The origin of the beloved hamburger is debatable, but we Americans certainly took over the franchise! No one does them better! If you’ll be firing up the grill over this holiday weekend and are planning on serving up some scrumptious hamburgers, I’ve got some great burger combos. We’ve compiled our favorites, so far, on Goodtaste.tv. Call these gems the trifecta of Texas burgers—the best from Houston, Austin and San Antonio.
Up first, the award winning Harwood Grill Akaushi burger. Yes, the one that took top honors at the recent Houstonia Burger Bash competition. The secret that makes this burger shine above all others is the beef—it’s Akaushi, the highest-grade meat you can buy in Houston. But, there’s a catch.
To my knowledge, the only place you can actually buy the hamburger meat to cook at home is at the restaurant where this burger is served—Harwood Grill on Westheimer near Kirby. The restaurant actually has a meat counter in the reception area where customers can purchase a variety of the cuts available, including the delicious ground beef Akaushi. This burger will pair perfectly with the uber popular Josh Cabernet, the top selling cabernet in Texas for less than $20.
Another burger combo we love is from Del Frisco’s Grille – The Banh Mi Burger. This delicious burger includes two 4 oz prime burger patties, pickled carrots, cucumbers, cilantro, cabbage, ghost-pepper jack cheese and sliced pork belly. It’s all topped off with a house-made Korean BBQ sauce—delish! A good wine match for this burger would be The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc.
Also delicious is the turkey burger served at the way cool Arbor Grill at The Houstonian Hotel. It’s a combination of grilled pineapple, chipotle mayo (easy to make at home) Swiss cheese and fresh greens. I like the Cherry Tart Pinot Noir with this burger that’s available at H-E-B.
One of the most creative variations of the American classic hails from our fun friends in Austin at Phil’s Icehouse, a spot known for incredible hamburgers. Think of this beauty as a brunch burger. It’s a combo of bacon, egg, cheddar cheese and ground beef served between two slices of sour dough French toast. Drizzle a little maple syrup on top for an amazing taste explosion! Pair with a lovely sparkling wine like the Enza Prosecco that’s less than $15 a bottle.
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