First Look: Liberty Burger in Dallas

Onion rings at Liberty burger.

The gourmet burger trend in Dallas just keeps on rolling. Liberty Burger, a sleek new spot at Forest Ln. and Inwood Rd., is a burger joint with an eco ethos. “Without quality, there is no value” is their motto. They offer burgers made of all-natural chuck, brisket, and tenderloin meat; grass-fed bison without antibiotics, stimulants, or hormones; and an interesting veggie burger made with vegetables, chickpeas, grains, and seeds. Bread is custom, purveyors are mostly local, and the packaging is compostable. There is a huge live oak tree by the self-service menu. You have to hug it before they take your order.

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The brain behind the burgers is Mariel Street, daughter of veteran restaurateur Gene Street. Ms. Street has created an order-at-the-counter-and-seat-yourself concept and added a touch of table service. If your soft drink runs dry, someone is likely to come by and refill it for you. Ditto for your wine glass. Yes, they serve beer, wine, a few spirits, and frozen margaritas.

Airy buns and thin meat patties.
Melted cheese creates soggy bun.
Sweet potato fries have a crunchy coating.
One inch of rich chocolate filling covered with almost four inches of soft meringue.

I sampled two burgers: the Chillerno($6.50), a beef burger with queso blanco, roasted poblano pepper, and barbecue sauce. The flavors were great but the queso blanco  melted to liquid and the bottom bun was soggy. There was maybe a tablespoon of sauce on it. My friend’s Wild West($7)—beef patty, cheddar, applewood-smoked bacon (somebody get a new wood for smoking bacon), pickles, onions, and barbecue sauce–was way overcooked.

The onion rings are, like someone I know, world-class and cheap: $4 for a nice platter of thick cut sweet onions in a crunchy heavily peppered batter (ask to have them cooked crisp). A side of freshly sliced sweet potato fries ($2.50) are, like another person I know, thick and salty in a good way. I found the personal meringue pie to be more meringue than chocolate filling, but lots of folks like it that way. I will go back to sample the caramel and sea salt custard shake. Or maybe the Nutella and graham cracker version.

The place was packed by 6:30PM. The crowd was a mix of families (kiddos in pjs!), older couples, twenty somethings, and nice looking geezers. I lied about the tree in the restaurant.

8 comments on “First Look: Liberty Burger in Dallas

  1. I can’t believe you lied about the tree!! That was my favorite part!! I was definitely going to visit and now I don’t know!

  2. Given that neither you nor Liberty Burger’s website mention prices (other than $4 for onion rings!), how much do the burgers here cost?

  3. I loved their Liberty Burger but you must get the Liberty Mustard…I think I’m addicted!! The skinny cut fries were good too!

  4. We visited 3 weeks ago. I don’t recall the exact burger pricing, but my bank says that 3 kids dinners and 2 adult burgers and 1 coke was $34.64.

    We went to Liberty Burger at exactly the wrong time of day. All of the tables had filled up. When that happens, they hold the line and don’t let you order. We had 5 people, so we couldn’t order until an appropriate table opened up. It’s not a bad process, but tough to explain to the kids when groups of 2-4 are bypassing you.

    I recall thinking that prices were not bad at all, on the order of “wow, I’m surprised”.

    The kids choices were traditional chicken tenders or a burger, includes fries and a drink. Two kids had chicken and one had a burger. The kid’s burger was a decent size (larger than most “kid’s burger”), but was overcooked. We went back and ordered another kid’s chicken tender meal for her.

    Traditionally, a kid’s chicken tender basket is way over-breaded and dry. Not this case. Good quality.

    My vegetarian burger was a bit of a sloppy mess. The bread just couldn’t hold up to the sauce and avocado. My wife said her burger tasted good at first, but then it had the same soggy problem that Nancy points out.

    Good service, well-organized service , kid’s loved their chicken tenders and fries …. Given that they’ve just opened, we’ll certainly be back to try more of the variety of burgers.

  5. My husband, toddler and I eat here at least once a week. We try to time it so that we get there at 11:00 and by the time we are seated, we’ve just beat the lunch crowd. I swear the line is out the door before noon.

    I can’t bring myself to try anything other than the Amore burger. Why? Because I am in love with it. If I hadn’t met my husband first, I would marry the Amore burger. There’s a reason it’s called the Amore, I guess. Cantaloupe on a burger sounds gross, but it is pure genius.

    My husband loves the Chillerno and the Lamb burgers. The kiddo always gets chicken tenders. And yes, I’ve sampled. And yes, they are very, very good.

    Can I also say that I love the location? Something finally close enough to where we live without having to go to busy Preston area.

  6. We are so grateful. The neighborhood has been great to us. Busier every day and improving all the time.
    Dace Street