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New Braunfels has a new spot for burgers and beer

August 17, 2018

It’s wacky smash burgers and frozen wine slushies at the latest restaurant to join the New Braunfels dining scene.

Tin Top Burgers and Beer opened Aug. 6 a few blocks off the city’s Main Plaza. The restaurant specializes first and foremost in smashed hamburgers.

The technique that gained popularity about a decade ago in which a quarter pound ball of meat is tossed onto a griddle and smooshed flat with a spatula. The increased surface area of meat in contact with the griddle means more flavorful, crusty brown bits. Tin Top makes theirs with a blend of Black Angus beef from 44 Farms in Cameron — a frequent supplier a top steakhouses in the state — and ground pork.

Burgers come in 10 variations, including a classic lettuce, tomato and onion; The Swineapple, topped with grilled pineapple and jalapeños; The Bloody Mary, dressed with pickles, bacon and a bloody mary-inspired sauce; and The Reuben Burger, made with pastrami and sauerkraut.

Tin Top serves only canned wines and beers. Some of that wine gets diverted to a frozen drink machine, which produces fruity “frieslings,” or frozen rieslings.

The 2,000-square-foot restaurant can seat 64 customers, with a large front deck that will start hosting live music performances in the near future.

Tin Top Burgers & Beer is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily at 283 S. Union Ave. in New Braunfels. More at 830-507-9138, tintopburgers.com or Facebook: @TinTopBurgers.

Paul Stephen is a staff writer in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | pstephen@express-news.net | Twitter: @pjbites | Instagram: @pjstephen