Narrowing down the very best burger in Dallas has always been a chore. The last time we tried to name the five best the list zoomed past five and slid into home base at twenty-five. Even at twenty-five we missed some burgers we adore. Then the list was tainted by time and the ravels of new burger joints opening across town.
Today marks another National Burger Day holiday (we officially recognize a pair of these holidays) which gives us yet another shot at plowing through a few burger filled weekends to bring a freshly appointed list. And this time we stopped at ten. No take backs until the next round of burger days appear on the calendar unless we make up another burger day like Hallmark makes up their special reasons for greeting cards (I am looking at you Quatro de Mayo and Decemberween).
Our favorite burger is rather elusive with its availability. You may purchase this burger as an early lunch (opens at 10:30am), lunch (busiest during noontime rush), or as a late lunch (open until 3:00pm). But never on Sunday. Off Site Kitchen has everything a burger should be: hot fresh juiciness and a killer bun. The added toppings are merely a bonus round in the game of burger happiness. Look for a second location in the Trinity Groves area very soon.
Maple and Motor gets a daily recommendation from the staff at craveDFW. We love the sloppy goodness presented on a platter, often adorned with fresh grilled jalapenos or a fried egg for good measure. Order it pink and with extra mustard for the perfect Dallas-style burger.
Good Friend Beer Garden and Burger House has pretty damned good burgers. There are even new versions that are offered on occasion just to confuse your burger planet. Savor the El jefe which is laden deep with slices of smoked brisket, bacon, jack and Swiss cheeses. Fantastic beer list, and each burger is offered a suggested pairing for good measure.
Wingfield’s continues to warm our hearts (and most assuredly clog it with the burgers mammoth delicious patty. Extra points for frying what would be very typical Ore-Ida crinkle cut fries in a vat of bacon flavored oil. A single burger and fries will tip the scale just over a single pound. Good luck with that.
Hopdoddy has good meat. They grind their beef fresh daily alongside their in-house baked buns. These are terrific burgers which often comes with a long wait, like its sister stand in Austin. Decent local beer selection, but nothing crazy. We really like the El Diablo which has its share of ass-sizzling Serrano and habanero peppers. But also try the Greek burger which is made with lamb, or the ahi tuna burger that tastes very much like a California roll.
Liberty Burger is as solid of a burger you will be able to scout. Now a local chain with a duo of locations, look for more Liberty to be spread wherever there is justice to be found. The Baby Bella is topped with plenty of baby Portobello mushrooms (otherwise known as creminis in the free world), queso blanco, a giant onion ring and a basil aioli for added flavor enhancement. Look for the limited time only series of burgers for a crazy food buzz that will make your office mates green with lunch envy.
Ten Bells Tavern makes everything taste delicious, and the burger is no exception. Dine freely on the half pound burger with grilled onions and smoked cheddar. Simply what a burger should be. Tuesday is burger day each week where you can make off with a burger, house-made fries and a local beer for $10.
The Dairy-Ette has been around for over 55 years serving terrific burgers and homemade root beer. Yea, they are still good.
Kenny’s Burger Joint in Frisco is home to the Bacon and Egg Burger that is sauced with a Béarnaise (fancy). Damned good burger larger appetites may wish to sample the El Jeffe (popular among burger titles in the Metroplex and those that love to watch The Three Amigos). This giant amongst burgers is made with three pounds of beef, a half-pound of bacon and many other silly ingredients that add up to a whopping 7,000 calories and $50. Why not take two for the road?
Shady’s Burger Joint is the latest entry into the great burger race, but let’s face it we will eat at all the joints. Dallas makes some great burgers, and so does Richardson. Get down with the El Shady (ahh see what they did there?) which is a certified angus beef burger topped with chorizo, a fried egg, fresh cheddar cheese and grilled jalapenos.