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Burger Enthusiasts Rejoice as Cult Burger Opens First Houston Restaurant

Ash Jurberg

Bun B's famous Trill Burgers has finally opened in Houston.

The long-awaited Trill Burgers has finally opened its brick-and-mortar restaurant in Houston.

Houston-born rapper Bernard Freeman—known professionally as Bun B, opened the 3,236-square-foot restaurant this week after a soft opening last week.

The iconic rapper has run several Trill Burgers pop-ups since launching in 2021, but due to popular demand has opened his first restaurant in the former James Coney Island space on Shepherd Drive at Richmond.

Bun B hosted Trill Burgers pop-ups around Houston, including the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, where over 12,000 burgers were served. Trill Burgers also ran pop-ups at music festivals, including Coachella and AstroWorld.

With its Smashburger, Trill Burgers won the title "Best Burger in America" by Good Morning America in July with his Smashburger. The burger is made with lacy-edged 44 Farms beef patties, signature (and secret) Trill sauce, and optional grilled onions and is served on Martin's potato roll.

"I was approached to be a partner on a burger concept, but I've been looking for a way to go from just being a food fan to actually being in the food business. I've been doing a food blog for over 10 years called YouGottaEatThis.com and had been a big supporter of the local food truck scene, made friends with a lot of the great chefs in a town like Ryan Lachaine, Chris Shepherd, Ronnie Killen, Aaron Bludorn. Trill Burgers seemed like a simple way to enter into the food industry, but it also made sense to me because it was a minimal concept, very easily scalable. My partners were going to be doing most of the heavy lifting. For me, I have to put energy behind it, bring attention to it, I let the food speak for itself." Bun B

Although Trill Burgers finally has a home, it will be short-lived. The current location will only be open for six months while the team looks for a long-term home.

Trill Burgers

3607 South Shepherd Drive

11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily

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