Finding a good burger in Dallas or Fort Worth, Texas is no difficult task. The metroplex is surrounded by ranch land that’s renowned for the quality of its beef, and chefs throughout the area vie to one up each other in creativity and grilling practices. Burgers are so ubiquitous they can be found on menus alongside tacos and Korean barbecue.
This is by no means a complete list of Dallas’ finest burger joints. But if you’re a burger lover, each of the places featured is worth your attention and hard-earned cash…at least once.
Chop House Burger
First served in downtown’s beloved Dallas Chop House steak restaurant, the Chop House Burger was such a success that an offshoot restaurant dedicated to slinging burgers opened in 2010. The restaurant’s namesake Chop House Burger is and probably always will be the restaurant’s most popular burger. But if a Texas raised beef patty served with shaved red onion, vine-ripened tomato sauce, green leaf lettuce, and black summer truffle sauce doesn’t sound like the best burger in the world to you, there are plenty of other options on the menu to choose from.
Fred’s Texas Cafe
Fred’s Texas Cafe is the perfect place to enjoy a high-quality burger, a cold beer, and local live music all at the same time. The classic Fredburger with cheese and fries is a big hit, but their specialty burgers are all good too. Check the restaurant’s website for information on upcoming events, which include samples of new menu items on Wednesday nights.
Founded in Austin in 2010, Hopdoddy’s has taken the Lonestar State by storm. Hopdoddy’s south-of-the-border inspired burgers, El Diablo and La Bandita, do particularly well, but everything on the menu gets good reviews. An extensive craft beer selection (“Hop” doddy’s….get it?) and thoughtful sides, including truffle fries and green chili queso, make a visit a well-rounded experience.
With locations in Addison, University Park, and Uptown, Hopdoddy’s is accessible to burger lover’s from downtown to Far North Dallas. The Uptown location is just a seven-minute walk from AMLI Quadrangle.
With a history spanning 30 years, Hunky’s Old-Fashioned Hamburgers is a mainstay on the Dallas burger scene. Inexpensive, classic burger combinations are Hunky’s trademark offering, but the house-made onion rings and Blue Bell ice cream shakes bring patrons in droves. An Oak Lawn location offers convenient access to AMLI Quadrangle residents and those working in Uptown.
An outstanding burger joint that specializes in Korean fusion patties, LA Burger is unique and delicious. The K-Town Burger, drizzled with teriyaki sauce and topped with spicy Korean cabbage, is indisputably the crowd’s favorite, but the Coreano is another Korean barbecue fusion patty that patrons order repeatedly. LA Burger’s Irving location is just a short drive from AMLI at Escena.
Record Grill’s no-frills atmosphere may not make it the best place to impress a first date. But if you’re first date loves greasy burgers, you could be in luck. A critic’s favorite, Record Grill in the West End serves one of the most highly-touted bacon cheeseburgers in Dallas. If you’re after a cheap, expertly-slung Dallas burger, Record Grill will hit the spot.
Village Burger Bar
Another hopping Dallas burger joint located within walking distance of AMLI Quadrangle and a short drive from AMLI at the Ballpark and AMLI West Plano, Village Burger Bar slings some mean patties. It also serves satisfyingly sweet cocktails and savory shoestring fries. Above all else, however, it might be known for its inventive homemade sauces: Artichoke aioli, basil mayo, and champagne mustard are just a few of the topping and dipping sauces you can choose.
When you’re in Dallas or Fort Worth, a good, juicy burger is never far away. While we’ve hardly scratched the surface when it comes to finding a good beef patty, we hope we’ve given you some food for thought. Wherever you decide to go for your next Big D burger, we hope you enjoy!
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