17 Off-the-Beaten-Path Burgers in North Texas

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CoppellDeli's cheeseburger
We first rounded up North Texas' off-the-beaten-path burgers almost a year ago, in an effort to provide some fun alternatives to the city's go-to spots -- the Twisted Roots and Off-Sites and Maple and Motors of the world. But this is a fluid situation, people. So, for your Labor Day festivities (or lack thereof), we've updated our list from last year with a few new additions. If you've found something we should know about, let us know.

Coppell Deli
Coppell Deli in Coppell (449 W. Bethel Road) is an ode to old-school Cowboys that looks more like a convenience store than a restaurant -- although they're building a new spot next door, so that might soon change. This laid back neighborhood spot serves up a well-seasoned burger that will please the purists, and there's always the classic Reuben and the breakfast sandwich that might kill you.

See also: The 11 Best Cheeseburgers in Dallas

Peace Burger
Peace Burger (1212 William D. Tate Ave.) is an offshoot of the adjacent Baja Mex Grill, which is owned by the same group. The burgers are a bit brash here, like the namesake Peace Burger with poblano peppers, jalapeños, Monterey jack and guacamole. The Cowboy has bacon, cheddar, fried egg and pico. The Macho has chorizo, onion strings, cheese and avocado. Oh, and did we mention the carne asada fries? Or the chori-nachos? Tater tots with chili con queso? Oh, and a full bar.

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Pollo Regio
Pollo Regio
Pollo Regio is spreading their chicken wings across the metroplex, luring drivers in with waves of smoke carrying that wonderful perfume of fire on meat. Usually people go here for a burger alternative, but they also have an insane burger, as demonstrated above. It's served on a torta-like bun and comes with a slice of grilled ham atop the patty. This is a two-person burger. Wear a bib.

Simply Burgers
Simply Burgers' original spot in north Arlington closed a while back, but they've since moved and expanded to four nicer locations (although that's a relative term; all their spots are basically in strip centers). No matter. Juicy, well-seasoned patties between toasted buttery buns are what we go there for. The burgers come will all the basic treatments -- hickory, jalapeño, guacamole, mushroom, bacon and chili -- and they also have turkey and salmon patties. The place is pretty straightforward -- not a lot of bells and whistles, but consistently friendly, well-run and the food is great.

Griff's Hamburgers
Griff's (715 E. Irving Blvd.) is homage to a bygone age. After more than 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 overcooked greasy, thin patties served sans apologies. There are other locations at 1050 S. Buckner Blvd., 2150 N. Jupiter and few other North Texas spots.

Location Info

Coppell Deli

449 W. Bethel Road, Coppell, TX

Category: Restaurant

Lee Harvey's

1807 Gould St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

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

Burguesa Burger

710 Fort Worth Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Holy Grail Pub

8240 Preston Road, Plano, TX

Category: Restaurant

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47 comments
Apocalypse
Apocalypse

Still wondering why I don't see Denton County Independent Hamburger...I staple for 30 years.

buckir
buckir

What The Varsity Grill in Lake Highlands? It made Thrillist's 8-Dallas "Under-The Radar" Burger Joints a couple of weeks ago! Awesome burgers and a great Turkey Burger too!!

zascavage
zascavage

Have you ever tried Dutch's right across the street from TCU in Fort Worth? Best burger ever!

MarioM
MarioM

If you don't know about "Wingfield's"  on Beckley you don't know anything about North Texas burgers.


Felicia
Felicia

Boots is not in anyone's backyard. It is in a house and been there since 1969.

Guest
Guest

No Dell's in Richardson? I'm surprised. 

ookamikagegingetsu
ookamikagegingetsu

How come no one ever mentions the Texas Panhandle when they talk about North Texas. They call us West Texas, but we're far more north than Dallas-Fort Worth. And Amarillo and Lubbock has plenty of good home-grown restaurants, especially burger joints. We're the real North Texas.

mdd0124
mdd0124

Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe in Plano. :-(

gabe48
gabe48

The wood grilled burger at Rathbun's Blue Plate Kitchen in Preston Center, has the best flavor of any burger in Dallas, EVEN though it is not off the beaten path.  Their fresh cut fries with sea salt are "deadly".

The_triplefake_Brandon_Eley
The_triplefake_Brandon_Eley

Besides Boots and One Stop, none of these sound all that far off the beaten path.  Try  Burger Fixins in Celina.  Just a few blocks west of Preston Rd, so not too difficult to find.   

Henry8thIamIam
Henry8thIamIam

Boots Burger is the best greasy brown bag to be found.  Kids who spent the 90's growing up in Rockwall going to Old Timer's & Boots Burger know what I'm talkin about. 

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

if Holy Grail can be considered off-the-path then i'll plug this one again, the burger at Jaxx steakhouse in Addison.

Mervis
Mervis

Peace Burger Dive Bar is fun. Good burger for $6. Stiff drinks. Decent selection of craft beer that they change out frequently. Plus cheap fizzy yellow pours if that is your thing. Fannie and Fernando are great bartenders.

Matt A Hale
Matt A Hale

At least the list included Peace Burger. Highly underrated and the best $5 Hamburgers you can get. The vegetarian burger is even great.

Barry Kooda
Barry Kooda

So what definition of "beaten path " are we using? Slightly off track of chain burger joints, full on machete hacking through the undergrowth or something else? All of these are pretty mainstream to me but I like trails more than paths. Hideout Burgers in Midlothian, although located in a strip mall is off most people's path as is Burger Bar in Cleburne, the smallest burger joint I've ever seen, although the burgers are pretty standard, the novelty of a 200 sq ft burger joint that has seating for six inside is pretty novel. I made my first trip to Daryette this week and, although it's been on most everyone else's path since 1956, it was a pleasant surprise for me.

Dub Maines
Dub Maines

And by "Off-the-Beaten-Path" you meant? Good burgers, but almost all are right in the big middle of everything and well-known. You've got four outside of 635, and three of those are barely out!

Rhonda Reddick
Rhonda Reddick

Griff's has changed the building quite a bit ... they just reopened recently after pretty much a complete rebuild. And too bad you missed Big State Drug just up the street from Griff's.

Gary Morrow
Gary Morrow

Try Vernon's Grille/Gastropub in Addison and their new 50/50 Burger. Consists of equal parts smoked bacon and top sirloin freshly ground together onsite. Served on a bun from nearby La Spiga Bakery.

barrykooda
barrykooda

Burger Bar in Cleburne is worth checking out for the novelty alone.

Jeremy Simmons
Jeremy Simmons

I would call some of these a stretch as "off the beaten path" If you want a Real off the path burger, head to Herd's Burger in Jacksboro, TX. Jacksboro is about an hour and half west of Denton on 380 (still technically North Texas) Herd's Burger has been around since 1916. They still use the same small grill that was originally used. I've made the trip to Jacksboro numerous times just for a Herd Burger. and not once has it not been worth my time. Arguably the best burger in Texas.

Eli Luna
Eli Luna

Haystack is Richardson next to the Alamo Drafthouse is insane good....not sure what off the beaten path is looking at this list though

Gipson
Gipson

Backed for the Holy Grail listing. Excellent burger. One thing I love about their cheeseburger is that you can select any option from the day's cheese board to put on your burger. They think way outside the American/Cheddar/Swiss box.

happygrrl
happygrrl

I'd back Big Star Burgers in Rowlett  against any of these! And it's within walking distance of our new DART station. :p

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

Heartily endorse Bells.  In fact, even better than the burger is the tacos.  Go as often as you can when they are on special.

These are straight up gringo tacos, crispy yellow shells, greasy spicy beef, lettuce, yellow fake cheese, and hot as hell red salsa.

soopnan
soopnan

Brisket burger at Longoria's BBQ in Fort Worth.

Matt Russell
Matt Russell

I had a ridiculously huge, awesome burger at Red's Burger House last night. It's definitely off the beaten path, but worth the trip. Bacon slices thicker than the patties you get some places...just sayin'.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

Someone is trolling Jack again.  Where is Kergo?  I miss him

Howard Kelley
Howard Kelley

Pretty sure I was the Lee Harvey's commenter. Full disclosure: I work there on Tuesday and pushed the half price thing through. Yay me!

larry.johnsonjr
larry.johnsonjr

I'm guessing Del's Charcoal Burgers in Richardson doesn't count as "Off the beaten path." Cause that would be the only explanation for why they didn't make this list two years in a row.

marileetennant
marileetennant

Pretty sure you have never been to some of these places. For instance Boots is not in anyones backyard and not served out of a "garage like structure". There are plenty of wrong descriptions like this through out. This is a list for list sake.

Felicia
Felicia

Pretty shows you are just guessing and know nothing about restaurant's.

brian.martin
brian.martin

@Jon Pitt corner of Ferguson and Oates...Be sure to get the root beer, house made and served in an icy mug...Its worth the trip just for the root beer, but burgers are old school burgers at their finest!

laurendrewesdaniels
laurendrewesdaniels

@marileetennant we must be talking about different boot's then. How would you describe it? A strip mall? Food court? That's about as residential as one can get. Never a list for lists sake. A list for burgers' sake. 

gabe
gabe

@brian.martin 

Dairyette serves burgers cooked on a griddle in their own fat, with frozen french fries

marileetennant
marileetennant

Boots is a nice house in a neighborhood. No garage in a backyard. Food is cooked in the homes kitchen and passed through a walk up window on front porch. Obviously you have never been but recommend. I now question everything you write.

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