A friend introduced me to the Texas Star Cafe a few years ago — and I am glad he did! Located on FM 1094 in New Ulm, this small town cafe is big on delicious home cooked meals offered in Texas-sized portions. On my first visit I sampled their chicken fried steak. “Order the small one,” my friend advised, “or you won’t be able to eat it all.” He was right!
On my most recent visit I tried one of their hamburgers for the first time. For whatever reason, I have been on a quest to find the best burgers in Texas this year. So, I wanted to try one of the many burgers on the menu at the Texas Star. Figuring out what to order was easy. I ordered the Jalapeño Bacon Cheeseburger with a side of their homemade onion rings and a tall glass of iced tea.
As soon as the burger arrived at my table I knew I had made the right choice. I could tell just by looking at it — a half-pound of meat covered with crispy bacon, cheese, and a generous helping of jalapeños. Step one was to cut the burger in half just to make it easier to eat it. The first bite confirmed that I had indeed made the right choice.
One of the key ingredients to a great burger (at least in my humble opinion) is the bun. The bun should serve as more than just parentheses around the meat. I have sampled some tasty burgers only to be disappointed by the bread. Not so at the Texas Star! The buns were expertly prepared, perfectly moist, and enhanced the flavor of the burger.
As for the onion rings — definitely some of the best I have ever had. Absolutely delicious! I could have easily made a meal of nothing but onion rings and iced tea. So, the bottom line is, I thoroughly enjoyed my jalapeño bacon cheeseburger and onion rings.
I can’t wait to visit again to sample one of the other burger selections at the Texas Star Cafe. And, I can’t wait to discover other places along Texas back roads on my quest to find and enjoy the best burgers in the Lone Star State. I welcome your suggestions on great burger joints.