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Who needs a bun when you have sticky rice patties?
Who needs a bun when you have sticky rice patties?
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8 Dallas Burgers Served on Totally Nontraditional Buns

Because, as John Tesar once said, "brioche is for pussies."

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Who needs a bun when you have sticky rice patties?
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Old-school burger joints mostly stick to classic sesame seed or poppyseed buns, and buttery brioche seems to be the bun of choice for most upscale Dallas burger joints these days (unless you're John Tesar, that is) — but there are plenty of other, weirder burger holders to be found in DFW. From tortillas to waffles, pita bread to doughnuts, here are 8 burgers to try that are served on totally nontraditional buns.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Velvet Taco

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3012 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 823-8358
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Is it a burger or is it a taco? Velvet Taco is open till 4 a.m. on the weekends, and we're willing to bet most people who order the Texas Burger taco — a burger patty with peppered bacon, American cheese, lettuce, onion, tomato, pickle, and Velvet sauce in a flour tortilla — are pretty hammered. Just saying.

2. Kin Kin Urban Thai

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2801 W 7th St
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 984-1363
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Look at this thing. Just look at it. Chef Eddy Thretipthuangsin had the stroke of genius to put a burger on the menu at Kin Kin with sticky rice patties standing in for the usual buns, for a delightfully Thai-American creation. (Great news: Two more Kin Kin locations are on the way for Oak Lawn and North Dallas.)

3. Little Greek

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1920 N Coit Rd #241
Richardson, TX 75080
(972) 234-9191
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A pita burger is the tasty lovechild of a gyro and a burger — a beef patty wrapped up in soft pita bread with lettuce, tomato, red onion, feta, and tangy tzatziki sauce, flanked by a side of fries to drive the burger theme home. [Photo: Janneth R./Foursquare]

4. Double Wide

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3510 Commerce St.
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 887-6510
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When attempting to bounce back from a long night of drinking, it's hard to imagine a better hangover dish than a doughnut burger. Enter the Double Wide, which is now hosting a lazy brunch every Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. in conjunction with the Easy Slider truck. The Glazed and Confused burger features an Angus beef patty, cheddar, bacon, and pickled jalapenos sandwiched between two halves of a glazed doughnut. Yeah, you want this.

5. Kenny's Burger Joint

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5809 Preston Rd
Plano, TX 75093
(972) 378-0999
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Pretty much all the burgers at this Kenny's Wood-Fired Grill offshoot are over-the-top delicious, but the Ultimate Grilled Cheese Burger (available all April long at both the Frisco and Plano locations) might take the proverbial cake: A half-pound bacon cheeseburger nestled between two toasty, buttery grilled cheese sandwiches. Burger coma imminent.

6. Knife

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5300 E Mockingbird Ln
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 443-9339
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John Tesar's so-called "Magic Burger" features a fat patty, crispy bacon, lettuce and thin-sliced onion on a toasty English muffin. If you can keep yourself from downing the whole thing in one sitting, the leftovers make a killer breakfast the next morning. [Photo: Bill Addison for Eater]

7. Swiss Pastry Shop

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3936 W Vickery Blvd
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 732-5661
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How do people in California stay so slim and attractive? By eating croissant burgers loaded up with Prime Wagyu beef, avocado, Swiss cheese, and tomato, obviously — or so we've gleaned from Hans Muller's Cali burger, which is served on a buttery pastry that's of course baked in-house.

8. The Waffle Wagon

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As you might guess from the name, this Denton food truck specializes in waffles — including this Brunch Burger, which includes not only a burger patty but also a fried egg, cheese, bacon, lettuce, and tomato. Whoa mama. Find them at the Austin St. Truck Stop or keep tabs on their location via Facebook. [Photo: The Waffle Wagon/Facebook]

1. Velvet Taco

3012 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Is it a burger or is it a taco? Velvet Taco is open till 4 a.m. on the weekends, and we're willing to bet most people who order the Texas Burger taco — a burger patty with peppered bacon, American cheese, lettuce, onion, tomato, pickle, and Velvet sauce in a flour tortilla — are pretty hammered. Just saying.
3012 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

2. Kin Kin Urban Thai

2801 W 7th St, Fort Worth, TX 76107
Look at this thing. Just look at it. Chef Eddy Thretipthuangsin had the stroke of genius to put a burger on the menu at Kin Kin with sticky rice patties standing in for the usual buns, for a delightfully Thai-American creation. (Great news: Two more Kin Kin locations are on the way for Oak Lawn and North Dallas.)
2801 W 7th St
Fort Worth, TX 76107

3. Little Greek

1920 N Coit Rd #241, Richardson, TX 75080
A pita burger is the tasty lovechild of a gyro and a burger — a beef patty wrapped up in soft pita bread with lettuce, tomato, red onion, feta, and tangy tzatziki sauce, flanked by a side of fries to drive the burger theme home. [Photo: Janneth R./Foursquare]
1920 N Coit Rd #241
Richardson, TX 75080

4. Double Wide

3510 Commerce St., Dallas, TX 75226
When attempting to bounce back from a long night of drinking, it's hard to imagine a better hangover dish than a doughnut burger. Enter the Double Wide, which is now hosting a lazy brunch every Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. in conjunction with the Easy Slider truck. The Glazed and Confused burger features an Angus beef patty, cheddar, bacon, and pickled jalapenos sandwiched between two halves of a glazed doughnut. Yeah, you want this.
3510 Commerce St.
Dallas, TX 75226

5. Kenny's Burger Joint

5809 Preston Rd, Plano, TX 75093
Pretty much all the burgers at this Kenny's Wood-Fired Grill offshoot are over-the-top delicious, but the Ultimate Grilled Cheese Burger (available all April long at both the Frisco and Plano locations) might take the proverbial cake: A half-pound bacon cheeseburger nestled between two toasty, buttery grilled cheese sandwiches. Burger coma imminent.
5809 Preston Rd
Plano, TX 75093

6. Knife

5300 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75206
John Tesar's so-called "Magic Burger" features a fat patty, crispy bacon, lettuce and thin-sliced onion on a toasty English muffin. If you can keep yourself from downing the whole thing in one sitting, the leftovers make a killer breakfast the next morning. [Photo: Bill Addison for Eater]
5300 E Mockingbird Ln
Dallas, TX 75206

7. Swiss Pastry Shop

3936 W Vickery Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76107
How do people in California stay so slim and attractive? By eating croissant burgers loaded up with Prime Wagyu beef, avocado, Swiss cheese, and tomato, obviously — or so we've gleaned from Hans Muller's Cali burger, which is served on a buttery pastry that's of course baked in-house.
3936 W Vickery Blvd
Fort Worth, TX 76107

8. The Waffle Wagon

Denton, TX
As you might guess from the name, this Denton food truck specializes in waffles — including this Brunch Burger, which includes not only a burger patty but also a fried egg, cheese, bacon, lettuce, and tomato. Whoa mama. Find them at the Austin St. Truck Stop or keep tabs on their location via Facebook. [Photo: The Waffle Wagon/Facebook]

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