You can't throw a pickle in this town without hitting a burger. The classic beef sandwich is on nearly every menu in Charleston, from dive bars to fine-dining restaurants. Hell, even Mellow Mushroom added a burger this year. But unlike other cities overrun by boring burgers, we've got myriad kickass choices — from cheese steak toppings to chorizo patties. And don't even get us started on the pimento cheese options.
All of which is why we're celebrating the great and holy bunned one with our inaugural Charleston Burger Week. And to really season the deal, 30-some local restaurants have signed on to offer discounted burgers. Just put on your eating pants and grab a Charleston Burger Week Passport for all the details. Oh and pro tip:
Hunger is the best sauce.
— Kinsey Gidick
Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun. In the Big Mac jingle, the American burger sounds simple enough, but look under the hood of this cultural archetype and be prepared to gaze into the abyss. — Vanessa Wolf
A burger, no matter the execution, is nothing without something refreshing to wash it down. We asked a few beverage authorities to share their favorite patty pairings. — Kinsey Gidick
The last time I saw Chevalo and Monique Wilsondebriano, they were selling burgers at the Charleston Farmers Market. That was three years ago, back when their small Charleston Gourmet Burger Co. marinade business was a family affair. Each Saturday at their stand, Chevalo would man the grill, Monique would handle the till, and their adorable daughters would help pass out napkins to farmers market customers eager to try their specially marinated burgers. — Kinsey Gidick
Despite the City Paper's affection for all things dead animal (please see the famous "raccoon cover"), there are a few straggling staffers who don't eat meat. Gasp! The Holy City is full of vegetarians and vegans, so we decided to help them out with a list of solid non-animal* patties. Next time your friends suggest burger night, you can smile, nod, and join them, without any of that guilt. — Connelly Hardaway
We live in the era of a fast-food arms race. National chains are loading up their burgers with everything they can squeeze between a bun, regardless of what the rules of common decency and dietary standards dictate. Meanwhile, legions of loyal customers are caught in the crossfire. It may seem like a joke, but even with the ceramic-headed kings and mayors McCheese, the Burger Wars are no laughing matter. — Dustin Waters