Discover 10 of the best burger-flipping, patty-shaping restaurants in Dallas-Fort Worth. Here’s our round-up of some of the top places to grab a burger while in town, plus what to order when you get there.
Classic Burger Joints
Named after Texas Roadhouse founder Kent “Bubba” Taylor, Bubba’s 33 is the sister restaurant serving 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 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, 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. For the ultimate dinner for two, choose two cheeseburgers or entrées, an appetizer and dessert to share for only $30.
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 at the expansive patio, shared by a collection of six restaurants, which overlooks 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.
Aside from the killer views of Lewisville Lake, Lakeview by Peppersmash’s patio is serving up juicy burgers perfect during the warmer months. Any Monday night, build a custom half-pound burger, starting at $5. Add on your choice of melty cheeses, savory sauces and traditional toppings. Slap on a side of crispy onion rings, battered french fries or all-meat chili for a budget bite that tastes like a million bucks. Be sure to check out their daily menu featuring their double patty chili cheeseburger, smothered in the same homemade chili and topped with queso and jalapeños.
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 quarterback 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.
The sights and smells of Korean street food are popping up where you would least expect it, inside a neighborhood joint. K Pop Burger combines Korea’s favorite foods like gimmari, fried seaweed spring rolls, and fried spam cutlets in their twice burger. For a slightly sweet and perfectly seasoned meal, try the Kangnam with grilled veggies, two kinds of cheeses and drizzled in Korean bulgogi sauce. Also inspired by Asian cuisine, the ramen burger features spicy noodles atop a half-pound fresh Angus beef patty with pickled radish, fried egg, grilled jalapeno and sriracha mayo. Take note of their Instaworthy Bangtan, a towering sandwich with five patties, 10 slices of cheese, grilled pineapple halves and spam cutlets. Whichever burger you choose, the kimchi cheese fries complement the uniquely Korean-American flavors.
An ultimate burger list would not be complete without a vegetarian-friendly option. Seven Doors handcrafts black bean patties and pairs white cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion and spicy aioli, for a fresh take on a classic burger. Don’t fret meat lovers, Seven Doors offers an incredible 70/30 burger, named for its ground beef & bacon blend. Enjoy all the gooey white cheddar, sweet pepper jam and crispy onions cushioned between the brioche buns (gluten-free option available).
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.
Get a truly local dining experience at Twigs American Kitchen. Each patty on the menu is 100% locally sourced Angus beef and topped with freshly harvested produce. For blue cheese lovers, the roasted garlic gorgonzola burger is a must-try with its rich and salty gorgonzola cheese, frizzled onions, spring mix and chipotle BBQ aioli. The most unique burger on the menu has to be the wild side,topped with chipotle candied bacon, avocado, bacon cream cheese, gochujang ketchup and smoked cheddar. For one of the best deals in town, stop by Twigs anytime Monday and take your pick of a burger and brew for only $14.
When a restaurant crafts an unforgettable signature burger, there’s no room on the menu for another patty that pales in comparison. For example, the Kobe slider at Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse. The only true burger on the 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.
Later this year, LSA Burger will open its doors to showcase black Angus burgers, local musicians and some serious “lone star attitude” inside the restaurant and live music venue. The North-Texas restaurant concept joins Barley & Board in opening a location inside Grandscape, The Colony’s premier entertainment district. Barley & Board’s gastropub boasts a single bold burger with sweet caramelized onions pressed into melty cheese with house-made pickles and sauce. Trust us, it is worth the mouth-watering wait.
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