Bernie's Burger Bus has been slingin’ kick ass burgers and fries for nearly a decade, earning loyal fans and critical praise along the way. The "Old School Awesome" dream started as a food truck by talented chef Justin Turner and has grown to four bustling restaurants throughout Houston. Burger class is now in session in Bellaire, Katy, The Heights, and Missouri City. Grab a seat.
Once a chef, always a chef
Houston is a burger-loving city, and it’s not hard to feed that craving with dozens of options around. But the only place in town making everything from scratch, down to the ketchup? Yep, it’s Bernie’s. Chef Justin Turner may no longer be working in white linen eateries, but his kitchen employs a chef’s mentality: make everything from scratch starting with the best possible ingredients. The difference is clear when you tuck into a juicy burger, plate of fries or frosty milkshake, and it’s why Bernie’s Burger Bus has consistently been voted the BEST burger in Houston. Come in for a dining experience crafted by people who love good food and want to share it with you.
Chopped Champion 2016
"The bold & the Baconful"
Top 5 places
to eat lunch
After cutting his teeth at fine dining establishments, Chicago native Justin Turner spent years as personal chef to NBA star Shane Battier, first in Memphis, and then in Houston when Battier signed with the Houston Rockets. When the athlete and friend returned to Tennessee, Turner decided to stay in H-town to launch his own venture.
In 2010, he converted a big yellow school bus into a food truck and named it Bernie’s Burger Bus, an homage to his own grandfather, Bernie. As one of the first food trucks in town, Bernie’s Burger Bus found rapid success and a loyal following drawn to Turner’s use of fresh, seasonal ingredients and cheffy yet irreverent sensibilities.
Since the start, burgers have been ground in house, a signature blend of Black Angus chuck and brisket, topped with small-batch, scratch-made condiments and sandwiched between freshly baked, local artisan buns. Fries are hand cut and shakes are hand spun.
Bernie’s Burger Bus has since retired from life on the road, but the beloved burger biz has expanded to four brick-and-mortar restaurants with playful, school-themed menus and décor. And the former fleet of buses now live on inside the restaurants locations—literally. They're where you’ll find the kitchen teams turning out hundreds of orders of burgers and fries daily.
Hamburgers may seem like humble food for a practiced chef, but the universally beloved American classic provides a foundation for Turner’s creativity to shine. His eclectic Field Trip specials often feature zany, over-the-top components like apple kimchi slaw, crawfish étouffée or buns made of Hot Cheeto-dusted fried mac n’ cheese.
"I always try to have fun with my food, playing on the traditional with new techniques and reinterpreting classics," says Turner. In 2016, Turner even beat out fellow Houston chefs to win an episode of Chopped on Food Network.
Bernie's Burger Bus is named after a very special person to chef-owner Justin Turner. As a child, Turner promised his grandfather Bernie that he would one day name a business after him. True to his word, the chef did just that.
Bernie's History 101
Bernie's Bus #1
In search of a primo late night fix, Justin Turner takes things into his own hands. Bernie's #1 is born.
Bernie's Bus #2
We can't be contained! Bus #2 makes its debut.
Bernie's Bus #3
We’re on a roll! Thanks to a dare, the infamous Detention burger arrives!
Reliant Stadium Location
Bernie’s takes a field trip to Reliant to feed hungry football fans. Go Texans!
Time to graduate… to brick-and-mortar! Our first restaurant opens in a great hood, and we couldn’t be prouder.
Bernie's heads to the 'burbs! We got you, Katy!
Our parents always wanted us to go to Yale. Yale Street that is!
Overachieving in our new home, MoCity! This baby’s got a drive-thru, y’all.
Our Trophy Case
"Top 5 Best Lunches" Food Network
"Chopped, All-Houston Episode" Food Network
"Texas Burger Brawl" Harry Connick Jr. Show
"A Guide to the South’s Best Burgers" Garden & Gun
"10 Best Burgers Around the U.S." Zagat National
"21 Essential Hamburgers in America" Eater National
"101 Best Food Trucks in America" The Daily Meal
"The 50 Greatest Burgers in Texas" Texas Monthly
"Welcome to Houston: The Restaurants You Should Try First" Food Network
"The South’s Best Burgers" Taste of the South Magazine
"What’s The Best Thing to Eat in Houston For Less Than $10?" BuzzFeed
"The 5 Best Burger Toppings You’ve Never Tasted" Men’s Health Magazine
"Best Burger on Wheels" The Daily Beast
"Houston, We Have a Food Truck" Eat Street, Cooking Channel
"Trending Tables" Nation’s Restaurant News
"America’s 50 Best French Fries" The Daily Meal
"The 10 Best New Burgers Around the U.S." Zagat National
"Top 100 Houston Restaurants"
of 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 Houston Chronicle Restaurant Critic Alison Cook
"Best Burger Joint" Houston Press
"The Perfect Basic Burger by Justin Turner" Houstonia Magazine
"50 Things to Eat Before You Die" and "The Houston Burger Bucket List" Thrillist
"Top 10 Burger Spots" PaperCity Magazine
"Top 10 New Houston Restaurants" Houston Press
"Houston Local Hero Awards: Best Food Truck" Edible Houston
"Best Family Restaurant" Houston Press
"The Very Best Burgers in Houston" and "The Best Fries in Houston" Thrillist
"12 of Houston’s Most Excellent Burgers" Eater Houston
"Best Food Truck" Houston Press
"Best of the Burbs: Welcome to Katy" Houstonia Magazine
"20 Must-Try Burgers" Chron.com
"100 Favorite Houston Dishes" Houston Press Dining Critic Phaedra Cook
"The Tastemakers Awards: Best New Restaurant Finalist" CultureMap