Looking for American’s favorite dish? Look no further than the burger, a delicacy of meat, cheese, and veggies in between two buns. Whether you like them done the classic, old-schooled diner way or in an innovative way made with Black Angus, Wagyu, or Black Beans, you’ll devour these 7 iconic burgers in Charlotte.
1. Ace No. 3
Ranked one of Yelp and Charlotte Mag’s Top Burgers in CLT, Ace No. 3’s burgers are not to be messed with. With a motto of less is more, they take any time they would have spent sourcing a ton of ingredients to, instead, focus on making sure every thing is perfect from the bread to the meat. Their menu is incredibly simple and it really just depends on how many patties you want. If you’re feeling hungry, try the Ace with 1/4lb Chuck beef blend patties, American cheese, grilled onions, house-made pickles, their Comeback sauce, and a brioche bun.
Where: 1001 Belmont Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205
The burgers at Bang Bang Burgers are a smash hit for the way they assemble each component locally. Their brioche buns comes from Dukes Bread, their meat (high quality Black Angus) from La Freida, and their sides and toppings sourced from their neighbors. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could try their burger topped high with spicy Pimento cheese or thick mushrooms and swiss cheese, or go for the classic with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, onions, homemade pickles, and Bang sauce.
2001 E 7th St suite d, Charlotte, NC 28204
235 W Tremont Ave #101, Charlotte, NC 28203
One of the best burgers in North Carolina belongs to Barcelona Burger, where their meat is hand pressed and grilled perfectly in between two soft buns with lots of veggies. Pair them with Barcelona Burger’s truffle, classic, or sweet potato fries and wash it all down with a cold draft beer.
Where: 500 S Main St, Mooresville, NC 28115
Voted the best burger in Charlotte back in 2018, this burger place is doing a twist on the American burger with Asian ingredients and flavors. Made gourmet with short rib steak, these burgers come in a variety of different styles with fun ingredients. Their Nutty Goat and The Blacow are two of their most popular, with the former made with tangy goat cheese and sweet candied bacon while the former is made with Wagyu and a teriyaki glaze. Their Gangnam is an ode to South Korean ingredients made with Bulgogi-marinated meat, kimchi, and green onion. Don’t forget to pair a burger with their hand cut fries or mac and cheese.
Where: 1515 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28203
5. South 21
The last old-school traditional burger diner in Charlotte, South 21 should be protected at all costs. Serving Charlotte since the 50s, South 21 is a city favorite. Get a great no-frills cheeseburger that only runs $4.25 with a taste and price that just can’t be beat. Pair that with some delicious onion rings that Guy Fieri loved or some fresh, fluffy, hot fries and you’ve a great and cheap burger lunch in Charlotte.
Where: 3101 E Independence Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28205
Have you ever heard of a Juicy Lucy before? If you have, that’s probably because you’ve somehow got a connection to Minneapolis where the Juicy Lucy became popularized by a heated rivalry going between two bars (Matt’s Bar and the 5-8 club) who both claimed to invent it. Essentially, a Juicy Lucy is a cheese-stuffed burger and Harriet’s Hamburgers is doing them the good-old fashioned way, and has landed a spot as one of the best burgers in Charlotte. They’re located inside Optimist Hall and they’ve got a simple, but delicious menu for you to try from.
Where: 1115 N Brevard St Optimist Hall Stall #6, Charlotte, NC 28206
Crunkleton is “members only,” upscale cocktail bar and eatery with a gourmet burger that’s quite popular. Called “A Really Good Burger,” it sets itself up with expectations but luckily it delivers. Crunkleton’s burger is simply made with American cheese, lettuce, onions and sauce on a Brioche bun with parmesan garlic and herb fries. They’ve also got an eleaated Wagyu burger with Aged Cheddar, Caramelized Onions, Truffle Aioli on a Brioche bun.
Where: 1957 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28204