Almost every small Southern town in America has its go-to burger joint where folks can gather to partake of delicious, juicy hamburgers with all the fixin’s, but there are a few burger joints that stand out among the rest – burger joints that have received legendary status among their patrons throughout the years.
7 Burger Joints on the Ultimate Burger Road Trip:
1. Alamo Springs Café – Fredericksburg, Texas
If you don’t mind going a little off the beaten path for a great burger, then head to Fredericksburg, Texas, to tackle one of the giant burgers at Alamo Springs Café. Regulars suggest trying your burger on a jalapeno bun, and if you’re really hungry, try taking the Jefe Challenge, which comes with six half-pound patties, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, mustard, and mayo on the famous jalapeno bun. The cost is $25, but if you can eat this monster of a burger in 30 minutes or less, it’s completely free. You’ll also get an “Honorary Jefe” t-shirt, and your photo will be posted on the Glutton Wall of Fame.
2. Cotham’s – Scott, Arkansas
You’ll find the best burger in Arkansas at a rustic mercantile store turned restaurant in little town called Scott. Cotham’s is best known for its Hubcap Burger – a burger so big (at almost a foot in diameter) that it puts other burgers to shame. As you might imagine, the meat patty is thick, and is placed atop purple onions, tomatoes slices and iceberg lettuce and whatever condiments you choose. While you’re there, do yourself a favor, and try the fried pies too.
3. Chris Madrid’s – San Antonio, Texas
At Chris Madrid’s in San Antonio, Texas, you’ll find a restaurant that is part Tex-Mex and part burger joint. This self-proclaimed, “Mecca for burger lovers” does not disappoint. Try the Tostada Bean Burger made with refried beans, onions, and melted cheddar cheese on top of a delicious meat patty, all topped with homemade hot sauce. The Cheddar Cheezy Burger is also a crowd favorite. It’s got the toppings of a traditional cheeseburger with mustard, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and pickles, but it’s the overflowing mound of Cheddar cheese that sets this one apart from just your average cheeseburger.
4. Dirty Martin’s – Austin, Texas
Dirty Martin’s is exactly what you’d expect of a classic burger joint in Texas, and its got the history to go with it. Dirty Martin’s has been serving burgers since 1926. Their meat, bread, and produce, are freshly delivered each day, and their classic, old-fashioned style fits their classic “Kum Bak Burger,” named after the original restaurant “Martin’s Kum-Bak” and also to honor all their costumers who just keep coming back. The Kum Bak Burger is your classic, greasy, delicious burger with all the trimmings.
5. Dyer’s Burgers – Memphis, Tennessee
If you’ve never tried a deep-fried hamburger, then just add that to your bucket list, and head to Dyer’s Burgers on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee. At Dyer’s Burgers, they keep it plain and simple, serving up deep-fried beef patties with cheese, mustard, and a pickle. It’s the same way they’ve always done it since they opened in 1912. Sure, eating their burgers may shorten your lifespan, but you’ll be hard pressed to find a better tasting burger.
6. Latham’s Hamburger Inn – New Albany, Mississippi
Stepping into Latham’s Hamburger Inn in New Albany, Mississippi, is like stepping back in the 1920s with its long counter, swivel stools, and antiquated interior all salvaged from Latham’s original railroad dining car location. At Latham’s you can expect a deep fried, “doughburger.” Don’t ask them to share their secret recipe though, because they aren’t telling. The only thing better than eating Latham’s Famous Hamburger is paying for it. At $2.50 it’s a steal of a deal.
7. Tolly-Ho – Lexington, Kentucky
Tolly-Ho Restaurant in Lexington, Kentucky, is a favorite of University of Kentucky college students and fans. It’s everything a Southern burger joint should be with its pinball machines, laidback atmosphere, and greasy, yet delicious, burgers. Diners can choose from four different signature burgers – the Tolly Ho (a single burger), the Super Ho (a double burger), the Mega Ho (a triple burger) or the Big Tolly (a stacked burger with two pieces of beef and one bun in the middle). All the burgers are served “Ho Style” with Ho sauce, mustard, ketchup, lettuce, and onion. As long as you don’t have any beef with UK, you should fit right in.
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