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Favorite Austin burger declared one of Texas' best by magazine authority

Favorite Austin burger declared one of Texas' best by top magazine

Congress Burger at Second Bar + Kitchen
Second Bar + Kitchen has the No. 2 best burger Texas. Photo courtesy of Second Bar + Kitchen

A new list has our stomachs rumbling. On Wednesday, Texas Monthly released its roundup of the 50 Greatest Burgers in Texas, and one Austin creation ranks among the top five in the state.

Texas Monthly put together a team of 24 “fearless, bordering on fanatical” eaters across the Lone Star State to identify the burgers. After tasting 367 burgers, five emerged as the best in Texas.

The Congress Burger from Second Bar + Kitchen ranks No. 2 on the magazine’s list. Made with a meaty mix of brisket and chuck, the patty comes topped with Gruyere cheese and shallot confit and served with a side of lettuce, tomatoes, sweet pickles, sharp mustard, and house-made ketchup. Texas Monthly touts the “monumentally juicy” burger for its seasoned perfection and suggests adding either seared foie gras or pork belly.

San Antonio’s Folc takes the No. 1 spot for its brisket burger with pork belly. Rounding out the top five are the L.U.S.T. Burger at the Bearded Lady in Fort Worth, the pimento cheese burger at Knife in Dallas, and the Philly cheese steak burger at the Original Hubcap Grill in Houston.

“It used to be that burgers were aimed at the average Joe,” says Texas Monthly editor Patricia Sharpe in a release. “That burger is still out there, but it’s being given a run for the money by the upmarket burger, with top-quality meat, specialty buns, house-made pickles — the works.”

The remaining burgers are unranked and listed alphabetically by city — Austin receives five more nods. The magazine calls out the mouthwatering cheeseburgers at Central Standard and Texas French Bread, the loaded Angus beef burgers from Clark’s Oyster Bar and Hopdoddy, and Chicon’s sizzling burger served on a challah bun. Cover 3's Big Tex Burger also receives an honorable mention.