Dallas' Burger House Listed as One of the Best Burgers in America

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Oh, just admit it. A national holiday is just two days away, which means you're just one day away from an early departure from the office, and a whole lot of booze and a farmer's tan. I'll bet most of you've even put in notice to take Friday off, placing you on the precipice of four solid days away from your labor -- a notable vacation.

Don't act like you're plugged in over there with your spreadsheet and your gantt charts idling in the background. You're just looking for a distraction, which makes Thrillist's release of a national burger list just before a national holiday a stroke of greasy genius.

Don't act righteous. I can hear some of you now grumbling, "Ugh, another burger list. These blogs with their burger lists." But then you will click the link and you will look at the burger porn, solidifying today's lunch plans. You will do this because burger porn is just as compelling as real porn, and it also SFW. You will also take a peek because local burger mainstay Burger House has made the cut, and you enjoy when old favorites are celebrated.

Burger House is not new to recognition. The restaurant earned a Critic's Pick Best Of here at the Observer in 2007, and a Reader's Pick in the same year. It has won best french fries multiple years, and when was the last time you saw a restaurant brag about an award from the Dallas Times Herald? While franchises have started springing up, the original Burger House has been around for more than 60 years now. Go celebrate a classic.

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Jack's Burger House

6913 Hillcrest Ave., Dallas, TX

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Twinwillow
Twinwillow

We used to go to the original BH on Hillcrest quite often back in the seventies. That was long before the current crop of gourmet style burgers came on the scene. The one thing we loved that always stood out was that wonderful seasoning Jack Koustabourdis (sic?) sprinkled on the fries. Back then we also enjoyed the burgers at Adel's on Maple Avenue and Keller's drive-in on NW Hwy.

Natalie Baum Davis
Natalie Baum Davis

Reminds me we ate low on BH seasoning...it is a staple at our house. If you haven't partaken, you are missing out.

Jordan Davis
Jordan Davis

Thank you all for your opinions; however, they are wrong. BH is a classic thin patty burger. The fries manage to top virtually every fry in the fast casual space, especially the lousy BK, Wendy's, and In-n-Out.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

My recollection is that the Greeks who ran BH circa 1981 sold out to an unrelated group. The new owners changed one of the signature burger toppings, a slaw of carrots and other vegetables. It is still one of the city's best thin style burgers and the patio is a nice place to enjoy it.

Michael Sauer
Michael Sauer

bullshit, ate at the original one the other day and was sadly disappointed. this place has gone way downhill and is now equivalent to a Burger King, actually BK is better. but for some actual dank burgers you can hit up JGs on Greenville or Angry Dog in Deep Ellum or Dairyette (probably the best burgersin TX but i totally forgot where it's actually located)

CitizenKane
CitizenKane

The food at BH is too salty............. 

Chet Lane
Chet Lane

Chili Cheeseburger Wednesday FTW!

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

I feel like Lot's wife when I eat there.

Gary Mitchell
Gary Mitchell

They are good but I can't wait to try a Twisted Root burger. A new one opening soon in Carrollton at belt line and 35.

fishfry
fishfry

  Never intended to be a franchise. Not alot has changed since the early 60's at the original on Hillcrest. Just a business for a guy from Greece, who wouldn't drive, trying to raise a family in U.P. 

Burgers have evolved but the Burger House stays the same, except for the price. I remember when they 35cents.  

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

Burger house is good, Jake's is better........"Cain't" go wrong with Kellers-anytime you can sit in, or on a vehicle, and have a nice beera, that's nice. The only places better in Texas to enjoy a burger:

-By the river, and if you ask which river, may you get struck by lightning.  There is only one river in Texas, thank you.

-North Padre, past the Holiday Inn.

-Marfa

-Big Bend

-Guadalupe Mountains

-Palo Duro Canyon

-Caddo


Lemmonheader
Lemmonheader

Funny how this burger debate stirs up so much bickering. I like Burger House, my parents took me to the one on Hillcrest when I was a kid. It tastes the same now as it did then and probably even since the 50s or 60s. Nothing wrong with that. It's a simple, old-fashioned burger. Good fries and malts. What's so complicated?

Attempting at comparing it to Off-Site, The Grape, while awesome in their own right, or any other new-age, gourmet-style burger is completely erroneous. You should be flogged.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

How did Burger House get on the list but Griffs is never mentioned?

Robert Hight
Robert Hight

This is correct. Burger house dominates its foes along every taste dimension.

JSSS
JSSS

Burger House would have my vote for the worst burger list.  Blech!

dallas_paul
dallas_paul

Do you ever proofread/spellcheck your articles, Mr. Writer? Do they actually pay you for this content?

MisterMean
MisterMean

One of my favorite burgers is Burger House.  Love their fires too.

erik.dickison
erik.dickison

There's a reason they closed down out here in Rockwall after only a few months....they were horrible!  Give me Offsite, Goodfriend, Jake's or Country Burger any day!

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

Always been my favorite. I remember the days with Jack himself making the burgers.

Oxtail
Oxtail

Prior to the "Burger Wars," launched by Tex Monthly naming Brian Luscher's Burger from the Grape as the best burger in Texas, I'd say The Burger House was the best. It was doing the best burger for decades. Hell my grandfather used to eat at the counter and chat with 'ol Jack when he was alive. But the standard was raised and now there are so many better quality places in town. But I still say The Burger House is a Dallas icon and deserves respect, plus the price ain't bad at all compared to places like Goodfriend.  And those people who don't like Jack's original seasoning?...da'fuh?

punkindrublic
punkindrublic

twoallbeefpattiesspecialsaucelettucecheesepicklesonionasesameseedbunandajarofpickledeggstwelvepacofschltz

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

Correct spelling for Jack Koustoubardis. 

FreewheelinFranklin
FreewheelinFranklin

@Michael Sauer  Ferguson Rd. just south of Casa View. "Dank"? Really?

mdd0124
mdd0124

@Gary Mitchell Twisted is a solid burger, but it's overrated.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@fishfry 


And this is true with most places that expand without a vision; look at Sonny Bryan's.  The shack has some GOOD vittles, but go to an outpost, and the meal can be horrific. And then you can do everything right ala Jakes in Plano, and the demographic doesn't get it. 

Joshstruckoutagain
Joshstruckoutagain

Alamo Springs Cafe, just outside of Fburg...about 200 feet from the smallest state park in the Great state!!  (Just sayin!)

Billman
Billman

@kergo1spaceship I'd seriously like to know which river you're referring to Kergs. I assume the Guadalupe. I like the Frio when it's flowin and the Comal. Then again, hell, are you talkin' bout the Rio Grande?

yoka
yoka

@everlastingphelps I used to love Griffs!  They held a high quality/cost standard for a long time.  Haven't had them in quite a while though; I don't know how they fare now.  

I love the cheeseburgers at the Char Bar, with all that melting shredded cheddar.

markzero
markzero

@erik.dickison Country Burger! I miss the one that was on Campbell down the road from UTD in the 70s, and I think there was one on Plano Road in Garland, too. Did not know they were still around. Those were the best burgers for breakfast, too. :)


edit: I also need to add that we liked Jake's when they first opened up their Lake Highlands location, but for the last couple of years their burgers have often been very dry. Kind of an odd complaint, but there it is.

Daniel
Daniel

@Oxtail Agreed that "sentimental favorite" is a legit category (see also: Goff's), but BH's fries are inedible.

Should have included Goodfriend in my "top honors" list, but I guess I was thinking of counter service joints. Should there be two categories?

todd
todd

@Oxtail I would like the seasoning better if it were applied to french fries that appeared to be fried.   I'm sure they are immersed in hot oil, but not for very long.  A little browning and crisp would go a long way in improving the BH experience.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

@Joshisbackonthecopenhagen  

Try the Burton Cafe in Burton, you will like it a lot.  Save room for dessert.


kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@Billman

Sir Please......when I refer to the River as The River, it ONLY could mean the Guadalupe.  The Frio is ok, like you said, if it's flowing. The Perdeneles is nice, but,The River is The River, sir.   Now, the Rio Grande in New Mexico-spectacular; but the RG in Texas is a dump, replete with dead bodies and floating islands of green algae.  Now, the RG in the canyons is nice, but I choose to to be kidnapped by a drug lord, and decapitated. 

Oxtail
Oxtail

@Daniel @Oxtail I say 3 categories: 

"Corporate joints" -(McDonalds, In n Out, Whataburger, etc.), 

"Favorites"- (Kellers, Dairyete, Burger House, etc.)

Chef Driven -(Goodfriend, Maple & Motor, Hoppdoddy, Grape, etc.)

ps- The fries at BH on Hillcrest are better than on Mockingbird and I might admit that Jack's Secret spice has gotten a bit saltier through the years.

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