There are many on Monthly's brand new best burgers in Texas list, from the Panhandle to that place known as “Houston,” that I can’t wait to road-trip to sample. Dallas and Fort Worth got a lot of love on this list. Winners included the pimento cheese burger at Knife, the Rose Burger at Mr. Mesero, the burger at Rapscallion, Off-Site Kitchen's Do It Murph-Style and the L.U.S.T. Burger at the Bearded Lady. It’s a comprehensive breakdown — but their picks for Dallas, while featuring some fantastic options, were missing some stars and icons.
Keller’s Drive-In, bun loaded with poppy seeds and a fantastic crunch from a disc of white onion, and the transportive Dairy-Ette burger both have a permanent place in our hearts for their history. Both are also under $5, making them an eye-opening deal, but there's obviously a lot of competition in the burger world these days. It can be hard to stand out — and even harder to stay consistent. That said, these are the burgers that I propose, respectfully, were overlooked from Texas Monthly's list:
The Uncle Herky Burger
Luscher’s Red Hots, $9.50
Tragically missing from Texas Monthly’s list is Brian Luscher’s samurai sword of a burger. Hugged by a cloud-soft seeded bun, this double cheeseburger is indulged with the meltiest of melted, doubled American cheese (you’ll be able to pull stretchy pieces from the wrapper), pickles, caramelized-to-buttery onions, homemade mayo and mustard. Adding peppered bacon will rocket you to the moon. This isn’t a burger joint, but Luscher wields this sandwich like a Hattori Hanzo sword. It was tough not seeing this one on Texas Monthly’s list.
This one tastes like the fond memory of a great diner. The Kansas City Kobe beef is always addictively salted (ask for it to be cooked pink), and the bed of sweet onion and shredded lettuce rings the familiar bell of a time before “foodies.” I will be writing a weird letter in magazine cut-out letters, or penned in ketchup, to the Texas Monthly team for missing out on this one.
Wagyu Brisket Burger
Stock and Barrel, $14
Launched during a wave of brisket-blended burgers, Stock and Barrel's is often overlooked in ranked lists. I hear Yo-Yo Ma when this burger arrives. Cheddar curtains the boldly meaty patty, and it’s supported by smoked bacon and tomato jam. Oak Cliff, we love your meats. I’d even vote C Senor’s taco burger, a chorizo-spiked patty caramelized by house-ketchup right next door to Stock and Barrel, for a place on Texas Monthly’s list. They’re two of Dallas’ most interesting burgers.