From Tex-Mex to tropical varieties, there’s something for everyone
Few foods are more American than the hamburger. Whether you like them topped with cheese, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapeños, avocados, pineapples or plain, here are just a few burger joints to feed your fix.
From bacon cheddar to the El Diablo, which includes grilled jalapeños, grilled onions and pepper jack cheese, Beyond Burger is known for some crafty creations. Try the Good Morning Burger with a fried egg and bacon.
10510 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, Texas City, 409.986.7832
Blue’s Bar & Grill
Big servings are on deck at this All-American restaurant where you can build your burger from a variety of toppings, as well as enjoy live music on some nights. Blue’s also is known for its Monday Night Steak Night — and also features a shrimp burger, appetizers and chicken sandwiches.
11948 state Highway 6, Santa Fe, 409.316.1321
Café Michael Burger
Like your burgers with a tropical twist on the side? That’s what they serve at this island restaurant, which has been around for 25 years and was ranked No. 23 on “The Top 50 Burgers in Texas” list. While enjoying the Gulf of Mexico views, chow down on mainstays like the Island Deluxe, Tiki Burger, Campeche Burger and more. There are hotdogs, too.
11150 Termini San Luis Pass Road, Galveston, 409.740.3639
This restaurant is known for Tex-Mex, but the burgers get some buzz, too. Try the La Bomb-Bah Burger from Gringo’s “Not-So Tex-Mex” menu category. The house-made ground sirloin takes about 20 minutes to cook, and arrives atop a sweet sourdough bun with melted cheese, bacon, poblano peppers, avocado, pico de gallo and the restaurant’s Amazon sauce. Take your appetite — you’re going to need it.
10200 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, Texas City, 409.986.6864
This growing burger empire gets the highest marks for culinary creativity. Try the Cheesy Crunch Burger — fresh ground beef patty topped with Cheese Puffs and cheese sauce or the Sticky Monkey Burger, which features a beef patty with crunchy peanut butter, bacon, American cheese and grilled bananas.
2021 Strand, Galveston, 409.220.3551; 1918 NASA Parkway, Seabrook, 281.339.7116
Kelley’s Country Cookin’
This family-owned restaurant is famous for Texas-sized portions of everything. The colossal, 1-pound Super K Burger with all the trimmings is one tasty example. There’s also the country-fried chicken breast sandwich, chicken-fried steak sandwich and a variety of po-boys with seafood and barbecue. You hungry yet?
4604 Interstate 45 S., La Marque, 409.935.3131; and 1502 W. Main St., League City, 281.338.0300
This island pillar has been serving up American classics since 1944. Nothing fancy here — just good, quality food. There’s the regular hamburger to one topped with jalapeños, chili and barbecue sauce. Sonny’s is known for its family-friendly service, as well as menu favorite, the Artery Clogger, a chicken-fried steak sandwich with bacon, American and Swiss cheese, ranch dressing, mustard, onions, lettuce, tomato and pickles. Hot dogs, New Orleans-style muffulettas and more American classics are on the menu, too.
1206 19th St., Galveston, 409.763.9602
Stomp’s Burger Joint
Home to the “Best Burger on the Bay,” this classic Texas burger joint crafts its patties from 100 percent Angus beef by hand, in house, every day. The Big State Burger, which features an 8-ounce Angus beef patty, Philly steak, American and Swiss cheese, and all the trimmings, is a must-try, as is the Fried Egg Burger.
3107 state Highway 146, Bacliff, 281.339.0785
A wildly popular restaurant among locals and visitors, The Spot has something on its menu to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. But its “Island Famous Burgers” are what keeps fans returning. They include The Spot Burger, the Green Burger, Black Bean Burger, Turkey Burger and, new to the menu, the Sweet & Spicy Burger.
3204 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, 409.621.5237
TJ Reed’s Better Burgers & Shakes
Open just a few years, this restaurant already has a loyal and established following. TJ Reeds serves 100 percent certified Angus beef blend of chuck and brisket. While the burgers get rave reviews, so do the sides, including those buttermilk onion rings.
614 FM 517 W., Dickinson, 832.738.1140
The burgers rightfully get most of the glory here, but this restaurant, around for decades, also is known for its hometown, friendly ambience. Featuring homemade beef patties, which are made daily, there’s a burger for every occasion, including the spicy Stomp’s Ice House Special, The Squealer, Piggy Back, the Big Texan and more. Check out Tookie’s Dawgs and the Groovy Garden Burger, too.
406 Texas Ave., Kemah, 281.942.9334