Our expert guide to the best burgers in The Woodlands
Best Burgers in The Woodlands
We love a great burger. Perhaps the most American of all foods, burgers can range from the simple and classic to an elaborate chef-created work of art. Lots of places offer burgers; we’ve done the legwork, eaten a bunch of burgers, and are here to report on the best we’ve found around The Woodlands.
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Updated September 2018
Looking for a big, well-prepared burger without breaking the bank? Jax has you covered. This locally-owned restaurant chain specializes in half-pound burgers cooked the traditional way on a flat griddle. Execution is very good; the thick, juicy burgers are consistent and flavorful. Other options include third-pound burgers and an exceptional crispy chicken sandwich.
Jax has expanded from one location to several, and the quality has been maintained. Families and little league teams flock to Jax for a great burger at a great price, and it’s become a part of our regular burger rotation.
Burgers and Sandwiches | College Park
Chef-driven restaurants are rare in The Woodlands, but Chef Austin Simmons demonstrates how successful they can be. Formerly known as Hubbell & Hudson Bistro, TRIS features innovative cuisine, and everything from the outstanding burgers to the most elaborate entree shows the kind of attention to detail that is the hallmark of a great restaurant. Chef Austin has the uncanny knack of combining diverse and unique ingredients into dishes that surprise and delight, while maintaining the integrity of the cuisine. Steaks are also a strength; prime, of course, but Akaushi Texas Wagyu and in-house dry aged cuts are offered as well, and Japanese A5 (Miyazaki) is available for the true connoisseur.
TRIS has a bit of a split personality. Upscale and slightly formal at dinner, much more casual at lunch. Happy hour is a great time to sample different dishes (including that incredible burger); the well-priced list of offerings is the perfect way to begin your night out.
American, Burgers, Seafood, and Steaks | Waterway
Happy Hour, Outdoor Dining, and Private Room
Mesquite is the thing at this popular Houston-based burger chain. Thick, beefy burgers grilled on an open mesquite flame carry the wood’s distinctive flavor, and keep hungry locals coming back for more. The menu goes beyond burgers; it may be the only place in Texas where you can order a mesquite-grilled ribeye steak through the drive-through. (Please don’t eat it in traffic.)
Tucked away in the Grogan’s Mill Village Center, the inviting restaurant boasts wrap-around decks and even hidden tables beside Lake Harrison. Counter service is friendly and efficient.
Burgers | Grogan's Mill
Craft Burger serves delicious gourmet burgers from a food truck located conveniently at Deacon Baldy’s food truck park. Helmed by Chopped Champion and Houston native Chef Shannen Tune, they combine locally-sourced beef and produce into big, juicy burgers that demonstrate Chef Tune’s focus on the details.
The toughest thing at Craft Burger is deciding which to order. Purists gravitate towards the All American, featuring two big patties, and high quality American cheese. The more adventurous may be drawn to the Truffle Butter Juicy Lucy (shaved truffles, cheese curds), the Craft Burger (smoked Gouda and tomato jam), or even one of the non-burger options. Finishing the meal with one of the delicious Maple Bacon Bourbon milkshakes (non-alcoholic) is never a bad idea.
Burgers | 1488 West
We love the patio at Del Frisco’s Grille; the view over the lake is perhaps the best in The Woodlands. The food satisfies too; from the legendary Del Frisco steaks, to the enticing flatbreads, cheesesteak egg rolls (believe us, it works), and well executed entrees. At lunch, we’re especially fond of the Grille Prime Cheeseburger, a double-patty creation worthy of any burger lover’s attention.
The well-trained staff anticipates patrons’ needs and provides excellent service. Chef Brian McNamara serves up outstanding specials; call ahead to see what magic he’s worked today.
American, Burgers, and Steaks | Hughes Landing
Outdoor Dining and Private Room
Gourmet burgers cooked over a wood grill are the centerpiece at Fielding’s Wood Grill, the original member of the Fielding’s family of restaurants. Founder Cary Attar sweats the details, and believes in making everything in-house, from the custom grind of 44 Ranch Beef to the house cured bacon. Culinary Director Edel Goncalves takes these ingredients and creates unique burgers that keep the regulars coming back for more. The appeal of Fielding’s extends past the burgers; a very popular weekend brunch features creative spins on brunch classics, and the bartenders pull mugs from a great selection of locally brewed beers when they’re not slinging craft cocktails. Service is brisk and efficient; an iPad bar keeps the kids busy while the parents kick back.
American and Burgers | Research East
Families, friends, and sports teams flock to Fuddruckers for their big burgers (ranging from large 1/3 lb to humongous 2/3 lb) served on fresh baked buns. An expansive interior allows kids room to roam, but unlike many kid-friendly places, adults aren’t penalized by substandard food. Fudd’s has been serving great burgers to the Woodlands for decades, and there’s a reason they’ve stuck around so long.
Burgers and Sandwiches | Grogan's Mill
Towering custom burgers are on the menu at Grub Burger Bar, the Texas-based chain that foodies have grown very fond of. Skip your basic cheeseburger and go with one of the gourmet creations; the monthly specials are also often well worth trying. Save room for a milkshake; both the PG-rated and the boozy versions are very good. Fast casual service, but your food is delivered to the table, and you probably won’t see your server after that.
Burgers, Salads, and Sandwiches | Research East
Fast casual meets upscale cuisine at The Kitchen, the laid-back cousin of the award-winning Tris. Don’t let the counter service fool you; Chef Austin Simmons has created a serious menu full of creative dishes. We’re especially fond of the Greek Chicken and the Dinner Steak Omelette. Burgerphiles love the Kitchen as well; Chef Austin knows his burgers. Breakfast/Brunch is another don’t miss; the etherial croissant-based Biscuits & Gravy may be the best breakfast item around. Wine drinkers rejoice… the Kitchen sells wine at retail prices (not restaurant prices) so you can get a great bottle for as little as $10. Carefully curated craft beer selection. Service surprises for fast casual, GM Austen Goodwin and his team are raising the bar in this segment.
(Formerly Hubbell & Hudson Kitchen)
American, Burgers, Salads, and Sandwiches | Research East
Outside the Bubble
Spring gets a great new breakfast and lunch option from Ray Aker, the mind behind Q-Shi. Qomfort serves up breakfast classics and unique specialties, like Chef Jonathan Branch’s beautifully executed Creole shrimp ‘n’ grits and the addictive Bread Pudding Waffles, served with Butter Maple Bourbon syrup, no less. Lunch options range from burgers to creative sandwiches, and the full breakfast menu is still available.
Breakfast and lunch only; closes at 2:30pm.
American, Breakfast, Burgers, and Sandwiches | Outside the Bubble: Spring