You can access the full story on (subscriber-only), but here’s the list, just to get your tastebuds revved up. Also, there are lots of related burger sidebars that we couldn’t squeeze into the magazine. Check them out. The list is ranked in order of our preference from one to fifty, with the name of the restaurant first. The exact burger we sampled is listed–if you haven’t had it, go try it before you leave a comment. The same place may offer burger variations that range from great to  good to yuck. Trust us on this–we ate at more than 250 places to choose the top 50.  (Pictured: Dutch’s, Fort Worth, #8.)

1. The Grape, Dallas, Classic Cheeseburger

2. Counter Cafe, Austin, Counter Burger

3. Alamo Springs Cafe, Fredericksburg, Cheeseburger (with green chiles on a jalapeno-cheese bun)

4. Toro Burger Bar, El Paso, Toro Burger

5. The Cove, San Antonio, Texas Burger

6. The Porch, Dallas, The Stodg

7. Perini Ranch Steakhouse, Buffalo Gap, Hamburger Steak on a Bun

8. Dutch’s, Fort Worth, Bacon and Bleu Cheese Burger

9. Beck’s Prime, Houston, Bacon Cheeseburger

10. Orlando’s, Lubbock, Cheeseburger in Paradise

11. White Buffalo Bar, Gage Hotel Marathon, Buffalo Burger

12. Cover 3, Austin, Chop-House Burger (with cheese and bacon)

13. Burger Fresh, Conroe, 1/2 Pound Burger

14. Burger Tex II, Austin, Burgogi Burger

15. Twisted Root Burger Co., Dallas, Hamburger

16. Max’s Wine Dive, Austin and Houston, Kobe Beef Burger

17. Love Shack, Fort Worth, Dirty Love Burger

18. Fatty’s Burgers & More, San Antonio, Ref Burger

19. MoMak’s Backyard Malts & Burgers, San Antonio, MoMak Classic Burger

20. Kelly’s Eastside, Plano, Southwestern Burger

21. Big’z Burger Joint, San Antonio, Big’z Famous No. 1

22. Chicken Oil Co., Bryan, Snuffy Burger

23. Cafe Michael Burger, Galveston, Tiki Burger

24. Burgers, Fries and Cherry Pies, Midland, The French Connection Burger

25. Mockingbird Bistro, Houston, American Kobe Beef Burger

26. Parkside, Austin, Cheeseburger

27. Black Sheep Lodge, Austin, Black Buffalo Burger

28. Miss Hattie’s Cafe and Saloon, San Angelo, Miss Hattie Burger

29. Mel’s Country Cafe, Tomball, Double Hamburger

30. Roaring Fork, Austin, Half Ass Burger (also in San Antonio)

31. Gene’s Tasty Burger, Wichita Falls, Frisco Burger

32. Cliff Cafe, Dallas, Brie and Granny Smith Burger

33. Bracken Store Cafe, San Antonio, Bean and Frito Burger

34. Sam’s Deli Diner, Houston, Hamburger

35. Dry Creek Cafe, Houston, The Regular (with asadero cheese)

36. Hamburger Store, Jefferson, Build-Your-Own Burger

37. Mighty Fine, Austin, Hamburger

38. Roadhouse, Bastrop, Jalapeno Cream Cheese Burger

39. Lankford Grocery and Market, Houston, Old-Fashioned Hamburger

40. Classics Burgers and “Moore,” Kerrville, Cheeseburger

41. Koffee Kup Family Restaurant, Hico, Jalapeno Cream Cheese Burger

42. Hruska’s Store and Bakery, Ellinger, Cheeseburger

43. Rosco’s Burger Inn, El Paso, Rosco Burger

44. Port Aransas Brewing Company, Port Aransas, Stopher Burger

45. Goode Company Hamburgers and Taqueria, Houston, Mesquite Burger

46. Snuffer’s Restaurant and Bar, Dallas, Green Chile Swissburger

47. Fred’s Texas Cafe, Fort Worth, Diablo Burger

48. Speedy’s Burger, Houston, Hamburguesa Mexicana

49. Gourmet Burger Grill, San Antonio, Hamburger

50. Jakes, Dallas, #1 Jakes Special