When it comes to good food, Islanders and visitors have no problem finding good seafood spots. After all, this is the Gulf Coast, right?
But a lesser known tidbit about our treasured island is that it’s also is home to some of the best hamburgers in the state. You just have to know where to look.
So without further ado, here’s a rundown of Galveston’s best hamburger spots in town:
3204 Seawall Blvd.
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
The Spot is outdoor dining at its best, featuring one of Galveston's largest open air decks overlooking the beautiful Gulf of Mexico! This popular eatery offers gourmet hamburgers, fresh seafood, ice cream, fresh-baked desserts and bread, an arcade, and Tiki Bar.
And for sports lovers? Grab a beer and a barstool and watch all your favorite sporting events, with one of the most magnificent Gulf views imaginable.
Hours:10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Th Patio Grill builds the some of the best burgers you’ve ever had. They start with only the freshest ingredients and built it like a real burger should be. Make sure to make it a combo and try one of their famous shakes to help wash down arguably the best burger and fries on the Island.
Café Michael Burger
11150 Termini-San Luis Pass Road
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-0 p.m.
Cafe Michael Burger is a long-time Galveston beachside joint offering some of the best burgers and Gulf views on the Island on the wonderful open-air deck upstairs. Beyond a wide array of themed-burgers, the establishment also offers German favorites - think wienerschnitzel, bratwurst, red cabbage, fried potatoes and sauerkraut. There’s also a nice selection of American and German beers for the perfect ice-cold accompaniment to your meal.
Open 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.
The Hubcap Grill is the place to grab a burger to remember. The famed Hubcap Burger comes with two fresh ground beef patties layered on toasted buns with American and Swiss cheese topped with lettuce, tomato, pickles onions and our special mayo sauce.
Or try the Triple Heart Clogger, which comes with a fresh ground beef patty, grilled weiner, bacon and cheese. Or the Quadruple Heart Clogger, a fresh ground patty, with grilled weiner, bacon, chili and cheese. Check out the full list of burgers online.
111 23rd St.
Open Sunday thru Thursday: 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Fuddruckers in Galveston is a great place for lunch with co-workers, for a birthday-celebration dinner, or as your date-night destination.
What makes the island location extra special is its location in the 1912 Armour & Co. building at 101 23rd Street. The prime downtown “Strand” district location is also Fuddruckers only three-story venue and offers a full bar.
You know how they say, "When in Rome"... Well, when you're at Fuddruckers, you've got to try a Fudds Burger. Order yours in 1/3 lb., 1/2 lb., 2/3 lb. or 1 lb. patties, add your favorite produce – like bacon, cheese, sautéed mushrooms, grilled onions and guacamole.
Then sit down and relax while the grill master cooks your burger to perfection and places it atop a Fuddruckers scratch-baked bun. Enjoy your burger on the first-floor terrace, and there’s spacious patios on the second and third levels overlooking The Strand and the Galveston Harbor.
Float Pool & Patio Bar
2828 Seawall Blvd.
Open 11a.m.-2 a.m.
When it comes to good burgers and island-style fun, grab the sunblock and sunshades and head over to Float, which features an indoor air-conditioned bar overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, as well as an outdoor pool in which to cool down during the warm summer months. Float also features live bands throughout the year.
628 14th St.
Open 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
At Mosquito Café you'll find very fresh, homemade, eclectic, trendy food, a warm casual atmosphere, and friendly helpful service – and of course, great burgers. Stop on in to check out the menu and chalkboard specials, then place your order with the cashier and relax at a table while the chef does his thing in the kitchen.
Try the Mosquito Cheeseburger, a fresh certified Angus beef patty with your choice of melted Bleu cheese, Tillamook Cheddar, Swiss, or American with Fresh Tomato, Red Leaf Lettuce, and Red Onions on a Homemade Honey Wheat Bun.
Another crowd-pleasure is the Southwest Green Chili Burger, a fresh Angus patty topped with Spicy Roasted Chopped Green Chiles, Tillamook Cheddar, Fresh Tomato, and Red Leaf Lettuce on a Homemade Honey Wheat Bun.
The burger repertoire also includes the Bacon Cheeseburger, Plain Ol’ Burger, Turkey Burger, and Veggie Burger.
Nick’s Kitchen & Beach Bar
3828 Seawall Blvd.
Open 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Previously Casey's Seafood, the name has now been changed to Nick's to reflect the new owner and chef, Nick Gaido. At Nick's, everything is made in-house: from the dressings and sauces to the daily-made bread and buns.
And the burgers rock! Be sure to try the Nick’s Classic Burger, a classic masterpiece served with ripe tomatoes, Bibb lettuce, red crisp onion, pickles and creamy burger sauce. Another favorite is the South of the Border Burger, served with fresh avocado, pico de gallo, jalapenos, Monterey Jack cheese and creamy onions and garlic mayonnaise.
If you’re feeling adventurous, try the Cardiac Arrest Burger, served with bacon, fried onion rings, cheddar cheese, Ranch and BBQ sauce. This burger will have your heart pounding!