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15 Must-Try Burgers in Charleston

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It may not be the biggest culinary challenge a chef could face, but how their hamburger offering stacks up could test the mettle of their menu. Beef patties on buttery buns are the ultimate comfort food. Pair it with a beer and some fries and any bad day melts away. Sure, you shouldn't indulge in a cheeseburger every night of the week, but if you wanted to try, Eater selected 15 options to keep you busy until the end of July. Just in time for The Five Days of Meat, we present a map of burgers across the Lowcountry worth a bite. If your favorite is missing, present your case in the comments. Picks are presented in alphabetical order.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 39 Rue De Jean

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39 John St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 722-8881
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Rue de Jean is the classic French bistro that happens to offer a kick-ass burger. Thick and meaty, this patty requires two hands. The grill is seasoned after years of service to cook up the perfect temperature. Toppings range from bacon lardons to stinky (heavenly) blue cheese.

2. Bohemian Bull

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Bohemian Bull capitalizes on two of the most loved menu items around: burgers and beer. They offer lots of combinations to make most everyone happy. Also, there's a bocce court to burn off the indulgent offerings.

3. Butcher & Bee

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654 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
The burger isn't always on the menu here, but when it is, ORDER IT. The patty is a special blend of beef and is topped with the "specialist sauce." The crisp fries don't hurt either.

4. Cypress

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167 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 727-0111
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The patty melt at Cypress is a buttery, indulgent mass of meat. On burger night, they are only $5. Chef Craig Deihl does a lot of fancy meat, but he can get down on a humble burger too. Some other options include the the wood grilled burger with bacon jam, pimiento cheese, butter lettuce, and yeast roll (shown here).

5. Edmund's Oast

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1081 Morrison Dr
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 727-1145
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What's better accompaniment to all the beers at Edmund's Oast than a bacon, egg, and cheeseburger? The smoked salt and pepper brioche bun really compliments the meat. It's available at brunch too.

6. HŌM

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563 King St.
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 573-7505
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If you like variety, HoM is the place for you. Burgers are their specialty, and they come up with the most creative combinations around. Be sure to play a round of ping pong before your order is up.

7. Husk

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76 Queen St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-2500
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Sure, chef Sean Brock's skills go beyond the domestic delight that is a burger, but you wouldn't want to deny yourself a chance to eat a meat patty with the bacon ground in. Two slabs of beef, American cheese, and a pillowy bun make this burger worth trying once, twice, maybe 20 times.

8. Moe's Crosstown Tavern

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714 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 722-3287
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Moe's has been flipping burgers for years, and you can taste the perfected patina of the grill in every bite. On Tuesdays, the meaty minions are half-price. Try the goat cheese and poblano pepper combination or the more traditional fried green tomato BLT option.

9. Oak Steakhouse

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17 Broad St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 722-4220
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While others may question why you’re ordering a burger at a steakhouse, you know that this beef patty is made of the finest Certified Angus Beef cuts. Chef Jeremiah Bacon’s special blend is made of a melt-in-your-mouth mixture and topped with a buttery bun. The best part? It’s only $10 during happy hour

10. Poe's Tavern

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2210 Middle St
Sullivans Island, SC 29482
(843) 883-0083
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Beach + Summer = Gimme a burger. Poe’s is there for patrons coming off the ocean in search of filling fare. Everyone has a favorite, and the burgers are named after the mysterious and macabre poet Edgar Allen Poe's work. Relax under an umbrella and order a Tell-Tale Heart burger.

11. Sesame Burgers & Beer

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675 Johnnie Dodds Blvd
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
(843) 884-5553
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Sesame has several stores, so it's likely there's one near you. With ingredients ranging from banana slices, to pineapple, to guacamole, there's something for everyone. They even have a choice of patties: beef, chicken, turkey, or bean.

12. Ted's Butcherblock

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334 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-0094
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They cut and grind the meat in house, so it doesn't get any fresher than the patties at Ted's Butcherblock. Every Saturday, the team comes up with an "Ultimate Burger." Last week the meat was topped with corned beef hash, cheddar cheese, and an egg. The burgers are cooked to order on the Big Green Egg staged out front.

13. The Macintosh

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479 King St
Charleston, SC
(843) 789-4299
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Simple pairings of lettuce, tomato, onion, Nueske's bacon, and cheddar cheese make the beef on this cheeseburger sing. It's big enough to split if you order appetizers to share. The Pecorino truffle fries on the side are a winning combination.

14. The Rarebit

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474 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 974-5483
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There are two situations that require a Rarebit patty melt: either you've been drinking or you're suffering a hangover. Not saying that's the only time you should try this diner staple, but the griddled beef tastes that much better when it's sopping up alcohol.

15. Two Boroughs Larder

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186 Coming St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 637-3722
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This burger is only available on Wednesdays (and sometimes at brunch), but you need to experience mornay dripping down your fingers as you bite into some of the most delightful double patties you’ll ever find. The sauce is a quarter of the appeal, but the pickled ramps/cucumbers/seasonal vegetables really pull the zing into it.

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1. 39 Rue De Jean

39 John St, Charleston, SC 29403
Rue de Jean is the classic French bistro that happens to offer a kick-ass burger. Thick and meaty, this patty requires two hands. The grill is seasoned after years of service to cook up the perfect temperature. Toppings range from bacon lardons to stinky (heavenly) blue cheese.
39 John St
Charleston, SC 29403

2. Bohemian Bull

Charleston, SC
Bohemian Bull capitalizes on two of the most loved menu items around: burgers and beer. They offer lots of combinations to make most everyone happy. Also, there's a bocce court to burn off the indulgent offerings.

3. Butcher & Bee

654 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
The burger isn't always on the menu here, but when it is, ORDER IT. The patty is a special blend of beef and is topped with the "specialist sauce." The crisp fries don't hurt either.
654 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

4. Cypress

167 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401
The patty melt at Cypress is a buttery, indulgent mass of meat. On burger night, they are only $5. Chef Craig Deihl does a lot of fancy meat, but he can get down on a humble burger too. Some other options include the the wood grilled burger with bacon jam, pimiento cheese, butter lettuce, and yeast roll (shown here).
167 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401

5. Edmund's Oast

1081 Morrison Dr, Charleston, SC 29403
What's better accompaniment to all the beers at Edmund's Oast than a bacon, egg, and cheeseburger? The smoked salt and pepper brioche bun really compliments the meat. It's available at brunch too.
1081 Morrison Dr
Charleston, SC 29403

6. HŌM

563 King St., Charleston, SC 29403
If you like variety, HoM is the place for you. Burgers are their specialty, and they come up with the most creative combinations around. Be sure to play a round of ping pong before your order is up.
563 King St.
Charleston, SC 29403

7. Husk

76 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401
Sure, chef Sean Brock's skills go beyond the domestic delight that is a burger, but you wouldn't want to deny yourself a chance to eat a meat patty with the bacon ground in. Two slabs of beef, American cheese, and a pillowy bun make this burger worth trying once, twice, maybe 20 times.
76 Queen St
Charleston, SC 29401

8. Moe's Crosstown Tavern

714 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403
Moe's has been flipping burgers for years, and you can taste the perfected patina of the grill in every bite. On Tuesdays, the meaty minions are half-price. Try the goat cheese and poblano pepper combination or the more traditional fried green tomato BLT option.
714 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403

9. Oak Steakhouse

17 Broad St, Charleston, SC 29401
While others may question why you’re ordering a burger at a steakhouse, you know that this beef patty is made of the finest Certified Angus Beef cuts. Chef Jeremiah Bacon’s special blend is made of a melt-in-your-mouth mixture and topped with a buttery bun. The best part? It’s only $10 during happy hour
17 Broad St
Charleston, SC 29401

10. Poe's Tavern

2210 Middle St, Sullivans Island, SC 29482
Beach + Summer = Gimme a burger. Poe’s is there for patrons coming off the ocean in search of filling fare. Everyone has a favorite, and the burgers are named after the mysterious and macabre poet Edgar Allen Poe's work. Relax under an umbrella and order a Tell-Tale Heart burger.
2210 Middle St
Sullivans Island, SC 29482

11. Sesame Burgers & Beer

675 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Sesame has several stores, so it's likely there's one near you. With ingredients ranging from banana slices, to pineapple, to guacamole, there's something for everyone. They even have a choice of patties: beef, chicken, turkey, or bean.
675 Johnnie Dodds Blvd
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

12. Ted's Butcherblock

334 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401
They cut and grind the meat in house, so it doesn't get any fresher than the patties at Ted's Butcherblock. Every Saturday, the team comes up with an "Ultimate Burger." Last week the meat was topped with corned beef hash, cheddar cheese, and an egg. The burgers are cooked to order on the Big Green Egg staged out front.
334 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401

13. The Macintosh

479 King St, Charleston, SC
Simple pairings of lettuce, tomato, onion, Nueske's bacon, and cheddar cheese make the beef on this cheeseburger sing. It's big enough to split if you order appetizers to share. The Pecorino truffle fries on the side are a winning combination.
479 King St
Charleston, SC

14. The Rarebit

474 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
There are two situations that require a Rarebit patty melt: either you've been drinking or you're suffering a hangover. Not saying that's the only time you should try this diner staple, but the griddled beef tastes that much better when it's sopping up alcohol.
474 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

15. Two Boroughs Larder

186 Coming St, Charleston, SC 29403
This burger is only available on Wednesdays (and sometimes at brunch), but you need to experience mornay dripping down your fingers as you bite into some of the most delightful double patties you’ll ever find. The sauce is a quarter of the appeal, but the pickled ramps/cucumbers/seasonal vegetables really pull the zing into it.
186 Coming St
Charleston, SC 29403

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