The Best Burger in Dallas? I Picked Liberty Burger

The Liberty Burger (Photography by The Kevin)
The Liberty Burger (Photography by The Kevin)

Not long after our August issue, featuring the cover story “The Best of Big D,” hit the newsstands, I started getting emails from burger lovers. Most of them disagreed with my pick: Liberty Burger. One asked to me explain how/why I chose them. I will do my best.

I don’t know about you, but I have burger moods. Sometimes I like a simple greaseburger: a thin patty topped with mustard, pickles, and fresh onions. These burgers remind me of those of my childhood with frozen patties and Mrs. Baird’s buns. (Anyone remember The Pancake Corral in Preston Forest Shopping Center (Mercury is in the space now and Youngblood’s Fried Chicken was a few doors down)? I went to the Pancake House for burgers. And Red Rawley Pharmacy, also in PF. Sorry, I digress.

Today we have so many gourmet burger options. I like Goodfriend, Maple and Motor, Angry Dog, Stackhouse, and Wingfield’s. However, most of these places use too much meat on one burger. The ratio of meat to bun is not even. However, on occasion, or if a really good friend of mine has a hangover, I will go to Maple & Motor.

Liberty Burger fills my needs consistently. Plus, I like their eco-friendly environment and the fact that they us tree-free compostable napkins and packaging. The meat (tenderloin, chuck, and brisket) is fresh and proportionate to the baked-in-house buns. And their custard shakes are the perfect pick me up after a long Lowe’s run.

As long as I’m in honest mode, I’ll admit to hitting In-N-Out a couple of times a year. But only when I’m in my rare Single Animal-Style mood. And you don’t want to know me then.


  • Rodney Haas

    Sorry I cannot disagree more. The gourmet genre of burgers should include a requirement that you can eat them rare or medium rare. In Liberty’s case the grind did not deliver the proper texture for this. I am sure they would have been okay done more, but again not the criteria for a high end burger.

  • J.J.

    Why should packaging, napkins or the custard shake come into play in the Best Burger category?

  • Kris

    I haven’t tried Liberty Burger (though my husband has and loves it) so I can’t say whether I agree or disagree it’s the best. I can, however, disagree with the Reader’s Choice of Twisted Root. My last several visits (one of which includes my first visit) to the Deep Ellum location were so awful I’m never going back. I have never understood why people like this so much – and that they continue to display their fake DMN star rating in the window, which the DMN disputes it ever had, is just wrong.

  • Kathlene Pyle Simmons

    Liberty Burger, for me and my family, makes the best burgers with the best variety. We all agree on the sweet potato fries, but we each have our own burger. One of my boys loves The Nooner — fried egg and all, my husband loves the Wild West with cheddar and bacon and I love the Bach — it is the best ground chicken burger in the world! So, I just say, build one closer to my house and we can save on gasoline:)!

  • ccc

    sorry, but Stackhouse, Offsite Kitchen, Kenny’s Burger Joint, and a few others are all better than liberty. Not to mention the masterpiece that is The Grape burger on Sunday brunch.

  • todd

    Liberty is good, Hopdoddy is better.

  • twinwilow

    Sorry but, I have to agree. I love the Bison burger at Liberty Burger. I enjoy the whole experience. Every one working there is right on the ball.

    But given a choice, I’d have say Off-Site Kitchen was my number one choice for burgers. Not as comfortable as Liberty Burger but, when you eat one of their burgers, you don’t care.

  • Steve Landin

    Nancy, I couldn’t AGREE more…If I want to go lite, I’ll hit The Libertine, if its been a long and busy week, I’ll go Baby Bella with Sweet Potato fries. Amazing buns, patty complements bread perfectly, homemade ketchup that can be bought by the bottle, rotating featured custard shakes…need I say more. Not to mention the years of experience by the owners in the biz…and the paintings done by ‘rescued’ gamecocks…ha! Good call Nancy!

  • Justin

    I’ve had Liberty, Off-Site, Kenny’s, Grape, Etc. I found the best burger on The Crazy Pig Food truck. They use chuck and brisket mix. They also use local bread and its just cheese, lettuce, tomato, and shaved onions. They cook them medium unless u tell them something different. I told them med-rare and the chef smiled and shook my hand. But it was perfect.

  • MCB08

    Neighborhood Services has one of, if not the best, burger in Dallas. But not cheap.

    I think I am the only one who doesn’t like Maple and Motor. Just too greasy for me, which makes sense with the 30% fat ratio. Lots of people love it, just not for me

  • kim Early

    The customer service at Liberty Burger is outstanding! I agree, they do have great napkins. But, their burger is not my favorite. Kenny’s Burger Joint is the best in my opinion.

  • Ned

    Liberty burger (aka bitch burger) is such an incredibly pathetic choice, and anyone who would make such a suggestion has either been paid off or has no idea what the hell she’s talking about! Wow! I can’t even fully describe how much respect I’ve lost for you.

  • Ned

    Liberty burger is such an incredibly pathetic choice, and anyone who would make such a suggestion has either been paid off or has no idea what she’s talking about! Wow! I can’t even fully describe how much respect I’ve lost for you.

  • Ned

    …but I guess it makes sense that the same person would go to Lowe’s over Home Depot presumably based only on convenience and choose In-n-Out over Whataburger when In-n-Out is only California’s pared down version of Whataburger. Things are starting to make sense. I suppose you also would choose Whole Foods over Central Market, Pepsi over Coke, and Time Warner over AT&T or DirecTV. Bad choices go hand in hand. Keep up the bad work!