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Burger Heatmap: 13 New Charleston Burgers To Eat Now

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| Jonathan Boncek

Everyone has a favorite go-to burger, one they cherish and love and eat over and over again, but with all the new restaurants opening in Charleston, there's bound to be a contender for an updated favorite.

To be considered for the Burger Heatmap, Eater looked at restaurants less than a year old (or just a bit over) and establishments with completely revamped menus. These 13 choices are the latest meaty options to hit the Lowcountry.

Note: Map points are listed in geographical order and are not ranked. Did we miss your favorite spot? Show it some love in the comments, send us an email, or start a forum thread in its honor.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Workshop

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1505 King Street Ext
Charleston, SC

Stop by the Pink Bellies stall in Workshop for an In-N-Out-inspired stack. The Animal Style burger refers to the California fast food joint’s secret burger menu and means mustard and grilled onions are added to the order. The PInk Bellies version uses this same formula with two burger patties, American cheese, pickles, tomatoes, local lettuce, grilled onions, mustard, and a special sauce.

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2. The Park Cafe

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730 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC
(843) 410-1070
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When chef Matt Canter joined The Park Cafe, he switched up the burger presentation. Now the menu item consists of a house-ground patty (with bacon ground into the patty), spicy mayo, lettuce, tomato, and onion on a Pane di Vita Cuban roll, with cafe potatoes. Canter formerly worked at FIG as a butcher, so he knows his meat.

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3. Warehouse

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45 1/2 Spring St
Charleston, SC
(843) 202-0712
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Chef Emily Hahn has updated the burger at happening restaurant Warehouse. Now the stack comes with two patties of luscious beef, housemade kimchi, Korean barbecue, and American cheese on a brioche bun. This burger packs a big umami punch with a side of fries (tip: ask for a side of red curry aioli to dip them in).

Erin Perkins
492 King St
Charleston, SC
(843) 203-6338
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Sure, you may have had chef Josh Keeler's burger at former Two Boroughs Larder, but have you had it since he's moved to Upper King restaurant 492? Only available at brunch and at the bar, this mornay-covered stacked is every bit of goodness you remembered.

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5. The Brick

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24 Ann St
Charleston, SC

The Brick is back with a lengthy list of burgers to satisfy all needs. The best part? The kitchen stays open until 1:00 a.m.

6. Scarecrow Hearth & Liquor Bar

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23 Ann St
Charleston, SC 29403

Only available at the Liquor Bar, chef Charles Mathews’ burger comes with housemade pimento cheese, lettuce, pickle, tomato, and is served with herbed fries. The presentation is simple, but the taste shines through.

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7. Fish

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442 King St
Charleston, SC
(843) 722-3474
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On Wednesdays, long-standing restaurant Fish has one of the best deals on beef around. Bar patrons can order the $10 house-ground burger with fries, with a $5 craft beer or $15 wine bottle. Chef David Schuttenberg offers a preserved green chilis or housemade kimchi version for those who like a little spice on their stacks.

8. JohnKing Bar & Grill

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428 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

The burgers at JohnKing Bar & Grill are perfect for curing hangovers or preventing them. The beefy stacks are monstrous in size. Go for a double classic with American cheese, Nueske's bacon, pickles, lettuce, tomato, and Duke’s mayo.

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9. Henrietta's at The Dewberry

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334 Meeting St
Charleston, SC

Gorgeous space Henrietta's features a grassfed beef burger with onions bordelaise, emmental, seeded potato bun, and frites. The meat has an amazing earthy quality to it and even makes for good leftovers.

10. Le Farfalle

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15 Beaufain St
Charleston, SC

For the Le Farfalle burger, chef Michael Toscano grinds ribeye in house and sears eight ounce patties on a griddle. For toppings, the kitchen makes a rosemary-garlic cheese to melt on top, places grilled onions on that, and then spreads a housemade porcini mustard and aioli with raw garlic and black pepper on the pan au lait buns or open-faced semolina sesame toast.

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11. Pawpaw

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209 E Bay St
Charleston, SC

Southern restaurant Pawpaw offers a wood-grilled burger on a benne seed roll with sharp cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion, bacon, and, housemade pickles.

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12. McCrady's Tavern

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2 Unity Aly
Charleston, SC
(843) 577-0025
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Sean Brock is a little obsessed with his new burger for McCrady's Tavern. He spent months upon months perfecting this one, so you might crave it every day of the week. The perfectly charred meat, plus the soft bun, a touch of country ham fat in the Duke's mayo, and house-made béarnaise/cheese combo (yes, it's melded together) is the stuff of dreams.

Saturday's are most certainly burger days! Serving these delicious #burgers until 2:30pm, see you soon!

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13. Pier 41

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1039 Highway 41
Mt. Pleasant, SC

Mount Pleasant’s Pier 41 allows patrons to choose from a double or single stack, depending on their hunger. The burgers have a bit of an Asian twist with North Carolina grass-fed beef, American cheese, Japanese mayo, Korean mustard, and sriracha ketchup.

1. Workshop

1505 King Street Ext, Charleston, SC

Stop by the Pink Bellies stall in Workshop for an In-N-Out-inspired stack. The Animal Style burger refers to the California fast food joint’s secret burger menu and means mustard and grilled onions are added to the order. The PInk Bellies version uses this same formula with two burger patties, American cheese, pickles, tomatoes, local lettuce, grilled onions, mustard, and a special sauce.

1505 King Street Ext
Charleston, SC

2. The Park Cafe

730 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC
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When chef Matt Canter joined The Park Cafe, he switched up the burger presentation. Now the menu item consists of a house-ground patty (with bacon ground into the patty), spicy mayo, lettuce, tomato, and onion on a Pane di Vita Cuban roll, with cafe potatoes. Canter formerly worked at FIG as a butcher, so he knows his meat.

730 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC

3. Warehouse

45 1/2 Spring St, Charleston, SC
Erin Perkins

Chef Emily Hahn has updated the burger at happening restaurant Warehouse. Now the stack comes with two patties of luscious beef, housemade kimchi, Korean barbecue, and American cheese on a brioche bun. This burger packs a big umami punch with a side of fries (tip: ask for a side of red curry aioli to dip them in).

45 1/2 Spring St
Charleston, SC

4. 492

492 King St, Charleston, SC
492

Sure, you may have had chef Josh Keeler's burger at former Two Boroughs Larder, but have you had it since he's moved to Upper King restaurant 492? Only available at brunch and at the bar, this mornay-covered stacked is every bit of goodness you remembered.

492 King St
Charleston, SC

5. The Brick

24 Ann St, Charleston, SC

The Brick is back with a lengthy list of burgers to satisfy all needs. The best part? The kitchen stays open until 1:00 a.m.

24 Ann St
Charleston, SC

6. Scarecrow Hearth & Liquor Bar

23 Ann St, Charleston, SC 29403
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Only available at the Liquor Bar, chef Charles Mathews’ burger comes with housemade pimento cheese, lettuce, pickle, tomato, and is served with herbed fries. The presentation is simple, but the taste shines through.

23 Ann St
Charleston, SC 29403

7. Fish

442 King St, Charleston, SC

On Wednesdays, long-standing restaurant Fish has one of the best deals on beef around. Bar patrons can order the $10 house-ground burger with fries, with a $5 craft beer or $15 wine bottle. Chef David Schuttenberg offers a preserved green chilis or housemade kimchi version for those who like a little spice on their stacks.

442 King St
Charleston, SC

8. JohnKing Bar & Grill

428 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
Erin Perkins

The burgers at JohnKing Bar & Grill are perfect for curing hangovers or preventing them. The beefy stacks are monstrous in size. Go for a double classic with American cheese, Nueske's bacon, pickles, lettuce, tomato, and Duke’s mayo.

428 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

9. Henrietta's at The Dewberry

334 Meeting St, Charleston, SC

Gorgeous space Henrietta's features a grassfed beef burger with onions bordelaise, emmental, seeded potato bun, and frites. The meat has an amazing earthy quality to it and even makes for good leftovers.

334 Meeting St
Charleston, SC

10. Le Farfalle

15 Beaufain St, Charleston, SC
Le Farfalle Brunch Burger Rachel Venter

For the Le Farfalle burger, chef Michael Toscano grinds ribeye in house and sears eight ounce patties on a griddle. For toppings, the kitchen makes a rosemary-garlic cheese to melt on top, places grilled onions on that, and then spreads a housemade porcini mustard and aioli with raw garlic and black pepper on the pan au lait buns or open-faced semolina sesame toast.

15 Beaufain St
Charleston, SC

11. Pawpaw

209 E Bay St, Charleston, SC

Southern restaurant Pawpaw offers a wood-grilled burger on a benne seed roll with sharp cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion, bacon, and, housemade pickles.

209 E Bay St
Charleston, SC

12. McCrady's Tavern

2 Unity Aly, Charleston, SC

Sean Brock is a little obsessed with his new burger for McCrady's Tavern. He spent months upon months perfecting this one, so you might crave it every day of the week. The perfectly charred meat, plus the soft bun, a touch of country ham fat in the Duke's mayo, and house-made béarnaise/cheese combo (yes, it's melded together) is the stuff of dreams.

2 Unity Aly
Charleston, SC

13. Pier 41

1039 Highway 41, Mt. Pleasant, SC

Mount Pleasant’s Pier 41 allows patrons to choose from a double or single stack, depending on their hunger. The burgers have a bit of an Asian twist with North Carolina grass-fed beef, American cheese, Japanese mayo, Korean mustard, and sriracha ketchup.

1039 Highway 41
Mt. Pleasant, SC

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