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Burger House--Info & Reviews

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4211 Spicewood Springs Rd
Austin TX

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About Burger House

Local Texas chain out of Dallas, founded in 1951. Austin location just opened in early 2007 and is the first non-DFW location.

Elsewhere Online

Yelp Reviews
Consensus seems to be same as mine.
Chowhound Discussion
This is the thread that tipped me off to the new Burger House.
All about the "Burger House Breath" syndrome
Funny review of the Dallas original location relating one nasty byproduct of Burger House's seasoning salt.
Burger House on Urbanspoon

Staff Reviews (Your Reviews Below)

Lawry's Style

Reviewer: Chris

Original Review Date: 01/26/2007

Rating: 0/+3(Ho hum)

Became aware of this place on the Chowhound Austin board. Is a small chain out of Dallas, started over 50 years ago. Discussion on the Chowhound board focused on the seasoned salt on the fries, which appears to be their thing (their website states proudly "The legendary Burger House Seasoning Salt is one of the main reasons behind Burger House's tremendous success and long-standing popularity.").

So I order the cheeseburger (substituting cheddar/jack for american), fries and a drink. Very reasonably priced at $5.25. Burger was fine, nothing special. Standard thin patty cooked on a griddle. Bun was nicely toasted, with sesame seeds. The supposed main attraction, the fries, were typical thin-cut frozen fries with the famous seasoning salt applied. I am not a huge fan of those seasoning salts, so the fries really did not do much for me. I think they also use the salt on the burgers.

The interior of the place feels cramped. Not much space between tables, and hard to navigate to the drink refill station. Not really an inviting arrangement. They do also have an outdoor seating area.

Overall, the meal was not bad, but nothing stands out, beckoning me to return. The fries, which others rave about, tasted like standard fast foody fries that had been, um, sprinkled with seasoning salt. I think maybe back in 1951 when Burger House originated, seasoning salt must have been quite a novelty. These days, I don't think the use of seasoning salt is much to hang your hat on. Sans the salt, the burger and fries would taste the same as your run-of-the-mill thin patty/frozen fries combo.

Your Reviews (add a review)

Reviewer: anonymous

Review Date: 02/28/2008 06:24PM

Rating: -1/+3(Crap)

Lousiest Burger in town!

I went a little off-hours - mid-day, no rush - so you think they would make the effort to really shine, but they didn't! The place was a mess, the coke machine was making some ungodly noise.

They do seem really proud of their season salt - as they seem put it on everything. If they could find a way to add it to the sodas, I'm sure they would (try the ice maker). They must have dumped half a bottle of it on my burger as it was too salty to eat.

Really miss the hot dog shop that used to occupy that space.

Reviewer: anonymous

Review Date: 12/04/2007 02:22AM

Rating: +3/+3(Great)

We live in the neighborhood - which sorely needs a good burger joint - Wally's has been here forever but not worth the trip in my book - nice place, a bit small, but homespun feel with high quality burgers and the best shakes I have had in a long time - good value for the kids, and a nice addition to our neck of the woods! Seems to attract a good selection of neighborhood folks with the occasional UT crowd on the weekends - we took our little league team to dinner one night and the staff went out of their way to make them feel special - worth a try if in the area!

Double Double perfection

Reviewer: UTMom

Review Date: 06/08/2007 08:54PM

Rating: +3/+3(Great)

Double Double with fires, chocolate shake, for this mom who lives in the neighborhood, a definite winner! Patio is nice, wish they served beer -

"whataburger" style burgers, but great patio

Reviewer: amysuehere

Review Date: 04/02/2007 09:46PM

Rating: +1/+3(Not bad)

Burgers are nothing special, but for the area (Wally's - bleck) an okay burger and a very reasonable price. Patio's nice on a pretty day.

Gotta Go!!

Reviewer: anonymous

Review Date: 02/23/2007 04:05PM

Rating: +3/+3(Great)

A good friend told me about Burger House, so I went a couple of weeks ago and have been back 3 more times. I have been to the one in Dallas many times and always liked it - but this one in Austin is fantastic!! The double doulbe is great. And the Zoe's chicken sandwich is the best I have ever had!!! Of course, the fries are super, even though they probably aren't home fries - they are still the best I've had in a long time. I also tried the dog - WOW - with grilled onions, etc... a great dog!! Also, I love the patio - can't wait for good weather. The service was very good and the manager made a point of taking care of everyone. He told me they hope to serve beer in the future - and more tables will be added, even though I kinda like the feel now. Try it out. Its an old fashioned burger - not one of those giant burgers everyne else seems to go with. One of my visits was in the evening and they were giving the senior class at Anderson, I think, 20% of their sales from 4 to 7:00 that night - way cool.