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12 Houston Burgers to Eat Right Now

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Just because there is a general consensus about where to find the best burgers in Houston, doesn't mean the city's fervent burger scene has cooled. There are always new restaurants opening, and chefs who want to make a mark with a great burger. This map is dedicated to these new offerings; that means either restaurants that have opened in the last six months (Etoile, Nosh) or really stepped up their game (Kenny & Ziggy's, Up Restaurant).

No one's saying to stop eating at Hubcap, Bernie's Burger Bus or the Burger Guys. They're all still making great burgers. But if seeing the ridiculous deep fried burger at The Houston Texans Grille doesn't stir something in your burger-loving soul, then there's something wrong.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Up Restaurant

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3995 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 640-5416
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The massive, 3/4lb burger is made from steak trimmings, which means it's 80% prime filet. That gives it an intense beefy flavor and enough juices to overwhelm the Slow Dough bun.

2. Brooklyn Athletic Club

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601 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 527-4440
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The Clubhouse burger comes topped with your choice of redneck cheddar or American cheese. Most importantly, in place of mustard or mayo, there's tomato jalapeno jam. Boom.

3. Kenny & Ziggy's Deli

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2327 Post Oak Blvd
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 871-8883
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Houston's best deli has introduced a new line of burgers built around 8oz Pat LaFrieda patties. The Zigalicious is topped with pastrami, Swiss, coleslaw and Russian dressing.

4. Houston Texans Grille

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12848 Queensbury Lane
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 461-2002
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No, the massive sports bar doesn't close for the off-season, and there's a full menu of tricked out burgers to try. The deep fried cheeseburger is an entire burger, including the bun, that's tempura battered and fried.

5. Etoile Cuisine Et Bar

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1101-11 Uptown Park Blvd
Houston, Tx 77056
(832) 668-5808
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Available on both the lunch and brunch menus, there's something wrong about eating a burger instead of chef Philippe Verpiand's carefully crafted French cuisine, but the 8oz, house ground patty on a brioche bun tastes so right.

6. Cottonwood

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3422 N Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77018
(713) 802-0410
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This family friendly spot in Oak Forest keeps its burger options simple. Try the bleu cheese burger topped with bacon jam, onion strings and barbecue sauce.

7. Crisp Wine-Beer-Eatery

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2220 Bevis
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 360-0223
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The burger here marries the restaurant's meatballs and pizza. That means toppings like balsamic onions and a ciabatta roll. The brunch version adds prosciutto and an over-easy egg.

8. Corner Table

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2736 Virginia Street
Houston, TX 77098
Oh, sure, you could get the black and quinoa Earth Burger, but why not splurge on the $26 kobe burger topped with foie gras and a port wine reduction?

9. Witchcraft Tavern & Provision Co.

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1221 W 11th St.
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 426-2750
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This craft beer spot in the Heights features a variety of burgers topped with meats like andouille sausage and pulled pork. Or there's the avocado burger. That's good, too.

10. Moon Tower Inn

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3004 Canal St.
Houston, TX 77003
(832) 266-0105
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Houston's foremost purveyors of meat in tube form make a pretty wicked burger, too. This one is called Chong: bread and butter jalapenos, fried egg, smoked cheddar, emmentaler swiss, bacon and creole mustard. Watch the restaurant's always entertaining Facebook page for occasional buy 1 get 1 free specials.

11. Adair Kitchen

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5161 San Felipe, Suite 390
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 623-6100
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Adair Kitchen offers buffalo, beef and turkey burgers that all share the positive DNA of the owners' connection to their father's restaurant Skeeters Grill.

12. Nosh Bistro

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3963 kirby dr
Houston, TX 77098
This loungey space on Kirby uses Pat LaFrieda beef to make a well-seasoned patty that's served on a soft, eggy bun. In her Nosh review, Press critic Katharine Shilcutt called it "one of the most overlooked and underappreciated burgers in town."

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1. Up Restaurant

3995 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77027
The massive, 3/4lb burger is made from steak trimmings, which means it's 80% prime filet. That gives it an intense beefy flavor and enough juices to overwhelm the Slow Dough bun.
3995 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77027

2. Brooklyn Athletic Club

601 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77006
The Clubhouse burger comes topped with your choice of redneck cheddar or American cheese. Most importantly, in place of mustard or mayo, there's tomato jalapeno jam. Boom.
601 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77006

3. Kenny & Ziggy's Deli

2327 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056
Houston's best deli has introduced a new line of burgers built around 8oz Pat LaFrieda patties. The Zigalicious is topped with pastrami, Swiss, coleslaw and Russian dressing.
2327 Post Oak Blvd
Houston, TX 77056

4. Houston Texans Grille

12848 Queensbury Lane, Houston, TX 77024
No, the massive sports bar doesn't close for the off-season, and there's a full menu of tricked out burgers to try. The deep fried cheeseburger is an entire burger, including the bun, that's tempura battered and fried.
12848 Queensbury Lane
Houston, TX 77024

5. Etoile Cuisine Et Bar

1101-11 Uptown Park Blvd, Houston, Tx 77056
Available on both the lunch and brunch menus, there's something wrong about eating a burger instead of chef Philippe Verpiand's carefully crafted French cuisine, but the 8oz, house ground patty on a brioche bun tastes so right.
1101-11 Uptown Park Blvd
Houston, Tx 77056

6. Cottonwood

3422 N Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77018
This family friendly spot in Oak Forest keeps its burger options simple. Try the bleu cheese burger topped with bacon jam, onion strings and barbecue sauce.
3422 N Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77018

7. Crisp Wine-Beer-Eatery

2220 Bevis, Houston, TX 77008
The burger here marries the restaurant's meatballs and pizza. That means toppings like balsamic onions and a ciabatta roll. The brunch version adds prosciutto and an over-easy egg.
2220 Bevis
Houston, TX 77008

8. Corner Table

2736 Virginia Street, Houston, TX 77098
Oh, sure, you could get the black and quinoa Earth Burger, but why not splurge on the $26 kobe burger topped with foie gras and a port wine reduction?
2736 Virginia Street
Houston, TX 77098

9. Witchcraft Tavern & Provision Co.

1221 W 11th St., Houston, TX 77008
This craft beer spot in the Heights features a variety of burgers topped with meats like andouille sausage and pulled pork. Or there's the avocado burger. That's good, too.
1221 W 11th St.
Houston, TX 77008

10. Moon Tower Inn

3004 Canal St., Houston, TX 77003
Houston's foremost purveyors of meat in tube form make a pretty wicked burger, too. This one is called Chong: bread and butter jalapenos, fried egg, smoked cheddar, emmentaler swiss, bacon and creole mustard. Watch the restaurant's always entertaining Facebook page for occasional buy 1 get 1 free specials.
3004 Canal St.
Houston, TX 77003

11. Adair Kitchen

5161 San Felipe, Suite 390, Houston, TX 77056
Adair Kitchen offers buffalo, beef and turkey burgers that all share the positive DNA of the owners' connection to their father's restaurant Skeeters Grill.
5161 San Felipe, Suite 390
Houston, TX 77056

12. Nosh Bistro

3963 kirby dr, Houston, TX 77098
This loungey space on Kirby uses Pat LaFrieda beef to make a well-seasoned patty that's served on a soft, eggy bun. In her Nosh review, Press critic Katharine Shilcutt called it "one of the most overlooked and underappreciated burgers in town."
3963 kirby dr
Houston, TX 77098

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