Houston Slips to No. 4 on Travel + Leisure's List of Top Burger Cities

After reigning as Travel + Leisure's No. 1 burger city in America for 2011, Houston has now slipped to No. 4 in the magazine's 2012 list. This year's top city? Providence, "with its reputation for creative, locavore chefs" according to the magazine, followed by Philadelphia and Chicago.

Providence? For burgers? Ahahahahahahahaha! (p.s.: If you're looking for Dallas on the list, our neighbor to the north didn't even merit a mention. So there's that bit of hilarity, too.)

Anyway. Travel + Leisure cited a few Houston favorites in its blurb about the city "known for its giant, mustard-laced burgers," including Lankford Grocery, Bubba's Texas Burger Shack and "newcomer" The Burger Guys.

Sadly, the article (and corresponding pop-up-filled slideshow, which is maddening to the point of insanity) feature no photos of the burgers from any of the cities Travel + Leisure spotlighted -- only photos of the various cities' skylines. So to make up for T+L's lapse in judgment, here are some photos of the Houston burgers that got a nod.

The Double Meat Cheeseburger at Lankford Grocery: mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomato and cheese.

The Buffalo Bacon Burger at Bubba's Texas Burger Shack: buffalo, mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles and bacon.

The Sonoma Burger at The Burger Guys: applewood-smoked bacon, cheddar, avocado, arugula and aioli.

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Katharine Shilcutt