My recent Dallas roadtrip was filled with many decisions.. The most important one was where to eat a burger with recently engaged friends. Strongly recommended, I selected Liberty Burger as my first choice. This highly regarded "family-owned and Texas-grown" burger spot was voted as the Best Burger in Dallas two years in a row by D-Magazine. But, do I agree?!
Walking into Liberty Burger, I was excited to feast on one of their hamburgers made from a unique blend of never-frozen tenderloin, chuck and brisket. That day Liberty was featuring "The Austin Burger", blending their special patty with applewood smoked bacon, cheddar, red onions, fried pickles and a Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce (I'm not sure why this combination represents Austin), topped with a brioche bun, which is delivered daily by a local artisan bakery. Looking at this burger's photo on their "special menu marquee", which looked and sounded delicious, I was sold.
At first bite, my taste buds were not amused, so I decided to cut the burger in half so I could see how it was prepared. The burger was a little too pink, rendering it undercooked. I could see the various meats (tenderloin, chuck, brisket) almost in layers, not even ground together. The brioche bun was flat, dry & tasteless, adding no flavor to the hamburger. As I continued to eat, the fried pickles' flavor stood out above all else, and I barely recognized the presence of BBQ sauce. Overall, this was one of the most disappointing burgers I have ever eaten, given the hype, buildup, anticipation and accolades Liberty Burger has received. However, the side of sweet potato fries accompanying the burger were actually pretty good, so I did not leave totally unsatisfied.
Fortunately, my weekend included a delicious burger at a July 4th celebration catered by The Burger Man. But, the next time I'm in town, it's back to The Burger House for my Big-D burger adventure!