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31 New Burgers You Need to Try in Houston

By Ellie Sharp  |  September 5, 2016
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There's been a deluge of new burgers this past year. Take a gander at the options that have appeared on menus across town, and make a plan of attack. Just don't tell your cardiologist. 

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    The Ritual at Ritual
    A freshly ground beef patty creates a base for smoked short ribs, bone marrow glaze, Texas blue cheese fondue and cipollini "pit onions" (sauteed in the aforementioned glaze until tender). All of the meats come from animals butchered in house, and the bun is baked on site.
    Price: $17

    602 Studewood St.; 832-203-5180

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    Burger Diane at B&B Butchers
    This self-described "fork and knife” burger served at lunch combines rich cognac and mushroom gravy over a thick patty. Request the foie gras upgrade for extra decadence.
    Price: $14; add foie gras for an additional $12 

    1814 Washington Ave.; 713-862-1814

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    Class Clown at Bernie's Burger Bus
    Originally a monthly special that gained such an enthusiastic following that owner Justin Turner had to make it a menu staple, this beaut features two patties of hand-ground beef covered in melted American cheese, lettuce, Roma tomatoes and a housemade special sauce on a potato bun. 
    Price: $7.85

    5407 Bellaire Blvd.; 713-349-9400

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    Morning After Burger at Craft Burger Food Truck 
    Scratch-made bacon-cheddar waffles form the buns for this beef burger, topped with candied bacon, crispy potato hash, smoked gouda and a sunny-side up egg. Follow the food truck on Twitter for its current coordinates.
    Price: $14

    Location varies; 832-995-6056

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    Cheeseburger at Killen's Burgers
    Although this joint offers more elaborate options, the classic iteration is tough to beat. One hundred percent Angus beef gets nestled beneath fresh lettuce, tomato, dill pickle and Killen's sauce on a hot buttered bun. Choose from American, cheddar or Swiss cheese.
    Price: $7.50

    2804 S. Main St.; 281-412-4922

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    Butter Burger "Carpet Bagger Style" at State of Grace
    As the name suggests, butter makes a strong showing as both a component in the two ground beef and brisket patties and on the bun. American cheese, housemade pickles and a special creamy "comeback sauce" come standard, and guests can choose to add on thick-cut bacon and/or a fried egg if desired. Either way, a fried oyster is the final touch.
    Price: $14; $2.50 extra for bacon and/or a fried egg 

    3258 Westheimer Rd.; 832-942-5080

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    Wagyu Burger at Prego
    ​Patrons can find this new offering at the bar menu, accompanied by creamy-crispy polenta fries. Add triple-cream cheese for extra decadence. 
    Price$18; $20 with cheese

    2520 Amherst St.; 713-529-2420

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    Mexi Burger at The Burger Joint
    At this Montrose eatery, Angus beef gets tricked out with creamy avocado, queso fresco, grilled ham, jalapeños and chipotle mayo. 
    Price: $9.50

    2703 Montrose Blvd.; 281-974-2889

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    Fajita Burger at The Rollin' Kitchen Food Truck
    This all-beef patty gets marinated in fajita seasoning and topped with mozzarella, pepper jack, mashed black beans and house-pickled slaw.

    Price: $10

    Locations vary; 505-459-1289

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    The 005 Burger at Kenny & Ziggy's
    James Bond's 007 and the restaurant's 77005 zip code inspired the name of this Pat LaFrieda custom-blend beef patty that's topped with a grilled portobello mushroom cap, marinated grilled sweet red pepper, Swiss and gouda cheeses, caramelized onions and housemade Buffalo sauce served on a grilled challah bun. 
    Price: $
    17.95

    5172 Buffalo Speedway; 832-767-1136

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    American Wagyu Steak Burger at Killen's Steakhouse
    Although this locale is famous for its well-sourced steaks, the new house-ground Wagyu burger has attracted a loyal following as well.
    Price: $26

    6425 W. Broadway St.; 281-485-0844

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    Holley's Burger at Holley's Seafood and Oyster Bar
    Wagyu beef and bacon provide meaty tones that play well with the savory Texas Gold cheddar and fresh lettuce and tomato alongside two housemade sauces: a Pale Horse mustard and a bourbon ketchup. This burger is available only at lunch or as sliders during happy hour.
    Price: $15; $8 for happy hour sliders

    3201 Louisiana St.; 713-491-2222

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    The 51 Burger at 51Fifteen
    This is a luxe version of the humble burger, with house-ground beef and the usual cast of vegetable characters, plus bacon, cheese and housemade pickles. Everything comes piled on a locally baked Slow Dough bun.
    Price: $16

    5175 Westheimer Rd.; 713-963-8067

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    Jeepney at Flip 'n Patties
    House-ground Akaushi beef, longanisa (Filipino sausage) and a fried egg provide rich and savory tones in this burger, while fresh tomato and banana ketchup aïoli lighten things up. It's all served on a housemade steamed bun and is available on the food truck or at Lincoln Bar + Kitchen.
    Price: $14

    Food truck schedule
    5110 Washington Ave.; 713-864-8811

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    HD Burger at Hunky Dory
    Two house-blend patties comprised of ground local chuck and brisket are covered in melted American cheese, housemade pickles and onions and served on a housemade potato bun.
    Price: $16 at lunch; $17 at dinner

    1801 N. Shepherd Dr.; 713-864-2450

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    Mushroom and Onion Buffalo Burger at Skeeter's Mesquite Grill
    Generous helpings of thick-cut mushrooms, sautéed onions and melted Swiss cheese elevate this lean buffalo burger, available for lunch and dinner.
    Price: $11.95

    5529 Weslayan St.; 713-660-7090

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    Salmon Burger at Weights + Measures  
    Although it's only available two or three times a week for lunch, this beef-alternative is worth the wait. It's comprised of wood-grilled Atlantic salmon, assorted fresh vegetables and pickles, and served on toasted rye.
    Price: $15

    2808 Caroline St.; 713-654-1970

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    Good Night/Good Cause Burger at Hopdoddy
    Whenever anyone orders this burger — made with Angus beef, Tillamook cheddar, caramelized onions, sliced jalapeños, Hickey BBQ sauce, "sassy sauce," lettuce and tomato — $1 is donated to the National MS Society.
    Price: $8.25

    4444 Westheimer Rd. H100; 713-227-2337

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    Blended Burger Bowl at Harold's
    This locally sourced, bun-less burger features a 44 Farms beef patty, mushrooms from Indian Creek Farms, Texas cheddar and an egg from Ole Dad Farm, served over a mixed herb salad from Oak Hollow Farm.
    Price: $15

    350 W. 19th St.; 713-360-6204

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    The Hicksburger-Beef Pattie at State Fare
    Hungry patrons will rejoice over this tower of hot pastrami, grilled onions, Gruyère cheese and chicken fries, adorned with a signature burger sauce.
    Price: $19

    947 Gessner; 832-831-0950

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    Wagyu Double Cheeseburger at Tony's​
    Two ground Wagyu patties plus housemade pickles and buns make this burger worthy of its fine-dining digs. It's only available for lunch.
    Price: $19

    3755 Richmond Ave.; 713-622-6778

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    Black Bean Burger at Punk's
    This veggie-friendly black bean and rice patty gets topped with avocado, tomato, red onion, spinach and chipotle barbecue sauce for a sweet and savory take that doesn't taste like cardboard.
    Price: $12

    5212 Morningside Dr.; 713-524-7865

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    Blue Cheese Bacon Burger at Down House
    A 44 Farms beef patty gets buried under copious amounts of Houston Dairy Maids blue cheese, candied jalapeños, brown sugar Niman Ranch bacon, caramelized onions and housemade aïoli. The ramp-buttered challah bun is from Kraftsmen Baking. 
    Price: $15

    1801 Yale St.; 713-864-3696

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    BBQ Burger at Kuma Burgers
    This lunch-only option piles beef with thick and crunchy fried onion strings, hot bacon, cheddar cheese, pickles and a rich BBQ sauce.
    Price: $7

    3 Greenway Plaza c220; 832-542-3528

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    Aristocrat at The General Public
    Ale-glazed shallots and the house mustard anchor this thick burger that also brings in peppery arugula and Muenster cheese on a soft egg bun.
    Price: $13; add bacon or a fried egg for $2 more

    797 Sorella Ct.; 832-690-4450

  • FM Burger at Triniti
    A new burger joint from executive chef Ryan Hildebrand, FM Burger, is opening later this fall, but for now you can get a taste of the burger at Triniti. The brisket, chuck and sirloin patty is served with American cheese and a special house sauce.
    Price: $4.99

    2815 S. Shepherd Dr.; 713-527-9090

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    The Smokey Beaver at Beaver's
    This burger features a cold-smoked, 8-oz. Angus patty, local goat cheese, house-smoked link sausage, Bibb lettuce, crispy onions and a sunny-side up fried egg. It's all piled high on a cheddar-jalapeño challah bun.
    Price: $16

    2310 Decatur St.; 713-864-2328

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    Juicy Lucy at Radio Milano
    Redneck cheddar fills the core of this patty, which is then topped with jalapeños, bacon, lettuce, tomato and onions. It's available only at the bar, where the cocktails are fantastic, too.
    Price: $15

    800 Sorella Court; 713-827-3545

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    Hero Burger at Restless Palate, Baker St. Pub & Grill, Watson's House of Ales and Local Pour
    Now through October, patrons can purchase this burger and get behind local veteran-support organization Camp Hope. It consists of a grilled sirloin patty with Monterey jack cheese, chipotle blueberry aïoli, piquillo peppers and pickled onions on a sourdough bun.
    Price: $12 ($2.50 of each sale goes to the charity)

    Restless Palate: 2643 Commercial Center Blvd.; 281-574-7431
    Baker St. Pub & Grill: LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.; 713-830-1858
    Watson's House of Ales: 14656 Grisby Rd.; 281-920-2929
    Local Pour: River Oaks Shopping Center, 1952 W Gray St.; 713-521-1881 and 1900 Hughes Landing Blvd. #350; 281-419-7687
     

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    Honorable Mention: Game Burger Friday at Rainbow Lodge
    Every week the chef at this game-centric mainstay whips up a unique blend of protein and toppings using trimmings left over from the week. The special is available on the lunch menu from 11:30 AM until it's sold out, and can include anything from elk to buffalo.
    Price: $13

    2011 Ella Blvd.713-861-8666

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    Honorable Mention: Burger Friday at D&T Drive Inn
    Chef Jason Kerr presents a weekly burger on the grill, great for enjoying on the backyard patio. Each burger comes with house pickles and a choice of tater tots or mac 'n' cheese. 
    Price: $12

    1307 Enid St.; 713-868-6165