Ian Tucker moved from Ireland to Houston about two years ago. His now wife a Houstonian, the two met while she was on vacation in Ireland and now call Houston home together. The two birthed a boy this year, along with their straight forward burger concept, Balls Out Burger, that opened this past June.
Balls Out Burger owner Ian Tucker isn’t shy on sharing the burger joint’s strait forward menu and concept, saying they focus on using quality ingredients for a classic style burger – with emphasis on the meat and buns – and no frill ingredients so the core ingredients can truly shine.
“Our concept isn’t for everyone,” Tucker said. “People will come in and want to add on bacon or something else, but that’s not what we’re trying to do. I’m not shy of pointing people to Hopdoddy for fancy toppings.”
The two core ingredients for Balls Out’s burger aren’t your typical Sysco buy. The beef comes from 44 Farms, a farm out of Cameron, Texas that specialzies in Black Angus. The burger buns come from Slough Dough – a local artisinal bread company – and is a specialty recipe just for Balls Out Burger. Toppings keep it simple with cheese or no cheese, lettuce. tomato, onions, pickles and fresh jalepenos.
The menu consists of a few options for burger building: single or double patty; cheese or no cheese; toppings all the way, or select your picks. You’ve got three options for fries: shoestring, handcut or sweet potato. There are two milkshakes on the menu: vanilla or chocolate – all made with Amy’s Ice Cream – though, strawberry is making its debut this week, Tucker said. “We just had to pick out the stawberries we wanted to use.” For beverages, you can have water, sparkling water, sweet tea, soda, or beer or wine. When it comes to the beer, you’ve only got one brand option, though, and that’s St. Arnold.
“We’re the only venue that’s only serving Saint Arnold,” Tucker said. “We wanted to support local and St. Arnold is independent and their product is great across the board.”
The burger joint sits on some prime real estate at 1603 N. Durham Dr. and Tucker said his real estate agent said about 70,000 cars drive by daily. That’s a lot of drive by promotion.
Balls Out Burger seats 40 inside and 120 outside on the patio. Dogs are even welcomed on the patio, with their own stations for water and waste.
With patio weather here, things are gearing up on the patio with outdoor music kicking off every Tuesday in October. Cornhole tournaments will also be held on Thursday, also kicking off in October, with a start time of 7 p.m. You can find your favorite sporting event on the TVs outside, and even enjoy $1 off beers anytime any Texas NFL or college football game is on. Patio games are aplenty, as well.
This isn’t Tucker’s first go – he has restaurants back home in Dublin and he’ll be bringing the style of those concepts to his coming soon project in Sawyer Yards, Poiten.