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Best Burger ... Period.

Posted March 13, 2007

With the demolition of the historic Hardee’s restaurant in Rocky Mount this week I started thinking. Where can I find the best hamburger?

My first favorite burger was the Hardee's Husky on a sesame seed bun. Later I grew to love the burgers at Roy Rogers when I was going to college at UNC. They were thick and juicy and better than the flat patties served up at other restaurants. Today nothing beats a Char Grill burger in Raleigh. Some days I just have to have a Burger King Whopper with cheese. Several years ago in Bar Harbor, Maine I ate a Bubba Burger with blue cheese. It was awesome!

Plus, I love the Wendy’s Carolina Classic with chili and slaw. They remind me of the burgers at Scotty’s in the old North Hills.

Today the burger wars are heating up again. Everyone wants to have the biggest baddest burger. But are they getting too big? I’m sure cardiologists would agree the burger battle has gotten out of hand.

But in moderation burgers won’t kill you. I try to lay off the French fries.

What about you? Where do you go to get your favorite burger?


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  • Lucky11 Mar 14, 2007

    I haven't seen much of a mention for Red Robin. There are a couple around the area now. The burgers are great and made so many different way. Not to mention the shakes are soooo good!
    Try it out. Great place for a family outing!

  • Windmill Tilter Mar 14, 2007


    Hwy 64, Siler City.

    Can't beat them, and when they are gone for the day, they are gone.

  • RD28327 Mar 14, 2007

    Best burgers in NC are definitely at Char Grill. I also liked Fat Daddy's. Burgers are definitely one thing I miss about living in Raleigh. Nothing in Moore County, and better yet, nothing in the state compares to Char Grill!

    I will give honorable mention to any of the What-a-Burger locations around Concord (gimer a Cherry lemon Sundrop and some onion rings to go with it) and PT's down in Wilmington (their fries are unique and definitely tasty).

    For "chain" burgers I gotta go with BK (must be the "flame broiling" or something) and Hardee's (size does matter and at least you can get them prepared to order).

    Now if someone would put an Andy's location in Moore County!

  • NC to GA Mar 14, 2007


    I scanned the list and nobody said it, but it'll make sense when you hear it...

    The Angus Barn has the best burgers on the planet! You don't think about that when you go to dinner (and you better not) but head upstairs to the lounge and take one in. Mmmmmm! And to the person that mentioned Fat Daddy's - interestingly enough, the buns for the burgers at the Barn come from Fat Daddy's because they're the BEST!

  • BIG YAWN Mar 13, 2007

    "The Grocery Bag" at Flower's store has great chili cheese burgers. They're known for their almost famous hot dogs. I also like 5 guys burgers and Hardees Chili Thick Burgers. Applebee's quesadilla burger is a great new spin on an old sandwich.

  • daveprice Mar 13, 2007

    Joe's Restaurant at the corner of Martin and Dawson Street in downtown Raleigh has a very large hamburger. You will not be able to eat the whole thing. When you order ask Jimmy for Coca Cola with shaved ice. Can't find a better meal.

  • SunnyDays Mar 13, 2007

    Melvin's In Elizabethtown by far was at one time the best. The Melvin's sold it several years ago though. However, the hamburgers are still very good. The cook at the location on Hillsborough St. is not the same one they had in E'Town though, but when you can't get one in E'Town Char-Grill is the next best thing to it.

  • whitewash Mar 13, 2007

    I remember those midnight treks from Granville Towers to Roy Rogers for a Double R Bar and a holster of fries - roast beef was good also, just rare not "branded"

    I'm dating myself but I remember it also being a late night hangout for a lot of the basketball team - Davis, Ford, Kupchak
    and the gang since it was just across the street from GT

  • akrafty1 Mar 13, 2007

    All these comments and I see no mention of the best burger in the state of NC!

    PT's in Wilmington.

    The best burger and fries by far! I went to App and Cheese Burgers in Paradise was great, but if your at the coast give PT's a shot. You will not regrett it.... Well untill the bypass....

  • tinyboy Mar 13, 2007





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