When you’re hungry for a burger, nothing else will do. But that doesn’t mean you want just any burger. No, you’re craving something special, something like one of these specialty burgers from our favorite restaurants in Wilmington. Try ’em all! (and tag us with your pics on Instagram)
When Wilmingtonians think burgers, they often think Fork n Cork. Burgers are the main selection at this downtown burger destination. Try the Hay Dios Mio or the Pimento Chz Burger, but our fave is the Hot Mess, a delicious pile of bacon, jalapeños, grilled onions, bleu and cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and onion on a brioche bun.
There are plenty of sandwiches at the Ale House, and plenty of burgers—even a veggie burger! We especially love the Pub Burger with smoky bacon, American cheese, Carolina onion strings, and Papa Lou’s secret sauce on a toasted brioche bun. Try one with the sweet potato fries.
The eclectic menu at this riverside newcomer with a view includes prime rib, po’ boy, and Texas brisket sandwiches. But don’t skip the unforgettable SOTW Burger, a half-pound N.C. grass fed beef patty on a toasted brioche bun with smoked Roma tomatoes, grilled onions, provolone cheese, and green leaf lettuce.
You can get whatever you want at this Wrightsville Beach landmark: tacos, wings, cheesesteak, sesame tuna—you name it! Banks Channel also features sliders and burgers, including the delicious Black Beard’s Revenge. This one has fresh grilled pineapple, mozzarella, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and red onion with a honey-wasabi mustard.
Dine surfside on Topsail Island! You’ll find fish, salad, sandwiches, and pasta at this Surf City restaurant, but the stuffed burgers are a true joy. Try the Firehouse and the Grilled Portabella, but our own favorite is the Topsul, a half-pound handmade burger stuffed with feta cheese and topped with a cucumber, romaine, tomato and Caesar dressing.
Feeling adventurous? Try an elk burger at Playtypus and Gnome in downtown Wilmington. If you’re not up for elk, good old hamburger is available in several delicious styles. We love the Mushroom-Swiss Platyburger, a custom burger of brisket, short rib, and chuck, caramelized onions, wild mushrooms, swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, and smoked garlic-herb aioli on a fresh brioche bun.
The fun menu at this Oleander Drive restaurant offers salads, steaks, and sandwiches, including vegan choices. And there are plenty of burgers, including our top choice: the salmon burger. This yummy burger features goat cheese, roasted red peppers, roasted tomatoes, wilted spinach, and pesto aioli. Not to be missed!
Set a goal to try them all in 2017!