Our Five Faves

Best Gourmet Burger

Posted September 13, 2011

With so many great burger joints in the area selecting only five was beyond difficult.  From meat quality to toppings to the bun, there are so many factors that go into a delicious burger.  Here are our five faves in no particular order:

Bull City Burger and Brewery (Durham): Seth Gross has built himself a fine establishment on East Parrish St.  While everything is good, we recommend the Over Easy burger with tomato and aioli.

Poole's Diner (Downtown Raleigh): The Royale, which gets its name from Pulp Fiction's "Royale with cheese," is a 100% ground chuck burger, rolled in toasted tellicherry peppercorn and seared in rendered duck fat. Served with cheese (selection varies) on a slice of grilled, housemade brioche with a side of red-wine-shallot-beef jus.

Tribeca Tavern (Cary, N. Raleigh): Tribeca uses all-natural beef from Ayden, NC and sources most of it's cheese from within the state.  Our favorite is the "Better than Ted" burger: 8oz. all-natural NC bison patty with applewood smoked blue Amish cheese, bacon, roasted red peppers and fried avocado.

Dain's Place (Durham): Dain's provides great burgers in a lively collegiate atmosphere.  Adjacent to Duke University, Dain's Place was recently named the #10 in Complex's Top 50 College Bars in America.  If you're having trouble, try the "Dainer" with lettuce, tomato, 1000 Island, bacon, sauteed onions and cheddar.

Abbey Road (Cary): Abbey Road's 10oz. chuck patties are served any way you like them on locally-baked kaiser buns.  We recommend an item from their "Beatle Burgers" section, the Ringo: grilled mushrooms, grilled onions, American and Havarti cheeses.  

There you have it!  We know there are many more around the Triangle.  What burger joints get your mouth watering?



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  • 4Wheeler Sep 20, 2011

    I agree with Cookout as being cheap and good. Here are a couple triangle restaurants that are cheap and good:
    1. Cookout
    2. Logans Cafe

  • colleencecelia Sep 20, 2011

    I know who makes the best burgers. O'Muligan's and my dad.

  • whatusay Sep 17, 2011

    Melvins, Elizabethtown, NC.....best burger in the world..

  • RainierBeer Sep 14, 2011

    come on you all... Spirits Pub and Grub in Cary!

  • common_sense_plz Sep 14, 2011

    Well it is not a cheesburger, but If you want an awesome hot dog, go to Shortys in Wake Forest and get one ALL THE WAY which is Mustard, Chili and Onions.

  • blahblahblah Sep 14, 2011

    I work near Char-Grill and walked there for lunch one day. Took one bite of my burger, spit it in a napkin and threw the rest out. It was disgusting.

  • Jimm57 Sep 14, 2011

    My Way Tavern in Holly Springs - THE BEST!


  • Equinox Bandingo Sep 14, 2011

    personally... i'll take a char-grill or cookout burger over the 'gourmet' burgers. and between cookout and char-grill... i would give the nod to char-grill except for the 'gristle burgers' they serve... otherwise they'd be awesome. but... because of the poor meat quality at char-grill... i'd say cookout is the best in the area!

  • itsmebaby Sep 14, 2011

    I agree with johnway - Cookout's trays are tasty and cheap! Oh, and I'll add Five Guys to the list, not cheap, but very good!

  • johnway Sep 13, 2011

    I haven't tried Chuck's yet, but it looks like it could become a contender in this category. Looking forward to also seeing a list of budget burgers or backyard-style burgers. I would put Char Grill and Cookout in that category. It is hard to beat the Cookout Tray for value and quality at $4.25 for a good burger, two sides and big old sweet tea.