We first rounded up North Texas' off-the-beaten-path burgers almost a year ago, in an effort to provide some fun alternatives to the city's go-to spots -- the Twisted Roots and Off-Sites and Maple and Motors of the world. But this is a fluid situation, people. So, for your Labor Day festivities (or lack thereof), we've updated our list from last year with a few new additions. If you've found something we should know about, let us know.
Coppell Deli Coppell Deli in Coppell (449 W. Bethel Road) is an ode to old-school Cowboys that looks more like a convenience store than a restaurant -- although they're building a new spot next door, so that might soon change. This laid back neighborhood spot serves up a well-seasoned burger that will please the purists, and there's always the classic Reuben and the breakfast sandwich that might kill you.
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Peace Burger Peace Burger (1212 William D. Tate Ave.) is an offshoot of the adjacent Baja Mex Grill, which is owned by the same group. The burgers are a bit brash here, like the namesake Peace Burger with poblano peppers, jalapeños, Monterey jack and guacamole. The Cowboy has bacon, cheddar, fried egg and pico. The Macho has chorizo, onion strings, cheese and avocado. Oh, and did we mention the carne asada fries? Or the chori-nachos? Tater tots with chili con queso? Oh, and a full bar.
Pollo Regio Pollo Regio is spreading their chicken wings across the metroplex, luring drivers in with waves of smoke carrying that wonderful perfume of fire on meat. Usually people go here for a burger alternative, but they also have an insane burger, as demonstrated above. It's served on a torta-like bun and comes with a slice of grilled ham atop the patty. This is a two-person burger. Wear a bib.
Simply Burgers Simply Burgers' original spot in north Arlington closed a while back, but they've since moved and expanded to four nicer locations (although that's a relative term; all their spots are basically in strip centers). No matter. Juicy, well-seasoned patties between toasted buttery buns are what we go there for. The burgers come will all the basic treatments -- hickory, jalapeño, guacamole, mushroom, bacon and chili -- and they also have turkey and salmon patties. The place is pretty straightforward -- not a lot of bells and whistles, but consistently friendly, well-run and the food is great.
Griff's Hamburgers Griff's (715 E. Irving Blvd.) is homage to a bygone age. After more than 50 years in the burger business, not much has changed from the greasy burgers to the A-frame architecture. Bring a roll of quarters for the Ms. Pac Man and Galaga games. There's nothing real fancy here, just slightly overcooked greasy, thin patties served sans apologies. There are other locations at 1050 S. Buckner Blvd., 2150 N. Jupiter and few other North Texas spots.
Lee Harvey's Last time we posted this list, a commenter called us out on Lee Harvey's. We'll take a lick for that one. Their half-pound burgers are half-priced on Tuesdays, which definitely increases the market value of Tuesdays in Dallas. We've effused the value of this bar previously for its dive-ish qualities and bar food. The only argument might be if it's actually off-the-beaten path. Note: There's a house cat, Bacon, but this is really more of a dog person spot. The cat is more of dog person, in fact, as demonstrated in this interview.
Grump's Burgers Fortunately, it's just a name and there's no surly shtick passed off as part of the restaurant theme. Everyone is really nice at Grump's (108 S. Main St., Burleson). Even nicer are their thick homestyle burgers, preferably enjoyed with a cold beer perched on the upstairs patio on a nice evening. Everything is made as it's ordered, so consider calling ahead if you're in a hurry. Or just relax and chill with a bowl of chips and queso while you wait.
Burger Bueno I know what you're thinking ... cool, a Mexican burger. Nope. This place at 13021 Coit Road actually is actually more Greek than anything. Customers rave about the gyros and Greek salad. The burgers are pretty impressive as well. In the words of Cheap Bastard, it's a Holy Balls Burger.
Burger House The Burger House has several locations around the city, including the original spot at Snider Plaza that opened in 1951. What makes its burgers, and everything else, unique is the house-made spice mix, which is sold by the jar at the register. If you're feeling adventurous, try the Texas Hamburger packed with with a hot dog, bacon, grilled onions and chili.
Wimpy's Hamburgers Our Jesse Hughey tried Wimpy's (1802 Singleton Blvd.) during the Untapped Festival, and he said it was great burger and super cheap. Wimpy's is a small, yellow, run-down walk-up shack about a mile west of the new fancy bridge. According to DallasHistory.org has been around since at least the late '50s. Cash only. Greasy old-school thin patties. Hughey recommends the onion rings to go with.
One Stop of Runaway Bay Sara Blankenship previously told us about the One Stop market at Runaway Bay in Wise County (601 Highway 380 West) near a bunch of cow pastures. In addition to gas, bait, a meat market and a "massive beer cave," they cook up some mammoth burgers. Blankenship's advice: "Take a seat at any of the picnic tables set up in the middle of the store and order a cheeseburger with hand-dipped onion rings and prepare for what might be the most surprisingly delicious meal you'll ever have in a gas station."
Burger Island Burger Island has been busy since Cheap Bastard first wrote about it a couple of years ago, when it had just two locations. Now there are five in the area, and they're still making bellies fat and happy with huge, piled-with-peppers burgers. The Double Jungle is a pound of meat topped with sauteed onions, mushrooms, jalapeños, two slices of cheese, hickory sauce and bacon.
Bell's Better Burgers Bell's Better Burger has been flipping patties on Peachtree Road in Mesquite for 50 years, and all that time it's stayed in the same family. The rundown drive-in is quiet and popular with locals who grew up in the area. The beef is fresh, never frozen, and other than that, it's just a simple burger and a good place to relax while eating lunch in your car.
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Fernatchi Previously, our resident Foodbitch pointed us toward the burger at the pan-Mediterranean spot Farnatchi. She ordered the burger only because it was what everyone else in the house was munching. The burger is loaded with aromatic spices and is stuffed with gooey cheese served on a toasted bun.
Burguesa Burgers For something a little different, track down the other orange burger place at one of its four locations in the area. Or for something huge, order the La Monumental burger with avocado, refried beans, a tostada, ham, two patties and two slices of cheese. You can also order any burger the "El Jefe way," which comes with a tortilla instead of a bun.
Boots Burgers I'm pretty sure Boots Burgers is in someone's backyard (701 Austin St., Rockwall), but the history of the spot is hard to nail down because it doesn't mess with things like Facebook and probably doesn't know nor care what a GoDaddy account is. It's been serving lowbrow burgers for several decades out of a small garage-like structure. According to local legend, Chuck Norris ate there. Pow! It's open only for lunch.
The Holy Grail The Holy Grail's (8420 Preston Road) burger is made with a mix of 90 percent sirloin and 10 percent pork fat, which is ground in-house daily and passed through one time to maintain a thick and chunky texture. The Knights would be proud.