Gridiron Burgers Gets Sacked

Located in downtown Pharr, directly across the city library, you’ll find Gridiron Burger. With a name like Gridiron, a sports themed establishment was expected. Filled with memorabilia on it’s walls and sports channels on the TVs, it’s like a mini sports bar, minus the booze and beer.

I came to Gridiron as part of a group, which allowed us to sample a lot of different items. We started with some Mozzarella Sticks and an order of Fried Pickles. I know, neither of these items make any establishment a ‘must’ but surprisingly, the pickles were flagged for “excessive saltiness”. So much so that for me, they were inedible, even doused in Ranch.

The group ordered a variety of burgers, the most original was the Hot Cheetos with Cheese Burger ($6.99), which is exactly how it sounds; the Mexican Burger ($7.99) which piles on lettuce, tomato, pickles, grilled onions, swiss cheese, grilled ham slice, sliced avocado and the optional fried egg (for an additional $0.79); the Gridiron Burger ($7.49) which is just your straight burger with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions, and mayonnaise; and my “usual”: a bacon cheeseburger with grilled onions.

Bring your appetite because the Gridiron Burgers are all really big burgers. They’re so big, we hardly touched the side orders of sweet potato fries (recommended!), regular fries and onion rings. They are all cooked well-done, which for me is a bit much as it tends to dry out the burger, as was the case tonight. It didn’t help that my bacon cheeseburger came without the cheese, a definite 15-yard penalty in any establishment!

The Gridiron came to us highly recommended. On their website,, you’ll see they won a popularity contest from a local radio station for having the best burgers in the RGV. But on this night, the starters must have all been pulled from the game, because we got a backup performance.

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JoAnn is a graduate of the University of Texas-Pan American where she obtained a Bachelor’s in Mass Communication with a minor in English. She is an inquisitive, ambitious and lively person with an undeniable passion for the written word.