Burger Bracket 2012: The Final 4

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Now that our Burger Bracket judges have all finished signing their new endorsement deals with Lipitor, the Final 4 have been chosen.

Each of the Final 4 burgers represents a favorite Houston style of burger: Fast Food, Extreme, Veggie and Fancy-Pants burgers. And all will compete against each other at the Championship Tasting on April 2 at The Distillery.

If you disagree with any of the Final 4 contenders below, be one of the first 100 people to come out to The Distillery at 4 p.m. and judge the burgers for yourself when sampling opens at 6 p.m. You'll be given a tasting card for a quarter of each burger -- which adds up to one whole burger once you taste them all. After you have tried the final four, cast your vote in the ballot box of the burger you think is best.

We'll announce the winner of the 2012 Burger Bracket that afternoon, so stick around. And after it's all over but the crying, stick around after that, too, and watch the NCAA basketball finals with us at The Distillery.

As with the Elite 8, our judges' tasting notes for each bracket are below. We'll see them -- and you -- on April 2 at the Championship Tasting.

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Photo courtesy of Bernie's Burger Bus

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Bracket: Fast Food-Style Burgers

This was quite the battle royale, but a decision has been made.

The winner is: Bernie's Burger Bus. This burger avoided being expelled! The burger packed a ton of flavor and was perfectly cooked. The vegetables were fresh and the garlic-roasted tomatoes added nice depth to the flavor of the burger.

Hubcap Grill: We were a bit underwhelmed by this burger. We were surprised at the lack of flavor, but more importantly the bun to burger ratio! The amounts of vegetables were too much for the smaller patty.

Now that we are headed to the finals we must ask if Houston Press will pay the co pay for the cardiologist!?!


Location Info

Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar

1985 Welch St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Block 7 Wine Company - CLOSED

720 Shepherd, Houston, TX

Category: General

Beaver's

2310 Decatur St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Green Seed Vegan

2305 Wheeler, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Bernie's Burger Bus

, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Hubcap Grill

1111 Prairie St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

El Gran Malo - CLOSED

2307 Ella, Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Burger Guys - CLOSED

12225 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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Elektratx
Elektratx

I've been an avid Burger Guys customer since shortly after they originally opened, and I have to admit, they have changed buns a few times, and I still think their first buns were the best.  Yes, they refuse to make a burger well-done, because it ruins their better quality meat if you char it.  Yes, they are juicy, but I'd take that any day over a burned, dry patty.  Sometimes a more refined palate is required to appreciate some of their custom-made sauces and ingredients.  I still maintain that they make a high quality product!

Oh, and they don't "mix" honey with ketchup.  They make THEIR OWN ketchup, so no, it doesn't taste like the mass produced products.  And it's not meant to put on your burger anyway.  It's meant as a dipping sauce for their duck-fat cooked fries.

As for anyone who says they have been treated rudely hasn't really tried to be that friendly with the staff in the first place.  I go there sometimes with my son, sometimes with my partner, but no matter which of us goes in, we are ALWAYS treated in a friendly manner, and when the crowd is lighter, they chat us up while we dine.

Go in with an open mind, a friendly demeanor and I can assure you that you will have a very pleasant dining experience.

Oh, and NO, I'm NOT an employee...just a very happy customer of theirs.

Houstonian
Houstonian

Going to be honest, I tried the Burger Guys a couple of nights ago, and I wasn't impressed. The meat wasn't cooked well, the toppings were more fancy than tasty, and honey does not mix well with ketchup.

Kelly
Kelly

Katherine, I had the burger at Hearsay last week and if you haven't tried it yet, you really need to. It blows most of these completely out of the water.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard

I'm going to add that Beaver's burger better add cheese to it for the finals.  And Mac & Cheese.

Rey Mendoza
Rey Mendoza

sparkle burger better than all four of them.

Rey Mendoza
Rey Mendoza

sparkle burger better than all four of those

Jin
Jin

Wait I'm confused, what happened to previous winner Jonathan's The Rub?  I don't even see them mentioned in the original contenders.  

Matthew
Matthew

i'm still SMH that 4 spots in a burger bracket contest were wasted on vegetable patty sandwiches.

Angry
Angry

are they paying to win this because these "top 4" burgers suck! Hubcap and bubbas burger are the best burgers in Houston!  Burger guys!? seriously!? Their service and burgers SUCK to the fullest! This just pissed me off!

Charlie Wise
Charlie Wise

time for a "buck furger brackets" party at hubcap?

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

It was mentioned in the original 2012 Burger Bracket post. Past winners are "retired" and -- fingers crossed -- we hope to continue the Burger Bracket each year so that we can have an All-Star game with at least four previous winners all up against each other.

Pkohler20
Pkohler20

Bubba's? You don't get out much do you?

 I'm honestly amazed they put a veggie category...just irritates me that a fake burger is guaranteed a shot at the final 4. I'm ok with including a vegiie option or 2 and have even tried a few that were tasty. But to have its own section is ridiculous. 

Stpjafo
Stpjafo

That's your opinion, so here is mine...stfu...were you there with the judges when they got their burgers? Do you know if on that particular day one of the places may have had an off day? The answer to both of these questions is a resounding no. Just like in the NCAA tournament, on any given day anyone can win. So go ahead and be pissed off but keep it to yourself...

Pkohler20
Pkohler20

Next time you continue it, get some fresh judges (I know a group...) and don't bother with a whole section of veggie burgers...totally undermines the credibility of this contest.

Jin
Jin

Oh ok that makes sense!  Thanks for clearing that up.  Would it be possible to make a mention of "previous winners" in one of the later posts for newcomers who may not know the glory that is Jonathan's The Rub?  I didn't even know about it until they won the last contest!  

As for Burger Guys, I'm a bit surprised they've made it this far.  They used to be one of my favorite burgers, but I feel their service has gone down a notch, their bread is as soggy as ever (even as they experiment with different types of buns), and their burgers have become so greasy in the last 4 months that it's getting impossible to eat without having oils ooze all over my hands.  I know that many good burgers have this "grease factor", but I feel Burger Guys has gone out of control (at least the past 2 times I've gone).  The buns just cannot soak up all the grease and after about 5 minutes, the entire burger is a wet, soggy mess.  

Maybe I just caught them on 2 bad days?

Angry
Angry

I believe service and hospitality is very big deal, and when i went to burger guys and i asked for a medium, and get a raw piece of crap 20 min later, then i tell the owner, and all he does is rolls his eyes at me... yeah, F that place. That happened more than one occasion. Sounds like you work there...

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

These actually are a fresh batch of judges; we didn't recycle any of the judging teams from last year. And if you liked the veggie burger bracket, wait until you see next year's Wild Card bracket!

Matthew
Matthew

or don't take so long to eat your burger.

Stpjafo
Stpjafo

If your comment was directed at 1 particular place that's understandable. But, you clearly state all "top 4" places suck. It just makes you sound like an ignorant ass who just likes to bitch.

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