Whilum PaperCity scouting for the fanciest burgers to indulge in on National Burger Day, which was Friday, the savvy food critics of GAYOT, the self-proclaimed “international guide to the good life,” prepared to reveal their picks for the Top 10 Burgers. restaurants in the United States – and a candidate in Houston with a location in Dallas at the top of the entire list.
All hail Becks Prime. Kirby’s original location was named the No.1 Burger Restaurant in the United States, while the other 10 locations in Houston were recognized for menus and duplicate setup. Owned and operated by the same team, Becks Prime en North Dallas can also take arcs.
100% Certified Angus Beef Burgers are regulars on the best lists in town – though they aren’t always at the top of those lists. Beck’s Prime Large Burgers are known for the special flavor imparted by cooking over mesquite coals and the taste of freshly baked egg buns lightly topped with sesame seeds.
“Kirby’s original location is small, but offers a tree-shaded patio and two drive-through windows, which can roll up in the evening when people have whole dinners of rib eye steaks, ahi tuna and grilled chicken; all come with salad and sides, ” GAYOT note in his love letter.
“Still, the lines are worth it for the blue cheese burger, half a pound of chopped chuck, blue cheese, mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato on a sesame seed bun; add bacon for a funky burger.
GAYOT, named after one of its founders André Gayot, has been providing expert reviews from around the world on restaurants, drinks, hotels, travel, events, cars and more since the 1980s. The best of guides are considered by some discerning travelers as the bible of the discerning traveler.
Becks Prime was founded in 1985 by Win Campbell, Mike Knapp and John Storms, three men from Houston looking to start a restaurant business that did something different. They focused on the gray area between a dining experience and a fast food experience. Today, Campbell’s daughter, Molly Voorhies, is president of Becks.
“I actually like to say that they invented the concept of fast casual,” Voorhies said in an interview on The BusinessMakers. The concept “that we see more and more today is to order at the counter. They prepare your food to order. We crumble everything. Everything is fresh.
“And then they call you to the counter to receive the food or we deliver it to you.” It was quite unique in 1985. It basically didn’t exist.
Following Becks Prime in GAYOT’s top 10, in order, are The Burger Joint in New York; the Cherry cricket in Denver; Farm Burger in Decatur, Georgia; 4,505 burgers and barbecue in San Francisco; Holsteins Shakes and Burgers in Las Vegas; Kuma’s Corner in Chicago; Melt Gourmet Cheeseburgers in Leesburg, Virginia; Burger Cottage by Mr. Bartlett in Cambridge, Massachusetts; and 25 degrees in Hollywood, California.