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The Mascot burger from Bernie's Burger Bus.
The Mascot burger from Bernie's Burger Bus.
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The Hottest Burgers in Houston, 2015

It's been a good year for ground beef.

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The Mascot burger from Bernie's Burger Bus.
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From Weights + Measures' classic beauty on a squishy sesame seed bun, to Graffiti's all-out meat gorge topped with sweet brisket, onion rings and breaded pickles — these are the Houston cheeseburgers that will will sear themselves into your brain for the weeks and months to come. As always, take to the comments or hit us on the tip line if there's another hot new burger you think we should consider.

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Weights + Measures

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At this restaurant/bar/bakery on Caroline, the pizzas steal the spotlight. But the wood grilled, classic-style, house-ground burger on a sesame bun is most definitely worthy of your attention. Paper thin pickles, a griddled slightly sweet bun, crisp bibb lettuce, thinly sliced onions and mild melted cheese make for a seamless bite — with house potato chips, to boot.

Fielding's Wood Grill

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At Fielding's, a burger isn't really a burger, it's an art form. More importantly, the kitchen pulls off its artistic riffs without a hitch. You'll polish off every last drop of habanero ketchup, sriracha hummus, or whatever your particular burger case may be.

Grafitti's at Union St.

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At this brand new fancy-ish counter-service burger joint, the strongest order on the menu is The Imperial, a burger steak piled high with sweat threads of brisket, feathery onion rings, fried pickles, roasted poblano peppers, baked hunks of mac and cheese, and bacon jam. The flavor combination — and the sheer heft of this bad boy — will leave you speechless. Thank goodness there are cocktails to chase it down.

Bernie's Burger Bus Stop

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At Justin Turner's burger bus-cum-brick-and-mortar, you can order a ground beef patty wedged between two grilled cheese sandwiches or piled high with tortilla chips and guacamole — among many other zany concoctions. But our pick for hottest burger is one of the chainlet's more demure offerings: The Mascot (pictured) tops a tender meat puck with tangy goat cheese, sweet-tart pickled red onions and smoky-sweet barbecue sauce to rare effect.

Main Kitchen

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Erin Smith takes the burger at her J.W. Marriott restaurant seriously. Her burger upgrades — things like a pickled green tomato, avocado aioli and smoked gouda cheese — are subtle. But the overall effect is a knockout.

Tout Suite

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You wouldn't expect the hippest new coffee house-slash-bistro in town to be a burger destination. But amongst the macaron nibblers and coffee sippers, you'll find token burger fiends here and there — all of them grinning with pleasure as meaty juices dribble down their chins. Seared chuck, fluffy brioche, caramelized onion, tart jam and oozy Gruyère make for one of the best bites in the house. And skin-on fries complete a meal that holds its own among the city's top burger plates.

Weights + Measures

At this restaurant/bar/bakery on Caroline, the pizzas steal the spotlight. But the wood grilled, classic-style, house-ground burger on a sesame bun is most definitely worthy of your attention. Paper thin pickles, a griddled slightly sweet bun, crisp bibb lettuce, thinly sliced onions and mild melted cheese make for a seamless bite — with house potato chips, to boot.

Fielding's Wood Grill

At Fielding's, a burger isn't really a burger, it's an art form. More importantly, the kitchen pulls off its artistic riffs without a hitch. You'll polish off every last drop of habanero ketchup, sriracha hummus, or whatever your particular burger case may be.

Grafitti's at Union St.

At this brand new fancy-ish counter-service burger joint, the strongest order on the menu is The Imperial, a burger steak piled high with sweat threads of brisket, feathery onion rings, fried pickles, roasted poblano peppers, baked hunks of mac and cheese, and bacon jam. The flavor combination — and the sheer heft of this bad boy — will leave you speechless. Thank goodness there are cocktails to chase it down.

Bernie's Burger Bus Stop

At Justin Turner's burger bus-cum-brick-and-mortar, you can order a ground beef patty wedged between two grilled cheese sandwiches or piled high with tortilla chips and guacamole — among many other zany concoctions. But our pick for hottest burger is one of the chainlet's more demure offerings: The Mascot (pictured) tops a tender meat puck with tangy goat cheese, sweet-tart pickled red onions and smoky-sweet barbecue sauce to rare effect.

Main Kitchen

Erin Smith takes the burger at her J.W. Marriott restaurant seriously. Her burger upgrades — things like a pickled green tomato, avocado aioli and smoked gouda cheese — are subtle. But the overall effect is a knockout.

Tout Suite

You wouldn't expect the hippest new coffee house-slash-bistro in town to be a burger destination. But amongst the macaron nibblers and coffee sippers, you'll find token burger fiends here and there — all of them grinning with pleasure as meaty juices dribble down their chins. Seared chuck, fluffy brioche, caramelized onion, tart jam and oozy Gruyère make for one of the best bites in the house. And skin-on fries complete a meal that holds its own among the city's top burger plates.

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