Houston-Based Becks Prime Drops Their Massive Burgers on Preston

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Forest Lane has a new burger place. Becks Prime opened last week promising fresh, fast, burgers, steaks and sandwiches. The Houston based fast food chain with 13 locations, comes endorsed by the same Texas Monthly list that honored Brian Luscher with the greatest burger in Texas.

How does Becks stand up? I think Luscher is more than safe for now.

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The stand-alone building, just west of Preston Road on Forest Lane, is complete with outdoor seating on a wooden deck and a drive-through window for burgers on the go. Once you're inside, you'll see that comparing Becks Prime's burgers to The Grape's is a little silly - this place is elevated fast food - but comparing Becks to other notable dine and dash locations in Dallas makes sense.

If size matters (I've heard it does not) Becks Prime crushes the likes of Mooyah, and Smashburger. The massive half-pound patties dwarf typical fast food options and it should for a fast food burger that starts at $7.25. The meat is ground in house fresh each morning, according to marketing material, and grilled to order over mesquite wood. I ordered a regular and the lady at the counter told me they typically cook their burgers medium, would that be OK? I told her sure, but then stopped and asked them how else they would cook it.

"Any way you want," she told me. I asked for medium rare and she nodded before I asked her if they'd cook it rare and then she nodded again. There's another big differentiation. Lots of fast food places cook burgers to order instead of holding cooked patties in a steam tray, but cooking to desired doneness is pretty rare. And a few minutes later when my burger arrived and was actually cooked rare I realized that Beck's Prime is not your typical fast food burger joint.

As the lunch crowd continued to build I munched on my burger and sucked on a cold iced tea. Burgers should typically be cooked to medium, so I won't comment on juiciness, but I will say the burger was greasy. It came on a soft, very fresh bun, with shredded romaine, pickles, lots of mustard, onions and tomatoes. It could have used more seasoning, but it tasted a lot more like a burger you'd have in a bar than one you'd pick up at a drive through. Same for the fries.

I'd like to head back and give this place a second look in a few weeks but for now, if you need a burger on the quick and you're in the area, you should probably give Beck's Prime a shot. Hopefully yours has a little more sear and a little more salt.

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Location Info

Becks Prime

5931 Forest Ln, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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13 comments
gabe48
gabe48

One of the best burgers in Dallas, fresh, hand cut fries. great grilled chicken.

Colin1
Colin1

I've been eating Becks since I was knee high. I remember watching them build the first one on Kirby back in 1985. It was the first gourmet fast food burger I knew of. Way better than Jake's. A bit better than Twisted Root and Snuffer's in my opinion. I still need to get to the other TM north Texas best burgers. Hope they do well here.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

thanks for the recon, gotta try it now. btw a little farther north on Midway near Beltline, Jaxx makes a good burger that never gets mentioned on these lists.

Nictacular
Nictacular

Becks' was rated #9 on the TM list back in 2009. That's better than local places like Twisted Root, Love Shack, Kelly's Eastside (Plano), Cliff Cafe, Snuffer's, Fred's, and Jake's.How does it stack up to those?Dammit, I just made myself hungry. 

Luke_Sassypants
Luke_Sassypants

 @ChrisYu Midway has a couple of great burger places close together. Along with Jaxx, there is Snuffers and Your Way Burgers makes some really good burgers. I am kinda partial to the number 5 at Keller's with their greasy tots.

Joshstruckoutagain
Joshstruckoutagain

#2 on the TM list was the Alamo Springs Cafe "cover burger"...get to Fburg or Luckenbach and stop by for one..best burger I've ever had. 

 

Fred's was a home away from home for many a year, but they've changed something with their meat since they got more famous than infamous.

 

Chophouse in Arlington is the best local burger I've had in the last year..(West of Dallas is the only region I'm speaking of) twas better than Pop's, Fred's, Charlie's, Love shack.

quahog_convo
quahog_convo

 @Nictacular I tried it the other day. I thought it was a really tasty burger and would definitely go back.

 

Based on that initial impression... I think I liked it more than Jake's and Snuffer's, but it's hard for me to rate burgers against TR because of their variety.

 

If we're talking pure burgers, I'd lean more toward Maple and Motor or Goodfriend over Beck's.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

@Joshsbrokendisqus In between Houston and Austin there is the Burton Cafe in Burton, TX. Great burgers, comfort food and pies.

Nictacular
Nictacular

 @Joshsbrokendisqus I've had that one and it's great. Also had the Counter Burger from the Counter Cafe in ATX. It's very, very good.

 

That fall we spent a lot of time tracking some of those burgers down. We hit maybe 12 of them. It was a fun time.

Eric_The_Midget
Eric_The_Midget

 @Nictacular Maple and Motor is OK but I don't care for the owner's douchebaggery.  I prefer Dairy-ette in East Dallas.

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