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Between The Buns: 26 Can't-Miss San Antonio Burgers

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Big Bob's Burgers - FILE PHOTO
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Biff Buzby's Burgers
121702 Toepperwein Rd., (210) 590-2040, www.biffbuzbys.com

Biff Buzby's Burgers prides itself on mystery, aviation and burgers. When you walk into the restaurant, you see the wall is covered with stories written by patrons, each detailing what they think happened to the mystifying fighter pilot, the restaurant's namesake. While his whereabouts remains an enigma, there's no mystery as to why this joint is worth a visit. For starters, there's a classic car show every Friday night. Now that's a bit more than fries to go with your burger. Go for the chili cheeseburger, a half-pounder topped with cheddar, grilled-onions and, of course, Biff Buzby's house chili. All of these tasty ingredients are then sandwiched in between two of Biff's homemade sweet buns. Even sweeter: Free pinto beans with every meal. 'Nuff said. — Sebastian Oates

Big Bob's Burgers
Multiple locations, bigbobsburgers.com

Not to be confused with FOX's Bob's Burgers, Big Bob's Burgers is the embodiment of owner Bob Riddle (albeit slightly muted). The larger-than-life chef has carved out a niche for himself and his company by consistently delivering solid burger choices at decent prices at his three locations throughout SA: Santa Rosa, Hildebrand and 1604 at Lockhill. The chargrilled patty is made that much better when morphed into the 50/50, part bacon, part beef chuck with a generous dose of cheddar. The fixins are always fresh and if your experience is less than amazing, Riddle, who personally checks each table, makes it a point to right every wrong. Now, that's big time. – Jessica Elizarraras

Chester's - SARA LUNA ELLIS
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Chester's Hamburgers
Multiple locations

So many burgers vie for the attention of the Alamo City's appetite that it's easy to forget an old standby, especially if you are a dweller of Inner Loop Land. Chester's Hamburger's three North Side locations — I-10 and Wurzbach, Loop 410 and N. New Braunfels and 281 North near Hollywood Park — offer a no-frills burger menu that's always there when you need it. They may not make the best burger in the city, but they're made-to-order and always reliable. The poppy seed buns, which may or may not have made them all the more addictive, are finally back. That means Chester's will always be worth a visit, not only for its namesake offering but also for its hand-cut fries and bottled beer selection. Be sure to try the green chili bacon cheeseburger. Yes, it's a little messy, but so are so many truly good things in life. — Albert Salazar

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Fattboy Burgers & Dogs
Multiple locations, fattboyburgers.com

The name might turn away the calorie-averse, but if you've got a hankering for a full-bodied and extremely customizable burger, Fattboy Burgers & Dogs should be high up on your list. Whether you're visiting the original and quaint Dellview location off Vance Jackson, or the sleek and modern Huebner Road spot, the burgers continue to wow. You can't go wrong with the half-pound, made-to-order Fattboy lunch special ($9 with fries and a drink), where your only limitation is your imagination when it comes to how you'll dress your burger-beast. Keep it low-key and plain or load up on toppings with your choice of dressings (ketchup, mayo, mustard, barbecue and relish), fresh-cuts (lettuce, pickles, tomatoes and onions) and grilled veggies (onions, jalapeños, 'shrooms and bell peppers). Then there's the add-ons of cheese, ranch, bacon, sauerkraut, avocado or chili. At Fattboy, you can have it your way — whichever way that may be. — Jessica Elizarraras

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Mark's Outing (FKA Fatty's)
1624 E. Commerce St., (210) 299-8110

Mark's Outing has taken the home of the original Fatty's Burgers and More and upped the ante to create a sanctuary for bigger, better burgers. The buzzword is options at this burger joint, with menu choices that lean toward the unbelievable such as the Ice Cream Burger, which includes a — wait for it — heaping scoop of deep fried ice cream. For an even bigger burger option for those who like a challenge, the $20 two-pound Lineman Burger sits waiting for contenders. Whether it's avocado, barbecue or breakfast toppings, these gourmet burgers are sure to please — with options galore. — Felicia DeInnocentiis

Lord's Kitchen - DAN PAYTON
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The Lord's Kitchen
118 Seguin St., (210) 354-3888

Disguised as an Eastside hole-in-the-wall, this kitchen's holy mission is to serve hearty, down-to-earth burgers that can heal anyone's soul. Whether you want your burger beef, chicken, turkey or bean, there is definitely enough food to appeal to any palate. Ten bucks can go a long way here, with sides including grilled onion rings, fries on the greasy side, or chips and salsa. For an extra touch of southwestern flair, Mayor Ed's Mole Burger with house mole sauce could do the trick. Lord's Kitchen serves burgers with humility and plenty of flavor. — Felicia DeInnocentiis

Timbo's Burgers
1639 Broadway St., (210) 223-1028, timbosburgers.com

Though neighboring hipster magnets tend to draw a ton of attention (guilty as charged), Timbo's Burgers serves as a 12-year staple to the Broadway corridor. Named after owner Timbo Lang, a longtime employee of the original Little Hipps, which closed in 2002, the eatery delivers no-fuss burgers, with matter o' fact service, that begs for continued patronage. Locavores should know Timbo's hearty patties are delivered fresh from Bolner's Meat Market. Stop in for the bacon cheeseburger because they don't skimp on the tocino. Or take on a Yellow Submarine, a gigantic stuffed-burger that taunts you with its heft.— Jessica Elizarraras

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