Lazy Dog has an extensive kitchen-sink menu including seven different burgers, plus a separate menu just for dogs. Skip the burgers and go for the apps.
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A glass case of hand-cut steaks greeting you at the door, a tableside bucket of peanuts in the shell, the occasional yee-haw rising up from a far corner of the restaurant: what's not to love about Texas Roadhouse? Well, as it turns out, the burgers.
This Austin burger chain specializes in burgers made with all natural, vegetarian-fed, hormone- and antibiotic-free angus beef. They also offer several options for those avoiding red meat.
The Longhorn Cafe is serving up some classic cheeseburgers that are darn good.
If you're open to toppings like fig jam, Buffalo mozzarella, and balsamic vinegar syrup, by all means, give the burgers at Eureka! a go.
You may not consider Waffle House a burger place, but I submit that theirs is actually better and a much better bargain than what the clown, the king, and the pigtailed girl are handing out. Hot, steamy, melty, with real grease dripping off of it—this is fast food without everything that makes fast-food cringeworthy.
A mid-scale restaurant chain offers up a solid burger at a reasonable price.
Next time I go to Famous Dave's I'll stick to barbecue and tried-and-true sides. Unless you really can't decide between a burger or barbecue, I suggest doing the same.
The our-burgers-are-so-extreme-that-we-have-to-serve-them-with-a-steak-knife-plunged-through-the-center schtick is way overdone, but on my next visit to Wild Wing Cafe, there's a very good chance I'll do another burger.
Gordon Biersch promises "world class cuisine" and burgers that are "more than you can hold in your hands," but the reality? Not so much.
The Hickory Burger has a smidge of barbecue sauce...and a gigantic mound of cheddar. But it's the House-Made Veggie Burger that has inspired legions of fans.
Tony Roma's may be "famous for ribs," but they've also got a decent burger game, including lean bison burgers and their Steakhouse Burger with cabernet demi-glace, Havarti, and rosemary bacon.
Even if you lube your appetite up with a few pints of beer, there's no way you're going to be able to choke down these burgers.
Maid-Rite is all about the loose meat sandwich, an interesting regional take on a hamburger that should be experienced at least once.
Luna Grill uses grass-fed beef in their burgers, but top-notch produce and spicy hummus aren't enough to save a patty that's poorly executed and an oversized bun.
In San Diego, you should also be able to rely on a locally-born chain to crank out a decent burger. Burgers, beer, and fish tacos are the cornerstones of the local food scene. Admittedly, I didn't roll into The Broken Yolk prepared to be blown away, but I was surprised how royally they botched both burgers.
LongHorn's Black and Bleu burger offers a welcome one-two punch. The rich and creamy melted blue cheese has some serious tang to it, with the beef to hold its own, thanks to LongHorn's 7-pepper seasoning, which completely encrusts the patty and provides a super spicy kick that you'll still feel on your tongue hours later.
The Capital Grille has a pretty good steakhouse rep here in Milwaukee and, from what I can tell, at their other locations as well. Too bad their signature cheeseburger made of ground sirloin, bacon, and sweet onion fell flat on its face.
One burger was solid, if unspectacular, but a chain offering I'd be ok with recommending. The other tasted like good intentions. And fish.
Joe's Crab Shack may be known for their big buckets and platters of shellfish, but there are also two burgers on the menu, which are surprisingly decent for a place that's focused on fish (though nowhere near exceptional).