A Snapshot of BuffBurger

When the My Table team craves a burger for lunch, the meal usually (and we admit this without shame) begins with, “Welcome to Whataburger. Can I take your order?” But this past Wednesday we found ourselves in the Memorial area when the burger craving hit, so it was about time we checked out the all-natural, sustainable burger joint BuffBurger.

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The fast-casual burger concept from owners Paul “Buff” and native Houstonian Sara Burden opened in late March and focuses on all-natural ingredients supplied by local ranchers, farmers and bakeries.

The burgers are made using 44 Farms ground Angus beef; the cheeses are from Houston Dairymaids; buns come from Slow Dough Bread Co. (gluten-free buns are from Memorial neighbor Gluten Free Houston); and ice cream for their hand-dipped milkshakes from a local creamery.

There are five burgers to choose from, including the original BuffBurger topped with house pickles, onion, lettuce, tomato and BB mayo ($7.25). Or you could go the build-your-own route and customize the sauce, cheese and toppings to suit yourself.

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We ordered the goat cheese burger ($8.50, photo above) with Pure Luck goat cheese, oven-roasted tomatoes, arugula and garlic aioli served “In the Buff” — that is, wrapped in lettuce instead of nestled in a bun. The burgers arrive in a little brown box, sitting on their side (which we imagine would help eliminate the soggy bottom bun). It was rich and tangy, and surprisingly filling considering the lack of bun.

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We also tried the chili dog ($6.95, photo above) topped with chili, muenster, chopped onion and Dijon mustard. The dog and toppings are piled high in a lobster roll-type bun, reason enough to order one the BuffDogs. While the actual hot dog may look overwhelmed with toppings — only the ends of the hot dog peek out of the chili — the dish is balanced, and the hot dog is still a prominent flavor.

A side of the regular BuffBurger shoestring fries seasoned with sea salt is $2.25 (photo below). And for $1.25 more, your pile o’ potatoes can be topped with parmesan, truffle salt and the merest hint of truffle oil, oh my!

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We ended the meal with a regular chocolate milkshake for $5 (a mini is available for $3). When the milkshake arrived at the table, we had to ask, “Is this the regular size?” We were expecting something a bit larger. In hindsight, this is probably a healthful portion. Maybe Whataburger has skewed our sense of size. We’re used to “regular” being bigger in Texas.

We’ll be back soon to try a burger in a bun and, perhaps, one of their salads if we’re feeling really wild.


BuffBurger, 1014 Wirt, 281-501-9773, buffburger.com

by Becca Wright | SideDish | Date June 26, 2015

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