Search for the Best Burger Joint in Austin: Your Mom’s Burger Bar

Your Mom's Burger Bar in Austin Texas

Q: Where you havin’ lunch? A: Your Mom’s

Editor’s Note: Your Mom’s closed May 2014. Read a letter from the owners here.

If you’ve been looking for the best burgers in Austin, you’ve come to the right place. This post is part of a series on The Austinot.

All the posts in this series start with “Search for the Best Burger Joint in Austin” in the title. Remember, I’m looking at not only the burgers, but the experience as a whole.

You’ll always get an honest take on the burger joints that I’ve visited. I’m not on any burger joint’s payroll. Agree or disagree, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

First Impression of Your Mom’s Burger Bar in Austin

First of all, it’s fun to say. When a friend asks, “Hey where you wanna go for lunch?” you can reply with “Your Mom’s!” and actually mean it! Second of all, it’s really cool when you learn that Your Mom’s Burger Bar was formed from a dream and originally funded by taking music equipment to a pawn shop.

Ryan Blackmore owner of Your Mom's Burger Bar in Austin

Ryan Blackmore, owner of Your Mom’s Burger Bar

Once upon a time, Your Mom’s had a location on Caesar Chavez, but they shut it down. According to company’s website, the Chavez location was shut down due to “poor choice of accounting services coupled with a few employees who stole over the years and straight up bad management.”

Unfortunate story, but this is one of the things I like about the folks behind Your Mom’s Burger Bar. They are straightforward, transparent and not afraid of mistakes they’ve made along the way. Since the Chavez location was shut down, attention has been focused on Your Mom’s sole location at 5001 Airport Blvd.

I’m thankful they didn’t shut down everything because Your Mom’s Burger Bar serves up a burger worthy of admiration.

For those who have been following the series, you may know that Austinot guest blogger and friend Kat Mandelstein has a companion series to mine, on the best veggie burger in Austin. She joined me for lunch at Your Mom’s (and her veggie burger review will be coming soon).

We placed our order and sat down in a comfortable open space. while classic rock tunes poured out over the speakers.

Your Mom's Burger Bar on Airport in Austin

Your Mom’s Burger Bar is located at 5001 Airport Blvd. – slightly north of the I-35 exit

Austinot Eric’s Burger Review Criteria

If you’ve read my other articles in this series, you’ll know that I rate burger joints using a 1-10 scale, with 5 being Average. (Don’t be a hater. If I rate you a 5, that means you were average.)

Roughly speaking, a score of 1 translates to “worst ever,” while 10 translates to “God handcrafted this himself.” Remember, you are free to disagree with me. This is just my honest take.

When reviewing a burger joint, these are my categories:

  1. Burger Patties
  2. Bun
  3. Cheese
  4. Messiness
  5. Garnish
  6. Burger Taste
  7. Fries
  8. Atmosphere
  9. Cleanliness
  10. Other Factors

Burger Joint Review: Your Mom’s Burger Bar

Your Mom's Burger Bar in Austin

Look at the thickness of that bacon

  1. Burger Patties = 8. Thick and juicy burger patty that left little to be desired.
  2. Bun = 9. The bun was nearly perfect, slightly toasted. Just look at the photo. It didn’t fall apart during the meal and was ample enough to cover the sizable patty. You won’t be disappointed here.
  3. Cheese = 6. Real cheese that accompanied the burger well. Nothing outstanding here, but nothing wrong.
  4. Messiness = 7. The sizable bun didn’t stop the shredded lettuce and juicy burger from leaving a drip of a mess. That’s a plus in my book. Bravo, Your Mom’s! Keep ‘em messy!
  5. Garnish = 10. Take a look at the photo again. That is the thickest cut bacon I’ve ever had on a burger. Fresh shredded lettuce is always a plus, and thickly sliced tomatoes made the garnish perfect.
  6. Taste = 9. This burger was melt-in-your-mouth kind of good. Arguably among the very best I’ve had.
  7. Fries = 9. Okay, can these guys do anything wrong? Their fries are fantastic. Not the thin and crispy fast food style fries. Not the overly thick steak fries, but a fresh and nearly perfect meeting in the middle. Well seasoned.
  8. Atmosphere = 7. It’s a cool joint. Your Mom’s has artwork on the walls from various local artists, including the talented William K. Stidham. Aluminum siding, great music, and random fun. They lose a little for the TV cord which was draped haphazardly and shamelessly down the wall. But hey, if you don’t go to Your Mom’s Burger Bar because of a TV cord, you’re a fool.
  9. Cleanliness = 8. Far above average in cleanliness, though there were a few discrepancies (like crumbs on tables) that I noticed here and there.
  10. Other Factors = 7. Your Mom’s Burger Bar has a cool name, was bootstrap funded by hocking things at a pawn shop and has learned from mistakes. Much respect to Owner Ryan and his wife Gina for pursuing their dream and creating a great place for locals to go to.

Bottom Line on Your Mom’s Burger Bar in Austin: 8.0 out of 10

Overall Score = 8.0. The overall score is the average of the 10 categories.

The Willie Nelson Burger Mural at Your Mom's Burger Bar in Austin

Willie Nelson Burger? You’ll have to check it out

Coming in with a score of 8.0, as of this writing Your Mom’s Burger Bar is in second place on my search for the best burger joint in Austin. The burgers are melt in your mouth good, the fries are fantastic and the staff is really cool.

The addition of local artwork and the tenacity of the owners make this place extra special.

For the purposes of this review, I ordered the “Norma Jean” with bacon. But their specialty is stuffed burgers. I can tell you that I’m definitely going to go back and try one of their stuffed burgers. Oh and by the way, their onion rings looked great, though I haven’t tried them yet.

If you are looking for the best burger in Austin, this may be it. It falls second on my list so far, but it only came in second by one tenth of a point.

I highly suggest you check out Your Mom’s Burger Bar for yourself. When you do, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Search for the Best Burger Joint in Austin Continues

So far, of burger joints in Austin reviewed on The Austinot, here is the scorecard:

#1 – score 8.1 – The Tavern

#2 – score 8.0 – Your Mom’s Burger Bar

#3 – score 7.6 – Phil’s Icehouse

#4 – score 7.2 – Casino El Camino

#5 – score 7.1 – Crown & Anchor Pub

#6 – score 7.0 – Billy’s on Burnet

#6 – score 7.0 – Moonie’s Burger House

#7 – score 6.9 – Mighty Fine Burgers

#8 – score 6.7 – Wholly Cow Burgers

#9 – score 6.4 – Nau’s Enfield Drug

Other places that have been suggested to review: Old School Bar and Grill, The Loop on Palmer, Cover 3, Burger Tex 2 on Guadalupe, Flat Top, Counter Cafe, Austin Java, Hopdoddy, 24 Diner, Fran’s/Dan’s, Dirty Martins, Hideout Pub, Dart Bowl, Hat Creek, Hill’s, Opel Divine’s, Collie’s, III Forks, Roaring Fork, Lambert’s, Black Sheep Lodge, Foreign and Domestic, Hoovers, and Spec’s on William Cannon.

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@EricHighland asks:

I’d love to hear what you have to say. Do you agree or disagree with me on Your Mom’s Burger Bar?  Do you know of any places that I need to add to my list?


  • http://madbetty.com/

    This place is awesome. Their burgers are ridiculous! I even bought a tee-shirt. -Kristin

    • http://www.facebook.com/eric.highland Eric Highland

      @abd79b8935a78adde1eb3d99edc24079:disqus what is your personal fave burger joint in Austin?

      • Kristin

        That’s a tough question. So many good ones! My faves: Your Mom’s, Roaring Fork, Olivia, Counter Cafe, Yume Burger (which is gone), Casino El Camino. Galaxy is my fave for veggie.

  • Ashli McKee

    Love that place! Looking forward to reading Kat’s review too.

    • http://www.facebook.com/eric.highland Eric Highland

      Me too… @e31a9e12aae9b78ff8d10e2b85cc9002:disqus have you been following her series?

  • http://twitter.com/wonderousATX WonderousATX

    Great review. Wish you pointed out two things. Most burgers come with cheese inside (and you can choose), and you can get all sorts of different sauces on the burger (like choosing a flavor for chicken wings), You were right on how massive their burgers are.

    • http://www.facebook.com/eric.highland Eric Highland

      Good points @twitter-282188191:disqus. In order to keep my reviews on an even playing field I always try and order the joint’s equivalent to a Bacon Cheeseburger and fries. Otherwise it wouldn’t really be fair to compare one to another. In all fairness their stuffed burgers looked amazing and I’m definitely going back to try one of them myself. Also, their onion rings looked great! What is your favorite burger at Your Mom’s?

      • http://twitter.com/whatisboom Brandon Jernigan

        Definitely a John D Rockefeller, but the Frida Kahlo is amazing as well!

        • http://www.facebook.com/eric.highland Eric Highland

          Is Your Mom’s your personal favorite joint @twitter-15801299:disqus ??

  • Team CinnaMan

    Looks and sounds like a must try. Eric, I’d like to add Rivals to your list of suggested places to review. And, if Rivals would add CinnaMan cheesecake to their menu, they would be my fave burger in Austin. Just kidding, of course

    • http://www.facebook.com/eric.highland Eric Highland

      @a8ed18e344abb108bb9bc02759436d13:disqus I’ll add up Rivals Michael.. God knows you know good food.. haha.

      • Team CinnaMan

        Excellent burger! Went last night and had a Norma Jean & 1/4 pd Angus Young. Loved the fries also. Ryan is a cool guy and we’ll definitely go back. If not for Austinot we wouldn’t have known about this place and we’re glad we do.
        As for Rivals, they have a 2 for 1 burger on Tuesday for lunch.

  • http://www.facebook.com/anita.erickson.754 Anita Erickson

    You’ve got to check out Bartlett’s on the weekend. They have chili for the soup of the day, so you can smother your burger in it! Plus you can sit at the bar and feel kind of cool. I love that bar.

    • http://www.facebook.com/eric.highland Eric Highland

      @facebook-811199556:disqus Bartlett’s?? Can you elaborate on why it should be added to the list?

  • DamnColorblindness

    I’d like to add Hut’s to your list. You can’t do a best-burger-search w/o trying Huts on 6th.

    • http://www.facebook.com/eric.highland Eric Highland

      @ce24c8606fcc48bc69c1b1fe3acf8647:disqus I’ll add up Hut’s. Can’t believe it wasn’t on the list. For some reason I thought it was. Good catch. Thx.

  • Elliot Jackson

    I love Your Mom’s but I don’t think you can give a full review without tasting their stuffed burgers. Those things are amazing but they’ll bump up your messiness rating up to an 8 or 9!

    • http://www.austinot.com/ Brittany Highland

      I know stuffed burgers are what Your Mom’s is known for, @ffd2a109a59431984082d2ed31af1924:disqus. I think Eric was trying to be fair to the other reviews, since he gets a bacon cheeseburger at each spot.

    • http://www.facebook.com/eric.highland Eric Highland

      @ffd2a109a59431984082d2ed31af1924:disqus haha I love a messy burger. I really wanted to try a stuffed burger there since that is what Your Mom’s is known for. But in order to keep things even as far as the scoring goes… every burger joint I visit I try their equivalent of a bacon cheeseburger. I’m definitely going back for a stuffed one though.

  • http://twitter.com/amalthya Laura Darby

    Try out the Hiighball burgers before they close for renovation! And of course Hopdoddy :)

    • Guest

      @twitter-2969321:disqus when is Highball closing do you know?

    • http://www.facebook.com/eric.highland Eric Highland

      Laura, do you know when Highball is closing for renovations?

  • Connie Brubaker

    Eric, there is a major hole in your hamburger claim-to-fame list. I do my own reconnaissance for burgers as a personal hobby. My favorite, by far, is the Border Burger at Ski Shores. Select a lovely Fall day to sit overlooking Lake Austin and enjoy live music (check schedule). You may bring your dogs or your kids – or both! Don’t miss this local favorite!

  • Elizabeth

    You need to go to Riata Bar and Grill off Riata Trace. They have the best burgers in town!

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  • http://www.collierclan.net/mark/ Mark Collier

    hopfields

  • Ann

    Please please please add P. Terry’s to your list to be reviewed!

    • http://www.austinot.com/ Brittany Highland

      @disqus_fYqzELottw:disqus , we love P. Terry’s. We were just there for lunch this week. Like Top Notch, it’s on of our personal favorites that we haven’t taken the time to review yet. Definitely hope to get that done!

      • Ann

        @knektion:disqus, thanks! And, btw, did you know there’s a new giant (and soon to open if not already) P. Terry’s being built in North Mo-Pac? It’s just a little south of Parmer on the right if you’re northbound… Looks big enough to hold a few HUNDRED people!

        • http://www.austinot.com/ Brittany Highland

          @disqus_fYqzELottw:disqus Yes! We actually live v. close by and it’s open now! Did YOU know that they’re building ANOTHER one on 183 north of Braker? :)

  • J Swan

    How about adding Elevation Burgers to the list?

    • Austinot

      Elevation Burgers is a franchise based out of Falls Church, VA. This series is about local Austin Burger Joints. Don’t have anything against Elevation Burger but we’re keeping it local. Thanks J Swan for the comment. ~ Eric

    • http://www.austinot.com/ Brittany Highland

      We do have a review about Elevation’s veggie burger! http://austinot.com/best-veggie-burger-austin-elevation-burger

  • MatthewParente

    Eric, got a new place for you to check out: BurgerFi in SW Austin (near the Alamo Drafthouse on Slaughter). Just opened about 2 weeks ago.

    • Austinot

      Thanks for the heads up! I’m assuming you’ve been?

      • MatthewParente

        Yes, I have. I’d be willing to go again, if you’re looking for someone to eat with ;)

  • Johnny Mac

    Easily the best burgers in Austin. That tenth of a point is imaginary.