Your mom. And, no I’m not trying to insult you (or your mom) – I would never be so rude. No, I’m actually telling you the name of the next stop in our search for Austin’s Best Burgers – Your Mom’s Burger Bar.
I can’t even remember how I found this place, but my friend Simcha and I discovered it during our college years, and it might have been one of the best food discoveries we made during college. Your Mom’s Burger Bar does something really unique with their burgers (well, it was really unique when we first discovered it) – they stuff the burgers with cheese rather than putting a slice on top. I’m a sucker for lots of ooey, gooey cheese, so a cheese-stuffed burger is A-OK with me.
But it’s not just the fact that the burgers at Your Mom’s are stuffed that makes the place so great, their toppings are pretty stellar as well. Each burger is special, with its own unique ingredients and toppings. Take for instance an American classic like the John D. Rockefeller (pictured below) – a 1/2 pound burger stuffed with monterey jack cheese topped with fresh spinach, tomato, artichokes, monterey jack cheese, parmesan cheese and a special sauce on a toasted bun. Or, if you’re looking for something a little more exotic, try the Chi Cheng – a 1/2 pound burger topped with monterey jack cheese seasoned with teriyaki sauce, topped with lettuce, tomato, grilled onion, fried wonton strips and Wasabinger™ spread on a toasted bun. Hello?! If you don’t think those sound amazing, just go ahead and leave right now.
I recently went to Your Mom’s Burger Bar with Brandon and tried a new burger – the Willie Nelson (sounds fun right?). The Willie Nelson (pictured below) is a 1/2 pound burger stuffed with american cheese, tossed in honey BBQ sauce then topped off with bacon, a fried onion ring & B.B. King sauce on Texas toast. This burger was G-O-O-D! I love fried everything (especially fried onion rings), and BBQ sauce is easily one of my favorite condiments, so the combination of the two is a W-I-N in my book. I would very much recommend that you try this burger out when you go to Your Mom’s. But a word of caution: The Willie Nelson burger is messy. My hands and my face were covered in sauce and cheese…I wasn’t complaining, but I imagine Brandon felt a little differently. Oh, and whatever burger you get, be sure to add on some sides – fries, onion rings, fried pickles, mom’s mackin’ cheese…it doesn’t even matter, they’re ALL winners!
Your Mom’s Burger Bar was originally a hole in the wall burger joint located off E. Cesar Chavez, but the place is movin’ on up – they now have a much nicer location located on Airport Blvd. right next to I35. It’s never been overly crowded when I’ve gone, but Your Mom’s isn’t a huge place, so definitely plan to go early if you want to insure you have a table.
If you missed last week’s stop in our search for Austin’s Best Burgers, you can read it here.
And don’t forget to put your favorite Austin burger spot in the form below – whichever burger joint gets the most votes will be the place I’ll review for the last post in my Austin’s Best Burgers series.