Looking to do a Hot Spots review the week after Christmas, I was looking for something with no resemblance to turkey, dressing or anything that looked like a family dinner—so Burger Barn sounded like a good, casual answer.
Located just across from Covestro at 213 S. FM 565, Burger Barn appears to mostly serve diners who work in the plants or related businesses. Its no-nonsense approach to food shows that it knows its clientele.
As the name would suggests, burgers are front and center on the menu.
For a plain All-American style burger, the menu starts with the Original Barn Burger—beef, lettuce, tomato, pickles, red onions and mustard on a toasted bun—with your choice of 1/3 pound or 1/2 pound of beef (no wimpy quarter-pounders here!).
From there, the choices of toppings are pretty much anything you can imagine putting on a hamburger: The Teriyaki Barn Burger features grilled pineapple and teriyaki sauce, the Chipotle Mushroom Barn Burger has chipotle mayo and grilled mushrooms, the Fiesta Barn Burger has homemade pico de gallo and mashed avocado…well, you get the idea. Lots of options, lots of tastes.
If beef isn’t your thing, there’s the Fish Barn Burger, the BLT Ranch Sandwich (with Texas toast), the Chicken Teriyaki Barn Burger, the Turkey Barn Burger and even a Veggie Barn Burger.
My selection this time around was the Bacon Cheddar Barn Burger (about as far away from the veggie option as possible).
It was a good choice.
Even with the thick 1/3-pound hamburger patty, there was enough bacon to not be overwhelmed, and the melted cheddar cheese added a good, sharp flavor.
Sadly, they were out of onion rings the day I went. While the tater tots were something of a pale substitute, they were cooked right: crispy on the outside and flaky, not mushy, on the inside.
Burger Barn does, of course, have the traditional French Fries option as well as Sweet Potato Fries.
While I don’t really get the concept of going to a burger place without getting a burger, there are other options as well.
Jumbo wings are on the menu, as are baked potatoes and Barn Dogs.
Don’t overlook the Bueno Plates, which have traditional Tex-Mex options and also some standard diner fare with hamburger steak, chicken fried chicken, chicken fried steak, a grilled or fried fish.
Prices are surprisingly reasonable, too—a meal and a drink isn’t going to take much more than a $10 bill for most options.
When you’re hungry for a good meal without a lot of frills or a big bill, Burger Barn is a solid option.
Burger Barn is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Mark Fleming is a reporter for The Baytown Sun. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.