I’m going to make a confession and tell you that despite this post, I really try to limit my red meat intake. However, there are times where I truly crave a good cheeseburger, and these are my favorite places to go for that. I mean, if I’m going to break my own rule, I am going to make it worth my while, y’all. So, here are the seven best burger places to try in the Triangle.
18 Seaboard – Raleigh
Y’all, I am obsessed with 18 Seaboard. The service, their new spring bar menu (including these oysters), and the fact that the restaurant really engages well with local farmers and brings great life to the menu with those relationships. Their Moore Brothers’ Beef Burger with pimento cheese, Heritage Farms bacon, lettuce, tomato & onion on a house-made brioche bun is absolutely delicious and is served with homemade chips. You really can’t go wrong with this, y’all.
Order: Moore Brothers’ Beef Burger with Garlic Chips, and that day’s hand pie!
Al’s Burger Shack – Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill in the spring is always one of my favorite spots to be, so I love to head over to Al’s Burger Shack on a warm, spring day. There are so many awesome items on the menu so it really depends on my mood. There are some great burger options that aren’t necessarily on their online menu, but you can check them out on their Instagram (like the Aubrey). However, you can never go wrong with a Classic or a Bacon Cheeseburger.
Order: Sean’s Bacon Cheeseburger, Crispy Crinkle Fries, Chocolate Milkshake (or a Cup of Sauvignon Blanc)
Aubrey’s & Peedie’s Grill – Wendell
I am a sucker for local restaurants that still have their menus on letter boards and only take cash. I stumbled across Aubrey’s & Peedie’s one day when I was craving a burger and fries, so I stopped and took out some cash and popped in to order a cheeseburger with mustard and ketchup, fries, and sweet tea. I loved hearing the staff ask customers how their families were doing and the buzz of the conversation between folks who have been eating lunch together for years at this place. They’re open Monday-Saturday until 2:00PM.
Order: Burger, fries, and a sweet tea
Pro Tip: Bring cash, but they do have an ATM in case you forget.
Bull City Burger & Brewery – Durham
A few years ago, DG and I were training for a half marathon, and so after an 8-mile run, we showered and went to try Bull City Burger. It has forever been a go-to spot in Durham ever since. I love the casual vibe, the brews, and of course, the burgers. I’ll be honest, my normal go to is their Joan Jett (black bean burger) because I love the toppings on this one. But, their regular burgers are amazing and really hit the spot.
Order: Pimento Burger, Fries, Bryant Bridge Gateway Golden Ale
Char-Grill – Raleigh
The original crowd favorite for me is Char-Grill! I did competitive gymnastics when I was growing up, and anytime we had meets in Raleigh, my parents would treat me to Char-Grill after. When I was a senior in high school, I really struggled with deciding where to go to college. On a third trip to visit a college in Raleigh, my parents took me for a burger and milkshake at the Hillsborough Street Char-Grill. This place is full of nostalgia for me, so when I am in my feelings, this is where I go sometimes. There are a few locations in the Triangle, but the Hillsborough one will always be my favorite.
Order: Bacon Cheeseburger, Fries, Sweet Tea, Chocolate Milkshake (to go)
Chuck’s Burgers – Raleigh
It’s no secret I love anything and everything Ashley Christensen does. Chuck’s Burgers is such a great spot for meeting friends or a casual date night. I took DG here for his birthday one year before a concert and it was the perfect spot for that. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, and their dipping sauces are amazing.
Order: Olde Raleigh, fries with comeback sauce and malt vinegar aioli, Cheerwine, and a salty peanut butter milkshake (to go)
Only Burger – Durham
Only Burger in American Tobacco Campus is such a fun location. We stopped here last 4th of July for dinner before the fireworks and loved it. There are two locations in Durham + a food truck, which was one of the first ones in the Triangle! You can’t go wrong with their speciality burgers, but I gotta tell ya, their original only burger is so on point, I don’t usually change up my order.
Order: Only Burger with Cheese, Fries, Chocolate Milkshake
What’s the comfort food you crave? Triangle folks, is there anywhere you would add to this list?
Special thanks to Tabletop Media and 18 Seaboard for their hospitality and serving up a delicious burger. As always, all opinions are my own.