San Antonio's 5 best burger joints — and what to order
When the desire for a burger begins to gnaw at your senses, nothing but a big, juicy patty can satisfy your craving. Luckily, we have a lot of burger joints to choose from in San Antonio. After testing and tasting all around the city, here's our list of the five best burger spots in the city.
Big'z offers the classics and the crazy burgers — all of which are consistently satisfying. Big'z classic burgers can be spiced up with add-ons including jalapeños, chili, or applewood-smoked bacon. Big'z chalupa burger is a favorite made with a half-pound patty and topped with refried beans, cheddar cheese, house-made pico de gallo, and served on a crispy tostada shell and warm bun.
Bohanan's Prime Steaks and Seafood
With the meat expertise the chefs at Bohanan's possess, it's no surprise the half-pound burger snags a seat on this list. The patty, which is prepared on the mesquite grill, is thick, juicy, and bursting with flavor. The toppings are kept fairly simple with a memorable chipotle mayo, sharp cheddar cheese, lettuce, and fresh tomato. One bite and we're in euphoria. Bohanan's burger tastes how every burger should — meaty and delicious.
Chris Madrids has been a haven for Tex-Mex and burger enthusiasts for more than 30 years. The menu offers a variety of Tex-Mex-style burgers in both regular and macho sizes, but the tostada burger is hard to beat. This house special is made with homemade refried beans, onions, chips, and cheese. You might not eat for days after dining here, but it's totally worth the stuffed belly.
FattboyBurgers & Dogs
Though Fattboy Burgers & Dogs offers healthier options — "slimmboy" and "slimmchick" — we can't resist the signature Fattboy burger. The generous beef patty is well seasoned and cooked to perfection with a slight crisp on each side, sandwiched between a toasted bun. To keep the focus on the burger, we opt for simple toppings of ketchup, tomato, lettuce, and onion. Just when we think we can't take one more bite, our taste buds always surrender to the Fattboy.
After opening in 1995, Longhorn Cafe soon became known for some of the juiciest burgers in Alamo City. We don't know how they do it, but the "original big juicy" is classically good. The ratio of tender meat to toppings and bun is spot on. For a little kick we're opting for the jalapeño cheeseburger, which is exactly as it sounds — spicy and extremely satisfying.