By Russell Sanford
Burgers. Whether they conjure up a childhood memory or lead to an argument about who makes the best burger in any given city, they always elicit some emotional reaction. Burgers are offered everywhere in Greenville, and from high-end restaurants to dive bars, they are all unique. However, some are better than others. Here are six of the best burgers in Greenville.
Halls Chophouse Burger
550 S. Main St.
Like everything else at Halls, the burger is top of the line. The 10 oz. patty is made from the trimmings of their prime steaks and ground in-house. This results in a very beef-forward and juicy burger that is allowed to be the dominant flavor by keeping the toppings to simple lettuce, tomato, and pickle. Other toppings such as cheese or bacon can be added. The Chophouse Burger is always available at the bar and in the restaurant during Sunday brunch.
Dude on the Sofa
LTO Burger Bar
2541 N. Pleasantburg Drive
While many of the best burgers keep it simple, sometimes a combination just works. The Dude on the Sofa takes 100-percent ground chuck patties, kept on the thin side to get a nice crust on them, and marries them with French onion cream cheese, house-made chips and the eponymous lettuce, tomato, and onion. The French onion cream cheese adds a depth and zing to offset the meat, and the chips give a welcome crunch.
Northgate Soda Shop
918 N. Main St.
This Greenville institution opened in 1947 and is still putting out some of the best burgers in town. Topped with homemade pimento cheese, lettuce, and tomato, and served on a sesame seed bun, the burger achieves a great flavor from being cooked on a flat top that has had plenty of seasoning from the thousands of burgers that have come before. The ’50s nostalgia of the soda shop only adds to the experience.
13045 Old White Horse Road, Travelers Rest
The menus at the Northwest Grill proudly proclaim that they have the “Best Burger in Greenville County” – and they have a legitimate argument. Choose between either a quarter- or half-pound hand-formed patty, which is well seasoned and cooked to perfection on the flat top. Add chopped lettuce, onion, pickles, tomato, ketchup, mustard, mayo, and cheese, and each bite has a perfect balance, harmony, and flavor that make it worth the drive to TR.
The Runway Cafe
21 Airport Road Ext.
Made with a half-pound of hand-pattied grilled Angus beef, the Top Gun is a straightforward burger that will remind you of the best backyard burgers. Grilling the Angus beef gives it a smokiness and char that others can’t get from a flat top. If you’re really hungry, get the $100 Hamburger (only $11.99). It’s the Top Gun, but with double meat and triple cheese.
Burger of the Day
The Trappe Door
23 W. Washington St.
The Trappe Door brought back their popular burgers to their dinner menu in July, but there’s a limited quantity each night. The meat is house-ground each day from filet, ribeye, and short rib scraps, and the toppings change every evening. Previous offerings have included an Italian Burger with mozzarella, parmesan, tomato coulis, and fresh basil on a garlic bun and a fried green tomato and pimento cheese burger with a bacon red onion chutney.