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

The Grim Burger at Lankford Grocery inspires thoughts of a delicious burger-y death.
The Grim Burger at Lankford Grocery inspires thoughts of a delicious burger-y death.
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Our 2013 Best of Houston issue is 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 several months. Bon appétitt!

Speaking of no easy task, on to burgers.

When you search "burgers" on our blog, you get 2,615 entries. That's how much we love burgers. We write about them alllll the time. There are a lot of them in this town, too -- far more than ten -- but this list is comprised of the ten very best burgers around, from the plain janes to the totally out there.

I may have complained about gourmet burgers in the past, but that was before I encountered all that Houston has to offer, burger-wise. This city is a veritable playground for the wondrous and the whimsical in burger-making.

So, without further ado, these are our top ten favorites from around Houston. We know you have your favorites too. So come on, let us have it in the comments.

The sliders from Little Bigs are all fantastic, but the beef is the cream of the crop.
The sliders from Little Bigs are all fantastic, but the beef is the cream of the crop.
Photo by Kaitlin Steinberg

10. Little Bigs Yes, the beefy treats here are sliders, not full-on burgers, but there's something to be said for a slider that gets it so right that even the most ardent burger fanatics will come around when they taste it. The hamburger slider (Little Bigs offers a number of other sliders as well, like pulled pork or black bean) is the picture of simple perfection. A three-ounce fresh-ground beef patty (never frozen) that's owner Bryan Caswell's own recipe is perched on a light, yeasty roll then topped with caramelized onions. If you want anything else on your slider, there's a condiment and topping bar with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, mustard, sriracha and the like. But I doubt you'll even remember it's there once you bite into that juicy little slider.

Best chain burger in Houston, mark my words.
Best chain burger in Houston, mark my words.

9. Del Frisco's Grille I know it's a chain, but hear me out. The Grille Prime Cheeseburger is far better than the average steakhouse chain offering. It's not what I'd call a gourmet burger, though, for the simple fact that there's nothing on it that you wouldn't find on a fast food burger. It's two thin and crispy (but juicy in the middle) beef patties made steak trimmings and ground prime brisket. Each USDA prime burger is topped with an oozy yellow cheese blend, lettuce, tomatoes and a homemade "sloppy sauce" reminiscent of Thousand Island dressing. I always thought that barbecue was the best thing one could do with brisket. Friends, I was so wrong. This is brisket at it best.



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