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18 Essential Houston Burger Destinations

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The concept of a cheeseburger seems quite simple — meat, cheese, on a bun — but in Space City, it’s a holy union that takes on many, equally divine forms. There are Mexican-style burgers topped with plenty of protein, prized old school institutions that serve up classic smash burgers, and newly opened favorites with creative takes that remind Houston that what is deemed a fast-food staple is truly a work of edible art.

Though there are hundreds of quality burger joints to choose from, this map serves as a guide to the city’s top spots, ranging from old-school favorites to hip new haunts that should definitely be on your radar.

Backstreet Cafe, the now-closed Hay Merchant, and Hobbit Cafe have been removed from the list, making way for Hopdoddy, Rodeo Goat Ice House, Champ-Burger, Tookie’s, Annie’s Hamburgers, Las Mamalonas Burgers, and Hippo Burgers.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Hippo Burgers

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8110 North Sam Houston Pkwy W
Houston, TX 77064
(832) 478-5176
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This Humble-based burger joint now has five locations and counting in the Houston area, and for good reason. As the name implies, the cooked-to-order grilled beef and chicken burgers are massive with big flavor and ample topping choices. Take the brainwork out of your order and opt for their combinations, like the Hippo special burger, topped with bacon, jalapenos, American cheese, lettuce, or the fried egg and cheese sauced-up “Eggvolution.” Don’t forget the fries — you can cover them in garlic, cheese, buffalo sauce, cajun seasoning, and more.

2. Hubcap Grill & Beer Yard

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1133 W 19th St
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 862-0555
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The pure and simple methodology of thick glossy burger bun, juicy handmade double meat, and double cheese creates the Hubpcap Decker, ideal for the pickiest, no-fuss eaters. Of course, you can top that with a dazzling array of accouterments, ranging from fried eggs to grilled mushrooms. Pair with the “Hell fries,” a creation that involves jalapeños and a spicy mayo sauce that will set your mouth and heart ablaze.

Two burgers, a container of bacon-cheese fries, and a pile of sweet potato fries, on a red tray.
Hubcap Grill & Beer Yard serves burgers your way,, with plenty of beer options and the delicious, unwieldy “Hell fries,” which are topped with jalapeños and a spicy mayo sauce.
Hubcap Grill

3. FM Kitchen and Bar

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1112 Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77007
(832) 804-6006
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With another location in Montrose, this FM Kitchen and Bar serves up comfort food and some of Houston’s most substantial burger offerings, which can all be enjoyed on its patio space. The famed FM Burger includes quality toppings, its special “shhh” sauce, and a perfect patty on a potato bun, while the Green Chile cheeseburger, with poblano pepper, Oaxacan cheese, and chipotle aioli, is held between a brioche bun. Go on a Wednesday for $1 wings.

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Bite into your FM Kitchen and Bar burger on its outdoor patio.
FM Burger

4. Stanton's City Bites

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1420 Edwards St
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 227-4893
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Old school since 1961, Stanton’s serves up an impressive array of thirteen burgers, all made with a half-pound of fatty, smoky deliciousness and topped with house-made condiments. “The Cowboy Brunch” — topped with a fried egg, grilled onions, bacon, house-fried pickles, and Swiss and American cheese — is a great option. But if you really love bacon, go for the Miss Piggie, which comes with candied bacon, or the “Luke Skywalker,” topped with sauteed spinach, grilled mushrooms, and deep-fried bacon.

Bacon cheese burger with lettuce and tomato, between a seeded bun, sitting atop white and red checkered paper.
Bacon lovers will rejoice in the candied bacon on the “Miss Piggie” burger or the deep-fried bacon on the “Luke Skywalker.”
Stanton’s City Bites

5. Christian's Tailgate Bar & Grill

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2000 Bagby St
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 527-0261
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Top the perfectly thin patties at Christian's Tailgate with oozing fried egg, American cheese, mushrooms, chili, avocado, thin crispy bacon, jalapeños, and more. Pick from a hearty list of options and add a side of classic crispy fries or onion rings for a meal that leaves everything to your imagination.

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6. Lankford's Grocery & Market

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88 Dennis St
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 522-9555
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When a burger sticks around for more than 70 years, it's definitely a winner. Order up a classic Old Fashion burger at this Montrose favorite, or try Lankford's most outlandish offering, the Grim burger. Topped with mac & cheese, bacon, jalapenos, and a fried egg, you're definitely going to need a nap after this one.

Lankford Grocery’s red and white sign.
Lanford’s Grocery has been been serving burgers for over 70 years.
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7. Rodeo Goat

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2105 Dallas St
Houston, TX 77003
(281) 853-9480
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Though a Dallas-Fort Worth export, Rodeo Goat localizes itself with Houston-inspired burgers, like the “River Oaks C.C” straightforward cheddar burger, and the Mike Jones-themed “(281) 330-8004” burger, which is topped with garlic-roasted cremini mushrooms, pickled onions, swiss cheese, and a soy caramel glaze. Help the Texas burger chain pick its best burger in its Battle of the Burgers competition, which runs through April 4, 2022. Every order counts.

8. Champ-Burger

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304 Sampson St
Houston, TX 77003
(713) 227-7737
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Home to the original “Texas Size Steak Sandwich”, this old-fashioned walk-up burger institution has been serving Houstonians for over 50 years with 1⁄3 pound patties made from the prime ground chuck. Order your burger how you like it, and that’s just what they’ll serve.

9. Flip 'n Patties

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1809 Eldridge Pkwy Suite 108
Houston, TX 77077
(832) 243-5061
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This former food truck slings some of Houston’s most creative burgers, influenced by classic Filipino flavors. Order the Jeepney burger, which pairs akaushi beef patties with a link of longanisa sausage, fried egg, and banana ketchup aioli for a seriously decadent burger experience outside the norm.

10. Kenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessen

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1743 Post Oak Blvd
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 871-8883
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The Jewish delicatessen’s “In Queso Emergency” burgers have scored big points with Houstonians. Swimming in a sea of fries and a side of cold coleslaw, find a monstrous burger worth every cent of the $19 it costs. It starts with light, glossy challah buns spread with chipotle mayonnaise, then topped with a lethal combination of meat, bacon, pepper jack cheese, avocado, lettuce, tomato, and fried onion strings.

11. The Burger Joint

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2703 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX 77006
(281) 974-2889
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Top these locally-raised Texas beef patties with everything from kimchi and pulled pork to classic chili-cheese, then pair with crispy fries and a thick and boozy shake infused with 8th Wonder Brewery's Rocket Fuel.

12. burger-chan

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5353 W Alabama St Suite 110
Houston, TX 77056
(832) 408-0860
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The recently-opened burger joint returns after nearly two years, bringing back its smashed patties and falafel burgers with an Asian flavor. Choose between sweet sourdough, brioche, rye or lettuce buns, pack on toppings like seared spam, kimchi relish, pickled or charred jalapenos, and choose from sauces like scallion aioli or sambal mayo for the dipping or slathering. Then, dig in.

13. Bubba's Texas Burger Shack

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5230 Westpark Dr
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 661-1622
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This divey gem lives up to its iconic reputation as having some of the best buffalo burgers in the Lone Star state. In pre-covid times, crowds would flock to the little shack under the Southwest Freeway to polish off the “Vegas Burger” topped with BJ’s signature habanero hot sauce, bacon, avocado, Monterey Jack cheese, and a fried egg served over the juicy intensely meaty buffalo patty.

A bacon cheese burger with lettuce and tomato wrapped in paper and stuck with an American flag toothpick.
Bubba’s Texas Burger Shack is best known for its buffalo burger.
Bubba’s

14. Hopdoddy Burger Bar

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5510 Morningside Dr Suite 100
Houston, TX 77005
(281) 557-2337
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This Austin-owned burger bar is considered a favorite for a reason. It consistently serves up undeniable, beefy burger combinations like the “Bacon Jam Double,” which is dripping in cheeses, tomato bacon jam, mustard grilled onions, and pickled mayo, and the “Llano Poblano,” with pepper jack cheese, steakhouse bacon, seared poblanos, and chipotle aioli. Don’t eat beef? The ahi tuna burger, the El Bandito’s corn and black bean burger, or the “Final Fowl” chicken sandwich, smothered in a buffalo ranch sauce, were made for you. The hot honey and sage sweet potato fries are a must.

15. Las Mamalonas Burger

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8405 Winkler Dr
Houston, TX 77017
(832) 804-8429
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This Winkler Drive gem packs on the meat in their Mexican street-style burgers, which are also stacked tall with toppings like gooey cheeses, onion rings, avocado, salami, chorizo, diced beef, pork, and pineapples. Venture outside of the traditional fries with stuffed bacon-wrapped jalapenos, bacon-cheese fries, or the loaded baked potato.

16. Annies Hamburgers

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10821 S Post Oak Rd
Houston, TX 77035
(713) 729-9861
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This neighborhood spot has been serving up juicy, classic all-beef smash burgers for more than 30 years, and needless to say, they’re pros. Spring for the double meat for $6.20 — only a dollar difference from the single, load up on your choice of sauces and fix-ins like crispy bacon, drink down a hand-blended shake or the homemade lemonade, and don’t forget a side of onion rings.

17. Killen's Burgers

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2804 S Main St
Pearland, TX 77581
(281) 412-4922
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Just like its smoky predecessor, Killen's Burgers is already inspiring the kind of lines that only Ronnie Killen can seem to cultivate. An expertly-blended duo of brisket and chuck produce a patty that can only be described as ridiculously delicious, and the addition of housemade toppings and a buttery bun only adds to the magic. Pair with crinkle fries or onion rings and enjoy burger nirvana.

18. Tookie's

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406 Texas Ave
Kemah, TX 77565
(281) 942-9334
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Situated on Kemah’s waterfront, this burger spot with a view promises veteran classics and signature creations, like the “blissful” Squealer — a beef patty blended with bacon — and the fancy #99 with a patty that was marinated in wine and seasoned with special spices. Start with the boudin balls or pelican eggs — a basket of fried jalapenos stuffed with cheese and bacon, with a side of ranch.

1. Hippo Burgers

8110 North Sam Houston Pkwy W, Houston, TX 77064

This Humble-based burger joint now has five locations and counting in the Houston area, and for good reason. As the name implies, the cooked-to-order grilled beef and chicken burgers are massive with big flavor and ample topping choices. Take the brainwork out of your order and opt for their combinations, like the Hippo special burger, topped with bacon, jalapenos, American cheese, lettuce, or the fried egg and cheese sauced-up “Eggvolution.” Don’t forget the fries — you can cover them in garlic, cheese, buffalo sauce, cajun seasoning, and more.

8110 North Sam Houston Pkwy W
Houston, TX 77064

2. Hubcap Grill & Beer Yard

1133 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008
Two burgers, a container of bacon-cheese fries, and a pile of sweet potato fries, on a red tray.
Hubcap Grill & Beer Yard serves burgers your way,, with plenty of beer options and the delicious, unwieldy “Hell fries,” which are topped with jalapeños and a spicy mayo sauce.
Hubcap Grill

The pure and simple methodology of thick glossy burger bun, juicy handmade double meat, and double cheese creates the Hubpcap Decker, ideal for the pickiest, no-fuss eaters. Of course, you can top that with a dazzling array of accouterments, ranging from fried eggs to grilled mushrooms. Pair with the “Hell fries,” a creation that involves jalapeños and a spicy mayo sauce that will set your mouth and heart ablaze.

1133 W 19th St
Houston, TX 77008

3. FM Kitchen and Bar

1112 Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77007
FM Burger Houston
Bite into your FM Kitchen and Bar burger on its outdoor patio.
FM Burger

With another location in Montrose, this FM Kitchen and Bar serves up comfort food and some of Houston’s most substantial burger offerings, which can all be enjoyed on its patio space. The famed FM Burger includes quality toppings, its special “shhh” sauce, and a perfect patty on a potato bun, while the Green Chile cheeseburger, with poblano pepper, Oaxacan cheese, and chipotle aioli, is held between a brioche bun. Go on a Wednesday for $1 wings.

1112 Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77007

4. Stanton's City Bites

1420 Edwards St, Houston, TX 77007
Bacon cheese burger with lettuce and tomato, between a seeded bun, sitting atop white and red checkered paper.
Bacon lovers will rejoice in the candied bacon on the “Miss Piggie” burger or the deep-fried bacon on the “Luke Skywalker.”
Stanton’s City Bites

Old school since 1961, Stanton’s serves up an impressive array of thirteen burgers, all made with a half-pound of fatty, smoky deliciousness and topped with house-made condiments. “The Cowboy Brunch” — topped with a fried egg, grilled onions, bacon, house-fried pickles, and Swiss and American cheese — is a great option. But if you really love bacon, go for the Miss Piggie, which comes with candied bacon, or the “Luke Skywalker,” topped with sauteed spinach, grilled mushrooms, and deep-fried bacon.

1420 Edwards St
Houston, TX 77007

5. Christian's Tailgate Bar & Grill

2000 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002
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Top the perfectly thin patties at Christian's Tailgate with oozing fried egg, American cheese, mushrooms, chili, avocado, thin crispy bacon, jalapeños, and more. Pick from a hearty list of options and add a side of classic crispy fries or onion rings for a meal that leaves everything to your imagination.

2000 Bagby St
Houston, TX 77002

6. Lankford's Grocery & Market

88 Dennis St, Houston, TX 77006
Lankford Grocery’s red and white sign.
Lanford’s Grocery has been been serving burgers for over 70 years.
Mario G.

When a burger sticks around for more than 70 years, it's definitely a winner. Order up a classic Old Fashion burger at this Montrose favorite, or try Lankford's most outlandish offering, the Grim burger. Topped with mac & cheese, bacon, jalapenos, and a fried egg, you're definitely going to need a nap after this one.

88 Dennis St
Houston, TX 77006

7. Rodeo Goat

2105 Dallas St, Houston, TX 77003

Though a Dallas-Fort Worth export, Rodeo Goat localizes itself with Houston-inspired burgers, like the “River Oaks C.C” straightforward cheddar burger, and the Mike Jones-themed “(281) 330-8004” burger, which is topped with garlic-roasted cremini mushrooms, pickled onions, swiss cheese, and a soy caramel glaze. Help the Texas burger chain pick its best burger in its Battle of the Burgers competition, which runs through April 4, 2022. Every order counts.

2105 Dallas St
Houston, TX 77003

8. Champ-Burger

304 Sampson St, Houston, TX 77003

Home to the original “Texas Size Steak Sandwich”, this old-fashioned walk-up burger institution has been serving Houstonians for over 50 years with 1⁄3 pound patties made from the prime ground chuck. Order your burger how you like it, and that’s just what they’ll serve.

304 Sampson St
Houston, TX 77003

9. Flip 'n Patties

1809 Eldridge Pkwy Suite 108, Houston, TX 77077

This former food truck slings some of Houston’s most creative burgers, influenced by classic Filipino flavors. Order the Jeepney burger, which pairs akaushi beef patties with a link of longanisa sausage, fried egg, and banana ketchup aioli for a seriously decadent burger experience outside the norm.

1809 Eldridge Pkwy Suite 108
Houston, TX 77077

10. Kenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessen

1743 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056

The Jewish delicatessen’s “In Queso Emergency” burgers have scored big points with Houstonians. Swimming in a sea of fries and a side of cold coleslaw, find a monstrous burger worth every cent of the $19 it costs. It starts with light, glossy challah buns spread with chipotle mayonnaise, then topped with a lethal combination of meat, bacon, pepper jack cheese, avocado, lettuce, tomato, and fried onion strings.

1743 Post Oak Blvd
Houston, TX 77056

11. The Burger Joint

2703 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006

Top these locally-raised Texas beef patties with everything from kimchi and pulled pork to classic chili-cheese, then pair with crispy fries and a thick and boozy shake infused with 8th Wonder Brewery's Rocket Fuel.

2703 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX 77006

12. burger-chan

5353 W Alabama St Suite 110, Houston, TX 77056

The recently-opened burger joint returns after nearly two years, bringing back its smashed patties and falafel burgers with an Asian flavor. Choose between sweet sourdough, brioche, rye or lettuce buns, pack on toppings like seared spam, kimchi relish, pickled or charred jalapenos, and choose from sauces like scallion aioli or sambal mayo for the dipping or slathering. Then, dig in.

5353 W Alabama St Suite 110
Houston, TX 77056

13. Bubba's Texas Burger Shack

5230 Westpark Dr, Houston, TX 77056
A bacon cheese burger with lettuce and tomato wrapped in paper and stuck with an American flag toothpick.
Bubba’s Texas Burger Shack is best known for its buffalo burger.
Bubba’s

This divey gem lives up to its iconic reputation as having some of the best buffalo burgers in the Lone Star state. In pre-covid times, crowds would flock to the little shack under the Southwest Freeway to polish off the “Vegas Burger” topped with BJ’s signature habanero hot sauce, bacon, avocado, Monterey Jack cheese, and a fried egg served over the juicy intensely meaty buffalo patty.

5230 Westpark Dr
Houston, TX 77056

14. Hopdoddy Burger Bar

5510 Morningside Dr Suite 100, Houston, TX 77005

This Austin-owned burger bar is considered a favorite for a reason. It consistently serves up undeniable, beefy burger combinations like the “Bacon Jam Double,” which is dripping in cheeses, tomato bacon jam, mustard grilled onions, and pickled mayo, and the “Llano Poblano,” with pepper jack cheese, steakhouse bacon, seared poblanos, and chipotle aioli. Don’t eat beef? The ahi tuna burger, the El Bandito’s corn and black bean burger, or the “Final Fowl” chicken sandwich, smothered in a buffalo ranch sauce, were made for you. The hot honey and sage sweet potato fries are a must.

5510 Morningside Dr Suite 100
Houston, TX 77005

15. Las Mamalonas Burger

8405 Winkler Dr, Houston, TX 77017

This Winkler Drive gem packs on the meat in their Mexican street-style burgers, which are also stacked tall with toppings like gooey cheeses, onion rings, avocado, salami, chorizo, diced beef, pork, and pineapples. Venture outside of the traditional fries with stuffed bacon-wrapped jalapenos, bacon-cheese fries, or the loaded baked potato.

8405 Winkler Dr
Houston, TX 77017

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16. Annies Hamburgers

10821 S Post Oak Rd, Houston, TX 77035

This neighborhood spot has been serving up juicy, classic all-beef smash burgers for more than 30 years, and needless to say, they’re pros. Spring for the double meat for $6.20 — only a dollar difference from the single, load up on your choice of sauces and fix-ins like crispy bacon, drink down a hand-blended shake or the homemade lemonade, and don’t forget a side of onion rings.

10821 S Post Oak Rd
Houston, TX 77035

17. Killen's Burgers

2804 S Main St, Pearland, TX 77581

Just like its smoky predecessor, Killen's Burgers is already inspiring the kind of lines that only Ronnie Killen can seem to cultivate. An expertly-blended duo of brisket and chuck produce a patty that can only be described as ridiculously delicious, and the addition of housemade toppings and a buttery bun only adds to the magic. Pair with crinkle fries or onion rings and enjoy burger nirvana.

2804 S Main St
Pearland, TX 77581

18. Tookie's

406 Texas Ave, Kemah, TX 77565

Situated on Kemah’s waterfront, this burger spot with a view promises veteran classics and signature creations, like the “blissful” Squealer — a beef patty blended with bacon — and the fancy #99 with a patty that was marinated in wine and seasoned with special spices. Start with the boudin balls or pelican eggs — a basket of fried jalapenos stuffed with cheese and bacon, with a side of ranch.

406 Texas Ave
Kemah, TX 77565

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