Who knows their way around the city's burger landscape than the pros who live and work in Charleston kitchens? We surveyed a few of our city's beloved menu maestros to see where they go when they want a burger right now.
Air Casebier, Basic Kitchen
This won't be the most popular selection, but even as a meat eater, for me the veggie burger at Butcher & Bee is excellent. It satisfies my burger craving and I don't feel terrible after eating it. It's always nicely seasoned, it's got the perfect amount of accompaniments, and that green tahini sauce is absolutely delicious.
If I have to go with a traditional burger, the Tavern Burger at Little Jack's is my go-to. For me, it hits the mark every time. It's always served hot, squishy bun, nicely seasoned beef, super tasty sauce, always satisfying.
Shuai Wang, Short Grain
Oh god... that's literally the toughest question you can ask a fat kid. There are so many good ones! Corrie and I are pretty partial to Home Team's burger, especially when we have the craving late at night. I'm a big "with everything" person, meaning onion, lettuce, tomato, pickles, ketchup, mayo, and mustard. You know, the whole nine yards.
Jason Stanhope, FIG
I love Blues Cajun Kitchen. They have a selection of burgers. I love the classic or the blue cheese. It's an unpretentious back porch style burger on an awesome sourdough bun. It's nostalgic and heaven forbid, unhip. The ratio is perfect. There is always good music and if you get a little on your shirt you don't have to worry about getting caught in a rogue Instagram. It takes me back to summers with my pops, grilling for the whole neighborhood. The love of my life Anna Kate always says, "Never trust a photogenic burger!"
Jill Matthias, Chez Nous
I really love two burgers equally. Little Jack's and the classic burger at Coleman Public House. They may be different, but always, always consistent.
Alex Lira, Bar Normandy
Big Gun Burger. The price is right and it feels appropriate to eat a amazing greasy dime store burger in a dive bar. Great staff and if you tell them otherwise they'll kick your ass.
BJ Dennis, Chef BJ Dennis Catering
Not a big red meat eater, but I do love a thin patty burger cooked all the way through but still juicy. I like Melvin's on James Island. When they on point, that's a great burger.
Emily Hahn, The Getaway
I have to say, my favorite burger is Little Jack's Tavern burger. Simple, great meat. You can taste the melty delicious cheese, mayo, great bun — perfect size when dining alone trying to maintain your "ladylike" status and slam down a burger. It's a ladylike heavenly burger.
Nathalie Dupree, cookbook author
Husk. It's juicy and flavorful. Always get a cheeseburger, by the way. We like to order the burgers upstairs at the bar.
Joshua Walker, Xiao Bao Biscuit
Torres' burger in Wagner Terrace. I have a pretty big nostalgia spot for bodega corner stores that sell food. Any diversity in downtown needs to be heavily supported in my mind as well.
Cynthia Wong, Butcher & Bee
Favorite burger in town is Little Jack's. I am a flat patty woman and I like the tiny, snarfable size those are. I do not like loads of toppings, because that is just messy. I want something you can squish and eat with one hand while you are driving a car. If I wanted something thick and bloody on the middle, I would just have a steak.