7 Amazing Burgers in Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston flies somewhat under the radar as a burger mecca, but the city is virtually overrun with options for those seeking a good, juicy burger to sink their teeth into. From the classic to the crazy and from fast food to upscale, there’s a spot on every street that offers the burger experience you crave. Here’s The Daily Meal’s vastly whittled-down list of seven heavenly burgers you can’t miss in Chucktown.
Poe’s Tavern: This beachfront burger shack uses all ground-in-house Angus chuck and cooks their burger creations to order. For a traditional burger, try the "Hop Frog," with barbecue sauce, Applewood bacon, and Monterey Jack. If you’re looking for a bigger burger commitment, try the "Black Cat" with grilled onions, chili, Applewood bacon, and pimiento cheese, or the outrageous "Annabelle Lee," topped with a Charleston-style crabcake and fresh vegetable remoulade sauce.
Pawley’s Front Porch: Take a detour into Columbia, S.C., en route to Charleston to check out what Southern Living deemed one of South Carolina’s Top 10 burgers. It is Pawley’s "Wadmalaw" burger, topped with chipotle barbecue sauce, fried pickles, bacon, and Cheddar. Pawley’s grinds all their own beef daily, using Angus chuck, and customers can choose between multi-grain, ciabatta, a pretzel roll, or a sesame Kaiser Roll for their bun. Other fun burger choices include "Sullivan’s Island" with grilled pineapple and guacamole, and "The Fripp," with salsa, Boursin cheese, and a fried green tomato on top.
Sesame: Everything down to the ketchup and mayo is made in-house here, and everything’s hormone-free to boot. Sesame is a straightforward shack with quirky burgers like "The Memphis," with house-made peanut butter, bacon, and banana slices, "The Hawaiian," with grilled pineapple and ham, and the fancy "Napa Valley" burger topped with fig and bacon jam, blue cheese, and a red wine reduction — all for the reasonable price of $7.45.
Tristan: Sometimes you really have to splurge to have a truly exceptional burger, and Tristan certainly falls under this category. Their $25 foie gras burger is a mixture of beef and foie gras, and comes with a side of black truffle-studded mayo and delicate shoestring fries — definitely a meal to eat with your pinky raised and handkerchief tucked just-so in your collar.