Cy-Fair Magazine’s Burger Bucket List

A meat lover’s guide to the best burger joints in Cypress.

Written by Kirsten Cornell | Select photography by Kevin Falcon

Few things are as tantalizing as the smell of a burger sizzling on the coals of a grill. Based on the recommendations of Cy-Fair Magazine readers, we have pinpointed some of the juiciest, most mouthwatering dishes in Cy-Fair. Get ready to dive in.

Black's Market Table Akaushi Beef Burger - $14

Black’s Market Table Akaushi Beef Burger – $14

The Backyard Grill
9453 Jones Rd.
There is no shortage of options or flavors at The Backyard Grill. Spice it up with the fiesta burger, which is topped with Pico de Gallo, jalapeños, and pepper jack cheese, all on a jalapeño butter bun. If you’re brave, select from the “triple dog dare ya” menu. This includes the big daddy, the granddaddy, and the beast – which is four pounds of beef topped with eight slices of bacon, four slices of cheese, sautéed mushrooms, jalapeños, and all the trimmings. This monster will set you back $40, but if you eat it in under an hour, it’s free.

Black’s Market Table
11550 Louetta Rd.
Black’s Market Table features rustic new American flavors that change with the seasons. Check out the six-ounce Akaushi burgers made with Red Rock cheddar, pecan-smoked bacon, and Black’s Market barbecue sauce on a Slow Dough Bakery bun.

Cheeburger Cheeburger
106 Vintage Park Blvd.
These all-natural Angus beef burgers are cheelicious! Weigh your options and create your own mountain of goodness. Patties range in size from a quarter-pound to 20 ounces. Pick a cheese flavor from mozzarella to pepper jack. Don’t be shy about the toppings. Pile it high with pickles, banana peppers, ranch dressing, relish, Tabasco sauce, or even peanut butter. You can also enjoy a salmon, turkey, or veggie patty.

Clay’s Restaurant
17717 Clay Rd.
Ever shared your table with a peacock? At Clay’s Restaurant, you may just have that chance. Kid-friendly and packed with flavor, Clay’s is a hometown favorite. Grab a few extra napkins for the hickory burger, which is topped with smoked bacon, grilled onions, American cheese, and Clay’s signature Texas-style barbecue sauce. Smaller appetites will appreciate the Shannon burger, a smaller version of the classic Clay burger. You can add your choice of American, cheddar, pepper jack, or Swiss cheese.

Cypress Station Grill
26010 Hempstead Rd.
Built in a restored railway station, Cypress Station Grill has been serving up delicious burgers to Cy-Fairians for years. Patron favorites include the half-pound rodeo burger topped with bacon, Monterey Jack cheese, onion rings, and jalapeños served on Texas toast; and the chipotle burger, which has the added kick of cilantro and their special chipotle mayo. Live dangerously and add a portion of their bacon cheese fries to your order.

eT Craft Burgers
19841 N.W. Fwy.
The diablo burger is a dazzling mix of beef with sriracha mayo, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapeños, poblanos, caramelized onions, and American cheese. For the barbecue lover, the BBQ Jack features two beef patties, barbecue sauce, ranch dressing, lettuce, tomato, red onions, pepper jack cheese, and bacon.

eT Craft Burgers Diablo Burger - $7.95

eT Craft Burgers Diablo Burger – $7.95

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
12407 FM 1960 W.
Freshly cooked and on butter-toasted buns, Freddy’s is the perfect dinner spot after a T-ball game or for a family night out. Try your steakburger California style with two patties, Freddy’s sauce, cheese, onions, lettuce, and tomato. Can’t decide? Combo your single steakburger with a delicious all-beef hot dog.

Kilburn’s Grille
24110 N.W. Frwy., #500
Patrons are in for a treat with Kilburn’s gourmet chophouse burgers. Step out of the burger box with the wild hog: a half-pound patty chargrilled and topped with Georgia pulled pork barbecue, onion straws, and candied jalapeños. You might need a knife and fork if you go for the chili cheese burger: a half pound of beef smothered in Texas chili, diced red onions, lettuce, and cheddar cheese.

Rockwell Grill
12640 Telge Rd.
You’ll have a blast just ordering off the menu at Rockwell Grill. Whether you’re in the mood for a vintage, juvenile delinquent, or psychedelic Hendrix, their menu naming is truly one-of-a-kind. But if you’d like to try something different, order the Convict Hill outlaw – beef on a sweet sourdough cheddar jalapeño bun with pickles, onions, American and cheddar cheese, bacon, fry sauce, spicy mustard, and pastrami that has been braised in Convict Hill stout.

The Shack Cypress
16602 Cypress Rosehill Rd.
If you ask any Cy-Fairian where to go for a great burger, you’ll likely be sent to The Shack. Owner Joe Duong is always adding new and interesting novelties to the menu such as the pizza burger, which utilizes personal-sized pepperoni pizzas for buns. Be sure to try the 1836, complete with chorizo, guacamole, refried beans, and queso fresca.

14201 Cypress Rosehill Rd.
Known for their signature smashed burger patties, Smashburger has a lot of options and flavors to offer. To appease your spicy side, opt for the spicy baja,which boasts pepper jack cheese, jalapeños, guacamole, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and chipotle mayo. Also high on the list is the truffle mushroom Swiss, which includes aged Swiss, crimini mushrooms sautéed to perfection, and a spread of truffle mayo.

Strata Restaurant
122 Vintage Park Blvd.
If you are looking for American cuisine in an elegant atmosphere, Strata Restaurant will fit the bill. Among their signature guest favorites of course, is the Kobe burger: a half-pound of American-style Kobe piled high with avocado, bacon, sautéed onions, and Swiss cheese on a jalapeño bun with a serving of seasoned fries.

Strata Restaurant Kobe Burger - $14.95

Strata Restaurant Kobe Burger – $14.95

Texas Mesquite Grill
27104 N.W. Fwy.
The smell of mesquite chips wafts through the air and tickles your taste buds at Texas Mesquite Grill. The red eye royal offers a different variety with a fried egg, cheddar cheese, and bacon, and is drizzled with creole mustard. Boots aren’t the only things two-steppin’ around here. The two step burger combines two half-pound patties with cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, and all the trimmings. CFM

Please verify with restaurants as menu items and prices may have changed since the time of print.

KIRSTEN CORNELL is married to a self-proclaimed burger connoisseur, and they are always on the hunt for the next best burger.