I love Chinese chicken and Greek salads, Italian cacciatore and a traditional bolognese sauce, and I will put down a French-style creme brulee dessert for the perfect finish. And while there is a lot to be said about the American food culture (and not always positive), there is just something about a juicy, decked out cheeseburger that I can never resist. I am even perfectly okay with taking the endless quip from my friends when I order the $11 burger with fries and ranch at a $50 average meal-priced oyster bar. Thankfully, I am in luck living in Charlotte and if you are also a fellow Charlotte-ian and burger-lover, you are too.
These are some of the tastiest, most gourmet burgers in the city, and there’s also a few “best value” burgers spotted throughout the list for the deal-seeking foodies (like me):
Bang Bang Burgers
High-quality meats and plenty of options to choose from, as well as the highly favored Bang Bang sauce were just a few reasons Bang Bang Burgers was named “best burger in Charlotte” by the Charlotte Agenda. Always friendly service helps to keep customers returning, too. Additionally, Bang Bang Burgers won 1st place for best burger in Charlotte’s Moo & Brew festival in 2015, 16, and 17…PLUS earned a spot on the Thrillist’s list of top 100 burgers in America. BAM.
Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar
Also recognized by local Charlotte organizations as well as regional press, Bad Daddy’s serves up a delicious variety of decked out burgers that their guests love to rave about. The original Bad Daddy’s opened up right here in Charlotte in ’07 and since then, multiple locations have popped up in other cities around the U.S. If you are looking for a variation of the classic cheeseburger, try the Bad Ass Burger, or if you are looking for something completely original, try the Magic Mushroom burger, with 4 different types of mushrooms under a creamy truffle aioli.
Alton’s Kitchen and Cocktails
This is one of those for the deal-seekers. Tuesday nights at Alton’s are $6 burger nights (and $4 draft beers), and for the quality and taste you get here, you can’t beat that price. Pair the delicious LKN Cheeseburger with your favorite local or regional beer from the tap and there you’ll have yourself a memorable meal experience, a full belly, and a mere $10 bill to pay ($13 if you know how to take care of your friendly server)!
Voted “Best food truck in Charlotte” , Roaming Fork has a variety of entrees to choose from including fish, pork, deviled eggs, pimento cheese balls (…everything I’ve ever wanted is in that name), and of course, burgers. Search for reviews on Roaming Fork, and you really won’t find much negativity there. Locals love their selection, and the different burgers they offer on a rotating schedule are nothing short of unique and scrumptious.
With 20 burgers to choose from, plus tons of toppings for all different kinds of taste buds, you’re sure to find a new favorite burger at Cowbell. The sides offered here are rare to find at other area restaurants – sweet potato tots, cucumber salad, and pan fried corn are just a few. You can also substitute out the standard beef patty for a Brasstown, NC grass-fed beef patty, a black bean patty, or a salmon filet.
Have you been to any of these burger joints yet? Are we right or are we right about these amazing burgers?!? If you have one to add to the list, comment below! We will test it out and give it a consideration 😉