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Best Burgers in Charlotte

About.com's picks for the best burgers in Charlotte, N.C.

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While the restaurants serving up the best burgers in Charlotte primarily serve beef burgers, you'd be amazed at the variety. The evolution of the burger is one of the more interesting parts of American culture. Once merely a staple of backyard grilling, burgers have evolved into their own cuisine. Turkey burgers, bison burgers, ostrich burgers, portobello burgers, black bean burgers and all of the other descendants owe a tribute to their original -- the hamburger.

So naming one burger the best in Charlotte would be like picking the best car or the best wine. It's subject to taste. But if you're craving a burger and don't feel like rolling the dice, here's some of Charlotte's best bets for a tasty burger.

Gourmet Burgers

Big Daddy's Burger Bar
1626 East Blvd.
704-714-4888

Big Daddy's is at the top of the heap. The Dilworth eatery's tremendous selection should satisfy the desires of most burger fans. Try the suggested menu options such as the Classic Southern Burger or the Blue Cheese, Bacon and Tomato Stack. Or satisfy your wildest craving and create any burger you like with six types of patties, 11 cheeses, five breads and more than 20 toppings. And, any place with a bacon-wrapped, deep fried hot dog gets special consideration. Complete your meal with one of six side items -- go with the homemade chips. Big Daddy's is also open for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.

The Counter
4310 Sharon Rd.
704-365-1922

This California-bred burger joint belongs in the Gourmet category with toppings ranging from carrot strings to dried cranberries and sauces from ginger soy glaze to apricot sauce. Build your burger on a bun or in a bowl of lettuce. Either way, the SouthPark burger joint offers a different experience than your standard diner and deserves a mention among Charlotte's burger bistros.

Nix Burgers & Brew
210 N. Tryon St.
704-347-BREW

Crowded and filled with the Uptown lunch crowd, Nix Burgers & Brew has your typical selection of burgers. You can order your burger "pink" or "done" and there is no negotiation (trust me!). But, the burgers are solid and come with a variety of toppings -- like gruyere cheese -- to satisfy a sophisticated palate. The expansive beer selection and late-night hours help make Nix a great Uptown option.

Value Burgers

The Penguin
1921 Commonwealth Ave.
704-375-6959

The Penquin is a landmark in Charlotte's Plaza Midwood neighborhood serving up simple burger fare since 1954. All The Way or Southern Style are your two options but they are the only ones you will need. Classic burgers at classic prices.

Five Guys
Several Charlotte-area locations

Originating in Virginia in 1986, Five Guys exhibits tremendous value in the basic burger and fries category. Customizing your burger comes down to an extended set of basic toppings. The fries are the reason to come to this growing burger franchise as a small order can easily feed a family of four.

Zack's Hamburgers
4009 South Blvd.
704-525-1720

Locals rave about Zack's as the protypical hamburger joint. Cheap and simple might not be the best way to describe a restaurant, but Zack's is both and that's why it is on this list. Zack's also offers fried chicken, shrimp and trout for the non-burger eaters.

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