So many factors go into the perfect burger. The quality of the beef. The freshness of the veggies. The preparation of the bun. And the ambiance that surrounds you when you take that first hot and juicy bite.
No matter where you are in the country, there are restaurants that pride themselves on this classic American fare. Lake Travis is no different.
Back in 2014, we put together a list of Where to Find the Best Burgers in Lake Travis.
Today we are breaking it down with 7 must-try burgers in Lake Travis. Got your ketchup-proof shirt on? Good! Here we go:
(In no particular order, they are all worth devouring)
Hey you rockabilly muscle car guy, can I have a bite of that burger?!
Sandeez is a great little spot that is no frills and all burger-licious personality. This restaurant is like stepping back in time to a place when burgers were considered health food.
Must-try: do the Humpty Dumpty. It’s a classic Sandeez burger with a fried egg on top (we recommend adding bacon and a side of Sandeez famous onion rings). Order it up on a Friday afternoon when the guys from the Lakeway Classic Car Club are hanging out.
Gourmet Burger Pubs have been the trend over the last few years in Central Texas. From places like Hopdoddy Burger Bar (why is there not a location in Lake Travis? shame on them) to national chains like Shake Shack, burger-centric places that focus on quality ingredients are becoming quick hits with the hungry masses.
All Star Burger concentrates on local veggies, beef that is free of artificial growth hormones, and preservative-free buns.
Must-try: the (stuffed) Veteran. It’s a hand-crafted burger with pepper jack cheese stuffed in between two Angus beef patties. And you get your greens (with a red) … green chiles, green leaf lettuce, green chile mayo, red onion.
“Merrr copper, you will never catch me! or my burger … seee?” (insert 1920’s gangster accent).
The League is reminiscent of a time when speakeasies were the cat’s meow and burgers were the stuff of pride.
Must-try: BCBP. Beer Cheese – Bacon – Pretzel Bun. Case closed.
Ok, ok … car clubs and speakeasies are fun and all, but let’s get back to the real reason we all live where we do … the lake.
This little waterfront gem makes you feel like you are kicking it in Key West with it’s beach house design and sunny interior.
Must-try: the Bacon Blue Cheeseburger is the way to go. Not exactly bathing suit food, but worth every single delicious calorie. Stop by on a Tuesday for the Buy One Get One Free Burgers special.
Popcorn, schmopcorn … you’ll take a big juicy burger with your movie.
Must-try: a Big Jake (pepper jack cheese, house bacon, horseradish aioli, red pepper, relish, & Bourbon BBQ sauce) served “Man Style” with queso fries and a whole pickled jalapeno.
Why? Because it’s dark and no one can see you devour this bad boy like the Incredible Hulk. Just make sure to duck into the bathroom before the credits roll and the lights come back up to clean up the evidence. Or don’t. YOLO.
Grocery shopping and burger joints don’t usually hang out at the same place, but in this instance it’s a good thing.
H-E-B’s restaurant has surprisingly amazing dining options, including a burger that will make you want to never purchase ground beef again (if you can’t replicate greatness, might as well make chicken at home).
Must-try: the Brisket Blue Burger is where it’s at with chopped BBQ brisket, beef patty, grilled red onions, and Amish blue cheese. It will make “grocery shopping dread” a thing of the past.
We couldn’t list burger joints without including one that celebrates all that is Texas.
Poodie’s is a special place that not only keeps the music of the Hill Country alive but also offers up delicious roadhouse grub to hungry bikers, hikers, and mini-van drivers.
Must-try: eat a famous Poodie Burger (green chiles, onions, pepper jack cheese) and listen to the guitar player on stage or the bartender’s stories of the good ol’ days. Add double meat and make sure to rub Poodie’s belly on the way out the door.
We hope to have listed some of your favorites and perhaps put some all beef-patties on your radar.
So many burgers, so little stomach space.
Post Image: Cathy Hale