Texas Monthly’s Best Burger In Texas: The Grape

august-coverThe best burger in Texas according to Texas Monthly is served at The Grape in Dallas. Here is the list:


1.    The Grape, Dallas, Classic Cheeseburger
2.    Counter Café, Austin, Counter Burger
3.    Alamo Springs Café, Fredericksburg, Cheeseburger (With Green Chiles on a Jalapeno-Cheese Bun)
4.    Toro Burger Bar, El Paso, Toro Burger
5.    The Cove, San Antonio, Texas Burger
6.    The Porch, Dallas, The Stodg
7.    Perini Ranch Steakhouse, Buffalo Gap, Hamburger Steak on a Bun
8.    Dutch’s, Fort Worth, Bacon and Bleu Cheese Burger
9.    Beck’s Prime, Houston, Bacon Cheeseburger
10.    Orlando’s, Lubbock, Cheeseburger in Paradise
11.    White Buffalo Bar, Gage Hotel, Marathon, Buffalo Burger
12.    Cover 3, Austin, Chop-House Burger (With Cheese and Bacon)
13.    Burger Fresh, Conroe, 1/2 Pound Hamburger
14.    Burger Tex II, Austin, Bulgogi Burger
15.    Twisted Root Burger Co., Dallas, Hamburger
16.    Max’s Wine Dive, Austin, Houston, Kobe Beef Burger
17.    Love Shack, Fort Worth, Dirty Love Burger
18.    Fatty’s Burgers & More, San Antonio, Ref Burger
19.    MoMak’s Backyard Malts & Burgers, San Antonio, MoMak Classic Burger
20.    Kelly’s Eastside, Plano, Southwestern Burger
21.    Big’z Burger Joint, San Antonio, Big’z Famous No. 1
22.    Chicken Oil Co., Bryan, Snuffy Burger
23.    Café Michael Burger, Galveston, Tiki Burger
24.    Burgers, Fries and Cherry Pies, Midland, The French Connection Burger
25.    Mockingbird Bistro, Houston, American Kobe Beef Burger
26.    Parkside, Austin, Cheeseburger
27.    Black Sheep Lodge, Austin, Black Buffalo Burger
28.    Miss Hattie’s Café and Saloon, San Angelo, Miss Hattie Burger
29.    Mel’s Country Café, Tomball, Double Hamburger
30.    Roaring Fork, Austin, Half Ass Burger
31.    Gene’s Tasty Burger, Wichita Falls, Frisco Burger
32.    Cliff Café, Dallas, Brie and Granny Smith Burger
33.    Bracken Store Café, San Antonio, Bean and Frito Burger
34.    Sam’s Deli Diner, Houston, Hamburger
35.    Dry Creek Café, Houston, The Regular (With Asadero Cheese)
36.    Hamburger Store, Jefferson, Build-Your-Own Burger
37.    Mighty Fine, Austin, Hamburger
38.    Roadhouse, Bastrop, Jalapeno Cream Cheese Burger
39.    Lankford Grocery and Market, Houston, Old-Fashioned Hamburger
40.    Classics Burgers and “Moore,” Kerrville, Cheeseburger
41.    Koffee Kup Family Restaurant,  Hico, Jalapeno Cream Cheese Burger
42.    Hruska’s Store and Bakery, Ellinger, Cheeseburger
43.    Rosco’s Burger Inn, El Paso, Rosco Burger
44.    Port Aransas Brewing Company, Port Aransas, Stopher Burger
45.    Goode Company Hamburgers and Taqueria, Houston, Mesquite Burger
46.    Snuffer’s Restaurant and Bar, Dallas, Green Chile Swissburger
47.    Fred’s Texas Café, Fort Worth, Diablo Burger
48.    Speedy’s Burger, Houston, Hamburguesa Mexicana
49.    Gourmet Burger Grill, San Antonio, Hamburger
50.    Jakes, Dallas, #1 Jakes Special

Here is a list with all of the Dallas winners.


  • rob

    Go Brian Luscher!

    Best Ribeye at the Hico Texas Steak Cookoff and now best burger!

  • Twinwillow

    Well, I’ll be hornswaggled! Who woudda thunk?

  • Keith

    Alamo Springs Café rocks.. a total hole in the wall with great burgers.

  • CBS

    it’s funny, but I absolutely agree…the problem is they are no longer open for lunch and ordering one for dinner just doesn’t feel right in this highly underrated spot.

  • Rawlins Nichol-Plated

    This just in: The most beautiful woman in Texas is Jane McGary.

  • Is it even on the dinner menu? I thought it was only available for brunch.

  • Old Man

    I love you Jane

    I love you Mike

  • Dan Ballenger

    90% of this list is BS. The best burger in Texas is at the Hole in the Wall, on Harry Hines in Dallas. The Grape??, please. The right bun, meat from the grill, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and pickles. If put together right, that is ALL THAT’S NEEDED.

    Twisted Root is the only exception to the above.

  • Rawlins Nichol-Plated

    The original thread you posted lasted about as long as the Harriet Miers nomination.

  • I am, as usual, having technical difficulties.

  • VM

    Twisted Root at 15. Lee Harvey’s nowhere to be found? Um,no.

  • Bryan C

    A top 50 list and Kincaid’s is not on it??? This is a bogus list

  • LakeWWWooder

    East Dallas rules! #1, #6, #15, #46 and #50. GQ would have added Keller’s (Burgers to eat before you die).

  • BillA

    Congrats Brian! Well deserved.

  • Nancy, amiga mia, yes I ate the burger at the Grape. On a Sunday morning, at brunch (strange time to be eating a hamburger, I grant you, but that’s when they offer it). It was, not to put too fine a point on it, PERFECT! Man, I loved, loved, loved it! Over the course of eating (well, tasting, nibbling on) 57 burgers for this story all over the state, I came up with the Platonic burger. And the Grape’s burger was IT, right down to the bread-and-butter pickles. (Dills are gross. So, hate me.) I think I floated up to the ceiling and looked down on myself eating that burger. (What, me, exaggerate?)

  • COB

    Wait, Pat ate at 57 burger joints to get the top 50? Were other reviewers part of this article? If not, this is not a very inclusive sample for a statewide “Best of”.

  • Nigel Tufnel

    It’s a shame that the Herd Burger in Jacksboro was overlooked. But I look forward to working my way through this list. Think I can hit one a week over the next year?

  • jess

    Interesting list. Cliff Cafe!? yeah right. And good job going for shock value with The Grape at 1. Clearly you haven’t had the burger at Neighborhood Services. Oh yeah and Chris Madrids San Antonio gets no mention??? Twisted Root = over rated.

  • jess

    COB has a point. 57 burgers for a top 50 list??? good lord pretty much every burger you tasted made the list.

  • i’d be willing to bet (if anything like the BBQ list) that there were a lot of other contributors to the list, and that Pat tasted 57 personally. I’m sure there were many, many more than 57 total.

  • Idunno

    Bogus list, no Moo Yah. Twisted Root is a meat loaf sandwich.

  • publicnewssense

    When a Dallas burger tops the list, you can bet all the other restaurants in Texas have put their managment on a suicide watch.
    *Long live Grumbles, RIP West End

  • Holy you-know-what! You all think you’re suprised!? Been stay-cationing for a couple of days and this hits. Seems like everyone knew before we did. I am, actually, very proud. I am honored.
    We offer the “Classic Cheeseburger” Sunday Brunch 1030-200pm. Starting this Sunday, we will extend it’s availability to Sunday Dinner Service 530-1000pm, as well.
    Muy Amable, Pat Sharpe & T.M.

  • sarah

    Jakes? Really? One of the worst burgers I’ve ever had. Also agree with Bryan C- no Kincaid’s, this list is so bogus.

  • David

    well, if you don’t want double-chili-cheese at Keller’s, you’ve got to drive to Santa Fe for the green chili cheese at Bobcat Bite. Uhh, nowhere in Texas…..

  • Billy Laredo

    If you really were interested in the best burger you would have gone across the street for that lame burger at Jake’s to S&D Oyster bar and had their cheeseburger.
    Just like a great burger was meant to be!!!!

    And not to include a “Killer Keller Burger”, well girl you don’t know Jack!

  • Billy Laredo

    I think Harvey needs to throw another piece of meat at you and knock some sense into your since-less top 50!
    Harvey where are you now that you are needed the most?
    Help her dear hamburger-god for she knows not what she has done!

  • Billy, this is not my list. It’s Texas Monthly’s. And I think you need a Dallas map.

  • The old boss

    Let’s see, not only no Kincaid’s, but no Angry Dog, Lee Harvey’s or Club Schmitz And in San Antonio, nothing is better than Casbeer’s. And if the Grape burger is so good, why didn’t the taster check out the Mansion. They have burgers at lunch and I’m sure they are as good as they are pricey.

  • lolabean

    Where is Adair’s? Twisted Root is overrated and Snuffer’s? Puhhlease!

  • P-Rude

    The absence of wingfield’s and adair’s in Dallas = BOGUS LIST!!!

  • Tony

    This is a joke. Absolute joke. How much did the Grape have to pay for the listing? So much for journalistic integrity.

  • lolabean

    Seriously – I’m guessing these restaurants are big advertisers with Texas Monthly.

  • Scagnetti

    TM is doing a follow-up Best Of article on steak and the top nod is going to Luby’s.

  • S.A.M.

    I’m glad Gene’s Tasty Burger in Wichita Falls made the list. Ate a bunch of those when I lived up there and am glad they are still in the burger biz. I agree that Herds in Jacksboro needs to be on this list! Those things are amazing, but I’m guessing the simplicity of a Herd’s burger ain’t what TM was looking for.

  • AlieJane

    This cannot be the 50 best burgers in Texas list! No way! Chris Madrid’s of San Antonio isn’t on this list. And what about Angry Dog? These burgers are easily one of the top 5 burgers! False list alert! Texas Monthly should of asked their readers and NOT their advertising manager. Ha

  • Billy Laredo

    Jake’s is also on McKinney accross the street from S&D.
    Now Who needs a map?
    Careful when you step off the aircraft in Afghanistan. There may be a burger on the ground!

  • Mickie

    Congratulations Brian!!!

  • Elizabeth

    Go Karin and The Grape!!! I love EVERYTHING you cook.

  • burger bud

    I don’t think the person who came up with this list is a Texan. What about Health Camp in Waco on the circle?

  • spoon18

    Agree with Sarah- Jake’s burger is a joke and they have they worst service in town. I refuse to ever go back.

  • Kevin

    What about Adair’s Saloon? Great dive bar with some of the thickest, best burger in Dallas, although twisted root is pretty damn good too.

  • Richard

    I liked the list because there are several new ones to try. Best burgers are grilled/flamed, not fried. Good bread, good ‘taters, and good fixin’s can’t be ignored. That said, add to your future sampling list Huts in Austin and Butcher Shoppe in Longview (the smoked burger really is hickory smoked!). Truly a labor of love for the author…

  • DarnellErwinFletcher

    Uptown Bar and Grill
    Lee Harvey’s
    Chris Madrids
    Angry Dog

    All better than 95% of the burgers on that list…

    Chicken Oil Co., give me a freaking break…

  • Thank God. If there’s one thing this city and state have been missing, its a best burger contest!!

  • #5 is 5.95, please drive to the first window

    WOW. I am REALLY pissed that my beloved Whataburger at tollway and Frankfurt did not make the list. I feel like I just got “out-what-a-burgered”!!! (yes, my voice sounds just like the commercial!)

  • jingle

    Two all beef patties, special sauce, pickles, lettuce, onions, cheese on a sesame seed bun.
    We do it like you do at ??

  • wtf?

    When is Texas Monthly going to do a “best of weed I smoked before writing this article” issue?

  • DallasLOL

    Hornswaggled? Are you fucking insane?

  • Taco

    Mediocre list. Jakes sux. Adairs needs props. The most underrated that wasn’t mentioned is the burger at tillman’s in dallas, specifically the swollen goose liver burger. Also, only one bacon & bleu burger in the top 50? Amateur hour.

  • David

    Women don’t know nothin about burgers!!!

  • David’s older Brother

    hi im davids older brother john, dont mind him he has sever impulse issues, and he has a deep rooted hate for woman, a strong reason he is homosexual. but all stupidity aside, the grapes burger is amazing, and whats so cool about all of this is everyone has there own opinion.
    oh burger-grape, oh burger-grape
    the best in texas, your burger rates

  • cp

    What is with all of the hate? These are people with families to support just like everyone else. Texas Monthly wrote this article according to their own criteria. There was no money or P.R. involved on the restaurant side. Don’t believe me? Call the editor. Be mindful of the ugly things you say in “anonymity”, because they hurt people more than you realize. It’s just a stupid burger, but to some it’s part of their living. It’s part of their pride and what they do…sorry if they can’t charge McDonalds prices, or if they don’t stock ranch dressing.

  • Gilly

    This looks like a pretty damn good burger to me. Mr. Luscher knows how to cook great comfort food. I can’t wait to go by and spend some time on that cool patio for brunch. I hear that Hico steak is awesome!Way to go Brian! Congrats!

  • UbayKaan

    Ima hit up the Dallas spots in this list just to see why they made the cut after 6 months of searching Texas for the best burgers.

    Whatever yall say, the burger they put on the cover page sure looks tasty!

  • Binger

    If you want the best burger in Dallas, then bring your sheltered suburban palletes to south oak cliff and have a wingfields burger. Enough said!

  • Liz

    The Grape definitely has a decent burger given the competition out there, but i would expect a lot more from a #1-rated burger to be honest. [Then again, I am not one of the easiest critics to please I’ll admit…I’m judging on probably a much stricter scale than those who were casting the ballets for #1.] Either way, congrats to the Grape!! (and what a cute restaurant might i add.) I am curious, however, to know all those burgers that were tasted and considered prior to writing this article.

    My burger was cooked perfectly–medium, with juices dripping from all sides off of each & every bite I took. It was the ideal size for a burger, [10 oz] presented on a soft, warm pain au lait bun abundantly slathered with dijonaise. The actual taste of the meat, however, was as bland and flavorless as could be I thought. (This didn’t much surprise me though because I typically do not eat conventional beef. When I asked the waitress what kind of meat it was and where it was from, she said it was ground chuck. That’s most likely code for conventional beef laced w/ hormones, antibiotics, and believe it or not the possibility of an ammonia filler added to the ground beef to kill any bacteria that’s spread from cattle that are primarily fed a corn diet. These cattle develop E-coli in their stomachs since they are supposed to eat grass, not corn.) ewwww….so already I was concerned about eating the meat, but I still HAD to try #1, no? I was freaked out by the bacon as well due to the conventional practices of raising pork and the antibiotics that were most likely packed in each slice, but (shrugs, tries to put out of mind) …here’s to #1—CHOMP!! Twas a tasty combo for sure of sweet, soft bun, melted white cheddar, the juiciness of a perfectly cooked burger and dijonaise minus the flavorless beef-the meat literally had ZERO FLAVOR!! (again, what else would one expect from conventional beef really?) QUITE lacking I thought for a #1-rated burger I’d say. The bacon (besides already having probably failed in my opinion due to being most likely conventionally raised pork (read: “contaminated with antibiotics and who knows what else”) was also much skinnier per slice, less peppered, & less meaty than i’d imagined.

    OH!!! the PICKLES!!!! how could I have forgotten??? their small, thick pickle chips had A LOT of right going on. They appeared to be homemade bread and butter pickles that were packed w/ flavor, were slightly softer than I’d expected-zero crunch, but they were perfect for what they were. sweet, tangy, and bursting with flavor…kind of melted in your mouth in an explosion of homemade bread and butter pickle goodness. yummm…..

    In any case, needless to say, kudos to The Grape for the flavor combos used–if the beef was better quality and had more organic-esque ingredients been used, i think I would have been in burger heaven. But because of the ingredients that they’re using and more specifically NOT using, I will not be back to The Grape for another #1.
    Hopefully this review is helpful to at least one.
    ~Ciao my fellow foodies. Cheers to your tastebuds and cheers to your health! =)

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  • Pretty interesting article. Couldn’t of written any better. Reading this post reminds me of my old friend. He always kept talking about this. I will forward this post to him. Am sure he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing! 🙂