If your burger taste is a touch above the White Castle burgers of the Harold and Kumar movie, then you’re in luck, the Triangle has plenty of good quality burger establishments. I have to admit that I haven’t been to Raleigh enough to know about the scene there, but I look forward to finding out! Here are my favorites for Chapel Hill and Durham:
Buns in Chapel Hill. I’ve taken friends and family to this establishment and they all love the burger and bun! While I usually get a beef burger, there are other options such as turkey or veggie, or chicken or salmon sandwiches. My friend loves the salmon sandwich topped with wasabi mayo and Asian slaw. Buns also whips up a diverse range of dipping sauces for their regular or sweet potato fries, and their milkshakes are reasonably priced. Flavors like salted caramel and vanilla Cheerwine (cherry-flavored soda) are local favorites!
Only Burger was mentioned to us by our Durham friends when we first came to the area. They have two locations in Durham—the American Tobacco location just opened—and a food truck. Their burger meat is fresh and locally sourced. Sides like pickle chips, onion rings, and fried green tomatoes are another reason to travel the extra mile. With the unique ambiance of the American Tobacco location, and the addition of milkshakes and local craft beer to the menu, this is the only place to get a burger in Durham.
Bull City Burger and Brewery (downtown Durham) has good beef and veggie burgers.
Al’s Burger Shack (Franklin St in Chapel Hill) serves burgers, hot dogs, sides, custard milkshakes, and ice cream sandwiches made with Maple View Farm’s ice cream.