Austin >Food & Dining > P Terry's Burger Stand
404 S Lamar, Austin, TX | Directions 7870430.262103 -97.758164
Mon. - Sun. 11am - 11pm
Neighborhoods: South Lamar, Zilker
Confession: P. Terry's is probably my favorite late-night stop after a night of abusing myself at a bar. The reason? Their portions aren't crazy humongous, which my weakened digestive system appreciates, and the menu is to the point (all the better for my scattered faculties): Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, bacon cheeseburgers, done. The last time I stopped by, a friend and I got a bacon cheeseburger, and it's rich-but-not-too-greasy patty was like manna from heaven.
Where's the beef......??? – So I finally tried P. Terry's. When I took the food out of my bag and saw my wrapped cheeseburger, I thought I was given a kids meal portion by mistake. Come to find out, that was the regular size. I ate it slow, just to ration out my burger to the huge amount of French fries given with the combo.
The fries were different, more like the shoe-string fries, but not bad, definitely not greasy. I agree with others that the burger needed a little more salt and pepper (and I rarely say that for any food.) I did like that you could get ketchup in a little cup instead of sitting there opening packet after packet while your food got cold. What concerned me though was that the ketchup was on a shelf outside in the 100' weather. Is that safe????
The meal was tasty, and the burger cooked pretty well. Unfortunately, I filled up on fries because the burger was so small. I would consider going back if in the area, but would definitely order the double meat so that I'd feel like I ate a meal and not a snack.
The prices were reasonable, the soda was good with the nice small pieces of ice. I got the cookie, eehhh, a bit dry and floury (???) tasting, nothing great. I'd spend that $1 for the extra patty next time instead of the cookie. I have yet to find a really great tasting burger in ATX that I love. There's still no comparison to Chris Madrid's in SA.....but I'll keep looking.
Amazing Milkshake – OK, I've lived in Austin for just over 2 1/2 years and a friend of mine just took me to P Terry's last weekend and I highly recommend their Double Chocolate Milkshake...it was the best milkshake ever! I also ordered a cheeseburger and fries and everything was delicious! The burger was awesome and the fries had just the right amount of salt...I don't eat burgers very often, but I will definitely go back! Be prepared to wait in line for a while...the cars were lined up from the window out on Lamar when we went...but it is definitely worth the wait!!
I really, really wanted to like this burger. – First off, I love supporting local businesses. I love the concept. I love the shady picnic area where kids and dogs can play while the grownups eat Angus beef burgers and organic chicken sammiches. I love that they use fresh lemons in their lemonade, cook their handcut potatoes in trans-fat-free canola oil and make their milkshakes so wonderfully thick and yummy. The drive-thru is faster than any big chain and the staff is wonderfully friendly and accomodating.
But the burger is sad, oh so sad. It's happy-meal sized (I'm guessing 1 1/2 ounces cooked weight, tops), blandish (zero seasoning, not even salt) and why, oh why, would anyone put Angus beef on a gummy white bun with a slice of processed American cheez? Sorry, I just don't get it. WIth an upgraded whole grain bun, a patty twice the size and some decent cheese, they'd have a real contender.
Next time, I'll try the chicken.
Delicious burgers and homeade fries, all natural ingredients, love the milkshakes too – I love the burgers, which are all natural, and their secret sauce. I also love supporting such a fun little local business. They make their fries from scratch, so no frozen bags of potato sticks here. The fries are absolutely addictive. Their simple milkshakes are awesome, and seem to be very popular. I haven't tried their veggie burgers or chicken sandwich, but they also look really good.
This place has a drive-through, but we like to sit at one of their picnic tables in their fun patio area to eat, while we watch the locals.
You've gotta try this place at least once.
As Delicious as In N Out!! – I know that seems like heresy to In N Out lovers, but just wait til' you try it. We tried P. Terry's after after driving past their fun retro looking building on the corner of Barton Springs and Lamar a few times and haven't stopped going back since. I'd almost be embarrased to know many times we've eaten out as a family there in the last year except that they use 100% all natural Black Angus beef, Buddy's natural chicken, and Gardenburgers, they even offer wheat buns if you prefer which I haven't tried. You really can't get a much healthier hamburger! They're fries are fresh cut and they're milkshakes are addictive. Their menu is simple and inexpensive (still), they even boast to have a secret menu though I can't seem to find it on the website. We are devout devotees and even showed up early on their one year anniversary for free t-shirts and cookies and then came back to eat later. Yes we're P. Terry nerds, and probably one of their best marketing solutions besides their location - we've told so many people about them and brought so many friends here, more than any other place in Austin.
I was just reading some of the reviews and wanted to add if the kind of burgers you like are fast food hamburgers or greasy hamburgers dripping with fat then, no, you will definently not like these ones!
Best Drive through Burger Ever in Austin! – If you have been to In-N-Out in California, I think that P Terry's has almost as good burgers for that kind of restaurant. The burgers are decently sized, decently priced, and pretty dang good! They even have off-the-menu items for those in the know (can be found on their website :-P). I highly recommend this place to most burger lovers.
Not really all that – Me and my boyfriend went here ready for theses supposedly great burger. It was just average I could have gotten a better burger from what-a-burger. It was just really bland and not that big. The service was good but at then end of the day the service wasn't what I coming for.
What's all the hype about? – After hearing all the buzz about this burger joint we decided to give it a try. What's the big deal? The bun and cheese were boring, the burger was small, the special sauce was basically thousand island dressing and the real kicker? When my husband took a bite into his burger it had a HUGE, nasty artery in the meat. We both almost threw up. The only saving grace was the fries, but even they were soggy and un-seasoned.
If you want to experience true, non fast food burgers done right, you need to check out Who's Who burgers in Highland Park Village in Dallas. The Kobe beef burger is so good and nary an artery in sight! We WILL NOT be going back to P. Terry's.
This is what fast food should be! – I tried P. Terry's about a 6 months ago when a sweet client brought me a double-meat cheeseburger (with all the fixins'), french fries, and a chocolate milkshake. She told me before I dug into all of it that it was very inexpensive and all fresh/organic ingrediants. The milkshake was divine and supremely creamy because I later found out it's made of simply milk, cream, and yummy chocolatey goodness. The cheeseburger was about the size of one from burger king but it sure didn't taste like it was from there. Instead it tasted like it should - hot off the grill with a toasty bun and fresh tomatoes and lettuce. Next, the french fries (which are my favorite thing of all from there interestingly enough) were crispy and natural with some of the skin still on them and not at all greasy. You can taste the oil that other fast food places cook their fries in but you can't at P. Terry's instead like I've said before they just taste the way they should. What you would expect out of real homecooked food. I have been going back ever since I first tasted P. Terry's and I haven't ever been let down in fact the experiences just keep getting better. Also might I add how I love the fact that they are open until 11pm so it's always convenient on my way home or before going out. Thanks P. Terry's for offering Austin a remarkable hamburger drive-through and providing us with fresh food that even though it may be unhealthly to eat a lot actually makes me feel more healthy.
The Bomb Diggity! – Shut up! This place is incredible! Get the double with grilled onions, and you'll be more than satisfied. There's a reason cars are always backed up to get a burger at this place...because this is the real deal. Quality ingredients make this the best burger I have tasted since In&Out in Cali.
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