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 May 2021. Originally published in 2017.)


The Best

Burgers and American favorites, chef-driven and scratch made

Fielding’s Wood Grill

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, Brunch, and Burgers
Happy Hour, HRW2020, and Outdoor Dining

1699 Research Forest Dr | Shenandoah 77380
832-616-3275
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Chef-prepared seafood in a modern strip-center location

Off The Hook Seafood

You don’t expect a great burger at a seafood place, but Off the Hook delivers a very pleasant surprise. A beautifully seasoned half pound patty is the basis, perfectly melted cheese, farm-fresh toppings and skillful execution add to the effort, and the result is one of the best burgers in our area.

$$ | Burgers and Seafood
Catering, Happy Hour, and Outdoor Dining

2222 Rayford Rd Suite 105 | Spring 77386
Across Rayford from Kroger
346-331-2893
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Handcrafted burgers in a quaint small town setting

Tejas Burger Joint

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

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

TRIS

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, Burgers, Seafood, and Steaks
Catering, Happy Hour, HRW2020, Outdoor Dining, and Private Room

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

Big mesquite-grilled burgers, fast casual service

Beck’s Prime

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 broad array of modern comfort food in a sleek setting

Black Walnut Cafe

Black Walnut has always had great burgers, but they’ve recently upped their game even further. Custom grinds (including an antelope blend!) and thoughtful toppings bring a distinctly upscale touch. Prices are reasonable, and are a bargain at happy hour.

$$ | American and Burgers
Outdoor Dining and Private Room

9000 New Trails Drive | The Woodlands 77381
281-362-1678
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Boutique bakery and cozy café in a chic, urban setting

Common Bond Café & Bakery

The bun’s the thing at this high-end local bakery group, and Common Bond’s is a solid base for a petite, tasty burger. The pain de mie bun is stacked with a hand-formed patty, melty gruyère and aged white cheddar, and the result is a manageable burger that’s nicely executed.

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$$ | American, Bakery, Breakfast, Brunch, and Burgers
Happy Hour, HRW2020, and Outdoor Dining

1700 City Plaza Drive, Suite 150 | Spring 77389
In CityPlace / Springwoods Village
281-975-2300
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Casual gastropub featuring southern cuisine

Craft Grill

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 and Burgers
Happy Hour and Outdoor Dining

25219 Kuykendahl Rd Ste G110 | Tomball 77375
281-255-2396
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Upscale comfort food in a scenic lakeside location

Del Frisco’s Grille

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 and Steaks
HRW2020, Outdoor Dining, and Private Room

1900 Hughes Landing Blvd #500 | The Woodlands 77380
281-465-0300
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Modern American bistro in an upscale park setting

Fielding’s Local Kitchen + Bar

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.

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$$$ | American and Brunch
Happy Hour, HRW2020, and Outdoor Dining

26400 Kuykendahl Rd | Tomball 77375
281-351-2225
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Big custom burgers in a family-friendly setting

Fuddruckers

Big burgers (ranging from large 1/3 lb to humongous 2/3 lb) served on fresh baked buns have been the formula at Fuddrucker’s for decades, along with a build-your-own approach to toppings. One of the pioneers of the big burger concept, Fudd’s hasn’t changed much over the years… and their regulars are just fine with this.

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$ | Burgers and Sandwiches
Private Room

2290 Buckthorne Place | The Woodlands 77381
(other location near Creekside Park Village Center)
281-367-1343
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Eclectic burgers with a variety of creative toppings

Grub Burger Bar

Toppings are the thing at this popular burger chain. Standard burger patties are dressed with a variety of sauces, condiments, and other surprises; this isn’t the place to order a basic cheeseburger. We’re fans of their spin on the BBQ burger, with plenty of sauce and huge onion rings crowning this forkable creation. Get an extra napkin or four; you’ll need them.

$$ | Burgers, Salads, and Sandwiches
Outdoor Dining

2417 Research Forest Dr | The Woodlands 77381
281-907-9001
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Big classic burgers in a modern malt shop setting

Jax Burgers, Fries & Shakes

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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South African Cuisine in an upscale, modern setting

Peli Peli South African Kitchen – Woodlands

Peli Peli is big on flavor, and their burger reflects this approach. Big, bold spices are the signature of the Frickadelle Burger. It’s not overpoweringly hot, but the big, unique flavors bring something different and unique to the Woodlands burger scene.

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$$ and $$$ | American, Seafood, and Steaks
Happy Hour, HRW2020, Outdoor Dining, and Private Room

1201 Lake Woodlands Dr., Suite 304 | The Woodlands 77380
On the mall ring road, south side
281-257-9500
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Well-executed burgers, shakes and sandwiches in an airy, modern setting

Shake Shack

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

When Chef Austin Simmons focuses his tremendous talents on a burger, the result does not disappoint. The options range from the traditional to the remarkable Vindaloo Burger (inspired by Chef Kaiser Lashkari) which is bursting with the flavors of the subcontinent.

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$$ | American, Brunch, Burgers, Salads, and Sandwiches
Outdoor Dining

4526 Research Forest Dr | The Woodlands 77381
281-203-5650
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Big burgers in a relaxed setting from this East County transplant

Uncle Tony’s

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

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

Beck’s Prime $$ Burgers   Grogan's Mill
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BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse $$ American, 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 and Burgers   Research East
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Buffalo Run $ and $$ American and Burgers   Rayford Road
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Burgers & Bordeaux $$ and $$$ Burgers and Steaks   1488 West
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Citizen’s Grill $$ American and Burgers   1488 West
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Common Bond Café & Bakery $$ American, Bakery, Breakfast, Brunch, and Burgers   Outside the Bubble: Spring
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Craft Burger Food Truck - closed $$ Burgers   1488 West
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Craft Grill $$ American and Burgers   Creekside Forest West
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Fielding’s Wood Grill $$ and $$$ American, Brunch, and Burgers   Research East
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Fuddruckers $ Burgers and Sandwiches   Grogan's Mill
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Grub Burger Bar $$ Burgers, Salads, and Sandwiches   Research East
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Jax Burgers, Fries & Shakes $ Burgers and Sandwiches   Outside the Bubble: Spring
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Kelly’s Heroes Food Truck $ and $$ Burgers   Rayford Road
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Off The Hook Seafood $$ Burgers and Seafood   Rayford Road
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Pappas Bar-B-Q $$ BBQ and Burgers   I-45 Corridor
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Qomfort - closed $ and $$ American, Breakfast, Burgers, and Sandwiches   Outside the Bubble: Spring
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Shake Shack $ Burgers and Sandwiches   Woodlands Mall
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Tejas Burger Joint $$ Burgers   Outside the Bubble: Tomball
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The Goose’s Acre $$ American and Burgers   Waterway
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The Kitchen $$ American, Brunch, Burgers, Salads, and Sandwiches   Research East
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The Omega Grill $$ American, Burgers, Salads, and Sandwiches   Sawdust
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The Republic Grille $$ and $$$ American, Burgers, and Salads   Panther Creek
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TRIS $$$ and $$$$ American, Burgers, Seafood, and Steaks   Waterway
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Uncle Tony’s $$ Burgers   Sawdust
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Woodson’s Local Tap $$ American and Burgers   1488 West
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