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Culture / Restaurants

Houston’s Newest Burger Restaurant Defies the Backyard Trend

A Top Chef Hits ‘Em With a Secret Sauce

BY // 07.31.16
photography Robert Westeen

There’s no such thing as too many burger joints, at least not in Houston. The beloved item has inspired a plethora of restaurants across the city, and there seems to be no stopping it.

Just this summer, Pearland’s barbecue king, Ronnie Killen, added to the burgeoning burger landscape with Killen’s Burgers, and Austin favorite Hopdoddy Burger Bar debuted its first Houston location, in River Oaks District. In addition, New York-based Shake Shack is headed to Houston — The Galleria location opens this fall, while Shake Shack Rice Village premieres in late 2017.

But the surge in the burger market hasn’t deterred Triniti Restaurant‘s chef, Ryan Hildebrand, from getting in on the action. Hildebrand debuts FM Burger this fall at 1112 Shepherd Drive, drawing inspiration from iconic Texas burger stands and icehouses. The concept comes to life with the help of Collaborative Projects’ Jim Herd, the brains behind dining and drink hotspots including Underbelly, Hay Merchant, and Julep. Look for a laid-back ambience complete with relaxed counter service, an extended patio, and a green space for lawn games.

As for the burgers, Hildebrand is hoping to set his fare apart with what he describes as a “backyard-style” burger crafted with brisket, chuck, and sirloin. The restaurant’s namesake FM Burger is crafted with the signature patty, secret sauce, lettuce, tomato and onions.

But FM Burger won’t be classic burgers only. Other menu offerings include a Salisbury steak burger, a Frito pie burger, a chicken pot pie sandwich, and griddled peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Tip: If you can’t wait until fall for a taste of FM Burger, you’re in luck: The signature burger is available now on Triniti’s happy hour menu.

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