2013 Guide to Good Eats: Best Burgers

It's Burger-Time and here are the must haves!
It’s Burger-Time and here are the must haves!

By Steven Doyle

Best Burgers
Maple & Motor Burger continues to top all the best burger charts. The smallish burger restaurant also serves up a tiny menu consisting of burgers made in every known fashion using a blend of top ground beef and brisket for added flavor. It also offers fried bologna sandwiches, and a mean yardbird. Bonus points for the shakes and the amazing chili that can top most anything, 4810 Maple Ave., Dallas.

Dairy-ette has been serving homemade burgers and shakes for the past 55 years. It also takes great pride in mixing up its own house root beer. Look for rock-solid greasy cheeseburgers at this epic diner, 4785 Ferguson Rd., Dallas.

Off-Site Kitchen is operated by the same fellow who throws down at one of several Neighborhood Services around Dallas. The very small restaurant shines on the map serving what owner Nick Badovinus calls ‘light industrial food.’ Call it what you will, it is the best burger in Dallas to date, 2226 Irving Blvd., Dallas.

Wingfield’s Breakfast and Burgers is located in Oak Cliff in a precarious position that might not lend itself to anything but this magnificent and enormous burger. A single with a side of fries can easily weigh in at more than a pound. The otherwise forgettable fries are kicked up with the essence of bacon which they cook up in the deep fryer. 2615 S. Beckley, Dallas.

Adair’s Saloon is home to the half-pound no frills burger that has been made the same way since before your father was allowed to drink a Lone Star beer. Now you can do both and rock to some really good bands from around the Dallas area, 2624 Commerce, Dallas.

The Grape tops most lists in Dallas and Texas Monthly magazine raved about its burger which is sold only on Sunday and Monday. Look for a really tasty chef-driven burger topped with house-made bacon and its own mustard. It really is good, 2808 Greenville Ave., Dallas.

Good Friend Burger and Beer Garden is home to some pretty spectacular burgers made many, many ways. The best might be the one with the added slices of brisket. Who knew burgers could taste so swell? Come for the burgers but  stay for the killer selection of craft beer, 1154 Peavy Rd., Dallas.