While we prescribe to the notion that there’s no such thing as a bad burger on a hot summer day, there are burgers that rise above the rest as “must-haves.” We’ve got a list for you, just in time for the spike in temperature that signals it’s time to get out of your kitchen and onto your favorite patio. 

Killen’s BurgersPearland

Located at the original Killen’s Steakhouse location and revamped with a 1950s diner feel, this local spot showcases the local food celebrity Ronnie Killen’s ability to elevate the ordinary to extraordinary. The perfect burger awaits at Killen’s burgers, where the buns are baked fresh and the house-made pickles take the custom-made burger blends to the next level. Need we say more?

Willy BurgerBeaumont

Bringing the retro diner style back to life, Willy Burger has seating options inside its diner-style restaurant or in the airstream attached to its building. While they do have delicious cheeseburgers, we would be remise not to mention the Pizza Burger with pepperoni, mozzarella cheese and pizza sauce or the Yee Haw Burger, piled high with pimento cheese, a fried green tomato, red pepper jelly and bacon.

Tookie’sKemah

This restaurant has been a Bay Area institution since 1975. With a history like that, they must know what they’re doing! The dining room is whimsical with a train circling overhead and the patrons keep coming back for burgers like the “Squealer,” which is made with a beef patty blended with bacon and topped with mayo, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle and onion. Another local favorite is the “99,” which features a beef patty marinated in wine.

Mr. HamburgerHuntsville

“Old Sparky” is located at the Texas Prison Museum in Huntsville but you can find its namesake at Mr. Hamburger diner just down the street. Located in a former 1950s Sinclair gas station, Mr. Hamburger recalls the days of yesteryear with its retro décor, fresh grill-pressed beef, fresh-cut fries and sauces made from scratch. The Old Sparky hamburger is a deep-fried beef patty topped with lettuce, pickles and ranch dressing.