Grumps Burgers – Burleson, TX

A special THANK YOU to James Clement for this blog article: http://texasburgerstops.blogspot.com/2014/12/grumps-burgers-burleson-tx.html

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Grump’s Burgers – Burleson, TX

Move over, Kelly Clarkson, from where I stand, the star of Burleson is Grump’s Burgers.
I was in Burleson, recently, and found Grump’s Burgers. What a find it was.
Located in the Old Town section of Burleson, the burger joint is housed in an old two-story building, complete with a Texas Flag roof. The location screams ‘Come on in and sit a spell’, so I did.
Burgers, Texas Flag, Old Town charm, I held back tears of joy.
They offer peanuts to consume while you wait, ala Logan’s Roadhouse, but they playfully call them Grump’s Nuts. To-go bags can be picked up for $2.99/lb along with their much-talked-about jalapeño ketchup. I didn’t sample the ketchup. I wish I had. The line to order your food forms to the left. Step up, read the menu, place your order. Simple enough approach.

On this day, I opted for the standard cheeseburger, but decided to amp it up with a jalapeño bun (.99¢ upcharge). I also was intrigued by their sweet potato fries until I saw the Dirty Fries on the list of available fry choices. Grilled jalapeño and onions smothering my fries? How can I say no? My mouth watered at the thought of it.

I grabbed my drink glass (the large is refillable for $1 on every visit thereafter) and sat down to enjoy some peanuts before my meal arrived. They point out they are not a fast food joint on a sign near the register. Hand-formed, never frozen burgers take time. Why rush perfection, I thought. Wouldn’t have it any other way.

As I enjoyed the peanuts, washed down with a tall glass of half-and-half sweet tea, I watched videos from GAC on the TVs around the room.

My Dirty Fries arrived soon and I was surprised by the mounds of jalapeño’s and onions covering them. Pleasantly surprised. I should have ordered a side of ranch dressing, I thought. But, alas, I dug in and it was pure greatness. They were no match.

A few minutes later a gentleman who I presumed to be the owner or manager arrived to inform me the supply truck did not have the jalapeño buns so my burger would require a regular bun. He was so nice and apologetic about it. “Things happen”, I said and continued my assault on the Dirty Fries.

The burger arrived soon after and I noticed it had a large toast mark from its time on the flat top. Nice touch.

I opened it up to apply liberal amounts of black pepper, a ritual I always perform. It contained a good amount of onions and shredded lettuce, some pickles and two slices of tomato. The tomatoes weren’t the deep-red color I usually like, but, they looked fine. Good deep-red-colored tomatoes are difficult to find any longer for some reason, even in the grocery stores. The patty was a medium thickness and looked to be perfectly prepared. Overall, visually, it’s a home run.

When I took my first bite, the experience was complete. It packed plenty of flavor, was juicy but not dripping with grease and had a nice melding of flavors in each bite.

Was it the best burger I had ever had? Well, no, but it’s in the top 10. Maybe top 5. It’s good.

I posted on my Facebook account that this is the kind of place that would do very well in Graham, TX, on the largest downtown square in America. The old world charm of the building, the non-nonsense approach to customer service, and the quality of the food would be in instant success. Sure, Graham has the Dairy King and KN Root Beer and I wouldn’t trade them for all the tea in China. But a place like this on the Square would be awesome and there is always room for another burger joint.

If Grump’s ever expands elsewhere, perhaps Graham and the NE Tarrant County area might make the list. Then, my options for burgers at each place I call home would be complete.

As for the Texas Burger Stop’s rating, here goes:

  • Patty Size and Style: medium thick, hand formed
  • Cooking style: grilled on a flat top
  • Char: nice char across the patty
  • Bun: soft, toasted (as noted above, opted for jalapeno bun, but it was out of stock)
  • Vegetables: fresh shredded lettuce, onions, pickles and tomatoes
  • Napkins needs: one napkin should do
  • Special attributes: lots of TVs, adult beverages available, friendly wait staff, very cool old town building
  • Ownership: local chain

Granbury Restaurants: Find The Best Burger Joints

Granbury Restaurants: Find The Best Burger Joints

Granbury is a city located in Hood County, Texas. The city founded back in 1863 is rich in history and culture. Granbury Restaurants are popular for their fantastic variety of burgers. The city has much to offer its visitors; a visit to Granbury will be incomplete without visiting a few of the popular burger joints. BBonline highly recommends visiting these top burger joints while staying at your comfortable Granbury Bed and Breakfast.

Grumps
3503, East Highway 377
Granbury, TX 76049
(817) 573-5000
http://www.grumpstexas.com/

Grumps opened for business in 2002, and since then it has been a run-away success. This Granbury Restaurant is one of the most popular places to get a great burger at a very reasonable price. The restaurant uses the finest ingredients available and provides great service that matches the taste of the burgers. One stop for a burger at Grumps will leave you wanting to come back for more. Grumps is a great place to stop on your way back to your comfortable Granbury Bed and Breakfast.

http://www.bbonline.com/articles/texas/granbury/granbury-restaurants-find-granburys-best-burger-joints.html

Nothing to Be Grumpy About With Stephenville, Texas’ Queso Burger at Grumps

Nothing to Be Grumpy About With Stephenville, Texas’ Queso Burger at Grumps

By: Arthur Bovino, The Daily Meal

“Besides the iconic food of a country, region, city, or town (think a lobster roll in Maine, barbecue in Texas, or a bagel in New York City) there are several signature foods I’m always on the lookout for no matter where (or when) I’m traveling — I call them the big six: tacos, sandwiches, pizza, doughnuts, hot dogs, and burgers. Whether traveling for work, vacation, or family visits, I’m on the lookout for standouts in these categories. And on a recent trip to Stephenville, Texas to visit my wife’s family, I may have discovered the town’s best burger: Grumps.

It may not sound like much considering we’re talking about a small town (population 18,561) an hour-and-forty-five minutes southwest of Dallas. And I wouldn’t call it a destination meal, but the queso burger at Grumps is one of the best burgers I ate in 2014, and considering that I eat burgers everywhere I go, it’s not something I say lightly. Besides The Daily Meal’s own 101 Best Burger in America list, and the research I do in advance of a place, the burger bible I travel with — I have a Google doc and check places off as I visit — is George Motz’s Hamburger America. Now this isn’t to disparage George or any of the spots in his book (like I said, I do use it for travel reference) but Grumps’ queso burger is better than at least a few of the burgers mentioned therein. It’s also better than many burgers I’ve had in New York City, elsewhere across the coungry, and several served at two of the country’s most high-profile burger events: Burger Bash at South Beach and New York City.

Grumps is about an hour and a quarter west of Fort Worth on the right side of West South Loop (Us-377) at a bend in the road right next to Chick Elms Grand Entry Western Store where I’ve gotten cowboy boots each of the past two years (yes, I wear them everyday). It’s a long, red brick building lined with trees on the left side, and a parking lot out front.

This Stephenville spot is the brainchild of Collier Albright, who named it after his grandfather (“Sort of,” he says) and whose dream it was to leave his corporate gig and to open a burger joint, one modeled after the kinds of places he’d enjoyed patronizing, ones where employees knew his name. (There are also locations in Burleson, Granbury, and Cleburne.)The queso burger takes center stage, so for any pepper-lover does one of the add-ons you may not see on the online menu: green chiles. This is a fairly large burger, not Ted’s steamed cheeseburger big, but a two-hander to be sure. There’s a warm, butter-brushed bun top that’s thin and fresh, and a very juicy patty that while it doesn’t quite seem to be the claimed medium-well, doesn’t seem pink or undercooked but still drips and glistens. The queso doesn’t flow, but it’s certainly adequate, and if you’re smart enough to order them, the chiles add a slight bite and extra flavor.

“My favorite places are fun, clean, have a casual atmosphere that are service oriented and priced reasonably,” Albright notes. “Places where friends and family can gather and enjoy themselves without feeling rushed.” There’s a casual atmosphere at Grumps for sure; burgers aren’t pre-made or skiddled out in a rush. You may have to wait a solid 10 minutes, but hey, Grumps isn’t fast food, nor does it taste like it. And you do get that personal touch. A counter person will make the trek with your order from the far side of the restaurant to wherever you decide to make yourself comfortable and wait while munching on the roasted peanuts sitting on buckets on each table.

There are eight burgers on the menu, all made with certified ground chuck, hand-pressed, hand-cut, and hand-trimmed: the standard Grumps burger, cheeseburger, bacon cheeseburger, Swiss mushroom, barbecue bacon cheeseburger, chili cheeseburger, and a guacamole burger (you can also order a patty melt). They’re all cooked medium-well and served with mustard, lettuce, tomato, pickle, and onion. You can add 10 toppings to any burger: an extra patty, cheese, jalapeños, grilled onions, mushrooms, bacon, queso, chili, guacamole, and chicken strips (yes, chicken strips).

The queso burger takes center stage, so for any pepper-lover does one of the add-ons you may not see online: green chiles. This is a fairly large burger, not Meriden, Conn. Ted’s steamed cheeseburger big, but a two-hander to be sure. There’s a warm, butter-brushed bun top that’s thin and fresh, and a very juicy patty that while it doesn’t quite seem to be the claimed medium-well, doesn’t seem pink or undercooked, but still drips and glistens. The queso doesn’t flow, but it coats, and if you’re smart enough to order them, the chiles add a slight bite and extra flavor.

I can’t vouch for the other burgers because this one was big enough, but the fries were quality too — crispy, and when ordered with the fried jalapeño and onions they can be tossed with, even more fun.

At this point, between burgers at Grumps, barbecue at the Hard Eight, and Mexican food at Fuzzy’s Tacos, Santa Fe Taco Company, and Don Nico’s, my wife and I have tapped most of the food options on our Stephenville list beyond the family kitchen. We have Jake & Dorothy’s for our next visit, noted by Texas Monthly as one of the state’s best cafes, but I’m comfortable declaring Grumps the town’s best burger.

“The ‘Ville and surrounding area are pretty limited on upscale burger joints,” confided my father-in-law J.R. Moore (a retired fast food industry executive). “Grumps by far offers the only ‘custom’ burger where you have a variety of toppings. Cotton Patch is a somewhat local Texas chain, maybe one or two in Oklahoma but they don’t count anyway. Then there’s the really upscale Angus ‘Ranch Burger’ at the Perini Steakhouse in Buffalo Gap, which is about an hour-and-a-half away, depending on how heavy a foot you have, but that is still considered local in Texas!”

Indeed, and if you find yourself that “local” to Stephenville while moving nearby through the state, Grumps is definitely worth a short detour. I’ll be back.”

Grumps Jalapeno Ketchup Wins 2015 Fiery Food Challenge!

Zest Fest logo

Grumps Burgers takes second place for Consumer Ready Condiment in the 2015 Fiery Food Challenge for Grumps’ Jalapeno Ketchup!

(Granbury Texas, February 14, 2015)

On January 23, 2015, the most prestigious awards in the spicy food industry were distributed at the Fiery Food Challenge Awards dinner in Irving, Texas, and Grumps Burgers came out a top product category winner! Grumps’ Jalapeno Ketchup took home a “Runner Up” in the category of Consumer Ready Condiment.

The Fiery Food Challenge pits products from across the US and internationally against one another in more than 80 categories. Professional judges evaluate hundreds of sauces, salsas and other spicy treats and award first, second and third place prizes in each category. Awards are proudly displayed at ZestFest, a spicy, zesty and flavorful food event held the same week as the Fiery Food Challenge at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas.

This is Grumps’ first entry into the “consumer ready” category but is a consistent winner of “in-store” awards. Grumps Burgers was founded in 2002 in Granbury Texas and currently has locations in: Granbury, Stephenville, Burleson, and Cleburne Texas. Collier Albright, Founder-Grumps Burgers, said “although it’s no leg lamp, it’s still a “major award” in our book. Yee haw!”

Go to their website: www.grumpsburgers.com for more shameless self adulation. Email Deralynn@grumpstexas.com or call 817.573.5040 for more information.

For more information on the Fiery Food Challenge and ZestFest, visit www.zestfest.net or contact Gregory Bagarozy at Gregory@zestfest.net or 845-661-3616.

Best Burgers in Stephenville, Texas

Grumps Burgers has been around since 2002, serving the best burgers in Stephenville, Texas and the most delicious burgers you’ve ever wrapped your lips around. They’ve acquired quite a reputation as evidenced by their numerous awards and recognitions. The atmosphere is casual with an emphasis on “family friendly.” Peanuts await their visitors at every table, service is friendly, beer is cold. What more can you ask for?

How Do They Do It?
Grumps sources the freshest beef on the market, never frozen. The meat patties are hand cut, hand trimmed, and hand pressed (takes more time, but it’s worth it). They cook a “traditional Texas burger,” 1/3 lb. patty of thick real beef. The standard “build” is on a Mrs. Baird’s bun served up with mustard, pickle, lettuce, tomato, and red onion. The veggies are shopped weekly and delivered 2x’s per week. The freshness of the burgers, along with the secret seasoning blend, has satisfied Texans and its neighbors for years.

If you’re looking to stray from the “standard” burger, these crowd pleasers have been around awhile too. The Bacon Cheeseburger is the #1 variation with the Queso Burger (as seen on TV’s The Bucket List), being the messiest – you’ll need a knife & fork! They also offer, and some people swear by it, the Guacamole Burger (fresh & homemade), Chili Cheeseburger (dang good chili), and the Swiss Mushroom Burger. Not in the mood for a burger? They also have a simple, but terrific, Patty Melt, the best Grilled Chicken Sandwich around, and a BLT that uses their spicy Jalapeno Bacon (feedin’ the pigs jalapenos does the trick). All of the burgers & sandwiches can be served on a Jalapeno Bun, or for you healthy folks, they offer a Wheat Bun option.

Lastly but not leastly, they do offer a couple of salads that can quench your taste buds and still keep you fit. The Grilled Chicken Salad is the same chicken that is served on the sandwiches and the Southwestern Salad uses their high quality beef. Both salads are served with a side order of their fresh-made chips. They offer Grumps’ own “dippin’ sauces” called Homemade Ranch dressing AND their award-winning Homemade Jalapeno Ketchup.

Kiddos have a menu as well (small burger choice, chicken strips, grilled cheese) and they’re proud to offer Blue Bell Ice Cream and fresh baked cookies for dessert (combine the two and you’ve got yourself one heck’uv’a dessert!)

Their stores offer quality food (sometimes it may take a while, but they hope it’s worth it) that’s reasonably priced. They pride themselves on friendly service, family first atmosphere, the “coldest beer in Texas,” and award winning food. Go see ‘um, they’d love to earn your business!

Best Burgers in Burleson, Texas

Grumps Burgers has been around since 2002, serving the best burgers in Burleson, Texas and the most delicious burgers you’ve ever wrapped your lips around. They’ve acquired quite a reputation as evidenced by their numerous awards and recognitions. The atmosphere is casual with an emphasis on “family friendly.” Peanuts await their visitors at every table, service is friendly, beer is cold. What more can you ask for?

How Do They Do It?
Grumps sources the freshest beef on the market, never frozen. The meat patties are hand cut, hand trimmed, and hand pressed (takes more time, but it’s worth it). They cook a “traditional Texas burger,” 1/3 lb. patty of thick real beef. The standard “build” is on a Mrs. Baird’s bun served up with mustard, pickle, lettuce, tomato, and red onion. The veggies are shopped weekly and delivered 2x’s per week. The freshness of the burgers, along with the secret seasoning blend, has satisfied Texans and its neighbors for years.

If you’re looking to stray from the “standard” burger, these crowd pleasers have been around awhile too. The Bacon Cheeseburger is the #1 variation with the Queso Burger (as seen on TV’s The Bucket List), being the messiest – you’ll need a knife & fork! They also offer, and some people swear by it, the Guacamole Burger (fresh & homemade), Chili Cheeseburger (dang good chili), and the Swiss Mushroom Burger. Not in the mood for a burger? They also have a simple, but terrific, Patty Melt, the best Grilled Chicken Sandwich around, and a BLT that uses their spicy Jalapeno Bacon (feedin’ the pigs jalapenos does the trick). All of the burgers & sandwiches can be served on a Jalapeno Bun, or for you healthy folks, they offer a Wheat Bun option.

Lastly but not leastly, they do offer a couple of salads that can quench your taste buds and still keep you fit. The Grilled Chicken Salad is the same chicken that is served on the sandwiches and the Southwestern Salad uses their high quality beef. Both salads are served with a side order of their fresh-made chips. They offer Grumps’ own “dippin’ sauces” called Homemade Ranch dressing AND their award-winning Homemade Jalapeno Ketchup.

Kiddos have a menu as well (small burger choice, chicken strips, grilled cheese) and they’re proud to offer Blue Bell Ice Cream and fresh baked cookies for dessert (combine the two and you’ve got yourself one heck’uv’a dessert!)

Their stores offer quality food (sometimes it may take a while, but they hope it’s worth it) that’s reasonably priced. They pride themselves on friendly service, family first atmosphere, the “coldest beer in Texas,” and award winning food. Go see ‘um, they’d love to earn your business!

Best Burgers in Cleburne, Texas

Grumps Burgers has been around since 2002, serving the best burgers in Cleburne, Texas and the most delicious burgers you’ve ever wrapped your lips around. They’ve acquired quite a reputation as evidenced by their numerous awards and recognitions. The atmosphere is casual with an emphasis on “family friendly.” Peanuts await their visitors at every table, service is friendly, beer is cold. What more can you ask for?

How Do They Do It?
Grumps sources the freshest beef on the market, never frozen. The meat patties are hand cut, hand trimmed, and hand pressed (takes more time, but it’s worth it). They cook a “traditional Texas burger,” 1/3 lb. patty of thick real beef. The standard “build” is on a Mrs. Baird’s bun served up with mustard, pickle, lettuce, tomato, and red onion. The veggies are shopped weekly and delivered 2x’s per week. The freshness of the burgers, along with the secret seasoning blend, has satisfied Texans and its neighbors for years.

If you’re looking to stray from the “standard” burger, these crowd pleasers have been around awhile too. The Bacon Cheeseburger is the #1 variation with the Queso Burger (as seen on TV’s The Bucket List), being the messiest – you’ll need a knife & fork! They also offer, and some people swear by it, the Guacamole Burger (fresh & homemade), Chili Cheeseburger (dang good chili), and the Swiss Mushroom Burger. Not in the mood for a burger? They also have a simple, but terrific, Patty Melt, the best Grilled Chicken Sandwich around, and a BLT that uses their spicy Jalapeno Bacon (feedin’ the pigs jalapenos does the trick). All of the burgers & sandwiches can be served on a Jalapeno Bun, or for you healthy folks, they offer a Wheat Bun option.

Lastly but not leastly, they do offer a couple of salads that can quench your taste buds and still keep you fit. The Grilled Chicken Salad is the same chicken that is served on the sandwiches and the Southwestern Salad uses their high quality beef. Both salads are served with a side order of their fresh-made chips. They offer Grumps’ own “dippin’ sauces” called Homemade Ranch dressing AND their award-winning Homemade Jalapeno Ketchup.

Kiddos have a menu as well (small burger choice, chicken strips, grilled cheese) and they’re proud to offer Blue Bell Ice Cream and fresh baked cookies for dessert (combine the two and you’ve got yourself one heck’uv’a dessert!)

Their stores offer quality food (sometimes it may take a while, but they hope it’s worth it) that’s reasonably priced. They pride themselves on friendly service, family first atmosphere, the “coldest beer in Texas,” and award winning food. Go see ‘um, they’d love to earn your business!

Best Burgers in Granbury, Texas

Grumps Burgers has been around since 2002, serving the best burgers in Granbury, Texas and the most delicious burgers you’ve ever wrapped your lips around. They’ve acquired quite a reputation as evidenced by their numerous awards and recognitions. The atmosphere is casual with an emphasis on “family friendly.” Peanuts await their visitors at every table, service is friendly, beer is cold. What more can you ask for?

How Do They Do It?
Grumps sources the freshest beef on the market, never frozen. The meat patties are hand cut, hand trimmed, and hand pressed (takes more time, but it’s worth it). They cook a “traditional Texas burger,” 1/3 lb. patty of thick real beef. The standard “build” is on a Mrs. Baird’s bun served up with mustard, pickle, lettuce, tomato, and red onion. The veggies are shopped weekly and delivered 2x’s per week. The freshness of the burgers, along with the secret seasoning blend, has satisfied Texans and its neighbors for years.

If you’re looking to stray from the “standard” burger, these crowd pleasers have been around awhile too. The Bacon Cheeseburger is the #1 variation with the Queso Burger (as seen on TV’s The Bucket List), being the messiest – you’ll need a knife & fork! They also offer, and some people swear by it, the Guacamole Burger (fresh & homemade), Chili Cheeseburger (dang good chili), and the Swiss Mushroom Burger. Not in the mood for a burger? They also have a simple, but terrific, Patty Melt, the best Grilled Chicken Sandwich around, and a BLT that uses their spicy Jalapeno Bacon (feedin’ the pigs jalapenos does the trick). All of the burgers & sandwiches can be served on a Jalapeno Bun, or for you healthy folks, they offer a Wheat Bun option.

Lastly but not leastly, they do offer a couple of salads that can quench your taste buds and still keep you fit. The Grilled Chicken Salad is the same chicken that is served on the sandwiches and the Southwestern Salad uses their high quality beef. Both salads are served with a side order of their fresh-made chips. They offer Grumps’ own “dippin’ sauces” called Homemade Ranch dressing AND their award-winning Homemade Jalapeno Ketchup.

Kiddos have a menu as well (small burger choice, chicken strips, grilled cheese) and they’re proud to offer Blue Bell Ice Cream and fresh baked cookies for dessert (combine the two and you’ve got yourself one heck’uv’a dessert!)

Their stores offer quality food (sometimes it may take a while, but they hope it’s worth it) that’s reasonably priced. They pride themselves on friendly service, family first atmosphere, the “coldest beer in Texas,” and award winning food. Go see ‘um, they’d love to earn your business!