Here’s a list of Charlotte’s top 10 burger restaurants and what to order at each spot.
Charlotte’s burger scene is sneaky solid. We’ve developed a great mix of old school burgers and gourmet burgers.
[Note: Yes, I’ve tasted about 15 burgers in the past few weeks and yes, my cholesterol is high – not kidding, just got a physical]
#10 — The Diamond
Vibe: Cozy retro diner in Plaza Midwood, founded in 1945.
What to order: Small Block Burger – 1/3 lb. ground beef with lettuce, tomato, onion and mayonnaise.
#9 – Kickstand
Vibe: Burger and bar joint in Plaza Midwood.
What to order: The Fender Bender ($10.95) – beef burger topped with chili, crispy fried onions, mushrooms, slaw, American cheese and bacon.
Backup order: The Cross Country – beef burger basted with a citrus bbq sauce, topped with pico de gallo, guacamole, papperjack cheese, and jalapeno cilantro spread.
#8 — Cowfish
Vibe: Upscale sushi and burger restaurant with modern interior, fish tank and back patio in SouthPark.
What to order: The Cowfish Bento Box ($14) – A combo meal featuring both burger and sushi, including a mini-burger with American cheese, pickles and chopped red onion, sweet potato fries, Thai cucumbers, edamame and choice of a 4 piece sushi roll (California, Spicy Tuna, Vegetarian or Philly Roll)
Backup burger: The C.B.C.L.T. 14 – a half-pound beef burger, cheddar cheese, applewood bacon, white cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, Cowfish sauce, brioche bun with a side.
#7 — Pinky’s
Vibe: Self-described “lowbrow eats & drinks” in FreeMoreWest.
What to order: Pterodactyl Burger ($5) – Greg’s award-winning 5-ounce beef burger, everything style.
Burger topping options at Pinky’s:
- Everything – mayo, lettuce, tomato, onion, dill pickles
- Westside – mustard, chili, slaw, onion
- Ding Dong Style – crunchy peanut butter, honey-cilantro slaw and hot sriracha sauce
Go big burger: Triple “G” three, 5-ounce patties, Westside style (this was Guy Fieri’s order when he visited).
#6 – Moo & Brew
Vibe: Neighborhood burger and beer spot with a great patio in Plaza Midwood (know to many for their famous Large Marge Bloody Mary).
What to order: Farmer’s Daughter ($11) – farm egg, peppered applewood bacon, cheddar, tomato, Bibb lettuce, M&B sauce.
Backup burger: Moo & Brew Burger – brew-braised onions, brew chili, brew cheese & yellow mustard.
Vibe: Drive-in Southern comfort food restaurant a few miles from Uptown on Independence. Serving gems like the Super Boy since 1955.
What to order: Jumbo Cheeseburger ($5.95) – their Super Boy Hamburger (two beef patties, mustard, onions, lettuce and tomatoes) with two slices of cheese and French fries.
#4 — Bad Daddy’s
Vibe: Neighborhood burger bar in Dilworth.
What to order: Basic Burger ($8.75) – 6-ounce freshly ground custom beef blend.
Backup burger: Bacon Cheeseburger on Steroids – Monterey Jack cheese, three pieces of jalapeño bacon, three pieces of applewood smoked bacon, housemade bacon mayo, shredded lettuce, tomato, red onion and pickles.
#3 — Zack’s Hamburgers
Vibe: Old-school, family-owned burger and Southern comfort food restaurant in LoSo. They call your order over a speaker, which is just fantastic.
What to order: Zack’s Special ($5.95) — two 100% ground beef patties with double American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions, mayonnaise and special sauce on a toasted bun, served with French fries.
#2 — Brooks Sandwich House
Vibe: Tiny hidden spot near NoDa’s Heist Brewing with a walk-up window and outdoor table for eating.
What to order: Burger ($3.50) “All The Way” with mustard, onions and homemade chili.
#1 — Bang Bang Burgers
Vibe: Fairly forgettable upscale fast-casual interior located in an Elizabeth strip mall.
What to order: Bang Bang Burger ($9.50) – American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, homemade pickle and Bangburger sauce with fries. A double will cost you an additional $3.
Backup order: Cowboy Burger – sharp cheddar, bacon and homemade BBQ sauce with fries.