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Brilliant Beef on the Cheap: The 10 Best Dallas Burgers Under 10 Bucks

Behold the griddled crust of a simple, classic cheeseburger with American cheese.
Behold the griddled crust of a simple, classic cheeseburger with American cheese. Nick Rallo

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click to enlarge The double cheeseburger is served daily from 5 to 6:30 p.m at Top Knot. - TOP KNOT
The double cheeseburger is served daily from 5 to 6:30 p.m at Top Knot.
Top Knot
The Happy Hour Burger at Top Knot ($5)
Every morning, Top Knot makes fresh Parker House-style buns. The result is a buttery cloud with a delicately thin shell. This surprising little double cheeseburger,  just bigger than a slider, comes with two Angus beef patties (spiked with ground pork), cheddar, bacon, pickles and miso-infused mustard. The bacon lends a crunchy texture and the beef is salty, fatty and tender.

This custom-built burger at Dugg features fried green tomatoes. - NICK RALLO
This custom-built burger at Dugg features fried green tomatoes.
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The Build-Your-Own at Dugg Burger ($7.95)
Dugg Burger is the fast-casual spot that makes a tiny home for your ingredients by scooping out a bit from the bun. You pick your toppings, which are simple and good — jalapeños and bacon and caramelized onions — the bun is toasted and ingredients nestle in the bun hole like baby birds in a nest. It’s simple, and it works. Try a beef burger with pepper Jack and onions and you’ll marvel at lightning-speed execution. You could compare it loosely to Liberty Burger, but Dugg's just bested Liberty's classic on a recent visit.

click to enlarge The drop-dead simple cheeseburger at Keller's Drive-In. - NICK RALLO
The drop-dead simple cheeseburger at Keller's Drive-In.
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The Cheeseburger at Keller’s Drive-In ($2.65)
It’s not a list of the best cheap burgers in Dallas without the icon that you could probably call the grandfather of the modern Dallas dive burger. Keller’s stupendously iconic speckled poppyseed bun surrounds a burger with softened white onion below thin patties. It’s necessary that you devour it, deftly holding the greasy wax paper and plucking any wrapper cheese, right in the driver's seat of your car. At $2.65 after tax, it’s cheaper than just about anything you can get in Dallas these days.

Mr. Mesero's version has two patties and two slices of cheese ($8.95). - NICK RALLO
Mr. Mesero's version has two patties and two slices of cheese ($8.95).
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The Rose Burger at Mr. Mesero ($8.95)
Two slices of American cheese, sometimes un-melted, park between two well seasoned patties. It comes with crunchy iceberg lettuce, topping the beef in neat stacks. It's a designer joint with a homey burger. There’s sliced-thin tomato and pickle. No fuss surrounds the burger; it’s free of elevated aiolis, making it one of Dallas’ best burger deals.

Potato matchsticks top the burger at Oak Cliff's food stand. - NICK RALLO
Potato matchsticks top the burger at Oak Cliff's food stand.
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The Chorizo-Burger at C Senor ($7.58)
Oak Cliff's ¡C. Señor! has one of Dallas’ most interesting and delicious burgers under 10 bucks. Also, and this is huge, you can order it as a taco. On a recent visit, three melted slices of pepper Jack top my heavily seared, chorizo-blended beef patty. Adobo ketchup is caramelized right on the patty, adding a nudge of tangy, cuminy sweetness. It's rich with chorizo’s magical oil and big on beef flavor. Why don’t more restaurants offer a taco version of everything?
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