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13 Essential Houston Burger Destinations

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The holy union of cheese, meat and bun is prepared in multiple, equally divine forms around Clutch City - from prized old school institutions to newly opened favorites, Houston’s burger game is unparalleled.

Because there are literally hundreds of quality burger joints to choose from, use this map 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. At the very least, meat enthusiasts can now finally stop wading aimlessly through Houston’s cheesy, meaty burger scene.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 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 accoutrements, 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.

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2. FM Kitchen and Bar

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1112 Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77007
(832) 804-6006
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The famed FM Burger includes quality toppings, "special sauce" and a perfect patty on a potato bun for one of Houston's most substantial burger offerings.

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3. 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 ranging from “The Cowboy Brunch” (fried egg, grilled onions, bacon, house fried pickles, Swiss and American cheese on Texas toast) to “Spicy Chipotle” (chipotle butter, jalapeño jack cheese, grilled onions, bacon, chipotle mayo on a jalapeño bun). Each burger is made from a half pound of fatty, smoky deliciousness and topped with house made condiments.

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4. Backstreet Cafe

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1103 S Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 521-2239
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Not typically known for their burgers, Backstreet Cafe offers a top contender named the “Hugo’s Burger”, made from a winning combination of chipotle aioli, avocado, lettuce, tomato, chiles toreados and chihuahua cheese. Dig in with a Nutella iced coffee and a view of the scenic garden to escape the sweltering Texas heat.

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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.

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7. 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 to classic chili-cheese, then pair with crispy fries and a thick and boozy shake infused with 8th Wonder Brewery's Rocket Fuel.

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8. The Hay Merchant

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1100 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 523-9805
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After being served a cease and desist letter by In-N-Out for serving the “UB Double Double”, The Hay Merchant quickly and cleverly changed the name to the “Cease and Desist Burger”. Houstonians flocked to the resto for a burger created from a symphonic blend of gooey cheese, house made pickles., and freshly-ground beef straight from the farm.

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9. Kenny & Ziggy's Deli

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2327 Post Oak Blvd
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 871-8883
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The Jewish delicatessen’s “In Queso Emergency” burgers has scored big points with Houstonians. Swimming in a sea of fries and 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.

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10. Hobbit Cafe

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2243 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 526-5460
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This longtime vegetarian-friendly spot doesn’t skimp when it comes to meat-eaters. Diners can order a variety of burgers here, from the bell pepper- and blue cheese-topped Black and Blue Burger to the spicy Boudin Burger, half a pound of Angus beef topped with a quarter pound of smoked jalapeño pork boudin, mango pico, Creole mustard and sriracha.

11. 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.

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12. Killen's Burgers

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2804 S Main St
Pearland, TX 77581
(281) 412-4922

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.

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13. 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.

1. Hubcap Grill & Beer Yard

1133 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008
Hubcap Grill/Facebook

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 accoutrements, 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

2. FM Kitchen and Bar

1112 Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77007
FM Burger Houston FM Burger

The famed FM Burger includes quality toppings, "special sauce" and a perfect patty on a potato bun for one of Houston's most substantial burger offerings.

1112 Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77007

3. Stanton's City Bites

1420 Edwards St, Houston, TX 77007
Stanton's City Bites/Facebook

Old school since 1961, Stanton’s serves up an impressive array of thirteen burgers ranging from “The Cowboy Brunch” (fried egg, grilled onions, bacon, house fried pickles, Swiss and American cheese on Texas toast) to “Spicy Chipotle” (chipotle butter, jalapeño jack cheese, grilled onions, bacon, chipotle mayo on a jalapeño bun). Each burger is made from a half pound of fatty, smoky deliciousness and topped with house made condiments.

1420 Edwards St
Houston, TX 77007

4. Backstreet Cafe

1103 S Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77019
Backstreet Cafe/Facebook

Not typically known for their burgers, Backstreet Cafe offers a top contender named the “Hugo’s Burger”, made from a winning combination of chipotle aioli, avocado, lettuce, tomato, chiles toreados and chihuahua cheese. Dig in with a Nutella iced coffee and a view of the scenic garden to escape the sweltering Texas heat.

1103 S Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77019

5. Christian's Tailgate Bar & Grill

2000 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002
Christian's Tailgate/Facebook

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
Mario G./Yelp

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. The Burger Joint

2703 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006
The Burger Joint/Facebook

Top these locally-raised Texas beef patties with everything from kimchi 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

8. The Hay Merchant

1100 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
The Hay Merchant/Facebook

After being served a cease and desist letter by In-N-Out for serving the “UB Double Double”, The Hay Merchant quickly and cleverly changed the name to the “Cease and Desist Burger”. Houstonians flocked to the resto for a burger created from a symphonic blend of gooey cheese, house made pickles., and freshly-ground beef straight from the farm.

1100 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006

9. Kenny & Ziggy's Deli

2327 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056
Kenny & Ziggy's/Facebook

The Jewish delicatessen’s “In Queso Emergency” burgers has scored big points with Houstonians. Swimming in a sea of fries and 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.

2327 Post Oak Blvd
Houston, TX 77056

10. Hobbit Cafe

2243 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77098

This longtime vegetarian-friendly spot doesn’t skimp when it comes to meat-eaters. Diners can order a variety of burgers here, from the bell pepper- and blue cheese-topped Black and Blue Burger to the spicy Boudin Burger, half a pound of Angus beef topped with a quarter pound of smoked jalapeño pork boudin, mango pico, Creole mustard and sriracha.

2243 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77098

11. Bubba's Texas Burger Shack

5230 Westpark Dr, Houston, TX 77056
Bubba's/Facebook

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

12. Killen's Burgers

2804 S Main St, Pearland, TX 77581
Killen's Burgers/Facebook

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

13. 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

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