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The Best Burgers in Charleston

Published On 11/04/2015 Published On 11/04/2015

Hamburgers: they’re so delicious, if the Hamburglar were to ever get caught, no jury would convict him. And in Charleston, we take them up a notch, with pretty much every restaurant in town making its own next-level version. Here are the dozen best burgers in the Holy City:

The Husk Burger

Husk

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King St Historic District

The burger at Husk consistently tops lists of great burgers in Charleston (and America) because of its pure, delicious simplicity. Two Benton’s bacon-infused ground beef patties sit upon a house-made buttermilk & benne seed bun, topped with American cheese, diced white onions, bread & butter pickles, and a special sauce (and lettuce and tomato, when they’re in season). Very nearly the dictionary definition of a good burger, this is truly a work of art.

Courtesy of Poe's Tavern

The Amontillado

Poe’s Tavern

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Sullivan’s Island

Make the trek out to Sullivan’s Island and you’ll find one of Charleston’s best burger joints -- Poe’s Tavern. People flock to the little house on Middle St for its fat half-pound beef pucks and delectable toppings on a brioche bun. The Amontillado is topped with guacamole, jalapeño Jack cheese, pico de gallo, and chipotle sour cream, and it’s perfect for those who like their burgers with a little kick.

Courtesy of Halls Chophouse

The Halls Chophouse Burger

Halls Chophouse

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Mazyck-Wraggborough

Found on the restaurant’s bar menu, Chef Matthew Niessner crafts the Halls Chophouse Burger with 10oz house prime ground beef (direct from the Allen Brothers out of Chicago) and cheddar cheese, then serves it with a generous helping of Parmesan truffle fries.

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The Southerner

Charleston Sports Pub

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West Ashley

Tucked into an unassuming strip mall in West Ashley, Charleston Sports Pub is something of a diamond in the rough. The menu is loaded with winners, but the Southerner burger is the shining star; it starts with a buttered bun and a seasoned half-pound of ground beef, and then gets some house-made pimento cheese, peach jam, and crispy bacon. You’ll love how the sweetness of the peach jam perfectly complements the creaminess of the pimento cheese (trust us).

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The B&B Burger

Butcher & Bee

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Cannonborough

Everything Butcher & Bee touches seems to turn to gold, and its burger is no different. It’s a simple take on the classic with two patties, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, and secret sauce.

Courtesy of Coleman Public House

The California Burger

Coleman Public House

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Mount Pleasant

The California Burger from Coleman is topped with Monterey Jack cheese, pecan-smoked bacon, avocado, tomato, alfalfa sprouts, and creamy Dijon dressing (and add a couple of jalapeños if you’re feeling it). It’s a perpetual favorite among locals at this Mount Pleasant staple.

Sesame Burgers & Beer

The Memphis

Sesame Burgers & Beer

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Mount Pleasant

This sucker would make Elvis proud. The house-ground beef is topped with healthy servings of homemade peanut butter and sliced banana, which come together in an unexpectedly delicious way. Try it with a side of fries and homemade ketchup. This spot's got a number of unique burger creations on the menu and will even do a trio of sliders for those of you who are indecisive.

Courtesy of Moe's Tavern

The Eye Opener

Moe’s Crosstown Tavern

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Wagener Terrace

The guys at Moe’s know that putting an egg on anything instantly makes it a breakfast item, so for those of you who want an excuse to eat a burger at 9am, the Eye Opener is for you. In addition to the fried egg, the hand-pattied ground chuck burger is topped with cheddar cheese and bacon to round out the experience.

Courtesy of Caroline Tan

The Vermont

The Alley

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Cannonborough

Prepare for New England on a bun -- this 6oz patty is topped with sharp white cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, thinly sliced Granny Smith apple, maple mayo, and arugula and is probably unlike anything you’ve ever tasted before.

Two Boroughs Larder

Two Boroughs Burger

Two Boroughs Larder

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Cannonborough

Available only on Wednesdays, the Two Boroughs Burger is a cult classic. This double-patty number is topped with Mornay cheese sauce, bacon, and bread & butter pickles, then stuffed in a bun from local bakery, Brown’s Court.

Courtesy of Tavern & Table

French dip burger

Tavern & Table

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Shem Creek

This is what it would look like if a cheeseburger and a French dip sandwich had a baby. The house-ground patties are prepared daily and comprised of Angus chuck, brisket, and short rib. It’s all then deliciously topped with white cheddar, tomato jam, candied shallots, and a Parmesan crisp.

Courtesy of Barony Tavern

The Barony Burger

Barony Tavern

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King St Historic District

Found on Chef Robert Carter’s lunch/tavern menu, the Barony Burger is a restaurant signature, made with aged cheddar, bacon, and green goddess aioli (made w/ sour cream, herbs, and avo), then served on a lightly toasted brioche bun.

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Sydney Gallimore is a food writer who’s proud to call Charleston, SC home. You can find her drinking a Moscow mule, at home with her two cats, or online at her site Queen of the Food Age.

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1. Barony Tavern 68 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC 29401

This hunting-lodge themed bar and restaurant inside of the Renaissance Charleston Historic District Hotel is a relaxed, homey destination for classic American food with a Charleston bent. Infusing local flavors and ingredients into his New American cuisine, chef Robert Carter makes this hotel restaurant a place even locals want to dine in. The signature burger (on a brioche bun with aged cheddar) pairs excellently with one of the house cocktails, all updated versions of historic cocktails (like the French 75 and the Manhattan) made with local liquors. An upscale restaurant that welcomes business travelers and townies alike, Barony Tavern is a hotel eatery done right.

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2. Husk 76 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401

Headed by two-time James Beard award-winning chef Sean Brock, Husk's menu is unique not only because of its interesting takes on Southern favorites, but also because the menu changes twice a day. Housed in an historic 1800s Charleston mansion, the environs themselves are enough to make you lick your lips: the interior reads more like a stately residential home than a restaurant serving honey-lacquered duck with pickled blueberries and rabbit-pimento loafs. Long waits can be avoided at the adjacent and more casual The Bar at Husk, standing apart in a brick warehouse. In addition to a stunning list of some 50 bourbons, including its own barrel of the coveted Pappy Van Winkle, a seat at the more casual bar increases your odds of scoring the must-order, iconic Husk burger: two 100% chuck patties infused with Benton’s bacon, and griddled with onions shaved onto the patty before being topped with American cheese, bread & butter pickles, and Brock's own special sauce.

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3. Poe's Tavern 2210 Middle St, Sullivans Island, SC 29482 (Sullivans Island)

Make the trek out to Sullivan’s Island and you’ll find one of Charleston’s best burger joints -- Poe’s Tavern. People flock to the little house on Middle St for its fat half-pound beef pucks and delectable toppings on a brioche bun.

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4. Hall's Chophouse 434 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

Halls Chophouse is an old-school upscale steakhouse known for its impeccable service and hospitality, making it the epitome of a Southern steakhouse. Each steak at Halls is shipped in from Chicago's own Allen Brothers and then seasoned perfectly- but they also have vegan and vegetarian options. Whether you stop by for the petite filet or feel like treating yourself to the $86 on the Tomahawk rib eye, you'll never leave this dark wood-paneled eatery unhappy.

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5. Charleston Sports Pub 1124 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Charleston, SC 29407 (West Ashley)

Tucked into an unassuming strip mall in West Ashley, Charleston Sports Pub is something of a barcade diamond in the rough. The menu is loaded with comfort food and beer classics (the burgers essentially melt in your mouth), served in a casual hangout that hosts weekly karaoke and trivia. Nothing makes you yearn for the simpler days of youth more than hours spent in front of classic games like Pac-Man, Galaga, and foosball, but with a drink in hand, adulthood doesn’t seem so bad.

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6. Butcher & Bee 654 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

The new digs suit this Charleston favorite with expanded hours and more space for all of us to enjoy. Enjoy what, you ask? Well, those American cheese and special sauce-laden juicy burgers, of course, plus even more inventive ways for you to enjoy your favorite vegetables (those spicy carrots, obviously).

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7. Coleman Public House Resturant & Tap Room 427 W Coleman Blvd, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 (Mount Pleasant)

This Mount Pleasant staple makes some of the best burgers in South Carolina.

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8. Sesame Burgers & Beer 2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Charleston, SC 29407 (Mount Pleasant)

This spot's got a number of unique burger creations on the menu and will even do a trio of sliders for those of you who are indecisive.

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9. Moe's Crosstown Tavern 714 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403

A warm neighborhood bar where you can get a burger for breakfast.

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10. The Alley 131 Columbus St, Charleston, SC 29403

Located in an expansive warehouse downtown, The Alley is an entertainment hub complete with bowling, skee ball, ping-pong, dozens of old school vintage arcade games, and basketball hoops. The old-school hang out lounge with vintage paneling, memorabilia, two 160” projection screens and multiple TVs throughout the space is a perfect spot to catch a game. The kitchen—open for lunch and dinner—serves American comfort food along with some atypical snacks like siracha boiled peanuts, tuna spring rolls, and chili nachos. Plus, a fully stocked bar includes wines as well as popular and local craft beers on tap.

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11. Two Boroughs Larder 186 Coming St, Charleston, SC 29403

Only the freshest ingredients here. Be sure to sample the Two Boroughs Burger.

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12. Tavern & Table 100 Church Street, Charleston, SC 29464 (Mount Pleasant)

This place offers what was missing from the many restaurants along the creek for so long: food that isn’t fried. Don’t get us wrong, there’s still plenty fried goodness at T&T, but if your palate is craving something more diverse, Chef Katie Lorenzen-Smith serves up a diverse selection of elevated American/Southern cuisine that’s sure to please. House-ground burgers with brisket and short rib are a staple of the menu, along with an eclectic mix of local flavors and global influences. This rustic, casual waterfront spot was designed as a place to spend multiple hours, so relax and try one of their many on-tap local beers or a cocktail with fresh squeezed juice.

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