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Dallas

In the last five years, Dallas has experienced an incredible influx of chef-crafted burgers — even long-standing eateries have been upping their burger game. Yet, old-fashioned stalwarts are still major players, having built a reputation over years, even decades. It’s from this varied scene that we present the top 10 burgers in Dallas.

Ratings are out of 30. Key to ratings

Hamburgers are rated in three categories — flavor, ingredients and value — on a 30-point scale.

26–30Extraordinary to perfection
21–25Very good to excellent
16–20Good to very good
11–15Fair to good
0–10Poor to fair

Ratings have been rounded to the nearest whole number, but the top burger rankings are calculated using the non-rounded scores.

  • Overall
  • Flavor
  • Value
  • Ingred.
  • Ingredients
  • The Grape

    Classic Cheeseburger

    • 26
    • 28
    • 22
    • 27
    #1

    The hugely popular classic cheeseburger ($14) is only available at Brian and Courtney Luscher’s European bistro during Sunday brunch, which only heightens the clamor of fans. With sharp white cheddar and homemade bacon and pickles on a house-ground patty, the burger earns thoughtful raves: “It seems like a burger made with love,” one voter says. Read more about The Grape on Zagat.

    www.thegraperestaurant.com

    Photo by Farah Fleurima

  • Kenny's Burger Joint

    Bud's Queso

    • 24
    • 26
    • 21
    • 26
    #2

    The deliciously messy, open-faced Bud’s Queso ($8.99) is a draw thanks to a pool of cheese sauce, bacon crumbles and jalapeño. Wood-fire grilling gives the dish that extra smoky something that keeps burger lovers trekking to Frisco for a meal. As one voter put it, the “queso is delish. It's the star.” Read more about Kenny's Burger Joint on Zagat.

    kennysburgerjoint.com

  • Hopdoddy Burger Bar

    Primetime

    • 24
    • 26
    • 21
    • 26
    #3

    Though it has one of Hopdoddy’s smallest ingredient lists, there’s nothing basic about the Akaushi beef-based Primetime ($12). Its juicy patty is crowned with a slab of Brie, arugula, house steak sauce, caramelized onions and truffle aïoli. One voter notes, “excellent flavor combinations; always fresh and priced well.” Read more about Hopdoddy Burger Bar on Zagat.

    www.hopdoddy.com

  • Maple & Motor

    Cheeseburger

    • 24
    • 26
    • 23
    • 23
    #4

    Jack Perkins’ ode to the flat-top-grilled cheeseburgers of yore ($4.75) is a well-priced sandwich that takes two hands to pick up. “Perfect burger without pretense,” says one voter, and the toppings speak to that sentiment: The half-pound patty is adorned with cheese, mustard, lettuce , tomatoes, onion and dill relish. Read more about Maple & Motor on Zagat.

    mapleandmotor.com

    Photo by Brian Hilson

  • Off-Site Kitchen

    Ten-Buck Four Banger

    • 24
    • 25
    • 21
    • 25
    #5

    This Design District burger shack’s Ten-Buck Four Banger ($10) is the epitome of the phrase “everything’s bigger in Texas,” with four hearty patties and slices of cheese forming a giant stack of temptation. If that’s not enough, one voter suggests, “add the hatch chiles and fried egg and you have yourself a badass burger.” Read more about Off-Site Kitchen on Zagat.

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    Photo by Farah Fleurima

  • Wingfield's Breakfast & Burger

    Double Meat Cheeseburger

    • 22
    • 25
    • 23
    • 18
    #6

    This hulk of a double meat cheeseburger ($8.25) comes from a tiny, no-frills, no-seating joint in South Dallas. A word-of-mouth local favorite for decades, it has burgers that are made to order with classic toppings. One voter says, “absolutely massive burger at this walk-up burger shop. I have never seen anyone finish a double meat.” Read more about Wingfield's Breakfast & Burger on Zagat.

    www.wingfieldsbreakfastandburgers.com

    Photo by Eat This Beef via Flickr

  • Love Shack

    Dirty Love Burger

    • 21
    • 22
    • 17
    • 23
    #7

    Celeb chef Tim Love’s Fort Worth sandwich outpost is literally a shack, churning out burgers like the Dirty Love ($6.24) in an airy beer garden. The signature Love Sauce. cheese, veggies and a fried quail egg make this otherwise classic burger “dirty,” with one voter calling it, “all the things you want in a burger.” Read more about Love Shack on Zagat.

    www.loveburgershack.com

  • Liberty Burger

    The Nooner

    • 20
    • 21
    • 18
    • 22
    #8

    Essentially breakfast on a bun, the Nooner ($9) layers cheese, applewood-smoked bacon, ham, hashbrowns and a fried egg on a beef patty (you can also get it on a bison patty for $4 more). One adoring voter says it’s “probably the best in Dallas, and a great value to boot.” Read more about Liberty Burger on Zagat.

    givemelibertyburger.com

  • Keller's Drive-In

    No. 5 "Double Meat" Special

    • 20
    • 19
    • 25
    • 16
    #9

    This neighborhood treasure is a blast-from-the-past, serving up old-fashioned, thin-patty burgers like the No. 5 for a steal ($2.69). That’s two patties, cheese, pickles, lettuce and mayo or mustard, and free grilled onions, if you please. Not surprisingly, one voter claims it’s “one of the best hangover cures in Dallas.” Read more about Keller's Drive-In on Zagat.

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    Photo by Farah Fleurima

  • Easy Slider

    Sweet & Lowdown

    • 20
    • 25
    • 13
    • 23
    #10

    Dallas’ first slider food truck boasts a slate of popular plays on the classic (mini) burger, scoring much love for its Sweet & Lowdown ($8 for two), which features a dollop of goat cheese and spoon of strawberry jam on an Angus beef patty. “Good thing they serve two in an order!” one voter enthused. Read more about Easy Slider on Zagat.

    www.easyslidertruck.com

    Photo by Farah Fleurima

Ratings are out of 30. Key to ratings

Hamburgers are rated in three categories — flavor, ingredients and value — on a 30-point scale.

26–30Extraordinary to perfection
21–25Very good to excellent
16–20Good to very good
11–15Fair to good
0–10Poor to fair

Ratings have been rounded to the nearest whole number, but the top burger rankings are calculated using the non-rounded scores.

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