The 25 Best North Carolina Burgers

The 25 Best Burgers In North Carolina, USA

The humble-but-heroic hamburger is one of the world’s great dishes, so after picking the 50 best burgers in America, we wanted to go that little bit further and help our readers find the best North Carolina Burgers.

From the huge stacks to simple cheeseburgers, there are some incredible options for you to work your way through. Grab a buddy and start eating these amazing burgers all across the state…

The judging criteria:

  • Finalists were selected from across North Carolina
  • Votes were cast in poll of Big 7 readers, across our 1.5million community on social media and by a panel of food experts
  • Online reviews, previous media coverage and notable blogs were also included in the overall rating
  • The final list is subjective – if we’ve missed out on any must-try burger places across North Carolina please do let us know

Best North Carolina Burgers

1. Cowbell – Charlotte

The burger alone here is a work of art, but when you combine it with Cowbell’s full small batch whiskey bar, collection of craft cocktails and wonderful setting, it all just comes together like a magical experience.

North Carolina Burgers

2. Bad Daddys Burger Bar – Raleigh

In 2007, the first Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar opened on East Blvd. in Charlotte and it was an immediate success – soon spreading from there. Their recipe for that success is simple, amazing quality ingredients and world class service.

Bad Daddys Burger Bar in North Carolina Burgers

3. The Barcelona Burger And Beer Garden – Mooresville

A wonderful bright and airy setting where they serve rotisserie chicken and a huge selection of craft beers. To ignore the burger though would be foolish, because eating that with a side of their onion rings you’ll be in paradise.

The Barcelona Burger And Beer Garden

4. Burger Bach – Durham

Burger Bach now has five locations and it’s not hard to see why when you taste their divine burgers. They call themselves “New Zealand inspired” and from the quality of beef to the friendly staff, it is a formula that certainly works.

Burger Bach North Carolina Burgers

5. Burger Warfare – Greensboro

Perfectly sized burgers where they have the confidence not to go over the top with toppings, instead giving you something that fits perfectly into one hand to eat easily. The key here are their amazing sides, including the crispy onions, which are on another level.

Burger Warfare North Carolina Burgers

6. The Ashbury –  Charlotte

The Ashbury offers dishes that are uniquely Carolinian from small plates to larger meals you’ll find something for everybody. To be honest though, if everybody went for the burger that would be the best choice, because it’s one of the best you’ll ever taste. World class cooking in a gorgeous setting.

The Ashbury Hamburger

7. MoJoe’s Burger Joint – Raleigh

They hand patty their Premium Sterling Silver beef every day, and you can choose from a 6 ounce, 10 ounce, or “Hall of Fame”: one lb freshly grilled burger. Throw in gorgeous crinkle cut fries and you won’t forget this experience in a hurry.

MoJoe's Burger Joint

8. Church Street Depot – Waynesville

Their hand-pattied burgers feature three beef options: 100% Angus, a custom blend with brisket and chuck, as well as locally-sourced beef. Whatever you do, don’t leave without an ice cream or one of their shakes.

Church Street Depot Hamburger

9. Carolina Burger – Lenoir

They’ve made a name for themselves with their hotdogs but the burgers are pretty special too. All their burgers are 100% ground chuck sourced locally and brought to you fresh, never frozen, and hand pattied every morning. Absolute melt in the mouth.

Carolina Burger North Carolina Burgers

10. The Fork ‘N’ Cork – Wilmington

This is the place to come if you have a serious appetite because all their portions (not just the burgers) are on the generous side. The toppings are super original and the produce they source always the absolute best, which you can taste in every single bite.

The Fork 'N' Cork Burger North Carolina Burgers

11. Al’s Burger Shack – Chapel Hill

They say that their mission “is to provide local, fresh, sustainable food and drink with a hefty dose of southern hospitality”. Their beef is all hormone and antibiotic free which makes for a wholesome and delicious burger experience.

Al's Burger Shack North Carolina Burgers

12. Moo & Brew – Charlotte

Not only should they win an award for naming their establishment so well, they should also be winning non-stop awards for the burgers themselves. Washed down with a huge selection of craft beer, this is an absolute gem of a find.

Moo & Brew Burgers in North Carolina Burgers

13. Hops Burger Bar – Greensboro

Hops Burger Bar only serves certified Angus beef which they make into large, juicy and utterly delicious patties. Throw in the perfect sides – including great pickles – and this is like burger royalty.

Hops Burger Bar in North Carolina Burgers

14. Bull City Burger and Brewery – Durham

The perfect place to come if you are a beer lover as well as a burger lover, because their large selection of taps gives you a huge variety. The burger is finished to absolute perfection and the superb service just tops it all off.

Bull City Burger and Brewery

15. The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar – Raleigh

Sushi and burgers probably don’t sound like the most obvious match, but they work perfectly in this bar. The perfect place to go if one person wants to eat healthy and the other have a big tasty, juicy burger.

The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar

16. Farm Burger – Asheville

As they say themselves “Grow with deep roots. Inspire and listen. Stay curious. Respect nature. Love hard”. It’s all about the produce and bringing that farm to fork culture to the humble burger. The end result is something that isn’t just delicious, but also seriously ethical as well.

Farm Burger in North Carolina Burgers

17. Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint – Greenville

A great selection of craft beers from local gems to bottles of beer that they import from all over the world. Teamed up with their burger which is simple, yet delicious, and you’ll be a regular as soon as you discover this place.

Jack Brown's Beer & Burger Joint

18. Queen City Bites & Crafts – Charlotte

The sort of bar that just has it all. That includes breakfast, lunch and dinner,  great coffee, plenty of beers on tap and as if that wasn’t enough, one of the best burgers in the city. The perfect place to pass a few hours in.

Queen City Bites & Crafts in North Carolina Burgers

19. Chuck’s Burgers – Raleigh

They give you the option of building your own burger with some amazing toppings (the pickles are a must) or choosing from some of their delicious suggestions. They also happen to do a fried shrimp sandwich – put this on your must-eat list ASAP.

Chuck's Burgers in North Carolina Burgers

20. Only Burger – Durham

Since opening in Fall 2008, OnlyBurger has developed a devoted following of Triangle food lovers, first drawn to their mobile burger truck and now to their Shannon Road restaurant in Durham. Their fans are super loyal and once you taste the burger / fries / shake combo you’ll soon see why.

Only Burge in North Carolina Burgers

21. Corbett’s Burgers & Soda Bar – Cary

Come for the burger and you’ll be drawn in and keep coming back because of their hot dogs and their range of new and vintage sodas. A really fun place, especially for bringing kids to for a real treat experience.

Corbett's Burgers & Soda Bar

22. Burgerworx – Asheville

At Burgerworx, you select your patty (beef, chicken, veggie or cheese), choose your bun (old-fashioned or whole wheat), add your favorite cheese (from Classic American to Pimento) and finish it all off with as many of their 30-plus toppings as you like. All that choice means you can choose between 1000s of different burgers.

Burgerworx in USA

23. The Crunkleton – Charlotte

Signature cocktails and an unrivaled collection of curated spirits make this one of the best places to drink in the city. Throw in a burger that is epic in quality and this is the place you’ve been looking for your entire life.

The Crunkleton

24. Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes & Fries – Sanford

Their burgers are “fresh and never frozen” and served with great shakes,  fries and onion rings. Once you’ve eaten here once and you spot that branding again, you’ll be pulling in for a quick and tasty snack every single time.

Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes & Fries

25. Beaches Burgers – Ocean Isle Beach

A classic burger joint that is the perfect spot to hit up when on vacation or passing by. The service is friendly, the portions are generous and the burger itself is a thing of beauty.

Beaches Burgers in USA


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Ken Kosko

Hwy 55 is little more than greasy fast food.
Cook Out or Char Grill are better, and they really are fast food. Bad Daddy’s is also mediocre at best.
Check out Bang Bang Burgers, Charlotte and Big Burger Spot in Greensboro as well
As Winnie’s Tavern in Wilmington.

Allie Duffy
Allie Duffy

Farm Burger in Asheville and Mojoes in Raleigh are both excellent. You can’t beat Farm Burger though. Best burger I’ve ever had

Jason Chalmers

Next time your in Durham please stop into Town Hall burger and beer.

Harry Pattrick

These are the delicious burgers as I have experienced the taste of Only Burger. It was fantastic!