Let's face it. We often crave them and sometimes need a burger in our life. The tender patties dripping with juice, oozing layers of cheese and overflowing toppings that more often than not fall out of the two perfectly toasted buns. The good news is that you don't have to leave the inner loop to enjoy the perfect burger. Ditch the burger quest and hit up these five excellent burger joints the next time you're in Downtown. Full disclosure: these may induce involuntary stomach growling and salivating.
1111 Prairie St.
Hubcap Grill is far from ordinary. Starting with the unique hubcap accents that add a little razzle-dazzle to the exterior of the building, down to their freshly made (never frozen) handcrafted burgers. Specialty items on the menu include the Philly Cheese Steak Burger- made with 1/3 lb. beef patty, thinly sliced rib-eye steak, grilled onions, green bell peppers and Hubcap’s signature mayo sauce; the Cheeto burger (yes, Cheetos)- a ground beef patty topped with cheese puffs & cheese sauce; and the Muffaleta burger. Add a trusty side of freshly-cut fries to your order for extra crispy goodness or opt for the chili cheese fries for an added kick. Did we mention that the cash-only hotspot was named as one of Thrillist's "31 Best Burger Joints in America?" We won't blame you if you start forming a line now, especially since you can only sink your teeth into a delicious Hubcap burger Monday-Saturday from 11-3 pm.
703 St Joseph Pkwy.
If you’re ever in the mood for a classic hamburger with a side of vibrant art, this is the place to be. Burgers are served in single or double stacks with all the regular trimmings tucked in between two warm toasted buns. The 400 sq. ft burger joint also offers coffee, fusion sandwiches, is a huge supporter of Houston's art scene and continuously collaborates with some of the Bayou City's best local artists. The best part is that you can purchase any of the artwork on display!
421 San Jacinto
Plan to make a pit stop at Rachel's Cafe the next time you're in the Historic District. The no-frills, only grills and great ingredients kind of cafe is located in the historic Londale Building and serves an extensive menu of freshly made burgers, fries, sandwiches and salads. Sides will cost you a few extra bucks, but you won't mind sparing the extra cash after taking the first bite. Trust us, you'll leave this burger joint wishing the rest of life's pleasures were that simple.
Christian's Tailgate's award-winning burgers have been shaking up Downtown's burger scene since 2015. Top the juicy patties with fried bacon, jalapenos, mushrooms, or any of the twelve toppings available and indulge in the beef sandwich at the restaurant's diamond plate back bar. Once the major league season comes around, don't expect to watch anything other than sports games on their 40+ big screen TV's and plan to up your socials skills sitting next to the mass of hardcore sports fans.
Where's the Beef?...is one thing you will never say when enjoying a flavorful burger at Bovine & Barley, especially if the B&B 50/50 Burger is on the table. The masterful creation of Angus beef and brisket, sauteed wild mushrooms and onions, covered in melted Swiss, and crispy thick cut jalapeno bacon is a must-try selection on the bar's meat-focused menu. Equally as noticeable are the 42 faucets that line the back of the bar, flowing with different craft beer on tap and the Instagram worthy HTX sign that hangs illuminated on the bar's exposed brick wall.