There’s something to be said about an eatery that strives to do the humble hamburger justice — which explains why it finds its way onto the menus of both dive bars and fine dining establishments. There’s purists looking for the classic ground beef with yellow American cheese, but many restaurants mix it up the burger blends with short rib, brisket, and even mushrooms. There are always new places popping up in Charleston, but these are the 16 Lowcountry establishments that have and continue to serve the best burgers in town.Read More
Charleston’s 14 Essential Burgers
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The Tattooed Moose
Dive bar with famous food Tattooed Moose offers a classic example of two thin patties, onions, lettuce, tomato, American cheese and special sauce between toasted kaiser rolls. Don’t leave without ordering a side of duck fat fries.
Pub Fare’s double cheeseburger with onions, pickles and “special sauce” really is as good as everyone says, and guests should definitely grab a few extra napkins before diving into this one. The burger gained a huge following within months of debuting at Kudu in 2017, so expect a wait at the pop-up locations, which are generally at breweries like The Hold by Revelry Brewing.
Herd Provisions started as a food truck in 2017, and it has now expanded to a full restaurant and butcher shop in downtown Charleston. The White Park burger is an ode to the Ancient White Park cattle raised by Herd Provisions original owner Alec Bradford. Pair with a side of hand-cut fries or Brussels sprouts with black garlic shoyu.
Moe's Crosstown Tavern
Moe’s has flipped burgers for years, making this dive a go-to destination especially on Tuesdays, when the meaty minions are half-price. Try the goat cheese and poblano pepper combination or the more traditional fried green tomato BLT option.
Little Jack's Tavern
The only burger on this list (and maybe in the country?) topped with sunchoke relish, Little Jack’s Tavern consistently puts out one of the tastiest burgers in Charleston. The garlic and herb fries with sauce gribiche shouldn’t be missed.
Many patrons venture to the Westside neighborhood for the renowned P237 burger. This classic executed to perfection is topped with yellow American cheese and served with crispy shoestring french fries.
Felix Cocktails et Cuisine
French-themed lounge Felix offers a burger featuring two short rib and brisket blended patties. The meat is sandwiched inside a doughy sesame bun and is topped with dijonaisse and gooey raclette cheese, adding a touch of decadence.
There’s something special about enjoying the gourmet version of a fast food burger, and fans of Steak n’ Shake can find just that at the Rarebit, where they offer a simple steak burger with ketchup, mustard and pickles. Wash it down with arguably the best Moscow Mule in town.
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.
Stop by fancy steakhouse Halls for the chance to sample the dry- and wet-aged steaks for only $12. To make the burger, the kitchen uses 10 ounces of beef trimmings from the aged offerings, which creates a concentrated meat flavor. The presentation is kept simple with lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese and a special sauce.
Patrons only have one chance each week to dive into the celebrated Ted’s burger. Stop by on Saturday for this Charleston staple, which is made using Painted Hills Natural Beef and grilled in the Big Green Egg.
Zero Restaurant + Bar
Fittingly named, Zero Restaurant + Bar’s “Royale with Cheese” is made using a blend of wagyu beef, short rib and chopped truffles. The toppings on this decadent burger include mushrooms, caramelized onions, shaved black truffles and what chef Vinson Petrillo calls “Kraft singles fondue.”
The Watch Rooftop Kitchen and Spirits
Looking for a burger with a view? Take the elevator seven floors up to the rooftop at the Restoration Hotel, where patrons can find two four-ounce short rib and brisket patties stuffed inside a brioche bun. Stop by on Mondays for a deal offering the burger and a beer for just $10.
A lot has changed in the last few years at Husk, but the famous cheeseburger is still a staple on the ever changing menu. The burger blend has bacon ground into it, making it one worth trying once, twice, maybe 400 times.