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17 Essential Houston Burger Joints

Where to find the city’s juiciest patties

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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.

But where does one find Houston’s best burgers? 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 any burger enthusiast’s 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 - Houston Heights

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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 Hubcap Decker, ideal for the pickiest, no-fuss eaters. If that’s too plain, consider topping it with a dazzling array of accoutrements, ranging from fried eggs to grilled mushrooms. Pair with “Hell Fries” a creation of jalapeños and spicy mayo sauce that will set both the heart and mouth and heart ablaze.

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2. BuffBurger

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1014 Wirt Rd
Houston, TX 77055
(281) 501-9773
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This spot is really serious about keeping it local. Buffburger serves 44 Farms beef on Slow Dough buns. Unique toppings include piquillo pesto and the sticky sweet bourbon onion jam. Try the truffle fries sprinkled with parmesan and dipped in aioli. Gluten-free options, lettuce wraps (in the buff), and vegetarian corn fritter patties offer something for everyone.

3. Christian's Tailgate Bar & Grill

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2820 White Oak Dr
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 863-1207
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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 greasy burger perfection.

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4. FM Kitchen and Bar

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1112 Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77007
(832) 804-6006
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Now officially home at FM Kitchen, Chef Ryan Hildebrand’s famed FM Burger can finally be eaten on a daily basis. Good quality toppings, “special sauce” and a perfect patty add up to one of Houston’s most substantial burger offerings.

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5. 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.

6. Backstreet Cafe

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1103 S Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 521-2239
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Not known primarily 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 round out the perfect lunch experience.

7. Lankford's Grocery & Market

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88 Dennis St
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 522-9555

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, a nap is definitely required after taking this monster to the face. Note: bring cash.

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8. Rodeo Goat

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2118 Lamar St Ste 102
Houston, TX 77003
(281) 853-9480
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DFW-based Rodeo Goat has arrived. Now, Houstonians can enjoy juicy hand-formed patties, heaping piles of cheese fries, and delectable brie-filled goat balls dipped in blackberry compote. Top your burger with brisket chili, candied bacon, grilled peaches, habanero cheddar, or pickle chutney. Add a Steaming Pile of cheesy tots, bacon, and a runny egg to complete your food coma.

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 is now slinging its Akaushi beef patties in a permanent location, and they pair perfectly with the Flip ‘n Fries: double cooked for an extra crunch and loaded with melty cheese, spicy sauce, aioli, and the choice of ground beef, pecan smoked pork butt, chicken, or longanisa sausage.

10. The Burger Joint

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2703 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX 77006
(281) 974-2889
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This Montrose institution (with another location on the way) uses fresh Angus beef. For a taste of the world, try the Mexi, Kimchi, or Opa lamb burger. Or, keep it local with the Smoke Stack piled with pulled pork, mac, and slaw. Don’t forget a side of hand-cut fries smothered in creamy queso.

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11. Hopdoddy Burger Bar

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4444 Westheimer Rd H100
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 227-2337
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With daily ground beef, fresh baked breads, hand-cut fries, and scratch made sauces, Hopdoddy Burger Bar doesn’t cut corners. Aside from beef, Hopdoddy offers bison, lamb, turkey, tuna, and two vegetarian patties, one of which is the bleeding, vegan Impossible Burger. Go during happy hour for a cocktail or boozy milkshake.

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12. Kenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessen

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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” has scored big points with Houstonians. Swimming in a sea of fries and side of cold coleslaw, you’ll find a monstrous burger worth every cent of the $18 it costs. They start with light, glossy challah buns spread with chipotle mayonnaise, topped with a lethal combination of meat, bacon, pepper jack cheese, avocado, lettuce, tomato, and fried onion strings.

13. Shake Shack - Houston Galleria

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5015 Westheimer Rd A2411
Houston, TX 77056
(281) 213-0445
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East coast import Shake Shack uses all natural beef and non-GMO potato rolls. The fried ‘shroom burger is perfect for vegetarians, and non-burger options include all natural chicken sandwiches and hot dogs that recall the company’s origin as a roadside cart. Pair you meal with a frozen custard, crisp crinkle-cut fries, and a doggy biscuit for four-legged friends in tow.

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14. Elevation Burger Kirby

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3819 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 524-2909
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A burger chain for serious eco-obsessives, the beef served at Elevation is organic, grass fed, and free range. Non-carnivores can choose between a vegetarian or a vegan burger. Feeling adventurous? Try the Vertigo Burger, a mountain of up to 10 stacked patties.

15. 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. Crowds flock 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. Toss in a side of creamy jalapeño potato salad for the best meal you’ve ever eaten in a shack.

16. Bernie's Burger Bus

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5407 Bellaire Blvd a
Bellaire, TX 77401
(713) 349-9400
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Bernie’s burgers blend fresh angus brisket and chuck for fatty flavor perfection. Vegetarians can sub a handmade falafel patty. Check out The Fire Drill or the Homeroom, a burger topped with tipsy onions, chipotle aioli, and a fried egg. Head back to the cafeteria with the Lunch Lady Fries or sweet potato tots.

17. Killen's Burgers

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2804 S Main St
Pearland, TX 77581
(281) 412-4922
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Here, an expertly-blended duo of brisket and chuck produce a patty that can only be described as ridiculously delicious, and the addition of fresh 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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1. Hubcap Grill - Houston Heights

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

The pure and simple methodology of thick glossy burger bun, juicy handmade double meat and double cheese creates the Hubcap Decker, ideal for the pickiest, no-fuss eaters. If that’s too plain, consider topping it with a dazzling array of accoutrements, ranging from fried eggs to grilled mushrooms. Pair with “Hell Fries” a creation of jalapeños and spicy mayo sauce that will set both the heart and mouth and heart ablaze.

1133 W 19th St
Houston, TX 77008

2. BuffBurger

1014 Wirt Rd, Houston, TX 77055

This spot is really serious about keeping it local. Buffburger serves 44 Farms beef on Slow Dough buns. Unique toppings include piquillo pesto and the sticky sweet bourbon onion jam. Try the truffle fries sprinkled with parmesan and dipped in aioli. Gluten-free options, lettuce wraps (in the buff), and vegetarian corn fritter patties offer something for everyone.

1014 Wirt Rd
Houston, TX 77055

3. Christian's Tailgate Bar & Grill

2820 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007
Christian’s Tailgate Bar & Grill/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 greasy burger perfection.

2820 White Oak Dr
Houston, TX 77007

4. FM Kitchen and Bar

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

Now officially home at FM Kitchen, Chef Ryan Hildebrand’s famed FM Burger can finally be eaten on a daily basis. Good quality toppings, “special sauce” and a perfect patty add up to one of Houston’s most substantial burger offerings.

1112 Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77007

5. Stanton's City Bites

1420 Edwards St, Houston, TX 77007

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

6. Backstreet Cafe

1103 S Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77019

Not known primarily 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 round out the perfect lunch experience.

1103 S Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77019

7. 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, a nap is definitely required after taking this monster to the face. Note: bring cash.

88 Dennis St
Houston, TX 77006

8. Rodeo Goat

2118 Lamar St Ste 102, Houston, TX 77003

DFW-based Rodeo Goat has arrived. Now, Houstonians can enjoy juicy hand-formed patties, heaping piles of cheese fries, and delectable brie-filled goat balls dipped in blackberry compote. Top your burger with brisket chili, candied bacon, grilled peaches, habanero cheddar, or pickle chutney. Add a Steaming Pile of cheesy tots, bacon, and a runny egg to complete your food coma.

2118 Lamar St Ste 102
Houston, TX 77003

9. Flip 'n Patties

1809 Eldridge Pkwy Suite 108, Houston, TX 77077

This former food truck is now slinging its Akaushi beef patties in a permanent location, and they pair perfectly with the Flip ‘n Fries: double cooked for an extra crunch and loaded with melty cheese, spicy sauce, aioli, and the choice of ground beef, pecan smoked pork butt, chicken, or longanisa sausage.

1809 Eldridge Pkwy Suite 108
Houston, TX 77077

10. The Burger Joint

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

This Montrose institution (with another location on the way) uses fresh Angus beef. For a taste of the world, try the Mexi, Kimchi, or Opa lamb burger. Or, keep it local with the Smoke Stack piled with pulled pork, mac, and slaw. Don’t forget a side of hand-cut fries smothered in creamy queso.

2703 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX 77006

11. Hopdoddy Burger Bar

4444 Westheimer Rd H100, Houston, TX 77027
Hopdoddy/Facebook

With daily ground beef, fresh baked breads, hand-cut fries, and scratch made sauces, Hopdoddy Burger Bar doesn’t cut corners. Aside from beef, Hopdoddy offers bison, lamb, turkey, tuna, and two vegetarian patties, one of which is the bleeding, vegan Impossible Burger. Go during happy hour for a cocktail or boozy milkshake.

4444 Westheimer Rd H100
Houston, TX 77027

12. Kenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessen

2327 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056

The Jewish delicatessen’s “In Queso Emergency” has scored big points with Houstonians. Swimming in a sea of fries and side of cold coleslaw, you’ll find a monstrous burger worth every cent of the $18 it costs. They start with light, glossy challah buns spread with chipotle mayonnaise, 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

13. Shake Shack - Houston Galleria

5015 Westheimer Rd A2411, Houston, TX 77056
Ellie Sharp

East coast import Shake Shack uses all natural beef and non-GMO potato rolls. The fried ‘shroom burger is perfect for vegetarians, and non-burger options include all natural chicken sandwiches and hot dogs that recall the company’s origin as a roadside cart. Pair you meal with a frozen custard, crisp crinkle-cut fries, and a doggy biscuit for four-legged friends in tow.

5015 Westheimer Rd A2411
Houston, TX 77056

14. Elevation Burger Kirby

3819 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098

A burger chain for serious eco-obsessives, the beef served at Elevation is organic, grass fed, and free range. Non-carnivores can choose between a vegetarian or a vegan burger. Feeling adventurous? Try the Vertigo Burger, a mountain of up to 10 stacked patties.

3819 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77098

15. Bubba's Texas Burger Shack

5230 Westpark Dr, Houston, TX 77056

This divey gem lives up to its iconic reputation as having some of the best buffalo burgers in the Lone Star state. Crowds flock 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. Toss in a side of creamy jalapeño potato salad for the best meal you’ve ever eaten in a shack.

5230 Westpark Dr
Houston, TX 77056

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16. Bernie's Burger Bus

5407 Bellaire Blvd a, Bellaire, TX 77401

Bernie’s burgers blend fresh angus brisket and chuck for fatty flavor perfection. Vegetarians can sub a handmade falafel patty. Check out The Fire Drill or the Homeroom, a burger topped with tipsy onions, chipotle aioli, and a fried egg. Head back to the cafeteria with the Lunch Lady Fries or sweet potato tots.

5407 Bellaire Blvd a
Bellaire, TX 77401

17. Killen's Burgers

2804 S Main St, Pearland, TX 77581

Here, an expertly-blended duo of brisket and chuck produce a patty that can only be described as ridiculously delicious, and the addition of fresh 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

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