San Antonio, TX – Texas is known for its beef. It doesn’t take an expert to know that exceptional beef leads to great burgers. San Antonio is one of the places where you can find the best burgers in the land. Whether your preference is for a simple, dry cheeseburger, the works, or something particularly peculiar, these ten burger spots will be sure to satisfy your burger craving.
San Antonio Burger
8440 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio, TX 78229
Inconspicuously located in a shopping center off “Fred Road” in the medical center, San Antonio Burger keeps it simple and gives you options. In addition to traditional hamburgers and cheeseburgers, they also have hatch green chile and mushroom and swiss options. You can also opt for the Patty Melt “San Antonio Style”, served on rye bread with grilled onions, grilled jalapeños, and pepper jack cheese.
Babe’s Old Fashioned Food
9207 Huebner Rd, San Antonio, TX 78240
Locally owned and operated since 1987, Babe’s Old Fashioned Food serves made-from-scratch everything. Those seeking a burger made with the freshest ingredients needn’t go any further than Huebner Rd. to get their fix. Choose from six hamburger options, including all of the usual suspects, plus chili and guacamole cheeseburgers, and bring your appetite.
1900 Blanco Rd, San Antonio, TX 78212
After graduating college in 1977, Chris Madrid made his way back to San Antonio to open this legendary local restaurant. Ask anyone in town where they can get a great burger, and Chris Madrid’s is sure to be on the list. Try everyone’s favorite, the Cheddar Cheesy, the restaurant’s special, the Tostada Burger, or keep it classic with the Old Fashioned. Once you’ve tried the food, you’ll be singing its praises like a local.
Food Truck – St. Mary’s Strip
Brother to its sister chicken spot, Cullum’s Attagirl, Attaboy specializes in finger-licking burgers. The buns are freshly baked, and the meat is hand ground, giving the overall experience an extra boost. Walk up to this beefy wonder at its usual spot in front of Small Planet eBikes, and select from their Bacon Cheeseburger, Burger du Jour/Noir, and Veggie Patty for a good time and a great meal.
Food Truck – St. Mary’s Strip
This one is for adults only. Making an appearance every Sunday at Little Death Wine Bar, Pumpers is known as an “adult burger store.” Launched by Stefan Bowers, San Antonio chef at Rebelle, Battalion, and others, this gem is no fuss, all fun. Start with the Pumpers #1, which has two patties plus the works on a toasted bun, and work your way down the list. You won’t regret it.
403 Blue Star #105, San Antonio, TX 78204
Another hit from Chef Johnny Hernandez, Burgerteca, blends the traditional style of an American burger with culinary details and traditions that are inherently part of Mexican culture. Step outside of the box and choose the Oaxaca, a beef patty paired with mole negro, black beans, pickled red onions, avocado, and queso fresco; or go with the Al Pastor, a beef patty with al pastor seasoning, grilled pineapple, tomatillo ketchu[, manchego cheese, onion, cabbage, and cilantro.
Sam’s Burger Joint
330 E Grayson St, San Antonio, TX 78215
Located in central San Antonio off Broadway near the Pearl, Sam’s Burger Joint and Music Hall features live music, comedy nights, and other events in addition to darn good burgers. Go for your usual favorite, or dare to order the BigUn Monster, a 1-pound burger only meant for serious burger lovers. As a bonus and nice extra touch, every bun is branded (literally) with their logo.
2926 N St Mary’s St, San Antonio, TX 78212
This kid-friendly beer garden provides craft beer and drinks for adults, a play area for kids, and some of the most creative (and tasty) burgers you’ll ever encounter. The Feta, Cranberry, Candied Bacon Burger is a salty-sweet must – plus, it was featured on the “Texas Bucket List”, and the Fried Avocado Burger should also make it to your table’s order. They also offer stuffed burgers with the works – you have to see it to believe it.
13247 Bandera Rd, Helotes, TX 78023
Bob Sfalos is known to answer “salt and pepper” when asked what he puts on Bobby J’s Old Fashioned Burgers’ burgers, but the great taste lies in the secret technique used by him and his team. Starting a burger place on Bandera Rd’s stretch in Helotes was risky, but it paid off. Bobby J’s is now known as one of the best burgers in town, hands down. Choose from one of 17 burgers, including the Pizza Burger, Hungry Texas (1-pound), and Mighty Godzilla (5-pounds), and allow 15-20 minutes to get it, as every burger is made to order.
11255 Huebner Rd #212, San Antonio, TX 78230
Known for their impressively long list of beers and plates on the ceiling – ask about being a Beerknurd – the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium also has delectable burgers. There’s something for everyone, from traditionalists to vegetarians and everything in between with the Saucer, Turkey, Bleu, and Hippie Burgers.
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