By Kristi Rowe, NewsCastic
Sure the iconic burger spot has a lot going for it. They serve grilled onions on the burgers if you want ’em, some seriously great shakes, and a value-priced burger made of super fresh ingredients. In-N-Out is also known for fresh-faced and friendly staff. Add a bit of nostalgia for those who remember its early days in Southern California starting in 1948, and you get a burger joint that’s hard to beat.
They’ve got quite a cult following, all over the USA – new store openings regularly create lines that wrap around city blocks. No one can deny bragging rights to this champion of burgers, yet we found a few spots around town that top it. That’s right – we think these DFW spots easily best In-N-Out and its California swagger.
Grilled Onion Goodness
Simply Burgers & More
2500 NE Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington
The Simply Burger with grilled onions is simply a once a week kind of burger. I mean, when the weekend rolls around, you just have to have one. Their deliciously seasoned fries are decidedly un-skinny and the burger patties are juicy and plump. Let’s just say that in comparison, those other guys fall a little flat.
Super Fresh Ingredients
Teddy’s Bigger Burgers
4712 Colleyville Blvd, Colleyville
Since they’re inspired by the backyard burger, it’s a little surprising to find that Teddy’s Bigger Burgers is an international chain that originated in Hawaii. The Colleyville location is its only Texas store, but that doesn’t stop them from serving up Texas-sized tastiness. You don’t have to decode a secret menu to order special burgers like The Hawaiian or the Bacado (with cheddar, bacon, and avocado) or Teddy’s original. Their big, bigger, and biggest burgers are served on fresh potato or wheat buns or as a lettuce wrap for carb watchers.
6537 E Northwest Hwy, Dallas
The poppy seed buns, cheap prices, and cold beer at Keller’s have been enticing Dallas area customers since 1965. Carhops bring you your goodies to eat on the spot or take home for later. The burgers are tasty enough, but it’s the experience that makes Keller’s a legendary cult favorite.
Del’s Charcoal Burgers
110 S. McKinney St, Richardson
Sure the burgers are full of flavor at this long-time Richardson favorite burger joint. Toasty buns hug the grilled-to-perfection patties and their traditional burger toppings. But it’s the accompaniments that make the meal at Del’s. You can get regular fries, curly fries, sweet potato fries, tater tots, or onion rings. Wash it all down with homemade – yep homemade – root beer and a fried twinkie or fried pie for dessert.
A Little Nostalgia
220 Adams Drive, Weatherford (plus 5 other locations)
With six locations including Southlake, Fort Worth, and Arlington, Kincaid’s is happy to serve up your burger with a side of nostalgia, and a smile. The first one started serving burgers in 1967 and they continue to serve freshly ground beef in each store to this day. Their motto “where friends meet to eat” is on display along with vintage signs and art.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
3227 McKinney Ave, Dallas (plus one Addison & one more Dallas location)
Oh yes, the burgers are delicious, and they’re made with super fresh all-natural ingredients, right down to the baked fresh daily buns. But when you can chase down that burger with a Hopdoddy shake, that’s when you land in burger nirvana. Old hat chocolate, vanilla and strawberry have been forsaken for Red Velvet, Tres Leches, Sea Salt & Caramel and more melt in your mouth flavors.Don’t forget a delicious cocktail – there’s a reason it’s called a burger bar.
Hundreds of locations across Texas (and for good reason!)
Sure, lots of people say In-N-Out Burgers are the best ever. But Texas-based Whataburger was named the Best Hamburger in America in Fast Company’s 2015 annual “best of” poll. Did you hear that in California? The best burger in America! If your hankering for a fast food burger takes you to In-N-Out instead of Whataburger, well, you might not be from DFW.