I decided to do a list of the best burgers in Houston. I found a few top ten lists and chose some of the burger joints from these lists.
It took me about three months to complete this list because I didn’t want to eat too many burgers too often and gain a lot of weight. I spaced out my visits.
My order at each of these places was going to be very similar each time… a cheeseburger with everything except mustard and add a fried egg.
Most of the places I visited already had a burger on their menus that had the fried egg on them, so that made ordering easier.
I did not put them in any order because I really liked them all. I just decided to put down the top burgers that I’ve tried in Houston.
The first place I visited was the Texas Hamburger Palace, right around the corner from my place.
There’s never anybody else there when I go, so I don’t know how they stay in business.
I like the burgers here because they are always served with very fresh produce. The fries are okay, but not my favorite.
I asked for the fried egg to be added and it cost an extra dollar. The cost for just the burger was $6.25 and it was very good.
The fresh tomatoes, lettuce, pickles and onions make it really tasty. The meat patty might not be that large, but overall it’s a great meal.
The next place I went to was a place my neighbor told me about.
Jax Grill has been around for 22 years and their other location in the Heights has been there for 20 years.
They usually have a good crowd, but I try to go when it’s a little slower in the mid afternoon time, after the lunch crowd and before the dinner crowd.
I asked the lady about what burger they had that came with a fried egg and she said that was the “Jumbo Deluxe” burger. I ordered it and paid $9.95 for it, but it also came with fries for that price.
The display on the plate was excellent and very mouth watering. I liked these fries better than those at the Texas Hamburger Palace.
The Jumbo Deluxe came with the fried egg and also some bacon, which is always a nice addition.
Here again, the produce was fresh and the onions, pickles and tomatoes tasted great. Before I knew it, I had eaten the whole thing.
It was gone too fast, lol. Jax Grill gets two thumbs up for their Jumbo Deluxe burger.
The next burger joint I visited was Cliff’s.
Once again, I went during the slower afternoon. They do a good lunch crowd and have been around since the 70’s.
I ordered their Murphy burger that comes with bacon, cheese, grilled onions and Hickory sauce.
I replaced the Hickory sauce with mayonnaise and ordered a fried egg on it with fries.
It was $12.44 with the egg, fries and a drink. The burger only costs $6.95 though.
The best parts were the grated cheese instead of just a slice and the grilled onions were delicious.
I shared this burger with my neighbor and it was still plenty filling. I’ll definitely be back.
Next, I went to the House of Pies to taste their burger. It’s usually pretty crowded, but on this day it was slow.
I ordered the egg on the burger for an extra dollar and the fries came with the meal. I had a drink and my total was $14.83.
It’s a good burger with that homemade taste to it.
After the House of Pies, I went to Lowbrow, a place in The Montrose. They serve a Juicy Lucy burger. That’s a burger with melted cheese inside of the meat. I didn’t get the egg this time, but it was a great burger and the bun was very good. The burger, fries and a drink costs about $14.50.
Another great burger I had was at the Hay Merchant in The Montrose. The picture doesn’t do it justice. It’s the only burger on their menu and it’s called The Cease and Desist. It is a two patty burger and I ordered the egg on it. It was super delicious and the meal with a drink and fries cost $14.16.
I read about this next burger online. It’s rated as the best burger in Houston as voted on by Houstonians. It’s the Hubcap Decker burger from the Hubcap Grill in the Heights.
I ordered the egg on it and also the cheese bacon fries.
The fries were great. The burger was too, but as part of my review I must say that it’s too much of a good thing. It’s so big that it’s hard to eat. They could have served it with only one pattie and it would have been a lot easier to eat. After a few bites it got really messy.
With a drink and fries, the burger costs $15.96.
Here it is in all its’ glory. It’s a burger you have to try at least once to say you ate one.
I stopped by one of my favorite restaurants and had their burger. Southwell’s has great food and their burgers are no different.
I ordered a cheeseburger with an egg on it with sweet potato fries. The price with a sweet tea was cheaper than the other places at $12.96.
It’s one of my favorite burgers.
I went to the Heights again for a burger at Christian’s Tailgate Bar and Grill. It was a great bargain for a 1/3 pound burger, fries and a drink for $10.83.
It was too tall to cut in half without everything falling apart. It had too much produce and the meat fell out of the back, but it was still a very tasty burger.
My next burger was in the Heights area again. Stanton’s City Bites has a good burger, but I don’t care for leafy romaine lettuce.
It was still a great burger, even though it was a bit of a drive to get there from where I live.
I ordered it with the fried egg on it and also got chili cheese fries. One thing I didn’t like for sure was when you paid at the counter, they had an option for how much you wanted to tip.
A person doesn’t usually tip when they order at the counter, but they had this option staring at you on the screen and if you didn’t want to tip you had to ask how to bypass this tipping option. With the girl standing there, you feel guilty if you don’t tip. I tipped. My neighbor didn’t. With a burger, chili cheese fries, a drink and a tip, my bill was $18.49.
The chili cheese fries were excellent. I could eat just them for a meal.
Stanton’s used to be a grocery. We were there after U of H won a football game and there were a lot of students there wearing red.
My next stop was back to Bellaire to go to Bernie’s Burger Bus.
The burger was another great one. The menu had items associated with school and I ordered The Principal with the fried egg on it.
It was very good.
As a side order, I tried the brisket fries. With brisket and BBQ sauce covering the fries, they were delicious. My meal came to $22.89 and I tipped $6 so my total was $28.89. That’s a pretty expensive meal for a burger and fries, even if the fries had brisket on them.
My next stop on this quest was across the street from Bernie’s Burger Bus at the Bellaire Broiler Burger.
This is a small mom and pop type diner and the burger didn’t look like anything special. They didn’t have any eggs like I usually order and I just got regular fries.
Man, was it ever great tasting though. One of the best on this list. And only $4.85, then I added the fries and a drink for a total of $10.93. I’ll go back.
After eating at the Bellaire Broiler Burger, I went to the Buffalo Grill with my neighbor. We went after lunch so it was slower, but they are packed for breakfast every day.
On first look, the bun didn’t look like anything special, but the produce was fresh.
I got the egg on it and it was a very good burger.
I ordered the chili cheese fries and they were great. My bill with a sweet tea came to $19.31. I’m not sure if I’ll have this burger again, but I’ll definitely have the chili cheese fries again.
I had to include The Fountain View Cafe on this quest. They’re rated number one for breakfast in Houston on several lists.
Their cheeseburger with the egg was excellent. The plating was the best of all 15 places I visited. It looks so delicious when it’s served to you.
I added chili cheese fries and a sweet tea for a total of $15.48. The chili cheese fries might be the best I’ve had yet. Fountain View Cafe had the 2nd best burger I tried out of 15. I’ll definitely be back for another.
The best burger I had in Houston was from the Lankford’s Grocery and Market restaurant. It’s old school and very good. The atmosphere is great and the burger patty was thicker than most places.
I ordered the sweet potato fries with the burger and they were very tasty. My total bill was $11.57.
As I said, the burgers were bigger than most places and they tasted great, but you better bring cash because they don’t take cards.
All the burgers I had were great, but Lankford’s was the best.
Even though I spaced out the burgers, I still think I gained about ten pounds from this challenge. But oh so worth it.
I spent $221.30 on this challenge, with the average price per burger being $14.75.
My next review is going to be one about who has the best breakfast tacos in Houston. There’s many restaurants that serve them, so I won’t have any problem finding places to review.
If ever in Houston, try one of these burgers and you won’t go wrong.