The L.U.S.T. Burger at the Bearded Lady in Fort Worth is No. 3 on Texas Monthly’s list. Anna Caplan Special to DFW.com
The L.U.S.T. Burger at the Bearded Lady in Fort Worth is No. 3 on Texas Monthly’s list. Anna Caplan Special to DFW.com

Food & Drink

Texas Monthly’s best burgers: 5 in Fort Worth, 8 in Dallas area

By Robert Philpot

rphilpot@star-telegram.com

July 20, 2016 8:22 AM

Last week, we reported on Bearded Lady’s L.U.S.T. Burger making the cover of Texas Monthlyand ranking No. 3 on the magazine’s list of the 50 Best Burgers in Texas, the first such list since 2009.

Unsurprisingly, it was not the only Fort Worth or Dallas burger to make the list, which was revealed Wednesday. In fact, three burger joints that won DFW.com’s Battle of the Burgers made the list (the only other winner has since closed).

Three of the Fort Worth restaurants, including Bearded Lady, weren’t even open the last time Texas Monthly did a statewide list, which includes some rural entries as well as the big-city ones.

The list ranks the top five burgers, with the Brisket Burger With Pork Belly from Folc in San Antonio coming out on top.

For everyone else, just being on the list is an honor. To read the full list, go here.

Here’s a list of the DFW burgers that made cut. We’re based in Fort Worth, so Fort Worth goes first.

Fort Worth

The Vaquero at Dutch’s Legendary Hamburgers: Won’t get an argument from us here: Dutch’s won the 2015 Battle of the Burgers in a smackdown against Salsa Fuego, and the Vaquero had a lot to do with the victory. It’s a bacon-cheddar burger topped with fried onion and jalapeño strings, BBQ sauce and chipotle mayo, making for a melty-spicy mess held together by Dutch’s signature Hawaiian rolls. We called it one of the best-tasting burgers we had in the battle.

3009 S. University Drive, Fort Worth, www.dutchshamburgers.com

 

The Fred Burger at Fred’s Texas Cafe: Fred’s won the first DFW.com Battle of the Burgers, back in 2009. But the burger we’re always drawn to at “Outlaw Chef” Terry Chandler’s funky burger dive is the chipotle-spiked Diablo, which is basically a Fred Burger spiced up. The Fred Burger is about as old-school as Fred’s gets: A half-pound patty with lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion and mustard on a fresh-grilled bun. Unpretentious, just like Fred’s.

915 Currie St., Fort Worth; also 3509 Blue Bonnet Circle and 2730 Western Center Blvd., Fort Worth; http://fredstexascafe.com

 

Cafe Burger at Press Cafe: Although DFW.com has reviewed Press Cafe, the newest Fort Worth restaurant on the list, we have not as of yet covered the burger at the popular Trinity River-side restaurant in southwest Fort Worth (although our Lonesome Vegetarian columnist has praised its veggie burger). Felipe Armenta, the mind behind Press, Pacific Table, the Tavern and Cork + Pig, has a good track record with burgers, and we will rectify this omission soon.

4801 Edwards Ranch Road No. 145, Fort Worth, www.presscafeftworth.com

 

The Telluride at Rodeo Goat: The west Fort Worth burger joint (there’s also one in Dallas, but the Fort Worth one made the list) won the 2013 Battle of the Burgers, but that was on the back of the Chaca Oaxaca, a beef-and-chorizo patty with various things on top, including a fried egg and Tabasco mayo. We like the Telluride, a green-chile (using Hatch chiles in season, which is coming up soon) cheeseburger with a roasted poblano goat-cheese spread. But we’ll take others when the Goat is at its best (it stumbled pretty badly during the 2015 Burger Battle, but during our most recent visit, it had its mojo back).

2836 Bledsoe St., Fort Worth, and 1926 Market Center Blvd., Dallas; www.rodeogoat.com

The Bar B-Q Burger at Charley’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers (4616 Granbury Road) received an honorable mention.

 

Dallas/Collin County

HMF Burger at Blues Burger: This Mockingbird Lane joint in a blink-and-you-miss-it strip center was reviewed in November 2015 by DFW.com contributor Cathy Frisinger, who said of the HMF Burger: “[It’s] is for heat-lovers only. Toppings are a smoky bacon, ghost-pepper cheese, grilled jalapeños, grilled onions and a spicy sauce. ... One notch higher on the Scoville scale and I would have been in trouble. As it was, I was proud to have met the challenge.” Sounds like our kinda burger.

1820 W Mockingbird Lane No. 44, Dallas, http://bluesburgers.net

 

Bacon & Egg Burger at Kenny’s Burger Joint: Dallas chef/restaurateur Kenny Bowers and partner Bob Stegall have a mini-empire east of I-35E, and that includes two Burger Joints, one in Frisco and one in Plano. The restaurant prides itself on its wood-burning grill, where the patties are cooked over hickory. Actually, it prides itself on a lot of stuff, including all-local ingredients. The Bacon & Egg sounds pretty self-explanatory — but it gets fancy with béarnaise sauce.

1377 Legacy Drive No. 120, Frisco and 5809 Preston Road No. 588, Plano; http://kennysburgerjoint.com

 

Pimento cheese burger at Knife: This burger at John Tesar’s “modern steakhouse” ranks No. 4 on Texas Monthly’s list, (No. 4), although it’s the Ozerksy burger (a former DFW.com Burger of the Week) that usually makes people weep with joy. But the pimento has fans beyond Texas Monthly: Eater Dallas once called it “the most delicious pimento-cheese related dish you can order in Dallas.”

Inside the Highland Dallas Hotel, 5300 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, knifedallas.com

 

Chillerno burger at Liberty Burger: Texas Monthly likes its spicy burgers: This one has chipotle BBQ sauce, flame-roasted poblanos and queso blanco. Liberty is a small chain with locations in Dallas, Richardson, Addison, Allen — and in Jackson, Wyoming. And one is coming soon to far north Fort Worth.

Multiple locations; http://givemelibertyburger.com

 

Cheeseburger w/bacon and grilled jalapeños at Maple & Motor: This is about as fancy as the burgers get at Maple & Motor, which puts the emphasis on quality over gourmet-burger eclecticism. Patties come two ways: pink and not pink. During the 2015 Burger Battle, we were so impressed with the bacon that we said M&M needs to start a bacon school for other joints (it was then beaten by Kincaid’s, which had already gone to bacon school).

810 Maple Ave, Dallas, http://mapleandmotor.com

 

Rose Burger at Mr. Mesero: The menu at this American-Mexican restaurant is dominated by enchiladsas, tacos and combo plates, but the “American side” of the menu includes this double-meat, double-cheese burger. “The burger patties are seasoned enough to be addictive, like good potato chips,” the Dallas Observer once wrote.

4444 McKinney Ave., Dallas, http://www.mrmesero.com

 

Do-it-Murph Style at Off-Site Kitchen: The burger that put this west Dallas spot on the map comes with jalapeño and bacon relish, American cheese and “secret sauce.” Patties are on the small side at a quarter-pound of Angus chuck roll and shoulder, but the flavor is big.

331 Singleton Blvd. No. 100, Dallas, http://www.oskdallas.com

 

Rapscallion burger at Rapscallion: It’s a $16 burger, so it’d better be good: Grass-fed beef, three-cheese pimento, pepper bacon, Creole mustard, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, dill pickle. The Dallas Observer called it “transcendent” and “nearly perfect” (”nearly” because they didn’t like the bun).

2023 Greenville Ave., Dallas, http://dallasrapscallion.com

The Grape’s classic cheeseburger, which graced the 2009 cover and was named No. 1 that year, received an honorable mention.

There is also a Hall of Fame section, which includes Fort Worth’s Kincaid’s Hamburgers and Dallas’ Keller’s Drive-In.

And, in a sidebar, Dallas celebrity chef John Tesar and Tom Perini of Perini Ranch (in Buffalo Gap, near Abilene) discuss the virtues of a city burger vs. a country burger.

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