When most people think of the best burgers in Durham, they think of a juicy meat patty with lots of toppings between two buns. But not everyone is a fan of the traditional version and for those people, Durham has plenty of other options.
The city landed three spots on Yelp’s list of the best burgers in America and each place has its own unique take on the classic sandwich. For instance, Geer Street Garden serves up a delicious burger that includes bacon jam and pimento cheese on a brioche bun. And Hutchins Garage’s burger is an old favorite that comes with their famous tater tots.
Picnic is well known for their whole hog barbecue, but their burger is also worth checking out. Two patties crafted from a mix of chuck and brisket (from the same pigs as their barbecue) are topped with Picnic sauce, pimento cheese, bread and butter pickles, and pickled red onion. It’s the perfect pairing for a beer or a milkshake, which they also have plenty of on their menu.
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For vegetarians and vegans, there are plenty of options in Durham as well. For example, at Burger Bach, you can get a Veggie Burger made with quinoa, black beans, and roasted vegetables. And at Dain’s Place, you can try their FGTBurger with fried green tomatoes or The Texan with braised brisket.
Choosing a local restaurant for your burger cravings is good for you and for the community. Because when you buy from a locally owned business, you’re supporting the local economy and getting a higher quality product. Plus, many of these restaurants offer deals like Geer Street Garden’s burger and beer special on Tuesdays or Dain’s Place’s half-price burger deal on Mondays.