12 Off-The-Beaten-Path Burgers in North Texas

Categories: Burger Week

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Burger House

Originally we ran this guide for Off-The-Beaten-Path Burgers for National Cheeseburger Day, but we're updating it now on account of our very own Burger Week. We've also lost one and gained two. But, who are we kidding? "Reasons" for burger posts are arbitrary. We could rinse and repeat all day.

Sandburgs in Burleson closed (total bummer). But, we missed Griff's on the original run and, after the aforementioned closing, discovered Grump's.

As a reminder, this is list of places where you can find a good burger that you might not expect. We cover the usual suspects regularly and will give them even more attention throughout the week.

Griff's Hamburgers
Griff's (715 E. Irving Blvd) is homage to a bygone age. After over 50 years in the burger business, not much has changed from the greasy burgers to the A-frame architecture. Bring a roll of quarters for the Ms. Pac Man and Galaga games. There's nothing real fancy here, just slightly-over cooked greasy, thin patties served sans apologies. There are other locations at 1050 S. Buckner Blvd, 2150 N. Jupiter and few other North Texas spots.

See also:
- The 10 Best Burgers in Dallas

- The Epic Burgers of Dallas

Grump's Burgers
Fortunately, it's just a name and there's no surly shtick passed off as part of the restaurant theme. Everyone is really nice at Grump's (108 S. Main St., Burleson). Even nicer are their thick home-style burgers, preferably enjoyed with a cold beer perched on their upstairs patio on a nice evening. Everything is made as it's ordered, so consider calling ahead if you're in a hurry. Or just relax and chill with a bowl of chips and queso while you wait.

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Burger Bueno
Burger Bueno
I know what you're thinking ... cool, a Mexican burger. Nope. This place at 13021 Coit Road actually is actually more Greek than anything. Customers rave about the gyros and Greek salad. The burgers are pretty impressive as well. In the words of Cheap Bastard, it's a Holy Balls Burger.

Burger House
The Burger House has several locations around the city, including the original spot at Snider Plaza that opened in 1951. What makes their burgers, and everything else, unique is their own house-made spice mix, which they sell jars of at the register. If you're feeling adventurous, try the Texas Hamburger packed with with a hot dog, bacon, grilled onions and chili.

Wimpy's Hamburgers
Jesse Hughey tried Wimpy's (1802 Singleton Blvd.) during the Untapped Festival, and he said it was great burger and super cheap. Wimpy's is a small, yellow, run-down walk-up shack about a mile west of the new fancy bridge. According to DallasHistory.org has been around since at least the late '50s. Cash only. Greasy old-school thin patties. Hughey recommends the onion rings to go with.


Location Info

Burger Bueno

13021 Coit Road, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Burger House

6248 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Bells Better Burgers

2610 S. Peachtree Road, Mesquite, TX

Category: Restaurant

Farnatchi

3001 Knox St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Holy Grail Pub

8240 Preston Road, Plano, TX

Category: Restaurant

Burger Bueno

13021 Coit Road, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant


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59 comments
scokill
scokill

I wouldn't call Burger House and Burger Island off the beaten path and they are both average IMO.  Boots is definitely off the beaten path and their burgers are pretty darned good.  


bobhodges
bobhodges

 The Holy Grail Burgers are amazing as is the selection of craft beers for the true connoisseur of non-mainstream labels. Consider me a regular for both of those reasons (as well as the fact I can have a big juicy burger and my wife and daughter can have the excellent Cheese and fruit plate and everybody's happy).


With all due respect, just seeing the "Extra Sauce or Dressing 25¢" makes me a non-customer for Burger Bueno. Anyplace not hospitable enough to give you a little extra sauce or dressing without charging for it is too cheap to attract my business.


John1073
John1073

Burguesa just bit the dust in Denton. 

Kaia Vilberg
Kaia Vilberg

How can it be both national burger and national salad month?

howlindrew
howlindrew

Wimpy's is definitely off the beaten path & a decent burger. Right down the street from where I grew up & across the street from where I went to school. Another West Dallas legend.

Matt Fulls
Matt Fulls

Glad to see Burger Bueno on the list. It is the best burger in this area, as far as I am concerned. Also glad to see Patty Shack in the comments. Haven't eaten there in a while, but at the time, I considered it the best burger in town.

Lori Lynn Jackson
Lori Lynn Jackson

I LOVE the burger at The Holy Grail, it was a really unexpected treat.

Megan Dodson
Megan Dodson

How is Keller's not on there? They beat Burgerhouse in taste easily.

Marc C. Socolov
Marc C. Socolov

Every month is burger month for COA!!! Oh wait, they'll throw some BBQ or a taco in there sometimes. ZING!!

Jon Jackson
Jon Jackson

Haha it's cool, I just like plugging them cause they are right down the street from me. :-P

Dallas Observer
Dallas Observer

We gave that one a few Best Ofs in the past, so we were going for a little more off the beaten path--but definitely a good one.

askfjd
askfjd

Flaming Burger in Garland!

Jon Jackson
Jon Jackson

Lee Harvey's isn't on this list? HAHA, what a fail. Not only one of he best burgers in Dallas, but it's way off the beaten path. SMH. Fail..fail...fail....

Michael Sauer
Michael Sauer

dairyette has literally the best burger/fries basket in dallas. just do it

ManAboutTown
ManAboutTown

Should go try out Yesterday's in Bridgeport! They have a pretty good char-broiled burger & Cheddar Fries that are sure to please!

kbryson1976
kbryson1976

Looks like Mixed-Up Burgers should've made the Off the Beaten Path burger places !!! Lots of talk and their rep proceeds them.  Soon this place WILL be known for the BEST BURGER !!!

gabe48
gabe48

Kellers is a very good "off the beaten path" burger, and go Sat. night to see the old vintage, classic cars, Hot Rods, some really COOL cars.

gabe48
gabe48

Off the beaten path would have to be Del's in Richardson, except their fries are frozen, not fresh hand cut.  Burgers are cooked over charcoal, good flavor.

shoppingshanda
shoppingshanda

Chop House Burgers in Arlington is awesome !! It even got the attention of that show on TLC "Diners, Dives, and Drive Ins" last year. My family is hooked :)

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

The Holy Grail's burger recipe was taken directly from the Knight's Templar cook book published in 1146AD.

 

I found a copy on eBay.

sschmitz54
sschmitz54

No Club Schmitz?  What the heck!

 

GorgeousGeorge
GorgeousGeorge

Boots Burger is unreal.  Absolutely fantastic.  Get the double double with spicy relish.  The best burger in Rockwall has got to be either Boots or at Bin 303.

Jennie Harding
Jennie Harding

Tried Boots for the first time last week. Very good burger & that hot relish is awesome. Kellers is still my favorite. :-)

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

Patty Shack ya'll, give it a whirl, 2 locations now, the orginal on ave k in G.P. and the new one at grand prarie muni airport

scokill
scokill

Dairyette is definitely off the beaten path and is good...just wen there this past weekend.

danielslauren
danielslauren

 @sschmitz54 Ah man! I suck. We heart Club Schmitz here at the Observer... We'll make it right soon. 

todd
todd

 @danielslauren  @lenorisdavis LOL, Wingfield's is not off the beaten path but Burger House (Hillcrest in Snyder Plaza) and Holy Grail (Preston Rd. in Plano) are!  BTW, Del's Charcoal Burgers in Richardson. 

 

 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

 @Mervis  @ScottsMerkin doh, I forgot about that.  Any word behind the reasoning of name change i.e. got sued or used a trademarked name

todd
todd

 @lenorisdavis  @danielslauren Disagree.  The phrase "off the beaten path" indicates something that is isolated. Regardless of how long it has been since I've been to Beckley and Illinois, I dare say it is not isolated.   

lenorisdavis
lenorisdavis

 @todd  @danielslauren If you live north of the Trinity, Wingfield's is off the beaten path.  Any body been down Beckley and Illinois lately?

danielslauren
danielslauren

 @lenorisdavis Well, they're silly if they don't. Do you have any other suggestions? We're always looking... 

danielslauren
danielslauren

 @Nictacular  @ScottsMerkin  @Mervis Yeah, someone else said they had rights over that name. Then I think they got storm damage. They also had "Groupon damage," according a friend of mine. I need to go back also. 

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