Dallas' Must-Try Burgers

By Valerie Jarvie  |  October 29, 2013

There’s been a recent stampede of premium burger restaurants in Dallas, not to mention that burgers are now appearing on just about every menu in town. Here are our picks for must-try patties, both tried-and-true favorites and modern takes that are giving the old standbys a run for their money.

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    Hopdoddy Burger Bar

    Austin import Hopdoddy’s happening outpost in Preston Center fits right in to the Dallas scene. We’re lining up to counter-order burgers made from humanely-raised, hormone- and antibiotic-free beef, with variations from bison and blue cheese to ahi tuna and teriyaki-enhanced sprouts. It's all accompanied by extraordinary sides, shakes, craft beers and cocktails.

    6030 Luther Ln.; 214-363-2337

  • Liberty Burger

    Mariel Street, daughter of restaurateur Gene Street (of Black-Eyed Pea fame), knows how to give us what we want: freedom to choose! Options at this burger duo (with a third location on the way) run rampant, from type of protein (beef, bison, turkey, chicken or veggie patty) to toppings, sides and beverages (with or without a kick). We’re partial to the Napa burger with Gorgonzola cheese, wild arugula, green olives and basil garlic aïoli.

  • Maple & Motor

    How often do you see people picnicking off the hood of their car? It’s no surprise at peak times in the tight quarters of Jack Perkins' hip, repurposed gas-station-turned-burger-joint. Hot, juicy burgers are made with a rich 70/30 blend of beef, are topped with grilled bacon and jalapeños, and are served with a side of “don’t you dare sit down until your order’s ready” admonishment, plus notable shakes and onion rings.

    4810 Maple Ave.; 214-522-4400

  • Village Burger Bar

    Design your own burger using half a dozen cheeses, more than a dozen sauces and as many toppings. "Chef’d up” creations include the Sweet & Spicy Turkey Burger with jalapeño Jack cheese, dried cranberries and baby greens. We love the “have-it-your-way” service and great happy-hour specials put forth by this local, contemporary chain.

  • Off-Site Kitchen

    Weighing in at just a quarter pound of fresh-ground Angus beef, Off-Site Kitchen’s contender more than holds its own against bigger burgers. Tucked in a Village Baking Company bun with toppings like roasted jalapeños and smoked bacon relish, it’s more than worth a wait in line at this no-frills lunch-only venue. Rumor has it there will be a second location soon at Trinity Groves.

    2226 Irving Blvd.; 214-741-2226

  • Mutt’s Canine Cantina

    This Uptown burger and beer garden provides a hook we can’t resist: we can bring along our best friend. Burgers, hot dogs, beer, wine, shakes and doggie treats are counter-served on a leash-required patio with picnic bench seating, adjacent to 2 ac. of shaded dog park. Breakfast tacos, pastries and free WiFi round out the fun.

    2889 Cityplace West Blvd.; 214-377-8723

  • Twisted Root Burger Co.

    Not a newbie, but a standard bearer among premium burger shops, this pioneer by a trio of chefs features beef, buffalo, turkey, veggie and exotic game meat specialty burgers, plus housemade condiments, fried sides and spiked shakes. There are now more than half a dozen locations, but our favorite is Deep Ellum, where Twisted Root's colorful vibe feels so right.

  • Goodfriend Beer Garden & Burger House

    A dozen different burger options and beer pairings are on the menu at this East Dallas spot. Hmm, what will it be? The Mary, Mary lamb burger with grilled Brun’uusto cheese, arugula, roasted tomatoes and a Franconia Wheat? The grass-fed beef Schnitzengruben with sauerkraut, house Thousand Island sauce, fried pickles and a Real Ale Firemans #4? A broad selection of food and beverages and the laid-back atmosphere has made this spacious spot a popular neighborhood hangout since opening day.

    1154 Peavy Rd.; 214-324-3335