For the longest time, Alamo Springs Cafe didn’t have a website. AlamoSpringsCafe.com redirected to a Facebook page. They are out in the middle of nowhere. And none of this bothers them in the least.
When your burgers are this good, you don’t need to worry about silly little details like location and a functional website. I mean, who needs all that to be successful, right?
From the Alamo Spring’s Cafe Facebook About page:
“Inconveniently located in the middle of nowhere” between Fredericksburg and Comfort. Laid-back atmosphere, serious food, and ice cold beer. We were on the Cover of Texas Monthly “Best Burgers in Texas ” issue (August 2009)
That’s pretty much all the talkin’ they do. They leave the rest up to their reputation and the hordes of satisfied customers who spread the word. And spread the word they do.
How We Found Out About Alamo Springs Cafe
Recently, I asked this question on one of our favorite Facebook pages, Texas Hill Country, “Who makes the best burgers in the Hill Country?”
In order to truly appreciate this informal market research, you need to understand that Texas Hill Country on Facebook has over 111,000 very active and passionate fans. They call themselves the Texas Hill Country Army and, believe you me, they’ll shoot you straight.
Answers to my question came flying in immediately. There were quite a few repeated mentions tossed around, including: Classics Burgers and Moore in Kerrville, Storms (local chain), Brown’s Drive-In in Kerrville, Poodies Hilltop Roadhouse in Spicewood, Chris Madrid’s in San Antonio, Roadhouse in Bastrop and Bobby J’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers in Helotes.
The vast number of comments and likes that each of these spots received made it clear that they are all worth checking out. But there was no question about who was the best, according to the Texas Hill Country Army. By far, Alamo Springs Cafe took first place, with more than double the comments and likes than the second place mention (which incidentally was Classic Burgers and Moore in Kerrville).
Of course, if you’d prefer a fast food burger, Alamo Springs Cafe is happy to tell you where it’s located:
Alamo Springs Cafe Burgers
So are the burgers as good as everyone claims?
In short, they’re fantastic. Alamo produces a sizable burger; don’t order a double unless you are prepared to take some home or you happen to be a linebacker for the Texans.
On the off-chance that you are a linebacker or someone down for a food challenge, why not try your gut at the Jefe Challenge?
Oh, come on. You can do it.
Six half-pound patties, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, mustard and mayo on the famed jalapeño bun. Cost is $25 bucks, but if you can eat this bad boy in 30 minutes or less, it’s free. You also get a “Honorary Jefe” t-shirt and your photo on the Glutton Wall of Fame. Rumor is that over 300 have tried Challenge, and only nine or so have actually done it.
If you aren’t ready to tackle the Jefe Burger, don’t worry. There are plenty of options to choose from and the friendly staff won’t hesitate to offer their suggestions. The jalapeño bun and roasted garlic were highly recommended by the Texas Hill Country page. Though I’m normally a purist when it comes to burgers, a straight bacon cheeseburger kind of guy, I went with the suggested jalapeño bun and the roasted garlic myself.
The garlic added a warm and savory flavor to the burger, which was cooked to perfection. The jalapeño bun, on the other hand, was not my favorite. But in all fairness, most people, including my wife, love the jalapeno bun. So take my bias for the traditional with a grain of salt. Must be that purist in me.
The garnish was fresh, the cheese ample, the tomatoes thick and the bacon crisp.
Bottom line, my suggestion is to go with your instinct and order what you like on a burger. I’m positive that you won’t be disappointed.
Alamo Springs Cafe is located at 107 Alamo Road, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. According to their Facebook page, they are open every day of the week from 11AM to 9PM, except Tuesday when they are closed.
Are Alamo Springs Cafe Burgers the Best in Texas Hill Country?
That remains to be seen. I can tell you that they are definitely highly recommended and I’d go out there again in a heartbeat. But seeing that I haven’t tried the other places on the list yet, I’m going to have to reserve my declaration of the Best Burger in the Texas Hill Country.
That’s fair, right?
Who makes YOUR favorite burger in the Texas Hill Country?
Double and Jefe burger photos courtesy of the Alamo Springs Cafe Facebook Page.