The Rest of the Best: The Top Ten Burgers in Houston 2013
4. The Hay Merchant/Underbelly
Photo from Hay Merchant Sorry In-N-Out. Hay Merchant's got you beat.
Originally the "UB Double Double," the double-patty, double-cheese burger's name had to be changed after chef Chris Shepherd received a cease and desist letter from In-N-Out Burger claiming that "Double Double" was trademarked. Shepherd complied, and the Cease and Desist Burger was born. It's the closest thing you'll get to an In-N-Out burger here in Houston, but it's also just about as far from fast food as you're going to get, because the top-notch beef is butchered in-house, the pickles are homemade, and the heirloom tomatoes are locally sourced. And the tasty challah bun is from local baker Slow Dough. It's simple, and in spite of the double meat and cheese, not over the top. Everything a burger should be.
3. Hubcap Grill
Photo by Erika Ray Salt and pepper. PB & J. Olive relish and burgers. Brilliant.
It's difficult to go wrong with anything you order at Hubcap, but my personal favorites are the Greek Burger and the Muffaletta Burger. I love the Greek Burger because Greek salad items like feta cheese and bell peppers pair well with grilled beef and because I can fool myself into thinking it's healthy. My favorite is the Muffaletta burger, though, because why did no one think of burgers and olives before?! The combination of the zesty, pickle-y olives with Swiss cheese and a freshly ground beef patty is so simple yet so genius. Other more ballsy menu options include the frito pie burger, which, yes, has an actual frito pie on top of the patty, and the sticky burger, which boasts a generous helping of peanut butter and cheese. But I'm still all about the muffaletta, which is a brilliant feat of burgerdom.
2800 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX