12 Off-The-Beaten-Path Burgers in North Texas
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 (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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
6248 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX
2610 S. Peachtree Road, Mesquite, TX
3001 Knox St., Dallas, TX
8240 Preston Road, Plano, TX
13021 Coit Road, Dallas, TX