The Rest of the Best: The Top Ten Burgers in Houston 2013
6. Bernie's Burger Bus
Photo from Bernie's Burger Bus Note: Your burger will not look like this after being wrapped up for 15 minutes for your drive home.
Bernie's burgers are so good that I will literally drive around in circles looking for the distinctive yellow buses parked in apartment complexes, then climb over remote-controlled fences at said apartment complexes to reach them. This exact scenario has happened on more than one occasion. Chef and owner Justin Turner grinds the fatty Black Angus beef in-house (or rather, in-bus), and he even makes his own condiments. Admittedly, Bernie's burgers and fries never make it all the way home in my car because I've been known to pull over and devour them in some random parking lot in between the bus and my apartment. The best Bernie's burger, the Detention, features two applewood-smoked bacon grilled cheese sandwiches as buns. Need I say more?
5. Lankford Grocery
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt Pineapple on a burger? Yes, indeed!
Lankford has been making magnificently messy burgers for three-quarters of a century now, and while some say the quality has suffered in recent years, I say that if the current burger incarnations are somehow lesser in quality than they used to be I can't even imagine what they were like in Lankford's glory days. From the Grim Burger topped with bacon, jalapeños, a fried egg and macaroni and cheese to my preferred burger, the pineapple wasabi burger, a newer addition to Lankford's menu. It features a hearty burger topped with Swiss cheese, red onions, wasabi mayo and a big slice of grilled pineapple. The sweet and tart pineapple adds another bright, fresh dimension to a meal that's usually very rich and savory. Keep up the good work, Lankford.
2800 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX