Burgers are a major staple in my family’s diet. I wish it weren’t so, but with four kids in tow and picky eaters galore, hamburgers are a universal win for our family. And when it comes to food, sometimes as a mom, you JUST. NEED. A. WIN. So, we are constantly on the lookup for the perfect SA burger. When we heard that Bunz Handcrafted Burgers, one of the best burger joints in San Antonio, had opened up a new location at the Rim, we knew that we had to check it out and see if it was as good as the original. Verdict from the picky eaters: YES.
Bunz Handcrafted Burgers: One of San Antonio’s Best (and Priciest) Burgers
Bunz Handcrafted Burgers’ second restaurant opened up earlier this year at the Rim off of the 1604 W access road, just due west of La Cantera Mall. The new location offers an indoor seating area, outdoor patio area, and drive-thru that is open late so that college students across the street at UTSA can enjoy some late night burger munching.
Bunz’s second location has lots of parking in the surface lot around the building. This makes the parking situation way more favorable than the one at the original downtown location where parking isn’t easy to come by and costs quite a bit when you do.
The modern exterior of the building is covered in wood slats, large windows, and a giant coquettish cow inviting guests to come in and enjoy some ample burgers.
Bunz’s indoor dining area is quite large with both high-top tables and comfortable, red booths available. There is even a corner coffee-style table with a couch and padded wicker chairs for those looking for a plushier space to enjoy their burgers.
Bunz Handcrafted Burgers is a counter service restaurant. Guests enter and place an order and pay at the counter. You are then given a pager which will buzz when your order is ready.
What makes Bunz unique over and above other similar hamburger restaurants is that everything is made fresh and from scratch. Sauces, cheeses, and buns are all made in house with only the freshest ingredients. This means that even plain hamburgers (of which my picky eaters ordered three) are still delicious and full of flavor.
The menu at Bunz is substantial for a burger place with 15 specialty options including a vegan burger and a chicken burger. Each burger is garnished with unique toppings balanced precariously on top of each other, making it a bit tricky to cram into your mouth, but oh-so-worth it if you can figure out just how to do so.
In addition to the tasty, albeit boring, plain burgers, we sampled three of the specialty burgers on Bunz’s menu – the original Z Bunz, the Show Bunz (topped with arugula, tomato, pears, blue cheese, and caramelized onions), and the Ocean Bunz, which was smothered in chipotle mayo and avocado relish and topped with blackened shrimp. While completely unalike from each other, each of the three specialty burgers was absolutely delicious and brought in flavors that we hadn’t tasted on burgers before.
If there is one significant downside to Bunz Handcrafted Burgers, it is the pricing. Burgers here are anything but cheap. Options range from the Z Bunz at $9.95 to a whopping $15.95 for the Cowbunz Double with double patties, gouda cheese, jalapeños, crispy onions, lettuce, and the house BBQ sauce. At $10+ per burger, we paid nearly $80 to feed our family of six: OOF! While definitely delicious, Bunz isn’t a place that we could visit weekly as it is prohibitively pricey for large families.
With a higher price point, Bunz isn’t the place to go if you are simply looking for a cheap, greasy cheeseburger to tide you over. But if you are looking for something new and fresh with unique burger flavors and variety, Bunz is the perfect burger joint to do some exploring. It may be a bit of a splurge, but we all need to splurge every now and then on a burger that you will remember for a very long time.