Friday, July 17, 2009

Texas Monthly Ranks 50 Best Hamburgers in Texas

Austin, Texas—July 17, 2009—Texas Monthly, the expert on all things Texan, has published in the August issue their definitive story celebrating the iconic Texas food: the hamburger. A team of 31 eaters scoured the state, covering 12,343 miles, visiting 253 restaurants, and gaining a cumulative 45 pounds in their quest for the best 50 hamburgers in the state. In the introduction to the story, executive editor Patricia Sharpe and editor Jake Silverstein said: “In seeking burgers that stopped us in our tracks, we left some hallowed names in the dust. Undoubtedly, burger-loving readers will be outraged at a few of our picks and misses, but so be it.”

In a story accompanying the hamburger list, senior editor Gary Cartwright, through his extensive research, set out to prove that the world’s first hamburger was served in Athens, Texas, despite the fact that three other towns take credit for inventing the hamburger: New Haven, Connecticut; the Village of Hamburg, New York; and Seymour, Wisconsin. “The documentary evidence supporting this claim is strong,” Cartwright says.

The top 50 burger list and August issue cover are provided in the first link below. The second link is a video from editor Jake Silverstein providing background on the story. The issue is available on newsstands on July 23 and will be posted at on July 22.

Founded in 1973, Texas Monthly has a circulation of 300,000 and is read by more than 2.5 million people each month—one out of every eight Texas adults. Texas Monthly is published by Emmis Publishing, L.P. Emmis owns and operates radio stations and other regional magazines.


  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

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