The Best Burger Spots in Charleston

August 31, 2022

Charleston is known for their fresh, delicious seafood. But sometimes you want something different. How about a burger? From creative savors to tried-and-true basics, we have you covered on where to go for the best burgers. Here are Charleston Guru’s top burger spots in Charleston.

The Best Burger Spots in Charleston


Little Jack’s Tavern

Neighborhood: Downtown | Upper King

Little Jack’s Tavern is an old-fashioned American tavern situated on King Street. This popular neighborhood spot is known for its classic cocktails, comfort food, and most importantly, its burgers. The tavern burger (American cheese, tavern sauce, griddled onions) can also be made into a double tavern burger (double meat, double cheese).

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Moe’s Crosstown Tavern

Neighborhood: Downtown | North Central

If you’re looking for a laid-back spot to catch a game and enjoy a delicious burger, Moe’s Crosstown Tavern is the place for you. This vintage pub is a destination for game-day food and drinks. The Eye-Opener Burger (bacon, cheddar, fried egg) and Patty Melt (sautéed onions, Swiss cheese, spicy mustard, mayo, marble rye) taste so good, that you may even forget if your team is losing.

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JohnKing Grill

Neighborhood: Downtown | Upper King

JohnKing Grill is situated at the corner of John Street and King Street. This casual eatery is known for its weekly live music, eleven big-screen TVs, and tasty grub. The menu features a variety of smashed burgers including it’s most popular option, The Charleston Burger (applewood bacon, pimento cheese, coleslaw, white onion, honey gold, pickles).

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Butcher & Bee

Neighborhood: Downtown | NoMo

Butcher & Bee is a popular eatery in Downtown Charleston’s NoMo area. This family-friendly restaurant serves farm-fresh dishes prepared with local ingredients. If you stop by for lunch you’ll find the Decadent Double Cheeseburger (American cheese, fancy sauce, pickles, B&B brioche bun) served with fries on the menu. Not a meat-eater? No worries! The veggie burger comes highly recommended.

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The Griffon

Neighborhood: Downtown | French Quarter

The Griffon is a highly rated English pub located within a one-minute walk of Waterfront Park. The walls are covered in signed dollar bills, and beers are always flowing. You’ll most likely be a repeat customer, so when you’re up for something different, then the popular fish ‘n’ chips, The Griffon Burger, (two 1/4lb patties, lettuce, tomato, onion, mustard, mayo) will not disappoint.

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Gene’s Haufbrau

Neighborhood: Avondale

Gene’s Haufbrau, one of Charleston’s oldest bars established in 1952, can be found in the Avondale neighborhood. This lively, casual tavern features local craft brews, games, and a beefy burger menu. If you’re really hungry, we suggest ordering the Motherload Burger (pepper jack cheese, cheddar cheese, sautéed onions, fried egg).

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Halls Chophouse

Neighborhood: Downtown | Upper King

For a more elevated burger, Halls Chophouse is a must. Stop by for brunch and enjoy the Halls Chophouse Burger (10oz prime house-ground beef, lettuce, tomato, onion, parmesan-truffle fries). Pair your burger with some boozy cocktails like the blood orange margarita (Milagro Silver, Cointreau, lime, blood orange, agave) or sangria (seasonal fruit, red wine, brandied cherries).

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The Brick

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Neighborhood: Downtown | Eastside + Mazyck-Wraggborough

The Brick is one of Downtown Charleston’s best sports bars where you can find a delicious burger. Customers often use the term “mouth-watering” when reviewing burgers at The Brick. While there are a few specialty burgers on the menu like The Hokie (smoked cheddar, Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato), you can never go wrong with The Classic (American Cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, Duke’s mayonnaise).

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Harold’s Cabin

Neighborhood: Downtown | Westside

Harold’s Cabin is a cozy bar serving delicious pub fare over on the Westside in Downtown Charleston. This space was once previously a corner store, snowball shop, and grocery store. Guests can expect a rooftop garden, spacious dining room, a lively bar, and of course, burgers. Their sweet & smoky smash burger is a huge hit—the restaurant recommends ordering it with a double patty and a Salty Raccoon cocktail!

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Charleston’s Best Veggie Burgers

Here’s a list featuring some of Charleston’s best veggie burgers.

  • Herd ProvisionsVeggie Burger
    American cheese, pickle, lettuce, caramelized onion, HERD sauce
  • Little Jack’s TavernVeggie Burger
    Butterbean and veggie patty, herby mayo, lettuce, tomato
  • Butcher & BeeVeggie Burger
    Green tahini, caramelized onions, B&B brioche bun
  • The GriffonBlack Bean Burger
    Black bean patty, lettuce, tomato, onion, mustard, mayo
  • Basic KitchenGood Burger
    Housemade vegetable patty, beet ketchup, harissa cabbage slaw, fries

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