• Blogs

    September 29, 2014

    First Look at eT Craft Burgers & Beer in Northwest Houston

    Fans of the mini double-patty burgers from eT Premium Grill in the tunnels below the JP Morgan Chase tower now have a larger location to frequent in Northwest Houston. eT Craft Burgers & Beer opened in Cypress on September 25 and features a much larger space than the restaurant downtown. It's a welc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2014

    Dish of the Week: Loco Moco

    From classic comfort foods to regional standouts and desserts, we'll be sharing a new recipe with you each week. See the complete list of recipes at the end of this post. This week, we're sharing a recipe for loco moco. Loco moco is a Hawaiian dish typically consisting of white rice topped with ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    An Ode to the Classic Texas-Style Roadside Burger

    "How's your dad?" asks a man stepping in front of the line to pick up a burger from the window. He called ahead; clearly he knows how this works. He's talking to the owner of Champ Burger, whose father used to be behind the window before he got too old and had to let his son take over. When the man ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014-15: No. 96, Cheeseburger at Sparkle's Hamburger Spot

    Once again, Kaitlin Steinberg is eating her way through Houston and counting down her 100 favorite dishes as we work our way toward our annual Menu of Menus® issue and culinary extravaganza. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most delicious, most creative and, of course, m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Top Five Underrated Burgers in Houston (According to You)

    Well, Houston, you've proven your love of burgers yet again. More than 1,100 people voted in our poll to determine which burgers in Houston don't get their fair due, and the results are in. It actually wasn't even close for first place, either. Forty-five votes separate first and second places, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    BB Donuts' Croissant Burger Might Be the Best Burger Value in Houston

    In a strip mall on Westheimer near Taft, nestled between a dry cleaner and a Chartway Credit Union branch, you can find BB (or B&B) Donuts. Not to be confused with BB's, this eclectic breakfast and lunch spot offers a wide range of options, from kolaches and donuts, to the sublime breakfast croi ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 30, 2014
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    October 17, 2013

    Top 10 Burgers in Houston 2013

    The rest of the best.

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2013

    The Rest of the Best: The Top Ten Burgers in Houston 2013

    Our 2013 Best of Houston issue is almost here, and in many cases, picking the best item in many of the categories was no easy task. In order to show off all the culinary greatness Houston has to offer, we'll be rounding up the "rest of the best" in some of our favorite categories during the next sev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013: No. 92 Homeroom at Bernie's Burger Bus

    This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. Just as Katharine Shilcutt did before her, and Robb Walsh before that, Kaitlin will eat and learn as she goes, compiling a list of the 100 dishes she th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2013

    BurgerFi: Saving The Environment One Bad Dish At A Time

    I love that the Market Street and Woodlands Waterway areas are growing with new shops and restaurants, so I had to check out the new burger joint next door to Hubbell & Hudson. BurgerFi is a chain burger restaurant based in Florida that just opened its first Texas location in The Woodlands. Known f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    Zen and the Burger Venn (Diagram) at The Burger Guys Downtown

    At this point, it's fair to say that The Burger Guys is an established part of Houston's healthy handful of bright-burning burger stars, though their original outpost clings to the far west side of that constellation. Open since last fall, the downtown location, the subject of this week's Café Revi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    What's Cooking This Week? Mini Chicken Meatballs, Skinny Fettucini Alfredo & More

    I love cooking for my fiancé and me, but most of the time, cooking for two proves to be difficult. If I don't make a plan, I end up running around in circles at the grocery store and wasting half the ingredient's I've bought (and I hate wasting food). Enter What's Cooking This Week - my weekly meal ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 11, 2013

    Bismillah Cafe: Let's Chaat

    Bismillah Cafe specializes in spicy fusion-Pakistani food, going as hot as you dare to go.

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2013

    Burger Bracket 2013: The Final 4

    We held off posting the result for the 2013 Burger Bracket until today, April 2, so that none of you would think the Final 4 were an April Fool's Day joke. Because check out some of those dark horses up there: brand-new icehouse The Refinery over old-school, homespun Stanton's Family Bites, or fancy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    2013 Burger Bracket: The Sweet 16

    Let the March madness begin: Our Sweet 16 semi-finalists have been chosen for the 2013 Burger Bracket, which will narrow down 16 of the best burgers in Houston to a Final Four round over the next month. Those Final Four will bring their A-game to the final Burger Bracket match-up on Saturday, April ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2012

    Food Truck Friday Spotlight: Flaming Patties

    Our third Food Truck Friday event is this coming Friday, November 2. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the House of Dereon (2204 Crawford) we'll be featuring four of Houston's finest food trucks -- Koagie Hots, Flaming Patties, Kay's Kitchen and Zeapod Cakery -- along with free beverages from our friends at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Copycat Recipe: Go Animal Style With An In-N-Out Double Double

    We may not have an In-N-Out Burger in Houston yet, but that doesn't mean you can't take a walk on the wild side at home. Check out how to make the juicy, oozy, gooey, mustard-grilled and secret-sauce-topped Animal Style Double-Double burger. (Hopefully, this can tide us over until one shows up in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2012

    How To: Grind Your Own Meat

    If you have a Kitchen Aid stand mixer, you can bypass the mystery behind what is in your ground meat and use the meat grinder attachment to make beef or chicken burger patties, and ground beef for pasta sauce, lasagna or taco night. This wonderful attachment allows you to use your favorite cut of me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    The Global Burger: Syria

    I love a good burger. While I always enjoy the regular patty on a bun with cheese, lettuce, tomato and ketchup (as long as it's cooked at least medium-rare), sometimes I like to put a twist or two on tradition. In this series of posts, I'm globalizing the burger by revamping it according to other co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2012

    The Global Burger: Argentina

    I love a good burger. While I always enjoy the regular patty on a bun with cheese, lettuce, tomato and ketchup (as long as it's cooked at least medium rare), sometimes I like to put a twist or two on tradition. In this series of posts, I'm globalizing the burger by revamping it according to other co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    HISD Seeks Refund from California-Based Vendor for Pink Slime-Filled Hamburger Patties

    In the aftermath of the somewhat frivolous "pink slime" scare, the Houston Independent School District wanted to make damn sure people knew it wasn't purchasing boneless lean beef trimmings (a.k.a. lean finely textured beef) for it school lunch programs. Or, at least, HISD thought it wasn't. HISD h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2012

    What's the Big Deal About Whataburger?

    I am not a native Houstonian, so perhaps that's why I'm boggled by the cult status Whataburger has built for itself. What is so good about this burger? Why is it that people crave it? I've had debates and chats with several local foodie friends, who insisted that Whataburger is an awesome burger ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    The Global Burger: India

    I love a good burger. While I always enjoy the regular patty on a bun with cheese, lettuce, tomato, and ketchup (as long as it's cooked at least medium rare), sometimes I like to put a twist or two on tradition. In this series of posts, I'm globalizing the burger by revamping it according to other ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    Burger Bracket 2012: The Final 4

    Now that our Burger Bracket judges have all finished signing their new endorsement deals with Lipitor, the Final 4 have been chosen. Each of the Final 4 burgers represents a favorite Houston style of burger: Fast Food, Extreme, Veggie and Fancy-Pants burgers. And all will compete against each other ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 23, 2012

    A Wash and a Burger

    Facundo Cafe is a one-stop shop for your car, your appetite and more.

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Burgers

    For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the winner had hefty competition from other Houston bars and restaurants. Houston ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2012

    I Finally Ate an In-N-Out Burger

    When the first locations of California-based burger chain In-N-Out Burger opened in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, emotions ran high. Perhaps too high. One notable woman wept loudly into her fries as she exclaimed, "Pinch me, it doesn't feel real!" It felt very real to me as I waited in a line ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    Whataburger's Green Chile Double Cheeseburger

    John Kiely​Houston has many of the best hamburgers in America, but my favorite fast-food burger comes from Blake's, a New Mexico chain whose Lotaburger with green chile and cheese is iconic. Blake's motto speaks for itself: "If you are what you eat, you are awesome." However, Blake's is a on ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    Burger Bewilderment (of the Best Kind) at The Counter

    Photos by Troy FieldsEvery burger is better with onion rings.​Have a blind date coming up? Need to eat dinner with someone who's really bad at making small talk? Eliminate that awkward initial silence by agonizing over the list of burger options at The Counter! I know this sounds like an unus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    The Eating Our Words Burger Bracket: Call for Judges

    Illustration by Monica FuentesOur Burger Bracket mascot. Think of him as our Uncle Sam.​Do you love eating burgers? Do you love judging things? Do you have the time and stomach capacity to do both over the next couple of weeks? Then we want you! The first annual Eating Our Words Burger Bra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    The Burger Behind Burger Park

    Photos by Groovehouse​Burger Park -- a humble, low-slung burger joint on MLK that can appear abandoned on quiet days -- turns out anywhere from 400 to 500 burgers a day. One needs only to go to Burger Park around dinner time, before it closes at 7:30 p.m., to see the building spring to life. ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 2, 2010

    Gourmet Guys

    The milkshakes may come with bacon and the burgers with foie gras, but there's no pretension here.

  • Dining

    August 20, 2009

    King Bubba

    The bacon cheeseburger at this Cypress roadhouse Rockwell Tavern blows all of Texas Monthly's favorite Houston burgers out of the water.

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    Friends & Family Free at Five

    Get your grub on today -- for free! -- at the grand opening of Houston's first Five Guys Burgers and Fries at Bunker Hill and I-10.  All you have to do is become a fan of Five Guys at their Facebook fan page and free burgers and fries are yours, today only, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2009

    Trainsmash Burger at Out of Africa

    Trainsmash is a South African tomato and onion sauce--a trainsmash burger comes slathered in the stuff. This one also had lettuce, fresh tomato and mayonnaise. I liked the condiments alright, it was the burger patty that was the problem. Out of Africa, the South African restaurant at Sugar Creek and ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 19, 2009
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    January 21, 2009

    Is Mooyah Burger a Mooby's Knockoff?

    Mooyah Burger on Bay Area Boulevard is another contestant in Houston's gourmet burger beauty pageant. The chain touts "100% fresh lean American beef (never frozen, no additive, fillers or preservatives)." But if you ask me, the meat at Mooyah burger is too lean. Though cooked to medium, my burger wa ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 9, 2008
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    October 7, 2008

    Fatburger A Flop

    I had high hopes for Fatburger. The chain out of Southern California calls itself “The Last Great Hamburger Stand.” The original was opened in 1952 by Ms. Lovie Yancey in Los Angeles. Yancey sold out to a franchise corporation in 1990. The chain currently claims 80 locations. Never-been-frozen g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2008

    Fresh Meat at Five Guys Burgers & Fries

    Here's a bacon cheeseburger from the new Five Guys Burger & Fries chain location at 24004 Southwest Freeway in Rosenberg. I got mine with mustard, mayo, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and jalapeños and paid $5.59. The standard issue burger at Five Guys Burgers & Fries is a double patty sandwic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2008

    Adios, Adrian’s Burger Bar

    I stopped by Adrian’s Burger Bar in the 5th Ward this weekend with the intention of eating one of Adrian Cooper’s amazing one-pound burgers. I was saddened to see that Adrian’s has closed its doors. The old burger joint down the street from Wheatley High School was a neighborhood institution. ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 29, 2008
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    December 20, 2007
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    November 14, 2007

    $13 at Goode’s Armadillo Palace on Kirby

    Where: Goode’s Armadillo Palace, 5015 Kirby, 713-526-9700 What $13 gets you: A juicy burger cooked to your specifications and a Negro Modelo. We could debate burgers in Houston till the cows come home medium-rare with just a little pink in the middle. But Goode’s meat-loving empire has devised ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 21, 2007

    Blake's BBQ and Burgers

    Slow Food Burgers

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    March 10, 2005

    Fire-Breathing Burgers

    Exotic meat dishes are tops at Himalaya

  • Dining

    April 8, 2004

    Freezer Burned

    The burgers at Moore’s Double Horn Grill make our food critic do a double take

  • Dining

    January 8, 2004

    Totemic Burger

    Bask in the glow of this glorious sandwich

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    October 18, 2001

    Road Warrior

    Roadster Grill

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