Houston, Strictly Houston
So many great Houston burger suggestions floating around. I've footnoted every one, in my phone book restaurant section. Best burgers I ever had in my life were from two places both in the Clear Lake (NASA) area. Sadly, both Jalapeno Tree and S.W. Tootie's are now gone. That leaves Dallas-based Mooyah, Austin-based Burger Tex and local Burger House about the best we have left in CL. But here are some in Houston that don't get much if any mention:
C & D, 10606 Fuqua (haven't tried it yet, but it gets high marks from reviewers).
Shuttle Burger, 8405 Almeda-Genoa at Monroe (outstanding - pineapple on their signature model is great).
Blake's BBQ, 2916 Jeanette (supposedly has great burgers too).
5 Guys, Rosenberg (don't know about it).
Guy's Meat Market, Old 90A in SW Houston (smoked, but get it early before it dries out).
Smashburger, Main and Kirby (read reviews, but haven't tried yet).
Cheeburger Cheeburger, 106 Vintage Pk Blvd (ditto).
Fuddrucker (not as good here as they are in SoCal - Burger House is a copy of them).
Those that do get lots of raves, at Chow.com and elsewhere, include these:
Bubba's, 5230 Westpark
Cahill's, 903 Durham
Champ Burger, 304 Sampson (Galleria)
Christian's Tailgate, 2000 Bagby (I10 & Washington)
Cliff's, 12389 Kingsride (I10 west)
Famous D & F, 12121 Troulon (Alief area)
Lankford's Grocery, (Montrose area)
Little Bitty Burger Barn, 5503 Pinemont
Miller's Cafe, 2403 Bay Area Blvd at Space Center Blvd, CLC
Pappas, 5815 Westheimer
Southwell's (three locations)
Texas Hamburger Palace, 5757 Ranchetta (off 59 near Alief)
In So Cal, where they have lots of great chili and hot dog haunts (and why is it we don't?), there aren't many gourmet burger joints, but the franchises are better than ours. Among them, I had to have these at least once a week or so:
Fatburger (available with Oklahoma chili on it).
In N Out
Tommy's (their signature model has chili on it).