100 Burgers: Burger University

 
 
Burger University
119 W. Seventh St., Georgetown (map), 512-863-0100, www.burgeruniversity.net
Hours: 11am-3pm Mon; 11am-8pm Tue-Thu; 11am-9:30pm Fri-Sat; noon-4pm Sun
                          
By Mike Sutter | © Fed Man Walking | 05.07.16
 
Forgive me for buying into the whole notion of Burger University, but I just dropped off my daughter for the SAT, and comfort food’s on my mind. This family-run place on the square in Georgetown understands comfort, from the split-level parlor of its wood-floored dining room to the build-it-yourself burger bar, from the unpretentious staff to fried pies and ice cream for dessert. It’s like a homegrown Fuddrucker’s, one that just happens to be in a century-old brick building across from the Williamson County Courthouse.
 
 
 The Mascot Burger: Burgers here start at $5.99 for a thick single patty on a bakery bun. They’ll pre-load it from there for a buck or two with cheese, mushrooms, bacon, green chiles, even pineapple. The Mascot combines the best of the options — grilled onions, crumbled blue cheese and bacon — for $7.99. The rest is up to you, drawing from a no-frills salad bar of iceberg lettuce, sliced tomatoes, white onions, bucket-style pickles and jalapeños. The result is a burger like you’d make on the stove at home, with a flat sear cooked gray to the center.
 The Exchange Student: From the same basic build comes a burger with Swiss cheese and better-than-average sautéed mushrooms for $7.49.
 On the side: Handcut, handbreaded. The two most important things to know about fries and rings here. At $1.99 for a really big “small” order, fries are cut thin and cooked clean, with skin left on for character. Onion rings hit a nice balance of firmness and fall-away flake ($2.99/small).
 Wash it down: They don’t make a big deal of it, this being a family place with a big student clientele, but Burger U. serves beer and wine. We’ll just need to see some ID.
 Pie are squared (no, pie are round): Or half-round, anyway. This hand-crimped fried cherry pie is crisp on the outside, lava-hot on the inside and dusted with powdered sugar. At $5 with ice cream, it’s a post-SAT indulgence.
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