Houston's Top 10 Pub Burgers

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Photos by Katharine Shilcutt
A Rudyard's burger in the "living room of Montrose."
With the new Texans season in full swing and plenty of great spots around town to catch the game, we decided to scope out the best burgers at our city's pubs and sports bars, because you can't put your body through the stress of an NFL game without a full belly.

Sorry, Arian Foster. None of these pub burgers are vegan, but they're all delicious.

Honorable mention goes to Crazy J's, the new icehouse from the owners of Little Bitty Burger Barn. While Crazy J's doesn't serve food (that and its newness are the only things keeping it from being included on the list), you can order it from LBBB down the block and have it delivered to you for no extra charge.

10. Rudyard's

While there is better food to be had at Rudz (try the $1 hot dogs or $1.50 chili dogs from 3 to 7 p.m. with purchase of an adult beverage), that doesn't mean its burger is shabby -- it just means the rest of the food is fine stuff. The Rudz burger comes with the basics: lettuce, pickle, onion, tomato. But you can always jazz it up by ordering a basket of Nuts & Bolts on the side. (Go for the fried okra.)

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A surprisingly good burger can be found at Coaches Pub.
9. Coaches Pub

Maybe the most surprising entry on the list for some, Coaches Pub in Midtown nevertheless turns out a very nice, cooked-to-order burger (ask for it medium-rare for maximum ooze potential) in addition to offering consistently friendly service. My favorite is the Coaches Pub Burger, which comes with sautéed mushrooms, onions, two kinds of cheese and barbecue sauce, plus a side of fries -- and is less than $6 at lunch.

8. Community Bar

Burger nights are Thursday nights at Community Bar, which is equally famous (and deservedly so) for its Tuesday steak nights -- all of it cooked up by owner/chef Bob Covington. For only $8, you'll get a home-cooked burger and fries, with the burger on a sweet bun that spills over with bacon, mushrooms, sautéed onions, cheese and much more. The only thing that would make Burger Night better at Community Bar is if they also started screening episodes of Community too.

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Christian's Tailgate has tailgating right in its name. How could you go wrong?
7. Christian's Tailgate

No matter which Christian's location you choose, you're guaranteed to have plenty of cold beer and big-screen TVs on which to watch the Texans. My favorite location for burgers, however, will always be the original on Washington -- the Washington that's north of I-10. The hefty, iceberg-topped burger tastes like old-school Texas, and that's just what the doctor ordered sometimes.

6. The Hay Merchant

The Butcher's Burger at Hay Merchant is advertised as "the cheeseburger we'd give you at our house." And the finely textured meat that's ground daily surely attests to its homemade nature, but you'd expect only the best meat to show up at a beer bar that shares a kitchen with Underbelly. The burger is best enjoyed in its simplicity, but you can always top it with bacon and/or a fried egg.

Location Info

Little Bitty Burger Barn

5503 Pinemont Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Rudyard's

2010 Waugh, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Coaches Pub (Midtown)

2204 Louisiana, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Community Bar

2703 Smith, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Community Bar

2703 Smith, Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Hay Merchant

1100 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Branch Water Tavern - CLOSED

510 Shepherd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Rockwell Tavern

12640 Telge Road, Cypress, TX

Category: Restaurant

BRC Gastropub

519 Shepherd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Petrol Station

985 Wakefield, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Queen Vic Pub & Kitchen

2712 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Crazy J's Ice House & Wine Bar - CLOSED

5022 Pinemont Dr, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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40 comments
texmex01
texmex01 topcommenter

So is this a list of Pub Burgers, or Bar burgers????

Miguelito66
Miguelito66

DANGEROUSLY ON EDGE HERE. How in the name of Houston, can Beaver's not only be left off the list, but not be in the Top 5??? I have not been to every joint on your list, but I've been to most, and sans Petrol and Christian's TG, there ain't no burger like a Sirloin, Beef, & Bacon Beaver Burger.

Jay Farr
Jay Farr

Stefanie Thanks!! I just sent mysef a link to this to put in my favorites. I plan to try them all.

TheRegular
TheRegular

Hay Merchant has crap food. Period.

Shiloh Mitchell
Shiloh Mitchell

Now thats a burger! Also a new location opening downtown.

MamaJuice
MamaJuice

 I have had many of the burgers on your list but Red Lion's burger is still one of my favorites. Order it with Irish bacon and it is perfect. The bun is semi sweet almost like Hawaiian bread but dense enough to hold up to the meat and fillings.

Amy Garcia Leonhardt
Amy Garcia Leonhardt

I have had many of the burgers on your list but Red Lion's burger is still one of my favorites. Order it with Irish bacon and it is perfect. The bun is semi sweet almost like Hawaiian bread but dense enough to hold up to the meat and fillings.

Glenn Ray
Glenn Ray

Rockwell Tavern got the goods. Also Kilburn's has some pretty good burgers.

Teresa Cristina Delgado
Teresa Cristina Delgado

Refinery Burgers & Whiskey! Great burger, nice selection of Texas beers... and the staff is very friendly.

Mon Ica
Mon Ica

Hubcap grill has some good ass burgers too!

ThatGirl
ThatGirl

Have you guys tried The Refinery Burgers and Whiskey?  Tasty!!  The Wild Hog is awesome!

FRL713
FRL713

Max's serves an excellent (albeit expensive) burger

TonyG916
TonyG916

@nobius @RyanLostinTX @HoustonPress never been to queen vic. might have to change that

Dylla
Dylla

@joannahqueen yes

jkellymassey
jkellymassey

Bob doesn't work at Community anymore. He was the only reason worth going there.

erichenao
erichenao

@EatingOurWords are these "dive" bars? Just making sure…don't wanna be confused…ya know whaddamean? okaythanksbye!

mattmadeiro1987
mattmadeiro1987

An English muffin!

 

Have you tried the Wagyu burger at the Hubbell and Hudson Bistro in the Woodlands, Katharine? I've given it the esteemed (dubious) honor of being my favorite burger in Texas due in no small part to the toasted muffin it comes out on. (It also might be a little too salty at times, but dear lord do I love salt).

 

The Queen Vic is next on my list. Thanks!

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editor

 @texmex01 Pub, bar -- we're in Houston, so I'd say they're somewhat interchangeable terms.

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editor

 @Miguelito66 The only reason is because I consider Beaver's a restaurant first and foremost, although it could be argued that it's an icehouse "in spirit."

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editor

 @TheRegular I'm not a fan of the pretzel nor the gumbo. But my God -- have you had the chicken wings? Or the barbecued chicken with mac 'n' cheese? Oonf.

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editor

 @MamaJuice I'll admit it's been ages since I had a Red Lion burger. I always get Indian food there. Need to rectify that!

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

 @mattmadeiro1987 It's also made by one of the former chef's from Tesar's, which was where the best burger I ever had was.  English muffins really do work on a burger.

 

Except at Pub Fiction, for some reason.

craig13
craig13

Love to have you by as my guest and try our burger!!

Craig (owner)

MamaJuice
MamaJuice

 @kshilcutt  They also have a great night owl menu (1030pm -1am).  The burger is only $7 and the their delicious Tandoori quesadillas are $10.

lschaffner
lschaffner

Bob was never an owner at Community.  Community is owned by Karen Racine, who is also a co-owner of Absinthe.

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