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May 26, 2023

Our favorite burgers

These local Charlotte spots get our burger business time and time again

by Unpretentious Palate staff

National Burger Day is May 28, so we thought it would be a good time to share our favorite burgers in and around the Queen City. It’s not an easy call. Most Charlotte restaurants put out a darn fine burger (meat and non-meat), but here are the places Unpretentious Palate staffers head to when the craving hits.

Duckworth’s Big. Bad. Burger. Photo courtesy

Brian Beauchemin
Big. Bad. Burger. – Duckworth’s Grill & Taphouse, multiple locations
“Eight ounces of house’s special patty blend with pepper jack cheese, jalapeño bacon, onion straws, and a bourbon glaze topped with jalapeño relish, served in a sweet onion roll. Jalapeños, bacon, and bourbon – need I say more!”

Allison Braden
A Really Good Burger – The Crunkleton, Elizabeth
“The Crunkleton is one of my favorite neighborhood hangouts. I can sit on those luxurious barstools for hours. This burger is my go-to order. I often swap in a Beyond Meat patty to make it vegetarian, but either way, the burger lives up to its name. The side of parmesan-dusted fries makes a perfect snack while I sip on a Painkiller and watch the bowtied bartenders carve ice.”

Matthew Krenz
Goopy Burger, The Goodyear House, NoDa
“This is my go-to when I’m in the area, and not just because they feature Krenz Ranch beef. It’s always well-executed and hits on so many beautiful notes. It’s an all-American classic, only elevated.”

Ebony Morman
Beyond Meat Veggie Burger – Pinky’s Westside Grill, Wesley Heights
“This burger got me through two years of being a vegetarian and most of COVID-19. It’s my go-to veggie burger and I always get a side of honey mustard for dipping. The whole wheat bun and the toppings are consistently fresh and delicious.”

Travis Mullis
Burger all the Way – Brooks’ Sandwich House, NoDa
Super Boy Hamburger – South 21 Drive-In, Commonwealth Park
“My choices are super obvious, but can’t be beat. Always add cheese.”

TM Petaccia
Double Cheeseburger – Park Road Soda Shoppe, Montford
“Nothing fancy; it’s your classic throwback soda shop flattop burger with iceberg lettuce, tomato, and onion. A wave of nostalgia hits you with every bite. Don’t forget the fries and chocolate shake.”

Anita Skogland
House Burger – Fern, Flavors of the Earth, Dilworth
“Plant-based beef and shiitake patty, sundried tomato aioli, arugula, bacon, swiss, balsamic glaze, mushroom onion gravy. You can add an egg for $2, and it comes with a side salad. Very flavorful, the aioli is amazing, the burger is crisp and the toppings are a satisfying contrast.”

Cheddar Cheeseburger – Living Kitchen, South End
“A quinoa-based burger, topped with house-made cashew cheddar cheese, pear coleslaw, BBQ sauce, tomato, and pickles. The BBQ sauce is nicely spicy, and the pear coleslaw is a refreshing surprise.”

A Chubz chili cheeseburger and cheese fries. Kristen Wile/UP

Kristen Wile
The Ace – Ace No.3, Belmont Village / Myers Park / Concord Mills
“Two quarter-pound chuck-blend patties, American cheese, grilled onions, house-made pickles, and Comeback sauce on a brioche bun. This is classic Americana. A chocolate shake is mandatory.”

Chili Cheeseburger – Chubz Famous Chiliburgers, Woodlawn
“Chubz is the kind of place you have to stop by any time you’re near the Woodlawn Road exit on I-77 during lunch hours. Their chiliburgers are everything you crave: a well-seasoned patty cooked on a well-seasoned flat top grill, gooey cheese, and delicious chili that seeps into the bun. Add onion rings and a milkshake to your order for a true American classic treat.”

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