Top 5 Underrated Burgers in Houston (According to You)

Photo courtesy Just Burgers
The Texas Burger at Just Burgers is a force to be reckoned with.
Well, Houston, you've proven your love of burgers yet again.

More than 1,100 people voted in our poll to determine which burgers in Houston don't get their fair due, and the results are in. It actually wasn't even close for first place, either. Forty-five votes separate first and second places, though the rest of the votes were a little closer.

Some of you wondered in the comments how the winner of last year's burger bracket, Rainbow Lodge, could be underrated. My answer? I don't know, guys, you picked these spots! I do think that all of the options were good ones, though, as they aren't places I would have immediately thought of when wanting a great burger.

Of course, they are now. And I'm on a mission to try them all.

Without further ado, here are the most underrated burgers in Houston.

5. Just Burgers
Owned by Ambrose Pina and his wife, Amber, Just Burgers's motto is "Life is too short to eat bad burgers." The small restaurant, which opened in 2012, has a simple menu of 12 burgers and a few other offerings like fires and milkshakes. Commenter gimp_725 writes, "Just Burgers in Spring is by far the best burger joint in the northwest area of Harris County. When you ask why it goes like this: 1. Fresh daily ground beef 2. Toasted pretzel buns baked fresh 3. Seasoned fries 4. Meals include a drink 5. Exceptional customer service." Commenter eric.d.raines recommends the Slap Yo' Momma burger (as did many other commenters), writing, "The Slap Yo Momma (patty, cheese, ancho, BBQ, Tabasco, and an onion ring) is amazing (as are all the other burgers). The avocado fans on top of the California burger are an art in themselves. Onion rings are hand battered and made with red onions for a distinctly different and awesome flavor. Lots of great burgers in Houston...this one doesn't get nearly enough credit!"

Photo by Nicholas Hall
Did someone say lamb burger?
4. Petrol Station
Though it's first and foremost a craft-beer destination, Petrol Station has garnered a devoted following for its awesome burgers as well. "Rancor at Petrol Station," writes commenter uthmedstoodent of the favorite burger on the menu. "Meaty burger with relatively simple seasonings. Incredible Angus beef patty. And that special fried egg makes a fun mess of the burger." The rancor burger is indeed one of the messiest in town, and you have to nearly unhinge your jaw in order to take a bite that encompasses the whole thing. Don't forget a side of garlic Parmesan fries and a cold brewski to wash it all down.

Photo courtesy Listos Restaurant
Just look at that light char on the patty and perfectly toasted bun!
3. Listos Restaurant
"Listos on Howard Drive for sure! Some of my 'burger snob' friends have been converted by these awesome burgers and fries!" writes commenter rgpeters76. Many people echoed that sentiment--so many, in fact, that some other commenters thought there was something fishy going on. But nope, Listos just has some really passionate fans, and with amazing and inexpensive cheeseburgers (not to mention great tacos), it's easy to see why. Angelle V. Jeansonne writes, "Listos on Howard Ave is my favorite burger place. I stop by every time I go to Houston. Everything is fresh--burger cooked awesome and melts like butter. I want one right now!" Me too, Angelle. Me too.

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Location Info

The Petrol Station

985 Wakefield, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Listos - CLOSED

8347 Howard St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Flip 'n Patties

, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Stanton's City Bites

1420 Edwards St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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YES!!!! Stanton's City Bites is the clear winner of most underrated burger in Houston.!!!!!

Miggs N Patricia
Miggs N Patricia

Stanton's City Bites Holy cow!!! Congratulations on making #1,well deserved!

Kenny Lim
Kenny Lim

Stanton's City Bites Monster !!!!!


Could not agree more with Just Burgers.  Spring location obviously hurts it, let alone the sketchy strip mall.  Worth the trip.


A wrong has been righted.  Thank you Kaitlin.  

(re. comments as to whether Stanton's is really underrated or not, the definition seemed to be any burger that didn't make the Houston Press's recent top 10 list)

Bruce_Are topcommenter

That does look like a tasty burger.  And a 1/2 pound burger for $5 seems pretty reasonable. I'm fuckin' going, that's all there is to it.


Stanton's really is wonderful! A clear toss up between them and Listos in my book. 

But I did see Stanton's burger recently pictured on the cover of some minor local mag like Bayou City.

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