I came across https://madison.com/lifestyles/food-and-cooking/regional-burger-secrets-from-around-the-us/collection_f9d975ab-2d1c-50f7-b71a-77c6e45272b4.html these 14 burger styles by chance and found them interesting. Most of them I knew already but a few were new to me, and I can even make the rare claim that I’ve eaten at one of the places featured (Pete’s in Prairie du Chien).
I m hesitant to proclaim a bierock a member of the hamburger family, forget being a specific regional item.
And they ignore Onion burgers in Oklahoma in favor of some unknown currently fashionable thing!
And what about Maid-Rites/Nu-Ways
The Theta burger is NOT made with bbq sauce. It’s a hickory sauce that’s more the consistency of a cocktail sauce. It can be purchased on the Johnnie’s Charcoal Broiler website.
The Travelin Man
They look like they need to add quite a few more photos.
14 regional burgers
Texas monthly had i think last year or early this year, a burger on the front cover. They did an article about hamburgers in the state of Texas. Anyhow, saw about this place, called Alamo Springs Cafe, way out in the boondocks , north of San Antonio, around the Comfort- Waring area. It sits on the Old San Antonio trail . Years ago there was a railroad called the Fredricksburg Northern RaiL Road. It ran north from San Antonio upwards through the Hill Country. The tunnel for the railroad is now a state natural area and park. The road you take is paved and winds through the Hill Country, and along the way you can see evidence of the former RR. The road climbs through the hills and if i recall you pass through a few ghost towns like Bankersmith,etc. At the top of the hill sits this restaurant. The area was once known as Alamo Springs, but it never truly developed as a town or resort area.They are supposed to have really good burgers. They have a deal were if you eat their 4 or 5 patty burger with I think a pound of fries in say 30 minutes, you get it for free. Maybe if things die down I’ll drive up there and check it out.They do have a website.
The article is not much better than click-bait, which is everywhere these days, isn’t it. Oh well, I seem to have lots of time on my hands these days and I ain’t going anywhere anytime soon.
I agree the bierock shouldn’t be on the list – if that’s a burger then so is an empanada, maybe even a steamed bun filled with meat in Chinatown.
I’ve had the green chile burger in NM (and numerous places here), the onion burger in El Reno (yeah, I think it should have been on the list) and here, Jucy Lucy’s, Pimiento Burgers, butter burgers (ahem, Culver’s) here; does that count???
I wonder if, maybe owing to the explosion of foodie media in this century, including this site, some of these are widely known outside the regions where they originated and no longer really just regional?
The Texas Monthly article mentioned was August 2016. Here’s a link to that section – for those needing some reading material.
The top place is/was in San Antonio. # 5, Hub Cap Grill in Houston, the location mentioned, downtown on Prairie, has closed permanently, but at least one other location (the Heights) is open that I know of. Many of Ricky Craig’s creations are too bizarre for me but I like the Frito Pie burger. That location was an iconic Roadfood type facility – an old lunch counter in a stand-alone tiny building that dated to the 20s I think and only sat 11.
Bernie’s Burger Bus locations have all closed; they were expanding constantly since their initial success as a food truck (uh, bus) and had just opened a sixth location as I recall. They used up all their capital reserves according to the owner and only lasted a few weeks into the Covid-19 shutdown. He says they’re not coming back.
The piece on Hall of Fame places will probably be the one that is most interesting to Roadfooders and Roadfooders will probably be familiar with them all. I’ve eaten at Dirty’s in Austin, Kinkaid in FW and, of course, Langford, here (many times.
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