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Are you looking for the best burger in the Woodlands? We’ve assembled a guide to the restaurants that serve the best burgers we’ve found in the Woodlands area.

Our criteria is simple: Who makes the most delicious burgers? Our guide is based around the Woodlands, but we’ll venture outside the immediate area if a burger is worth the drive… and we found some that are.

In each section, restaurants are listed in alphabetical order; they are not ranked within the section.

(Updated November 2022. Originally published in 2017.)

The Best

The best burgers in the Woodlands area, in alphabetical order

A broad array of modern comfort food in a sleek setting

Black Walnut Cafe

🌟🌟 — Among the best restaurants in the Woodlands area.

🥇 Best American (New)
🥇 Best American (Traditional)
🥇 Best Brunch
🥇 Best Burger
🥈 Recommended Happy Hour
🥈 Recommended Sandwiches
🥈 Recommended Tacos

Black Walnut has always had great burgers, but they’ve recently upped their game even further. Custom grinds (including an antelope blend, and a Wagyu/pork blend) and thoughtful toppings bring a distinctly upscale touch. The new Bacon Jam Burger is a standout amongst great choices; it’s one of the best burgers we’ve found around here. Β Prices are reasonable, and are a bargain at happy hour.

$$ | American (New), American (Traditional), Burgers, Sandwiches, and Tacos
Brunch, Full Bar, Good Desserts, Happy Hour, HRW2022, Outdoor Dining, and Private Room

9000 New Trails Drive | The Woodlands 77381
Also at the Conroe Airport
281-362-1678
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Modern American bistro in an upscale park setting

Fielding’s Local Kitchen + Bar

🌟🌟🌟 β€” Notable on a statewide level.

🥇 Best American (New)
🥇 Best Brunch
🥇 Best Burger
🥇 Best Happy Hour
🥇 Best Steak

Chef Edel’s classic French training is evident in the elegant, upscale burgers he designs for Fielding’s Local. High quality beef, housemade buns and components are de rigeuer at Fielding’s and the results are delicious, But don’t overlook the simple burger on the happy hour menu; flawless execution of a classic burger architecture makes for a very satisfying result.

Read our full review >

$$$ and $$$$ | American (New), Brunch, Burgers, and Steaks
Brunch, Catering, Family-Run Small Business, Full Bar, Happy Hour, HRW2020, HRW2021, Live Music, Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, and Upscale

26400 Kuykendahl Rd | Tomball 77375
281-351-2225
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Burgers and American favorites, chef-driven and scratch made

Fielding’s Wood Grill

🌟🌟 — Among the best restaurants in the Woodlands area.

🥇 Best American (New)
🥇 Best American (Traditional)
🥇 Best Brunch
🥇 Best Burger
🥇 Best Happy Hour

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. Everything is made in-house, from the custom grind to the buns to the bacon and other toppings.

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$$ and $$$ | American (New), American (Traditional), Brunch, and Burgers
Brunch, Catering, Family-Run Small Business, Full Bar, Happy Hour, HRW2020, HRW2021, and Upscale

1699 Research Forest Dr | Shenandoah 77380
832-616-3275
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Gourmet burgers from the Austin-based group

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

🌟 β€” Notable in the Woodlands area.

🥇 Best Burger

Burger are the focus at Hopdoddy, and the results do not disappoint. We’d suggest starting with one of their signature burgers; these topping-rich creations are what made the restaurant famous. We devoured the Double Bacon Jam burger, a unique construction of dual 4oz patties, white and yellow American, tomato bacon jam, and mustard grilled onions. It’s a great introduction to Hopdoddy.

But what if you’re a burger purist, and don’t love topping-laden burgers? Your friends at TWTX.co discovered something you need to try.

Purists should try this approach: Use the stellar Primetime patty (made from a different custom grind than their regular, very good patty) and dress it your favorite way. Perched atop the housemade bun, it’s a superb cheeseburger that is sure to satisfy the burger purist, and it earns Hopdoddy a spot on our Best Burger list. It’s a $3.50 upcharge, and well worth it.

$ and $$ | Burgers
Full Bar, Good for Kids, Good for Vegetarians, On the Radar, and Outdoor Dining

2417 Research Forest Drive Suite A | The Woodlands 77381
281-907-9001
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Serious Steaks from a Master Chef

Killen’s Steakhouse

🌟🌟🌟 β€” Notable on a statewide level.

🥇 Best Burger
🥇 Best Seafood
🥇 Best Steak

Killen’s Burger ($16 at happy hour) is nothing short of superb. A half pound of ground trimmings from Killen’s USDA Prime steaks is expertly handled. Traditional toppings and a brioche bun complete the burger, but the devil is in the details, and Chef Luis Lopez nails the details. If you love a good steakhouse burger, Killen’s is your place.

$$$ and $$$$ | Burgers, Seafood, and Steaks
Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Romantic, and Upscale

1700 Research Forest Dr | Shenandoah 77381
281-323-4004
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Craveable South African cuisine in a casual, mall-adjacent location

Mozambik

🌟🌟 — Among the best restaurants in the Woodlands area.

🥇 Best Brunch
🥇 Best Burger
🥇 Best Seafood

Mozambik’s burger is a bit different than most, reflecting the organization’s South African sensibilities. Bursting with flavor, it combines a tangy peppadew sauce with a sweeter barbecue flavor. This isn’t a burger for purists, but those willing to go outside the box will be delighted.

$$ and $$$ | Brunch, Burgers, Seafood, South African, and Steaks
Brunch, Catering, Full Bar, Good Desserts, Happy Hour, HRW2022, Outdoor Dining, and Private Room

1201 Lake Woodlands Dr Suite 304 | The Woodlands 77380
Outside the Woodlands Mall
855-626-6948
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Handcrafted burgers in a quaint small town setting

Tejas Burger Joint

🌟 β€” Notable in the Woodlands area.

🥇 Best Burger

The burger at Tejas Chocolate & Barbecue was just too good to offer one day a week, so Scott Moore and his team opened Tejas Burger Joint, offering a variety of superb, handcrafted burgers every day. The flagship Smokehouse Burger (ground brisket, smoked and then seared on a griddle, topped with housemade bacon and smoky cheddar) is one of the best burgers in the Houston area.

$$ | Burgers
Family-Run Small Business

214 W Main St | Tomball 77375
832-349-6116
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Raising the bar for dining in the Woodlands

TRIS

🌟🌟🌟🌟 — Among the best restaurants in Texas.

🥇 Best American (New)
🥇 Best Burger
🥇 Best Happy Hour
🥇 Best Seafood
🥇 Best Steak

Burger lovers love Tris. Chef Austin Simmons is serious about burgers; those at Tris are not only a custom grind, but are made from a hybrid breed of cattle that the chef has developed.

The result is a juicy, flavorful burger that is among the very best anywhere. Two smashed patties, bacon jam, and a special English muffin bun come together to create an utterly cravable result.

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$$$ and $$$$ | American (New), Burgers, Seafood, and Steaks
Catering, Full Bar, Good Desserts, Good for Vegetarians, Happy Hour, HRW2020, HRW2021, HRW2022, Outdoor Dining, Private Room, and Upscale

24 Waterway Avenue | The Woodlands 77380
281-203-5641
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Recommended

Recommended burgers in the Woodlands area, in alphabetical order

A well priced, elevated spin on traditional southern favorites

Back Table

🥈 Recommended Burger

Chef David’s burger at Back Table is decidedly un-chef-y, and we heartily approve. A hand ground patty of Certified Angus beef is topped with American cheese, shredded lettuce and fresh veggies, and placed on a high quality sesame seed bun. The devil is in the details, and thoughtful execution and high quality versions of classic ingredients comes together to create a very good burger. This is a great rendition of the kind of burgers you grew up eating, or imagine you did.

$$ and $$$ | American (New), Brunch, Burgers, and Charcuterie
Full Bar, Happy Hour, HRW2022, Live Music, Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Scenic View, and Upscale

2301 N Millbend Dr | The Woodands 77380
281-364-6400
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Big mesquite-grilled burgers, fast casual service

Beck’s Prime

🥈 Recommended Burger

Thick, beefy burgers grilled on an open mesquite flame carry the wood’s distinctive flavor, and keep hungry locals coming back for more. If you love the flavor of mesquite, Beck’s is your place.

$$ | Burgers
Outdoor Dining

2120 Buckthorne Pl | The Woodlands 77380
(in the Grogan's Mill Village Center)
281-367-3600
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A neighborhood pub in the Grogan's Mill Village Center

Blue Lion Pub

🥇 Best Happy Hour
🥈 Recommended American (Traditional)
🥈 Recommended Burger

The Blue Lion’s compact, curated menu includes a very memorable burger. The burger begins with a hand-formed patty, griddled on the flat top to temperature. Your choice of cheese (we went for the classic American) and fresh veggies complete the textbook combination, but the unique seasoning (we detected hints of chorizo-like flavor) take this handcrafted burger beyond the pale. Recommended.

$$ | American (Traditional)
Family-Run Small Business, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Live Music, Outdoor Dining, and Romantic

2230 Buckthorne Pl Suite 150 | The Woodlands 77380
In the Grogan's Mill Village Center
832-205-0817
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Casual gastropub featuring southern cuisine

Craft Grill

🥈 Recommended American (Traditional)
🥈 Recommended Burger

This family-run spot has no less than eight burgers on their menu; we admire their dedication.. The burgers at Craft Grill start with 21-day, wet-aged certified angus beef. We’re drawn to the signature burger, topped with smoked gouda pimento cheese & bourbon bacon Jam.

$$ | American (Traditional) and Burgers
Happy Hour and Outdoor Dining

25219 Kuykendahl Rd Ste G110 | Tomball 77375
281-255-2396
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Quality steaks and seafood in a scenic lakeside location

Del Frisco’s Grille

🌟 β€” Notable in the Woodlands area.

🥇 Best American (Traditional)
🥈 Recommended Burger
🥈 Recommended Seafood
🥈 Recommended Steak

Del Frisco’s is serious about meat, and the Grille Prime Cheeseburger upholds the standard. It’s a double-patty creation worthy of any burger lover’s attention.

$$ and $$$ | American (Traditional), Brunch, Seafood, and Steaks
Full Bar, Happy Hour, HRW2020, HRW2021, HRW2022, Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Romantic, Scenic View, and Upscale

1900 Hughes Landing Blvd #500 | The Woodlands 77380
281-465-0300
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Burgers and sandwiches from a small-family-run spot

Honey Bee Ham & Deli

🥈 Recommended Burger

Juicy hand-formed burgers have been bringing in hungry locals for over 25 years. Topped with fresh veggies and built inside a sweet Sheila Parten bun, this burger has built up quite a fan base.

$$ | Burgers and Sandwiches
Family-Run Small Business

4747 Research Forest Dr #495 | The Woodlands 77381
281-364-9200
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Big classic burgers in a modern malt shop setting

Jax Burgers, Fries & Shakes

🥈 Recommended Burger

Classic American burgers, executed well, are the focus at Jax Burgers, Fries, & Shakes. This local (Spring-based) group turns humble ingredients into very tasty burgers. Owner John Recio gives burger serious thought; Jax’s are delivered upside-down, so the juices marinate the veggies and avoid making the “bottom” bun soggy.

$ | Burgers and Sandwiches

4334 FM 2920 | Spring 77388
(and other area locations - refer to website)
281-288-7711
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An upscale cafe from the talented team behind Charm Bistro

Noe’s Cafe

🥈 Recommended Brunch
🥈 Recommended Burger

Noe’s has added a very solid burger to their offerings. The hand-formed patty is griddled to temperature, and piled on a high quality bun with fresh veggies. It’s a bargain during the week; under $10 with fries and a small salad.

Read our full review >

$$ | American (Traditional), Breakfast, and Brunch
Brunch, Family-Run Small Business, and Outdoor Dining

2120 Spring Stuebner Rd Ste. 610 | Spring 77388
In the Market at Springwoods Village
281-656-9999
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Well-executed burgers, shakes and sandwiches in an airy, modern setting

Shake Shack

🥈 Recommended Burger

Burgers are the main event at Danny Meyer’s upscale Manhattan-based fast food chain, and the results go well beyond the typical fast food burger. Manageable in size, these handmade burgers are very well executed and satisfying. We believe that when the question is Whataburger or In-n-Out, the answer is Shake Shack.

$ | Burgers and Sandwiches
Outdoor Dining

1201 Lake Woodlands Dr., Suite 3034 | The Woodlands 77380
Across from Peli Peli
346-220-4309
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Serious chef-driven comfort food in a fast casual setting

The Kitchen

🌟🌟 — Among the best restaurants in the Woodlands area.

🥇 Best American (New)
🥇 Best American (Traditional)
🥇 Best Brunch
🥇 Best Sandwiches
🥈 Recommended Burger

When Chef Austin Simmons focuses his tremendous talents on a burger, the result does not disappoint. There are burgers sure to please any burgerphile, and healthy choices for the poor souls who aren’t in the mood for a burger.

Read our full review >

$$ | American (New), American (Traditional), Brunch, Burgers, Salads, and Sandwiches
Brunch, Good Desserts, Happy Hour, and Outdoor Dining

4526 Research Forest Dr | The Woodlands 77381
281-203-5650
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Burgers and more from this southern California concept

The Stand

🥈 Recommended Burger

Burgers are a key focus at The Stand. Their approach is hyper focused on fresh quality ingredients with both classic and creative options available. The ABC Burger is a great introduction to The Stand; avocado, bacon and cheese come together to accentuate rather than mask the beefy main notes.

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$ and $$ | Burgers, Salads, and Sandwiches
Catering, Good for Kids, Good for Vegetarians, On the Radar, and Outdoor Dining

2000 Hughes Landing Blvd F-700 | The Woodlands 77380
In Hughes Landing
832-592-1135
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Big burgers in a relaxed setting from this East County transplant

Uncle Tony’s

🥈 Recommended Burger

Tony Marron knows burgers. Big, unique burgers are his specialty, and he does two styles of patties: A standard ground beef option for purists, or his special combination of beef and pork for those who walk on the wild side. The result is a burger place with something for everyone; we’re glad that Uncle Tony is slingin’ burgers nearby.

$$ | Burgers
Family-Run Small Business

314 Sawdust Rd Suite 108 | The Woodlands 77380
281-719-0916
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Restaurant Listings

Back Table $$ and $$$ American (New), Brunch, Burgers, and Charcuterie   Grogan's Mill
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Bar Louie $$ American (Traditional) and Burgers   Waterway
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Beck’s Prime $$ Burgers   Grogan's Mill
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BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse $$ American (Traditional), Burgers, and Pizza   I-45 Corridor
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Black Garlic - closed $$ Burgers   Outside the Bubble: Spring
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Black Walnut Cafe $$ American (New), American (Traditional), Burgers, Sandwiches, and Tacos   Outside the Bubble: Conroe and Research East
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Buffalo Run $ and $$ American (Traditional) and Burgers   Rayford Road
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Burgers & Bordeaux - closed $$ and $$$ Brunch, Burgers, and Steaks   1488 West
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Citizen’s Grill $$ American (Traditional) and Burgers   1488 West
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Common Bond CafΓ© & Bakery $$ American (Traditional), Bakery, Breakfast, Brunch, and Burgers   CityPlace and Outside the Bubble: Spring
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Craft Burger Food Truck - closed $$ Burgers   1488 West
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Craft Grill $$ American (Traditional) and Burgers   Creekside Forest West
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Fielding’s Local Kitchen + Bar $$$ and $$$$ American (New), Brunch, Burgers, and Steaks   Creekside Forest West
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Fielding’s Wood Grill $$ and $$$ American (New), American (Traditional), Brunch, and Burgers   Research East
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Forest Cafe & Bakery $$ Bakery, Breakfast, Burgers, and Sandwiches   College Park
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Fuddruckers - closed $ Burgers and Sandwiches  
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Honey Bee Ham & Deli $$ Burgers and Sandwiches   Research East
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Hopdoddy Burger Bar $ and $$ Burgers   Research East
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Jax Burgers, Fries & Shakes $ Burgers and Sandwiches   Outside the Bubble: Spring and Rayford Road
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Killen’s Steakhouse $$$ and $$$$ Burgers, Seafood, and Steaks   Research East
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Mia’s Table $$ American (Traditional) and Burgers   I-45 Corridor
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Mozambik $$ and $$$ Brunch, Burgers, Seafood, South African, and Steaks   Woodlands Mall
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Pappas Bar-B-Q $$ BBQ and Burgers   I-45 Corridor
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Ronny G’s $$ American (Traditional) and Burgers   Sawdust
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Rose Rooftop $$ and $$$ American (Traditional) and Burgers   Waterway
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Shake Shack $ Burgers and Sandwiches   Woodlands Mall
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State Fare $$ and $$$ American (Traditional), Brunch, and Burgers   Hughes Landing
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Tejas Burger Joint $$ Burgers   Outside the Bubble: Tomball
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Tewbeleaux’s $$ American (Traditional) and Burgers   Rayford Road
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The Goose’s Acre $$ American (Traditional), Brunch, and Burgers   Waterway
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The Kitchen $$ American (New), American (Traditional), Brunch, Burgers, Salads, and Sandwiches   Research East
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The Omega Grill $$ American (Traditional), Burgers, Salads, and Sandwiches   Sawdust
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The Republic Grille $$ and $$$ American (Traditional), Burgers, and Salads   Panther Creek, Rayford Road, and Woodlands Parkway West
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The Stand $ and $$ Burgers, Salads, and Sandwiches   Hughes Landing
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TRIS $$$ and $$$$ American (New), Burgers, Seafood, and Steaks   Waterway
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Uncle Tony’s $$ Burgers   Sawdust
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Whiskey Cake $$ and $$$ American (New), Brunch, and Burgers   I-45 Corridor
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Wiches on Wheels $$ Burgers   1488 West
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Woodson’s Local Tap $$ American (Traditional) and Burgers   1488 West
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Wunsche Bros $$ and $$$ American (Traditional) and Burgers   Outside the Bubble: Spring
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