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mySA Burger Madness

How does it work?

For each round and before the cuttoff time, pick who your favorite burger.

Bracket Deadlines:

First Round - Noon, March 13
Second Round - Noon, March 15
Third Round - Noon, March 20
Quarter Finals - Noon, March 22
Semi Finals - Noon, March 26
Finals - 5 p.m., March 27


Biting into a hot, juicy hamburger is one of life's great pleasures. But who makes the best burger in San Antonio?

Some would say it's a classic like that served at Chris Madrid's. For another, it's a made-to-order, upscale version from Cappy's. Still another craves the taste of a purely San Antonio burger, such as Cheesy Jane's. And then there are those who get the most comfort from knowing every burger they order will taste the same, no matter the restaurant's location, be it a Whataburger or McDonald's.

After you finish your college basketball bracket, pick your favorites in our burger bracket. The Taste team has winnowed more than 100 choices to 64 — not an easy task. Those are divided into four categories: Upscale, Hometown Heroes, Big Boys and S.A. Classics.

Vote for your choices at http://bit.ly/Burger_Madness. Voting is online only; paper ballots will not be accepted because of time constraints.

You have until noon Tuesday to narrow the initial 64 burgers to 32; from noon Tuesday until noon Thursday, you'll narrow the 32 to 16. On March 18, the top 16 will be named in Taste, then your online votes will narrow the field to eight finalists. On March 25, we'll report on the winners in each of the four categories; on April 1, the best burger in San Antonio, as determined by your votes, will be announced.

Restaurants are listed in order of match up.

Upscale

18 Oaks at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, 23808 Resort Parkway: Cheeseburgers are available at lunch, but the star at dinner is the 10-ounce bison burger with Grafton white cheddar and fried tobacco onions.

Gourmet Burger Grill, 11224 Huebner Road, Suite 206: Choose your meats, toppings and buns to create your own burger.

Citrus in the Hotel Valencia, 150 E. Houston St.: The Valencia Burger showcases South Texas flavors that include roasted peppers and grilled queso fresco.

Q on the Riverwalk, 123 Losoya at the Hyatt Regency downtown: The Meyers Natural Angus burger topped with aged white cheddar doesn't disappoint, but the Q Burger topped with pulled pork and smoked peppers is most popular.

Zinc, 207 N. Presa St.: Its swanky toppings of smoky cheddar, a Parmesan tuile (crisp), spicy tomato aioli and bibb lettuce come together to make one amazing bite.

The Palm, 233 E. Houston St.: The 837 Club Burger offers Italian flavors that include prosciutto di Parma, roasted red peppers, pesto aioli and fontina cheese.

Cappy's, 5011 Broadway: The Heights burger features Akaushi beef topped with smoked bacon and aged cheddar; at dinner, you can add gorgonzola dolce cheese.

Bohanan's Bar, 219 E. Houston St.: The burger here, offered on fancy china during lunch, is made with loosely packed meat, pristine lettuce and tomatoes on artisan buns.

Max's Wine Dive, 340 E. Basse Road, Suite 101: Go gourmet with Max's Kobe Burger made with a half-pound of Beeman Ranch Texas Wagyu beef served on an artisan bun.

Tost Bistro, 14415 Blanco Road, Suite 105: The Brisket Burger includes with poblano aioli, bacon, onion jam and gouda.

Drew's American Grill, 18740 Stone Oak Parkway: Pick your pleasure: the Sequoia burger with pickled grilled onions and jalapeños or the lamb burger (lunch only) with feta and mint.

The Sandbar, 200 E. Grayson St., Suite 117, at the Pearl: The Mexican burger stacked with ham, bacon, tomato, avocado, jalapeños and cheddar cheese will make you forget this is a seafood restaurant.

Lüke, 125 E. Houston St.: This burger with caramelized onions, Allen Benton bacon and Emmenthaler Swiss cheese served on a cutting board is not for the faint of heart.

Liberty Bar, 1111 S. Alamo St.: Here, the basic beef burger has plenty of fans, but the menu also includes burgers with lamb and venison.

Attaboy, Tuckers Kozy Korner, 1338 E. Houston St. or Airstream trailer at various locations; follow Cullum's Attaboy on Facebook: Tough choices include the basic burger, cheeseburger with asiago, cheddar or gouda, or a specialty burger such as the Sweetboy served with an onion and bacon marmalade.

Say She Ate, food truck at various locations, follow Say.She.Ate TX on Facebook: Two Akaushi beef sliders are topped with caramelized onions, garlic aioli and blue cheese on a sweet Hawaiian bread bun.

Hometown Heroes

Big Bob's Burgers, 447 W. Hildebrand Ave., Suite 107: This recently relocated restaurant serves up a flame-broiled burger with toppings ranging from guacamole to bacon and chili-cheese.

Big Lou's Burgers & BBQ, 2014 S. W.W. White Road: Family that made a name with pizza gets it done with burgers, including the 6-pound Super Big Lou's Burger.

Bun 'n' Barrel, 1150 Austin Highway: Charbroiled Angus beef patties can be ordered in 1/2-pound, 1/3-pound or double meat increments.

Murf's Better Burger, 2922 West Ave. and 1103 Mason St.: Remember the old Whopper Burger local chain of restaurants that closed in the '80s? Here's where you'll find its burger these days.

EZ's, various locations: Order your fire-grilled, 100 percent Angus beef burgers on a regular or gluten-free bun; housemade, refried black beans up the beanburger ante.

OrderUp, 999 E. Basse Road, Suite 193, and 20821 U.S. 281 N., Suite 116: Served piping hot, the burgers here are great whether ordered plain or topped with avocado, mushroom or jalapeños.

Big'z, 2303 N. Loop 1604 W. and 10106 Texas 151: Big'z second location offers even more space for families to dine on burgers done the classic way or dirty, with a fried egg on top.

MoMak's, 13838 Jones Maltsberger Road: Family-friendly MoMak's offers regular burgers, sliders and more — not to mention an enormous playground and great fried jalapeño bottle caps.

Cheesy Jane's, 4200 Broadway: Retro atmosphere and straightforward flavors delight kids of all ages.

Sam's Burger Joint, 330 E. Grayson St.: There's no mistaking this burger that arrives with Sam's branded on top of the bun and a slightly charred crunch on the patty.

Longhorn Café, various locations: Fresh, never frozen beef, stars in assorted “Big Juicy” burgers including a spicy jalepeño cheeseburger; don't forget the hand-breaded onion rings.

Luther's Café, 1425 N. Main Ave: Choose from a variety of burgers — original old fashioned, mushroom Swiss, hula, turkey, chipotle ranch, 3 Bean, Inferno or Granny's Blue Cheese — served till 3 a.m.

Broadway 5050, 5050 Broadway and 9837 I-10 W. at the Colonnade: There are a dozen 8-ounce burgers from which to choose with a variety of toppings, such as guacamole, beans and blue cheese, and two over-medium eggs.

CBQ Eatery, 17327 I-35 N., Suite 200, Schertz: Solid execution of wide variety of burgers from former-radio-guy-turned-restaurateur Chuck Stanley.

Chunky's, 4602 Callaghan Road: You'll need to sign a waiver before ordering the ghost pepper-topped Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse burger; tamer burgers also available.

Chester's, various locations: Chester's burgers are consistently juicy; the green chile cheeseburger and bacon cheeseburger are good options (especially with the massive beer selection).

Big Boys

Carl's Jr., various locations: There is a bevy of charbroiled burgers here, from basic burgers to a Black Angus Burger, turkey burger and portobello burger.

Wendy's, various locations: The never frozen, square patties on round buns are the signature of founder Dave Thomas.

McDonald's, various locations: The biggest of the big boys, this chain is known for its basic burger topped with a squirt of ketchup, mustard and teeny bits of rehydrated onion.

Burger King, various locations: The classic flame-broiled patties are served on a sesame-seed bun with your choice of toppings; new BK Chef's Choice burgers are served with bacon, red onion and romaine lettuce.

Culver's, 5836 De Zavala Road: The ButterBurger combines a butter-toasted bun with a sizzling beef patty that's perfect with some frozen custard.

Freddy's, various locations: A tasty steakburger, served on a steaming hot, buttered and toasted bun, is even better when enjoyed with a shake, malt or famous concrete.

Dairy Queen, various locations: Although the chain opened in Illinois, it is a staple here, where its signature red logo is sometimes called a Texas stop sign.

Jack in the Box, multiple locations: From the iconic Jumbo Jack to the Sirloin Cheeseburger and all kinds of other dishes, Jack can serve anything on the menu, any time of day.

Cheddar's, multiple locations: This Metroplex-based chain has quickly gained a large following in San Antonio.

Chili's, multiple locations: From its 1975 beginnings in Dallas, it serves a variety of Big Mouth Burgers.

Fuddruckers, various locations: Started by then-San Antonian Phil Romano in 1980, this chain is known for its fresh beef grilled to order, house-baked buns and Build Your Own toppings bar.

Five Guys, various locations: Burger basics at its best, thanks to fresh ground beef hand-formed into burgers, then grilled and topped with any or all 15 toppings.

Red Robin, various locations: Fresh, never frozen, beef served how you want it — whole-wheat bun, anyone? Bottomless Steak Fries make the burger even better.

Smashburger, multiple locations: Fast-growing company's signature burger starts with certified Angus beef, an egg-bread roll and fresh produce.

Sonic, multiple locations: The drive-in with carhop service is still a classic spot for burgers on the quick.

Whataburger, multiple locations. Don't mess with this Texas tradition.

S.A. Classics

Armadillo's, 1423 McCullough Ave.: The tradition of the famed Little Hipps restaurant lives on in Armadillo Eggs and flattop-seared burgers.

Timbo's, 1639 Broadway at Pearl Parkway: Start with an order of Shypoke eggs, a nod to Little Hipps, and then it's back to basics on the burger with fresh veggie toppings and mayonnaise or mustard on a toasted bun.

Tycoon Flats, 2926 N. St. Mary's St.: Fried veggies, live music, hand-cut chips and an array of burger choices.

Chris Madrid's, 1900 Blanco Road: Combination of homey atmosphere and details done right creates a quintessentially San Antonio experience.

Fattboy Burgers, 2345 Vance Jackson Road: Relatively new arrival on the burger scene makes a strong impression with its basic burger, done to perfection.

Fatso's Sports Garden, 1704 Bandera Road: Several varieties of burgers, along with plenty of barbecue, to fuel an afternoon watching all the important games.

Fatty's, 1624 E. Commerce St.: Seven specialty burgers are served on a house-made bun, topping varieties include mushroom, Swiss, bacon, chili, jalapeño, avocado and a burger with ham.

Lord's Kitchen, 118 Seguin St.: More than 20 burgers that start with hand-formed, seasoned patties grace this menu, from the basic 1/4-1/2 pound varieties to a mole burger and a 3-pound NOW That's a Burger.

Good Time Charlie's, 2922 Broadway St.: Everything is still made from scratch here and the burgers are topped with your choice of cheddar, Swiss, Monterey Jack, bacon, chili or chile con queso.

TJ's Hamburgers, 477 New Laredo Highway: A South Side tradition for nearly 40 years.

Jim's, various locations: Six varieties of burgers, ranging from the original to the mushroom-Swiss to the frontier burger with chili, cheddar cheese and onions.

Mama's, various locations: Mama's has seven burgers, but the ones that get the most love are the beanburger and the half-pound Texas Twister that includes fried onion and jalapeño strips.

The Cove, 606 W. Cypress St.: Whether it's a bison, beef or lamb burger, the ingredients are sustainable, local and organic at this local hotspot.

La Tuna, 100 Probandt St.: Although the menu features a Garden Bean Burger and a Cheesy Burger, it's the La Tuna Trio of mini grilled burgers that many love.

Malthouse, 115 S. Zarzamora St.: This longtime, reasonably priced diner has been serving burgers, malts and more since 1947.

DeWese's Tip Top Café, 2814 Fredericksburg Road: Opened in 1938, this café's straight-forward homestyle menu features a hamburger, cheeseburger, double, chili burger and turkey burger for less than $5 each.

 

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