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Houston's Most Outrageous Burgers

In a city full of great burgers, some restaurants bring the loco.

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In Houston, there are hot new burgers and then there are burgers that are totally off the wall. The next time you want to eat a burger while dangling on the edge between sanity and insanity, tap this list.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Umami Burger at Table 57

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5895 San Felipe St
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 978-5860
Consulting chef Randy Evans created the menu at this new hot-spot located inside the H-E-B on San Felipe. To create the “umami” (pronounced ooh-mommy), i.e. savory flavor profile, angus beef is topped with roasted solegiatti tomatoes, grilled red onion and shiitake mushrooms on a house made brioche bun with a Parmesan crisp and shabu aioli mayo. You can also add an extra patty to make it a double. [Photo]

2. The Prohibition Cheeseburger at Prohibition Supperclub & Bar

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1008 Prairie St
Houston, TX 77002
(281) 940-4636
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Chef Ben McPherson creates his cheeseburger with 44 Farms beef then tops it with grilled onions, short rib marmalade, a fried duck egg and Houston Dairymaid’s redneck cheddar on a sesame-challah Slow Dough bun. You can also add foie gras as a supplement.

3. The Pot Roast Burger at Max's Wine Dive (Washington location only)

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4720 Washington Ave Ste B
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 880-8737
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Max’s unique take on a classic with a patty made from slow-roasted Yankee pot roast, topped with horseradish mash, au jus, and blue cheese on a brioche bun.

4. The Beef Tongue Burger from Hubbell & Hudson Bistro

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24 Waterway Ave
The Woodlands, TX 77380
(281) 203-5641
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Chef Austin Simmons takes seared Akaushi beef tongue and tops it with blanched cabbage, kimchee barbeque sauce, scallions, and housemade pickles, served on a fresh made, toasted bun at this popular spot in The Woodlands.

5. The “Thrashed at Mavericks” Burger at Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar

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1050 Studewood St
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 802-0531
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Chef Lance Fegan’s burger bursts with flavor from the “mustard sizzled” patty topped with bacon jam, onion-jalapeno-pickle, pimento cheese and LKRO hickory sauce served with fries or fresh fruit. If you’re going paleo, you can get this (and all of their burgers) in a bowl vs. the bun.

6. The Detention Burger at Bernie’s

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5407 Bellaire Blvd
Bellaire, TX 77401
At chef/owner Justin Turner’s new Bellaire brick and mortar location and from his Burger Bus food truck when he’s out and about, this popular favorite takes two crispy bacon grilled cheeses used as a bun along with two cheddar cheeseburger patties plus “tipsy” fried onions and all the fixins’.

7. The Waffle Burger at Del Frisco's Grille

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2800 Kirby Dr Ste A132
Houston, TX 77098
(832) 623-6168
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This burger features a ground in-house prime ribeye & tenderloin patty, topped with two thick slices of applewood-smoked bacon, bourbon-glazed chipotle onions, smoked cheddar and brie cheese sauce, finished with sloppy sauce, served on two Belgian waffle buns with a side of fries.

8. The Brooklyn Burger at Jonathan's The Rub

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9061 Gaylord Dr
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 465-8200
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This burger is a tribute to chef Jonathan's New York roots, featuring a spicy Italian sausage patty and a beef patty, sautéed onions and peppers, ricotta and mozzarella cheese, bacon, a fried egg and garlic aioli spread on a fresh bun.

9. The Big Reubowski Burger at Kenny & Ziggy's Deli

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2327 Post Oak Blvd
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 871-8883
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A patty made from a special blend ground blend of short rib and skirt steak shipped fresh daily from Pat Lefrieda in NYC is layered with house cured corned beef, aged Swiss cheese and sauerkraut, topped with Russian dressing on a challah bun.

10. The Low Country Burger at Bradley's Fine Diner

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191 Heights Blvd
Houston, TX 77007
(832) 831-5939
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Newly hired executive chef Greg Lowry has created an entirely new menu for Bradley’s Fine Diner including the Low Country Burger, made with an in-house mix of chuck flap, brisket and ribeye topped with pimento cheese, crispy guanciale and kale, served with hand-cut fries.

11. The Queso Burger at Fish Tales

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2502 Seawall Boulevard
Galveston, TX
This beachfront balcony restaurant in Galveston serves up fresh ground beef topped with red onion/chili aioli, roasted Poblano peppers, bacon, crispy tortilla chips and a chili con queso drizzle, served with fries.

12. The Mob Boss Burger at Urban Eats

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3414 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007
Culinary Director Levi Rollins layers herbed and breaded eggplant, meatloaf, dry salami, fresh mozzarella, marinara and coarse chopped Italian parsley atop a buttered garlic sourdough roll for an Italian spin on the classic burger.

13. The Vegan Burger at Deer Lake Lodge & Spa

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10500 Deer Lake Lodge Rd
Montgomery, TX 77316
(936) 647-1383
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At the fab resort and spa just north of Houston, Chef Sabali creates her vegan patty from raw sprouted sunflower seeds, organic yellow bell pepper, fresh cilantro, garlic powder, chipotle powder, and sea salt. The ingredients are dehydrated for three hours and then served with onion-flaxseed bread.

14. Hubcap Grill

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1111 Prairie
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 223-5885
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Hamburger guru Ricky Craig offers a slew of outlandish toppings for his big, beefy burgers at three locations (The Heights, downtown and Kemah). The Philly Cheese Steak Burger has a beef patty topped with thinly sliced rib-eye steak, grilled onions, green bell peppers, Swiss cheese and a special mayo sauce. [Photo: dirtykitchenadventures]

1. Umami Burger at Table 57

5895 San Felipe St, Houston, TX 77057
Consulting chef Randy Evans created the menu at this new hot-spot located inside the H-E-B on San Felipe. To create the “umami” (pronounced ooh-mommy), i.e. savory flavor profile, angus beef is topped with roasted solegiatti tomatoes, grilled red onion and shiitake mushrooms on a house made brioche bun with a Parmesan crisp and shabu aioli mayo. You can also add an extra patty to make it a double. [Photo]
5895 San Felipe St
Houston, TX 77057

2. The Prohibition Cheeseburger at Prohibition Supperclub & Bar

1008 Prairie St, Houston, TX 77002
Chef Ben McPherson creates his cheeseburger with 44 Farms beef then tops it with grilled onions, short rib marmalade, a fried duck egg and Houston Dairymaid’s redneck cheddar on a sesame-challah Slow Dough bun. You can also add foie gras as a supplement.
1008 Prairie St
Houston, TX 77002

3. The Pot Roast Burger at Max's Wine Dive (Washington location only)

4720 Washington Ave Ste B, Houston, TX 77007
Max’s unique take on a classic with a patty made from slow-roasted Yankee pot roast, topped with horseradish mash, au jus, and blue cheese on a brioche bun.
4720 Washington Ave Ste B
Houston, TX 77007

4. The Beef Tongue Burger from Hubbell & Hudson Bistro

24 Waterway Ave, The Woodlands, TX 77380
Chef Austin Simmons takes seared Akaushi beef tongue and tops it with blanched cabbage, kimchee barbeque sauce, scallions, and housemade pickles, served on a fresh made, toasted bun at this popular spot in The Woodlands.
24 Waterway Ave
The Woodlands, TX 77380

5. The “Thrashed at Mavericks” Burger at Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar

1050 Studewood St, Houston, TX 77008
Chef Lance Fegan’s burger bursts with flavor from the “mustard sizzled” patty topped with bacon jam, onion-jalapeno-pickle, pimento cheese and LKRO hickory sauce served with fries or fresh fruit. If you’re going paleo, you can get this (and all of their burgers) in a bowl vs. the bun.
1050 Studewood St
Houston, TX 77008

6. The Detention Burger at Bernie’s

5407 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, TX 77401
At chef/owner Justin Turner’s new Bellaire brick and mortar location and from his Burger Bus food truck when he’s out and about, this popular favorite takes two crispy bacon grilled cheeses used as a bun along with two cheddar cheeseburger patties plus “tipsy” fried onions and all the fixins’.
5407 Bellaire Blvd
Bellaire, TX 77401

7. The Waffle Burger at Del Frisco's Grille

2800 Kirby Dr Ste A132, Houston, TX 77098
This burger features a ground in-house prime ribeye & tenderloin patty, topped with two thick slices of applewood-smoked bacon, bourbon-glazed chipotle onions, smoked cheddar and brie cheese sauce, finished with sloppy sauce, served on two Belgian waffle buns with a side of fries.
2800 Kirby Dr Ste A132
Houston, TX 77098

8. The Brooklyn Burger at Jonathan's The Rub

9061 Gaylord Dr, Houston, TX 77024
This burger is a tribute to chef Jonathan's New York roots, featuring a spicy Italian sausage patty and a beef patty, sautéed onions and peppers, ricotta and mozzarella cheese, bacon, a fried egg and garlic aioli spread on a fresh bun.
9061 Gaylord Dr
Houston, TX 77024

9. The Big Reubowski Burger at Kenny & Ziggy's Deli

2327 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056
A patty made from a special blend ground blend of short rib and skirt steak shipped fresh daily from Pat Lefrieda in NYC is layered with house cured corned beef, aged Swiss cheese and sauerkraut, topped with Russian dressing on a challah bun.
2327 Post Oak Blvd
Houston, TX 77056

10. The Low Country Burger at Bradley's Fine Diner

191 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007
Newly hired executive chef Greg Lowry has created an entirely new menu for Bradley’s Fine Diner including the Low Country Burger, made with an in-house mix of chuck flap, brisket and ribeye topped with pimento cheese, crispy guanciale and kale, served with hand-cut fries.
191 Heights Blvd
Houston, TX 77007

11. The Queso Burger at Fish Tales

2502 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston, TX
This beachfront balcony restaurant in Galveston serves up fresh ground beef topped with red onion/chili aioli, roasted Poblano peppers, bacon, crispy tortilla chips and a chili con queso drizzle, served with fries.
2502 Seawall Boulevard
Galveston, TX

12. The Mob Boss Burger at Urban Eats

3414 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007
Culinary Director Levi Rollins layers herbed and breaded eggplant, meatloaf, dry salami, fresh mozzarella, marinara and coarse chopped Italian parsley atop a buttered garlic sourdough roll for an Italian spin on the classic burger.
3414 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007

13. The Vegan Burger at Deer Lake Lodge & Spa

10500 Deer Lake Lodge Rd, Montgomery, TX 77316
At the fab resort and spa just north of Houston, Chef Sabali creates her vegan patty from raw sprouted sunflower seeds, organic yellow bell pepper, fresh cilantro, garlic powder, chipotle powder, and sea salt. The ingredients are dehydrated for three hours and then served with onion-flaxseed bread.
10500 Deer Lake Lodge Rd
Montgomery, TX 77316

14. Hubcap Grill

1111 Prairie, Houston, TX 77002
Hamburger guru Ricky Craig offers a slew of outlandish toppings for his big, beefy burgers at three locations (The Heights, downtown and Kemah). The Philly Cheese Steak Burger has a beef patty topped with thinly sliced rib-eye steak, grilled onions, green bell peppers, Swiss cheese and a special mayo sauce. [Photo: dirtykitchenadventures]
1111 Prairie
Houston, TX 77002

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