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Houston

The topic of best burger in Houston is serious and highly debatable. It’s hard to pin down what makes a burger perfect, but everyone has an opinion — and we asked for yours. Are you surprised to see Kenny & Ziggy's listed as the No. 1 hometown favorite, or does it rank tops in your book? Without further ado, here are the top 10 burgers in Houston, based on your votes.

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
  • Kenny & Ziggy's

    In Queso Emergency!

    • 26
    • 27
    • 23
    • 27
    #1

    The In Queso Emergency! is officially Houston’s best burger. “Big, oversized cheesy gooiness. Exactly what you want when you want to be bad.” Being bad never felt so good, with this massive burger ($16.95) with bacon, avocado, onion strings and chipotle mayo. “Kenny and Ziggy's have got their burgers down. Everything is perfect, the flavor of the meat, the toppings, the size!” Read more about Kenny & Ziggy's on Zagat.

    www.kennyandziggys.com

    Photo by Marcy de Luna

  • Petrol Station

    The Rancor

    • 24
    • 24
    • 23
    • 26
    #2

    “It's delicious, savory and sinful all in one.” The messy good burger loads bacon and a fried egg on top of a half-pound Angus beef patty ($12.50). Wash it all down with a beer from the craft-centric list at the Garden Oaks neighborhood joint. Read more about Petrol Station on Zagat.

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  • Bernie's Burger Bus

    The Principal

    • 24
    • 25
    • 21
    • 26
    #3

    The Principal ($9), one of the city's favorites, comes with housemade condiments and slow-roasted garlic tomatoes. The result? “Tender and juicy. Every bite is perfection.” Soup it up with various toppings, including cheese, jalapeños, “tipsy” onions (deglazed in Jack Daniel's whiskey), mushrooms, bacon, guacamole, fried egg or chili. Read more about Bernie's Burger Bus on Zagat.

    www.berniesburgerbus.com

  • Lankford Grocery

    Old Fashion Hamburger

    • 24
    • 24
    • 24
    • 23
    #4

    It’s hard to argue with comments like, “wow what a burger!” and “a staple on the Houston burger scene.” While the worn (but full of character) 75-year-old restaurant may be showing its age, it also shows wisdom with a tried-and-true approach to the classics (cash only; $5.75; $6.25 with cheese). Read more about Lankford Grocery on Zagat.

    www.lankfordgrocery.com

    Photo by nTala via Flickr

  • Hubcap Grill

    Hubcap Decker

    • 23
    • 25
    • 23
    • 22
    #5

    “Ricky Craig makes some damn good burgers.” Take our advice and sink your teeth into the colossal classic, a duo of beef patties and cheese, plus a special mayo sauce ($8.49). You won’t be sorry since, “this burger wins the ooze award for lots of flavor, and the condiments are so good, I lick my fingers when the bites are gone.” Read more about Hubcap Grill on Zagat.

    www.hubcapgrill.com

  • Brooklyn Athletic Club

    The Clubhouse Burger

    • 23
    • 24
    • 21
    • 25
    #6

    “The perfect bun to meat ratio,” includes a Hereford beef patty on a Slow Dough bun ($11) at the Montrose-area restaurant. It’s best consumed with a sunny side egg and crispy bacon on top. Plus, “the sweet and spicy green tomato jalapeño jam is the icing on the cake.” Read more about Brooklyn Athletic Club on Zagat.

    thebrooklynathleticclub.com

  • Vic & Anthony's

    Vic Burger

    • 23
    • 25
    • 19
    • 25
    #7

    “One of the best burgers I've had.” We only wish the Downtown steakhouse would add the Friday-only lunch special ($13) to the permanent menu. Topped with white cheddar and American cheese, the 10 ounces of prime beef is “a great Friday treat.“ Read more about Vic & Anthony's on Zagat.

    www.vicandanthonys.com

  • Underbelly

    The Cease & Desist Burger

    • 22
    • 23
    • 19
    • 25
    #8

    “Bad *&@!# burger!” is how one voter described the Cease & Desist burger at the Montrose beer joint and eatery. It’s double the pleasure with double meat and double cheese ($10). Read more about Underbelly on Zagat.

    underbellyhouston.com

    Photo by Julie Soefer

  • Backstreet Cafe

    Hugo's Burger

    • 21
    • 25
    • 16
    • 24
    #9

    "It was one of the best burgers we have ever had, and we try a lot of burgers." That’s exactly why the burger with avocado, Chihuahua cheese, chipotle aioli, lettuce, tomato and chiles toreados (lightly roasted pepper) at the River Oaks restaurant is tops ($15). "Deliciously messy." Read more about Backstreet Cafe on Zagat.

    www.backstreetcafe.net

  • Christian's Tailgate

    Country Fried Bacon Burger

    • 21
    • 22
    • 20
    • 20
    #10

    “The most delicious burger I have ever tasted. Always cooked right to the right temperature.” Served with country fried bacon and onion rings, the burger at the local sports bar reaches new heights ($9.99). Read more about Christian's Tailgate on Zagat.

    christianstailgate.com

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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