Simply just a tiny Saint Mary’s outpost at one time, the local burger chain has grown fast with its locations popping up throughout the area. You’ll see what all the fuss is about when you order a Working Man combo, though you’ll be smart to get an Orange Freeze or the flavor of the month shake.
Find it: Multiple locations, burgerboysa.com
Recognizable by its signature poppy seed bun that’s baked fresh daily, Chester’s has been serving up burgers in San Antonio since 1984. Opt for a classic, a double cheeseburger served with fries made from Idaho potatoes. You’ll also want to consider a shake or beer to top off your meal!
Find it: 1006 NE Interstate 410 Loop, San Antonio, TX 78209; 210-805-8600 and 9980 I-10, San Antonio, TX 78230; 210-699-1222 and 16609 San Pedro Ave., San Antonio, TX 78232; 210-494-3333 and 621 Pat Booker Road, Universal City, TX 78148; 210-658-3000
Plant-based burgers are the name of the game at Project Pollo. Choose between the Backyard Burger and the Hart Breaker. Be ready for a bit of goodness given that the Hart Breaker includes cheddar cheese, fried onion strings, a crispy dill pickle, and is drizzled with chipotle raspberry barbecue sauce.
Find it: Multiple locations, projectpollo.com
Armadillos Texas Style Burgers
Decide what size patty you have and then enjoy a darn good burger at Armadillos. There’s always the classic, but you can also choose from chili cheese, mushroom, avocado, and Fiesta burger as options too.
Find it: 1423 McCullough Ave., San Antonio, TX 78212; 210-226-7556 and 2619 SE Military Dr., San Antonio, TX 78223; 210-617-7797
P. Terry’s Burger Stand
Austin-based burger chain P. Terry’s keeps it simple with its ingredients, but packs the taste with Black Angus patties. Make your meal all the better with a milkshake.
Find it: Multiple locations, pterrys.co
Babe’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers
Babe’s means serious business with its five locations in San Antonio, first opening in 1987. You’ll get the goods here with the simple menu, including classic burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken tenders, and pizza. For something more, you may be tempted by the fried mushrooms, wings, or fried pickles. Yum!
Find it: Multiple locations, babeshamburgers.com
Big’z Burger Joint
On top of a big grassy area for the kids to run around, Big’z comes through with a burger-focused menu that will also leave the whole family happy. Why not try a milkshake or cookie while you’re there?
Find it: 2303 N Loop 1604 W Acc Road, San Antonio, TX 78258; 210-408-2029 and 10106 TX-151, San Antonio, TX 78251; 210-543-2029
Foodies in San Antonio should have no problem finding a Longhorn Cafe near them given that there are six locations throughout the city. There are even Boerne and New Braunfels locations. The Original Big Juicy with your cheese of choice will do you right, but consider specialty burgers like the Big Popper or the Guacamole burger.
Find it: Multiple locations, thelonghorncafe.com
A menu full of plant-based options will leave vegetarians happy and smiling at Earth Burger. Take your pick from a mix of chik-n items as well as a quinoa burger. There are three locations in north San Antonio.
Find it: Multiple locations, earthburger.com
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
With two locations in San Antonio, Hopdoddy offers a curated burger menu with a range of flavor profiles. From the Buffalo Bill to the Bacon Jam Double, your tastebuds will be satisfied here. Don’t forget the green chile queso fries and a house margarita to complete your meal.
Find it: Multiple locations, hopdoddy.com
Gyro’s Drive Inn
Enjoy all the comfort food you’d like with this local chain. With a location on the outskirts of Southtown and another on the Southside, consider a double meat burger to-go when you’re in the area.
Find it: 2401 Nogalitos St., San Antonio, TX 78225; 210-923-8841 and 444 W Mitchell St., San Antonio, TX 78204; 210-534-8381