioned tuna melts and huge burgers. Everything is made to order, so the service takes time, and you simply pay at the counter when you're finished eating. The space itself is kitschy and quaint with shaded picnic tables outside for some greasy al fresco dining.
It doesn't get better than outdoor games, Bloody Marys with bacon, and American comfort classics, which is why Brooklyn Athletic Club remains a neighborhood favorite.
This trendy Rice Village eatery offers top-notch American fare, an outdoor patio, and one of Houston's best happy hours. We recommend chowing down on some of their delicious burgers, which hold a special place in the hearts of Houston locals.
With a mission of bringing good food and good service, the resto’s menu is both approachable and unapologetically meat-heavy. High-quality Akaushi beef comes in many forms, for instance, in a jumbo meatball appetizer; pulled over pappardelle pasta; or as a massive, Béarnaise-coated porterhouse cut. And that's just three of them.
With fresh beef ground on the daily and the best housemade pretzel buns in the South, you can’t go wrong with any burger at this homegrown joint. Get the Southwest burger if you’re feeling avocado, the Chubbs if you’re feeling egg, or the Slap Yo’ Momma if you’re feeling EVERYTHING.
A must-try at this Big Ward burger spot is "The Big Baby." These bigass Cajun-style burgers – formerly served out of Chief’s Cajun Snack Shack in the Third Ward – remain just as big and babylike as ever. Assertively seasoned and loosely packed with a radius that’s about two fingers larger than the bun itself, the burger's definitely worth the time it will take the kitchen to grill it up (but call ahead if you don’t want to wait in the heat).
Though they’ve only been around since 2011, Karbach has already made a name for itself as one of Texas’ fastest-growing breweries. That’s thanks to a solid line up of monster brews, including the crisp and refreshing Sympathy for the Lager and rich and hoppy Rodeo Clown double IPA. Find them all over town or visit the sparkling facility for tours and tastings, movie nights, and good vibes.
English and Indian cuisine --shepherd's pie, fish and chips, and a variety of curries -- is served at this comfortable, London-style gastropub. The Queen Vic also boasts artisanal cocktails and both local and imported beers.
With nine outrageous "burger steaks" freshly ground with chuck, brisket, and short rib, burger-holics should most definitely add this fast-casual haunt to their burger bucket list. The substantial patties come loaded with everything from baked mac & cheese to house pickles and bacon chunks. But you may want to make a few trips so you can try the other offerings, including a Texas-sized CFS and peanut butter shake.
This sleek, industrial-style spot serves up burgers and dogs that are Texas-sized and made with all-natural, humanely raised beef. A must-try is the build-your-own-dog, which adventurous eaters can top with add-ons like chili, fried egg, and jalapeño cream cheese. Or, go with the house cheeseburger, grilled over an open flame and topped with American cheese, griddled onions, and Ernie’s sauce (mayo, ketchup, and relish). Another fresh pick? The bacon avocado burger. No matter what, pair your choice with a thick, hand-spun milkshake.