Our Five Faves

Best burgers

Posted July 2, 2012
Updated May 28, 2013

When we want to know where to find best burgers in town, we go to our burger experts - the guys from The Straight Beef. They provide monthly burger reviews on Out & About and have a pretty awesome website devoted to their search for the best burgers. 

Out & About has tackled the topic of best burgers before, but we focused more on "gourmet burgers." This time, it is all about the beef. So, without further ado check out The Straight Beef's Five Fave Best Burgers in the Triangle area. And unlike previous Five Faves, they rank them in particular order! 

Each burger is rated on a scale of 1 to 5; an asterisk denotes a tie.

johnsons burger

5. Johnson's (Siler City) - Average score: 4.50* - "Do yourself a favor, my friends. Go to Johnson’s soon. Get there early. Get that classic, humble, beautiful, delicious, American, quintessential cheeseburger and wash it down with a Pepsi. Savor the melted Velveeta. Then, drive among the pastures and fields along Highway 64. Get yourself one of these 4.5s and live the American dream. I implore you." - John

5. Barry's Cafe (Raleigh) - Average score: 4.50* - “Barry’s continues to get it right, with very nice American cheese, very fresh veggies, the very build order required, a very nice and traditional bun, and very nice attention to proportions and assembly to bring all of the very nice flavors together….This is a very, very, VERY good burger, people. Which is why I am resisting any urge to replace the word ‘very’ with ‘Barry,’ which would have been juvenile.” - John

draft burger

4. Draft (Raleigh) - Average score: 4.58 - A haiku: The Blazin' Asian / Draft approaches perfection / Rating four point five - Michael (Note: Draft has closed since this was originally published.)

3. Buns (Chapel Hill) - Average score: 4.67 - “I suspected that the burger would be good, just not this good. Every bite of the exquisite Buns burger was a Dionysian commingling of flavors and juices that rang bells of delight through the hallowed annals of burgiatry, elevating me to a level of burgiatric pleasure seldom imagined. It was, simply, a celebration of life.” -Scott


2. Mojoe's Burger Joint (Raleigh) - Average score: 4.83 - “Wow. Yum. Man, that’s a good burger. Wow. Is this burger amazing, or is it just me? Yum num num. [Sigh.] Whew. Man, there’s just not a lot wrong with this burger. Yum num num. Yum num num num num. This has got to be a five. I mean, if this isn’t a great burger, what is? Yum.” Scott

chucks burger

1. Chuck's (Raleigh) - Average score: 5.00 - “Seekers on the path to enlightenment must pursue the Four Noble Truths. It can be very time-consuming. I suggest that those in search of enlightenment simply visit Chuck’s, where four other, easier, noble truths are posted on the menu: (1) half-pound 100% chuck, (2) house ground, (3) flat-top seared, (4) on a potato roll….This burger led this burgiatrist to true enlightenment.” - Michael

Did we miss your favorite burger joint? Tell us your picks in the comments section below.


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  • Dr. Smooth Dec 21, 2012

    Love MoeJoe's -- the inferno rocks!

  • feddeman Jul 6, 2012

    Sutton's Drug Store in Chapel Hill. since 1923.
    The best burger i've ever had, & i've had a bunch of good'uns.

  • joeBob Jul 3, 2012

    Draft/Tribeca has the same burgers. They are pretty good but the meat has a strange consistency to me. Draft House's Jackson Hole burger is good. Fork & Barrel's burgers are very good. Chow makes a decent burger but the last time I was which was last week, it was not up to par. Burger size had shrunk and was over cooked which usually means frozen. No way a frozen patty should get the nod as a good burger. Ale House Pub Burger is top notch. Nobody around here makes burgers like on Triple D. Too many high school kids manning the grills instead of a trained cook or chef.

  • Jim-Jones Jul 3, 2012

    Ted's Montana Grill at south point. Don't even try to act like it isn't good.

  • jennybbrown Jul 3, 2012

    Tribeca has great burgers - and hands down the BEST Veggie Burger you will ever put in your mouth!

  • debrasstrickland Jul 3, 2012

    Aubrey's in Wendell. Best Burgers ever!

  • Joe Blow Jul 3, 2012

    Only Burger and Abbey Road should have been on this list! Agree, Chuck's "Dirty South" burger is #1!

  • jailorjoe1978 Jul 3, 2012

    I really should proof read lol. There is a burger bistro somewhere in Durham I think that does only Angus. Anyone know the name?

  • jailorjoe1978 Jul 3, 2012

    Al's diner on West street in pittsboro has a to-die-for cheeseburger. While not the largest burger on the block... The beef is excellent and they throw a slab of velveeta cheese on while it's hot to make it a winner in my book. All your favorite toppings are available. If you like me all the way and messy this is your place.

  • DStrickRolesville Jul 3, 2012

    Atlantic Ave - CHAR GRILL - let Steve and the guys fix you DA Burger WOW