Discover some of the best burger-flipping, patty-perfecting restaurants in North Texas. Here’s our round-up of some of the top places to grab a burger while in town, plus favorite menu items.
Classic Burger Joints
Named after Texas Roadhouse founder Kent “Bubba” Taylor, Bubba’s 33 serves up scratch-made burgers, wings and pizzas. The garage bar atmosphere offers a casual dining experience with burgers that are anything but boring thanks to a signature beef and bacon grind. Two house-made patties are blanketed with American cheese, a fried egg and smoked bacon rashers for the fan-favorite sunshine burger. Other must-try menu items include the spicy habanero, topped with fried jalapeño cream cheese and hot sauce, and the south of the border, smothered in queso blanco and spicy chorizo sausage.
The aptly named mile-high burgers at 54th Street pile flavors atop the half-pound patties. Take the all-American bacon cheeseburger loaded with thick-cut bacon, fried egg and garlic aioli on a soft pretzel bun for example. You’ll need two hands to devour this behemoth. Seekers of all things spicy need to check out the devil’s den, doused in wing sauce, topped with Carolina reaper cheese and jalapeño bacon. Juicy burgers fill only one page of 54th Street’s seemingly endless menu, offering everything from Tex-Mex favorites to classic steakhouse cuts.
Al Fresco Options
Get that cookout feeling without having to man the grill. Dirty Burger Bar is flipping patties all day long inside The Shacks at Austin Ranch. Order at the micro-restaurant then grab a seat on the expansive patio, shared by a collection of six restaurants, overlooking a one-acre public dog park. DBB’s incredible pulled pork burger features Texas-style pulled pork, bacon and homemade slaw piled high on their classic cheeseburger. Another favorite is the whiskey caramelized onion burger with its sweet and smoky flavor profile complimented by blue cheese and bacon.
Feel the “lone star attitude” while dining at LSA Burger. If you thought the burgers at 54th Street were tall, you’re not ready for these behemoths. You’ll need more than a fork and knife to make it out with a clean shirt. Get ready to dig into the Sweet Home Burger, which is essentially a Frito Pie on a beef patty. Homemade Texas chili, serrano peppers, crunchy Fritos, and all your regular fixins’ make this burger dangerous; in the best way! Another crowd favorite is the Big Foot Burger, featuring fresh snake venom tomatillo salsa, fresh guacamole and Havarti cheese. These burgers inspired by Lone Star Legends will transport you deep in the heart of Texas.
Pro-tip: order the garlic parmesan fries to share for the table. They are amazing.
For another burger option with a great atmosphere and diverse menu, check out Barley & Board inside Grandscape, The Colony’s premier entertainment district. The gastropub boasts the legendary B&B Burger with sweet caramelized onions pressed into melty cheese with house-made pickles and sauce. This burger has won-over many culinary critics and been highlighted in the Dallas Morning News, Dallas Observer, D Magazine and more! Take your crew for a grazing board while you sit and people-watch on the spacious patio dining area.
Burgers are an American classic, but this next restaurant is putting a regional spin on conventional flavors. Walk-Ons, co-owned by Texas native and New Orleans Saints legend Drew Brees, brings southern flavors to the forefront with hand-pattied burgers made to order. Get a taste of Cajun country with the surf & turf overflowing with blackened shrimp, caramelized onions, pickled jalapeños and Thousand Island dressing on a brioche bun. The menu standout is the smoked gouda turkey burger,rivaling its beef counterpart with bacon, peppadew peppers, spicy mayo and spring mix nestled on a wheat bun.
Windmills is shaking things up in the music and culinary worlds. Part jazz lounge, part restaurant and microbrewery, this venue brings international musicians and flavors to The Colony. For a show-stopping meal, order the 10oz Waygu burger perfectly seasoned and blanketed with aged white cheddar, confit onions and chili aioli on a brioche bun. Their salmon burger offers a seafood twist with a cold-smoked 6oz salmon patty, cilantro mayo, arugula, thick-cut candied bacon and heirloom tomatoes. Whichever burger you decide on, pair it with an order of fresh-cut rosemary-garlic fries.
When a restaurant perfects an unforgettable signature burger, there’s no need to include another option on the menu. Enter, the Kobe slider at Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse. The only true burger on the restaurant’s bar menu, this slider is the juiciest, most tender grind out there thanks to the traditional Japanese Kobe beef. It comes as no surprise since Davio’s only uses the finest meat the culinary team can get their hands on. Check out the luxurious dining room menu, filled with aged steaks, handmade pasta and seafood flown in daily from Boston.
Where’s The Beef?
An inclusive burger list would not be complete without vegetarian-friendly options. Seven Doors handcrafts black bean patties and pairs white cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion and spicy aioli, for a fresh take on a classic burger. The Bohemian at LSA Burger, listed in the “beyond burgers” menu, pairs a black bean and brown rice patty with pepper jack cheese, spinach, tomato, pickled reds and house mayo. Designed for vegetarians as well as meatless-Monday devotees, the plant based Beyond Burger at Thirsty Lion is topped with a satisfying combination of melted cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, dill pickles, 1000 Island and served on a toasted brioche bun.