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.

Originally published in 2017.)

The Best

The best burgers in the Woodlands area, in alphabetical order

Modern American bistro in an upscale park setting

Fielding’s Local Kitchen + Bar

🌟🌟🌟 — Notable on a statewide level.

🥇 Best American
🥇 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.

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$$$ and $$$$ | American, Brunch, Burgers, and Steaks
Brunch, Catering, Full Bar, Happy Hour, HRW2020, HRW2021, 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
🥇 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, Brunch, and Burgers
Brunch, Full Bar, Happy Hour, HRW2020, HRW2021, and Upscale

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

🌟 — Notable in the Woodlands area.

🥇 Best Burger
🥇 Best 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

🌟 — 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

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
🥇 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, Burgers, Seafood, and Steaks
Catering, Full Bar, Good for Vegetarians, Happy Hour, HRW2020, HRW2021, 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, Burgers, and Charcuterie
Full Bar, Happy Hour, On the Radar, 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 broad array of modern comfort food in a sleek setting

Black Walnut Cafe

🌟 — Notable in the Woodlands area.

🥇 Best American
🥇 Best Brunch
🥈 Recommended Burger
🥈 Recommended Happy Hour
🥈 Recommended Sandwiches

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, Burgers, and Sandwiches
Full Bar, Good Desserts, 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

🥇 Best Brunch
🥈 Recommended American
🥈 Recommended Burger

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, HRW2021, 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

🥈 Recommended American
🥈 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 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

🌟 — Notable in the Woodlands area.

🥈 Recommended American
🥈 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, Brunch, Seafood, and Steaks
Full Bar, Happy Hour, HRW2020, HRW2021, Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Romantic, Scenic View, and Upscale

1900 Hughes Landing Blvd #500 | The Woodlands 77380
281-465-0300
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Big custom burgers in a family-friendly setting

Fuddruckers

🥈 Recommended Burger

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

🥈 Recommended Burger

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

🌟 — Notable in the Woodlands area.

🥈 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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Rose Rooftop

🥈 Recommended American
🥈 Recommended Burger

Rose Rooftop creates a serious burger. It starts with a hefty custom group patty of brisket, chuck, and short rib. It’s constructed on a brioche bun, complete with housemade pickles and a house garlic aioli. This is a substantial burger that we look forward to enjoying again.

$$ and $$$ | American and Burgers
Full Bar, Happy Hour, On the Radar, Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Romantic, Scenic View, and Upscale

20 Waterway Ave Ste #200 | The Woodlands 77380
832-341-5142
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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
🥇 Best Brunch
🥇 Best Sandwiches
🥈 Recommended Burger

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
Brunch, Good Desserts, Happy Hour, and 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

🥈 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

314 Sawdust Rd Suite 108 | The Woodlands 77380
281-719-0916
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Food truck specializing in burgers and sandwiches

Wiches on Wheels

🥈 Recommended Burger

Wiches on Wheels specializes in handmade half-pound burgers featuring a griddled patty with a unique grind (brisket, short rib, and pork belly), cooked well, and topped with a variety of savory toppings, from traditional to wild. It’s constructed on a big, lightly toasted bun. The result is a well constructed burger that’s better than many.

$$ | Burgers
Food Trucks and Outdoor Dining

5477 Farm to Market Rd 1488 | Magnolia 77354
At Deacon Baldy's food truck park
832-418-1088
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Restaurant Listings

Back Table $$ and $$$ American, Burgers, and Charcuterie   Grogan's Mill
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Bar Louie $$ American and Burgers   Waterway
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Beck’s Prime $$ 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 $$ American, Burgers, and Sandwiches   Outside the Bubble: Conroe and Research East
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Buffalo Run $ and $$ American and Burgers   Rayford Road
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Burgers & Bordeaux $$ and $$$ Brunch, 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 Local Kitchen + Bar $$$ and $$$$ American, Brunch, Burgers, and Steaks   Creekside Forest West
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Fielding’s Wood Grill $$ 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 and Rayford Road
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Mia’s Table $$ American and Burgers   I-45 Corridor
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Off The Hook Seafood $$ Burgers and Seafood   Rayford Road
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Pappas Bar-B-Q $$ BBQ and Burgers   I-45 Corridor
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Ronny G’s $$ American and Burgers   Sawdust
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Rose Rooftop $$ and $$$ American and Burgers   Waterway
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Shake Shack $ Burgers and Sandwiches   Woodlands Mall
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Tejas Burger Joint $$ Burgers   Outside the Bubble: Tomball
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Tewbeleaux’s $$ American and Burgers   Rayford Road
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The Goose’s Acre $$ American, Brunch, and Burgers   Waterway
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The Kitchen $$ 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 $$$ American, Burgers, and Salads   Panther Creek, Rayford Road, and Woodlands Parkway West
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TRIS $$$ and $$$$ American, Burgers, Seafood, and Steaks   Waterway
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Uncle Tony’s $$ Burgers   Sawdust
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Whiskey Cake $$ and $$$ American, 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 and Burgers   1488 West
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Wunsche Bros $$ and $$$ Burgers   Outside the Bubble: Spring
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