The long awaited debut of Killen's Burgers in Pearland occurred last month. Amid long lines and a burger named for grand opening guest, JJ Watt, Ronnie Killen is poised for success in the town that Killen built. Adding to his steak and BBQ offerings, burgers seemed like his next logical food adventure in Pearland.
Having expected long lines a week after opening, I arrived at 10:30 on a Saturday morning to queue up. To my surprise, there were only a handful of customers ahead of me. Sipping on water and draft beer on tap to keep cool and pass the time (30 minutes to opening), my burger buddies shared our expectations of the burger adventure we were about to embark upon.
I expected a lot from Killen's Burgers, and that is what I received. A big welcome was offered from the server passing out water and beer while we waited in line. A big smile greeted me as I walked up to the counter to place my order - Bacon Cheeseburger with lettuce, onion, light mayo, with a side of hand-cut Idaho French Fries. When my name was called, I was presented with a big juicy burger atop a fluffy toasted bakery bun.
When I cut my burger in half, the handsome crusted patty looked a little over-cooked. Typically, if a temperature is not specified, most burgers will be cooked medium-well. Apparently, this is Killen's default temperature as well. However, the burger was juicy, tender, and flavorful. Killen's uses the right amount of seasoning that complimented the meat. The lettuce was a little wilted, so I removed it from the burger. The cheddar cheese melted and intertwined with the (undercooked) bacon. The fries had a nice combination of a crispy skin and tender middle.
Overall, I really liked Killen's though I wanted to love them. I expect that once some fine-tuning is completed, Killen's is destined to become an area burger icon. If it's good enough for J.J. Watt (he has the "99" named in his honor), then it's good enough for me to visit again.
Cheers to Eating More Burgers!
Opens at 11am. Tues. - Sun. 2804 S. Main - Pearland. $