National Burger Day is upon us — this Thursday, May 28 to be exact — and what better excuse is there to order takeout or delivery, or dine-in at 50 percent capacity than a national food holiday? In celebration of the city’s simply delicious and occasionally adventurous grilled goods, we’ve rounded up Dallas’ best burgers to try on the holiday (or any day).
Rodeo Goat has long been one of the best places to grab a burger in Dallas. The Design District spot offers 14 different kinds of burgers all customizable with ground beef, turkey, chicken, or Impossible patty. A favorite is the Bodacious, which comes with American cheese, bacon, crispy onions, grilled jalapeños, pickles, smoked jalapeño mayo, and Bodacious barbecue sauce. Another stand-out burger is the Terlingua with havarti cheese, homemade chili, corn chips, and garlic-herb mayo.
New East Dallas restaurant Invasions offers one of the best burgers in town: the Berry Good Burger. This unique creation comes with marinated halal beef stuffed with basil roasted strawberry goat cheese, and topped with roasted strawberries, basil, and house made strawberry jam. It’s available only on certain days so stay updated on social media. Another burger that you can get any time is the Notorious. It’s also a stuffed burger with marinated halal beef, caramelized onions, jalapeño, and mozzarella topped with a seared basil leaf.
Haystack Burgers & Barley
Established in Richardson in 2014, Haystack Burgers & Barley was created by Kevin and Jenny Galvan as a neighborhood restaurant. Three years later they expanded to Oak Lawn, then Frisco, and now have a brand new location in Lakewood. The popular burger spot makes everything from a classic Haystack burger with cheddar cheese and applewood smoked bacon to a chicken fried burger with jalapeño-bacon cream gravy.
James Beard-nominated and Bravo’s Top Chef contestant Chef John Tesar opened Knife at The Highland hotel in 2014, and the steakhouse quickly became known as one of the top spots to get a burger, specifically the Ozersky. A classic concoction, the burger comes with 44 Farms beef, American cheese, pickles, and onions. It’s a no-frills, fantastic burger.
There are also two other burgers on the menu including a pimento cheese burger and The Magic, which comes on an English muffin. Knife is now taking reservations for dine-in.
Since 2009, Maple and Motor has been serving up some of the best burgers (and a killer bologna sandwich) in Dallas. Apart from a choice in bun, not much has changed over the last decade. The popular cheeseburger is as simple as can be: flat-grilled and flavorful. Topped with onion, lettuce, pickle, and mustard, Maple and Motor’s beef burger is one of the best in the city.
Located in Dallas’ Medical District, Blues Burgers has been serving up a variety of takes on the classic dish since opening in 2014. One of the counter-service restaurants most popular bites is the HMF burger. A spicy concoction, it comes with bacon, ghost pepper cheese, jalapeño, onion, and spicy Blues sauce. Other favorites include the Double Wide with a fried egg, mushroom Bella Bella Baby, and fried onion ring-topped Slow Hand.
Caroline Perini and Miley Holmes opened Easy Slider, Dallas’ first gourmet burger slider food truck, in December 2011. The concept eventually grew so popular that the duo expanded it to encompass a brick-and-mortar restaurant, which opened in Deep Ellum in 2017. Always searching for the “Perfect Bite,” the array of sliders that the restaurant offers is impressive. From the Sweet & Lowdown (topped with bacon, goat cheese, and strawberry jam) to It’s All Gouda (with smoked gouda, garlic mayo, and mushrooms), you can mix and match your sliders to try as many as you want.
The Joule’s CBD Provisions is probably the best spot to find a burger downtown. Though the price ($18) might seem steep, it’s entirely worth it. Topped with fancy sauce, beer mustard, lettuce, onion, and tomato, we’ve found ourselves craving the CBD Burger on many occasions. Pair with some hand-cut fries and you’ve got yourself a great take-out or delivery meal.
CBD Provisions is also now open for limited capacity reservations.
After completing its Texas takeover, Austin-based Hopdoddy Burger Bar is now sweeping the U.S., with new spots in California, Tennessee, and Arizona. And for good reason —the burgers are exceptional. The classic version is always a favorite, but other stand-outs are the Magic Shroom, El Diablo, and Goodnight/Good cause with caramelized onions and jalapeños (where a portion of the proceeds is donated to a local charity).
New Victory Park restaurant Billy Can Can has quickly made a name for itself with its Western saloon-style decor and great food. In particular, the Billy Burger has sparked intrigue as one of the best burgers in Dallas. Made with Texas beef, Longhorn cheddar, Benton’s bacon, caramelized onions, Texas IPA mustard, and pickled jalapeños, there’s no wonder it’s so popular. Billy Can Can is offering takeout and delivery, as well as taking dine-in reservations.